Clifford Meth

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Clifford Meth
Clifford Meth 2.jpg
Meth, photographed in 2012
BornClifford Lawrence Meth
(1961-02-22) February 22, 1961 (age 58)
Queens, New York
Area(s)Writer, Editor, Publisher
Notable works
Aardwolf Publishing

Clifford Lawrence Meth (born February 22, 1961) is an American writer, editor, and publisher best known for his dark fiction, as well as his publishing imprint Aardwolf Publishing. He has said that his work is often "self-consciously Jewish."[1]

Early life[edit]

Meth grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey and attended Morris Hills High School.[2][3][4] He attended Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in the United States, and Wroxton College in the United Kingdom.[5]

Meth was associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch religious movement in the 1980s, but moved away from the movement following the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1994.[6]


In publishing[edit]

In the early 1980s, Meth worked as a staff editor for Electronic Design[7][8] while freelancing for the Los Angeles Times Entertainment Newswire, Fangoria, Starlog, Billboard and other periodicals.[9]

One of Meth's first published works[10] was "I, Gezheh", which dealt with abuse. Author Robert Bloch provided an afterword for the story, which was illustrated by Dave Cockrum.[11]

With the aid of Cockrum and fantasy artist Gray Morrow, Meth co-founded Aardwolf Publishing, along with business partner Jim Reeber in 1994. The company has published a series of comic books, art portfolios, and collections of illustrated fiction.[12]

In 2004, Meth joined IDT Entertainment's Creative Development team.[13] and worked on Showtime's Masters of Horror[14] series and ABC's Masters of Science Fiction.[14] In 2004, he was story editor for Gene Roddenberry's Starpoint Academy, an animated feature screenplay IDT hired Peter David to script.[15] Meth left IDT Entertainment in 2006 when the division was sold to Liberty Media.[16] In 2007 he oversaw the acquisition of IDW Publishing by IDT Corporation and joined IDW as executive vice president, editorial/strategies.[citation needed] The following year, producer Richard Saperstein optioned film rights to Meth's IDW horror comic-book series, Snaked, with Meth as screenwriter and an executive producer.[17]

In 2008, Meth launched IDW Publishing's "New Classics of the Fantastic Series", which published out-of-print Hugo and Nebula Award-winning books, beginning with Robert Silverberg's Nightwings.[18]

Charitable work[edit]

In 2008, Meth established the Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.[19] In 2010, Meth founded the Kars4Kids Literacy Program,[20] which has made significant contributions to such universities as Seton Hall University.[21]

On numerous occasions Meth has spearheaded campaigns to raise money and awareness for financially challenged comics’ creators, including Gene Colan,[22] William Messner-Loebs[23] and Dave Simons.[24]



  • girl (chapbook) (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1983)
  • Snaked (with Rufus Dayglo, IDW Publishing, 2007)
  • One Small Voice (IDW Publishing, 2008)
  • Billboards (IDW Publishing, 2009)

Aardwolf Publishing[edit]

  • Crib Death & Other Bedtime Stories (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • This Bastard Planet (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • The White Man Dancing (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crawling From the Wreckage: The White Man Limping (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crib Death: The Babysitter's Companion (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Perverts, Pedophiles & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Conflicts of Disinterest (Aardwolf Publishing, 1998)
  • Wearing The Horns (Aardwolf Publishing, 2003)
  • god's 15 minutes (Aardwolf Publishing, 2004)
  • METHo.d. (Aardwolf Publishing, 2006)
  • Meth, Colan & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 2008)
  • Comic Book Babylon (Aardwolf Publishing, 2013)
  • Dave Cockrum's Futurians Return' (Aardwolf Publishing, 2014)

As editor[edit]

  • Strange Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Stranger Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Heroes and Villains (with Neal Adams), (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005)
  • Balm in Gilead (Mahrwood Press, 2007)
  • The Uncanny Dave Cockrum (Aardwolf Publishing, 2007)
  • Nightwings by Robert Silverberg (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2008)
  • Hothouse by Brian Aldiss (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Dare by Philip Jose Farmer (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Rogue Dragon by Avram Davidson (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Lori by Robert Bloch (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • The Invincible Gene Colan (Marvel Entertainment, 2010)
  • Rich Buckler: Artist, Innovator (Aardwolf Publishing, 2016)


In 2008, the album Caged by Septimus Orion included a recording of Meth's short story "Queers", accompanied by music and sound effects.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Introduction, God's 15 Minutes Archived 2008-04-22 at the Wayback Machine. Aardwolf Publishing (2003).
  2. ^ Staff. "Alumni Profile: Clifford Lawrence Meth", FDU Magazine, Fall / Winter 1998, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 19, 1999. Accessed January 10, 2018. "Born and raised in Rockaway, N.J., Meth began writing poetry at age 12 and hasn't stopped."
  3. ^ Meth, Clifford. God's 15 Minutes, p. 81. Aardwolf, 2004. ISBN 9781888669084. Accessed January 10, 2018. "To know Clifford Meth personally, or better yet, to be his friend or brother (two concepts he takes very seriously) eclipses anything you may imagine about him from reading his short tales. Don't let the angry-young-poet becomes I-coulda'-been-a-contender demeanor fool you — Cliff still packs some non-trivial rage.... He remembers Rockaway. When I first met him back in the early eighties, Cliff was fresh out of Rockaway, NJ. Rockaway is Cliff's home town."
  4. ^ Meth, Clifford. ComicBook Babylon, p. 284. Aardwolf Publishing, 2013. ISBN 9781888669206. Accessed January 10, 2018. "Brad Delp (died March 9, 2007 at the age of 55), lead singer of Boston, sang the songs that formed the soundtrack of my early freshman year at Morris Hills High School."
  5. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson Magazine, Spring, 1980
  6. ^ Roth, Laurence. "Innovation and orthodox comic books: the case of Mahrwood Press." MELUS 37, no. 2 (2012): 131-156.
  7. ^ Meth, Clifford, Snaked (Introduction,), IDW Publishing, 2008. ISBN 1-60010-304-9, ISBN 978-1-60010-304-9
  8. ^ Folio Magazine, October 1, 1991. article title? page #?
  9. ^ Lorah, Michael C. "Clifford Meth on 'One Small Voice'"[permanent dead link], Newsarama, December 13, 2007
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2011-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Aardwolf Publishing". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03.
  13. ^ Meth, Clifford. "Stan Lee: Grand Master - Part Three" Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 2004, n.d.
  14. ^ a b Meth Addict, Update Delirious Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine. Comics Bulletin (2004)
  15. ^ David, Peter. "Gene Roddenberry's Starpoint Academy",, November 18, 2004.
  16. ^ "Liberty Media to Acquire IDT Entertainment", IDT press release, May 16, 2006.
  17. ^ Graser, Marc. "Saperstein takes on 'Snaked'", Variety, March 9, 2008)
  18. ^ DeNardo, John. "IDW Announces New Science Fiction Line" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, SF Signal, August 29, 2008
  19. ^ CLIFFORD METH. "Everyone's Wrong and I'm Right: And now…The Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship".
  20. ^ "Will Stan Lee Sing the Kars4Kids Jingle?". ComicMix.
  21. ^ "Kars4Kids Literacy Program Donates Talmud to Seton Hall". South Orange, New Jersey Patch.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ Jason Brice. "Clifford Meth and Neal Adams Tag-Team for Messner-Loebs".
  24. ^ Daniel Best. "20th Century Danny Boy: Looking Back With Dave Simons".
  25. ^ "Inkwell Awards".

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