Thai-American author and composer S.P. Somtow was born in Thailand and educated at Eton and Cambridge. His first career was in music, but in the late 1970s he began to publish a series of innovative science fiction stories in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, earning him the John W. Campbell for best new writer. His 1984 novel Vampire Junction, which critics called ancestral to the Splatterpunk Movement, was elected to the "40 All-Time Greatest Horror Books" by the Horror Writers Association. Other horror novels include Moon Dance and Darker Angels; his chilling novella The Bird Catcher won the World Fantasy Award. His semi-autobiographical novel Jasmine Nights was published in 1994. In the 21st Century Somtow returned to Thailand where he founded the Bangkok Opera. His radical Asian reinterpretation of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" merited a full page in the New York Times. His recent operatic adaptation of the Ramayana, "Ayodhya", was covered in the international press. He lives and works in Los Angeles and Bangkok.
John W. Campbell Award, Best New Writer
World Fantasy Award, Best Novella, THE BIRD CATCHER
Locus Award, Best First Novel, STARSHIP & HAIKU
Edmond Hamilton-Leigh Brackett Memorial Award, "sense of wonder" in science fiction, "The Dust"
Dædalus Award, Best Fantasy Novel, THE SHATTERED HORSE
Rocky Award Winner, Best Young Adult Novel, THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE
Rocky Award Winner, Best Historical Fantasy, BRIMSTONE AND SALT
HOMer Award, Best Horror, MOON DANCE
International Horror Guild Award, Best Novelette, BRIMSTONE AND SALT