John Langan

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John Langan
Photo of John Langan
Photo of John Langan in 2019
Born (1969-07-06) July 6, 1969 (age 53)
United States
OccupationAuthor, novelist, short story writer, professor
Alma materCity University of New York; State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz
GenreHorror fiction, Science fiction, Dark fantasy, New Weird, weird fiction
Notable worksMr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters
House of Windows
The Fisherman
Thirty Years of Monster Stories
Notable awardsFinalist Horror Guild Award, 2008 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Best Collection

John Langan (born July 6, 1969) is an American author and writer of contemporary horror. Langan has been a finalist for International Horror Guild Award. In 2008, he was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Collection, and in 2016, a Bram Stoker Award winner for his novel The Fisherman. He is on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards.


John Langan received his Masters of Arts degree from State University of New York at New Paltz and his Master of Philosophy from The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is an instructor at SUNY New Paltz, where he teaches creative writing and gothic fiction. He is also an adjunct professor at Marist College.[1] Currently, he lives in upstate New York with his wife, two sons, and cat.[2]

His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the anthologies Poe and The Living Dead. His first collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, was published by Prime Books; his first novel, House of Windows, was published by Night Shade Books. In the novel acknowledgements he writes “This book had a hard time finding a home: the genre people weren’t happy with all the literary stuff; the literary people weren’t happy with all the genre stuff.”[3]




  • Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (2008)
  • The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (2013)
  • Sefira and Other Betrayals (2019)
  • Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies (2020)
  • Corpsemouth And Other Autobiographies (2022)


Included in anthologies[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

  • "On Skua Island" (2001)
  • "Mr. Gaunt" (2002)
  • "Tutorial" (2003)
  • "Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of Purple Flowers" (2007)
  • "Kids" (2008)
  • "How the Day Runs Down" (2008)
  • "Laocöon, or, The Singularity" (2008)
  • "Technicolor" (2009)
  • "The Wide, Carnivorous Sky" (2009)
  • "City of the dog". F&SF. 118 (1&2): 222–256. January–February 2010.
  • "The Shallows" (2010)
  • "The Revel" (2010)
  • "In Paris, in the Mouth of Kronos" (2011)
  • "The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn's Balloons" (2011)
  • "The Third Always Beside You" (2011)
  • "Renfrew's Course" (2012)
  • "Bloom" (2012)
  • "Sweetums" (2012)
  • "Hyphae" (2012)
  • "With Max Barry in the Nearer Precincts" (2013)
  • "Mother of Stone" (2013)
  • "June, 1987. Hitchhiking, Mr. Norris" (2013)
  • "Children of the Fang" (2014)
  • "Episode Three: On the Great Plains, in the Snow" (2014)
  • "To See, to Be Seen" (2016)


  • "Letter" (Weird Tales, Winter 2001–02) (2001)
  • "Sailing the True Void: H. P. Lovecraft un Fritz Leiber's THE WANDERER" (2004)
  • "Strange Stories" (2007)
  • "Metaphysical Labyrinths and Fairy-Tale Archetypes" (2007)
  • "Domination of Black" (2007)
  • "Open Mouths, Ready to Feed" (2007)
  • "Boxing Lessons in a Bar: An Appreciation of Lucius Shepard" (2007)
  • ""Feed Me, Baby, Feed Me": Beyond the Pleasure Principle in Fritz Leiber's "Girl with the Hungry Eyes"" (2008)
  • "Sympathy for Ig" (2010)
  • "The H Word: Choosing Gruesome Subjects" (2013)
  • "The Whirlpool: With Howard and Eudora on the Banks of the Perdido" (2014)


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-09-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The 2009 Stoker Awards Weekend". The 2009 Stoker Nominees. Archived from the original on 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
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