Fantasy authors

Below you will find a list, ordered alphabetically by first name, of every fantasy author for whom we have a biography, bibliography or book reviews on Fantasy Book Review. Simply click on the author's name to go through to the author's page, which contains the full information.

AA Milne

A.A. Milne was borne in London in 1882. He began his writing career with humorous pieces for Punch magazine. It was in this publication, in 1923, that Winnie-the-Pooh made his first appearance in the poem Teddy Bear. Milne also wrote plays and by the time When We Were Very Young, his first book of poems for children, was published in 1924; he had already made his name as a dramatist and novelist.

AB Shires

AB Shires was born in Bradford and spent a large portion of his childhood in hospital, where he spent his time reading children’s fiction. The adventures of his fictional characters offered an escape from the pains of treatment, sometimes within the pages of books and sometimes dreaming about alternate realities. Overcoming his disabilities, Shires has worked for both public and private enterprises.

Adam Christopher

Christopher's debut novel, a science fiction/superhero noir called Empire State, was released by Angry Robot in January 2012. His second novel, Seven Wonders, a spandex-clad superhero adventure, followed the same year. His short fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine, and has been nominated for the British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Society, and Parsec awards. In 2010, as an editor, he won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand’s highest science fiction honour.

Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill has been a devotee of the supernatural in fiction since his father read him M R James at bedtime. As well as The Ritual and Apartment 16, Adam is the author of the occult thriller Banquet of the Damned.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives.

Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell was born in Falkirk, Scotland, and grew up there, before moving on to study Computer Science at Edinburgh University. After graduating, he worked for DMA Design, Visual Sciences and Rockstar, developing video games: Body Harvest for the Nintendo 64, Formula One 2000 for the Playstation, and the Grand Theft Auto series on the PC and PS2. After finishing Vice City, he left to pursue a career in photography and to write.

Alan Garner

Alan Garner is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales.

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is a science fiction author of ten novels and around fifty short stories.

Alden Bell

Alden Bell lives in New York with his wife, an Edgar-award-winning novelist. For the past ten years he has taught high school English at an Upper East Side prep school. Since 2002, he has also taught literature and cultural studies courses as an adjunct professor at the New School. He graduated from Berkeley with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing. In 2000, he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in English at New York University, specializing in twentieth-century American and British literature.

Alex Bell

Alex Bell was born in 1986 in Hampshire. She studied Law on and off for six long years before the boredom became so overwhelming that she had to throw down the textbooks and run madly from the building. Since then she has never looked back. She has travelled widely, is a ferociously strict vegetarian and generally prefers cats to people.

Alex Irvine

Alexander Irvine is an American fantasy and science fiction writer who first gained attention with his Locus - and Crawford - Award-winning 2002 novel A Scattering of Jades.

Alex Pemberton

I was born in 1979 at the London Middlesex Hospital to a Yugoslavian mother and an English father. My first memories of growing up were of Finchley where I lived for four years before my parents moved to Hertfordshire.

Alex Scarrow

Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with when designing games.

Alexander Janaway

Alexander S Janaway is a former officer with the Royal Engineers and during his time in active service took part in operational tours in Kosovo and the Middle East. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature as well as a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Work. Today he works as training and project manager in the computer games industry. Redoubt is his first novel and he is currently working on his second.

Alexey Pehov

Alexey Pehov is a Russian fantasy and science fiction writer. Pehov's first novel to be translated into English, SHADOW PROWLER, the first book in a trilogy, was sold in a pre-empt to Tom Doherty at Tor Books for six figures. Shortly after it sold in the U.S., the series found success in the foreign markets, with Simon and Schuster in the UK pre-empting the trilogy with a six-figure deal at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Piper buying the series at auction for the German market.

Alison Croggon

When I was ten years old, my big ambition was to write a fantasy novel. It was all my parents' fault. One night I couldn't sleep because they were fighting, and after they finally went to bed I crept into the empty kitchen. On the table was a single volume paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings which my father had left there, and I started reading it out of idle curiosity. I sat up all that night reading and read it all the next day, until I had finished it. Then I started reading it again.

Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman was born in Melbourne and, after a bit of wandering, recently returned to live there. She was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Masters degree and teaches creative writing at postgraduate level. Her debut novel was the award-winning futuristic thriller Singing the Dogstar Blues and her most recent, the acclaimed Killing the Rabbit.

Allison Brennan

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Allison Brennan is the author of thirteen novels and three short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children.

Alyson Noel

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss and Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer and the Immortals series.

Amanda Downum

Amanda was born in Virginia, and has since then spent time in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona, with brief layovers in California and Colorado. Seventeen years ago she was sucked into the gravity well of Texas, and hasn't managed to escape. Yet.

Amy Kennedy

As a self proclaimed day dreamer, Amy Kennedy has been dreaming up stories and writing since the age of twelve. Her dreaming and writing were temporarily cut short in 1994, when, after the birth of her second son, she was diagnosed with renal failure. It took four and a half long years of dialysis and a few near death experiences before God restored her by way of a kidney transplant. Amy gives thanks to the Lord every day for not only restoring her health but also her creativity and ministry. Seed of Seerling is her first published book.

Andrew Davenport

Andrew Davenport 42 has a BSc in speech science and is the co-creator and writer of the Teletubbies and In The Night Garden television series and books. He has also directed and produced for the Teletubbies and is also an actor, appearing as the character ‘Tiny’ in Tots TV.

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson was born in Pinawa, Manitoba, and graduated in 1995 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. He has worked as a teacher in Japan, where he has lived on and off, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese Web sites. The Gargoyle, the product of seven years' worth of research and composition, is his first book. Davidson lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele has always been enthralled with the world beneath him; and in awe of our galaxy and the universe beyond. As he watches his daughter and sons grow up – and the brilliance in each of them – he often wonders, "What a great adventure it would be for them to explore the galaxy." So Andrew wrote his children a story, and thought it would be great to share the Galaxy Boys adventure with those who might also dream of what is really out there, awaiting those who accept the challenge to embark on a grand galactic adventure.

Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski was born on the 21st of June 1948 in Lodz, Poland.

Angie Sage

Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley and Kent. As a child she loved reading and particularly liked E. Nesbitt and Elizabeth Gouge. Her father worked in publishing and would bring home beautifully bound “dummy books” with blank pages that the young Sage would fill with pictures and stories.

Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough

Anne McCaffrey is one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Elizabeth Ann Scarborough won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer's War.

Anne Rice

One of America's most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive. Anne lives and works in California. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work.

Antoine De Saint Exupery

Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupery was a French pilot, poet and author. Born in Lyon, France on June 29, 1900, Saint-Exupery dreampt of becoming a naval officer, but was refused admission to the French Naval Academy. Instead, he was called up by the French Air Force in 1921 (though not as a pilot). It was there he found his passion to fly airplanes.

Arthur C Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, born in 1917, produced some of the most well-know science fiction in the history of the genre. Born in Britain, but spending a lot of his life in Sri Lanka, Arthur C Clarke’s expansive interest and knowledge of space and technology form the main themes of his work.

Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren was a famous Swedish writer of children's books, best-known for her independent, energetic, and unconventional characters Pippi Longstocking, the noisy Nyman kids, and Emil, the master of pranks. She appealed to the little anarchist living inside every small child.

Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success.

Ben Horton

Ben Horton was born in Buckinghamshire, grew up in Norfolk, went to university in Cambridge and now lives in London. When not writing, Ben runs a theatre company, enjoys cooking and watching films like Batman and X-Men.

Ben Kane

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1970, where my dad worked as a vet for the Kenyan government. We returned to Ireland when I was 7, and I went to school in Dundalk, a town about 50 miles north of Dublin on the east coast. From an early age, I loved reading and all things historical, devouring classics written by authors like Henry Treece, Rosemary Sutcliffe, T.H. White and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s excellent medieval novels, Sir Nigel and The White Company. I spent a lot of time reading fantasy too – J. R. R. Tolkien, Julian May, Susan Cooper, Ursula le Guin, Ann McCaffrey, Roger Zelazny, Stephen Donaldson, Guy Gavriel Kay and Michael Scott Rohan to name but a few. As a teenager, I also enjoyed Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels, as well as Wilbur Smith’s African sagas.

Benedict Jacka

One overcast day in November I sat down at a study cubicle in my school library. I was 18 years old and in my final year at City of London School, and the library was on the third floor, looking out over the River Thames. I was supposed to be working but instead I stared out of the window across the water, and when I finally picked up my pen what I began to write in the back of my exercise book wasn’t schoolwork but the notes for a story.

Beth Revis

Beth Revis writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Her debut novel, Across the Universe, launched from Penguin/Razorbill in January 2011 and is the first of a trilogy.

BJ Burton

BJ Burton was born in Birmingham in 1947 and educated at Handsworth Grammar School and Leeds University. Married to Cheryl, he moved to Cornwall in 1972 having lived in Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield. Currently living in Brixham.

BJ Edwards

BJ Edwards was born in 1975 and grew up in Middlesex and Worcester. Edwards has always been fascinated by anthropology, theology, archaeology and prehistory and his degree is in English literature allowed him to teach English before taking up writing full time.

Bram Stoker

Abraham Stoker (1847 - 1912), was always unwell when an infant - he couldn't stand up until he was seven years old - yet he became a champion athlete whilst at Trinity College, Dublin. Like so many children whose health is poor Bram had lots of time to read and developed a real passion for literature.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in December of 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in 8th grade when an astute teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book, and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as David Eddings, Melanie Rawn, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some. His first attempts, he says, were dreadful.

Brenda Clough

Brenda Clough is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. She also writes short stories and occasional non-fiction. Spending much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government, she has lived in Laos, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Germany. She returned to Pittsburgh, PA to earn a degree in English/Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in 1977.

Brent Weeks

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006.

Catherine Banner

Catherine Banner must be one of the most talented people in the UK – she started writing her first book, The Eyes of a King, when she was just 14 years old, and has found publishing success while still a teenager.

Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper has taught in primary schools for 29 years. Her love of history, myths, legends and the Shropshire countryside gave her the ideal grounding to write an extraordinary magical fantasy adventure. Book 2 in the Jack Brenin series, Glasruhen Gate, is due out in the spring of 2010. Before that Catherine has two other books ready to be published, Hawke and Co. and Hanging Gate Hall. To find out more about The Golden Acorn visit www.pengridion.co.uk

Catherynne M Valente

Catherynne M. Valente was born in Seattle in 1979. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. Her first novel, The Labyrinth, was published in 2004, and her second, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams was released in the summer of 2005. Her third novel, The Grass-Cutting Sword, came out in the summer of 2006. Prime has also published two collections of her poetry, Apocrypha, and Oracles. Her third volume of poetry, The Descent of Inanna, was published early in 2006.

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris, a native of the Mississippi Delta, grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine began writing a mystery series, and soon had her own books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden.

China Mieville

China Miéville lives and works in London. His first novel, King Rat, was published in 1998, Perdido Street Station (winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award) followed in 2000, The Scar (winner of the British Fantasy Award) in 2002, Iron Council in 2004 (winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award), and Looking for Jake and Other Stories in 2006.

Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford lives an action packed life and is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie. He’s thrown himself over Victoria Falls on a bungee cord, out of an airplane in New Zealand and off a French mountain on a paraglider, but he’s always managed to land safely – something he learnt from his martial arts training…

Chris F Holm

Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York. His work has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011.

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