Glen Martin Hirshberg (born 1966 in Royal Oak, a city in Oakland County and suburb of Detroit, Michigan) is an American author best known for horror fiction.
Born to parents Linda Hirshberg (psychologist) and Jerry Hirshberg (painter, founder of Nissan Design International, and author of The Creative Priority), Hirshberg began telling stories at the age of three. "My mother was a psychologist, my father a designer and painter, and I think their influence still resonates through everything I write. I can’t draw a straight line, but I love painting with the language, and what interests me most in stories, even the spooky ones, is the way people respond to and discover one another as their lives unfold or unravel." Hirshberg was ten years old in 1976 when the Oakland County Child Killer began to kidnap and kill children in his neighborhood. This formative experience finds outlet in the plot of Hirshberg's first novel The Snowman's Children which, as Publisher's Weekly relates, is the story of an adult coming to terms with his "1970s suburban childhood. In the winter of 1977, a serial killer dubbed "The Snowman" haunted a quiet Michigan neighborhood, preying on the town's children." In 1980, Hirshberg moved with his family to Southern California when his father, Jerry Hirshberg, took a job with Nissan Design. Hirshberg graduated from Torrey Pines High School before earning his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize, and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1991. Hirshberg then moved to Seattle where he worked as a music critic and writer for the Seattle Weekly among other publications. He currently teaches and lives with his family in the Los Angeles area.
His works include the novel The Snowman's Children, published in limited edition by Earthling Publications and reissued for wider distribution in 2002 by Carroll & Graf, a short story collection The Two Sams, published in 2003 by Carroll & Graf; the collection American Morons, published in 2006 by Earthling Publications; the collection The Janus Tree, published in 2012 by Subterranean Press; the novel The Book of Bunk, published in 2010 by Earthling Publications, and the novel Motherless Child which was first published in a limited run by Earthling in 2012. This book sold out before publication and was reissued for wider distribution in May, 2014 by Tor Books as the initial book of a trilogy. The second book of the trilogy Good Girls was released February, 2016, and the third book of the series is in progress.
The Two Sams received an International Horror Guild Award for Outstanding Collection in 2003 and was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book for that same year. In addition, The Two Sams was also nominated for the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection. Stories in the collection were also very well received. "Mr. Dark's Carnival" was nominated for the 2000 International Horror Guild Award for Long Story. and was a World Fantasy nominee for Best Novella of the year in 2001. "Dancing Men" won an International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction in 2003 and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 2004. "Struwwelpeter," was nominated in the Best Novella category for the World Fantasy Award in 2002.
The collection American Morons was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and for the Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection. It received an International Horror Guild Award for Outstanding Collection in 2006; "The Muldoon," one of the stories from that collection, was also nominated for the 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction. The collection The Janus Tree was a finalist for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Its titular story, "The Janus Tree," was nominated for a 2007 International Horror Guild Award for Mid-Length Fiction and awarded a 2007 Shirley Jackson Award. The novel Motherless Child earned critical acclaim (the Los Angeles Review of Books states: “Always one of his generation’s finest stylists, its most able students of character, [Hirshberg] has written one of the best books of the year.”) and earned both a Booklist and a Publisher's Weekly starred review.
With Peter Atkins and Dennis Etchison, Hirshberg co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, a reading and dramatic production which appears (like the carnival in "Mr. Dark's Carnival") in different venues and with appearances by different horror authors every year. Stories from the Rolling Darkness Revue (2005–Present) have been anthologized by Earthling Publications.
- 2016 Good Girls (Tor)
- 2014 Motherless Child (expanded and revised) (Tor)
- 2012 Motherless Child (Earthling)
- 2010 The Book of Bunk (Earthling); reprinted 2012 (Ash-Tree)
- 2002 The Snowman's Children (Carroll and Graf); special edition 2007 (Earthling). Awards and nominations: International Horror Guild nominee, 2002.
- 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories (Subterranean Press).
- 2006 American Morons (Earthling). Awards and nominations: 2006 International Horror Guild Award; 2006 Stoker Award nominee; 2007 World Fantasy Award nominee
- 2003 The Two Sams: Ghost Stories (Carroll and Graf). Awards and nominations: 2003 International Horror Guild Award; 2004 World Fantasy Award nominee
Novellas and Novelettes
- 2016 "Freedom is Space for the Spirit." Tor.com
- 2014 "Hexenhaus." Dark Discoveries 29.
- 2012 "His Only Audience." Rolling Darkness Revue 2012: The Raven of October. Reprinted as "His Only Audience: A Normal and Nadine Adventure." 2013 The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24.
- 2012 "You Become the Neighborhood." 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories. Reprinted The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 4.
- 2011 "After-Words." Cemetery Dance #65. Reprinted 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories, Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012.
- 2009 "The Pikesville Buffalo." Poe: 19 New Tales of Suspense, Dark Fantasy and Horror. Reprinted 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories.
- 2007 "The Janus Tree." Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural. Awards and nominations: 2007 Shirley Jackson Award; 2007 International Horror Guild nominee. Reprinted 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories.
- 2006 "The Muldoon." American Morons. Awards and nominations: 2006 International Horror Guild Award nominee. Reprinted 2007 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 20, 2010 People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2012 Ghosts: Recent Hauntings.
- 2006 "Devil's Smile." Alone on the Darkside: Echoes from Shadows of Horror. 2006 American Morons, 2007 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18, 2010 Mammoth Book of the Best of the Best New Horror, 2011 Very Best of Best of New Horror.
- 2004 "Safety Clowns." Acquainted with the Night. Reprinted 2005 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 16, 2006 American Morons, 2014 Darker Magazine(Russian translation).
- 2003 "Dancing Men." The Dark: New Ghost Stories. Awards and nominations: 2003 International Horror Guild Award; 2004 World Fantasy Award nominee. Reprinted 2003 Two Sams, 2004 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 17, 2004 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15, 2010 Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror.
- 2003 "Flowers on Their Bridles, Hooves in the Air." SciFi.com. Reprinted 2004 Mammoth Book of New Terror, 2006 American Morons.
- 2003 "Shipwreck Beach." Trampoline. Reprinted 2003 Two Sams.
- 2001 "Struwwelpeter." Scifi.com. Awards and nominations: World Fantasy nominee. Reprinted 2002 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 15, 2002 Mammoth Book of New Horror 13, 2003 Two Sams, 2011 Halloween, 2012.
- 2000 "Mr. Dark's Carnival." Awards and nominations: Stoker Award preliminary nominee; International Horror Guild Award nominee; World Fantasy Award nominee. Reprinted 2001 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 14, 2003 Two Sams, 2004 Mr. Dark's Carnival Earthling Halloween edition, 2012 The Century's Best Horror Fiction, 2013 Ténèbres: 18 Nouvelles de Fantastique & d'Horror, 2014 October Dreams 2.
- 2016 "Freedom is Space for the Spirit", A Tor.Com Original
- 2015 "The Ones Who Are Waving: A Last Rolling Darkness Revue Story." The Rolling Darkness Revue 2015: The Voyage of the Dead.
- 2013 "Pride." (AKA "Pride: A Collector's Tale") Rolling Darkness Revue 2013: The Impostor's Monocle. Reprinted 2014 The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014.
- 2010 "People Who Can't."Clocktower.
- 2010 "Shomer." Rolling Darkness Revue 2010: Curtain Call. Reprinted 2010 The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories.
- 2009 "The Nimble Men." Rolling Darkness Revue 2009: Bartlett: A Centenary Symposium. Reprinted 2010 Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two, Pseudopod #210, 2011 The Milan Review of Ghosts, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories.
- 2008 "Like Lick-em Sticks, Like Tina Fey." Rolling Darkness Revue 2008: Welcome to the Ether. Reprinted 2010 Shivers VI, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories, 2014 Postscripts to Darkness.
- 2008 "Esmerelda" (AKA "Esmerelda: The First Book Depository Story"). Reprinted 2008 Shades of Darkness, 2009 Best Horror of the Year: Volume One, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories.
- 2007 "Miss Ill-Kept Runt." Rolling Darkness Revue 2007: Twilight Limited Reprinted 2008 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories. 2015 The Monstrous.
- 2007 "I Am Coming to Live in Your Mouth." Dark Delicacies II: Fear. Reprinted 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories, Nightmare Magazine #18.
- 2006 "Sisters of Baikal (excerpt)." Cemetery Dance #56.
- 2006 "Transitway." Cemetery Dance #56. Reprinted 2006 American Morons.
- 2006 "Millwell." Rolling Darkness Revue 2006: At the Sign of the Snowman's Skull. Reprinted 2007 Summer Chills: Tales of Vacation Horror, 2012 The Janus Tree and Other Stories
- 2005 "American Morons." Rolling Darkness Revue 2005: Darkness Rising. Reprinted 2006 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 19, 2006 American Morons, 2006 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17.
- 2004 "Like a Lily in a Flood." Cemetery Dance #50, Reprinted 2006 American Morons
- 2002 "The Two Sams." Dark Terrors 6. Reprinted 2003 Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14, 2003 Two Sams, 2008 Poe's Children, 2015 Darker Terrors.
Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His novels, novellas, short stories, essays, and interviews have been published by Warner Books, Cemetery Dance Publications, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, Leisure, and many others.
His novella, The Painted Darkness, took the Internet by storm as an eBook during the summer of 2010, reaching more than 30,000 readers in the first few months after publication. The book was published in hardcover in December 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications, with the signed editions selling out in just 24 hours. Due to overwhelming demand from booksellers, the first printing of the trade edition went out of print on the day of publication and Cemetery Dance rushed a second printing. The Painted Darkness was also offered as the "Free eBook of the Month" by WOWIO.com in October 2010 and within two weeks it became the most downloaded title in the program's history.
Freeman is also the author of Blue November Storms, which was recently revised and republished, and Black Fire, his first novel, which will be revised and republished by the end of 2013.
His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1994 including From the Borderlands (Warner Books), Borderlands 5 (Borderlands Press), Corpse Blossoms (Creeping Hemlock Press), and all seven volumes of the acclaimed Shivers anthology series (Cemetery Dance Publications).
He has four short story collections on the way in 2013 and 2014: More Than Midnight, Weak and Wounded, Dreamlike States, and Lost and Lonely. Seven Stories, an Amazon eBook exclusive short story collection, was the #1 bestselling story collection on Amazon.com in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, and France, and #2 bestseller in Italy, during the first week of February 2012.
Freeman is also the editor of the anthology Dueling Minds, which was published in 2013 as the 10th volume in the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Signature Series.
He's well-known in the Stephen King fan community for his retired website, StephenKingNews.com, and his two well-regarded books of Stephen King trivia: The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent) and The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (with Kevin Quigley and Hans-Ake Lilja), both of which featured the artwork of Glenn Chadbourne.
Since December 2008, Freeman has been the managing editor of Cemetery Dance magazine, where his column "The Final Question" appears. His essays, columns, and interviews have been published in The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2009 (Book of the Month Club), The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2010 (Book of the Month Club), Jobs in Hell, Hellnotes, and Cemetery Dance. His non-fiction has been translated into French.
Freeman is also the publisher of Lonely Road Books where he has worked with Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, Mick Garris, Stewart O'Nan, and other acclaimed authors. You can learn more on the official Lonely Road Books website at http://www.LonelyRoadBooks.com
He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers. More books are on the way. Learn more about his work on his website, http://www.BrianJamesFreeman.com