(1947 - ) Lucius Shepard was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He has taught Spanish at a diplomatic school, owned a T-shirt company, worked as a janitor in a nuclear facility and as a bouncer at a brothel in Málaga, and "beat his brains out" as a rock musician. His short fiction has been published in many national magazines and in 1985 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has twice won the World Fantasy Award and has several times won the Nebula Award and the Locus Award for science fiction writing.
Described by the Washington Post as "the most exciting new story writer of them all," Shepard made his literary debut in 1983 and has since emerged as a phenomenon, one of the most astonishing new talents ever to grace the field of imaginative fiction. Neither a strict realist nor a genre fantasist, Shepard employs his visionary realm as an extension, an intensifier, of the world we know.