T.J. Tranchell, author of Asleep in the Nightmare Room

T.J. Tranchell holds a Master of Arts in literature and bachelor’s in English from Central Washington University. Tranchell grew up in small towns in Utah, which serve as the framework for many of his stories. He has worked as a journalist in Seattle, Las Vegas and Sturgis, South Dakota. He is currently the student media adviser at the University of Idaho. Tranchell operates a horror website at www.warning-signs.net. 

“Asleep in the Nightmare Room" is the second book from the Moscow, Idaho-based author. Tranchell joins the short story traditions of Hawthorne, Poe, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Tom Piccirilii, to whom the book is dedicated.

Like Poe and Piccirilli, Tranchell offers poetry in this collection, as well as a scholarly essay on King, and a series of columns about the horror movie genre.

Of Tranchell’s first novel “Cry Down Dark,” Thom Carnell, publisher of the goth culture magazine Carpe Noctem and author of “No Flesh Shall Be Spared” said, “With the same kind of homespun affability reminiscent of the early work of Stephen King or Dan Simmons, T.J. Tranchell crafts a compelling story of love and loss.”

“Asleep in the Nightmare Room” features 10 chilling tales, some supernatural, some with all too human monsters; four poems, an essay on reading Stephen King; a series of horror movie columns; and a hybrid work combining creative nonfiction and screenwriting.

His previous work includes serving as co-editor of “Give: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries,” (2015, When the Dead Books) a horror-themed collection about organ donation; “Hemingway at Work” for “Mad Scientist Journal,” “Nailshitter,” from “Despumation Vol. 1,” and “Bury All Your Secrets in My Skin,” which will appeared in the June 2016 edition of “Disturbed Digest” from Alban Lake Press. He also has a regularly appearing pop-culture column in the Lewiston Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho.


Please join us for a reading and signing with T.J.!

Event date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
5629 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98908