Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, born in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in Winnipeg. He was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
For his thesis, Erikson wrote a "story cycle" of short stories titled A Ruin of Feathers about an archaeologist in Central America. Subsequently, Erikson received a grant to finish the work which was published by TSAR, a small Canadian publishing house. For his next work Erikson co-won the Anvil Press International 3-Day Novel Contest for which he signed away the rights, a mistake he attributes to inexperience. Erikson's third book was also published by TSAR, and consisted of a novella and short stories titled Revolvo and other Canadian Tales. Later, upon moving to England, Erikson sold what he refers to as his "first real novel" to Hodder and Stoughton, This River Awakens, written when he still lived in Winnipeg. The first four books were published under Erikson's real name.
His best-known work is the ongoing fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen, which by 2006 had sold over 250,000 copies.
In addition to writing, Erikson paints using oil paints.