Tim Waggoner is the author of numerous novels and short stories in the Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller genres.
Waggoner graduated from Wright State University in 1989 with a Master of Arts in English [ citation needed ]with a Creative Writing Concentration.
He holds BS ed. and MA degrees from Wright State University.
Waggoner has written and published novels for both adult and young readers, including Temple of the Dragonslayer and Return of the Sorceress (both for Wizards of the Coast), Dark Ages: Gangrel and Exalted: A Shadow Over Heaven's Eye (both White Wolf), Nekropolis (Five Star), and Defender: Hyperswarm (I-Books).He is also the author of the short story collection All Too Surreal (Prime Books). He has published numerous short stories in the fantasy and horror genres, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest , Writers' Journal, New Writer's Magazine, Ohio Writer, Speculations , and Teaching English in the Two-Year College. He has also written the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. His books for writers include The Art of Writing Genre Fiction, written in collaboration with Michael Knost, and Writing in the Dark, a guide to writing horror and dark fantasy fiction.
A number of his stories have received honorable mentions in various editions of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. [ citation needed ] His novella The Winter Box won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction. His how-to-write-horror book Writing in the Dark won the 2020 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction, and his article "Speaking of Horror" won the 2020 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Nonfiction.He won first place in the 1998 Authorlink! New Author Awards Competition and was a finalist for the Darrell Award for Best MidSouth Short Story in 1999. His novella The Men Upstairs was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award, and his short story "How to be a Horror Writer" was nominated for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Award.
He serves as a professor of English and teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.Waggoner also taught creative writing for many years at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, in an innovative low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.
Waggoner grew up in the Dayton, Ohio, area.In addition to writing fiction, Waggoner has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and copy editor. He has two daughters from a previous marriage.
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