David Leo Rice is a writer and animator from Northampton, MA. My interests cluster around horror, noir, SF, and the grotesque.

Contact: raviddice@gmail.com

2016 CV



I've just finished a novel called ANGEL HOUSE, about three 29-year-old former best friends reunited in their haunted hometown, trying to get their shit together before going dangerously insane, while freaks from the Outskirts swarm in to smother them.

I'm also working on a feature film with director Simon Pummell, about sex and immortality:

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Recent Work

A Room in Dodge City: Vol. 2 (serialized novel)

Lazy Eye Stories (graphic novel)


A Room in Dodge City: Vol. 1 (Forthcoming from Alternating Current Press)

Short Stories

Gmunden (in The Collagist)

Living Boy (in Black Clock)

In The Cabin Up On Stilts (in Black Clock)

Out on the Coast (in The Rumpus)

On the Murder of Nicola Teensmah (in Nat. Brut)

Joey in Vermont (in The Opiate)

Seed Room (in Hobart)

Eric's Towing (in The New Haven Review)

Housesitter (in Birkensnake)

Egon's Parents (in The Last Magazine)

Jack & Emily Texas Roadside Incident, Summer 2012 (in Identity Theory)

Night Surgeon / Arm Neighbor: A Bicoastal Romance (in Literati Quarterly)

At First I Tried to be Someone (in Pithead Chapel)

You You You Snuffed Yourself (in Spork)

Lazy Eye Excerpt (in Nat. Brut)

Ainsworth Gym (in The Bad Version)

A Visit from Transmission Man Marks the Beginning of the End (in The Bad Version)

Drifter Jim (in The Harvard Advocate)

Dawson's Creaak (in The Harvard Crimson)

Essays and Reviews

On The Unholy Family in American Horror Film (in The Fanzine)

Blake Butler Interview (in The Believer)

Podcast about Matt Bell

On Not Reading David Ohle (in Electric Literature)

My Pieces for The Millions

On Matthew Stokoe (in The Believer)

On D. Foy's Made to Break (in The Los Angeles Review of Books)

On Neutral Milk Hotel (in Salon)

On Takashi Miike's Visitor Q (in Entropy)

On Jack Ketchum (in HTMLGiant)

On Nick Antosca (in HTMLGiant)

On Matt Bell (in HTMLGiant)

On David Bowie (in Bookslut)

On Adam Prince (in The Rumpus)

The Dim Interior

On Composer and Musician Ben Cosgrove (in Harvard Magazine)

On Sparklehorse and Ghost Folk (in The Harvard Advocate)

Country Noir Article (pdf)

On Michael Cisco (in Rain Taxi)

On Christopher Narozny (in Rain Taxi)

An Interactive Personality Test I Designed for Simon Pummell's Film Brand New-U

A film I worked on about German mental patient Daniel Paul Schreber, directed by Simon Pummell

A book about Oedipus and the Sphinx I helped translate from the German



Do Rivers

A Child's Metaphysics (Animation by Koji Yamamura, which I assisted on)

What I'm Reading

May 2016:

The Ice Storm

The Story of My Teeth

Beauty is a Wound

Gone with the Mind

Underwater Welder

A Wizard of Earthsea

Zero K

April 2016:


The Cage


Bird Box

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack


March 2016:

The Vorrh

My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist

Stone Arabia

Et Tu, Babe


The Secret of Evil

February 2016:

Collected Stories of Tennessee Williams

The Vegetarian

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Spring Snow

What Belongs To You

January 2016:

Hold Still

The Books of Blood

Killing and Dying


Sugar Skull

December 2015:


Francis Bacon In Your Blood

The Disaster Artist

The Bloody Chamber

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

John Waters' Role Models

November 2015:


The Visiting Privilege

The Elementary Particles

West of Sunset

A Head Full of Ghosts

October 2015:

The Magician of Lublin

Big Ray

The Man Who Noticed Everything

About Grace

The Snowman


Blood Beneath The Skin

September 2015:

Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

Hotel Andromeda

Martin Sloane

A Visit from the Goon Squad

The Fun Parts

August 2015:


The Counterlife

Tropic of Cancer

A Cure for Suicide



Just Kids


July 2015:

Bad Behavior

The Ghost Writer

Zuckerman Unbound

Force Majeure

Still Holding

My Last Sigh

The Damnation Game

The Player

June 2015:

The Price of Salt

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour



The Unlimited Dream Company

May 2015:

Werner Herzog: Guide for the Perplexed

Down and Dirty Pictures

A Killer Life

The Hive

X'ed Out

April 2015:

Young Skins

The Return

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

The Musical Brain

What We See When We Read

Secret Rendezvous

March 2015:

The Recognitions

February 2015:

Satin Island

The Cement Garden

The Comfort of Strangers


The Unconsoled

The Infernal

Safari Honeymoon


The Wallcreeper

The Kills

January 2015:

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Bone Clocks

No One Belongs Here More Than You

Safari Honeymoon

The First Bad Man

First Love, Last Rites

Silver Screen Fiend

December 2014:

Harmony Korine: Interviews

The Baltimore Atrocities

The Corpse Exhibition



The Emerald Light in the Air

The Dog

Preparation for the Next Life


November 2014:

The Fifth Child

No Other

The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall

The Book of Strange New Things

The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

Preacher: Vol. 1

Ed The Happy Clown

October 2014:

Dead Stars

Apocalypse Culture

The Autumn of the Patriarch

Beautiful Ruins

Leve's Suicide



September 2014:


Wolf in White Van

Burning Chrome

Conquest of the Useless



August 2014:

The Devils of Loudun

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


There Is No Year

Gil the Nihilist: A Sitcom

Down the Rabbit Hole

July 2014:

The Passion According to G.H.

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Night Shift

Wittgenstein's Mistress

Imperial Bedrooms

The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

By Night in Chile

At Last

The World is Ever Changing (Nic Roeg Memoir)

Crystal Eaters

June 2014:


The Flamethrowers

Bald New World

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls

The Informers

The Skin

May 2014:

The Patrick Melrose Novels


The Empathy Exams

Home Land

Sex Criminals Vol. 1

Ghost World

Ant Colony

The Cowboy Wally Show

April 2014:




The Possibility of an Island

Attempting Normal

Days Between Stations

Blue Movie

In The Mean Time

The Family

The Denial of Death


March 2014:

The Glister

The Orange Eats Creeps

Made to Break

My Loose Thread


What's Important Is Feeling

February 2014:

I Was Dora Suarez

God Jr.


Silence Once Begun

The Box Man

Lorrie Moore: Bark & Birds of America

Praying Drunk

January 2014:

Mira Corpora


Samedi The Deafness

The Isle of Youth

The Shining


I'm Not Sam

December 2013:

The Hangman's Ritual

The Haunting of Hill House

Baby Leg

The Facades

Save the Cat!

Alone with the Horrors (Best of Ramsey Campbell)

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

City of Bohane

Peaceable Kingdom

November 2013:


Dark Lies the Island

Danse Macabre

Catching the Big Fish

The Dark Country

Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day

The Pilo Family Circus

Stephen King: It

October 2013:

The Insult

Jack Ketchum: The Girl Next Door, Off Season, and The Lost

'Salem's Lot

Kitchen Confidential

September 2013:

The Man in the High Castle

High Life

Bleeding Edge

Rubicon Beach

August 2013:

The Face of Another

The Little Friend

The Infatuations

The Consummation of Dirk


July 2013:

Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron

Alissa Nutting's "Tampa"

Play It As It Lays

Difficult Men

Charles Burns' "Black Hole"

Ryu Murakami's "Audition"

June 2013:

Lunar Park

American Psycho

The Girlfriend Game


American Dream Machine

May 2013:

Teatro Grottesco

The Wasp Factory

Kamby Bolongo Mean River

Reality Hunger

How Literature Saved My Life


From The Mouth of the Whale

April 2013:

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Midnight Picnic

Stabs at Happiness

Novel About My Wife

The Manual of Detection

In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods

Cataclysm Baby

Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia

Sam Pink's "Person"

March 2013:


M. John Harrison's "Light"

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard

Yoko Ogawa's "Revenge" "The Diving Pool" and "Hotel Iris"

Out Stealing Horses (book clubby, for sure, but it hits the right notes in a pretty forthright and upstanding way)

The Imago Sequence

Super Flat Times

Conjunctions 39

How They Were Found

February 2013:

Ghost Story

Stories in the Worst Way


Leaving the Atocha Station (can 6 billion recommendations be wrong?)

William Gay's "Twilight"

Venus Drive

Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

The Shell Collector

Conjunctions 52

January 2013:



The Flame Alphabet

The Stammering Century

Aira's "Ghosts"

Tenth of December

December 2012:

Little, Big

The Lime Twig


White Jazz