Bruce Boston

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Bruce Boston (born 1943)[1] is an American speculative fiction writer and poet who was born in Chicago and grew up in Southern California.[2] He received a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, 1965, and an M.A., 1967. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1961 to 2001, where he worked in a variety of occupations, including computer programmer, college professor (literature and creative writing, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, 1978–82), technical writer, book designer, gardener, movie projectionist, retail clerk, and furniture mover. As of 2015 he was living in Ocala, Florida, with his wife, writer-artist Marge Simon, whom he married in 2001.[3]

Boston has won the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry a record[4] seven times,[5] and the Asimov's Readers' Award for poetry a record seven times.[6] He has also received a Pushcart Prize for fiction, 1976, a record four Bram Stoker Awards in poetry for his collections, and the first Grandmaster Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, 1999.[7] His collaborative poem with Robert Frazier, "Return to the Mutant Rain Forest,[8]" received first place in the 2006 Locus Online Poetry Poll for Best All-Time Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Poem.

Boston has also published[9] more than a hundred short stories and the novels Stained Glass Rain and The Guardener's Tale (the latter a Bram Stoker Award Finalist and Prometheus Award Nominee). His work has appeared widely in periodicals and anthologies, including Asimov's SF Magazine, Amazing Stories Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the Nebula Awards Showcase. Writing in The Washington Post, Paul Di Filippo described his collection Masque of Dreams as containing "nearly two dozen brilliant stories ranging across all emotional and narrative terrains."[10]

Boston has chaired the Nebula Award Novel Jury (SFWA), the Bram Stoker Award Novel Jury, and the Philip K. Dick Award Jury, and served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He has served as fiction and/or poetry editor for a number of publications, including Occident, The Open Cell, Berkeley Poets Cooperative, City Miner, and Star*Line. As of 2014, he edits speculative poetry for The Pedestal Magazine.[2]

He was the poet guest of honor at the World Horror Convention in 2013.[11][12]



  • Stained Glass Rain. Ocean View, 1993, Wildside, 2003
  • The Guardener's Tale. Sam's Dot Publishing, 2007, 2011
    • El Guardián de Almas, Spanish-language edition of The Guardener's Tale, La Factoria de Ideas, 2009


  • After Magic. Eotu, 1990, Dark Regions, 1999
  • Houses. Talisman, 1991

Fiction and poetry collections[edit]

  • The Complete Accursed Wives, Talisman/Dark Regions, 2000
  • Masque of Dreams, Wildside, 2001, 2009
  • Bruce Boston: Short Stories, Volume 1 (ebook), Fictionwise, 2003
  • Bruce Boston: Short Stories, Volume 2 (ebook), Fictionwise, 2003

Fiction collections[edit]

  • Jackbird. BPW&P, 1976
  • She Comes When You're Leaving. BPW&P, 1982
  • Skin Trades, Chris Drumm, 1988
  • Hypertales & Metafictions. Chris Drumm, 1990
  • All the Clocks Are Melting (single story booklet), Pulphouse Publishing, 1991
  • Night Eyes. Chris Drumm, 1993
  • Dark Tales & Light. Dark Regions, 1999
  • Flashing the Dark. Sam's Dot Publishing, 2006

Poetry collections[edit]

  • XXO. Maya Press, 1969
  • Potted Poems. Maya Press, 1970
  • All the Clock Are Melting. Velocities, 1984
  • Alchemical Texts. Ocean View, 1985
  • Nuclear Futures. Velocities, 1987
  • Time. Titan, 1988
  • The Nightmare Collector. 2AM Publications, 1989
  • Faces of the Beast. Starmont House, 1990
  • Other Voices, Other Worlds (audio tape, music by Jack Poley). Chris Drumm, 1990, (MP3 audio) Telltale Weekly, 2004
  • Short Circuits (prose poems). Ocean View, 1991
  • Cybertexts. Talisman, 1991
  • Chronicles of the Mutant Rain Forest (with Robert Frazier). Horror's Head Press, 1992
  • Accursed Wives. Night Visions, 1993
  • Specula: Selected Uncollected Poems, 1968-1993. Talisman, 1993
  • Sensuous Debris: Selected Poems, 1970-1995. Dark Regions, 1995
  • Conditions of Sentient Life. Gothic Press, 1996
  • Cold Tomorrows. Gothic Press, 1998
  • Pavane for a Cyber-Princess (single poem chapbook). Miniature Sun, 2001
  • White Space. Dark Regions, 2001
  • Quanta: Award Winning Poems. Miniature Sun, 2001
  • Night Smoke (ebook, with Marge Simon), Miniature Sun & Quixsilver, 2002
  • She Was There for Him the Last Time (single poem chapbook). Miniature Sun, 2002
  • Head Full of Strange (ebook). CyberPulp, 2003
  • Pitchblende. Dark Regions, 2003
  • Etiquette with Your Robot Wife. Talisman, 2005
  • Shades Fantastic. Gromagon Press, 2006
  • Night Smoke (with Marge Simon, expanded print edition of 2002 ebook). Kelp Queen Press, 2007
  • The Nightmare Collection. Dark Regions, 2008
  • Double Visions (collaborative poems). Dark Regions, 2009
  • North Left of Earth. Sam's Dot, 2009
  • Dark Matters. Bad Moon Books, 2010
  • Surrealities. Dark Regions, 2011
  • Anthropomorphisms. Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2012
  • Notes from the Shadow City (with Gary William Crawford). Dark Regions, 2012
  • Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012. Dark Renaissance Books, 2013
  • Resonance Dark & Light. Eldritch Press, 2015

Poetry broadsides[edit]

  • Musings. Eldritch Emu Press, 1988
  • The Last Existentialist. Chris Drumm, 1993
  • Confessions of a Body Thief. Talisman, 1998
  • The Lesions of Genetic Sin. Miniature Sun, 2000
  • In Far Pale Clarity. Quixsilver, 2002
  • The Crow Is Dismantled in Flight (ebroadside). Miniature Sun, 2003

Major awards and honors[edit]

Bram Stoker Award for Poetry Collection[edit]

  • 2003 Pitchblende, Dark Regions Press
  • 2006 Shades Fantastic, Gromagon Press
  • 2008 The Nightmare Collection, Dark Regions Press
  • 2010 Dark Matters, Bad Moon Books

Asimov’s Readers Award for Poetry[edit]

  • 1989 Old Robots Are the Worst
  • 1993 Curse of the Shapeshifter’s Wife
  • 1997 Curse of the SF Writer’s Wife
  • 2003 Eight Things Not to Do or Say When a Mad Scientist Moves into Your Neighborhood
  • 2005 Heavy Weather
  • 2007 The Dimensional Rush of Relative Primes
  • 2014 In the Quiet Hour

Rhysling Award for Speculative Poetry (SFPA)[edit]

  • 1985 For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets, short
  • 1987 The Nightmare Collector, short
  • 1988 In the Darkened Hours, long
  • 1994 Spacer’s Compass, short
  • 1995 Future Present: A Lesson in Expectation, short
  • 1999 Confessions of a Body Thief, long
  • 2001 My Wife Returns as She Would Have It, short


  • 1976 Pushcart Prize for Fiction for “Broken Portraiture”
  • 1999 Grandmaster Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association
  • 2006 Winner of Locus Poll for Favorite SF, Fantasy, Horror Poem -- "Return to the Mutant Rain Forest" with Robert Frazier
  • 2013 Poet Guest of Honor, World Horror/Bram Stoker Awards Convention, New Orleans


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Bruce Boston (accessed Sept. 18 2013)
  2. ^ a b Diane Severson, Interview with Bruce Boston,Amazing Stories March 15, 2013 (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)
  3. ^ Bruce Boston Website
  4. ^ Locus, Rhysling Award Tallies (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)
  5. ^ Science Fiction Poetry Association, Rhysling archive (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)
  6. ^ The Locus Index to SF Awards: Asimov's Reader Poll Records and Tallies
  7. ^ Science Fiction Poetry Association, 1999 SFPA Grandmaster (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)
  8. ^
  9. ^ Internet SF Database, Bruce Boston Summary Bibliography (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)
  10. ^ Paul di Filippo, review, "Microcosmos: A new Golden Age and a flood of titles from the kind of small publishers that first brought the world sf", Washington Post, Sunday, April 7, 2002; Page BW13 (accessed Sept. 18, 2013).
  11. ^ Locus Online News, Bruce Boston Joins World Horror Guests of Honor, 10 July 20, 2012 (accessed Sept. 18 2013)
  12. ^ World Horror Convention 2013 GoH Interview #5: Bruce Boston (accessed Sept. 18, 2013)

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