Kristopher Reisz

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Kristopher Reisz
Born (1979-02-07) February 7, 1979 (age 38)
Decatur, Alabama United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Urban Fantasy, Young adult

Kristopher Reisz (born February 7, 1979) is an American authorknown for his young adult novels.

Early life[edit]

Reisz grew up in Decatur, Alabama.[1] He became interested in writing during high school. In college, he reported for the student newspaper and edited the literary magazine, later recalling, “I set out to learn anything anyone could possibly teach me about being a writer.”[2] Reisz worked as a paramedic[3][4] and in a psychiatric hospital.[1]


Reisz published the short story "Special" in Cthulhu Sex Magazine in 2004,[5] then his first novel Tripping to Somewhere in 2006. His second novel, Unleashed appeared in 2008, followed by the short story "Quiet Haunts" in Drops of Crimson online in 2009.[6]

In 2008 Reisz wrote in his blog that a new novel, The Drowned Forest, was in progress; in February 2010, he wrote that it was completed.[7][8]

In 2010, Reisz published an illustrated free e-book Quiet Haunts and Other Stories, including his two previously published (and two unpublished) short stories.[9][10]


Reisz’s writing has received recognition twice. In 2007, the New York Public Library chose Tripping to Somewhere as one of their "Books for the Teen Age."[11] His second novel, Unleashed, was recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association in its 2009 list of “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.”[12]

Tripping to Somewhere received positive reviews. The Trades ' R.J. Carter gave a "B+" score, describing it as "heavy with teenage angst and nihilism, and lack[ing] any likeable heroes," and "a drug-filled idyll that blends Hunter S. Thompson with the works of comic book horror masters Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman", where "elements of the Norse Odin and Greek Orpheus also become evident as our two fugitives tumble pell-mell to the story's ultimate conclusion." [13] Kimberley Pauley, writing for Young Adult Central, "really liked" the "unique" story, and recommended it for older young adult readers, noting that the "very intense," "gritty" fantasy and characters "stay with you."[14]



  1. ^ a b Reisz, Kristopher, About me, Kristopher Reisz, retrieved 2009-04-19 
  2. ^ Waldrip, Jennifer, Interview with Kristopher Reisz, Teens Read Too, archived from the original on January 11, 2011, retrieved 2010-08-24 
  3. ^ "Paramedics question why wounded suspect handcuffed". The Tuscaloosa News. AP. 2002-10-17. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Suit alleges excessive police force in Ala. suspect's shooting death". The Tuscaloosa News. AP. 2004-12-19. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  5. ^ Reisz, Kristopher (February 2004), Special, 2 (16), Cthulhu Sex Magazine, archived from the original on 2007-10-22 
  6. ^ "Quiet Haunts", Drops of Crimson, Goth Huntress, 1 (5), 2009-09-30, retrieved 2010-08-24 
  7. ^ Reisz, Kristopher (2008-07-02), "The F in 'F-list' stands for 'focus group,' right?", Blog, Kristopher Reisz, archived from the original on 2009-12-23, retrieved 2010-08-24 
  8. ^ Reisz, Kristopher (2010-02-09), "Done", Blog, Kristopher Reisz, archived from the original on 2011-08-19, retrieved 2010-08-24 
  9. ^ Grey, Orrin (June 17, 2010), "Interview: Kriz Reisz", Innsmouth Free Press 
  10. ^ Reiss, Kristopher (2010). "Quiet Haunts and Other Stories" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Books for the Teen Age 2007" (PDF). New York Public Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  12. ^ 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Young Adult Library Services Association, retrieved 2011-07-15 
  13. ^ Carter, R.J. (December 20, 2006), Book Review: Tripping to Somewhere, The Trades, retrieved 2010-08-24 
  14. ^ Pauley, Kimberley (November 4, 2007), Tripping to Somewhere - review, Young Adult Books Central 

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