Jeff on Bldgblog


Ambergris by Scott Eagle.

Jeff VanderMeer is interviewed by the excellent Bldgblog, discussing “English cathedrals, ‘fungal technologies’ and architectural infections, the Sydney opera house, Vladimir Nabokov, ‘The Library of Babel,’ Monsanto, giant squids and geological deposits, nighttime walks through Prague, and even urban security after the attacks of 9/11”. The interview includes some of my designs for City of Saints and Madmen and provides a great insight into Jeff’s work, avoiding the usual discussions about contemporary fantasy writing for something far more interesting and thought-provoking.

Previously on { feuilleton }
An announcement redux

An announcement redux


The 2006 Jack Trevor Story Grand Prix was decided on Friday afternoon at L’Horizon, rue St Placide in Paris. The sans precedent prize can be seen above. After much deliberation the judges decided that Mr Steve Aylett was a worthy recipient of this most ingenuous of literary awards. Mr Aylett now has to spend the prize money within two weeks of its receipt and have nothing to show for it at the end of those two weeks.


In attendance (l to r): Mr Jeff VanderMeer, Mr John Coulthart, Mr Michael Moorcock, Mr Neil Williamson and Ms Emma Taylor. Behind the camera, Mr Eric Schaller who may be seen below on the left.


Previously on { feuilleton }
An announcement

An announcement

JTS.jpgThe international committee to choose the winner of the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Cup has at last been selected. The jury consists of Mr John Coulthart (UK), M. Jean-Luc Fromental (France), Mr Michael Moorcock (UK), Mr Martin Stone (France) and Mr Jeff VanderMeer (USA) who will meet to confer in the course of the following days. The winner will be announced after a traditional final meeting at a well-known brasserie in Paris by the end of July. This prize is not given every year. It is generally awarded for a work of fiction or body of work which, in the opinion of the committee, best celebrates the spirit of Jack Trevor Story, who died in 1992. As well as for his journalism, much of it published in The Guardian newspaper, Mr Story was known for such humorous novels as The Trouble With Harry (filmed by Alfred Hitchcock) and the Live Now, Pay Later trilogy featuring the ‘tally man’ Albert Argyll (played by Ian Carmichael). As well as the traditional cup, a cash prize is awarded. The conditions of the prize are that the money shall be spent in a week to a fortnight and the author have nothing to show for it at the end of that time. This is to recall Mr Story’s famous reply to the bankruptcy judge who enquired where a substantial sum of money paid to him for film rights had gone ? “You know how it is, judge. Two hundred or two thousand, it always lasts a week to a fortnight.’

City of Saints and Madmen


Jeff VanderMeer’s wonderful and award-winning fantasy tales of the sinister city of Ambergris are now back in print in the US from a major publisher. This is good to see, not only because the book is well worth your attention but also because I helped design the interior, providing title pages for the stories and designing and illustrating the whole of the ‘King Squid’ section. Fantasy is a meagre description for this book, it’s far more inventive and intelligent than the mass of works that labour under that description in the shops. Ditch your doorstop dragon sagas and give yourself a treat!



Literary agent: Leslie Gardner at Artellus Ltd, London.

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery (book review)
Eye Magazine no. 98 (2019).

The Artist in the Studio (non-fiction)
The Mystery of Picasso (Arrow Academy DVD/Blu-ray, 2018).

Sacred Demons: The Dramatic Art of David Rudkin (non-fiction)
Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies (Wyrd Harvest Press, 2015).

Art that Transcends (non-fiction)
Communication Arts Illustration Annual 56 (May/June 2015).

Figures in a Landscape (fiction)
The Horror Fields: Rural Horror Special (Morpheus Tales, 2014) edited by Matt Leyshon.

Vapour Trails (non-fiction)
Eye Magazine no. 86 (2013).

Study in Blue, Green, and Gold (fiction)
Gay City 5: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam (Gay City, 2013) edited by Vincent Kovar & Evan J. Peterson.

Three Horror Comics (non-fiction)
NørdNyt no. 24 (2013)

Kenneth Anger by Alice L. Hutchison (book review)
Eye Magazine no. 81 (2011).

Architects of Fear (book introduction)
Songs of the Black Wurm Gism: The Starry Wisdom Part 2 (Creation Oneiros, 2009) edited by DM Mitchell.

An Invitation to the Electric Séance (Hauntological exegesis)
Arthur magazine column at Yahoo Music (2007).

32 film reviews and 4 essays
Horror: the Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear (Andre Deutsch, 2006 & Carlton Books, 2010) edited by James Marriott & Kim Newman.

Sandoz in the Rain: the Life and Art of Wilfried Sätty (non-fiction)
Strange Attractor Journal 2 (Strange Attractor, 2005) edited by Mark Pilkington.

Germany Calling (non-fiction)
A Serious Life (Savoy Books, 2004) by DM Mitchell.

Printer’s Evil (fiction)
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (Night Shade Books/Pan Macmillan/Bantam, 2003), edited by Jeff VanderMeer & Mark Roberts.

Another Green World: The Codex Seraphinianus (non-fiction)
Fantastic Metropolis (2002).

Stanley Kubrick 1928–1999
The Edge magazine (1999).