Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and occasionally journalism.
She is the author of Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past and the graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda.
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. It debuted at No.2 on The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List in August 2013.
She’s also written comic shorts including a Wonder Woman ten pager set in Soweto, “The Problem 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.
As a screenwriter, she is currently adapting Zoo City for South African producer Helena Spring. She’s previously worked on the satirical political puppet show, Z News and the travelogue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The South African Story.
She’s written on kids shows for Disney, including Mouk and Florrie’s Dragons and was the showrunner on the South Africa’s animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, which ran for 104 episodes from 2006-2009.
In 2010, she directed 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.