(December 30, 1952 –)
A Thai-American pro writer and fan, Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul also publishes under the byline S. P. Somtow. He has written both sf and horror, but since moving back to Thailand in 2001 has been mostly active in music, composing and producing operas and conducting orchestras.
While living in Washington, DC, he was an active member of Baltiwash fandom and WSFA and helped start the second series of The WSFA Journal and the Son of the WSFA Journal. He split from WSFA during the Dunegate feud, publishing the fanzine Dune Gate with Tim Sullivan and helping to form the Washington Alternative SF Association. He was a member of the Philadelphia in '86 bid committee.
In 1990, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in The Laughing Dead, a horror movie with a cast of fans and pros including Ed Bryant, Tim Powers, William F. Wu, Tim Sullivan, Forrest J Ackerman, Bill Warren, Beverly Warren and Len Wein.
From time to time, he makes threats to bid for a Thai Worldcon.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1980 -- Featured Writer at Disclave 24, Campbell Award nominee
- 1981 -- Campbell Award
- 1982 -- MystiCon 1.5, Brandycon, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Best Short Story Hugo nominee
- 1983 -- Pseudocon, Best Novelette Hugo nominee
- 1984 -- Minicon 18, CopperCon 4
- 1985 -- MileHiCon 17, OryCon '85, MystiCon Pi
- 1986 -- Perpetual ConFusion, MC at DSC 24
- 1987 -- TusCon 14
- 1988 -- Baycon '88, Toastmaster at Rivercon XIII
- 1989 -- 15th World Fantasy Convention
- 1990 -- Disclave 34 (as "Movie Mogul GoH")
- 1991 -- MileHiCon 23, Immaculate ConFusion
- 1993 -- MileHiCon 25, LepreCon 19
- 2002 -- Winner World Fantasy Award for best Novella
- 2004 -- Diversicon 12
- Four other World Fantasy Award nominations
- HOMer Award
- American Horror Award
- five Bram Stoker Awards
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