Daniel Kraus (author)

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Daniel Kraus
Born (1975-06-07) June 7, 1975 (age 45)

Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling American author. Known for his collaborations with George A. Romero and Guillermo Del Toro.

Early life[edit]

Kraus was born June 7, 1975 in Midland, Michigan and grew up in Iowa.


In 2009, Kraus published his first novel, The Monster Variations. This book was included on the New York Public Library’s “100 Best Stuff for Teens” list in 2010.[1]

His second novel, Rotters, was published in 2011, and[2] won the 2012 Odyssey Award,[3] the Parents' Choice Award Gold Award [4] and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.[5] It was also chosen as Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2012[6] and was included on the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon List 2012.[7] It was produced as an audiobook, and was subsequently included on the American Library Association Amazing Audiobooks List 2012.[8]

In 2013 Kraus published the novel Scowler through Delacorte Books.[9] This book won a 2014 Odyssey award.[3]

Trollhunters,[10] published by Disney Hyperion in 2015, was co-authored[11] with Guillermo del Toro, and adapted into the Netflix animated series of the same name.[12]

In October 2015 Kraus published the first half of a two-part epic called The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. Volume 1, At the Edge of Empire, was an Entertainment Weekly Best of 2015 title.[13] Volume 2, Empire Decayed, released in October 2016.[14]

Kraus also co-wrote the novelization of The Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro, based on the popular film of the same name.

It was announced on February 14, 2018 that Kraus will complete the unfinished novel by George A Romero currently titled The Living Dead with a publication date of Fall 2019.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Chicago with his wife.


  • The Monster Variations (2009, Random House/Delacorte)[16]
  • Rotters (2011, Random House/Delacorte)[17][18]
  • Scowler (2013, Random House/Delacorte)[19]
  • Trollhunters, with Guillermo del Toro (2015, Disney Hyperion)[20]
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire (2015, Simon & Schuster)[21]
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 2: Empire Decayed (2016, Simon & Schuster)[22]
  • Blood Sugar (2019, Hard Case Crime)[23]


  1. ^ "Highlight from Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List – The Monster Variations". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "I Was A Teenage Grave Robber: Daniel Kraus’s Rotters". The Millions, By Emily Colette Wilkinson May 13, 2011
  3. ^ a b "Association for Library Service to Children Odyssey Award Winners & Honor Audiobooks. ALSC. American Library Association website.
  4. ^ "Rotters". Parents' Choice/
  5. ^ "Bram Stoker Awards 2012 – Stokers2012Stokers2012 – Bram Stoker Awards 2012". Stokers2012. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Rotters, by Kraus, Daniel – Booklist Online". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  7. ^ "BCCB-2011 BLUE RIBBONS". Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2012". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Daniel Kraus' 'Scowler' ratchets up the intensity". Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2013 by Courtney Crowder
  10. ^ "Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  11. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane. "First Look At Guillermo Del Toro's YA Horror Novel, Trollhunters!". io9. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  12. ^ Osborn, By Alex. "New Netflix Animated Series Include Voltron and Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters". IGN. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  13. ^ "10 Best (And 5 Worst!) Books of 2015". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  14. ^ "See the cover and read an excerpt from 'The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 2: Empire Decayed' -- exclusive". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  15. ^ http://ew.com/books/2018/02/14/george-a-romeros-unfinished-the-living-dead-novel-will-be-completed-by-daniel-kraus/
  16. ^ "Children's Book Review: The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Book Review: Rotters by Daniel Kraus". The Book Smugglers. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Review: Rotters by Daniel Kraus – Dark Faerie Tales". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Book Review: Scowler by Daniel Kraus". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Trollhunters | Daniel Kraus". www.danielkraus.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  21. ^ "The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One". books.simonandschuster.com. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  22. ^ "The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  23. ^ "Blood Sugar". Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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