Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Heuvelt in Kiev
|Born||16 April 1983|
|Genre||Magic realism, horror, fantasy|
Thomas Olde Heuvelt (born 16 April 1983) is a Dutch writer whose horror novel HEX has been translated into nine languages and published in fourteen countries, among them the US, France, China, and Brazil. His short stories have received the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the Dutch Paul Harland Prize, and have been nominated for two additional Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award.
Early life and influences
Olde Heuvelt was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He studied English 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 recalls that the literary heroes of his childhood were Roald Dahl and Stephen King, who created in him a love for grim and dark fiction. He later discovered the works of a wider range of contemporary writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaiman, and Yann Martel, whom he calls his greatest influences.
Heuvelt wrote his debut novel De Onvoorziene in Dutch at the age of nineteen. It was published with a small printing in 2002, and 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.
Heuvelt is a multiple winner of the Paul Harland Prize for best Dutch work of fantastic fiction (2009 and 2012). Translated into English, his short story "The Boy Who Cast No Shadow", published by PS Publishing in the UK, was nominated for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards in 2012. The same story was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2013.
In 2016, Heuvelt's worldwide debut novel HEX was published in the US by Tor Books and in the UK and Australia by Hodder and Stoughton. Horror novelist Stephen King tweeted about the book, calling it "totally, brilliantly original". The publication was followed by a six-week book tour through the US.
- 2005 Paul Harland Prize (Debut Prize) for De kronieken van een weduwnaar
- 2009 Paul Harland Prize (Winner) for The Boy Who Cast No Shadow (Dutch version)
- 2012 Paul Harland Prize (Winner) for Fishbowl Universe (Dutch version)
- 2012 Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards (Honorable Mention, together with Carlos Ruiz Zafón) for The Boy Who Cast No Shadow (US)
- 2013 Hugo Award (Nomination) for The Boy Who Cast No Shadow
- 2014 Hugo Award (Nomination) for The Ink Readers of Doi Saket
- 2014 World Fantasy Award (Nomination) for The Ink Readers of Doi Saket
- 2015 Hugo Award (winner) for The Day the World Turned Upside Down 
- De Onvoorziene (Intes International) (2002)
- PhantasAmnesia (Intes International) (2004)
- Leerling Tovenaar Vader & Zoon (Luitingh-Sijthoff) (2008)
- Harten Sara (Luitingh-Sijthoff) (2011)
- HEX (Hodder & Stoughton, UK; Tor Books, US) (2016)
- Echo (Luitingh-Sijthoff) (2019)
Short story collections
- Om nooit te vergeten (Luitingh-Sijthoff) (2017)
- "De Bank en het sterrenlicht" (2006)
- "De Koperen Krokodil" (2006)
- "Tulpen en windmolens in het Land van de Champignons" (2006)
- "De Kronieken van een Weduwnaar" (2008)
- "Harlequin on Dam Square" (Oxygen Books, UK) (2010)
- "Alles van Waarde is Weerloos" (2010)
- "Balora met het grote hoofd" (2012)
- "The Boy Who Cast No Shadow" (PS Publishing, UK) (2012)
- "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket" (Tor Books, US) (2013)
- "The Day the World Turned Upside Down" (Lightspeed Magazine, US) (2014)
- "Hertenhart en Gembertimbaaltjes" (2017)
- "You Know How the Story Goes" (Tor Books) (2017)
- "Dolores Dolly Poppedijn" (Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek) (2019)
- "Thomas Olde Heuvelt at LS Amsterdam". LS Amsterdam. 2015. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
- "SFFT Awards 2012 list". SFFT Awards. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "The Hugo Awards 2013". The Official Site of the Hugo Awards. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
- "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket". Tor Books. March 2013. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
- "2014 World Fantasy Awards". World Fantasy Awards. October 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
- 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.
- Lindeboom, Martijn (16 February 2013). "Verslagen van de Paul Harland Dag". Paul Harland Prijs. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "2015 Hugo Awards". thehugoawards.org. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Summary Bibliography: Thomas Olde Heuvelt". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. isfdb.org. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
- "You Know How the Story Goes". tor.com. Tor Books. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2019.