Bram Stoker Award winner Edo van Belkom is the author of the Dragonlance saga's Lord Soth, which chronicles the life story of Lord Loren Soth and explains how and why he was consigned to spend the rest of his days as the Death Knight.
In addition to Lord Soth, van Belkom is the author of two other novels: Wyrm Wolf, a Locus bestseller and a finalist for the 1995 First Novel Bram Stoker Award, and Mister Magick. He has also published over 140 stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery to such magazines as Parsec, Storyteller, On Spec, and RPM, and the anthologies Northern Frights 1, 2, 3, 4, Shock Rock 2, Fear Itself, Hot Blood 4, 6, Dark Destiny, Crossing the Line, Truth Until Paradox, Alternate Tyrants, The Conspiracy Filed, Brothers of the Night, Robert Bloch's Psychos, Year's Best Horror Stories 20, and Best American Erotica 1999.
In 1997 he won the Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association for "Rat Food" (co-authored with David Nickle). His story, "The Rug" was a 1998 Stoker finalist. Other stories have twice been nominated for both the Aurora Award (Canada's top prize for speculative writing) and the Arthur Ellis Award (presented by the Crime Writers of Canada). His short story collection, Death Drives a Semi, which features twenty of his best stories, was published by Quarry Press in 1998. His lone book of nonfiction, Northern Dreamers: Interviews with Famous Authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, published by Quarry Press in 1998, features interviews with twenty-two of the best writers in Canada.
Born in Toronto in 1962, van Belkom graduated from York University with and honors degree in Creative Writing. He then worked as a daily newspaper sports and police reporter for five years before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1992. As a teacher he has taught short story writing for the Peel Board of Education, been an instructor at Sheridan College, and has lectured on horror and fantasy writing at the University of Toronto and Ryerson Polytechnic University. A frequent guest speaker and panelist at writing conferences and conventions in Canada and the United States, Edo was Toastmaster of the 1997 World Horror Convention in Niagara Falls, New York.
He lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife Roberta and son Luke, but his web pages are located at www.geocities.com/SoHo/Nook/6877/
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