Usman Tanveer Malik is a graduate from Clarion who takes interest in Sufi Poetry, plays guitar and likes to go on long walks. Collabrating with Liberty Books and Desi Writers Club, he conducted his first speculative fiction workshop in Lahore – Dec 2014. Residing in Florida, Malik is one of the young writers of Pakistan He, He took a start in professional writing since less than 3 years i.e. April 2012, saying: “I write strange stories, like long walks and occassionally strum the guitar”. Craving his niche in writing Dark-Fantasy and Horror Stories, his writings gained attention and are today are mentioned in The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, The Apex Book of World SF, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, The Best science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Year’s Best wierd Fiction and Black Static among other venues.
Malik got nominated for the prestigious ‘Nebula Award’ this year for the Best Short-Story, previously winning the DRAWA Inspiration Award as The Best New Writer – 2013. He significantly named himself, the Bram Stroker Award for his horror-writing masterpiece at World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (US). He, one of the co-founders of DWL where he instructs, organizing various workshops aspiring science fiction writers.
“I hope this bodes even better for Pakistani Speculative Literature” says Malik. His rise as a story writer reflects the talent, Pakistan possesses and his achievement as a young writer will be a source of inspiration to all the career oriented: young, willing and desiring writers globaly.