Chad Taylor


Chad Taylor is the author of the novels Departure Lounge, Electric, Shirker, Heaven and Pack of Lies. He has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship and the Auckland University Literary Fellowship. Heaven was made into a feature film by Miramax and his fiction has been published in several languages. His screenwriting credits include Realiti which was selected for Fantastic Fest 2014. His most recent novel is The Church of John Coltrane.

"Smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get" – Washington Post

"Enigmatic noir" – Publishers Weekly

"Effortlessly cool" – GQ

"Accomplished noir… clear and uncluttered" –Time Out

Chad Taylor novel ELECTRIC

"A rare and refreshing book. Taylor composes a tricky, teasing plot out of the blackness, revealing a gloomy city where sexy ice queens reveal spines tattooed with tiny equations." – Claire Harvey, The Australian / more …

Chad Taylor novel HEAVEN

"Deft and economical… Lust, lies and opportunism shape a world where realities are constantly shifting." – Metro. A tale of chance and weirdness on Auckland's K Road, Heaven was made into a feature film by Miramax in 1998, starring Martin Donovan, Karl Urban, Richard Schiff and Joanna Going.

Chad Taylor novel DEPARTURE LOUNGE

"Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre's core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this book's emotional peak, a luminous art." – P.G. Koch, Houston Chronicle / more …


"Ballade langoureuse [à nouveau situé dans la ville d'Auckland] qui s'interroge au passage sur les nouvelles mïurs musicales, le nouvel opus de Chad Taylor dégage une atmosphère assez unique. Pas de doute, le Néo-Zélandais possède un son bien à lui." – Alexandre Fillon, Livres Hebdo / more …

Chad Taylor novel SHIRKER

"Imagine Raymond Chandler filing from New Zealand with a little help from Anne Rice and Jean-Paul Sartre, and you're still not close to imagining the oddity of this weird, wonderful novel … Taylor's structural instincts are so unerring and his tersely elegant language so seductive that the story never once falters - even as it morphs from a murder mystery into an exploration of passion and mortality." – Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Entertainment Weekly / more …

Chad Taylor novel DEPARTURE LOUNGE

"There's so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller … that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it's also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand … A fine read and an interesting look at unfamiliar terrain." – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune / more …


"Wer sich für moderne, zeitgenössische neuseeländische Literatur interessiert, dem sei auf jeden Fall Chad Taylor empfohlen. Ein Studentin wird schwerverletzt in ihrer Wohnung aufgefunden - der Beginn einer bizarren literarischen Reise." – Christhard Läpple, Redaktionsleiter Aspekte, ZDF / more …