John Peyton Cooke

Author of Torsos,
The Chimney Sweeper,
Out for Blood, &c.











John Peyton Cooke is the author of seven novels and several tales. Torsos, a historical thriller about the Cleveland Torso Slayer of the 1930s, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s Mystery. His other novels include The Chimney Sweeper, The Rape of Ganymede, The Fall of Lucifer, Haven, Out for Blood, and The Lake.


His short story “After You’ve Gone” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2003. His tales have appeared in periodicals such as Christopher Street, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Weird Tales, and in the anthologies Stranger, Embracing the Dark, and Dark Love.


He was born in Texas and has lived in Wyoming, Wisconsin, New York City, Toronto, and London. He currently lives in Southern California with his husband.





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