Monday, May 10, 2021

Thomas Tessier: The Paperback Covers

Author Thomas Tessier, born on this date in Westbury, CT, in 1947, has long been one of my personal favorite horror writers. One of the first books I reread when I began this blog was Finishing Touches, which I hadn't read since the late 1980s. It's an erotic horror masterpiece, filled with a fatalistic conviction that I find irresistible—and featured a credible mad scientist too. He forayed into the devious mind of a stalker in Rapture and made his shocking sociopathic behavior seem rational. Nightwalker, his second novel, is an ambiguous tale of lycanthropy praised by both Stephen King and Peter Straub. Not too shabby!

Tessier's short work was published in many horror anthologies of the late '80s and into the '90s, and these should not be overlooked. Stories like "Food," "Evelyn Grace," "In Praise of Folly," "Addicted to Love," and "Blanca" brim with a wit and fearlessness that is too often absent from horror fiction; they never fail to disturb, provoke, disgust, and chill the reader. And I can't ask too much more from any horror writer than that.




Rob said...

I just finished reading Rapture a few weeks ago and found it pretty disturbing. But...I LIKE disturbing, so there you go! Tessier writes the protagonist so believably, I couldn't help but wonder in the back of my mind if the character was just a LITTLE autobiographical! I also really enjoyed Finishing Touches and look forward to reading some of his short fiction in the near future.

John said...

A big fan of Tessier. Underrated!

Will Errickson said...

I’ve been trying to get him higher-rated for years!