Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard (1947–2014) was an American writer. Classified as a science fiction and fantasy writer, he often leaned into other genres, such as magical realism. His work is infused with a political and historical sensibility and an awareness of literary antecedents.

Brief biographies are, like history texts, too organized to be other than orderly misrepresentations of the truth. So when it's written that Lucius Shepard was born in August of 1947 to Lucy and William Shepard in Lynchburg, Virginia, and raised thereafter in Daytona Beach, Florida, it provides a statistical hit and gives you nothing of the difficult childhood from which he frequently attempted to escape, eventually succeeding at the age of fifteen, when he traveled to Ireland aboard a freighter and thereafter spent several years in Europe, North Africa, and Asia, working in a cigarette factory in Germany, in the black market of Cairo's Khan al Khalili bazaar, as a night club bouncer in Spain, and in numerous other countries at numerous other occupations. On returning to the United States, Shepard entered the University of North Carolina, where for one semester he served as the co-editor of the Carolina Quarterly. Either he did not feel challenged by the curriculum, or else he found other pursuits more challenging. Whichever the case, he dropped out several times and traveled to Spain, Southeast Asia (at a time when tourism there was generally discouraged), and South and Central America. He ended his academic career as a tenth-semester sophomore with a heightened political sensibility, a fairly extensive knowledge of Latin American culture and some pleasant memories.

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Updated January 1, 2024




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Speculative Fiction Books

2021 | science fiction, short stories
2014 | fantasy
2013 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
2012 | fantasy, collection
2010 | fantasy
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories
2009 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
2008 | science fiction, short stories
2008 | science fiction, short stories
2007 | horror
2007 | fantasy, horror, short stories
2005 | fantasy
2005 | fantasy, short stories
2004 | science fiction
2004 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
2004 | fantasy, short stories
2004 | fantasy
2003 | fantasy, horror
2003 | fantasy
2003 | science fiction
1997 | science fiction, short stories, thriller
1993 | horror
1993 | fantasy, short stories
1990 | fantasy
1990 | science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories
1989 | horror, short stories
1989 | fantasy
1987 | science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories
1987 | science fiction
1984 | science fiction

Fictions and Others

2002 | magical realism
1994 | short stories