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Craig Davidson (born 1976) is a Canadian author of short stories and novels,[1] who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka[2] and Nick Cutter.[3] His style has been compared to that of Chuck Palahniuk.[4]

Craig Davidson
Craig Davidson at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Davidson at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pen namePatrick Lestewka, Nick Cutter
Occupationnovelist, short stories
Notable worksRust and Bone, Cataract City


Early lifeEdit

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St. Catharines.[5] Davidson attended both Trent University and the University of New Brunswick.[6]


His first short story collection, Rust and Bone,[7] was later published in September 2005 by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finalist for the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Stories in Rust and Bone have also been adapted into a play by Australian playwright Caleb Lewis and a Golden Globe-nominated film by French director Jacques Audiard.

Davidson also released a novel in 2007 named The Fighter. During the course of his research of the novel, Davidson went on a 16-week steroid cycle.[8] To promote the release of the novel, Davidson participated in a fully sanctioned boxing match against Toronto poet Michael Knox at Florida Jack's Boxing Gym;[5] for the novel's subsequent release in the United States, his publisher organized a similar promotional boxing match against Jonathan Ames.[5] Davidson lost both matches.[5]

His 2013 novel Cataract City was named as a shortlisted nominee for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[9]

In addition to his literary fiction, Davidson has also published several works of horror literature using the pseudonyms Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter. In 2014, he released the thriller novel The Troop, with The Deep following in 2015.[10]

In 2018, his memoir Precious Cargo, about a year spent driving a bus for disabled children in Calgary, was a finalist for Canada Reads.[11]

His 2018 novel The Saturday Night Ghost Club was a shortlisted finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next Great Reads selection in July 2019 .[12][13]


as Patrick LestewkaEdit

  • Mother Bitchfight (2003)
  • The Preserve (2004)
  • Imprint (2011)
  • The Coliseum (2011)
  • Vehicles (2012)

as Nick CutterEdit

  • The Troop (2014)
  • The Deep (2015)
  • The Acolyte (2015)
  • Little Heaven (2017)


  1. ^ Archer, Bert (2007-07-25). "Author Thinks Inside the Box". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  2. ^ "Torontoist Reads: The Fighter by Craig Davidson". Torontoist, November 9, 2006.
  3. ^ "Strong nerves, strong stomachs, no quarter: Nick Cutter’s The Troop". That Shakespearean Rag, January 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Identity Theory interview with Craig Davidson
  5. ^ a b c d "Craig Davidson: The fighter returns". National Post, September 13, 2013.
  6. ^ James, Bronte. "Rust and Bone". University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Snap, Splatter and Pop". The New York Times. December 25, 2005.
  8. ^ "From Mr Average ... to superman". The Guardian. May 18, 2008.
  9. ^ "Giller Prize short list announced". The Globe and Mail, October 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Exclusive: First chapter from “THE TROOP” author Nick Cutter’s “THE DEEP”
  11. ^ "Meet the Canada Reads 2018 contenders". CBC. Jan 30, 2018. Retrieved Jun 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Edugyan, Hage among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction finalists". Quill & Quire, September 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "The July 2019 Indie Next List Preview". Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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