Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist. Beukes similarly writes comics, screenplays, TV shows, and pieces of journalism. Her novels, including The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters, and Zoo City, have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and TV.
Beukes has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a former journalist. She has written pieces on HIV+ beauty pageants, ganglands cops, and Great White Shark tourism. This has channeled into her fiction, which has been described as high-concept and genre-blending, with a social conscience that examines the fracture points of society and who we are.
She has been awarded the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel, the RT Thriller of the Year, and the Mbokodo Award from South Africa’s Department of National Arts and Culture. Her work has been praised by Stephen King, George RR Martin, James Ellroy, and Gillian Flynn as well as The New York Times, The Guardian, and NPR.
Her other published work include the corporate dystopia, Moxyland, the non-fiction, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, and the collection, Slipping, encompassing short stories, essays, and other writing.
Beukes’s comics include Survivor’s Club, an original horror series with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, the NYT-best-selling Fables spin-off, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman-in-Soweto one-shot for kids, The Trouble With Cats, with art by Mike Maihack.
In animation, she was head-writer, co-creator, and occasional director of URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, a sci-fi action-adventure show for 7-9-year-olds which ran for three years on SABC, with 104 24-minute episodes. She has also written for Disney UK’s Florrie’s Dragons and Mouk.
In 2010, she directed the documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, which won best LGBTQI+ film at the Atlanta Black Film Festival.
Beukes has given talks on storytelling at tech/culture/design/literary conferences around the world, including TEDx Johannesburg, Webstock, and D-Construct. She’s spearheaded charity art show fundraisers for all her books, raising R100,000 for RapeCrisis and R350,000 for kids lit org, Book Dash.
When she’s not on tour or traveling for research, from Detroit to Zagreb, Muskat to Port-au-Prince, she lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her nine-year-old daughter.