|Genres||Transgressional fiction, neo-noir|
|Notable work(s)||The Contortionist's Handbook, Dermaphoria|
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Craig Clevenger is an American author of contemporary fiction. Born 1964 in Dallas, Texas, he grew up in Southern California where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of two novels, The Contortionist's Handbook and Dermaphoria, both released by MacAdam/Cage. His work has been classified by some as neo-noir and has received praise from such authors as Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh.
Clevenger lists among his influences Jim Thompson, James M. Cain, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Matheson, Italo Calvino, Kōbō Abe, Steve Erickson, Mark Danielewski, Will Christopher Baer, Seth Morgan, James Ellroy, Michael Hogan, John O'Brien, Michael Ventura and Rupert Thomson.
The Contortionist's Handbook
Clevenger's debut novel, The Contortionist's Handbook, was first published in 2002. It is the story of John Dolan Vincent, a prodigious forger who has been detained for a psychiatric interview following a near-fatal painkiller overdose. As the narrator bluffs his way through the interview in order to avoid being involuntarily institutionalized, he tells the reader his true story - the one he is not telling the psychiatrist - revealing both his past and the true nature of his circumstances. The Contortionist's Handbook has since been translated into five languages - German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese - as well as published in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins. Several other translations are forthcoming, including Russian and Japanese. Film rights for The Contortionist's Handbook were optioned in 2007 by Greenestreet Films. Miguel Sapochnik has been linked as director and Channing Tatum as producer and star.
In 2005, MacAdam/Cage released Clevenger's second novel, Dermaphoria, the diary of an amnesiac LSD chemist who becomes addicted to a drug which synthesizes the feeling of human touch. The film rights to Dermaphoria were optioned in October 2006 by independent producers George Griffith, Ross Clarke and Teryn Fogel.
- MacAdam/Cage bio for Craig Clevenger
- Transcript of Chuck Palahniuk's Audio Blog Monday, Aug. 18, 2003
- "Tied Up in Knots," Irvine Welsh for "The Guardian," Apr. 16, 2005
- "Greenestreet Books Deal" Variety.com May 2007
"The Contortionist's Handbook"
- "The Fade" on craigclevenger.com (2005)
- "The Numbers Game" in San Francisco Noir 2 (2009)
- "Mother Howl" on chuckpalahniuk.net (2009)
- "Subcarrier" on chuckpalahniuk.net (2009)
- "Mercury" in Sensitive Skin issue 3 (2010)
- "Act of Contrition" in Warmed and Bound (2011)
- "Obsolescence" in In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words (2011)
- "Drunk & DC" in Barrelhouse magazine issue 10 (2012)
- "Chicken Wire" in Black Clock n°16 (2013)
- "The Confession of Adelai Shade" in The Booked. Anthology (2013)
- "Thirteen Hours at the Oakland Strike" on Huffington Post (2011)
- "Scotty's Last Name" on OccupyWriters.com (2011)
- "Neglected Authors: Seth Morgan" on LitReactor.com (2013)
- "High Priest of the Godless: A Jim Thompson Primer" on LitReactor.com (2013)
- Official site of Craig Clevenger
- The Velvet The official online community of Craig Clevenger, Will Christopher Baer and Stephen Graham Jones
- Curled Up
- Movie Poopshoot 1
- Movie Poopshoot 2
- Professor Barnhardt's Journal 1
- Professor Barnhardt's Journal 2
- Suicide Girls I
- Suicide Girls II
- KQED's "The Writer's Block
- Craig Clevenger reading from Dermaphoria at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn while on tour in October, 2005
- Misnomer Radio's Logan Rapp interviews Craig Clevenger.