Craig Davidson

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Craig Davidson
Born Toronto, Ontario
Pen name Patrick Lestewka, Nick Cutter
Occupation novelist, short stories
Nationality Canadian
Period 2000s-present
Notable works Rust and Bone, Cataract City

Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels,[1] who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka[2] and Nick Cutter.[3] His style has been compared to that of Chuck Palahniuk.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St. Catharines.[5]

He currently resides in Toronto with his partner, Colleen, and their child. On May 6, 2014, Joe Rogan hosted Craig on his podcast called "Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (JRE Podcast)".


His first short story collection, Rust and Bone,[6] was later published in September 2005 by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finalist for the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Stories in Rust and Bone have also been adapted into a play by Australian playwright Caleb Lewis and a film by French director Jacques Audiard.

Davidson also released a novel in 2007 named The Fighter. During the course of his research of the novel, Davidson went on a 16-week steroid cycle.[7] To promote the release of the novel, Davidson participated in a fully sanctioned boxing match against Toronto poet Michael Knox at Florida Jack's Boxing Gym;[5] for the novel's subsequent release in the United States, his publisher organized a similar promotional boxing match against Jonathan Ames.[5] Davidson lost both matches.[5]

His 2013 novel Cataract City was named as a shortlisted nominee for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[8]

In addition to his literary fiction, Davidson has also published several works of horror literature using the pseudonyms Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter. 2014 released the thriller novel The Troop and The Deep.[9]


as Patrick Lestewka[edit]

  • Mother Bitchfight (2003)
  • The Preserve (2004)
  • Imprint (2011)
  • The Coliseum (2011)
  • Vehicles (2012)

as Nick Cutter[edit]

  • The Troop (2014)
  • The Deep (2015)
  • The Acolyte (2015)
  • Little Heaven (2017)


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