“Our finest modern fabulist.”


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“[A] contemporary master of the form [and] virtuosic fabulist.”


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“One could spend forever worming through [Lock’s] magicked words, their worlds.”


“[Lock’s] window onto fiction [is] a welcome one: at once referential and playful, occupying a similar post-Borges space to the short stories of Stephen Millhauser and Neil Gaiman.”

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“No other writer in recent memory, lives up to [Whitman’s] declaration that behind every book there is a hand reaching out to us, a hand to be held onto, a hand that has the power to touch us, to make us feel.”

Detroit Metro Times

“All hail Lock, whose narrative soul sings fairy tales, whose language is glass.”

Kate Bernheimer, editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and Fairy Tale Review

“[Lock] has an impressive ability to create a unique and original world.”

Brian Evenson, author of Immobility and Windeye

“Norman Lock has created a memorable portrait gallery of American subjects, in a succession of audaciously imagined, wonderfully original, and beautifully written novels unlike anything in our literature.”

Joyce Carol Oates

Norman Lock

Listen to Norman Lock discuss The American Novels series on A Life in Biography and Jamming Their Transmission, and read a wide-ranging Rumpus interview with him about his work and the ways in which the series is connected to his earlier, fabulist fiction.

“The short story can be a magical thing. It’s a breath, a moment, a captured mood.” To celebrate Short Story Month, Flavorwire asks “contemporary master of the form” and “virtuosic fabulist” Norman Lock to share a story he loves.

Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage and radio plays. He has won The Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award, The Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and has been longlisted twice for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. He has also received writing fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Norman's Website

BLP Conversations: Norman Lock & Constantin Severin

Norman Lock on Literature, History, and his American Novels Cycle: A Series Published by Bellevue Literary Press