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James Paul Blaylock (born September 20, 1950) is an American fantasy author.
Blaylock is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.
He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receiving an M.A. in 1974; and lives in Orange, California, teaching creative writing at Chapman University. He and his friends Tim Powers and K. W. Jeter were mentored by Philip K. Dick.
Along with Tim Powers he invented the poet William Ashbless. Blaylock and Powers have often collaborated with each other on writing stories, including "The Better Boy", "On Pirates", and "The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook".
Blaylock is also currently the director of the Creative Writing Department at the Orange County High School of the Arts, where Powers is also the Writer in Residence.