Simon Bestwick

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Born1974 (age 47–48)
Wolverhampton, England
NationalityBritish
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationDegree in Media and Performance
Alma materUniversity of Salford
OccupationAuthor
Spouse(s)Cate Gardner

Simon Bestwick is an English author of British contemporary horror. He was born in Wolverhampton in 1974, before moving to Manchester when he was two where he lived until moving to Liverpool in 2014, then the Wirral in 2015.

Ramsey Campbell has described Bestwick as being 'among the most important writers of contemporary British horror' and that within his writing he is ‘developing a consciously political form of horror fiction[1]’. Bestwick's work has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards in 2009, 2012[2], and 2019, and his short stories have been reprinted in Best Horror of the Year #1 'The Narrows', Best Horror of the Year #4 'Dermot' and 'The Moraine', Best British Fantasy 2013 'Dermot',[3] and his short story ‘Below’ is due to be reprinted in Best Horror of the Year # 12 (September 2020).

Education

Bestwick attended the University of Salford which he graduated from in 1996 with a 2:1 degree in Media and Performance[4].

Personal life

Bestwick married fellow author Cate Gardner in 2016.

Selected works

Books

  • Tide Of Souls: Abaddon Books, 2009. ISBN 978-190673514
  • The Faceless: Solaris, 2012. ISBN 978-1907992742
  • Let's Drink To The Dead: Solaris, 2012. ASIN B00AIM7PTE
  • The Condemned: Gray Friar Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1906331412
  • Hell's Ditch: Snowbooks, 2015. ISBN 978-1909679696
  • Devil's Highway: Snowbooks, 2016. ISBN 978-1909679900
  • The Feast of All Souls: Solaris, 2016. ISBN 978-1781084618
  • Angels Of The Silences: Omnium Gatherum Media, 2016. ISBN 978-0692619384
  • Wolf's Hill: Snowbooks, 2018. ISBN 978-1911390503
  • Breakwater: Tor, 2018. ASIN B079Y41MRR

Collections

  • A Hazy Shade Of Winter : Ash-Tree Press, 2004. ASIN B006WBJ4IK
  • Pictures Of The Dark : Gray Friar Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1906331085
  • And Cannot Come Again: Tales of Childhood, Regret, and Innocence Lost : ChiZine, 2019. ISBN 978-1771485227 (Out of Print)
  • And Cannot Come Again: Tales of Childhood, Regret, and Innocence Lost : Horrific Tales, 2020. ISBN 978-1910283264

Awards

  • 2009 – British Fantasy Award nomination for best novella for “The Narrows”[5]
  • 2012 – British Fantasy Award nomination for best short story for “Dermot”[6]
  • 2019 – British Fantasy Award nomination for best horror novel for “Wolf's Hill”[7]
  • 2019 – British Fantasy Award nomination for best novella for “Breakwater”[8]

In the media

  

References

  1. Walter, Damien (29 Jan 2016). "The ominous ordinary: horror writers finding scares in the everyday". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Mcleod, Jim (20 November 2012). "Interview: Five Minutes With Simon Bestwick". Ginger Nuts of Horror. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "TIH 020: Simon Bestwick on Writing Serials, Joel Lane and Plotting". This Is Horror. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Bestwick, Simon. "Simon Bestwick". Simon Bestwick. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "British Fantasy Awards 2009: the Shortlist!". British Fantasy Society. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "British Fantasy Awards shortlist announced". British Fantasy Society. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "British Fantasy Awards 2019". British Fantasy Society. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "British Fantasy Awards 2019". British Fantasy Society. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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