One of the best modern horror/sci-fi writers of our time
Oct 30, 2008
I first discovered Jeffrey Thomas in 2004 when I happened to pick up his novel Punktown. I was hooked right then. Thomas created a world so fantastic that I was left begging for more. I read everything "Punktown" I could find. I scoured the now defunct website "Shockwaves" for more of his work. The more I read by him, the more I realized that Thomas's creativity spanned far beyond the borders of Punktown and into realms of horror and sci-fi so fresh it was as if neither had existed before.
Thomas writes horror/fantasy/sci-fi, perfectly blending the genres, though his main genre would be horror. His superb creativity and imagination prove flexible to any genre. His prose is elegant and highly coordinated. His characters have a fully-fleshed feel, as if they were a real person with a unique personality that you could talk to on the street or in your home. The alien species he creates are unique and believable, though he doesn't follow the "hard sci-fi" guidelines (there's no need to with his stories). His writing style is absorbing and captivating, creating novels that you'll want to read in one sitting. Never dreary or dull, he develps action, creepiness, terror, dread, anxiety, fear, spine-chilling, eeriness, and hair-raising events with the smooth grace of a natural writer. I've read every book he's written and over half of the anthologies.
Thomas's most popular world, Punktown, is not the only world he's created. In Letters From Hades and Voices From Hades, he's created a living Hell ... literally. While other authors have created their own versions of hell (author Edward Lee comes to mind with his favorable creation of Hell), Thomas has created the most surrealistic, bleak, torturing, hopeless, and forlorn Hell of all. The demons are fantastical and deadly, creatures of mythical dread. The landscapes are bleak and searing arenas of pitiful desperation. Hell comes alive under Thomas's touch. The other popular world he created is in Boneland (and other shorts), and alternate reality world where we evolved differently, using organic materials as technology and answering to higher Beings called Guests, who interrupted life on earth around 1893 and changed our course forever. This world is gleefully organic, using bug like creatures for cameras, TV's, and other pieces of technology. I cannot recommend the works of this author highly enough.
Jeffrey Thomas lives in Massachusetts with his wife.