James Morrow spent his adolescence in Hillside Cemetery, cynosure of the suburban town of Roslyn. While such a preoccupation might bespeak a morbid frame of mind, in Jim’s case the explanation lies in his passion for 8mm movie-making. Before going off to college, he and his friends employed their favorite graveyard locale in a half-dozen genre films, including adaptations of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
After receiving degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, Morrow channeled his storytelling urge into darkly satiric speculative fiction. His third such comedy, This Is the Way the World Ends, was selected by the BBC as the best SF novel of 1986. Four years later came Only Begotten Daughter, winner of the World Fantasy Award.
Throughout the 1990’s Morrow devoted his literary energies to killing the Supreme Being, an endeavor he pursued through three interconnected novels. The inaugural volume of the Godhead Trilogy, Towing Jehovah, brought the author his second World Fantasy Award. The sequel, Blameless in Abaddon, was a New York Times Notable Book. The third installment, The Eternal Footman, was a Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire finalist.
Having grown sick of his Creator, and vice-versa, next Morrow attempted to dramatize the birth of the Enlightenment in The Last Witchfinder, called “an inventive feat” by Times critic Janet Maslin. A follow-up phantasmagoria, The Philosopher’s Apprentice, struck NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as “an ingenious riff on Frankenstein.” January of 2015 will see the publication of Morrow’s Galápagos Regained, a postmodern epic about the coming of the Darwinian worldview.
A full-time fiction writer, Jim makes his home in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kathy, and two professional dogs. He is hard at work on a fantasy about the Council of Nicaea.