Thomas Tessier
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Thomas Tessier

Thomas Tessier
Born (1947-05-10) May 10, 1947 (age 72)
Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
GenreHorror, Science fiction

Thomas Tessier (born May 10, 1947) is an American writer of horror novels and short stories. He has also written poetry and drama.


Tessier was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, attended University College Dublin and lived in London in the United Kingdom for several years (where he was the managing director of Millington Books) before returning to the United States, where he lives still. His three published books of poetry are How We Died (New Writers Press, Dublin 1970), In Sight of Chaos (Turret Books, London 1971) and Abandoned Homes (Gallery Press, Dublin 1971). His plays have been produced, but not published.

His first book, The Fates (1978), is an episodic hybrid of horror and science fiction, about a mysterious force which causes death and destruction in an American town. One of the characters speculates that the Earth is revenging itself on humanity, but at the end of the book the mystery has not been solved and the destruction has not stopped.

Tessier's next book was The Nightwalker (1979), the brief, terse story of a young American Vietnam veteran adrift in London who seems possessed by an uncontrollable urge to inflict mutilation and death and may, in fact, be a werewolf. In Shockwaves (1982), a young woman achieves an ambition out of romantic fiction when an up-and-coming lawyer asks her to marry him; but her life is overshadowed by the presence of an apparently supernatural murderer known only as The Blade. Phantom (1982) deals with a young boy's confrontations with death, starting with his mother's dangerous asthma attack and ending with a disturbing vision of the afterlife.

Besides works of supernatural horror, Tessier has also written non-supernatural stories such as Rapture (1987), about a psychopathic stalker, and Secret Strangers (1990), about a teenage girl whose father's sudden disappearance prompts her to an amoral rebellion which leads to the discovery of a suburban child abuse ring.

Tessier's other novels include Finishing Touches (1986), about a young doctor (again, an American alone in London) drawn into the sadistic world of a megalomaniac plastic surgeon; Fog Heart (1997), about the involvement of two married couples with a suicidal young medium; and Father Panic's Opera Macabre (2001), in which a writer of bland historical fiction is suddenly confronted with the atrocities which occurred in Croatia during the Second World War.

A short novel, Wicked Things, was published in 2007, accompanied by a novella, "Scramburg, USA".

Tessier's short fiction has been collected in Ghost Music and Other Tales (2000) and Remorseless: Tales of Cruelty (2013), and featured in Night Visions.[1]

Tessier is married to the former Alice Audietis. They have one son and one daughter.


Poetry collections

  • How We Died (1970)
  • In Sight of Chaos (1971)
  • Abandoned Homes (1971)


  • The Fates (1978)
  • The Nightwalker (1979)
  • Shockwaves (1982)
  • Phantom (1982)
  • Finishing Touches (1986)
  • Rapture (1987)
  • Secret Strangers (1990)
  • Fog Heart (1997)
  • Father Panic's Opera Macabre (2001)
  • Wicked Things (2007)

Short story collections

Ghost Music and Other Tales (2000)

Includes the following stories:

  • "Food"
  • "Blanca"
  • "The Banshee"
  • "Evelyn Grace"
  • "In Praise of Folly"
  • "A Grub Street Tale"
  • "Infidel"
  • "La Mourante"
  • "I Remember Me"
  • "The Last Crossing"
  • "The Dreams of Dr. Ladybank"
  • "Lie Down With Us"
  • "Wax"
  • "Curing Hitler"
  • "Ghost Music"
  • "Lulu"
  • "Nightsuite"
  • "Figures in Scrimshaw"
  • "In the Desert of Deserts"
  • "Nocturne"

Remorseless: Tales of Cruelty (2013)

Includes the following stories:

  • "Back In My Arms, I Want You"
  • "Premature Noxia"
  • "The Inn of Distant Sorrows"
  • "In the Sand Hills"
  • "For No One"
  • "If You See Me, Say Hello"
  • "Goo Girl"
  • "Club Saudade"
  • "Something Small and Gray, and Quick"
  • "The Woman in the Club Car"
  • "The God Thing"
  • "Fine, Until You Called"
  • "The Ventriloquist"
  • "10-31-2001"
  • "The Infestation at Ralls"


  1. ^ Neil Barron Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature 1999 "Night Visions is an important series if only for the notoriety of its 27 contributors. Insofar as many of the stories it published represented some of the best short fiction produced by those writers, it is a cornerstone of any modern horror library." and featuring 14 stories by Thomas Tessier (his novella "The Dreams of Dr. Ladybank"), James Kisner, and Rick Hautala.

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