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S P Somtow

aka Somtow Sucharitkul

Called by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.

He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international lawyer and vice-president of the International Academy of Human Rights. Somtow was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and his first career was in music. In the 1970s (while he was still in college) his works were being performed on four continents and he was named representative of Thailand to the Asian Composer's League and to the International Music Commission of UNESCO. His avant-garde compositions caused controversy and scandal in his native country, and a severe case of musical burnout in the late 1970s precipitated his entry into a second career - that of author.

He began writing science fiction, but soon started to invade other fields of writing, with some 40 books out now, including the clasic horror novel Vampire Junction, which defined the "rock and roll vampire" concept for the 80s, the Riverrun Trilogy ("the finest new series of the 90's" - Locus) and the semi-autobiographical memoir Jasmine Nights. He has won or been nominated for dozens of major awards including the Bram Stoker Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award.

Somtow has also made some incursions into filmmaking, directing the cult classic The Laughing Dead and the award winning art film Ill Met by Moonlight.

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
   1. Light on the Sound (1982) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
   1. The Singing Moons (2018)
   2. The Throne of Madness (1983) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
   2. A Woman Cloaked in Shadow (2018)
   3. Utopia Hunters (1984) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
   3. The Child Collector (2019)
   4. The Darkling Wind (1985) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
   4. The Space Between Spaces (2020)
   5. Goddess in the Ruins (2020)
   1. The Aquilad (1983)
     aka The Aquilliad
   2. Aquila and the Iron Horse (1988)
   3. Aquila and The Sphinx (1988)
   The Aquila in the New World (1987)
Riverrun Trilogy
   1. Riverrun (1991)
   2. Forest of the Night (1992)
     aka Armorica
   3. Yestern (1996)
Series contributed to
V (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
   7. The Alien Swordmaster (1985)
   16. Symphony of Terror (1988)
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by S P Somtow
Short stories
Anna and the Ripper of Siam
Darktouch (1980) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
Absent Thee from Felicity Awhile (1981) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
The Vampire of Mallworld (1981) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
Aquila (1982) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
The Fallen Country [short story] (1982) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
Resurrec Tech (1987)Bram Stoker (nominee)
The Madonna of the Wolves (1988) (as by Somtow Sucharitkul)
Chui Chai [short story] (1991)
The Pavilion of Frozen Women [short story] (1991)World Fantasy (nominee)
Darker Angels [short story] (1993)Bram Stoker (nominee)
Fish Are Jumpin', and the Cotton Is High (1993)
Gingerbread (1993)
Though I Walk Through the Valley (1993)
Beloved Disciple (1995)
But None I Think Do There Embrace (1995)
The Captive Angel (1995)
Diamonds Aren't Forever (1995)
Dragon's Fin Soup [short story] (1995)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Mallworld Falcon (1995)
A Thief in the Night (1995)
Brimstone and Salt (1996)Bram Stoker (nominee)
In the Realm of the Spirits (1997)
Red as Jade (1998)

Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1988) : Resurrec Tech
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1992) : The Pavilion of Frozen Women [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1994) : Darker Angels [short story]
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1996) : Dragon's Fin Soup [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1997) : Brimstone and Salt
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1997) : The Pavilion of Frozen Women
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997) : Darker Angels
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1997) : The Pavilion of Frozen Women
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1999) : Darker Angels