Robert Camacho was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he played football and basketball. After high school, he went to Columbia University where he studied English literature. His first job after college was working at a bookstore in Manhattan called Bookmarks & More. Here, he met fellow student John Waters (who would later go on to create Pink Flamingos). They began writing short stories together under the pseudonym “Razor.” Their stories were published in various literary magazines like the Village Voice and Strange Fruit.
Camacho’s first book, The Big Sleep: A Novel of Crime and Madness was released in 1972. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction that same year.
Since then, he has been nominated for several other awards including a Hugo Award, two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a World Fantasy Award and an Edgar Award. His novels have sold over twenty million copies worldwide.
In addition to his fiction, Camacho has written nonfiction books about crime and madness such as The Art of the Steal: A Memoir of Crime and Madness (1985) and The Dark Side of the Moon: A Memoir of Music, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Life (1991). He also wrote a children’s book titled The Adventures of Mr.
Whiskers with illustrations by Mark Buckingham.
In the late 1990s, Camacho moved to France with his life partner Jean-Baptiste Monge. They currently live in a secluded chateau located outside of Rennes le Chateau.
They also own a villa in Marrakech, Morocco.
Camacho received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. He also has an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago.
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