Graham Joyce

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Graham William Joyce

Graham Joyce signing books at Imagicon 2: Swecon 2009
Born22 October 1954
Keresley, England
OccupationWriter and teacher
GenresSpeculative Fiction


www.grahamjoyce.net
 
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Graham William Joyce

Graham Joyce signing books at Imagicon 2: Swecon 2009
Born22 October 1954
Keresley, England
OccupationWriter and teacher
GenresSpeculative Fiction


www.grahamjoyce.net

Graham Joyce (born 22 October 1954) is an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories. He grew up in a small mining village just outside of Coventry to a working-class family. After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980.[1] Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his position and moved to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Crete to write his first novel, Dreamside. After selling Dreamside to Pan Books in 1991, Joyce moved back to England to pursue a career as a full-time writer.

Presently, Graham Joyce resides in Leicester with his wife, Suzanne Johnsen, and their two children, Ella and Joseph. He teaches Creative Writing to graduate students at Nottingham Trent University.[2]

Contents

Style and themes

Both publishers and critics alike have found difficulty in classifying Joyce as a writer. His novels have been categorized as fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mainstream literature—with some even overlapping genres. Joyce utilizes a wide variety of settings and character perspectives. Settings include Scotland, The English Midlands, Greece, the Middle East, and the jungles of Thailand. He has penned for both adult and juvenile protagonists, with an emphasis on strong female characters. The greater unity in Joyce's works, however, lies in their thematic and philosophical topics. Bill Sheehan, who wrote the introduction for Partial Eclipse, states:

“Among the issues Graham dramatizes are the inevitability of grief, loss, growth, and change, the primal importance of family bonds, the beauty of the feminine, the life altering effects of parenthood, the nature of the creative unconscious, the overwhelming power of the erotic, the corrupting effects of power, the importance of self-awareness, and the fundamental need for order, meaning, and coherence in the face of a chaotic, inimical universe.” [3]

The mystical or supernatural often play a pivotal role in Joyce's works. For this, he taps the mythical or folkloric associations of his settings. Joyce's treatment of these experiences is what distinguishes his novels from genre fiction. The supernatural is not seen as a conflict or an obstacle to be overcome, but rather an integral part of a natural order that a character must accept and integrate. Running parallel to these phenomena is the possibility of a rational or psychological explanation. This literary approach is influenced in part by Joyce's experiences with his own family:

“My grandmother was one of these old women who used to have dreams and visions and messages arriving. She would fall asleep in a chair, there would be a knock on the door, she would go to the door, someone strange would come to the door and deliver a message. And then she would wake up again in her chair. Now my mother and my aunties told me these stories over and over again. But they just lived with it side by side. They didn't fight it as in a fantasy or horror film. They didn't have to overcome it. It didn't get worse and worse and worse. They just accepted this mystery and then they cooked the dinner.” [4]

This particular quality has prompted some critics to classify Joyce as a magic realist in the vein of such Latin writers as Gabriel García Márquez or Julio Cortázar. Joyce disagrees with this, feeling that his lineage is tied more closely to writers of the English “weird tale” such as Arthur Machen or Algernon Blackwood. He calls his style of writing “Old Peculiar.”[5]

Film

Currently, there are no films based on Joyce's novels or shorts. However, the film rights to Dreamside, The Tooth Fairy, and Dark Sister have all been optioned. As of October 2010 "Dreamside", "Do the Creepy Thing" (Joyce scripting) and "The Silent Land " (UK publishing date 17 November 2010) are in development.

Games

On 16 January 2009 the site Computer and Video Games reported that Graham Joyce had been hired by id Software to "help develop the storyline potential"[6] of Doom 4.

Bibliography

According to his official site and the Internet Database of Speculative Fiction, Graham Joyce has published fourteen novels and twenty-six short stories to date.[7]

Novels and short story collections

NamePublishedISBNNotes
Dreamside1991ISBN 978-0-312-87546-6
Dark Sister1992ISBN 978-0-312-87254-0British Fantasy Award winner, 1993[8]
House of Lost Dreams1993ISBN 978-0-7472-4248-2
Requiem1995ISBN 978-0-312-86452-1British Fantasy Award winner, 1996;[9]
World Fantasy Award nominee, 1996[9]
The Tooth Fairy1996ISBN 978-0-312-86833-8British Fantasy Award winner, 1997[10]
The Stormwatcher1997ISBN 978-1-892389-36-7British Fantasy Award nominee, 1999[11]
The Web: Spiderbite1997ISBN 978-1-85881-527-5young adult
Indigo1999ISBN 978-0-671-03937-0British Fantasy Award winner, 2000[12]
Smoking Poppy2001ISBN 978-0-671-03939-4British Fantasy Award nominee, 2002[13]
The Facts of Life2002ISBN 978-0-7434-6342-3World Fantasy Award winner, 2003;[14]
British Fantasy Award nominee, 2003[14]
Partial Eclipse and Other Stories2003ISBN 978-1-931081-62-7collection
The Limits of Enchantment2005ISBN 978-0-7434-6344-7World Fantasy Award nominee, 2006[15]
TWOC2005ISBN 978-0-571-22513-2young adult Angus Award "winner"
Do the Creepy Thing2006ISBN 978-0-571-23035-8young adult;
released in the US as The Exchange (2008) ISBN 978-0-670-06207-2
Three Ways to Snog an Alien2008ISBN 978-0-571-23951-1young adult
Memoirs of a Master Forger2008ISBN 978-0-575-08297-7as William Heaney;
released in the US as How to Make Friends with Demons (2009) ISBN 978-1-59780-142-3 British Fantasy Award winner
The Devil's Ladder2009ISBN 978-0-571-24247-4young adult
The Silent Land2011ISBN 978-0-385-53380-5World Fantasy Award nominee, 2011;[16]

British Fantasy Award nominee, 2011[15]

Some Kind of Fairy Tale2012ISBN 978-0-385-53578-6

Short stories

Articles

References

  1. ^ Review of The Limits of Enchantment by Victor Gollancz
  2. ^ Graham Joyce's official biography
  3. ^ Joyce, Graham. Partial Eclipse and Other Stories. Subterranean Press, 2003. p. 9.
  4. ^ Video of an Interview at Le Festival Du Film Fantastique
  5. ^ Audio Interview by Rick Kleffel
  6. ^ Computer and Video Games article
  7. ^ Summary bibliography at the Internet Database of Speculative Fiction
  8. ^ "1993 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1993. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  9. ^ a b "1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1996. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  10. ^ "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1997. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  11. ^ "1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1999. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  12. ^ "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2000. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  13. ^ "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2002. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  14. ^ a b "2003 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2003. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  15. ^ a b "2006 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2006. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  16. ^ "2011 World Fantasy Award Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/blog.asp?view=plink&id=491. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 

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