Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Olde Heuvelt in Kyiv
Olde Heuvelt in Kyiv
Born (1983-04-16) 16 April 1983 (age 39)
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Notable worksHEX

Thomas Olde Heuvelt (born 16 April 1983) is a Dutch horror writer. 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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


Olde Heuvelt wrote his debut novel, De Onvoorziene, 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 the author combined horror with humor and satire. Since 2008, his novels have been published by major Dutch publishing house Luitingh-Sijthoff.[1]

Olde 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.[2] The same story was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2013.[3]

In April 2013, Tor Books released his story "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket" as an e-book.[4] It would be nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the World Fantasy Award in 2014.[5]

Olde Heuvelt's story "The Day the World Turned Upside Down", published in Lightspeed Magazine, won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2015.[6]

In 2016, Olde 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".[7] The publication was followed by a six-week book tour through the US.[citation needed]

Heuvelt's newest English-language book, Echo, was published by Tor Books in February 2022. His latest Dutch work is Orakel.[8]




Short story collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]


  1. ^ "Thomas Olde Heuvelt at LS Amsterdam". LS Amsterdam. 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ "SFFT Awards 2012 list". SFFT Awards. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Hugo Awards 2013". The Official Site of the Hugo Awards. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  4. ^ "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket". Tor Books. March 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "2014 World Fantasy Awards". World Fantasy Awards. October 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "2015 Hugo Awards". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Announcing Echo". Tor Books. July 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  9. ^ Lindeboom, Martijn (16 February 2013). "Verslagen van de Paul Harland Dag". Paul Harland Prijs. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Summary Bibliography: Thomas Olde Heuvelt". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. ^ "You Know How the Story Goes". Tor Books. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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