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Vizzini, Ned

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1981-2013) US journalist and author born Edward Vizzini (name legally changed) who committed suicide due to profound clinical depression; much of his nonfiction work, assembled in Teen Angst? Naaah (coll 2000), deals in various ways with the ways this illness afflicts adolescents and young men and women, as does his second novel, the nonfantastic It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006). His first novel, the Young Adult Be More Chill (2004), in which an unhappy teenager ingests a quantum Computer which coercively transforms his life, also reflects these issues. The Other Normals (2012) carries a young addict of Role Playing Games into a place where the creators and the created of Creatures & Caverns meet him, perhaps inviting him to escape into another Dimensions. The House of Secrets sequence with Chris Columbus, beginning with House of Secrets (2013), is fantasy. [JC]

Ned Vizzini

born New York: 4 April 1981

died New York: 19 December 2013



House of Secrets

  • House of Secrets (New York: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2013) with Chris Columbus [House of Secrets: hb/]
  • Battle of the Beasts (New York: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2014) with Chris Columbus [House of Secrets: hb/]
  • Clash of the Worlds (New York: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2016) with Chris Columbus and Chris Rylander [Vizzini's part in book not clear: House of Secrets: hb/]

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