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General Information

Name:  Mort Castle  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Mort Castle was born in Chicago and currently resides in Crete, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mort Castle is an American horror author. Castle's first novel was published in 1967. Since then, he has published many stories in many different publications. He has also been a writing teacher, working musician, standup comic, stage hypnotist, high school English teacher, magazine and comic book editor. He is currently a ''freelance language arts consultant'' serving as a writer in residence for three high schools, and teaching "Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" and "Story In Graphic Form" at Chicago's Columbia College. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at writing conferences. He partnered with colleague Sam Weller to assemble a group of literary giants to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury with an anthology ''Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury''. Among the Illinois authors participating in the anthology are Jay Bonansinga, Audrey Niffenegger, John McNally, Julie Keller and Joe Meno. He also edited ''On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association''. Castle has been nominated for a lot of awards: the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the DeMarco Prize, the Emerson Fiction Award, Leaders in the Arts for Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

Deadly Election
ISBN: 0890411077

Major Books. 1976


In Memoriam: Papa, Blake & HPL
ISBN: 0967202922

DarkTales Publications. 1999

A tribute to Ernest Hemingway, Robert Bloch and H.P. Lovecraft. Includes the stories TEACHERS and THE OLD MAN AND THE DEAD, originally published in STILL DEAD, edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector by Bantam Books and Mark Zeising editions in 1992. DarkTales Publications is bringing this great work back to life in an attractive chapbook format, cover art by Mark Evans, artist for Clive Barker's Hellraiser comics.

The Strangers
ISBN: 1892950561

Overlook Connection Press. 2000

You see him at PTA meetings, selling peanuts for Kiwanis, mowing his lawn. Michael Louden is your ever-so-average nice guy, your neighbor, your friend--except he wants to kill you and your family and your dog. He's the next door serial psycho, Jack the Ripper in Willy Loman's well shined shoes--and John Wayne Gacy in his clown costume. And he's not alone. Michael Louden and others like him, Strangers, are just waiting for their moment of history--to destroy any hope of the future. "THE STRANGERS offers one of the most unsettling and true representations of evil that you're likely to experience in a horror novel" --From the Introduction by Marc Paoletti THE STRANGERS, Mort Castle's 1984 cult classic of hard driving horror, is back in print in this trade paperback. This wonderfully creepy, yet disturbing tale will have you looking around at your friends, family, and neighbors in a way you never suspected. THE STRANGERS has been optioned by Whitewater Films in 2005.

Cursed Be the Child
ISBN: 1892950723

Overlook Connection Press. 2010

Loving her new home and its big basement, five-year-old Missy is unaware that her imaginary playmate, Lisette, is the tortured soul of a murdered child determined to get revenge on a cruel world for her destroyed life. Original.

Moon on the Water
ISBN: 0843950323

Leisure Books. 2002

A collection of disturbing horror tales shows our world in a new, darker light, revealing the many terrifying things that await us in the shadows, around the corner, and in our very own homes. Original.

Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead
ISBN: 1894815157

Prime. 2002

The Gypsy fables called Darane swature seek to explain the everyday mysteries of the world. In Mort Castle's Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead, Romany stories guide us along the dark misty trails of the realms of history and fantasy, of ancient magic and contemporary culture, as we meet: Wyatt Earp, who has a distressing personal hygiene problem. Dr. Valentine of Paris, Keeper of the Secret of Immortality. Nordo, Monstrous Night Creature of the Philco Radio. And Cowboy Bob Steele, Sir Richard Burton, Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin, Steve McQueen and Heather Locklear, Alley Oop, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, --and "the saddest woman in the world, Marilyn Monroe."in the Bram Stoker nominated short story, "I Am Your Need." Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead is "Mort Mythology" by the writer who's been called "a master of the short story," "a writer with a remarkable gift for storytelling and a profound sense of what makes humans tick" and "El Maestro del Terror."


5 time Bram Stoker award nominee 4 time Pushcart Prize for short fiction 3 time winner, Writer's Digest Creative Writing Contest for fiction

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