Keith Deininger

Keith Deininger

“Like Bradbury on acid” (Greg Gifune, The Bleeding Season), Keith Deininger is an award-winning author known for blending elements of fantasy with horror in his surreal, literary style. His work is often described as disturbing, surreal and cinematic, “its tutelary spirits are Barker and Lynch, Carpenter and Cronenberg” (Peter Tennant, Black Static Magazine) and he has been called “one of the finest writers of imaginative fiction out there” (Craig Saunders, Deadlift). Deininger grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he wrote some of his first stories while in grade school, odd tales about finding dead people in the basement and about waking up in strange worlds. He then moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where, in high school, he won first place in a science fiction writing contest judged by Ray Bradbury, who presented him with the award and said, “I really enjoyed your story.” In college, at the University of New Mexico where he received his BA in creative writing, Deininger focused for a time on poetry, winning an Editor’s Choice Award in the literary magazine Conceptions Southwest for his poem “Grandma.” His first novel, The New Flesh, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim, called a “dark and sinister debut” (Ronald Malfi, Little Girls), and Deininger hailed as a “prodigious talent” (Jon Bassoff, Corrosion). His follow up, Ghosts of Eden, was equally well received as a “twisted masterpiece” (Allan Leverone, Tracie Tanner thrillers) and a “psychedelic journey through alternative realities, familial relationships and the mysteries of the mind.” Deininger has since published several novels and novellas, including the horror novel Within (“Best horror 2015”, Michael Patrick Hicks) and the “Mcarthyesque fever-dream” (C. M. Muller) Fevered Hills. He is also the author of A Game for Gods, the first title in a highly anticipated, literary and imaginative dark fantasy series.

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