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"Gary A.  Braunbeck is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers working in this genre -- or any other. His brooding, poetic prose reaches a deeper level, and impacts both the characters and the reader. Well worth the emotional investment. Braunbeck knows what scares us -- and what hurts us too. And it hurts so good..."
– Bram Stoker Award-winner Brian Keene, author of The Rising,
City of the Dead, and The Conqueror Worms

Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series.

He was born in Newark, Ohio; this city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. The Cedar Hill stories are collected in Graveyard People and Home Before Dark.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for "Duty" and in 2005 for "We Now Pause for Station Identification"; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella "Kiss of the Mudman" received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.

As an editor, Gary completed the latest installment of the Masques anthology series created by Jerry Williamson, Masques V, after Jerry became too ill to continue.

He also served a term as president of the Horror Writers Association. He is married to Lucy Snyder, a science fiction/fantasy writer, and they reside together in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches in an innovative Master's degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

His nonfiction writing book Fear In A Handful Of Dust: Horror As A Way Of Life has been used as a text by several college writing classes. Gary has taught writing seminars and workshops around the country on topics such as short story writing, characterization, and dialogue.

"Gary Braunbeck's workshop on dialogue was one of the top five writing workshops I've attended. Ever. Some writers can write but their knowledge doesn't necessarily translate to the classroom. Gary can both write and teach. He was a dynamo!"
– Sammi Soutar, Context 19 workshop attendee

Gary is available to give readings, talks and workshops to creative writing classes, libraries, book clubs, and other groups. Please email him for more information.

More Kudos For Gary's Writing

"Gary A. Braunbeck is simply one of the finest writers to come along in years."
– author Ray Garton

"Braunbeck's tales evoke the small-town ghosts of Ray Bradbury, the psychological monsters of Stephen King and the spiritual ideals of a valiant Knight of the Round Table."
The Columbus Dispatch

"Braunbeck is one of the brightest talents working in the field."
editor Thomas Monteleone

"Popular fiction doesn't get any better than this."
– author William F. Nolan