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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (2021), which received a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly. R. L. Stine has said of his work, “His stories are deeply terrifying and so troubling that they linger in your mind long after you’ve read them.” Locus Magazine called it “A collection of unnerving horror fiction, one that reminds readers that Brian Evenson is one of the genre’s most talented horror writers.”

Other recent books include Song for the Unraveling of the World (2019), which won the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Ray Bradbury Prize and A Collapse of Horses (2016) and The Warren (2016). It was on the Washington Post’s Best Horror Fiction of the Year list, and on NPR Best Fiction of 2019. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s RUSA award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. His 2003 collection The Wavering Knife won the International Horror Guild Award for best story collection. Evenson is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim Award. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts. He’ll be in conversation with the writer Jeff VanderMeer at this year’s Word of South.