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Wm. Mark Simmons (born 1953) in Independence, Missouri
Independence, Missouri
Independence is the fourth largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri, and is contained within the counties of Jackson and Clay. It is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area...

, is a writer
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 best known for his humorous fantasy
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 and horror
Horror fiction
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A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....


Simmons has worked a journalist, educator, entertainer, and broadcaster, spending over 30 years in the latter category working in classical music formats and NPR affiliates.

Although he garnered awards as a journalist in his twenties, he did not turn his talents to long-form fiction until his late thirties, publishing his first novel in 1990. A Compton Crook Award
Compton Crook Award
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 finalist, it made Locus Magazine's "Best Lists" in 1991.

A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
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 (SFWA), Simmons presently lives in Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson, Kansas
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 where he is the Music Director and Classical Morning host for the Radio Kansas network.

In 2010 Simmons will be the Interfilk guest musician at FilkOntario 20, a yearly Filk music
Filk music
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 Conference and Convention in Ontario
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, Canada
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The Dreamland Chronicles

  • In the Net of Dreams (1990, ISBN 0-445-21016-8) (Compton Crook Award finalist; LOCUS Best List, 1991)
  • When Dreams Collide (1992, ISBN 0-446-36154-2)
  • The Woman of His Dreams (2002)

Anthologised as The Dreamland Chronicles (ISBN 1-892065-60-6) in 2002.

Chris Cséjthe (Half/Life) series

  • One Foot in the Grave (1996, ISBN 0-671-87721-6)
  • Dead on My Feet (2003, ISBN 0-7434-3610-5 hardcover, ISBN 1-4165-0910-0 trade paperback)
  • Habeas Corpses (2005, ISBN 1-4165-0913-5)
  • Dead Easy (2007, ISBN 1-4165-2132-1 hardback)

Pathfinder (serialized in episodic novellas)

  • Pathfinder I (2007, ISBN 1-893687-75-9 chapbook)

External links

  • PerSimmons — official website
  • Bibliography at SciFan
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