Jeffrey Ford

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Jeffrey Ford
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Jeffrey Ford at Borders Bookstore in 2009.
Born (1955-11-08) November 8, 1955 (age 60)
West Islip, New York
Occupation Writer, teacher
Nationality American
Period 1981 - present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Jeffrey Ford at KGB bar, 2006

Jeffrey Ford (born November 8, 1955 in West Islip, New York) is an American writer in the fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including fantasy, science fiction and mystery. His work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humor, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales. He is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he studied with the novelist John Gardner.[1]

He lives in southern New Jersey and teaches writing and literature at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County.[2] He has also taught at the summer Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers in Michigan. He has contributed stories, essays and interviews to various magazines and e-magazines including MSS, Puerto Del Sol, Northwest Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Argosy, Event Horizon, Infinity Plus, Black Gate and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

He published his first story, "The Casket", in Gardner's literary magazine MSS in 1981 and his first full-length novel, Vanitas, in 1988.


His stories and novels have been nominated multiple times for the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Fountain Award, Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.


Well-Built City trilogy[edit]

  • The Physiognomy (1997)
  • Memoranda (1999)
  • The Beyond (2001)


  • Vanitas (1988)
  • The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque (2002)
  • The Girl in the Glass (2005)
  • The Shadow Year (2008)


  • The Fantasy Writer's Assistant (2002)
  • The Empire of Ice Cream (2006)
  • The Drowned Life (2008)
  • Crackpot Palace: Stories (2012)


  1. ^ "Jeffrey Ford: Shadow Years", Locus, June 2008, p.7
  2. ^ Jeffrey Ford (Author of The Shadow Year)
  3. ^ a b World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 

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Stories by Jeffrey Ford[edit]