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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mort Castle  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Mort Castle was born in Chicago and currently resides in Crete, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mort Castle is an American horror author. Castle's first novel was published in 1967. Since then, he has published many stories in many different publications. He has also been a writing teacher, working musician, standup comic, stage hypnotist, high school English teacher, magazine and comic book editor. He is currently a ''freelance language arts consultant'' serving as a writer in residence for three high schools, and teaching "Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" and "Story In Graphic Form" at Chicago's Columbia College. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at writing conferences. He partnered with colleague Sam Weller to assemble a group of literary giants to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury with an anthology ''Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury''. Among the Illinois authors participating in the anthology are Jay Bonansinga, Audrey Niffenegger, John McNally, Julie Keller and Joe Meno. He also edited ''On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association''. Castle has been nominated for a lot of awards: the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the DeMarco Prize, the Emerson Fiction Award, Leaders in the Arts for Chicago.

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-- 5 time Bram Stoker award nominee 4 time Pushcart Prize for short fiction 3 time winner, Writer's Digest Creative Writing Contest for fiction