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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lawrence Santoro  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry Science Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1942 in Reading, PA

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Since 1985, I've lived in Chicago. The first dozen years here were spent directing theater. I spent several years as the literary manager and dramaturge at the Organic Theater and ran the theater's script development program, The Greenhouse. I began writing full-time in the mid 90s and published my first novel, JUST NORTH OF NOWHERE, in 2007. DRINK FOR THE THIRST TO COME, a collection of my short fiction will be, released by Annihilation Press in October, 2010.

Biographical and Professional Information

A regular author/narrator on Britain’s '''', Lawrence Santoro began writing darkly fantastic tales at age five.As associate producer of the syndicated comedy/mystery television series, ''Hyde & Seeke'', he wrote, directed and supervised production during the show’s first season.In 2001 the Horror Writers Association nominated his novella ''God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him'' for a Bram Stoker Award. In 2002, his audio adaptation and production of Gene Wolfe's ''The Tree Is My Hat'', gave him a second Stoker nod.His Stoker-recommended story ''Catching'' received Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s 17th Annual “Year's Best Fantasy and Horror” anthology in 2003. In 2004, his ''So Many Tiny Mouths'' was cited in the anthology’s 18th edition. In the 20th, his novella, ''At Angels Sixteen'', from the anthology A DARK AND DEADLY VALLEY was similarly honored.Larry’s first novel, ''Just North of Nowhere,'' was published in 2007.In 2010, his short novel, ''Lord Dickens’s Declaration'', was released in England in both print and audio versions.A collection of his short fiction will be released in late spring, 2010.Larry lives in Chicago and is working on a new novel, ''Bright Dreams Passing.''

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Just North of Nowhere
ISBN: 0977904911

Annihilation Press. 0

Book by Lawrence Santoro

A Dark and Deadly Valley
ISBN: 0977411087

Silverthought Press. 2007

The ghosts of lonesome British soldiers wander the rubble-strewn beach of Dunkirk. A black wave grows to devour a Japanese fleet. Only divine intervention can save the citizens of a charred Dresden. Something dark prowls the bowels of the Fuhrer's bunker. Radioactive mutants hunt fresh flesh through the streets of Hiroshima. In the pulp tradition of Weird War Tales, and filled with mystery, madness and the macabre, A DARK AND DEADLY VALLEY hovers along the borderland between horror and history. Editor Mike Heffernan has brought together horror's best-known authors to explore the violence of the second world war and its lasting affect on collective memory. They report back from the fright-filled front lines to illuminate the past with a dark light, put fresh meat on its bones and make it come alive through shock and suspense. So Have your Enfields clutched tight, boys, your bayonets fixed. And keep your heads low. There's some dark stuff lurking in these pages.

Tales From the Red Lion (Chicago)
ISBN: 0977985628

Twilight Tales, Inc. 2007

Many towns and cities around the world have a Red Lion Pub, and Chicago is no exception. Inside these pages you ll find tales of one of Chicago s favorite watering holes featuring barkeeps and barmaids, bar-fights, bar-jokes and barflies, several spirits and even a mystery or two by 14 Chicago authors.

Freaks, Geeks & Sideshow Floozies
ISBN: 0971130922

Twilight Tales. 2002

Book by Tina L Jens, John Weagly

Blood and Donuts
ISBN: 0971130906

Twlght Tlrs. 2003

Book by Unknown


  • Nomination - Bram Stoker Award, Long Fiction, ''GOD SCREAMED AND SCREAMED, THEN I ATE HIM''
  • Nomination - Bram Stoker, ''Audio Drama

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    For personal appearances contact Jessica P. Huffman at Halfpenny Promotions