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Emily Schultz (born 1974) is an American fiction writer raised in Canada and now living in Brooklyn, New York.

Life and careerEdit

During an onstage interview[1] with Margaret Atwood, Schultz described how her own family settled in Canada from Michigan in the early 1970s when her father deserted the U.S. Army at the height of the Vietnam War. Schultz's father had used a guide for draft evaders and deserters issued by one of her future publishers, House of Anansi.

She is the author of Black Coffee Night, a Danuta Gleed nominated 2002 collection of stories. A story from that collection ("The Value of X") was adapted by Lynne Stopkewich, director of Kissed. In 2005 Schultz published her first novel, Joyland.[2] and was included in a round table discussion hosted by The Globe and Mail with Sheila Heti titled "Tomorrow's Ondaatjes and Munros."[3]

In 2009 House of Anansi Press published Schultz's second novel, Heaven Is Small.[4] The satirical novel was based on her year spent as a night shift proofreader for Harlequin Enterprises.[5]

In 2014 a glitch on Amazon caused customers to buy her novel Joyland by mistake, believing they were purchasing a novel by Stephen King with the same title. Schultz chronicled her experiences on a Tumblr called Spending the Stephen King Money.[6]

Her novel The Blondes was published by St. Martin's Press in 2015[7] and listed as a Best Fiction Book of the Year by Kirkus,[8] BookPage,[9] and NPR, who described it as "scary and deeply, bitingly funny — a satire about gender that kept me reading until 4 in the morning — and a fine addition to the all-too-small genre of feminist horror.”[10] In May 2017 it was announced that The Blondes would be developed as an original series for AMC Networks' Shudder with Schultz writing along with her husband, video director Brian Joseph Davis.[11] When Schultz regained the rights in 2019, she and Davis produced[12] a scripted podcast adaptation starring Madeline Zima and Rob Belushi. It was executive produced by Duncan Birmingham.

In March 2019 it was announced that her next novel, Little Threats, was sold to Putnam at auction for publication in 2020[13]. Set in 2008 and flashing back to the grunge-era 1990s, Little Threats is "a literary suspense about the new questions and old tragedies that surface after a young woman who pleaded guilty to her best friend’s murder is released from prison."[14]

Schultz is the co-founder of the literary website Joyland: A hub for short fiction. She is also the parent of an autistic child and is an advocate[15] for special needs education in New York City.


  1. ^ "The Survival Of CanLit". Vancouver Writers' Festival. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Theissen, Cherrie (2006-01-30). "The Summer of '84". January. Retrieved 2006-01-30.
  3. ^ Gzowski, Alison (2005-01-30). "Tomorrow's Ondaatjes and Munros". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2005-01-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Beattie, Steven (2009-04-29). "Anansi and Shortcovers team up to give away digital book". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Medley, Mark (2009-04-18). "To Hell In A Harlequin". National Post. Retrieved 2009-04-18.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Shamsian, Jacob (2014-06-18). "Stephen King responds to 'Joyland' mixup". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  7. ^ Keeler, Emily (October 10, 2013). "The writer who was mistaken for Stephen King". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ Editors, Editors (2015-12-03). "Best Fiction Books of 2015". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  9. ^ Editors, Trisha (2015-11-25). "Best Books of 2015". BookPage. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  10. ^ "Emily Schultz". Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  11. ^ "AMC Networks' Streaming Service Shudder Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  12. ^ "5 Reasons We're Excited For 'The Blondes' Podcast!". Villain Media. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  13. ^ "Deals of the week". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  14. ^ "March 29, 2019, Little Threats by Emily Schultz". Publishers Marketplace. March 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Schultz, Emily (2017-06-06). "A Writing Mother Is a Selfish Mother". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-03-14.

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