Albert Kadrey was born August 27, 1957 in Brooklyn NY. He spent ten
years there, and the next ten years in Houston TX. He briefly
attended college before working a wide variety of jobs, including
running a jewelry store, and working in numerous warehouses and
department stores, driving forklifts and “moving stuff around.”
He’s also been a rock musician and magazine editor, and hosted
live interview show Covert Culture online in the ’90s. In
addition to writing fiction, he is also a prolific photographer and
freelance non-fiction writer.
first SF story was “The Fire Catcher” in Interzone
(1985). Other notable short stories include Interzone Readers’
Poll winner “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye” (1987) and
British SF Award finalist “The First Man Not to Land on the
Moon” (1997). His 1998 story “Carbon Copy” was
adapted as film No Ordinary Baby (AKA After Amy, 2001). He wrote
graphic novel Accelerate (2007).
novel Metrophage: A Romance of the Future came out in 1988, followed
by SF novel Kamikaze L’Amour (1995). Novel Blind Shrike (2005)
appeared in online magazine Infinite Matrix, and was substantially
revised for publication as Butcher Bird (2005). Kadrey returned to
some of the same themes for Sandman Slim (2009), about a man who
escapes from Hell to take revenge on those who betrayed him. The
character’s story continues in sequels Kill the Dead (2010),
Aloha from Hell (2011), and Devil Said Bang (2012), with more volumes
forthcoming; a feature film is also being developed.
prolific freelance writer, his articles appear regularly in various
publications, including Science Fiction Eye, Whole Earth Review,
Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many others. He was an editor
for magazines Shift, Future Sex, Signum, and Stim, and his
non-fiction works include The Covert Culture Sourcebook (1993), The
Covert Culture Sourcebook 2.0 (1994), and The Catalog of Tomorrow
(2002). Kadrey is also an occasional artist, with published work
including the cover for Interzone #9 (1984) and artwork for poet Lee
Ballatnine’s chapbook Dream Protocols (1992). He illustrated
his own story “Angel Scene” (2003), published dos-à-dos
with “Teeth and Tongue Landscape” by Carlton Mellick III.
Kadrey is an active photographer, specializing in glam and fetish
lives in San Francisco CA.