Maurice Broaddus

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Maurice Broaddus
Maurice Broaddus
Maurice Broaddus
NationalityUnited States
GenreScience Fiction, Urban fantasy, Horror fiction

Maurice Broaddus is a fantasy and horror author best known for his short fiction and his Knights of Breton Court novel trilogy. He has published dozens of stories in magazines and book anthologies, including in Asimov's Science Fiction, Black Static, and Weird Tales. His steampunk novella Buffalo Soldier was released in 2017 by Tor.[1]


Broaddus was born in London, United Kingdom, but grew up in Indianapolis, United States. His mother is from Jamaica, where many of his relatives still live.[2]

Broaddus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University and worked for two decades as an environmental toxicologist. He now works as a freelance writer and was formerly the executive director of Cities of Refuge Ministries, which provides transitional housing and employment opportunities for people dealing with addiction, reentry, or homelessness.[3] He currently works at The Learning Tree, a neighborhood association focusing on community development and improving the lives of local residents.[4]

He still resides in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Writing and editing[edit]

Broaddus has published dozens of short stories and hundreds of essays (including as a columnist for the Indianapolis Star and as a reviewer for His fiction has been published in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static and Weird Tales.

In 2010 Angry Robot published Broaddus’ urban fantasy novel King Maker, a "retelling of the Arthurian mythos involving street gangs."[5] The novel was called a "triumph" by SF Book Reviews[6] and was followed up by two sequels, King's Justice[7] and King’s War. In 2012 Angry Robot published the trilogy in an omnibus edition entitled The Knights of Breton Court.

Broaddus has also edited and co-edited several well-received anthologies, including Dark Faith (alongside fellow editor Jerry Gordon), which focused on the intersection between horror and religious faith.[8] He also co-edited the "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy" and "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror" special issues of Fantasy and Nightmare magazines.[9]

His steampunk novella Buffalo Soldier was released in 2017 by Tor[10] and was described by the New York Times Book Review as an "exciting" story packed with "alternate American history, fantastic technology and father-son bonding."[11]


Broaddus, along with co-editor Jerry Gordon, was a finalist for the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology for Dark Faith[12] and won the Kitschies award for debut novel for King Maker.[13] He was also a finalist for the Black Quill Award.[14]



  • The Knights of Breton Court
    • King Maker (Angry Robot, 2010)
    • King's Justice (Angry Robot, 2011)
    • King's War (Angry Robot, 2011)

Reprinted in the omnibus edition The Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot, 2012)

  • Orgy of Souls (Apex Publications, 2008), co-authored with Wrath James White.


  • Dark Faith (Apex Publications, 2010) edited with Jerry Gordon
  • Dark Faith: Invocations (Apex Publications, 2012), edited with Jerry Gordon


  • Devil's Marionette (Shroud Publishing, 2009)
  • Bleed With Me (Delirium Books, 2011)
  • I Can Transform You (Apex Publications, 2013)
  • Buffalo Soldier (Tor, 2017)[15]

Short Stories[edit]

  • "Kali's Danse Macabre" (Honorable mention, 1996 Asimov's Undergraduate Award)
  • "Family Business" (Weird Tales, January–February 2006)
  • "Black Frontiers" (Voices from the Other Side, edited by Brandon Massey, Dafina Books / Kensington Publishing Corp., 2006, republished 2012)
  • "Nurse's Requiem" (Whispers in the Night, edited by Brandon Massey, Dafina Books / Kensington Publishing Corp.,2007)
  • "A House is Not a Home" (Legends of the Mountain State 2, edited by Michael Knost, Woodland Press, 2008)
  • "Broken Strand" (Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, #12, 2008)
  • "Just a Young Man and His Game" (Doorways Magazine, March 2008)
  • "Rite of Passage" (Space and Time, Fall 2008)
  • "Pimp My Airship" (Apex Magazine, August 2009; reprinted in The Book of Apex: Volume 2 of Apex Magazine, 2010)
  • "Closer Than They Appear" (Shroud 7: The Quarterly Journal of Dark Fiction and Art, Autumn 2009)
  • "Trouble Among the Yearlings" (Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins, Apex Publications, 2009)
  • "Hootchie Cootchie Man" (Black Static, Issue 14, December 2009-January 2010)
  • "A Stone Cast into Stillness" (Dark Futures edited by Jason Sizemore, Dark Quest Books, 2010; republished 2012)
  • "I, Theodora" (Beauty Has Her Way, edited by Jennifer Brozek, Dark Quest Books, 2011)
  • "The Problem of Trystan" (Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW Books, 2011)
  • "Lost Son" (Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology edited by Charles R. Saunders, Milton J. Davis, MVmedia, 2011)
  • "Rainfall" (Cemetery Dance, #65, 2011)
  • "A Soldier's Story" (Vampires Don't Sparkle!, edited by Michael West, Seventh Star Press, 2012)
  • "Being in the Shadow" (Appalachian Undead, edited by Jason Sizemore, Apex Publications, 2012)
  • "Awaiting Redemption" (Eulogies II: Tales From the Cellar, edited by Christopher Jones, Nanci Kalanta, and Tony Tremblay, HW Press, 2013)
  • " "The Electric Spanking of the War Babies" (co-written with Kyle S. Johnson, Glitter & Mayhem, Apex Publications, 2013)[16]
  • "Steppin' Razor" (Asimov's Science Fiction, February 2014)


  1. ^ "Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus" by Alex Brown,, April 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Good-bye Aunt Bell" by Maurice Broaddus, author's website, accessed 1-25-2014.
  3. ^ Cities of Refuge Ministries information page Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff Profiles, The Learning Tree, accessed July 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Opening New Doors: SF/Fantasy Publishing 2010" by JoSelle Vanderhooft, Publisher’s Weekly, Apr 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Review of King Maker by Maurice Broaddus", SF Book Reviews, March 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Review of King's Justice: The Knights of Breton Court II, Publisher’s Weekly, January 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Review of Dark Faith," Publisher’s Weekly, May 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Writers of Color Continue to Wrestle With Lovecraft’s Racist Legacy," Wired, Jan. 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus" by Alex Brown,, April 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy" by N. K. Jemisin, The New York Times Book Review, May 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "2010 Stoker Final Ballot", Locus Magazine, February 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "The Kitschies: 2010 Golden Tentacle Winner," pornokitsch, January 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "Nominations for the 4th Annual Black Quill Awards", Dark Scribe Magazine, December 2, 2010.
  15. ^ "Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus" by Alex Brown,, April 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Glitter & Mayhem is a glam rock space party terror anthology" by Ed Grabianowski, io9, January 9, 2014.

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