In 1988 Dr Graham Joyce quit an executive job and decamped to the Greek island of Lesbos, to live in a beach shack with a colony of scorpions and to concentrate on writing. He sold his first novel while still in Greece and travelled in the Middle East on the proceeds.
He was a winner of The World Fantasy Award for his novel The Facts Of Life; a five-times winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel; and twice winner of the French Grand Prix De L’Imaginaire. Joyce also published Young Adult novels, and was a winner of the Angus Award. His short stories and novels have been translated into over twenty languages and his story “An Ordinary Soldier Of The Queen” won the O. Henry Award. He adapted his own work for Hollywood studios and occasionally reviewed for The Washington Post. He passed away in 2014.