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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None


Born: 1975 Midland, Michigan


Illinois Connection

Kraus lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Rotters, the Death and Life of Zebulon Finch duology, and Bent Heavens. With Guillermo del Toro, he wrote the New York Times bestselling The Shape of Water (the companion novel to the Academy Award-winning film) and Trollhunters (the inspiration for the Netflix series). The Living Dead, is a posthumous collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.

An editor and film director, Kraus has directed six feature films, including Sheriff and Musician. An editor at the American Library Association, Krause is also a regular contributor to different publications including Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Maxim, and

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Monster Variations"""

-- *100 Best Stuff for Teens, New York Public Library, 2009


-- """Rotters"""

-- *Top 10 Horror Fiction, Booklist

-- *Blue Ribbon List Winner, BCCB

-- *Editors Choice List, Booklist

-- *Amazing Audiobooks List, American Library Association

-- *Earphones Award Winner, AudioFile

-- *Bram Stoker Award Finalist, 2011

-- *Top Fiction Book, Rue Morgue Magazine, 2011

-- *Odyssey Award, 2012

-- *Parent's Choice Gold Award for Fiction, 2012

-- *Top 10 Youth Books, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012

-- *ILLINOIS READS Selection, 2015


-- """Scowler"""

-- *Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA

-- *Tayshas Reading List

-- *A Best Book of the Year, Stacked

-- *A Best Book of the Year, Liz Burns

-- *Editor's Choice, Booklist

-- *Best YA/Kids Books, Buzzfeed, 2013

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection, 2013

-- *20 Best YA Books, Chicago Public Library, 2013

-- *Top 10 Horror Novels, Bloody Disgusting, 2013

-- *Top 10 Audiobooks, YALSA, 2014

-- *Odyssey Award, 2014


-- """The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch"""

-- *Top Ten Books of the Year, Entertainment Weekly, 2015


-- """The Shape of Water"""

-- *New York Times Bestseller


-- """Bent Heavens"""

-- *Starred Review, Booklist, 2020

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2020


-- """Blood Sugar"""

-- *Best of the Year Pick, LitReactor, 2019

-- *Starred Review, Booklist, 2019