Jeff Vandermeer : Biography

Often, when people are impressed with a book that they’ve read and they want to learn more about the writer, it’s only natural that they read through the author’s biography to enable them to understand more about the author. If you’ve come across the name Jeff Vandermeer or was able to read one of his novels or perused his anthologies, here are some facts of his that you may want to get some insight from.

Personal Information

To begin with, Jeffrey Scott Vandermeer was born in Pennsylvania on July 7, 1968 to father Robert K Vandermeer, a biochemist and to mother Penelope Miller, an artist. For many years, he has lived in the Fiji Islands with his parents while they were working for the Peace Corps. It is from this experience and traveling throughout Asia, Africa and Europe which shaped and influenced his creativity and imagination into believing in the visions of both fantasy and surrealism existing on the same plane.

In pursuit of his desire to write, he went to the University of Florida in Gainesville for a degree in Journalism and then for a degree in English. He also went to Clarion East at Michigan State University in 1992.

In 2003, Jeff married Ann Kennedy who was also an editor and a publisher in her own right. She originally had her own magazine, The Sterling Web which later on became The Silver Web. Her company, Buzzcity Press, was the one that published Jeff Vandermeer’s Dradin in love in 1996. Together, they co-edit several anthologies and other forthcoming projects.

Notable Works

Jeff Vandermeer is a recognized, award-winning author of books like “City of Saints and Madmen”, set in the fictional, fantasy city of Ambergris. This novel has earned for Jeff 2 World Fantasy Awards, a Florida Individual Writers’ Fellowship and the Le Cafard cosmique award in France.

His other novels, “Veniss Underground” and “Shriek: An Afterword” are both on the bestselling lists in Amazon. His most famous anthology, “The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases”, already has a cult following.

His “The Weird : A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories” is a massive collection of weird fiction spanning over 100 years, offering tales from Belgium, Japan, Latin America and containing the works of artists like Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Franz Kafka, Stephen King, Mervyn Peake, Haruki Murakami and Angela Carter.