Mark Z. Danielewski (born March 5th, 1966) is an author most well-known for House of Leaves. His works all employ unique and unconventional styles in terms of the formatting of the text itself, and also are somewhat infamous for being very confusing a good portion of the time.His works so far include:
- House of Leaves (2000)
- Only Revolutions (2006)
- The Fifty Year Sword (initial very-limited release 2005, trade edition release 2012)
- The Familiar, a series of 27 books released over a long period of time (2015-????)
Tropes commonly used by MZD
- Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes you get translations next to the usage of other languages, but not all the time.
- Call-Back: To his earlier works. For example, "allways" from Only Revolutions appearing in The Fifty Year Sword and The Familiar - with "allways" itself being possibly connected to House of Leaves (hallways.)
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: House of Leaves has a.o. French, German and Latin - some parts translated, others not. The Familiar has a few narrators whose native language is not English and sometimes interject their native language (namely, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian or Mandarin) in the narrative.
- Title Drop: Taken to extreme in House of Leaves - as that book itself appears In Universe and is read by a character.
- Unconventional Formatting: The master of it. Colored text, upside-down text, a myriad of fonts, text arranged in the shape of what's going on in the book, raining text, footnote labyrinths...
- Unreliable Narrator: As part of the Mind Screwy nature of his works, you cannot trust anything you read. In House of Leaves, narrator Johnny at a certain point even outright tells the reader he lied to them, and the last few pages were totally made up.