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Name: John Shirley  
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Date of Birth: 10th February 1953
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas, USA
Profession: Writer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

John Shirley (born February 10, 1953) is an author of novels, short stories, and television & film scripts. He is best known for his science fiction and horror writing. He also has written for the screen, eg "The Crow", co-written with David Schow, and "Twists of Terror." His novels "Demons," "Crawlers" (both from Del Rey Books) and In Darkness Waiting" have been optioned by various film production companies. Among his most significant books are the Eclipse "A Song Called Youth" Trilogy, still in print from Babbage Books. Avant-slipstream critic Larry McCaffrey called him "the post-modern Poe." William Gibson, the author of "Neuromancer" collaborated with Shirley on short stories--as did fellow "cyberpunks" Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker--and acknowledges his influence in an introduction to Shirley's proto cyberpunk work novel "City Come A-Walkin'". Shirley's work ranges in tone from the surreal to the gritty to the nightmarish. He is also a punk and post-punk songwriter and singer, having recorded for Celluloid Records and other companies, and having written lyrics for the Blue Oyster Cult, eg the album "Heaven Forbid". Despite his cyberpunk roots, Shirley's story collection "Black Butterflies" won the Bram Stoker award from the Horror Writer's of America.

John Shirley was born in Houston, Texas. For many years he has lived in the San Francisco Bay area.


  • Transmaniacon (1979)
  • Dracula in Love (1979)
  • City Come A-Walkin' (1980)
  • Three-Ring Psychus (1980)
  • The Brigade (1981)
  • Cellars (1982)
  • Traveler Series (as D. B. Drumm):
    • Traveler #1 (1984)
    • Traveler #7' (1985)
    • Traveler #8' (1986)
  • A Song Called Youth Series (aka. Eclipse Trilogy):
    • Eclipse (1985)
    • Eclipse Penumbra (1988)
    • Eclipse Corona (1990)
  • In Darkness Waiting (1988)
  • Kamus of Kadizar: The Black Hole of Carcosa (1988)
  • A Splendid Chaos (1988)
  • Wetbones (1991)
  • Silicon Embrace (1996)
  • Demons (2000), short novel
  • ...And the Angel with Television Eyes (2001)
  • The View From Hell (2001), short novel
  • Her Hunger (2001), short novel
  • Spider Moon (2002)
  • Demons, a new version with second novella Undercurrents (2002), two short novels
  • Crawlers (2003)
  • Constantine (2004) (ISBN 0743497554) - novelisation of the film featuring the DC/Vertigo comicbook character.
  • John Constantine, Hellblazer: Warlord (Feb. 2006) based on the comic book character, not the movie version.
  • Batman: Dead White, a novel, not a graphic novel, for late 2006, based on the DC Comics character.

Short Story Collections

  • Heatseeker (1989)
  • New Noir (1993)
  • The Exploded Heart (1996)
  • Black Butterflies (1998)
  • Really, Really, Really, Really Weird Stories (1999)
  • Darkness Divided (2001)


  • "John Shirley was cyberpunk's Patient Zero, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent." — William Gibson
  • "Barely street-legal, Shirley's Bosch-like visions mark him out as perhaps the closest thing contemporary American fantasy has to a genuine 'outsider artist.'" — William Gibson

External link

  • Official website
  • Amazon Listing of works.
  • online magazine and blog
  • MP3s of his rock music

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