Craig Shaw Gardner's most recent novel is Temporary Monsters (Ace, Oct. 2013) and his career retrospective collection of horror stories (largely written for Charles L. Grant's anthologies) is A Cold Wind in July (Necon e-books 2011). He is better known as the author of four trilogies for Ace: the fantasy spoof The Exploits of Ebenezum, comprising A Malady of Magicks (1986), A Multitude of Monsters (1986), and A Night in the Netherhells (1987); its sequel, The Ballad of Wuntvor: A Difficulty with Dwarves (1987), An Excess of Enchantments (1988), and A Disagreement with Death (1989); the SF spoof trilogy The Cineverse Cycle: Slaves of the Volcano Gods (1989), Bride of the Slime Monster (1990), and Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies (1990); and an Arabian Nights trilogy: The Other Sinbad (1991), A Bad Day For Ali Baba (1992), and The Last Arabian Night (1993; 1992, Headline (UK) as Scheherazade's Night Out). The first three trilogies have been published as omnibuses from the SFBC. Dragon Sleeping (1994) did indeed turn out to start a trilogy for Ace, and was followed by Dragon Waking (1995) and Dragon Burning (1996). Yet another Ace trilogy (supposedly written by one "Peter Garrison") came out after that: The Changeling War, The Sorcerer's Gun (both 1999), and The Magic Dead (2000). An original horror novel, Dark Whispers, was written under the name Chris Blaine for Berkeley's Abbadon Inn series (1995).
Craig's earlier story collection was The Little Purple Book of Peculiar Stories (Borderlands, 2004). "Demon Luck" appeared in the first The Year's Best Fantasy (Datlow and Windling, eds.); other stories appear in Alien Encounters (Finder, ed.), Afterwar (Morris, ed.), Halloween Horrors (Ryan, ed.), Halflings, Hobbits, Warrows and Weefolk (Searles and Thomsen, eds.), Otherwere (Gilman and DeCandido, eds.), Elf Fantastic (Greenberg, ed.), Future Crimes (Helfer and Greeberg, eds.), The Fair Folk (Kaye, ed.), and Jack Haringa Must Die! (Kaufmann, ed.)
Craig has also written novelizations of the film Lost Boys (Berkeley, 1987), the game Wishbringer (Avon, 1988), and the films Batman (Warner, 1989), Back to the Future 2 and 3 (Berkeley, 1989 and 1990), and Batman Returns (1992). His novel The Batman Murders (Warner, 1990) was the first title in a series of original Batman novels. Of late, he has written deeply serious books Spiderman: Wanted Dead or Alive (Putnam, 1998), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Return to Chaos (Pocket, 1998), Angel: Dark Mirror (Simon Spotlight, 2004), and (even more serious) Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons Secret (Tor, 2006). Among his proudest accomplishments are wearing a gorilla suit in public and repeatedly hosting the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition with a straight face. He has even joined the 21st century by putting all the Ebenezum books out in e-book format.
He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. You can find out more about Craig's Fabulous Lifestyle by visiting CraigShawGardner.com.