John Connolly (author)

John Connolly (author)

Infobox Writer
name = John Connolly

caption = John Connolly signing copy of Black Angel
birth_date = Birth date and age|1968|5|31
birth_place = Dublin, Ireland
death_date =
death_place =
occupation = Novelist, Short story writer
genre = Horror fiction, Fantasy, Science fiction, Drama
movement =
debut_work = Every Dead Thing
website =

footnotes =

John Connolly (born May 31, 1968, Dublin) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. His first novel, "Every Dead Thing", was met with critical acclaim; it was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel (he is the first author outside of the US to have won the award). Connolly's debut introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Connolly has since written a further 5 books in the popular Parker series and a non-Parker thriller, as well as venturing outside of the crime genre with the publication of first, an anthology of ghost stories and later, a novel about a young boy's coming-of-age journey through a fantasy realm during World War II England. Several film adaptations of his works are currently in development; the earliest to appear to audiences will be partially based on the short story "The New Daughter", and stars Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero, previously seen in the acclaimed film "Pan's Labyrinth". Connolly is also known to tour extensively to promote the launch of his books. In 2007, Connolly made book-store appearances in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan to promote "The Unquiet". Before becoming a full-time novelist, Connolly had worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a gofer at Harrods department store in London. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Trinity College, Dublin and a M.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University, he spent five years working as a freelance journalist for "The Irish Times" newspaper. He quickly became frustrated with the profession, and began to write "Every Dead Thing" in his spare time. Connolly continues to contribute articles to the paper, most notable of which have been a series of interviews with other established authors.

Although Connolly's novels fall under the crime genre, his stories have become increasingly tinged with supernatural overtones. In the Parker book, "The Black Angel", Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his murdered wife and daughter (whether real or imagined), while his search for a missing New York prostitute is linked to the myth of the fallen angels. The setting of Maine in each of his novels, coupled with the combination of suspense and the paranormal, have invited comparisons to the works of Stephen King, although the two authors employ very different styles. Connolly was drawn to the tradition of American crime fiction, because it seemed the best medium though which he could explore the issues of compassion, morality, reparation and salvation. He credits veteran authors Ross Macdonald, James Lee Burke and Ed McBain as major influences, and is often praised for writing in a rich and introspective style of prose rarely exhibited by other authors within the genre.

He is an avid reader and music collector, and also cites cooking and going to the gym as pastimes.

The next installment in the Charlie Parker series, "The Reapers", is slated for publication in the U.S. and Canada on May 27, 2008, and in Ireland, U.K. and elsewhere on May 15. It will differ from the earlier books in that the story will be told from the point of view of Parker's close friends and allies in combat, Louis and Angel. Louis and Angel are gay lovers whose quibbles and good humour are often the source of comic relief, and as such the novel will be lighter in tone. Connolly is currently working on the eighth Parker novel, tentatively titled "The Lovers", as well as a script for the film adaptation of his short story "The Erlking". He began contributing to a weekly blog in January 2006, which can be read on his official website, his MySpace page and's AmazonConnect author feature.


Charlie Parker series

*"Every Dead Thing", 1999
*"Dark Hollow", 2000
*"The Killing Kind", 2001
*"The White Road", 2002
*"The Reflecting Eye", a short story from his novel of short stories, "Nocturnes", 2004
*"The Black Angel", 2005
**US editions were accompanied by the first of two soundtracks to his novels, featuring tracks by Lullaby for the Working Class, Red House Painters, Hem, Lambchop, Kate Bush, The Go-Betweens, The Walkabouts, Beachwood Sparks, Neko Case, Thee More Shallows, Pinetop Seven, The Triffids, Radar Bros. and The Blue Nile.
*"The Unquiet", 2007
**This time, UK editions were accompanied by a second music compilation, featuring tracks by Nickel Creek, Midlake, Low, Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Czars, Efterklang, Hood, Woven Hand, Starless & Bible Black, The National, The Delgados, Jim White, Sufjan Stevens, Espers, Phelan Sheppard.
*"The Reapers", May 2008
*"The Lovers", projected for 2009

Other novels

*"Bad Men", 2003 (Connolly's first stand-alone crime novel)
*" The Book of Lost Things", 2006 (Connolly's first non-mystery novel)

hort story collections

*"Nocturnes", 2004 - a collection of supernatural tales book-ended by two novellas, 9 of which are transcripts of stories written for presentation on BBC Radio Four.

hort stories

*"The Inkpot Monkey", 2004 in "Like A Charm: A Novel In Voices" - an anthology of short stories from 15 mystery writers, (also featured in "Nocturnes"). Edited by Karin Slaughter.
*"Mr. Gray's Folly", 2005 in "Dangerous Women" - an anthology of short stories from 17 crime writers. Edited by Otto Penzler.
*"The Cycle", 2005 under the pseudonym Laura Froom (after the titular vampire in a story from "Nocturnes") in "Moments: Short Stories by Irish Women Writers in Aid of the Victims of the Tsunami". Edited by Ciara Considine.
*"A Haunting", June 2008 in "Downturn Tales: Stay-Up-All-Night Stories from Your Favorite Bestselling Authors".

Film adaptations

*"The New Daughter" - partially based on a short story of the same name from "Nocturnes". Luiso Berdejo is set to direct John Travis' feature length screenplay and the film will star Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero. Shooting is set to begin in early 2008.
*"The Book of Lost Things" - under development by Irish director John Moore.
*"Sanctuary" - based on the novel "Bad Men" and under development.
*"Some Children Wander By Mistake" - a short film adaptation based on another short story from the "Nocturnes" collection.


* Nominee: 1999 Bram Stoker Award (First Novel), for "Every Dead Thing"
* Nominee: 2000 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for "Every Dead Thing"
* Winner: 2000 Shamus Award (Best First P.I. Novel), for "Every Dead Thing"
* Nominee: 2001 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for "Dark Hollow"
* Nominee: 2002 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for "The Killing Kind"
* Winner: 2003 Barry Award (Best British Crime Novel), for "The White Road"
* Nominee: 2005 CWA Short Story Dagger Award, for "Miss Froom, Vampire"
* Nominee: 2007 Irish Novel of the Year, for "The Book of Lost Things"

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Myspace page]

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