Alex Grecian
Grecian in 2012
Grecian in 2012
BornAlexander Douglas Grecian
(1969-08-06) August 6, 1969 (age 54)
Kansas, United States
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • comic book writer
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
GenreMystery fiction, Historical fiction
SpouseChristy Grecian
ChildrenGraham Grecian

Alex Grecian (/ˈɡrʃən/; born Alexander Douglas Grecian on August 6, 1969) is an American author of short fiction, novels, comic books, and graphic novels. His notable works include the comic book series Proof and the novels in the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series: The Yard, The Black Country, The Devil's Workshop, The Harvest Man, Lost and Gone Forever, and The Blue Girl. He has been nominated for the Strand Award[permanent dead link] for Best Debut Novel for The Yard, The Dilys Award for The Black Country, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel for The Yard. He was also the recipient of an Inkpot Award in 2018 and of the Kansas Notable Book Awards from the State Library of Kansas for The Yard, The Black Country, and The Devil's Workshop.


Literary influences

As a child and a teenager, Grecian read the works of C. S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe. He later became a fan of crime fiction, reading the works of authors as diverse as Graham Greene, Donald E. Westlake, Ross Macdonald, and John D. MacDonald. Other influences include John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, and Stephen King.

Comics and graphic novels

Grecian's first comic book work, released in 2006, was a collaboration with Canadian comic book artist and illustrator Riley Rossmo on Seven Sons,[1] a graphic novel based on the anonymously written Chinese folktale Ten Brothers known to be written around the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). In 2007, he started work on Proof, also with Riley Rossmo. NPR named this series one of the best books of 2009. Grecian and Rossmo started on their third project together, Rasputin,[2] in the fall of 2014. This series is a work of fiction based on the life of Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin was a mystical adviser[3] in the court of Czar Nicholas II of Russia in the early nineteen hundreds.

In 2013, with fellow creators B. Clay Moore, Jeremy Haun, and Seth Peck, Grecian developed the anthology Bad Karma[4] using a Kickstarter campaign. Bad Karma is a hardcover comics, prose and art collection featuring five separate, inter-related creator-owned concepts.


In May 2012 Grecian's debut novel The Yard was released by G. P. Putnam's Sons. This novel is the first in the Murder Squad Series. The second novel in the series, The Black Country was released in May 2013, then the third, The Devil's Workshop in May 2014, the fourth, The Harvest Man in May 2015, and the fifth, Lost and Gone Forever in May 2016. The e-book The Blue Girl is also a story of the Murder Squad and was released in June 2013. In April 2018 Grecian released the stand-alone book The Saint of Wolves and Butchers also published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. In September 2023, Grecian released the novel Red Rabbit.


AiT/Planet Lar

Image Comics

Vertigo (DC Comics)

G. P. Putnam's Sons

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

TKO Studios

Tor Books

Selected awards and honors


  1. ^ Seven Sons Archived 2014-07-27 at at
  2. ^ "Rasputin". Image Comics. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  3. ^ Grigory Rasputin at
  4. ^ Bad Karma at
  5. ^ "Best-Seller Lists: Hardcover Fiction". June 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 Barry Award Nominations". 2013. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  7. ^ "Strand Magazine Critics Awards Nominees". 2013.
  8. ^ "2013 Notable Books". 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  9. ^ The Dilys Award Archived 2017-01-14 at the Wayback Machine Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
  10. ^ "2014 Notable Books". 2014.
  11. ^ "2015 Notable Books". 2015.
  12. ^ "2017 Notable Books". 2017.
  13. ^ "Inkpot Award". 2018.