"The Still, Cold Air" chosen for Paula Guran's Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015!
"Wheatfield with Crows" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2013!
"Far better to choose an absence than to have an absence forced upon you."
— The Slow Fall of Dust in a Quiet Place
These stories by award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem drag from the darkness ghosts that haunt us all. Between these covers lurk the spectres of grief, loss, and loneliness: a man discovers he is far from alone in his empty home, a forlorn wife is gifted with an unusual child, a contractor contemplates the sad message left by a grieving father, a blind woman discovers a spiritual manifestation at the edge of a forest, a spectral presence appears in a lonesome Colorado wheat field... Here with the Shadows is a volume of supernatural impressions and quiet vacancies, and in each story Tem reminds us that sometimes only a whisper separates us from the eternal.
Here with the Shadows
A House by the Ocean
The Cabinet Child
The Still, Cold Air
G is for Ghost
Breaking the Rules
The Slow Fall of Dust in a Quiet Place
Inside William James
Back Among the Shy Trees
Seeing the Woods
Smoke in a Bottle
Est Enim Magnum Chaos
These Days When All is Silver and Bright
Wheatfield with Crows
Steve Rasnic Tem (born 1950) was born in Jonesville, Virginia, which is in the heart of Appalachia. He went to college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and also at Virginia Commonwealth University. He got a B.A. in English education. In 1974, he moved to Colorado and studied creative writing at Colorado State University. He is married to author Melanie Tem. The couple have three kids and live in a large house in Colorado.
Steve Rasnic Tem's short fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Dino Buzzati, Ray Bradbury, and Raymond Carver, but to quote Joe R. Lansdale: "Steve Rasnic Tem is a school of writing unto himself." His 200 plus published pieces have garnered him a British Fantasy Award, and nominations for the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards.
Photo by Debra Lee Fanatia.