|Name K. Parker|
|Education Westminster School|
|Nominations Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel|
Books The Portable Door, Expecting Someone Taller, Who's Afraid of Beowulf?, The Outsorcerer's Apprentice, Walled Orchard
Similar People Thomas C Holt, Jane Yolen, Tom Hungerford
K. J. Parker is the pseudonym under which the British author Tom Holt has published fantasy fiction. Parker's identity as Holt was kept secret for 17 years, until April 2015.
While Parker's stories take place in secondary worlds with fictional geographies and world history, some of the typical features of fantasy fiction such as explicit use of magic are not present. The stories tend to have tragic themes with characters whose actions are unintentionally, ultimately self-destructive. Other major themes in the books are politics, technology (especially disruptive innovation), and either or both of the former as a means to power.