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Karl Edward Wagner

USA (1945 - 1994)

Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 - 13 October 1994) was an American writer, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. His disillusionment with the medical profession can be seen in the stories "The Fourth Seal" and "Into Whose Hands". He described his world view as nihilistic, anarchistic and absurdist, and claimed, not entirely seriously, to be related to "an opera composer named Richard".
 
Series contributed to
The Road of Kings
 
The Year's Best Horror Stories VIIIThe Year's Best Horror Stories IXThe Year's Best Horror Stories XThe Year's Best Horror Stories XI
Year's Best Horror Stories XIIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XIIIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XIVThe Year's Best Horror Stories XV
The Year's Best Horror Stories XVIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XVIIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XVIIIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XIX
The Year's Best Horror Stories XXThe Year's Best Horror Stories XXIThe Year's Best Horror Stories XXII
 
Anthology series
Echoes of ValorEchoes of Valor IIEchoes of Valor III
 
Anthologies edited
Horror Story Volume 5Intensive ScareHorror Story Volume 4Horror Story Volume 3
 
Anthologies containing stories by Karl Edward Wagner
Savage Heroes: Tales of Magical Fantasy (1975)
Whispers (1977)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 3 (1977)
New Terrors 1 (1980)
Dark Forces (1980)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
Top Fantasy (1984)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10 (1984)
Dead Image (1985)
Masters of Darkness (1986)
Cutting Edge (1986)
A Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the Decade (1987)
Ghor, Kin-Slayer: The Saga of Genseric's Fifth-Born Son (1987)
The Architecture of Fear (1987)
The Colour of Evil (1987)
Silver Scream (1988)
Fine Frights: Stories That Scared Me (1988)
Jack the Ripper (1988)
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988)
Best New Horror (1990)
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1991)
Best New Horror 2 (1991)
A Whisper of Blood (1991)
The Mammoth Book of Terror (1992)
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual Collection (1992)
Best New Horror 3 (1992)
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...Nightmare (1993)
Confederacy of the Dead (1993)
The Ultimate Witch (1993)
Best New Horror 4 (1993)
The Hastur Cycle, 2nd Edition (1993)
The Best of Whispers (1994)
The Giant Book of Terror (1994)
The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem (1994)
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994)
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995)
The Best New Horror 5 (1995)
Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (1995)
Dark Terrors (1995)
Forbidden Acts (1995)
Dark Love (1995)
The Best New Horror 6 (1995)
The Best of Weird Tales (1995)
The Vampire Hunters' Casebook (1996)
Diagnosis - Terminal: An Anthology of Medical Terror (1996)
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996)
The New Lovecraft Circle (1996)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Eight (1997)
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998)
Tales of The Cthulhu Mythos (1999)
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999)
Savage Heroes: Tales of Magical FantasyWhispersThe Year's Best Fantasy Stories 3New Terrors 1
Dark ForcesThe Giant Book of Horror StoriesTop FantasyThe Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10
Dead ImageMasters of DarknessCutting EdgeA Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the Decade
Ghor, Kin-Slayer: The Saga of Genseric's Fifth-Born SonThe Architecture of FearThe Colour of EvilSilver Scream
Fine Frights: Stories That Scared MeJack the RipperGaslight and GhostsBest New Horror
Vampires: The Greatest StoriesBest New Horror 2A Whisper of BloodThe Mammoth Book of Terror
The Mammoth Book of VampiresThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual CollectionBest New Horror 3To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...Nightmare
Confederacy of the DeadBest New Horror 4The Hastur Cycle, 2nd EditionThe Best of Whispers
The Giant Book of TerrorThe King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-MortemThe Mammoth Book of Frankenstein100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories
The Best New Horror 5Splatterpunks II: Over the EdgeDark TerrorsForbidden Acts
Dark LoveThe Best New Horror 6The Best of Weird TalesThe Vampire Hunters' Casebook
Diagnosis - Terminal: An Anthology of Medical TerrorThe New Lovecraft CircleThe Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Eight100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment
Tales of The Cthulhu Mythos100 Hilarious Little Howlers
 
Short stories
Stardust (1959)
In the Lair of Yslsl (1973)
Killer [short story] (1974) (with David Drake)
Midnight Sun (1974)
Sticks (1974)World Fantasy (nominee)
Sing a Last Song of Valdese (1976)
Two Suns Setting (1976)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Coming of Ghor (1977)
Undertow (1977)
.220 Swift (1980)
Where the Summer Ends [short story] (1980)
In the Wake of the Night (1981)
The River of Night's Dreaming (1981)World Fantasy (nominee)
Beyond Any Measure (1982)World Fantasy
Into Whose Hands (1983)World Fantasy (nominee)
Neither Brute Nor Human (1983)
More Sinned Against (1984)
The Treasure of Lynortis (1984)
Blue Lady, Come Back (1985)
Old Loves (1985)
Shrapnel (1985)
Lacunae (1986)
Endless Night (1987)
Satan's Gun (1987)
An Awareness of Angels (1988)
At First Just Ghostly (1989)Bram Stoker (nominee)
But You'll Never Follow Me (1990)Bram Stoker (nominee)
Cedar Lane (1990)
The Kind Men Like (1990)
A Fair Cop (1991)
The Slug (1991)
Did They Get You to Trade? (1992)Bram Stoker (nominee)
One Paris Night (1992)
Hell Creek (1993)
Little Lessons in Gardening (1993)
Passages (1993)
A Walk on the Wild Side (1993)
Deep in the Depths of the Acme Warehouse (1994)
The Gothic Touch (1994)
In the Middle of a Snow Dream (1994)
Gremlin (1995)
I've Come to Talk With You Again (1995)
Locked Away (1995)
The Picture of Jonathan Collins (1995)
Prince of the Punks (1995)
Final Cut (1996)
Plan 10 from Inner Space (1996)Bram Stoker (nominee)
Brushed Away (1997)
The Education of Gergy-doo-doo (1997)


Awards
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1975) : Sticks
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1977) : Dark Crusade
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1977) : Two Suns Setting
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1979) : Night Winds
World Fantasy nominee (1982) : The River of Night's Dreaming
World Fantasy winner (1983) : Beyond Any Measure
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1984) : Into Whose Hands
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1988) : Why Not You and I?
Bram Stoker nominee (1990) : At First Just Ghostly
Bram Stoker Best Short story nominee (1991) : But You'll Never Follow Me
Bram Stoker Best Short story nominee (1993) : Did They Get You to Trade?
Bram Stoker Best Short story nominee (1997) : Plan 10 from Inner Space
Bram Stoker Best Collection winner (1998) : Exorcisms and Ecstasies


Karl Edward Wagner recommends
From the Heart of Darkness
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
David Drake
"A collection of thoroughly vicious, uncompromising horror stories...These stories may frighten you and they may turn your stomach, but you are not going to forget them - and that is the hallmark of successful horror fiction."



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