Jeff VanderMeer  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer (born July 7, 1968) is an American writer, editor and publisher. He was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but spent much of his childhood in the Fiji Islands, where his parents worked for the Peace Corps. This experience, and the resulting trip back to the United States through Asia, Africa, and Europe, deeply influenced him.

In 2003, VanderMeer married Ann Kennedy, then editor for the small Buzzcity Press and magazine the Silver Web. Ann VanderMeer is currently the editor of Weird Tales magazine, and a respected anthologist and publisher in her own right. The VanderMeers live in Tallahassee, Florida.

He is the author of the best-selling City of Saints and Madmen, set in his signature creation, the imaginary city of Ambergris, in addition to several other novels from Bantam, Tor, and Pan Macmillan. He has won two World Fantasy Awards, an NEA-funded Florida Individual Writers’ Fellowship, and, most recently, the Le Cafard cosmique award in France and the Tähtifantasia Award in Finland, both for City of Saints. He has also been a finalist for the Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award, IHG Award, Philip K. Dick Award, and many others. Novels such as Veniss Underground and Shriek: An Afterword have made the year’s best lists of, The Austin Chronicle, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly, among others. His work, both books and short stories, has been translated into over twenty languages. The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases may be his most famous anthology, and is considered a cult classic, still in print along with his Leviathan original fiction series.





  • The Book of Frog (1989)
  • The Book of Lost Places (1996)
  • City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris (2001)
  • City of Saints and Madmen (2002, substantially expanded from the 2001 edition)
  • The Day Dali Died (2003)
  • City of Saints and Madmen (2004, expanded from the 2002 edition)
  • Secret Life (2004)
  • Why Should I Cut Your Throat? (nonfiction, 2004)
  • VanderMeer 2005 (promotional sampler, 2005)
  • Secret Life (2006)
  • The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories (with Cat Rambo, 2007)

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