James Lowder has worked extensively on both sides of the editorial blotter. His credits include the bestselling novels Prince of Lies and Knight of the Black Rose, short fiction for such anthologies as Truth Until Paradox and Shadows Over Baker Street, and comic book scripts for DC, Devil's Due, Moonstone, and the city of Boston's First Night celebration. His work has been translated into more than ten languages, including Hungarian, Yiddish, and Russian. He's written hundreds of feature articles and book, film, and game reviews for such diverse publications as Dragon, Amazing Stories, Sci-Fi Universe, Milwaukee Magazine, and The New England Journal of History, and published role-playing game material for Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Marvel Super Heroes, and various other systems. As an editor, he's directed book lines or series for TSR, Green Knight, and CDS Books, and has helmed a dozen critically acclaimed anthologies, including The Book of All Flesh, Hobby Games: The 100 Best, and Worlds of Their Own. He's been a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award and the Stoker Award, and has won five Origins Awards and a silver ENnie Award.
James grew up in Whitman, Massachusetts (birthplace of the Toll House cookie) and graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. He holds an undergraduate degree from Marquette University in English and History and a Masters from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee in Literary Studies. He's taught college courses in writing, editing, film, and media studies at the University of Illinois—Champaign-Urbana and Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He currently resides in a suburb of Milwaukee with his wife and son, an assortment of insane pets, and a predictably huge library of books, comics, music, and games.
What free time James can cobble together is spent reading literary classics and long-forgotten weird fantasy fiction, giant monster comics, and modern media criticism; playing hobby games with his family and friends; and diligently avoiding yard work. He also watches lots of obscure and unsettling films and listens to garage, surf, and power pop music that his young son actually enjoys. He is a lifelong Red Sox fan, which may or may not be connected to his interest in stories about horror, strife, and dramatic misfortune.