About Carly

Carly Anne West is the author of spine-tingly books for readers of all ages.

Carly’s debut YA novel published by Simon Pulse—The Murmurings—was described by Shelf Awareness as “the perfect mix of horror and psychological thriller; jaw-dropping,” called “heart-thumping” (Kirkus) and “satisfyingly disturbing” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books). Her sophomore YA (also from Simon Pulse)—The Bargaining— “rewards patient readers with both frightening action and emotional insight” (Kirkus Reviews) and is “akin to old school Stephen King novels, not to be read before bedtime” (School Library Journal).

            Her Middle Grade series—a book adaptation of the hit video game Hello Neighbor—follows the adventures of a team of reluctant young detectives mining the secrets of Raven Brooks to uncover the horrors behind the mercurial Peterson family and the town’s origins. The series—in collaboration with Scholastic and developer tinyBuild, Inc.—has become a best-selling franchise with translations in multiple languages across the globe.

            Additionally, Carly has contributed novellas to the Five Nights at Freddy’s series of canonical stories, Fazbear Frights. This New York Times Best-Selling series from Scholastic and Scott Cawthon, includes Fazbear Frights: Fetch, which has enjoyed multiple runs on the NYT’s Bestsellers list in both its original form and the subsequent adapted graphic novels.

            In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling with family and friends as much as possible, living globally with her husband, two children, giant dog named Belle, and tiny cat named Addie (yes, they’re best friends). She currently resides in Seoul, Korea, but grew up in the U.S. in Arizona, calling Nashville, Oakland, Seattle, and Portland home before moving overseas. She holds an MFA in English & Writing from Mills College.

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