Leonard Carpenter

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Leonard Carpenter
Born (1948-02-06) February 6, 1948 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois
GenreFantasy, science fiction

Leonard Paul Carpenter is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction. He writes as Leonard Carpenter and Leonard P. Carpenter.[1]


Carpenter was born in 1948[1][2] in Chicago, but aside from a year in West Texas in childhood has lived most of his life in California.[3] He married Cheryl Lynn Chrisman on October 10, 1970 in Alameda, California.[4] They attended UC Berkeley, from which they both graduated, and had two daughters and a son. The Carpenters lived in Santa Maria, California from 1975 to 2003, and continued to reside on the California Central Coast thereafter. Cheryl, a schoolteacher, retired in 2013 and died January 24, 2014 after a year-long fight with cancer.[5] Since her death Carpenter has traveled and worked on book projects.[3]


Among Carpenter's works are eleven Conan novels published by Tor Books. He has also written the science fiction novel Fatal Strain, later re-titled Biohacker, the historical fiction novel Lusitania Lost, and a number of short stories, articles and poems.

Carpenter's writing has been published in the magazines Amazing Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, Eldrich Tales, and 2AM, as well as the anthologies Dark Lessons (1985), L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume I (1985), The Year's Best Horror Stories XIV (1986), Horrorstory Volume 5 (1989), The Year's Best Horror Stories: XVII (1989), Short Sharp Shocks (1990), The Cthulhu Cycle (1996), Serve It Forth — Cooking With Anne McCaffrey (1996), L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XV (1999), and L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Best of Writers of the Future (2000).


Carpenter has been the recipient of the Writers of the Future award and the Origins Award for Best Game Related Fiction.


Conan novels[edit]


  • Fatal Strain (2003 - electronic publication only)
  • Biohacker (2020) (Re-issue of Fatal Strain)
  • Lusitania Lost (2017)
  • The Chronicles of Creighton Craven (unpublished)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Dead Week" (1984)
  • "The Ebbing" (1985)
  • "Endangered Species" (1985)
  • "Fearing's Fall" (1987)
  • "Recrudescence" (1988)
  • "The Eighth Plague" (1989)
  • "The Hagen Project" (1990)
  • "Torso" (1991)


  • "The Devourer" (1987)
  • "The Egg" (1987)
  • "The Fungoid Intruder" (1987)
  • "The Priests" (1987)
  • "The Combatants" (1988)
  • "The Catcher" (1989)
  • "The Hoard" (1989)
  • "The Miser" (1989)


  • "Rondrini's Linguini and Clam Sauce" (1996)


  1. ^ a b Leonard Carpenter at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ "Leonard Carpenter". Fantasticfiction.co.uk. Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  3. ^ a b Author profile on Amazon.com.
  4. ^ California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  5. ^ "Cheryl Lynn Chrisman Carpenter, 1947-2014." Obituary in the Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria, California, January 28, 2014.

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