Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning writer with books published in over 20 countries. He has collaborated on short films with rock groups like The Church, has had his fiction adapted for promotional purposes by Playstation Europe (by filmmaker Joel Veitch), and writes for the Amazon book blog, io9, New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post, among others.

Jeff’s novel Finch and writing book, Booklife, are forthcoming this fall.


Jeff VanderMeer has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Mammals Underfoot! An Interview with Emerging Writers

INTERVIEW by Jeff Vandermeer in Issue 36 – September 2009

Every once in awhile, it’s good for a fool like me, entering mid-career, to check the pulse of what’s going on among the emerging writers who will one day call you a curmudgeon. Keeping tabs on this unruly, diverse lot not only lets you see the end of the road coming from much farther away […]

Margo Lanagan and Tender Morsels

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 25 – October 2008

Despite having already published several novels, Australian writer Margo Lanagan first came into focus in most readers’ minds with the publication of World Fantasy Award-winning collection Black Juice (2004) and its signature story, “Singing My Sister Down.” Since then, she has published another collection, Red Spikes, which was named a Publishers Weekly book of the […]

John Grant and Paul Barnett Agree: Science Has Been Corrupted

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 22 – July 2008

“John Grant” is the pen name Paul Barnett uses for his non-editorial work, including the book Corrupted Science, a compendium through the ages of situations in which facts have been trumped by ideology, pride, selfishness, and avarice. Corrupted Science made a USA Today best-of list last year and has recently been prominently displayed on the […]

The Laird Barron Sequence: Defining the Undefinable

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 21 – June 2008

Every few years a writer appears who re-invigorates or re-establishes the tradition of weird fiction in a way appropriate for the times but with an eye toward the past as well. Laird Barron, with his first collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, has put his own imprint on horror fiction. His enjoyably dense style […]

An Interview with John Picacio

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 20 – May 2008

John Picacio is one of the respected artists in the field, having won the World Fantasy Award and the Chesley, among others, along with being a four-time Hugo nominee. Picacio is also one of the nicest people in the field, so perhaps it’s no surprise that one of his most recent projects has been creating […]

Refusing to Be the Same: An Interview with K.J. Bishop

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 19 – April 2008

K.J. Bishop’s first novel, The Etched City, was published by indie press Prime Books and then picked up by Bantam as well as Pan Macmillan, in addition to foreign language editions. It garnered excellent critical attention and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, in addition to winning the Crawford Award for best first […]

An Interview with Kage Baker

INTERVIEW by Jeff Vandermeer in Issue 18 – March 2008

Kage Baker is one of my favorite writers—wise, clever, funny, shrewd, deep, and sometimes horrifying, her stories and novels display a range and sensibility uniquely her own. She has been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Award, in addition to having won the Sturgeon Award. Her novels have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, […]

Steven Erikson: No Lies, No Holding Back

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 15 – December 2007

Steven Erikson has built up a loyal and devoted following for his Malazan novels, which first began appearing from Bantam UK in the 1990s, when he made news by selling a series of ten novels in an extraordinary high-six-figure deal. Erikson is known for writing gritty, realistic fantasy fiction that subverts genre expectations and garners […]

The Language of Defeat

NON-FICTION by Jeff Vandermeer in Issue 14 – November 2007

I have heard, more times than I care to admit, what I call the language of defeat. I’ve heard it on panels and on blogs, at genre conventions, at books festivals, and at academic conferences over the past decade. This language of defeat has to do with accepting a paradigm of the fiction world as […]

Dangerous Offspring: An Interview with Steph Swainston

INTERVIEW by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 13 – October 2007

Steph Swainston, from the publication of Year of Our War (Crawford Award winner), the first of her Fourlands novels, has been highly touted as a writer of unique and challenging fiction that just happens to be set in a secondary world—although Swainston, as is evident below, sees her creation more as a reflection of our […]

The Third Bear

FICTION by Jeff VanderMeer in Issue 7 – April 2007

It made its home in the deep forest near the village of Grommin, and all anyone ever saw of it, before the end, would be hard eyes and the dark barrel of its muzzle. The smell of piss and blood and shit and bubbles of saliva and half-eaten food. The villagers called it the Third […]