Was thrilled when I received my ARC of Spontaneous Human Combustion, late last year.
I have so much gratitude and overwhelming respect for Richard Thomas as a teacher, a great author/writer, a mentor, but most importantly, an artistic innovator with foresight into the necessities required to progress the arts for the future of mankind. He manages to introduce us to literature that tastes different than any other genre you’ve tried before.
He postures his concepts in a way that is conducive to spawning new ideas, particularly, in language, literature, and “methods » of writing, in general.
Pick up Spontaneous Human Combustion by Richard Thomas on Amazon or go to your favorite bookstore. (Psst: Order it from a smaller, family-owned bookstore. )
You will want to dive in from paragraph one.
It is a set of short stories so you can read them at your own leisure — but a disclaimer : you may find yourself up all night wanting to finish because you just can’t stop reading.
His genre is in a class all of its own and others I have spoken to (writers, authors, university professors of literature and philosophy) have felt the quite the same.
It’s speculative fiction but then, ehhh, it’s not. You have never read anything quite this style before and how refreshing, how liberating, how hopeful it will make you feel that there are still books out there that you will truly desire devouring.
At the same time, be ready for a roller coaster of emotions accelerated to new heights of psychologically horrifying fulfillment only to bring you back to Earth to battle with existing in your own skin, then heighten the intensity of even that experience
by giving you another unforgettable round-trip.
Needless to say, it is quite an adventure. It will touch you in a manner you not soon forget & May find yourself telling all your friends about this one.