Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Heuvelt in Kyiv
|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 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.
Early life and influences
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.
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.
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. The same story was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2013.
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". 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 
Short fiction in English
- 2010 Harlequin on Dam Square (Oxygen Books, UK)
- 2012 The Boy Who Cast No Shadow (PS Publishing, UK)
- 2013 The Ink Readers of Doi Saket (Tor Books, US)
- 2014 The Day the World Turned Upside Down (Lightspeed Magazine, US)
Novels in Dutch
- 2002 De Onvoorziene (Intes International)
- 2004 PhantasAmnesia (Intes International)
- 2008 Leerling Tovenaar Vader & Zoon (Luitingh-Sijthoff)
- 2011 Harten Sara (Luitingh-Sijthoff)
- 2013 HEX (Luitingh-Sijthoff)
- 2019 Echo (Luitingh-Sijthoff)
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- "SFFT Awards 2012 list". SFFT Awards. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
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- "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket - a Tor.com Original". Tor Books. March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "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.
- "HEX Summer Tour 2016". Thomas Olde Heuvelt Official Website. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
- 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.