Robin Spriggs

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Robin Spriggs (born April 1, 1974) is an American writer, actor, and poet. Known primarily as a dark fabulist, he is the author of the critically acclaimed Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist and Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny;[1] the co-author of The Dracula Poems: A Poetic Encounter with the Lord of Vampires; and the creator of Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City, a "book-in-a-box" superhero board game based on his illustrated series, Capes & Cowls: The Wyrd City Chronicles.


Spriggs holds degrees in both English and Theatre. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a Bram Stoker Award, a Rhysling Award, and received honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. His fiction and poetry have appeared in such anthologies and magazines as Beyond, The Rhysling Anthology, Cemetery Dance, Going Postal, Space & Time, and Terminal Fright.

The literary offerings of Robin Spriggs have been well received by critics. According to Cemetery Dance magazine, "Spriggs displays a wide range of talents in both form and substance. He's equally comfortable in the short story, short-short and novella lengths. His tone varies from the gently whimsical to the truly nasty. He crosses genre lines with ease, showing strength in all forms of the fantastic, from horror to fantasy to science fiction."[1]

His lyrical prose, with its dreamlike and often frightening depiction of reality, has been favorably compared to the work of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Ray Bradbury, Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Aickman, and Clark Ashton Smith. Much of Spriggs's work, in fact, falls into the category of prose poetry, prompting thriller author Harry Shannon to refer to him as "a linguistic acrobat who works without a net."[2]

Noted editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow, in volume 3 of her The Best Horror of the Year, wrote: "Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs is a series of well-wrought interconnected prose poems of the ghostly and uncanny." Internationally distributed fan magazine Fangoria referred to the same collection as "a rather ingenious little grimoire charting—in fractured, dreamlike form—the trip of a seeker, someone who dives head first into the fevered realms of black magic and beyond, encountering all manner of arcane horror and supernatural phenomena."

Due to the cult popularity of his aforementioned Dracula Poems, the long out-of-print book often commands inordinately high prices.[2]

As an actor, Spriggs was called "terrific" by Variety magazine [3] for his 2004 performance in Paul Schattel's Sinkhole.[4] He appeared as Captain Franco in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution, created by Eric Kripke and produced by J. J. Abrams, and as Chris Amante in the USA Network drama series Necessary Roughness.


Partial list:

  • The Dracula Poems: A Poetic Encounter with the Lord of Vampires (1992)
  • Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny (2001)
  • Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City (2006)
  • Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist (2010)


  1. ^ Peck, Garrett, Cemetery Dance #40 (2002), 1SSN 1047-7675
  2. ^ Shannon, Harry, "Story Time Reviews," Feo Amante's Horror Home Page

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