Born: July 23, 1960
Ohio connection: Birth
Born in Newark, Ohio (the city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories), Braunbeck writes in a number of different genres, but principally horror. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the "Cat Crimes" anthology series.
Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for "Duty" and in 2005 for "We Now Pause for Station Identification"; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella "Kiss of the Mudman" received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.