ERICKSON is the author of ten novels: Days Between Stations, Rubicon
Beach, Tours of the Black Clock, Arc d'X, Amnesiascope, The
Sea Came in at Midnight, Our Ecstatic Days, Zeroville, These Dreams
of You and Shadowbahn. He also has written two books about American politics and
popular culture, Leap Year and American Nomad. Numerous editions have been
published in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Greek, Russian, Chinese and
Japanese. Over the years he has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone,
Smithsonian, Conjunctions, Salon, the L.A. Weekly, the
New York Times Magazine and other publications and journals, and his work has been
widely anthologized. For twelve years he was editor and co-founder of the national literary
journal Black Clock. Currently he is the film/television critic for Los
Angeles magazine and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside.
He has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature, a fellowship from
the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts, and twice has been nominated for the National Magazine Award
for criticism and commentary.
"In the league of Pynchon, DeLillo, Atwood, Rushdie, Okri,
Pamuk, Ondaatje, Lethem — a maximal visionary."
"As unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced."
"One of America's greatest living novelists."
"Erickson has that rare and luminous gift for reporting back from the nocturnal side of
"A brilliantly imaginative novelist of the utmost seriousness and grace."
"The only authentic American surrealist."
"One of the few American writers...open to the truly visionary."
"One of the fabulous mythmakers in these times of deprivation of the imagination."
"Among the handful of essential American novelists."
"Visions of the present and past, woven together in kaleidoscopic brilliance, prove his mastery
"Here is a mind that can both conceive visions and follow them over the edge. Here, I mean, is a writer, whose words reach you where you live."
"One of America's five greatest living novelists."
Michael Silverblatt, KCRW
"One of the two or three most exciting novelists in the world today."