Max Gladstone was a John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award finalist for his novels Three Parts Dead (Tor, 2012) and Two Serpents Rise (Tor, 2013). He was also nominated for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award in 2013, his first year of eligibility. Additionally, Max is the author of Full Fathom Five, and Last First Snow (Tor, July 2015), further installments in his Craft Sequence. His short stories, "A Kiss With Teeth" and "The Angelus Guns" appeared on Tor.com (2014).

Max has wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, sung at Carnegie Hall, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, Stephanie. There is no truth to the rumor that he sleeps in a coffin.