Arianne 'Tex' Thompson
Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a native and lifelong resident of Texas. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from UT Dallas and a master's degree in literature from the University of Dallas, she went on to become a community college professor, teaching the fundamentals of English to adults writing below the eighth-grade level. Now a master teacher for academic tutoring and test prep services, as well as the managing editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is a regular feature at high schools, writing conferences, and genre conventions alike. With her first book, a 'rural fantasy' novel called One Night in Sixes, Tex joins the growing ranks of Solaris authors committed to exciting, innovative and inclusive science fiction and fantasy.
Dreams of the Eaten
Released 27 December 2016
After trials by fire and thirst, Appaloosa Elim’s quest to bring home the body of the crow prince is finally nearing its end. But the coffin is missing, the funeral party is hopelessly scattered, and the fishmen are hell-bent on revenge.
Worse yet, the pilgrimage has disturbed an ancient power – and the earth is crumbling in its grip. As the ground shakes and the crows gather, the final reckoning promises to unite the living and the dead in a battle for the land itself.
One way or another, blood debts will come due, Elim will face his judgment, and the World That Is will be forever changed.
‘Clearly written and engaging.’
Publishers Weekly on One Night in Sixes
‘A thrilling ride.'
Geek Chic Elite on One Night in Sixes
Medicine for the Dead
Released 9 April 2015
The Children of the Drought series continues with the second instalment from weird-western trailblazer Arianne “Tex” Thompson.
In One Night in Sixes Thompson created a unique and diverse fantasy world, straight out of the Wild West. In a world of saloons and brutal desert landscapes One Night in Sixes effortlessly combined cowboys, shapeshifters and magic in a deadly border town divided by night and day.
When the hapless Sil Halfwick and his long-suffering companion Appaloosa Elim made the ill-advised journey to the border town of Sixes a chain of events was set off that will change them forever, now in Medicine for the Dead they must continue their journey further from Sixes and into the deadly wastelands…
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes.
Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him.
Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali'Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk.
Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic – and no-one is immune. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he's only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei's coffin.
As their supplies dwindle and tensions mount, the desert exacts a terrible price from its pilgrims – one that will be paid with the blood of the living, and the peace of the dead.
UK: 9781781083062 | 9th April 2015
US: 9781781083079| 31st March 2015
One Night in Sixes
Released 29 July 2014
One Night in Sixes is a startlingly original debut Western-influenced rural fantasy novel that will be published in August 2014 with a stunning cover by Polish artist Tomasz Jedruszek.
The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient earthly gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight.
If he ever wants to go home again, he’d better find his missing partner before they do. But if he’s caught out after dark, Elim risks succumbing to the old and sinister truth that lives in his own flesh - and discovering just how far he’ll go to survive the night.
Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver said: “Sometimes you come across a novel that makes you want to jump to your feet and immediately announce it to the world. One Night in Sixes was just such a book. Arianne has achieved the near impossible by presenting the world with a staggeringly original work of fantasy full of rich characterisation and excitement. This is one of the most progressive and incisive works of fantasy for decades and I’m delighted to be publishing it.
UK: 9781781082379 | 31st July 2014
US: 9781781082386 | 29th July 2014