Thomas Tessier was born in Connecticut in 1947, a great year for horror writers, producing Tessier, Richard Laymon, and Stephen King, among others. He went to University College, Dublin, after which he spent several years in London. He was friends there with another young poet who was to turn to horror fiction, Peter Straub. During that period he produced three slim volumes of poetry as well as three plays that were professionally staged (but not published) before writing his first novel. Since then he has published ten horror novels and one short story collection. He has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and four Intenational Horror Guild Awards and twice won.
Phantom, by Thomas Tessier, was published in 1982. It is the story of Ned Covington, a ten-year-old boy, who explores an abandoned building near his home and what he finds there. Nominated for a World Fantasy Award it has been called: “A touching, scary book" (Horror Literature: A Reader's Guide); and "a compelling humanist ghost story" (Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural).
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