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Bram Stoker and Aurora Award winner Edo van Belkom is the author of 200 stories of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. In addition to winning the 1997 Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association for “Rat Food” (co-authored with David Nickle), he won the Aurora Award (Canada's top prize for speculative writing) in 1999 for the short story, “Hockey's Night in Canada.”

As an editor, he has four anthologies to his credit, The Aurora Awards, Northern Horror and Be Afraid! (A Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year finalist) and Be Very Afraid! (Tundra Books, October 2002). Edo van Belkom is also the author of “Mark Dalton: Owner/Operator” an on-going adventure serial published monthly in Truck News since 1999.

Born in Toronto in 1962, van Belkom graduated from York University with an honors degree in Creative Writing. He then worked as a daily newspaper sports and police reporter for five years before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1992. Since then he has done a wide variety of writing-related work ranging from trivia questions to book reviews, opinion pieces on professional wrestling to speeches and special letters for Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. As a teacher, he has taught short story writing for the Peel Board of Education, been an instructor at Sheridan College, and has lectured on horror and fantasy writing at the University of Toronto and Ryerson Polytechnic University. He has appeared on countless television and radio shows such as Open Mike, Off the Record, Book Television, Imprint and Metro Morning, and was the first movie host on SCREAM, Canada's all-horror television channel. A frequent guest speaker and panelists at writing conferences and conventions in Canada and the United States, Edo was Toastmaster of the 1997 World Horror Convention in Niagara Falls, New York, and co-host of the 2001 Bram Stoker Awards in Seattle, Washington.

He lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife Roberta and son Luke.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Children's stories, Horror tales, Short stories, Horror stories