Latest real update: July 17, 2000: Version 3.0.1
Links corrected: July 10, 2007
Hi there! I'm Lawrence Watt-Evans. I'm a full-time professional writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and just about anything else I can get paid for. If you're interested in the professional side, though, you're in the wrong place, as this page is about the personal side.
Except for my profession, I'm your basic boring American suburbanite. I've got a wife named Julie, a daughter named Kiri, a son named Julian, and a cat named Chanel. Julian has an amelanistic corn snake named Billy-Bob. We own our split-level home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
(In the past we've also had parakeets and hamsters and fish and a Tokay gecko named Spot (who was Julian's, really), but they're all gone now.)
I'm part-owner of a comic-book shop. If you dig around on the Misenchanted Page you'll find I formerly owned half of Deathrealm (a now-defunct magazine) and part of The Olde Towne Tavern and Brewing Co. (a brewpub), but those are gone now.
If you really want to know more about me, specifically, or my family, well, there's a photo, and an explanation of the Watt-Evans name, on separate pages. Some of the various articles I've got on here, notably "My Haunted Home" and ''Dr. Wertham, EC Comics, and My Misspent Youth: In Search of the Unholy Grail,'' are autobiographical, and I've got a slew of trip reports about our vacations and the like.
To provide some basic background (which mostly used to be on separate pages), I was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in July of 1954 -- right about midnight, so it's not clear which day. Legally it's the 26th. From then until August 1958 my family lived in Billerica (pronounced ''Bill-RICK-ah,'' while I'm told the British town it's named for is ''Bill-ERica''), in a now-demolished house that had once been a nightclub. I don't have any pictures or anything yet for that one, but from 1958 until I went off to college in 1972 we lived in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a big old Victorian house we called the Wolery, after Owl's house in Winnie the Pooh. I'm providing a reasonably-sized picture (about 35K), but it's not on this page because I don't want to slow down loading.
The car out front in the picture is our then-new 1991 Plymouth Voyager, Winnie, which we traded in in 1998. A couple of years after that picture was taken, after we sold the house, the new owners repainted it to an approximation of its original Victorian color scheme. It's gorgeous, a classic "painted lady" -- eight different colors! You can see that at the top of "My Haunted Home".
I married Julie F. Evans (nee McKenna) in August of 1977. We have two kids, Kyrith Amanda Evans and Julian Samuel Goodwin Evans. I'm limited in what I can say about them without their approval, but I've got a couple of minor details on the other end of those links.
I was the fourth of six kids. My sister Jody died in 1986, but that leaves me with three sisters and a brother. Without going into any personal details, the six of us were Marian, Bill, Jody, me, Ruth, and Charlotte. Most of them don't have webpages for me to link to, but some of Ruth's work as a seamstress has been used in displays at Beyond Comics, the shop I own part of, and one sample got scanned in and uploaded, even though you can't yet get to it from anywhere but here. In fact, that sample picture is on an abandoned account, and if the server ever notices it's there it'll presumably be taken down. In addition, I put together a special page of pictures 'n' stuff of Ruth's wedding to Charles Worsley (February 14, 1999).
That's about it on the personal stuff, really. There are one or two other items, but they're sort of hard to explain -- Super Medic, for example. (Don't ask, okay? If you really have to know, go read the page.)
If there's anything you'd like to see here that isn't, feel free to ask.
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