Christopher Buehlman

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Christopher Buehlman
Born1969 (age 53–54)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Alma materFlorida State University

Christopher Buehlman (born 1969) is a novelist, comedian, playwright, and poet from St. Petersburg, Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

Buehlman was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1969, to an adolescent young woman originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was subsequently adopted by Joseph and Christeen Buehlman of Saint Petersburg, Florida. He attended Thom Howard Academy, a school for gifted and special needs students, from 1973 until 1982, when he enrolled at Northeast High School as a sophomore. He graduated from Northeast in 1985 at the age of sixteen. He briefly attended the University of Florida that year, then got his associate degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1989. He studied French language and History at Florida State University,[1] graduating in 1994 with a bachelor's degree.

He speaks French with near fluency[2] and is conversant in Spanish.



A lifelong fan of renaissance festivals, Buehlman developed an act called “Christophe the Insultor,”[3] roasting fair-goers for money at the behest of their friends, and has been touring with this act for 25 years. Early in his career the material was period and PG-13, performed in the lanes, but as the act moved on stage and into festival taverns it got bluer, more modern, and wilder, and has a strong cult following—most of his 18,000 Facebook followers have personally seen his show. He has also written and performed a one-man show about Christopher Marlowe, written a festival stage show called The Bastard Monks, and still performs his shows Filthy Irish Stories and Fat Shakespeare for the Sterling Renaissance Festival in the summer.


His poetry has appeared in the Atlanta Review, and other literary and university publications. He was a finalist in the 2006 War Poetry Contest, and the 2008 Forward poetry prize list.[4]

His first full-length play, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, debuted at Jobsite Theater of Tampa in March 2012.[5] He is the author of numerous short plays often performed out of doors. He has also written and performed a one-man show about Christopher Marlowe.

He is the author of several novels, which range in setting from 14th century France to 1930s American South to modern-day New York.

Buehlman wrote the foreword to the 2022 Medieval horror anthology Howls From the Dark Ages.[6]


In 2018, Buehlman authored a segment called “The Man in the Suitcase” for the Shudder reboot of Creepshow,[7] described as "a nifty little tale of comeuppance...[which] delivers much of what’s been missing with Shudder’s show so far."[8]





  • The Last Neanderthals: A Paleolithic Comedy
  • Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka
  • A Sodomite’s Christmas in Elizabethan London
  • Vulgar Sermons


  • "Bear Attacks"
  • "Wanton"
  • "Rapture"
  • "Love Song for the Geminid Meteors"


  1. ^ "Christopher Buehlman - writer profile from the WritersNet published writers and authors directory". Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  2. ^ Taylor, Lisa (1 July 2016). "Interview: Christopher Buehlman". Archived from the original on 18 June 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  3. ^ MacInnis, Roberta (2012-11-01). "The sharpest tongue at Renaissance fest". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  4. ^ Mark Brown (1 August 2008). "Emerging artists on shortlist for most valuable poetry prize". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka | Jobsite Theater". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "Review: Howls from the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror edited by P L McMillan and Solomon Forse". Cemetery Dance Online. 2022-05-12. Retrieved 2023-05-28.
  7. ^ ""Creepshow": Horror Novelist Christopher Buehlman Pens "The Man in the Suitcase" Episode". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  8. ^ "'Creepshow' Episode Three Review: Stay for the Back Half Packed with Fun"
  9. ^ "World Fantasy Convention". World Fantasy Award Ballot. World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  10. ^ "The Shirley Jackson Awards » 2014 Shirley Jackson Award Winners". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  11. ^ Nelson, Samantha (2011-09-14). "Christopher Buehlman: Those Across The River". The AV Club. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  12. ^ Dellamonica, Alyx (2011-09-06). "And there's a Creepy Town… Those Across the River". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  13. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  14. ^ Those Across the River (review). Retrieved August 3, 2016 – via Booklist.
  15. ^ Harrell, Scott (October 20, 2011). "The "literary horror" of St. Pete's Christopher Buehlman". Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  16. ^ Walkuski, Eric (December 5, 2011). "Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams looks for Those Across The River". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  17. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  18. ^ Dellamonica, Alyx (2012-10-19). "Anyone Up for Some War, Famine, and Plague? Between Two Fires". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  19. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  20. ^ "THE NECROMANCERS HOUSE by Christopher Buehlman Read by Todd Haberkorn: Audiobook Review". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  21. ^ "The 2014 List". American Library Association. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  22. ^ Dellamonica, Alyx (2014-10-28). "The Lesser Dead is Christopher Buehlman's Greatest Yet". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  23. ^ "2015 Reading List announced: Year's best in genre fiction for adult readers". American Library Association. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  24. ^ Nelson, Samantha (2016-06-20). "Vampires drive sports cars in The Suicide Motor Club". The AV Club. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  25. ^ Harrell, Scott (May 21, 2016). "Christopher Buehlman's The Suicide Motor Club bares its fangs". Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  26. ^ Oliver, Brent (2016-06-21). "Suicide Motor Club, The (Book)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  27. ^ "Announcing The Blacktongue Thief, Christopher Buehlman's Fantasy Debut". Tor. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-28.

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