Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of eighteen books thus far; his sixteen novels, one story collection and one book of narrative nonfiction have appeared on Best of the Year lists from the New York Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, SfSite.com, and the International Association of Crime Writers, as well as on several Editor’s and Booksellers’ Pick lists. His work has been hailed as “masterful” not only by the New York Times Book Review, but also by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Mystery Scene magazine, and others. Another novel is scheduled for publication in June 2019.
Also a prize-winning playwright, produced screenwriter, and prolific essayist, Silvis was the first Pennsylvanian to win the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, Silvis was also a two-time Hammett Prize finalist for literary excellence in the field of crime writing for his novels An Occasional Hell and Two Days Gone. His magical realism novel In A Town Called Mundomuerto was named a Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year by the editors of SF Site magazine.
The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, and six writing fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania for “a sustained record of distinguished literary achievement.”
A multi-genre writer, Silvis’s fiction has been marketed as literary, mainstream, magic realism, mystery, thriller, and psychological suspense. His creative nonfiction ranges from the personal essay to biography, history, and nature writing. A former contributing writer of cover and feature stories for the Discovery Channel magazines, Silvis has been published or produced in virtually every field of creative writing. He has taught creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past thirty years.