Literary Birthday – 10 February – John Shirley

Happy Birthday, John Shirley, born 10 February 1953.


  1. I get drunk writing words. I don’t drink or do drugs, but I get so carried away with writing that I get inebriated from it.
  2. I’m trying to trick people into thinking about the unthinkable by using pop culture images.
  3. Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognise artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It’s in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine.
  4. I’m disturbed when people let superstition, magical thinking, extreme conspiracy theories, and so on blur their minds.
  5. I’m cursed with empathy. I’m also by nature way too opinionated.

John Shirley is an American author. He has written novels, short stories, TV scripts, screenplays, lyrics, poetry, songs, and various forms of nonfiction. His books include Demons; Crawlers; Weird Stories; and the classic cyberpunk trilogy A Song Called Youth: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th February 2020