Clifford Meth

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Clifford Meth
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Born Clifford Lawrence Meth
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s) Hank Magitz

Clifford Lawrence Meth (born February 22, 1961) is an American writer and editor best known for his dark fiction. He has said that his work is often "self-consciously Jewish."[1]

Early life[edit]

Clifford Meth attended Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in the U.S., and Wroxton College in the U.K.[2]

Career[edit]

In publishing[edit]

In the early 1980s, Meth worked as a staff editor for Electronic Design[3][4] while freelancing for the Los Angeles Times Entertainment Newswire, Fangoria, Starlog, Billboard and other periodicals.[5]

By the mid-1980s Meth became involved with Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivas, but in 1994 the group's reaction to the death of its leader, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, led to Meth's disillusionment with the movement.[6] Meth embarked on a fiction-writing career. One of his first published works[7] was "I, Gezheh", which dealt with corruption in Chabad. Author Robert Bloch provided an afterword for the story, which was illustrated by Dave Cockrum.[8]

With the aid of Cockrum and fantasy artist Gray Morrow, Meth co-founded Aardwolf Publishing along with partner Jim Reeber in 1994.[citation needed] The company published a series of comic books, art portfolios, and collections of illustrated fiction.[citation needed]

In 2004, Meth joined IDT Entertainment's Creative Development team.[9] and worked on Showtime's Masters of Horror[10] series and ABC's Masters of Science Fiction.[10] In 2004, he was story editor for Gene Roddenberry's Starpoint Academy, an animated feature screenplay IDT hired Peter David to script.[11] Meth left IDT Entertainment in 2006 when the division was sold to Liberty Media.[12] In 2007 he oversaw the acquisition of IDW Publishing by IDT Corporation and joined IDW as executive vice president, editorial/strategies.[citation needed] The following year, producer Richard Saperstein optioned film rights to Meth's IDW horror comic-book series, Snaked, with Meth as screenwriter and an executive producer.[13]

In 2008, Meth launched IDW Publishing's "New Classics of the Fantastic Series", which published out-of-print Hugo and Nebula Award-winning books, beginning with Robert Silverberg's Nightwings.[14]

Charitable work[edit]

In 2008, Meth established the Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.[15] In 2010, Meth founded the Kars4Kids Literacy Program,[16] which has made significant contributions to such universities as Seton Hall University.[17]

On numerous occasions Meth has spearheaded campaigns to raise money and awareness for financially challenged comics’ creators, including Gene Colan,[18] William Messner-Loebs[19] and Dave Simons.[20]

Bibliography[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • girl (chapbook) (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1983)
  • Crib Death & Other Bedtime Stories (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • This Bastard Planet (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • The White Man Dancing (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crawling From the Wreckage: The White Man Limping (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crib Death: The Babysitter's Companion (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Perverts, Pedophiles & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Conflicts of Disinterest (Aardwolf Publishing, 1998)
  • Wearing The Horns (Aardwolf Publishing, 2003)
  • god's 15 minutes (Aardwolf Publishing, 2004)
  • METHo.d. (Aardwolf Publishing, 2006)
  • Snaked (with Rufus Dayglo, IDW Publishing, 2007)
  • One Small Voice (IDW Publishing, 2008)
  • Meth, Colan & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 2008)
  • Billboards (IDW Publishing, 2009)

As editor[edit]

  • Strange Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Stranger Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Heroes and Villains (with Neal Adams), (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005)
  • Balm in Gilead (Mahrwood Press, 2007)
  • The Uncanny Dave Cockrum (Aardwolf Publishing, 2007)
  • Nightwings by Robert Silverberg (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2008)
  • Hothouse by Brian Aldiss (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Dare by Philip Jose Farmer (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Rogue Dragon by Avram Davidson (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Lori by Robert Bloch (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • The Invincible Gene Colan (Marvel Entertainment, 2010)

Audio[edit]

In 2008, the album Caged by Septimus Orion included a recording of Meth's short story "Queers", accompanied by music and sound effects.[citation needed]

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