Fantasy authors: Page 2

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.

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.

Chris Priestley

Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like Strange Tales and House of Mystery, watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those writers have haunted him.

Chris Wooding

Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

Christian Dunn

After cutting his teeth on Inferno! and Warhammer Monthly Christian Dunn spent many years as the Commissioning Editor of both Black Flame and Solaris. He is currently with Black Library as their Range Development Editor where he runs the e-book, Print on Demand and audio ranges, as well as being responsible for unearthing new writing talent. He lives in Nottingham, England.

Christie Golden

Christie Golden has written over thirty-five novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honoured by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers.

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born on the 17th November 1983 in Southern California. His best known works include Eragon and Eldest, both part of the Inheritance Cycle. Paolini's childhood was spent in the Paradise Valley of Montana. Christopher was taught at home and passed his accredited correspondence courses at the age of 15. Following his graduation he began writing the novels that would go on to become Eragon and Eldest.

Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and The Killing Moon. The Town was awarded the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing, and named one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King. He is also the co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the international bestseller The Strain. He lives with his family outside Boston.

Clive Barker

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at Liverpool before moving to London at the age of twenty-one. By his late-twenties Barker had published Book of Blood, Volumes 1–3 which achieved modest success. Three more volumes followed (Book of Blood, Volumes 4-6).

CM Debell

After completing a degree in Theology, a six month trip to Australia ended up as a four year expedition around Australia, New Zealand and Asia. C.M. Debell has worked as a journalist since her return to the UK and now edits a successful trade publication.

Colin R Parsons

Colin was born on the 8th of November 1960 in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. He did a variety of short stories over the year’s until in 2004 wrote his first novel. This soon turned into his ‘Wizards’ Kingdom trilogy.’ Wizards’ Kingdom book 1…The Obelisk of Ashmar book 2 and Jarrak’s Darkness book 3. The beautiful welsh landscape of forest’s and lakes provided Colin with inspiration for his writing. He still lives in the Rhondda Valley with his wife Janice and his two sons, Kristoffer and Ryan.

Cornelia Funke

Born on 10th December 1958 in Dorsten, Germany, Cornelia Caroline Funke aspired to being an astronaut when a child but took the route of studying education theory at Hamburg University. After graduating Funke (pronounced - FOON-ka) took the position of Social Worker and dedicated her three years in this role to deprived children. She then took a job as an illustrator and board game designer after completing a postgraduate course at Hamburg University of Design but soon realised that she wanted to write and illustrate her own stories; her time working with children had certainly given her an insight into the type of stories that children wanted to read and enjoy. Establishing herself with the Ghosthunters (Gespensterjäger) and Wild Chicks (Wild H?hner) series of books in her home country it was the fantasy novel Dragon Rider in 1996 that saw her on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks and brought her writing to an international audience. She has since gone on to write several popular titles not least the Inkheart trilogy. After receiving critical acclaim and several awards including the Book Sense Children’s Literature Award she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 with her husband Rolf and their children Anna and Ben. However, the joy of her success has also been tinged with sadness as Rolf her husband of 25 years died of cancer in 2006. The Inkheart trilogy was completed in 2008 with the book Inkdeath following the release of Inkspell which won her the Book Sense Book of the Year Children’s Literature Award in 2006 and Inkheart has now become the subject of a multi-million pound film staring Brendan Fraser.

CS Lewis

C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, also known as Jack was born in the Northern Irish town of Belfast in 1898. He was one of two boys born to his father Albert J. Lewis and his mother Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis, his brother Warren Hamilton Lewis was born in 1895. His upbringing was comfortable and the library of the family home was full of books that the young Lewis enjoyed reading. CS Lewis endured as difficult as year as can be imaged when, in 1908, his mother, father and brother all died.

CS Marks

C.S. Marks has often been described as a Renaissance woman. The daughter of academic parents, she holds a Ph.D. in Biology and has spent the past two decades teaching Biology and Equine Science. She is currently a Full Professor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in west central Indiana.

DA Adams

D. A. Adams was born in Florida and raised in East Tennessee. He received a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Memphis in 1999 and has taught college English for over a decade. His first novel, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, was released in 2005. In 2008, the sequel, Red Sky at Dawn, was released.

Dan Wells

Dan Wells was born in 1977. His parents were avid readers and SF/Fantasy fans, and when he was six years old his dad read him The Hobbit. He has been hooked on everything like it ever since.

Daniel Abraham

Once upon a time, there was a writer who wrote novels under three names — well, two and a half, really. Daniel Abraham wrote epic fantasy set other worlds, MLN Hanover wrote urban fantasy set in something very like our world, and James S. A. Corey wrote science fiction set well into the future. In the real world, he was Daniel Abraham, except that James S. A. Corey was written with a partner named Ty Franck.

Daniel Fox

Daniel Fox is a British writer who first went to Taiwan at the millennium and became obsessed, to the point of learning Mandarin and writing about the country in three different genres. Before this he had published a couple of dozen books and many hundreds of short stories, under a clutch of other names. He has also written poetry and plays. Some of this work has won awards.

Daniel Polansky

Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore. The Straight Razor Cure was his first novel, and the first part of the Low Town series.

Darren Shan

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O’Shaughnessy. Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas’ Hospital, London - directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Darren went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University.

Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory's first novel, Pandemonium, was published in 2008 and won the 2009 Crawford Award, given each year by critics and scholars of the fantasy field to "an oustanding new fantasy writer whose first book was published the previous year." The book was also a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award, the Locus Award, and the Mythopoeic Award for best fantasy adult novel.

Dave Duncan

David Duncan is a Scottish-born author of fantasy a science-fiction. He moved to Canada in 1955 and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia.

David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham was born in New York City in 1969. The child of parents of Caribbean ancestry, he grew up in Maryland. He began writing seriously while an undergraduate on a Creative Arts Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. While there his short story, August Fury, won the 1990 Malcolm C. Braly Award for Fiction. Another story, The Boy-Fish, won the 1992 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fiction Award and was published in Catalyst.

David Bryan Russell

David Bryan Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1950. At an early age he exhibited a marked skill in the visual arts. He received his formal training at California’s prestigious Art Center College of Design. Russell’s artwork always reflected his love of mythology, particularly the Norse sagas. His early visual style was also strongly influenced by the noted comic book illustrator Jack Kirby, with whom he later developed a deep friendship.

David Burrows

I was born at a very early age in Nairobi, Kenya. My teenage years, I spent in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire and I went to Arnold School, Blackpool. Later, I went to Liverpool University where I received a degree and PhD, both in physics, the latter in nuclear structure physics. My chat up line at discos was “I’m a nuclear physicist” which I admit went down like a lead balloon. Upon leaving Liverpool I moved to Edinburgh where I worked on airborne radar. In Edinburgh I also served in the TA as an infantry Captain in 2/52 Lowland battalion.

David Eddings

David Eddings is an American born author best know for his epic fantasy novels. The Belgariad and the Mallorean are his most loved works and two characters in particular; Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress have entered into fantasy folklore.

David Farland

David Farland, an American author of fantasy fiction, is the pseudonym of Dave Wolverton. Dave Wolverton, who is well known as an author of science fiction, lives in Utah with his wife and five children.

David Gemmell

David Gemmell was born in 1948 in West London, England. His school life ended at the age of sixteen when he was expelled for his part in an organized gambling syndicate. After leaving school Gemmell became a labourer in the daytime and a bouncer at night in the pubs and clubs of London.

David Gunn

Smartly dressed, resourceful, and discreet, David Gunn has undertaken assignments in Central America, North Africa and Russia (amongst numerous other places). Coming from a service family, he is happiest when on the move and tends not to stay in one place for very long but if he calls anywhere home, it's the UK.

David H Webb

David Webb lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, Natalie, and their children. He studied at the University of Sydney, Moore College, and more recently at Tanglewood in Sydney where he developed skills in counselling with a personal interest in the men’s movement and authentic masculinity. Influences include: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as well as Robert Bly, Larry Crabb, Dan Allender, John Webb, and John Eldredge.

David Tallerman

David Tallerman is the author of around a hundred short stories, as well as comic scripts and poems, countless reviews and articles and at least two novels. Many of these are already available in print, online and in podcast. Not liking to be pinned down, David's work ranges from gruesome horror to comic fantasy, from political science-fiction to tales about mechanically assisted grizzly bears battling Nazi dolphins on the moon.

David Whitley

David Whitley was born in 1984 and graduated from the University of Oxford with a double First in English Literature and a passion for writing children’s fiction. At age 17 his first children’s novel was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award and at 20 he won the Cheshire Prize for Literature for a children’s short story; the youngest writer ever to win this prestigious award which was presented by Michael Morpurgo. In 2005 David appeared on BBC2’s University Challenge where he was a member of the winning Corpus Christi team who beat all competitors to become Series Champions. He is also a keen actor, director and chorister. David currently lives in Cheshire and is working on his second novel.

Dean Vincent Carter

Dean Vincent Carter began writing short stories at the age of fourteen. After graduating from Thames Valley University with a degree in English and Media Studies, he worked in sales and as a bookseller before getting a job in the facilities department at Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books. His writing talent was spotted by his editor after she read his company-wide emails. His first novel, The Hand of the Devil was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. He lives in Hounslow, Middlesex.

Denise Mina

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe, moving twenty one times in eighteen years from Paris to the Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs: working in a meat factory, bar maid, kitchen porter and cook. Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.

Derek Landy

Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, Derek Landy wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous thriller in which everybody dies.

Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934). She is a British writer whose better-known works include the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.

Django Wexler

Django Wexler is tha author of The Shadow Campaign series of fantasy novels.

DM Cornish

D.M. Cornish was born in time to see the first Star Wars movie. He was five. It made him realise that worlds beyond his own were possible, and he failed to eat his popcorn. The next important moment in his life was when he read the Boland Light Railway by BB. A wonderfully well-thought out world of gnomes and the railway they had made, it built on his already established idea that other worlds were just out of reach somewhere. Lego was the vehicle for expressing his ideas. He didn’t just build spaceships, he imagined the worlds and the stories of the little people he had literally built with his own hands.

Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson wrote Caligula, his first novel, on a packed commuter train between Stirling and Edinburgh every day on his way to work, and signed up by a literary agent when he asked for feedback on his writing on www.YouWriteOn.com.

Drew Karpyshyn

Drew Karpyshyn, a Canadian author and game designer, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 28, 1971. and grew up in St. Albert, a city just a few minutes northwest of Edmonton.

EA Sunden

E.A. Sunden’s debut novel Domain of Illusion reveals a fantasy world in upheaval. Once a bright and beautiful oasis, the Valley of Tsura faces bleak times. The assassination of the High Emperor followed cruelly on the heels of Empress Zaiya’s unexpected death after the birth of her first child, Naora. Now, strange smoke phantoms are openly attacking the small agrarian village. The direct results of such attacks seem to be three mysterious illnesses previously unknown to the people of the valley. With the strange disappearance of the High Emperor’s eldest son, it is up to his younger twin brothers Emperor’s Arel and Kozai to unravel the mysterious plot against the valley before the malevolence of a hidden power consumes all.

EB White

Elwyn Brooks White was born on 11th July 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921, then travelled about trying many sorts of jobs, and finally joined the New Yorker magazine. He kept animals on his farm in Maine, and some of these creatures crept into his stories and books. In 1970 Mr. White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given every five years for distinguished services to children’s literature by the American Library Association. In 1978 he was awarded an honorary Pulizer Prize for his work as a whole. Married to Katherine White, author of ‘Onward and Upward in the garden’ he was also father to Joel White After a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease E. B. died on 1st October 1985 at home in his farm house.

EE Richardson

E.E. Richardson is a cybernetics graduate. Her first novel, The Devil's Footsteps, was published to great critical acclaim shortly after she graduated from university and was followed by a second novel, The Intruders. The Summoning is the third novel from this talented writer.

Emily Gee

Emily Gee grew up in a house full of words and books: her mother worked as a librarian and a proof-reader, and her father was a writer.

Eoin Colfer

Born on 14th May 1965 in Wexford, South-East Ireland Eoin Colfer attended Dublin University to gain his degree and qualify as a primary school teacher like his father before him. Returning to Wexford to begin his teaching career he left his home county once again in 1992, this time with his now wife Jackie, whom he married in 1991, to teach in East Africa, Asia and Europe (Italy) over a period of four years. His first book, Benny and Omar was inspired by his experiences in Tunisia, East Africa and was published in 1998. It has since gone on to be translated into several different European languages.

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the creator of illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 47 languages and sold over 29 million copies. Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 88 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

Erik Buchanan

Erik Buchanan lives in Toronto, Canada and is the author of Small Magics. Small Magics was published by Dragon Moon Press and on shelves in 2007. Erik lists his interests as writing, acting, stage combat, martial arts, politics, archaeology, anthropology and philosophy. His favourite films include Harry Potter, Aliens and Willow while among his favourite musicians are the Counting Crows, Sting, REM and Tom Petty.

Erin Hunter

Erin Hunter does not, in reality, exist. She is the pen name of three authors and an editor who work together to write fantasy books, most notably the Warriors series.

Estevan Vega

As a young boy, Estevan Vega never really felt interested in the written word. Far more fascinating things like comic book superheroes and sketching fantastical beings caught his eye and captured a wild spirit. But in the fifth grade, writing short essays for a standoffish teacher ignited a fire that is still burning. Using his witty and imaginative father as a springboard for ideas, Vega set out to write a full manuscript. His dream to become a published author came forth when he was just 15 years old, releasing his first literary creation, Servant of the Realm, to the world, a story about a teenager who sees the future deaths of those he loves and tries to change it.

Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh was raised in the UK but left London to travel, and found herself in Australia where she fell in love with the country and one person in particular. She has since roamed the world for her work in the travel industry but has settled down to full-time writing. McIntosh lives with her husband and teenage sons, splitting her time between city life in South Australia and the wilderness of Tasmania.

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