About me

About me

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Behold! Another writer writing about himself … 

Michael Libling’s short fiction—also known as “my short fiction”—has appeared in a bunch of swell places, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and the recent anthology Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead. My novella, HOLLYWOOD NORTH (F&SF Dec. 2014), was nominated for a 2015 World Fantasy Award, and, by popular demand, has been expanded into a novel. The novel version, HOLLYWOOD NORTH: A SIX-REELER, is forthcoming from ChiZine Publications at some not-too-distant future date. The story, incidentally, is set in my hometown of Trenton, Ontario or, as my protagonist describes it, that “aberrant speck of chronic self-deception on the north shore of Lake Ontario.”

All trivia, all the time

Among my day jobs, I’ve been a talk radio host (specializing in trivia), newspaper columnist (more trivia), and ad agency creative director (all trivia, all the time). While it may appear that I write only SF, horror, and fantasy, I should also point out that I have completed a highly entertaining mainstream novel, Life in Henk. I figured it was time I stopped freaking out my wife, Pat, and three daughters with all that horror stuff. Then again, I’ve also put to bed a quirky mystery/thriller novel, Cori’s Killer, so I guess my redemption isn’t quite complete. (With said redemption in mind, I will make no mention of my failed porn novel, The Mammary Recordings—a literal and figurative quickie from the 70s that I reference in slightly greater detail here.)

Breakfast, snacks, and the nonstop pursuit glamor

I live in Montreal. (Quebec, not Michigan.) My office is a mess. Most days, I eat either oatmeal and walnuts or toast and peanut butter for breakfast and a muffin mid-morning. If you haven’t nodded off yet and want to know more about my glamorous life and lifestyle, along with some of what goes on inside my head, I suggest you check out my essay Genrealities and my FAQed page.

Feel free to browse. Stay as long as you like. I’ll put on some coffee. Man, I could go for a croissant with strawberry jam about now. Hey! Get your feet off my coffee table.

4 thoughts on “About me

  • November 21, 2016 at 11:19 am
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    After just finishing your most recent short story, I was just thinking that it would be an extremely worthwhile experience in every respect to be a fellow member along with you in a weekly group psychotherapy meeting… or, be the psychotherapist that leads the session with you as a member of the group.
    Enjoy your writing tremendously. Cannot wait until the next one. Thank you.

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    • November 21, 2016 at 11:31 am
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      Thanks, Stephen. I assume you are talking about “Wretched the Romantic”, a delightful romp through the synaptic swamp of my twisted psyche. How could you not enjoy it? How could you not want to join with me in therapy? Certainly now, AFTER you’ve read it. Ah, yes, that was your first big mistake.

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    • October 18, 2016 at 9:20 am
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      Yes, Mr. Bowes, it makes up for the cat I don’t own.

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