Castle, Mort

Photo Credit: Michelle Pretorious


Lifetime Achievement Award, 2023

Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (IDW Publishing), Graphic Novel, 2015

Shadow Show (HarperCollins), Anthology, 2012

New Moon on the Water (Dark Regions), Fiction Collection, 2012


Dreaming Robot Monster, Long Fiction, 2009

“FYI”, Short Fiction, 2006

“As Others See Us”, Short Fiction, 2005

“Disappearances”, Short Fiction, 2002

Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead, Fiction Collection, 2002

Buckeye Jim in Egypt (audio script based on the Mort Castle story), Alternative Forms, 2002

“I Am Your Need”, Short Fiction, 2001

BIO: A former stage hypnotist, folksinger, and high school teacher, Mort Castle has been a publishing writer since 1967, with hundreds of stories, articles, comics and books published in a dozen languages. Castle has won three Bram Stoker Awards®, two Black Quill awards, the Golden Bot (Wired Magazine), and has been nominated for The Audie, The Shirley Jackson award, the International Horror Guild award and the Pushcart Prize. In 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times News Group cited him as one of “Twenty-One Leaders in the Arts in Chicago’s Southland.” Poland’s Newsweek magazine ranked Obcy, the Polish language edition of The Strangers, among the “Top Ten Thriller-Horror Novels Published in 2008.” Castle edited the contemporary classic reference work On Writing Horror for the HWA and with Sam Weller, edited both the prose anthology and the graphic novel compilation, Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. His novels include The Deadly Election, and Cursed Be the Child, and the story collections Moon on the Water, Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead, and New Moon on the Water. His latest fiction compilation is entitled Knowing When to Die, which was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. In a special Halloween issue scheduled for October 2018, Poland’s Playboy Magazine will re-introduce fiction to its pages with Castle’s story “Light,” published in this collection. Castle and his wife, Jane, have been married forty-seven years and live in Crete, Illinois.