Thomas Tessier is an American author of horror, suspense, and poetry. He was born in Connecticut, but attended University College, Dublin and lived in London, writing for Vogue for several years before returning to the United States. He published three poetry collections in 1970 and 1971. He spent some time as a playwright as well. Three of his plays were professionally staged in Ireland.
His first horror novel, The Fates, was published in 1978. Tessier wrote ten horror novels over the next few decades, most of which were published in the late-1970s and ’80s. Two of his most notable novels include The Nightwalker (1979, Signet/NAL) and Finishing Touches (1986, Pocket Books). His 1982 novel Phantom was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. All of his novels were published in hardcover and paperback formats; several of his early novels were published in hardcover by Atheneum. His paperbacks were reprinted in the 2000s by Leisure Books, along with a new novel, Wicked Things, published in 2007.
Tessier has also written a long list of short stories over the years, collected in Ghost Music and Other Tales and Remorseless: Tales of Cruelty. In 2014, five of his short stories were selected for an upcoming anthology film, Thomas Tessier’s World of Hurt. A June 2016 update on IMDb cites the project’s status as unknown.
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These cover scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.