About

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and  journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.

She’s won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel, the RT Thriller of the Year, the Kitschies Red Tentacle for best novel, the Exclusive Books’ Bookseller’s Choice Award and been included in best of the year round-ups by NPR, Amazon and the LA Times. Her work has been praised by Stephen King, George RR Martin, James Ellroy and Gillian Flynn among others.

She is the author of Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past. Her comics work includes Survivor’s Club, an original horror comic with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, due out with Vertigo in October 2015, the Fables spin-off graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman one-shot, “The Trouble With Cats” in Sensation Comics 9 for kids, set in Mozambique and Soweto.

Broken Monsters is about a killer trying to remake the world in his image and has been racking up great reviews from The New York Times to The Guardian and NPR and won best suspense novel in the ALA’s 2015 Reading List.  The novel has been optioned by Endemol’s Additional Dialogue.

The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around, won the August Derleth prize for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery  and the University of Johannesburg Prize. It was a Sunday Times best-seller and has been optioned for film by MRC and Leonardo diCaprio’s Appian Way.

Her previous novel, Zoo City (2010) which the New York Times described as “an energetic phantasmagorical noir” won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle and was long-listed for the IMPAC Award.

Moxyland is a dystopian corporate-apartheid political thriller and her first book, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past is a non-fiction of short biographies of remarkable raconteurs, renegades and rebels.

Her graphic novel with artist Inaki Miranda, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom is a dark Tokyo twist on the legend of Rapunzel set in Bill Willingham’s Fables universe, and a New York Times bestseller.

Her comic shorts include a Wonder Woman ten pager set in Soweto, “The Trouble with Cats” with art by Mike Maihack, “All The Pretty Ponies” with Inaki Miranda in Vertigo’s Strange Adventures, “Birdie” with Gerhard Human in The Witching Hour, and “Chum” with Dale Halvorsen and Christopher Mitten in Strange Sports Stories.

Her film and TV work includes directing the documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, about Cape Town’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant. The film won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

She was the showrunner on South Africa’s first full length animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika which ran for 104 half hour episodes from 2006-2009 on SABC3. She’s also written for the Disney shows Mouk and Florrie’s Dragons and on the satirical political puppet show, ZANews and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s South African Story.