Adam-Troy Castro

Adam-Troy Castro made his first non-fiction sale to SPY magazine in 1987. His 26 books to date include among others four Spider-Man novels, three novels about his profoundly damaged far-future murder investigator Andrea Cort, and six middle-grade novels about the dimension-spanning adventures of that very strange but very heroic young boy Gustav Gloom. Adam’s darker short fiction for grownups is highlighted by his most recent collection, Her Husband’s Hands And Other Stories (Prime Books).

Adam’s works have won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, two Hugos, and, internationally, the Ignotus (Spain), the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), and the Kurd-Laßwitz Preis (Germany). He lives in Florida with his wife Judi and either three or four cats, depending on what day you’re counting and whether Gilbert’s escaped this week. 

Find Adam on his website, or follow him on Twitter @adamtroycastro.

Bibliography

  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (#1)
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  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault (#2)
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  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors (#3)
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  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the Cryptic Carousel (#4)
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  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the Inn of Shadows (#5)
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  • Gustav Gloom Series
    Gustav Gloom and the Castle of Fear (#6)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    Emissaries from the Dead (#1)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    The Third Claw of God (#2)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    War of the Marionettes (#3)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    With Unclean Hands (#0.75)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    The Coward’s Option (#0.5)
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  • Andrea Cort Series
    Unseen Demons (#.25)
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  • Standalone
    Sleeping Dogs
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  • Standalone
    Fuel
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  • Standalone
    Vossoff and Nimmitz
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  • Collections
    Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories
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  • Short Story
    Night of the Living POTUS
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  • Illustrated A-Z Series
    Z is for Zombie: An Illustrated Guide to the End of the World
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  • Illustrated A-Z Series
    V is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the Undead
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Reviews

Gustav Gloom Series

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (#1)
“In this promising series opener, a homicidal maniac stalks two children through a spooky old house that’s far larger inside than outside […] The author leaves much to be explored and explained in future episodes, but fans of [Lemony Snicket's Series of] Unfortunate Events will be willing to wait.”

Kirkus

“Here’s a great read for fans of dark tales with happy endings, not to mention wonderful graphite illustrations…the eternal theme of friendship is beautifully explored in the relationship that develops between Fernie and Gustav. Castro’s well-paced story keeps readers engaged in these relationships and in the mystery that unfolds. This is a satisfying introduction for middle grade readers into the scary and dark themes that resonate so well with teens. Fans of Adam Gidwitz’s A TALE DARK AND GRIMM (Dutton, 2010) can add this to their list of creepy tales.”

School Library Journal

“[This] is a fun adventure novel […] It’s optimistic about people, especially our ability to do the right thing, and the scariest parts are also the funniest parts. Most of all, the friendship that develops between Gustav and Fernie is really nice, and doesn’t ever put either of them in the position of sidekick or tag-along. Definitely worth picking up.”

io9.com

Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault (#2)
“Castro sheds light on the past and nature of the aptly named Gloom mansion […] spooky!”

Kirkus

“Adam-Troy Castro [...] holds an exquisite imagination and brings a nightmarish world to life in the Gustav Gloom series.”

Kids Reads

“There’s pretty much nothing not to love about a mansion filled with endlessly spooky rooms, shadows with minds (and appetites) of their own, and sweet characters with dark secrets.”

KidLit

Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors (#3)
“Adam-Troy Castro continues to give his readers a scary story within the Gloom estate, full of shadows, dangers, mystery, and appeal.”

San Francisco City Book Reviews

Andrea Cort Series

Emissaries from the Dead (#1)
“With its creepy background and complex plot, [EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD] offers an intriguing combination of SF and detective story.”

Locus

“As great as I’d hoped…Cort and her universe have terrific scope for future development.”

io9.com

“A brilliantly executed novel, fully successful as both science fiction and murder mystery. Indeed, it evidences a writer at the peak of his career, and it shows none of the flaws one expects from first novels […] EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD is one of the best science fiction novels of the year so far, and it can be recommended especially to fans of science fiction mysteries.”

SciFi Weekly

“This is the one we’ve been waiting for: the first non-tie-in novel by one of the best short-story writers in the business. Adam-Troy Castro’s EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD is SF at its best: Silence of the Lambs as Larry Niven might have written it. A clever, thought-provoking page-turner. Bravo!”

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of ROLLBACK

“Adam-Troy Castro has given us the ultimate high-wire thriller.”

Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winning author of SEEKER

The Third Claw of God (#2)
“The second novel in Castro’s Andrea Cort series confirms this series really is something special […] These books are compulsively readable space mysteries, but they’re also hiding little packets of cleverness and substance under the surface. Highly recommended.”

io9.com

“I’m particularly fond of blends of SF and the detective story [...] when they’re as well done as this one. Castro is finally showing the promise at novel length that his short fiction has been suggesting for years.”

Critical Mass

Standalone

Collections

Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories
“Adam-Troy Castro is also a masterful storyteller in terms of technique […] HER HUSBAND’S HANDS AND OTHER STORIES is a stunning collection. Highly recommended, especially if you like a dark, not to say disturbing edge to your fiction.”

Tor.com

“HER HUSBAND'S HANDS AND OTHER STORIES by Adam-Troy Castro is a top class collection from one of the best prose stylists around […] the best collection so far this year.”

Thinking About Books

Short Story

Illustrated A-Z Series

Z is for Zombie: An Illustrated Guide to the End of the World
“It’s not the first alphabet book you’ve ever read… but it may be the last.”

John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

“Z IS FOR ZOMBIE is hilarious, subversive and gruesome. You need to know your basics if you’re going to survive the zombie apocalypse. Highly recommended!”

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

“It’s time to remember that the educational power of the alphabet isn’t just intended for the classroom. With Z IS FOR ZOMBIE, words and pictures marry to bring brilliant, bloody fun to your fingertips. B is for Buy this Book!”

Mira Grant, author of FEED

“The perfect going-away gift for the human race, Z IS FOR ZOMBIE is smart, sumptuous, excruciating undead fun.”

John Skipp, author of BOOK OF THE DEAD

V is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the Undead
“Vampire fiction fans looking for something a little unusual this summer should check out V IS FOR VAMPIRE […] Stellar illustrations and a highly amusing narrative make this book as appealing to fans of vampire fiction as a nubile virgin with an unusually long neck.”

Barnes & Noble

“A fun, brief book about horror. If you are looking for an amusing, illustrated guide to the undead that also has some shock value for leaving about so your non-genre savvy friends can find it, then this is the book for you.”

SFRevu

“V IS FOR VAMPIRE is a celebration of wit that points out the ups and downs of life after dark, the various rules and inconsistencies attributed to said un-life, and the heroes and villains that go bump in the night. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves the classic horror movies, likes ‘conversation pieces’ on the coffee table, or just loves vampires in general.”

Zombie Slam

“By turns entertaining and thought-provoking, an entertaining alphabet book for those of us who love creatures of the darkness.”

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Awards & Accolades

Gustav Gloom Series

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (#1)
USA

Scholastic Book Club Pick

Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors (#3)
USA

Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature: “Best Children’s Books of the Year”

Gustav Gloom and the Cryptic Carousel (#4)
USA

Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature: “Best Children’s Books of the Year”

Andrea Cort Series

Emissaries from the Dead (#1)
USA

Winner of the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award

The Coward’s Option (#0.5)

Standalone

Collections

Short Story

Illustrated A-Z Series