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Michael Cisco (born October 13, 1970) is an American writer, Deleuzian academic, teacher, and translator currently living in New York City. He is best known for his first novel, The Divinity Student, winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999. His novel, The Great Lover, was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel of the Year, and declared the Best Weird Novel of 2011 by the Weird Fiction Review.[1] He has described his work as "de-genred" fiction.[2]

Michael Cisco
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Born (1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 48)
Glendale, California, United States
OccupationNovelist, Short story writer, Academic
GenreHorror fiction, dark fantasy

Samples of his work, including readings, can be found on his website, Prosthetic Libido .[3]



  • The Divinity Student (1999) ISBN 0-9652200-1-X
  • The Tyrant (2003) ISBN 1-894815-85-8
  • The San Veneficio Canon (2004) ISBN 1-894815-67-X
  • The Traitor (2007) ISBN 0-8095-7235-4
  • Secret Hours (2007) ISBN 0-9789911-0-9
  • The Narrator (2010) ISBN 978-0-9846037-4-9
  • The Great Lover (2011) ISBN 978-1-907681-06-6
  • Celebrant (2012) ISBN 978-1907681158
  • Member (2013) ISBN 978-1907681233
  • The Golem (2013) [e-Book, Cheeky Frawg]
  • Animal Money (2015) ISBN 978-1621052128
  • Wretch of the Sun (2016) ISBN 978-161498-166-4
  • Unlanguage (2018) ISBN 978-1621052661

Cisco's work can also be found in The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, Album Zutique, Leviathan III, Leviathan IV, Phantom, Lovecraft Unbound, Last Drink Bird Head, Cinnabar's Gnosis: A Homage to Gustav Meyrink, Black Wings, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, The Master in the Cafe Morphine: A Homage to Mikhail Bulgakov, Blood and Other Cravings, DADAOISM, This Hermetic Legislature: A Homage to Bruno Schulz, and The Weird.

His essay on author Sadeq Hedayat, "Eternal Recurrence in The Blind Owl," appeared in the journal, Iranian Studies[4] Other critical articles by Cisco have appeared in The New Weird, The Encyclopedia of the Vampire, The Weird Fiction Review, and Lovecraft Studies.

Centipede Press has published a limited edition box set, composed of four novels and a collection of short fiction.

All four novels are published for the first time in individual hardcover editions. Each book features a new introduction by Jeffrey Ford (The Traitor), Rhys Hughes (The Tyrant), Joseph S. Pulver (Secret Hours), Paul Tremblay (The Golem) and Ann VanderMeer (The Divinity Student).

Dim Shores will publish the novella The Knife Dance in the first half of 2016. The project was curated by Joseph S. Pulver.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Cisco's novel The Great Lover was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award in 2012.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Weird Fiction Review
  2. ^ Moreland, Sean (2013-11-22). "An Interview with Michael Cisco". Postscripts to Darkness.
  3. ^ Prostetic Libido Archived 2015-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Iranian Studies (2010) ISSN 1475-4819 (electronic) ISSN 0021-0862 (paper) Archived May 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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