Glen Hirshberg

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Glen Hirshberg
Glen Hirshberg 2014.jpg
Hirshberg in 2014
Born Glen Martin Hirshberg
(1966-06-05) June 5, 1966 (age 48)
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, Writer, Teacher
Nationality American
Genre Horror
Notable awards Shirley Jackson Award, International Horror Guild Award
Website
www.glenhirshberg.com

Glen Martin Hirshberg (born 1966 in Royal Oak, a city in Oakland County and suburb of Detroit, Michigan) is an American author best known for horror fiction.

Biography[edit]

Born to parents Linda Hirshberg (psychologist) and Jerry Hirshberg (painter, founder of Nissan Design International, and author of The Creative Priority), Hirshberg began telling stories at the age of three.[1][2][3] "My mother was a psychologist, my father a designer and painter, and I think their influence still resonates through everything I write. I can’t draw a straight line, but I love painting with the language, and what interests me most in stories, even the spooky ones, is the way people respond to and discover one another as their lives unfold or unravel."[4] Hirshberg was ten years old in 1976 when the Oakland County Child Killer began to kidnap and kill children in his neighborhood. This formative experience finds outlet in the plot of Hirshberg's first novel The Snowman's Children which, as Publisher's Weekly relates, is the story of an adult coming to terms with his "1970s suburban childhood. In the winter of 1977, a serial killer dubbed "The Snowman" haunted a quiet Michigan neighborhood, preying on the town's children."[5] In the 1980, Hirshberg moved with his family to Southern California where his father, Jerry Hirshberg, took a job with Nissan Design.[6] Hirshberg graduated from Torrey Pines High School before earning his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize, and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1991. Hirshberg then moved to Seattle where he began to work as a music critic and writer for the Seattle Weekly among other publications. He currently lives with his family in the Los Angeles area.

Career[edit]

His works include the novel The Snowman's Children, published in limited edition by Earthling Publications and reissued for wider distribution in 2002 by Carroll & Graf, a short story collection The Two Sams, published in 2003 by Carroll & Graf; the collection American Morons, published in 2006 by Earthling Publications; the collection The Janus Tree, published in 2012 by Subterranean Press; the novel The Book of Bunk, published in 2010 by Earthling Publications, and the novel Motherless Child which was first published in a limited run by Earthling in 2012. This book sold out before publication and was reissued for wider distribution in May, 2014 by Tor Books as the initial book of a planned trilogy. Hirshberg is currently working on the second book of the trilogy, to be out in 2015, tentatively titled, Good Girls.[7]

The Two Sams received an International Horror Guild Award for Outstanding Collection in 2003 and was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book for that same year.[8] In addition, The Two Sams was also nominated for the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection. Stories in the collection were also very well received. "Mr. Dark's Carnival" was nominated for the 2000 International Horror Guild Award for Long Story.[9] and was a World Fantasy nominee for Best Novella of the year in 2001. "Dancing Men," was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for 2004;[10] and won an International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction in 2004. "Struwwelpeter," was nominated in the Best Novella category for the World Fantasy Award in 2002. "Dancing Men," won the 2004 International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in the same year. [11][12]

The collection American Morons was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and for the Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection. It received an International Horror Guild Award for Outstanding Collection in 2006; "The Muldoon," one of the stories from that collection, was also nominated for the 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction.[13][14] The collection The Janus Tree was a finalist for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award.[15] Its titular story, "The Janus Tree," was nominated for a 2007 International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction and awarded a 2007 Shirley Jackson Award.[16][17] The novel Motherless Child earned critical acclaim (the Los Angeles Review of Books states: “Always one of his generation’s finest stylists, its most able students of character, [Hirshberg] has written one of the best books of the year.”) and earned both a Booklist and a Publisher's Weekly starred review.[18][19][20]

With Peter Atkins and Dennis Etchison, Hirshberg co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, a reading and dramatic production which appears (like the carnival in "Mr. Dark's Carnival") in different venues and with appearances by different horror authors every year. Stories from the Rolling Darkness Revue (2005–Present) have been anthologized by Earthling Publications.

Publications[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • 2014 Motherless Child (expanded and revised) (Tor)
  • 2012 Motherless Child (Earthling)
  • 2010 The Book of Bunk (Earthling); reprinted 2012 (Ash-Tree)
  • 2002 The Snowman's Children (Carroll and Graf); special edition 2007 (Earthling). Awards and nominations: International Horror Guild nominee, 2002.[21]

Collections[edit]

  • 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories (Subterranean Press).
  • 2006 American Morons Awards and nominations: 2006 International Horror Guild Award; 2006 Stoker Award nominee; 2007 World Fantasy Award nominee
  • 2003 The Two Sams: Ghost Stories (Carroll and Graf). Awards and nominations: 2003 International Horror Guild Award; 2004 World Fantasy Award nominee

Novellas and Novelettes[edit]

Short Fiction[edit]

Essays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jerry Hirshberg". NNDB. Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Jerry Hirshberg. Jerry Hirshberg. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Glen Hirshberg, Author of Motherless Child". SFsignal. SF Signal. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Glen Hirshberg, Author of Motherless Child". SFsignal. SF Signal. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  5. ^ "The Snowman's Children". PublishersWeekly. PWxyz. 2002-11-11. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Jerry Hirshberg". Harper Collins Publishers. Harper Collins. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Author Spotlight: Glen Hirshberg". Nightmare Horror and Dark Fantasy. Nightmare Magazine. 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  8. ^ "The Year in Books 2003: SF/Fantasy/Horror". PublishersWeekly. PWxyz. 2003-11-17. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  9. ^ "IHG Award Recipients for Works from the Year 1995-2006". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  10. ^ "2004 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". World Fantasy Convention. World Fantasy Board. 2004. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  11. ^ "2002 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". World Fantasy Convention. World Fantasy Board. 2002. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ "2001 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". World Fantasy Convention. World Fantasy Board. 2001. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  13. ^ "2007 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". World Fantasy Convention. World Fantasy Board. 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  14. ^ "IHG Award Recipients for Works from the Year 1995-2006". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  15. ^ "2011 Shirley Jackson Awards". Shirley Jackson Awards. Shirley Jackson Awards. 2011. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  16. ^ "International Horror Guild Awards for Works from 2007". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  17. ^ "2007 Shirley Jackson Awards". Shirley Jackson Awards. Shirley Jackson Awards. 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  18. ^ "Mina and Lucy at the Waffle House". Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles Review of Books. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  19. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Motherless Child". PublishersWeekly. PWxyz. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  20. ^ "Booklist Review: Motherless Child, by Glen Hirshberg". Booklist Online. Booklist Publications. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  21. ^ "IHG Award Recipients for Works from the Year 1995-2006". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2006. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  22. ^ "IHG Award Recipients for Works from the Year 1995-2006". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2003. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  23. ^ "2004 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". World Fantasy Converntion. WFC. 2004. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  24. ^ "Bibliography: Flowers on Their Bridles, Hooves in the Air". ISFDB. Creative Commons. n.d. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  25. ^ "Bibliography: Shipwreck Beach". ISFDB. Creative Commons. n.d. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  26. ^ "Bibliography: Struwwelpeter". ISFDB. Creative Commons. n.d. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  27. ^ "Bibliography: Mr. Dark's Carnival". ISFDB. Creative Commons. n.d. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  28. ^ "IHG Award Recipients for Works from the Year 1995-2006". International Horror Guild. International Horror Guild. 2000. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

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