Vinnie Wilhelm was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of literary fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilhelm’s fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.

Shot through with dark humor, desolate landscapes, and seemingly impossible plot turns, In The Absence of Predators is a striking collection that haunts long after the stories have reached their outlandish conclusions. Here we discover the most captivating of human forms: dreamers, liars, thieves, murderers, and lovers—characters provoked to search, and those abandoned by their own fates and identities. Wilhelm’s narrative crescendos disclose the most terrifying corners of this world; there are wrecks, blizzards, asylums, agents, road trips, and an army of ghosts. In The Absence of Predators is a masterful debut of five cracked and astonishing stories.

Selected Publications:

Mississippi Review

Virginia Quarterly Review



Interview at The Lit Show

NEA Excerpt