Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Heuvelt in Kyiv
Heuvelt in Kyiv
Born (1983-04-16) 16 April 1983 (age 36)
Nijmegen, Netherlands
GenreMagic realism, Horror, Fantasy

Thomas Olde Heuvelt (born 16 April 1983) is a Dutch writer whose horror novel HEX has been sold to nine languages in fourteen countries, among them US, France, China and Brazil. His short stories have received the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the Dutch Paul Harland Prize, and has been nominated for two additional Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award.[1]

Early life and influences[edit]

Olde Heuvelt was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He studied English language and American Literature at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and at the University of Ottawa in Canada, where he lived for half a year. In many interviews, he recalled that the literary heroes of his childhood were Roald Dahl and Stephen King, who created a love for grim and dark fiction. He later discovered the works of a wider range of contemporary writers like Jonathan Safran Foer, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaiman and Yann Martel, whom he calls his greatest influences.[2]


Olde Heuvelt wrote his debut novel De Onvoorziene in Dutch at the age of nineteen. It was published with a small press in 2002, followed in 2004 by PhantasAmnesia, a 600-page novel in which he combined horror with humor and satire. Since 2008, his novels have been published with major Dutch publishing house Luitingh-Sijthoff.[3]

Olde Heuvelt is a multiple winner of the Harland Award for best Dutch work of the fantastic (2009 and 2012). Translated into English, his short story "The Boy Who Cast No Shadow" published by PS Publishing in the UK, together with Carlos Ruiz Zafón received the Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards in 2012.[4] The same story was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2013.[5]

In April, 2013, Tor Books released his story "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket" in e-book.[6] It would be nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the World Fantasy Award.[7]

His story, "The Day the World Turned Upside Down", published with Lightspeed Magazine, won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2015.

In 2016, Olde Heuvelt's worldwide debut novel HEX was published in the US with Tor Books and in the UK and Australia with Hodder and Stoughton. Horror novelist Stephen King tweeted about the book, calling it "totally, brilliantly original".[8] The publication was followed by a six-week book tour through the US.[9]



Short fiction in English[edit]

Novels in Dutch[edit]


  1. ^ "HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt". The Cooke Agency. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  2. ^ "Biografie van Thomas Olde Heuvelt". Olde June 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  3. ^ "Thomas Olde Heuvelt at LS Amsterdam". LS Amsterdam. 2015. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  4. ^ "SFFT Awards 2012 list". SFFT Awards. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  5. ^ "The Hugo Awards". The Official Site of the Hugo Awards. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  6. ^ "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket - a Original". Tor Books. March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  7. ^ "2014 World Fantasy Awards". World Fantasy Awards. October 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  8. ^ Stephen King [@StephenKing] (6 May 2016). "HEX, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: A wicked witch holds an upstate New York town prisoner. This is totally, brilliantly original" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "HEX Summer Tour 2016". Thomas Olde Heuvelt Official Website. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  10. ^ Lindeboom, Martijn (16 February 2013). "Verslagen van de Paul Harland Dag". Paul Harland Prijs. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  11. ^ "2015 Hugo Awards". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.

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