Howard Waldrop has been dubbed a "national treasure" by Locus magazine and called "the resident Weird Mind of his generation" by The Washington Post Book World. He is the author of one acclaimed novel, Them Bones and coauthor (with Jake Saunders) of The Texas-Israeli War: 1999. However, he is probably best known for his many short stories, including the classic "The Ugly Chickens," which won both the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award. His stories have been collected previously in Night of the Cooters, Howard Who? and All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past. Born in Mississippi, he lived in Austin, Texas, for many years before moving to the Pacific Northwest.