Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics, screenplays and occasionally still gets her hands dirty with journalism. She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award and the 2010 Red Tentacle for Zoo City, a black magic noir about crime, pop music, magical familiars, refugees and redemption, set in Johannesburg. Her new novel, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer and a survivor who turns the hunt around, has been optioned for TV by MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. She’s also written a near-future political thriller, Moxyland, a Fables-spin-off J-horror Rapunzel comic for Vertigo, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, a non-fiction about maverick South African women through history and kids TV shows for Disney UK. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.