Stephen T. Vessels is a Thriller Award nominated author of SF, dark fantasy and cross-genre fiction. He was born in South Texas, grew up in Colorado and resides now in southern California. He is a lifelong lover of books, art and music, all enthusiasms he acquired from his father, who was himself an avid reader, and with whom he and his siblings attended many jazz and classical performances, and visited many museums. His aspirations to write were aroused at the age of seven by the early SF films of directors like Ib Melchior, the horror films of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allen Poe, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Charles Dickens, among many others. His stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and collections from Grey Matter Press and ShadowSpinners Press, among others. In 2012 he received a Best Fiction Award from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. His story collection, The Mountain & The Vortex and Other Tales, was released this year by Muse Harbor Publishing.
His literary interests are broad and non-sectarian. He began writing poetry at age twelve, and has continued to do so on and off ever since. At the University of Colorado, in Boulder, where he lived two doors down the hall from William S. Burroughs, he studied with Gregory Corso and Ed Dorn and was mentored by Allan Dugan. He invented several eccentric poetic forms that employ ... (more)
|Speculative Fiction Novels (2)|
2020 Fall of the Messengers
(science fiction, mystery)
Release date - 2020
2016 The Mountain & The Vortex and Other Tales
(science fiction, fantasy > dark fantasy, horror, short stories)