Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost is an award-winning and multi-award-nominated author of fantasy, historical thrillers, science fiction, and fairy-tale/folk-tale based novels and short stories. He writes for adults, and has written for Young Adults and Middle Grade readers. He is a Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Frost is a graduate of the Clarion SF & Fantasy Writing Workshop program, and has subsequently taught in the program four times. He has co-taught with authors such as Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and Michael Swanwick; and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, James Tiptree Jr., Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards.



Lyrec. Ace Fantasy Books/Berkley Publishing Group, February 1984.  Three printings. [2 months on B. Dalton/Walden’s Bestseller list].

         —Reprinted, July 2011, in ebook formats, Quolibet Press, via Book View Café, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

         —Audible Audiobook.

Táin.  Ace Fantasy Books/Berkley Publishing Group, February 1986.

Remscela.  Ace Fantasy Books/Berkley Publishing Group.  May 1988.

The Pure Cold Light.  Avon Books, Avon Nova imprint, May 1993.  Published by Penguin ROC in Great Britain. [1994 Nebula Award Semi-Finalist]

         —Reprinted, January 2013, in ebook formats, Quolibet Press via Book View Café.

         —Audible audiobook.

Fitcher’s Brides. Tor Books, December 2002. (Finalist: World Fantasy Award, International Horror Guild Award)

         —Tor Books, ebook formats released 2012.

Shadowbridge. Del Rey Books, January 2008.

Lord Tophet. Del Rey Books. July 2008.

(These two, a duology, were chosen as one of four “best fantasy novels,” 2009 by the American Library Association; James Tiptree, Jr. Award finalist)

    Audible audiobooks, 2009.



Attack of the Jazz Giants & Other Stories. Golden Gryphon Press, June 2005.


Short fiction includes:

“From Hell Again.” RIPPER!, Gardner Dozois & Susan Casper, editors; Tor Books, September 1988.

          — Reprinted in the premiere issue of the internet e-zine, DARK ANNIE.

“An Act of Love.” Collaboration with Steven Brust and Megan Lindholm. LIAVEK IV: SPELLS OF BINDING, Will Shetterly & Emma Bull, editors; Ace Books, November 1988.

“Lizaveta.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Mid–December 1988.

         —Reprinted in BEST NEW HORROR, edited by Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell, Robinson (UK) October, 1990; Carroll & Graf (U.S.) Spring, 1991. Reprinted 2014.

“Divertimento.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, December 1989.

         —Reprinted in BEST NEW HORROR 2, ed. Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell, Robinson (UK) October, 1991; Carroll & Graf (U.S.). Reprinted by DIP, 2014.

“The Incompleat Ripper.” Collaboration with Jack Dann; Starshore, vol.1 no. 1, Summer 1990.

         —Reprinted in The Fiction Factory, Golden Gryphon Press, 2005.

“The Bus.”  COLD SHOCKS, edited by Tim Sullivan, August 1991; Avon Books.

“Attack of the Jazz Giants.”  Bruce McAllister & Harry Harrison, eds., THERE WON’T BE WAR, Tor Books, November 1991.

“The Hole in Edgar’s Hillside.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Mid-December 1991.

         —Reprinted in UNICORNS II , Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann, eds. Ace Books, November 1992.

“The Root of the Matter.” SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors;  William Morrow & Co., Inc and Avon Nova, January 1993.

         —Reprinted in Happily Ever After, John Klima, editor. Night Shade Books.

“Touring Jesusworld.” Pulphouse Magazine, Issue 18. Damon Knight, editor. 1995.

         —Reprinted in A Cross of Centuries, edited by Michael Bishop, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2007.

“That Blissful Height.” Intersections, edited by John Kessel, Mark L. Van Name, and Richard Butner, Tor Books, January 1996.

         —Reprinted in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR, edited by Stephen Jones, Carroll & Graf, UK, October 1997.

         —Reprinted in StarShipSofa Stories, Volume 3, Tony C. Smith, editor. StarShipSofa Press.

“Sparks.” BLACK Swan, WHITE Raven, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Tor Books, May 1997

 “How Meersh the Bedeviler Lost His Toes.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 1998. (A finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Short Fiction Award, 1999 and the first "Shadowbridge" story.)

“Collecting Dust.” White of the Moon, edited by Stephen Jones. Pumpkin Books, May, 1999.

“The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray.” DARK TERRORS 5, edited by Stephen Jones & David Sutton, Carroll & Graff, UK, November 2000.

         —Japanese translation, 2012, Hayakawa Publishing.

“Madonna of the Maquiladora.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May, 2002. The story was a Short Fiction Finalist for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and World Fantasy Award.

         —Reprinted in The Savage Humanists, Fiona Kelleghan, editor. Robert J. Sawyer Books, Calgary, 2008

“The Harp That Sang.” Swan Sister, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Simon & Schuster, 2003.

         —Reprinted, Czech translation, in Trochu: Divne Kusy 2, edited by Martin Sust, Laser, 2007.

“The Prowl.”  Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson, Warner Books, April 2003.

“Tengu Mountain.”  The Faery Reel, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Viking, 2004.

“Dub.” Weird Trails, edited by Darrell Schweitzer, Wildside Press, 2004.

“So Coldly Sweet, So Deadly Fair.” Weird Tales, April 2006, vol. 339.

         —Reprinted in Liar, Liar, Keith R.A. Decandido, editor. Mendacity Press, 2012.

“Ill-met in Illium.” The Secret History of Vampires, edited by Darrell Schweitzer, April 2007.

“Late in the Day.” Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Shawna McCarthy, editor, December 2008.

“The Final Act.” Poe: Nineteen New Tales of Mystery and Suspense, edited by Ellen Datlow, Solaris Books, January 2009.  (Winner of 2010 Black Quill Award for Best Anthology.)

“The Dingus.” Supernatural Noir, Ellen Datlow, editor. Dark Horse Comics Press, June 2011.

“Vulpes.” V-Wars, Jonathan Maberry, editor. IDW Publishing. August 2012.

         —Audiobook, Blackstone Audio.

“No Others are Genuine.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Oct/Nov. 2013. (Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.)

“T.Rhymer.” Co-authored with Jonathan Maberry for Dark Duets anthology. HarperCollins, January 2014.


“Farewell, My Rocketeer.” The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventures, Jeff Conner, editor. IDW Publishing (2014).

“Bedlam.” Out of Tune, Jonathan Maberry, editor. Journalstone, November 2014.

“Lock Up Your Chickens & Daughters, H'ard and Andy Are Come to Town.” Co-authored with Michael Swanwick. " Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, April/May 2015. Winner, Asimov's Readers Award for Best Novelette 2016.

Nonfiction includes:

“Reading the Slipstream,” The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Professor Edward James & Dr. Farah Mendlesohn, editors. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Coloring Between the Lines.” Interstitial Arts Foundation,

“What’s In the Wind.” New York Review of Science Fiction, August, 2003.

“Twice Encountered.” Dancing with the Dark, edited by Stephen Jones. A collection of true ghost stories related by horror and fantasy writers, Vista Books (UK) June 1997.


Principal researcher for “Wolfman: The Science & the Myth” episode of Science Frontiers, on the Discovery Global Network (US: The Learning Channel), original broadcast date October 31, 1997 in the US.  Scored the highest viewership of any premiere Science Frontiers broadcast. Subsequently, the episode won awards at various national non-fiction television competitions.

Principal researcher for “Curse of the Pharaohs” episode of Science Frontiers, on the Discovery Global Network (US: The Learning Channel), broadcast date March, 1999.


The Laughing Dead, 1989 film written & directed by Somtow Sucharitkul.

Twilight of the Dogs, 1995 film, written by Tim Sullivan, directed by John Ellis.

Awards and Memberships

Asimov's Readers Award. 

Finalist: Hugo Award, Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, International Horror Guild Award, James Tiptree Jr. Award, Bram Stoker Award, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Winner of the Asimov's Magazine Readers' Award.

Related Experience

Professional, traditionally published author (with a self-published backlist through Book View Cafe writers cooperative online). Professor at Swarthmore College since 2014. Have taught in the Clarion SF Writers Workshop program four times (UCSD and U of Michigan); at the Alpha SF, Fantasy, & Horror Workshop for Young Writers (Greensburg, PA); the Odyssey Writing Workshop (Manchester, NH); Richard Hugo House (Seattle, WA); directed and taught in the annual Young Writers at Penn Conference at the University of Pennsylvania.

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