Clifford Lawrence Meth (born February 22, 1961) is an American writer, editor, and publisher best known for his dark fiction, as well as his comic book publishing imprint Aardwolf Publishing. He has said that his work is often "self-consciously Jewish."[1]

Early life

Clifford Meth attended Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in the United States, and Wroxton College in the United Kingdom.[2]


In publishing

In the early 1980s, Meth worked as a staff editor for Electronic Design[3][4] while freelancing for the Los Angeles Times Entertainment Newswire, Fangoria, Starlog, Billboard and other periodicals.[5]

By the mid-1980s Meth became involved with Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivas, but in 1994 the group's reaction to the death of its leader, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, led to Meth's disillusionment with the movement.[6] Meth embarked on a fiction-writing career. One of his first published works[7] was "I, Gezheh", which dealt with corruption in Chabad. Author Robert Bloch provided an afterword for the story, which was illustrated by Dave Cockrum.[8]

With the aid of Cockrum and fantasy artist Gray Morrow, Meth co-founded Aardwolf Publishing, along with business partner Jim Reeber in 1994. The company has published a series of comic books, art portfolios, and collections of illustrated fiction.[9]

In 2004, Meth joined IDT Entertainment's Creative Development team.[10] and worked on Showtime's Masters of Horror[11] series and ABC's Masters of Science Fiction.[11] In 2004, he was story editor for Gene Roddenberry's Starpoint Academy, an animated feature screenplay IDT hired Peter David to script.[12] Meth left IDT Entertainment in 2006 when the division was sold to Liberty Media.[13] In 2007 he oversaw the acquisition of IDW Publishing by IDT Corporation and joined IDW as executive vice president, editorial/strategies.[citation needed] The following year, producer Richard Saperstein optioned film rights to Meth's IDW horror comic-book series, Snaked, with Meth as screenwriter and an executive producer.[14]

In 2008, Meth launched IDW Publishing's "New Classics of the Fantastic Series", which published out-of-print Hugo and Nebula Award-winning books, beginning with Robert Silverberg's Nightwings.[15]

Charitable work

In 2008, Meth established the Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.[16] In 2010, Meth founded the Kars4Kids Literacy Program,[17] which has made significant contributions to such universities as Seton Hall University.[18]

On numerous occasions Meth has spearheaded campaigns to raise money and awareness for financially challenged comics’ creators, including Gene Colan,[19]William Messner-Loebs[20] and Dave Simons.[21]



  • girl (chapbook) (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1983)
  • Snaked (with Rufus Dayglo, IDW Publishing, 2007)
  • One Small Voice (IDW Publishing, 2008)
  • Billboards (IDW Publishing, 2009)

Aardwolf Publishing

  • Crib Death & Other Bedtime Stories (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • This Bastard Planet (Aardwolf Publishing, 1995)
  • The White Man Dancing (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crawling From the Wreckage: The White Man Limping (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Crib Death: The Babysitter's Companion (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Perverts, Pedophiles & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Conflicts of Disinterest (Aardwolf Publishing, 1998)
  • Wearing The Horns (Aardwolf Publishing, 2003)
  • god's 15 minutes (Aardwolf Publishing, 2004)
  • METHo.d. (Aardwolf Publishing, 2006)
  • Meth, Colan & Other Theologians (Aardwolf Publishing, 2008)
  • Comic Book Babylon (Aardwolf Publishing, 2013)
  • Dave Cockrum's Futurians (Aardwolf Publishing, 2014)
  • Rich Buckler: Artist, Innovator (Aardwolf Publishing, 2015)

As editor

  • Strange Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1996)
  • Stranger Kaddish (Aardwolf Publishing, 1997)
  • Heroes and Villains (with Neal Adams), (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005)
  • Balm in Gilead (Mahrwood Press, 2007)
  • The Uncanny Dave Cockrum (Aardwolf Publishing, 2007)
  • Nightwings by Robert Silverberg (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2008)
  • Hothouse by Brian Aldiss (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Dare by Philip Jose Farmer (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Rogue Dragon by Avram Davidson (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • Lori by Robert Bloch (IDW Publishing, New Classics of the Fantastic, 2009)
  • The Invincible Gene Colan (Marvel Entertainment, 2010)


In 2008, the album Caged by Septimus Orion included a recording of Meth's short story "Queers", accompanied by music and sound effects.[citation needed]

Awards and Recognition


  1. ^ Introduction, God's 15 Minutes. Aardwolf Publishing (2003).
  2. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson Magazine, Spring, 1980
  3. ^ Meth, Clifford, Snaked (Introduction,), IDW Publishing, 2008. ISBN 1-60010-304-9, ISBN 978-1-60010-304-9
  4. ^ Folio Magazine, October 1, 1991. article title? page #?
  5. ^ Lorah, Michael C. "Clifford Meth on 'One Small Voice'", Newsarama, December 13, 2007
  6. ^ This Bastard Planet. Aardwolf Publishing (1997).
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  9. ^ "Aardwolf Publishing". 
  10. ^ Meth, Clifford. "Stan Lee: Grand Master - Part Three", Comics Bulletin, 2004, n.d.
  11. ^ a b Meth Addict, Update Delirious. Comics Bulletin (2004)
  12. ^ David, Peter. "Gene Roddenberry's Starpoint Academy",, November 18, 2004.
  13. ^ "Liberty Media to Acquire IDT Entertainment", IDT press release, May 16, 2006.
  14. ^ Graser, Marc. "Saperstein takes on 'Snaked'", Variety, March 9, 2008)
  15. ^ DeNardo, John. "IDW Announces New Science Fiction Line", SF Signal, August 29, 2008
  16. ^ CLIFFORD METH. "Everyone's Wrong and I'm Right: And now…The Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship". 
  17. ^ "Will Stan Lee Sing the Kars4Kids Jingle?". ComicMix. 
  18. ^ "Kars4Kids Literacy Program Donates Talmud to Seton Hall". South Orange, New Jersey Patch. 
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  20. ^ Jason Brice. "Clifford Meth and Neal Adams Tag-Team for Messner-Loebs". 
  21. ^ Daniel Best. "20th Century Danny Boy: Looking Back With Dave Simons". 
  22. ^ "Inkwell Awards".