Glen Hirshberg is an award-winning author of spectral fiction. Peter Straub has called him "an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along-grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience," and the Los Angeles Review of Books recently referred to him as "always one of his generation's finest stylists, its most able student of character." His novels include Motherless Child (Earthling, 2012; Tor, 2014). Critical acclaim for that novel has included starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Booklist, raves from Locus, The Washington Post, Black Static, Fangoria and Cemetery Dance, and ringing endorsements from Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Hand, Christopher Golden, and many others. Of Glen's 2010 novel, The Book of Bunk (Earthling), the late Lucius Shepherd wrote, "It's as if Woody Guthrie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had co-authored a 90,000-word folk song," and Jeff Vandermeer called it "powerful, sad, ecstatic, and above all, a clear sign that the uniquely American novel is alive and well." Glen's 2002 debut, The Snowman's Children (Carroll & Graf), was a Literary Guild Featured Selection and received raves from The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews (starredreview), and many other publications.
Glen's prize-winning story collections include: The Janus Tree (Subterranean, 2011), a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. The title novelette, "The Janus Tree," won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award in 2008. American Morons (Earthling, 2006), winner of the International Horror Guild Award. The Two Sams (Carroll & Graf, 2003), winner of theInternational Horror Guild Award, and including the International Horror Guild Award-winning novelette, "Dancing Men." The Two Sams was also a Publishers' Weekly Best Book of theYear, and features perhaps Glen's best-known story, "Mr. Dark's Carnival," selected by John Pelan for his Century's Best Horror Fiction collection.
Glen has also been a five-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. His stories have been featured in numerous publications and anthologies, including multiple appearances in Ellen Datlow'sYear's Best Horror and Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Stephen Jones' Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and Paula Guran's Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. WithPeter Atkins and Dennis Etchison, he co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, an annual performance/reading/multi-media event that tours the west coast of the United States.
Glen was born in Detroit and attended Columbia University, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize for Best Fiction. He received his MFA and MA from the University of Montana. He has taught writing and the teaching of writing at the secondary and university level for more than twenty years, helped launch the MFA program at Cal State San Bernardino, and founded the CREW project, through which students train for a year and then offer extended creative writing workshops to nearby schools with little or no arts education programming. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and children. He is hard at work on Good Girls, the sequel to Motherless Child, due from Tor in 2015.