Jeffrey Ford

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Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford at Borders Bookstore in 2009.
Jeffrey Ford at Borders Bookstore in 2009.
Born (1955-11-08) November 8, 1955 (age 64)
West Islip, New York
OccupationWriter, teacher
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Jeffrey Ford at KGB bar, 2006

Jeffrey Ford (born November 8, 1955) 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 Ohio and teaches writing part-time at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has also taught as a guest lecturer at the Clarion Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (2004 and 2012), The Antioch University Summer Writing Workshop (2013), LitReactor – 4 Week Online Horror Writing Course (2012), University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing (2011), The Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Washington, (2010).

Ford has contributed over 130 original short stories to numerous print and online magazines and anthologies: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, MAD Magazine, Weird Tales, Clarkesworld Magazine,, Lightspeed, Subterranean, Fantasy Magazine, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, New Jersey Noir, Stories, The Living Dead, The Faery Reel, After, The Dark, The Doll Collection, etc. His fiction has been translated into over fifteen languages and published around the world.[2]


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, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, the Seiun Award, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, the Nowa Fantastyka Award, and the Hayakawa Award.

World Fantasy Award Winners[3]

  • The Physiognomy (1998)
  • The Fantasy Writer's Assistant (2003)
  • Creation (2003)
  • Botch Town (2007)
  • The Drowned Life (2009)
  • The Shadow Year (2009)
  • A Natural History of Hell, Best Collection (2017) (nominee)

Nebula Award for Best Novelette

  • The Empire of Ice Cream (2004)

Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for best translated story

  • Exo-Skeleton Town (2005)

The Fountain Award for excellence in the short story[4]

  • The Annals of Eelin-Ok (2005)

Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original

  • The Girl in the Glass (2005)

Shirley Jackson Award[5]

  • The Shadow Year (2008) (Best Novel)
  • A Natural History of Autumn (2012)
  • Crackpot Palace (2012) (Best Single-Author Short Story Collection)
  • A Natural History of Hell (2016) (Best Single-Author Short Story Collection)



  • Vanitas (1998)
  • The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque (2002)
  • The Girl in the Glass (2005)
  • The Cosmology of the Wider World (2005)
  • The Shadow Year (2008)
  • The Twilight Pariah (2017)
  • Ahab's Return (2018)

Well-Built City trilogy[edit]

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


  • The Fantasy Writer's Assistant (2002)
  • The Empire of Ice Cream (2006)
  • The Drowned Life (2008)
  • Crackpot Palace: Stories (2012)
  • A Natural History of Hell (2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • The Manticore Spell (2007)
  • Rocket Ship to Hell (2013)
  • A Terror (2013)
  • The Thyme Fiend (2015)

Curiosities columns in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction[edit]



  • Introduction to Carlos Hernandez's short story collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria, January 2016
  • Introduction to Anna Tambour's short story collection The Finest Ass in the Universe, Ticonderoga Publications, July 2015
  • Introduction to the Clarion Class of 2012's short story anthology The Red Volume,, August 2014
  • Introduction to Michael Cisco's novel The Traitor, Cenitpede Press, 2012.
  • Introduction to Ekaterina Sedia's short story collection Moscow, But Dreaming, Prime Books, 2012.
  • Introduction to John Langan's short story collection The Wide Carnivorous Sky, Hippocampus Press, 2013.
  • Introduction to David Herter's novel October Dark, Earthling Books, November 2009.
  • Introduction to Robert Wexler's novel The Painting and the City, PS Publishing, UK, 2008.
  • Essay on "The Metaphysics of Fiction Writing" included in end matter with story collection The Drowned Life, 2008.
  • Essay on "Anatomy of Sleep" by Shelley Jackson for online magazine Heliotrope, Fall 2007.
  • Essay "I Love a Mystery" for LitBlog Co-op site, May 4, 2006.
  • Introduction to Richard Bowes' story collection Streetcar Dreams, PS Publishing, UK, 2006.
  • Essay on "Lull" by Kelly Link for online magazine Fantastic Metropolis, Jan. 1, 2005.
  • Introduction to John Gardner's Grendel, Fantasy Masterworks Series #41, Gollancz, UK, 2004
  • Introduction to Jeff VanderMeer's story collection Secret Life, Golden Gryphon Press, 2004.
  • Essay on "The Man Upstairs" by Ray Bradbury for Fantastic Metropolis, Dec. 27, 2004.
  • Essay on "The Friends of the Friends" by Henry James for Fantastic Metropolis, Dec. 24, 2004.
  • Essay on "The Hell Screen" by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Fantastic Metropolis, Dec. 21, 2004.
  • Introduction to Lucius Shepard's short novel Floater, PS Publishing, UK, 2003.
  • Curiosities Column, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, on The Other Side of the Mountain by Michel Bernanos, June 2000.
  • Curiosities Column, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, on Katter Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann, April 1999.


  1. ^ "Jeffrey Ford: Shadow Years", Locus, June 2008, p.7
  2. ^ Jeffrey Ford's Bibliography April 2016.
  3. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ The Shirley Jackson Award 2013 Winners July 2012
  6. ^ Curiosities

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