Frank Thayer PH.D.
Sun Cross Publications
Made in New Mexico
Frank Thayer is currently an emeritus professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University. He is a New Mexico native from Grant County whose three degrees are al from NMSU. He has worked in New Mexico and in Canada as a reporter-photographer, editor, an advertising and public relations writer, as well as being a journalism educator in both countries. He has written three journalism textbooks and many published professional and scholarly articles. His current teaching concentration is in public opinion and propaganda, reporting, news writing, and editing. While an undergraduate at NMSU in 1961, he was the founding editor of the literary magazine Puerto del Sol, that continues as a respected journal to this day.This website is the host for the accomplished author and the owner of Sun Cross Publications and features his Education, Entertainment, and Novels. READ MORE below to find out Frank's personal WHY?
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Frank Thayer's Personal WHY?
The Literature of Supernatural Horror and Its Secret Agenda
My life has always been about writing, even though I have had a long career in education, and even had the privilege of working in entertainment at one point. As a professor, I learned from the students in my writing classes as they learned from me, both in the United States and in Canada. As a lifelong devotee of the writers of supernatural horror in general, and H.P. Lovecraft in particular, I still have a box of early typewritten stories stashed in my house. Fortunately, August Derleth, a prolific writer who founded Arkham House Publishers to preserve Lovecraft’s work, took me under his wing and became my mentor. My early stories were strong on plot and light on character, but Derleth anthologized one of my stories in 1966 while I was trying my handwriting stories for minor men’s magazines. Then followed a long career in education when fiction took a back seat to research papers, journal articles, and the writing of three journalism textbooks. Supernatural horror fiction came back to the driver’s seat in 1998 when I joined a fledgling online writers’ group dedicated to the field. Writer’s Cramp became pre-eminent in the genre, and several of my stories became part of that liturgy. They also became the nucleus for expanded versions when I launched my books, the fruits of which are seen on this site. As for the secret agenda? First, life and consciousness are not limited by the brain or the physical body. Poe’s “Ligeia” introduced readers to a woman whose will was stronger than her life. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla is a classic vampire tale that has spawned more than one erotic horror film. Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep,” tells of a rapacious soul that seeks to exchange itself with that of her victim. Second, magic is the art of causing a change in accord with Will. Lovecraft’s Wizard Whately, in “The Dunwich Horror,” calls unnameable beings from another dimension using his rituals and incantations, and most human beings use some form of magic to marshal their goals and to protect them from evil. The third principle holds that the universe is as Einstein put it, “queerer than we can imagine,” and thus we can be faced with the inexplicable at some point in our lives. I invite you to enter this domain of supernatural horror in literature and to explore the books I have published with you in mind. The stories are unique and, some of them will be unforgettable.
Mary Kaschak, avid mystery and horror fan, Southern New Mexico
Thayer's novels strike at the very core of our deepest, perhaps most secret and personal fears: spirits, vampires, assaults by beings from other dimensions or outer space, and evil in any form − even the devil himself.
We like to believe that we are safe and secure in our solid reality but Thayer has an uncanny ability to convolute that reality, opening the door to pure terror. Is any of it real? Are we truly vulnerable?
You won't be disappointed by any of Thayer's stories. Personally, The story entitled 'The Grand Order of Marbas' in the book, Terror Tales of the Southwest, has shaken me to the core and continues to haunt me years after reading it.
I’ve read all of Frank Thayer’s books (at least every one I know of!) and delight in his tales of horror. He describes people and places so well that I feel as though I’m there and can actually see what is going on. It’s this reality that forms the basis of a great horror story better than any movie.
Couldn't stop reading! I first got introduced to Cobston back in 2008. A ghastly tale to the end with a genuine grimoire. I love all of Thayer's novels. He also has pretty good writing tips!
The Vampire of San Vicente is intellectually
written, researched to the nth degree, and
presents a wonderful subplot love story
written within the vampire theme. That
subplot keeps the reader wondering—until
the Epilogue is written—if the two lovers
will actually remain together and live a
happy life after what they experience.
The 29-word last graph in that Epilogue
is delicious and cleverly underwritten. It
should leave readers with a wry smile on
their faces. It did mine.
Author Frank Thayer is terrific at scene
development and that ability works so well
for his classic supernatural horror genre
Malevolent forces haunt the pages of Frank Thayer’s classic horror novels, a surprising combination of gory medieval legends, Southwestern mysteries, and alien encounters that are mostly set in the small towns and wide-open landscapes of his native New Mexico. Thayer creates lasting images of locations and characters—unsuspecting, everyday folks forced to confront dark powers in a creepy battle of good vs. evil. His use of language is impeccable; the author, a writing professor emeritus at New Mexico State University, incorporates just the right words to deliver readers into the murky domain of the supernatural, where just about anything is possible.