» James P. Blaylock
Associate Professor, Wang-Fradkin Professorship in Scholarly Excellence (2000-2002)

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of English
James P. Blaylock
Office Location:
Wilkinson Hall 24C
Office Hours:
T/TH 7:30 -8:30 a.m., 9:45 -11 a.m..; W 3-4 p.m.
Phone:
(714) 744-7916
Email:
Education
California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Fullerton, Master of Arts in Literature
Biography
James Blaylock has been a writing teacher since 1976, about the same time that he sold his short story "The Pink of Fading Neon" to the literary magazine TriQuarterly. Since then he has published fourteen novels, and scores of articles and essays. Story collections include Thirteen Phantasms (2000), In for a Penny (2003), and The Devils in the Details (2003), co-written with Tim Powers. Novels set in southern California include The Rainy Season (1999), Winter Tides (1997), All the Bells on Earth (1995), Night Relics (1994), and The Last Coin (1988). Translations of his work have appeared around the world, most recently in Russia and Japan. Blaylock is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award, and he received the Phillip K. Dick Memorial Award for his novel Homunculus (1986). His story "Unidentified Objects" was included in Prize Stories 1990, the O. Henry Awards. According to the Library Journal, "Blaylock's evocative prose and studied pacing make him one of the most distinctive contributors to American magical realism."
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
The Aylesford Skull, novel, published by Titan Books, London
Zeuglodon, The True Adventures of Kathleen Perkins, Cryptozoologist, young adult novel published in hardcover by Subterranean Press
e-rights to 12 backlist novels sold to JABerwocky Books for North American publication
excerpt from my novel The Last Coin granted to the Australian Council for Educational Research for use in high school examination booklets
"My Steampunk Mind" -- an introduction to Steampunk, an Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions, Brian J. Robb, ed., Aurum Press, London
"The Ape Box Affair" -- reprint of my first published short story, to The Apes of Wrath, an anthology of ape stories, edited by Richard Klaw, Tachyon Press
"Smithfield" -- a new short story published in Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow, ed. Tor Books
"Five Hundred Dollars" -- essay/memoir published in A Long and Winding Road, Marlow Weaver, ed., Dzanc Books
"Hans Clinker" -- a signed chapbook, reprint of my first published piece, by Subterranean Press
"The Ape-box Affair" -- reprint of my first published story, Gingko Press in Steampunk, the Beginning
"My Life in the Steam Trade" -- essay/memoir published by Gingko Press in Steampunk, the Beginning
Zeuglodon, the True Adventures of Kathleen Perkins, Cryptozoologist, sold to Subterranean Press for 2012 release as an illustrated hardcover.
The Aylesford Sklull, sold to Titan books; work in progress
3 backlist novels (The Last Coin, 1987; The Paper Grail, 1989, and All the Bells on Earth, 1991) sold to Gollancz Books, London, for publication in an omnibus, trade paperback edition, 2012 release
e-rights to 16 backlist novels sold to Orion Books, London, for 2012 release
Audio rights to three novels -- The Aylesford Skull, Homunculus, and Lord Kelvin's Machine -- sold to audible.com for future release
"The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs," short novel, published by Subterranean Press in a signed, limited edition.
"The Ebb Tide," short novel, published by Subterranean Press in a signed, limited edition.
Short story collection published by ISFIC Books, Chicago