Happy birthday to the award-winning writer and editor Nick Mamatas

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The acclaimed author and editor Nick Matamas has, by his own count, written 7 and a half novels including Move Under Ground (2004), Under My Roof (2007), Sensation (2011), The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham (2011 with Brian Keene), Bullettime (2012), Love Is the Law (2013), The Last Weekend (2014), I Am Providence (2016). and most recently Sabbath (2019). His short fiction has appeared in genre publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction and Tor.com, lit journals including New Haven Review and subTERRAIN, and anthologies such as Hint Fiction and Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Many of these have been collected in 3000 MPH in Every Direction at Once (2003), You Might Sleep… (2009), The Nickronomicon (2014), THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING (2018), and The Planetbreaker’s Son Plus… (2021). 

He gained a level of notoriety following the publication of his essay “The Term Paper,” which described how Mamatas funded his early writing career by producing term papers for college students. His numerous other non-fiction works have appeared in Razor Magazine, The Village Voice, BenBella Books’ Smart Pop Books anthologies, and others. Mamatas non-fiction books include Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life (2011), Insults Every Man Should Know (2011), and Quotes Every Man Should Know (2013).

Mamatas has been nominated for the Bram Stoker award five times, the Hugo Award twice, the World Fantasy Award twice, and the Shirley Jackson, International Horror Guild, and Locus Award. He won the Bram Stoker Award for Haunted Legends (2010 with Ellen Datlow). His other anthologies include The Urban Bizarre (2004), Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine (2007 with Sean Wallace), Spicy Slipstream Stories (2008 with Jay Lake), Realms 2: The Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine (2010 with Sean Wallace), Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan (2014 with Masumi Washington), The Battle Royale Slam Book (2014 with Masumi Washington), Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan (2015 with Masumi Washington), Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader) (2017 with Molly Tanzer), and Wonder & Glory Forever: Awe-Inspiring Lovecraftian Fiction (2020).

All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Nick a happy birthday! Hope you enjoy your libations with the Old Ones. But please drink responsibly, those ancient critters are not to be trusted.