On Episode 107 of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, I chatted with neo-noir fiction author Richard Thomas. Richard is the author of several books, including Transubstantiate, (Otherworld Publications, 2010), Disintegration (Random House Alibi, 2015) and Breaker (Random House Alibi, 2016).
We talked about writing, his experience working with Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, and his new literary magazine (which was recently funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign) Gamut.
Below is an excerpt from Bob Pastorella's review of Breaker for the website This is Horror:
This is Neo-Noir done right, and what makes Breaker even better is it’s something you would expect to read in a newspaper, or see an award-winning documentary about. Real life truth is often stranger than fiction. At times, Breaker is over-the-top, almost unbelievable, but if you step away from the pages and scan the current news stories around the world, it is quite refreshing to realize that these events are not true.
Thomas is never shy about throwing his influences around, and Breaker is no exception. Faint undertones of Raging Bull, Leon: The Professional, even Fight Club, permeate the prose, but just enough to recognize the homage. Breaker is very much its own story, culled from an organic intimacy with the characters and their need for closure.