(1956- ) US academic and author, active from the 1990s. Some of the short stories assembled in his third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (coll 2007), are of sf interest. Nosferatu (1997; vt Nosferatu in Love 1998), though nonfantastic, conceives of F W Murnau (1888-1931) as being intimately haunted by the protagonist of his most famous film, Nosferatu (1922).
Shepard is of specific sf interest for his eighth novel, the Near Future Phase Six (2021). The Covid-19 Pandemic has made way for a new, far more virulent virus originating deep in the melting ice of Greenland (see Climate Change); the Television series Fortitude (2015-2018) adumbrates some of the setting scenes of Phase Six, though Fortitude does not carry the story so far forward. The world (see End of the World) descends into chaos. [JC]
born Bridgeport, Connecticut: 29 December 1956
works (highly selected)
- Nosferatu (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1997) [hb/]
- Phase Six (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 20217) [hb/]
collections and stories