Steve Rasnic tem
Steve Rasnic Tem is the author of over 400 published short stories, 6 novels, 9 collections, and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. He is the author of 2 previous novels for Solaris: Deadfall Hotel (2012) and Blood Kin (2014).
Released 9 February 2017
A blend of science fiction and horror, award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem’s new novel is a chilling story exploring the roots of violence and its effect on a possible future.
Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches.
Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, passing through walls and windows as if by magic, or science. The creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next.
And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity’s violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. The scenarios mutate day after day in this camp somewhere beyond the rules of time. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.
Released 26 February 2014
An industry legend praised by writers such as Neil Gaiman, Steve Rasnic Tem returns to Solaris this March with a dark novel of Southern Gothic, ghosts, witchcraft, snake-handling, and the Great Depression.
Michael Gibson has returned to the quiet home of his forebears and now takes care of his grandmother Sadie – old and sickly, but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) in the 1930s, while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she barely understands. In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother’s death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.
This tightly wired novel of Southern haunting cements Tem’s place in the mainstream as he brings his celebrated creativity to his home state of Virginia in a revelation of the past’s effects on the present.
“A beautifully crafted novel.”
-The Guardian on Deadfall Hotel
“Richard’s strange encounters unfold episodically, build[ing] to a revelatory climax that Tem engineers perfectly.”
-Publisher’s Weekly on Deadfall Hotel
Released 4 February 2013
The Deadfall Hotel is where our nightmares go, where the dead pause to rest between worlds, and where Richard Carter and his daughter Serena go to rediscover life — if the things at the hotel don’t kill them first.
The product of nearly twenty years of work, Deadfall Hotel is arguably Solaris’ most ambitious and striking title to date. Steve Rasnic Tem’s entrancing and powerful prose combines the atmosphere of Edward Gorey with the phantasmagoric richness of Mervyn Peake, creating a unique work of genius that will leave you spellbound.
This literary exploration of the roots of horror in the collective unconscious, experienced through a season spent in the ultimate haunted hotel, may be the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and World Fantasy award-winning author's finest creation to date.
“Steve Rasnic Tem is a rare treasure”
-NYT bestselling author Dan Simmons
"Eerie, disturbing, yet strangely touching, you’ll check in but may never check out."
UK: 9781907992827 | 10th May 2013
US: 9781907992834 | 17th April 2013