Christopher Moore (author)

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Christopher Moore
Moore signing a copy of Bite Me at Politics & Prose in Washington, 2010
Moore signing a copy of Bite Me at Politics & Prose in Washington, 2010
Born (1957-01-01) January 1, 1957 (age 66)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
GenreHumor, fantasy, horror, absurdist fiction, comic fantasy, mystery fiction, adventure fiction

Christopher Moore (born January 1, 1957)[1] is an American writer of comic fantasy. He was born in Toledo, Ohio.[1][2] He grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.

An only child, Moore learned to amuse himself with his imagination.[3] He loved reading and his father brought him plenty of books from the library every week. He started writing around the age of twelve and realized that this was his talent by the time he was 16, and he began to consider making it his career.[4]

Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circumstances. With the possible exceptions of Fool, The Serpent of Venice, Sacré Bleu, and Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel, all his books take place in the same universe and some characters recur from novel to novel.

According to his interview in the June 2007 issue of Writer's Digest, the film rights to Moore's first novel, Practical Demonkeeping (1992), were purchased by Disney even before the book had a publisher. In answer to repeated questions from fans over the years, Moore stated that all of his books have been optioned or sold for films, but that as yet "none of them are in any danger of being made into a movie."[5]

Moore has named Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, John Steinbeck, Tom Robbins, Richard Brautigan, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe and Ian Fleming as key influences on his writing.[6][7][8]

As of June 2006, Moore lives in San Francisco, after a few years on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.



Most of Moore's novels take place in the same fictional universe since characters from one book frequently turn up as minor characters or have cameos in other books. Some novels with a common protagonist or setting can be grouped into series; however, with the exception of the vampire books and the Death Merchant Chronicles, they can all be read as stand-alone novels.

The Pine Cove Books[edit]

  • Practical Demonkeeping (1992)[9]
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (1999)[10]
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (2004) William Morrow ISBN 0-06-084235-0
    • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, v. 2.0 (2005) – contains the same text as the above, with an additional 35-page short story at the end

Vampires in San Francisco[edit]

  1. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (1995)[11]
  2. You Suck: A Love Story (2007) William Morrow ISBN 0-06-059029-7
  3. Bite Me: A Love Story (2010) William Morrow ISBN 978-0-06-177972-5

Death Merchant Chronicles[edit]

Chronicles of Pocket the Fool[edit]

The Tales of Sammy "Two Toes"[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Our Lady of the Fishnet Stockings" (1987)
  • "Cat's Karma" (1987)

Other works[edit]

  • The Griff: A Graphic Novel (2011, co-written with Ian Corson and illustrated by Jennyson Rosero, originally conceived in 2001 as a movie script) William Morrow ISBN 978-0-06-197752-7


  1. ^ a b Christopher Moore at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2014-02-13.; Link dead 2016-1-7
  2. ^ Moore, Christopher (July 1996). "Christopher Moore: Cambria Author". Cambria Office of Tourism. Archived 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. ^ "Christopher Moore - Book Series In Order". Book Series in Order. 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [2] Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "PopCultureZoo: Exclusive Interview With Christopher Moore – Christopher Moore". Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions – Christopher Moore". Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  8. ^ "Satire, Horror, and Humor… Oh My! – Christopher Moore". Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  9. ^ Moore, Christopher (1992). Practical Demonkeeping. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9781841494470.
  10. ^ Moore, Christopher (1999). The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. Spike/Avon. ISBN 0-06-059027-0.
  11. ^ Moore, Christopher (1995). Bloodsucking Friends: A Love Story. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-81097-2.
  12. ^ "Christopher Moore - The Serpent of Venice cover art and synopsis". 2013-09-26. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  13. ^ Moore, Christopher (1994). Coyote Blue. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-06-073543-0.
  14. ^ Moore, Christopher (1997). Island of the Sequined Love Nun. Avon. ISBN 0-06-073544-9.
  • "The WD Interview: Christopher Moore", Writer's Digest, June 2007, pp. 58–62.

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