Michael Marano

Former Punk rock DJ, bouncer, male model, and radio producer Michael Marano is a horror, dark fantasy and science fiction writer, with works in anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge. His first novel, Dawn Song, garnered the Bram Stoker and international horror Guild awards. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano’s new and reprinted short fiction, was named one of the Top Ten Horror releases of 2011 by Booklist. His novella Displacement was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Since 1990, he has been reviewing movies for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, produced in San Francisco and syndicated in more than 111 markets in the U.S. and Canada. He teaches at Grub Street, a non-profit creative writing centre.

Find Michael Marano on:
The Official Michael Marano Website


  • International Horror Guild Award, First Novel (Dawn Song, 1998)
  • Bram Stoker Award, First Novel (Dawn Song, 1998)

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“It put me in mind of Anne Rice.”
—William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

“Juxtaposes scene of hauntingly perverse beauty with vignettes of stark and grotesque horror in this compelling and disturbing tale of occult warfare and transcendent faith.”
Library Journal

“Michael Marano is a writer’s writer, and Stories from the Plague Years is a haunting tour of Marano’s fierce imagination. This collection is the perfect combination of lush writing, memorable characters, and stories served raw.”
—Tananarive Due, American Book-Award winning author of Blood Colony, The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep