About the Author

Lou KempIt must all be about me.  That would be fairly boring, so instead I’ll hit the highlights.  Early work was horror and suspense, later work morphed into a combination of magical realism, mystery and adventure painted with a horrific element as needed.

I’m one of those writers who doesn’t plan ahead, no outlines, no clue.  Method used: just sit down and see what happens.  Atmospheric music in the background helps entice the moodier muse that must be present.

A few years ago I hooked up with a wonderful literary agent, Justin Bell of Spectrum Literary.  He is building a name as a great agent.

Chronological milestones:

1988-1993    Short stories in small presses Crossroads, Eldritch Tales, Nightmares, Heliocentric Net, Cabal Asylum, Black October, and Pirate Writings.

1994             Santa Barbara Writers Conference SF/Fantasy/Horror award.

2000-2003   Wrote some really crappy books.

2002             Barnes and Noble anthology 365 Scary Stories

2003-2004    Ghost story anthologies Monsters From Memphis and More Monsters From Memphis.  Possible to find old copies on Amazon.

2003              Began work on Sea of the Vanities.

2005              Honorable mention from Ellen Datlow in The Years Best Fantasy and Horror for one of my short stories.

2009             Anthology story Sherlock’s Opera, Seattle Noir edited by Curt Colbert, Akashic Books.  Available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble online.

May 1, 2009  Booklist published a favorable review of my contribution to the anthology.  This was a very happy day.

2010             In Memory of the Sibylline, was accepted into the best-selling anthology edited by Charlaine Harris– Crimes by Moonlight.  At the time I was the only non-agented, non-book published author accepted into the anthology.  A few months later I hooked up with my agent, Justin Bell of Spectrum Literary.

2009-             Present day:  Three books written.  Sea of the Vanities, Farm Hall, and Circle of Fifths. 

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