About Ethshar

About the Author Lawrence Watt-Evans, freelance writer and creator of Ethshar
About the Author Lawrence Watt-Evans, freelance writer and creator of Ethshar About the Author Lawrence Watt-Evans, freelance writer and creator of Ethshar
About the Author Lawrence Watt-Evans, freelance writer and creator of Ethshar About the Author Lawrence Watt-Evans, freelance writer and creator of Ethshar


Lawrence Watt-Evans

Photo by Julie Evans, 2005

Lawrence Watt Evans, who works under the pen names Lawrence Watt-Evans and Nathan Archer, was born in Massachusetts in 1954, and grew up as one of six kids in a big old Victorian house rumored to be haunted. Both parents were science fiction readers, so he grew up reading the stuff, and decided at the age of seven or eight that he wanted to write it. He taught himself to read from a comic book at the age of five and later decided he wanted to write those, while the "haunted" house may be why he eventually took up horror.

When he discovered fantasy he wanted to write that, too.

Unlike most people who decide to be writers, he actually pulled it off, selling his first novel, The Lure of the Basilisk, at the age of twenty-four. He has been a full-time writer ever since.

The world of Ethshar originated in a boring tenth-grade geometry class, and developed in fits and starts before eventually seeing print in 1985 with the publication of The Misenchanted Sword.

He's now the author of about fifty novels, well over one hundred short stories, over one hundred and fifty published articles, and a few comic books, as well as assorted other things. Most of his writing has been in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic books. He has been a full-time writer and editor for more than thirty-five years, and is always interested in new projects. For discussion of his non-Ethshar work, his family, and various other matters, please see the rest of the Misenchanted Page.

He was an Active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1982 to 2006, and served as Eastern Regional Director and treasurer. He was nominated for the 1987 Nebula Award for short story.

He received the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award for best short story in 1988, for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers."

He was a member of Novelists Inc. for several years.

He served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1994 to 1996 and after leaving that office was the recipient of HWA's first service award ever. He gained considerable experience in administrative work in HWA, but does not intend to do anything similar in the future unless adequately paid.

He is half-owner of Beyond Comics,, a small chain of comic book shops in Maryland and West Virginia.

He has also worked as a professional researcher, and would be pleased to repeat the experience. He has taught at various writing workshops, and has been an instructor at Viable Paradise on Martha's Vineyard.

As a writer he is represented professionally by the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 708, New York, NY 10001. Inquiries on non-professional or non-writing matters may be directed by e-mail to misenchantedpress@gmail.com. References and reviews are available upon request.

The Misenchanted Page is entirely his own work. He has also done web design for the Horror Writers Association and for Beyond Comics,, though the HWA and Beyond Comics pages are now maintained by other people, and none of his original material remains.