Edward Lazellari was born in New York City and began writing in the early '90s while working as an artist at Marvel Comics. After years as an illustrator, he earned his BA in English literature at Rutgers University.

Edward won Playboy magazine’s prestigious short fiction contest and his story, “The Date” was published in the October 1999 issue. He finished his first fantasy novel, “Awakenings,” two years later. The author works as an editor in New York City.


From early on, Edward developed his knack for storytelling. He began drawing comic pages on construction paper, featuring his own characters, and shortly after transitioned to drawing superheroes by copying the artwork of Neal Adams, Jose Garcia Lopez, and Curt Swan. Although he focused on visual storytelling such as film and graphic novels in his youth, Ed discovered the written word through the novels of Stephen King. The first novel he purchased not assigned by school was Salem’s Lot. This cascaded into a voracious torrent of King novels, including The Stand, The Talisman, The Shining, Night Shift, and others. Mr. King’s tome “On Writing” is one of his favorites on the craft. After exhausting himself on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, Edward decided, on a lark, to read those pesky classics, starting with Wuthering Heights, and a whole new world opened up. Through Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Voltaire and many others, the author developed an appreciation for complex themes, well-crafted prose, and poetry. The placement of words on a page has as much color and texture as any brushstroke made with pigment on canvas.

Edward also graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Art in Dover, N.J., where he studied illustration, narrative art, and sequential storytelling.

Ed's writing influences include: Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Roger Zelazny, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, William Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Phillip K. Dick, Jonathan Franzen, Alan Moore, Audrey Neffenegger, Frank McCourt, Jean M. Auel, Ayn Rand, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Issac Asimov, Weis & Hickman, William Gibson, Toni Morrison, Jim Butcher, and Jane Austen.


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