Thomas F. Monteleone (born 1946, in Baltimore, MD) is an American science fiction author and horror fiction author. He is no relation to Chicago Outfit mobster Tom Monteleone.
Monteleone was raised in Sudbrook Park, Maryland by his parents, Mario and Marie Monteleone. Monteleone studied at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received degrees in English and Psychology. From 1969 to 1978 Monteleone worked as a psychotherapist in the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Maryland. Writing Career
Monteleone has been a professional writer since 1972. Monteleone's first story appeared in Amazing Stories magazine in 1972. His first novel, Seeds of Change was the lead-off title in the critically unsuccessful Laser Books line of science fiction titles (see for details), but he went on to become a popular writer of supernatural thrillers. He has published more than 100 short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies. His novel, Blood of the Lamb was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
His column of opinion and entertainment, “The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association,” currently appears in Cemetery Dance magazine. He is the editor of seven anthologies, including the highly acclaimed Borderlands series edited with his wife, Elizabeth. His stories have been nominated for many awards, and have appeared in lots of best-of-the-year compilations.
Monteleone' four collections of selected short fiction are Dark Stars and Other Illuminations (1981), Rough Beasts and Other Mutations (2003),The Little Brown Book of Bizarre Stories (2004), and Fearful Symmetries (2004).. His novels, The Resurrectionist and Night of Broken Souls, global thrillers from Warner Books, received rave reviews and have been optioned for films. The Reckoning (2000), a sequel to The Blood of the Lamb, and The Eyes of the Virgin (2002) have been published by Forge. His omnibus volume of essays about the book and film industries entitled The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association was recently published by Borderlands Press (www.borderlandspress.com). He is also the author of the bestseller, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel (2004), and is currently at work on his latest novel, an historical thriller. His books and stories have been translated into twelve foreign languages.
Monteleone has also written for the stage and television, having scripts produced for American Playhouse (which won him the Bronze Award at the International TV and Film Festival of New York and the Gabriel Award), George A. Romero’s Tales from the Darkside, and a series on Fox TV entitled Night Visions. He has written many feature-length screenplays, none of which have been produced.
Montelone is a 4-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award:
Monteleone's novel, The Blood of the Lamb won the 1992 BSA for Best Novel in 1993. Borderlands 4, a horror anthology which Monteleone edited with Elizabeth Monteleone, won Best Anthology in 2003. In the same year, Monteleone's essay collection, 'The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association won BSA for Best Nonfiction. His 2004 collection, Fearful Symmetries gained the 2004 Award for Best Collection.
In a 1992 interview, Monteleone stated he was “registered as Independent”. More recently, Monteleone has described himself as a libertarian. Discussing the issue of drug prohibition, Montelone has stated that “Now just because I'm not into the drug scene doesn't mean I'm any less of a good Libertarian. I think all drugs should be legalized”. Monteleone argues that the War on Drugs cannot be won, that criminalization creates a “phantom economy” dominated by violent criminals, and that drug prohibition is a violation of individual liberty.
Monteleone's wife, Elizabeth, co-manages Borderlands Press with Monteleone. Monteleone has a son and a daughter.