John Shirley was one of the founding members of the Portland Punk
His band Terror Wrist began playing in 1977. After
the band broke up he started The Monitors. Not long
after The Monitors also broke-up, Corboy and John began
working together in Sado-Nation. Shirley was the original
lead singer of Sado-Nation before going to New York City
to start the band Obsession (on Celluloid Records).
John re-wrote lyrics to some of the songs Corboy had written a
few years before. John also brought a number of songs to Sado-Nation
that he had performed in some of his earlier bands. Some songs
of note are, "Natural Born Rocker," "Death Camp," and "He's Got
His Guitar," a song written about Dave Propp. John's lyrics
had more to do with his personal vision of the world around him,
than with punk rock politico based ideals.
During these early days of Sado-Nation, Shirley was working on
his writing skills. He was developing a style that would later come
to be known as "Cyber-Fi". His first book was published, and John
was on his way.
He continues to record, as an avocation, and writes lyrics for
other bands; he wrote many of the lyrics in the most recent Blue
Oyster Cult album, Heaven Forbid, and on their forthcoming
John currently resides in San Francisco. He is also a widely
published and acclaimed novelist and short story writer of "new
noir", horror, dark fantasy and suspense.
He is regarded as one of the founding "cyberpunk" writers along
with Bruce Sterling and William Gibson and was a major influence
His cyberpunk trilogy - Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra
and Eclipse Corona are back in print from Babbage Press.
Ballantine/Del Rey will be publishing his novel Demons
later in 2001; his new story collection Darkness Divided
is out from Stealth Press; Black Butterflies will
be out in March as a Leisure paperback.
He is a winner of the Bram Stoker Award for best story
collection and the International Horror Guild Award, as
well as having had his book Really Really Really Really Weird
Stories chosen by Publisher's Weekly for their annual
list of "Best Books of the Year."
John Shirley - the broad strokes, winner of the Bram Stoker
Award, author of Black Butterflies; which was chosen
by Publisher's Weekly for its official list of "Best Books
of the Year"
Co-screenwriter of The Crow
Showtime originals: Twists of Terror, Strontium Dog
Teleplay Credits include the TV series Poltergeist, Profit,
Deepspace Nine and The Fox Halloween Special
Author of 16 books including Wetbones, Eclipse,
Black Butterflies and Really Really Really Really Weird
- John Shirley's Site.
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