On T.M. Wright’s Passing

I was very sorry to learn of the passing of author T.M. Wright yesterday.  I knew him best for his 1984 novel, A Manhattan Ghost Story.  It’s a weird, trippy book which shuttles back and forth between a past in which two boys are breaking into a mausoleum and a present in which a man is losing track of the difference between the worlds of the living and the dead.  Its style is low-key, conversational, its evocation of Manhattan vivid.  In its experimentation with narrative convention, it strikes me as akin to Peter Straub and Tom Tessier’s fiction (not to mention, as a kind of thematic ancestor of Paul Tremblay’s recent A Head Full of Ghosts).  It’s another one of those books that demonstrates how much a talented and ambitious writer can do with the material of horror; if you haven’t read it, I recommend it.  Nor was A Manhattan Ghost Story Wright’s only book:  his output of novels and stories was impressive.

From what I understand, Wright had been ill for some time.  May he rest in peace.

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2 thoughts on “On T.M. Wright’s Passing

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    Sorry to hear about this–Wright’s brand of suspense was under-stated and restrained, refreshing in an age of “splatter” horror and senseless grue.

  2. I Will NEVER forget finding a copy of T. M. Wright’s book “The People of the Dark” on a book caddy in a Grocery Store where I lived, on the cover of the book there was an eye peeking out through a crack in the concreate of a house’s foundation, and that drew me in with its odd and truly strange enticement, that cover made me feel that, it,-That eye- was looking at Me, it hinted at the books contents and boy was that hint way off, how much more was within those pages and what it meant to Me, how it would change me Forever, it haunts me to this day! I feel the world has lost one of it true voices in subtle – Freaking You Out – Horror!

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