| Colorado Book Award for Genre FictionMystery/Thriller & Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
Nebula Award for Best Short Story, Locus Award for Best Short Story, Locus Award for Best First Novel
Summer of the Apocalypse, The Last of the O‑Forms, Strangers and Beggars, Flying in the Heart of the Lafay, The Radio Magician and Other
Jay Lake, Richard Laymon, Caitlin R Kiernan, Alan Dean Foster, Poppy Z Brite
James Van Pelt Wikipedia
James Van Pelt (born 1954 in Akron, Ohio) is an American science fiction author who began publishing in the mid-90s. He is also a teacher in the language arts department at Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colorado. He is also the former advisor of The Catalyst, the student-run monthly magazine of Fruita Monument High School.
In 1999, Van Pelt was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. "The Last of the O-Forms" (2002), a short story, was a finalist for the Nebula Award. "The Inn at Mount Either," (2005), a short story, was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award for Best Short Story from 2005. He has also been nominated for the Analog Anlab Reader's Award, the Asimov's Reader's Poll Award, and the Locus Poll Award.
He has had many short stories published, some of which have been re-published in his three short story collections, Strangers and Beggars, The Last of the O-Forms and Other Stories, and The Radio Magician and Other Stories. Strangers and Beggars, the first collection, was recognized as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Several of his stories have been reprinted in various Best of the Year anthologies.
His first novel, Summer of the Apocalypse, was released from Fairwood Press in October 2006.
He received his B.A. from Metro State College in Denver, Colorado in 1978 and later his M.A. from University of California at Davis in 1990. He currently lives in western Colorado, where he teaches English at Fruita Monument High School and Mesa State College.