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Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle
Born (1963-03-20) 20 March 1963
Manchester, United Kingdom
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Period (1993–present)
Genre Literary Fiction/Crime Fiction/Horror
Nicholas Royle (born in Manchester in 1963.[1]) is an English novelist, editor, publisher, literary reviewer and creative writing lecturer [2]

Literary career


Royle has written seven novels - Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, The Matter of the Heart, The Director’s Cut, Antwerp, Regicide and First Novel.[3] He also claims to have written more than 100 short stories, which have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines. His last book for Serpent's Tail, publisher of two previous novels, is a short story collection, Mortality.


Royle has won a British Fantasy Award three times: Best Anthology in 1992 and 1993 and Best Short Story in 1993. He has been nominated for Best Short Story three further times.[4]

The Matter of the Heart won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award in 1997.[5]


Aa an editor, Royle is best known for having edited[6] The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.[7]

He has also edited twelve anthologies including A Book of Two Halves, The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers’ Dreams, The Time Out Book of New York Short Stories, and Dreams Never End (Tindal Street Press).


Royle owns and manages Nightjar Press, which publishes short-stories as signed, limited edition, chapbooks.[8] Nightjar Press has published authors including M. John Harrison, Christopher Kenworthy, Joel Lane, Alison Moore and Michael Marshall Smith[9]

Academic career

Royle is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University[10] and has been Chair of Judges for the Manchester Fiction Prize since it was launched in 2009.



  • Counterparts (1995 – ISBN 978 0 14024 386 4 [UK], Penguin )
  • Saxophone Dreams (1996 – ISBN 978 0 14024 387 1 [UK], Penguin)
  • The Matter of the Heart (1997 – ISBN 978 0 34910 956 5 [UK], Abacus)
  • The Director’s Cut (2001 – ISBN 978 0 34911 430 9 [UK], Abacus)
  • Antwerp (2005 – ISBN 978 1 85242785 6 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • Regicide (2011 – ISBN 978 1 90799 201 8 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • First Novel (2013 – ISBN 978 0 22409 698 0 [UK], Johnathan Cape)


  • The Enigma of Departure (2008 – ISBN 978 1 90583 420 4 [UK], PS Publishing)
  • The Appetite (2008 – ISBN 978 1 90633 102 3 [UK], Gray Friar Press)

Short Story Collection

  • Mortality (2011 – ISBN 978 1 85242 476 3 [UK], Serpent's Tail)


Royle is married with two children and lives in Manchester.

Royle shares his name with a Professor of English at the University of Sussex who is the author of textbooks, including The Uncanny, and a novel, Quilt. The two are often confused with each other.[11]


  1. ^ "Biography of Nicholas Royle on Salt website". 
  2. ^ "Biography on author's website". 
  3. ^ "Bibliography on author's website". 
  4. ^ "Nicholas Royle Awards on ISFDB". 
  5. ^ "Bad Sex Award Winners". 
  6. ^ "The Quietus interview with Nicholas Royle". 
  7. ^ "Alison Moore".  
  8. ^ "About Nightjar Press". 
  9. ^ "Nightjar Press Authors". 
  10. ^ "Manchester Metropolitan University Staff Profile". 
  11. ^ "Nicholas Royle vs Nicholas Royle". 

External links

  • Official site
  • Nicholas Royle on Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • 3:AMInterview with

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