1977 (age 38–39)
|Genre||Urban fantasy, thriller|
Larry Correia is an American fantasy novelist, known for his Monster Hunter and Grimnoir Chronicles series. He was formerly an accountant, a concealed carry permit instructor, and a part-owner in a gun store and shooting range.
Correia attracted a large amount of media attention in 2014 and 2015 due to the Sad Puppies campaign to nominate works, including his own in 2014, that he believed were more popular but often unfairly passed over by Hugo Award voters in favor of more literary works or stories with progressive political themes.
Correia grew up in California working on his Portuguese father's dairy farm until his mid-teens, when his family moved to Utah. He stayed in California for about a year before joining his family in Utah. While attending Utah State University, Correia joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission in Alabama.
After returning home from his mission, he got married before graduating with an accounting degree. After working as an accountant for several years, Correia opened a gun store with business partners while continuing work as an accountant. He also started working as a firearms instructor and a CCW instructor. In 2013 he began working as a writer full-time.
Correia used to be active on firearms discussion boards, where he would write about his interest in weapons and low budget monster movies, and also get inspiration from various online threads. The original rough draft of Dead Six started out in such a thread called "Welcome Back, Mr. Nightcrawler". His self-published first novel, Monster Hunter International, was written for, and marketed directly to, the posters on these boards. One of these posters had once worked in a large independent bookstore, and passed it on to his old employer, who in turn passed it to Baen Books, who offered Correia a publishing contract. Monster Hunter International, despite being self-published, reached the Entertainment Weekly bestseller list in April 2008, before he received this publishing contract.
Monster Hunter International was re-released in 2009 and was on the Locus bestseller list in November 2009. The sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, was a New York Times bestseller. The third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha, was released in July 2011 and was also a New York Times bestseller. Correia was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new science fiction/fantasy writer of 2011. Warbound, the third book in Correia's The Grimnoir Chronicles series, received a nomination for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2014. Monster Hunter Nemesis was chosen as a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, but Correia declined the nomination.
The Dead Six series started as an online action fiction collaboration with Mike Kupari (Nightcrawler) at the online gun forum "The High Road" as the "Welcome Back Mr Nightcrawler" series of posts. These works predated the publishing of Monster Hunter International through Baen.
Correia's works use strong magical themes and often include mythical monsters, such as vampires and werewolves. His stories are typically action-oriented and are noted for the detailed accuracy of firearms usage.
Correia, along with science fiction author Brad R. Torgersen were leaders of the "Sad Puppies", a group of sci-fi fans and authors who organized a slate voting campaign to nominate more works by conservative and libertarian authors, as well as classic "pulp" science fiction, for Hugo awards. Sad Puppies charged that these popular works were often unfairly passed over by Hugo voters in favor of more literary works, or stories with progressive political themes.
Correia lives in northern Utah with his family.
Monster Hunters series
- Monster Hunter International (ISBN 0-74144-456-9, Infinity Publishing, December 2007; republished, ISBN 978-1-43913-285-2, Baen Books, July 2009)
- Monster Hunter Vendetta (ISBN 1-43913-391-3, Baen Books, September 2010)
- Monster Hunter Alpha (ISBN 1-43913-458-8, Baen Books, August 2011)
- Monster Hunter Legion (ISBN 978-1-4516-3796-0, Baen Books, September 2012)
- Monster Hunter Nemesis (ISBN 978-1-4767-3655-6, Baen Books, July 2014)
- Monster Hunter Guardian (planned, Baen Books)
- Monster Hunter Omega (planned, Baen Books)
- "Tanya: Princess of the Elves" (short story)
Monster Hunter Memoirs
Monster Hunter Memoirs is a spin-off series co-written with John Ringo.
- Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (forthcoming, Baen Books, August 2016) (ISBN 978-1-4767-8149-5)
- Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners (forthcoming, Baen Books, 2017)
- Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints (forthcoming, Baen Books, still to be scheduled)
The Grimnoir Chronicles
- "Detroit Christmas" (prequel short story)
- Hard Magic (ISBN 1-43913-434-0, Baen Books, May 2011)
- Spellbound (ISBN 1-45163-775-6, Baen Books, November 2011)
- Warbound (ISBN 978-1-4516-3908-7, Baen Books, August 2013)
- "Murder on the Orient Elite" (sequel short story)
- "Tokyo Raider" (sequel short story)
Dead Six series
- Dead Six (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 1-45163-758-6, Baen Books, September 2011)
- Swords of Exodus (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 978-1-47673-611-2, Baen Books, September 2013)
- Alliance of Shadows (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 9781476781853 Baen Books, October 2016)
- "Sweothi City" (short story)
- Instruments of War (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, April 2013)
- Into the Storm (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, August 2013)
- Called to Battle: Volume One (with Erik Scott de Bie, Orrin Grey, and Howard Tayler) (ebook and audiobook only, Privateer Press, September 2013)
- Iron Kingdom Excursions (multiple volumes, with various coauthors) (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, March–November 2014)
Saga of the Forgotten Warrior
- Son of the Black Sword (ISBN 978-1-47678-086-3, Baen Books, November 2015)
- House of Assassins (Baen Books, projected for 2017)
- Destroyer of Worlds (Baen Books, projected for 2018)
In addition to his novels, Correia has written a satirical Christmas story, "The Christmas (Noun)", and its sequel, "The Christmas (Noun) 2: The Nounening". He has recently written another sequel, "The Christmas (Noun) 3D: The Gritty Reboot", and published several short stories from Baen Books and the Crimson Pact. Correia also authored several shorts in the on-line series "Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent".
Awards and recognition
- 2012 Audie Award for the audiobook edition of Hard Magic. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot.
- 2013 Audie Award for the audiobook edition of Spellbound. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot.
- 2014 Hugo Award nomination for Warbound.
- Correia, Larry (2013). "About me". Monster Hunter Nation. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
- Correia, Larry (December 20, 2012). "An opinion on gun control". Monster Hunter Nation. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- An interview with 'Monster Hunter' author Larry Correia
- "Best Sellers: Paperback Mass-Market Fiction". The New York Times. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Best Sellers: Paperback Mass-Market Fiction". The New York Times. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "2014 Hugo Awards". April 20, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Larry Correia (April 4, 2015). "The Nominees Announced and Why I Refused My Nomination".
- "Reservist, best-selling author team up for action-thriller". USAF. 12 March 2012.
- "Larry Correia Biography". Fantasy Book Review. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Anders, Charlie Jane. "The Hugo Awards were always political, but now they're only political". io9. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- Italie, Hillel (April 17, 2015). "Hugo Awards reflect sci-fi/fantasy divide". Associated Press. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "Tanya: Princess of the Elves". Baen Books.
- Correia, Larry. "Detroit Christmas". Baen Books.
- Free Short Stories 2013
- Correia, Larry (April 24, 2015). "New Monster Hunter International project Announcements". Monster Hunter Nation.