I've been writing for over thirty years, mostly short stories, so the list of publications is way too long. Following is a selected bibliography covering about the last ten years, when most of the stories that have earned Honorable Mentions in the St. Martins' Press Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, or which have been selected for "Best of" anthologies for various magazines and anthology series, were published.
Road From Hell, Necro Publications, 11/07
The Beast That Was Max, Leisure, 6/01
Road To Hell, Necro Publications, 6/99
Leisure edition, 1/03
The Bard of Sorcery, Del Rey Books, 5/86
The Oz Suite, Eibonvale Press, 8/08
Visions Through A Shattered Lens, Delirium Books, 8/02
Black Orchids From Aum, Silver Lake Publishing, 5/01
I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It, Delirium Books, 1/00
PB Delirium edition, 1/03
Painfreak, Necro Publications, 5/96
Dead Cat’s Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show (w/GAK), Bedlam, 5/06
Dead Cats Bouncing, (w/GAK), Bedlam, 4/02
Going Postal, Space and Time, 7/98
"Temple,” Shroud 4 - 12/08
“What Isn't There,” Dark Discoveries 4 - 11/08
“On the Wind That Blows Hard From Below,” Tales of the Unanticipated 29 - 11/08
"Bring Me the Head of That Little Girl Dorothy," The Oz Suite - 8/08
"The Wizard Will See You Now," The Oz Suite - 8/08
"Devoured By Her Enigmatic Smile," Abominations - 7/08
"In the Faith of Our Fathers," Cemetery Dance 58 - 4/08
"Like Smoke Rising From the Burning Ghats," Road From Hell (hc) - 11/07
"The Stars, In Their Dreaming," High Seas Cthulu - 8/07
"Night Service," Horror Literature Quarterly 2 (online) - 7/07
"Between the Storms," Midnight Premiere - 7/07
"They Place in the Palace of My Dreaming," Heliotrope 2 (online) - 5/07
"Spider Comes Home," Weird Tales 344 - 4/07
"The Shape of the Empty Heart, Dark Acts - 10/06
"Skins," Alone on the Darkside - 9/06
“Hellbound Kid,” Dead Cat’s Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show - 5/06
“Reginald Denies Everything,” ibid
"Puss ?n Boots," ibid
"Topsy the Elephant," ibid
"Mister Wiggley," ibid
“Dead Cat's Lick,” ibid
"The Alchemy of the Towers of Silence," Damned Nation - 2/06
"Sometimes They Talk Back," Brutarian 46 - 2/06
"The Chrysalis King," Inhuman Magazine 3 - 2/06
"Bringer of the Dead," In Delirium - 2/06
"Captivity," Tales of the Unanticipated 26 - 11/05
"The Crawl," Lost on the Darkside - 9/05
"The Blind," Horrors Beyond - 2/05 - 4/05
"Chimera," Surreal Magazine 1 - 3/05
"Celebrant," Cloaked in Shadow: Dark Tales of Elves - 10/04
"The Three Strangers," The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three - 10/04
"Dead Cat's Lick," Bedlam Press Chapbook - 8/04
“Ash Man,” Flesh and Blood 15 - 7/04
"Signal to Noise," Cemetery Dance 49 - 7/04
“No We Love No One,” Damned: An Anthology of the Lost (Necro) - 4/04
“The Pain Killer,” City Slab 4 - 2/04
“The Road’s Mobius Smile,” Bare Bones 4 - 8/03
“Eight Dead Shrimp,” Tales of the Unanticipated 24 - 7/03
“She’d Make A Dead Man Crawl,” Mojo: Conjure Stories - 4/03
“Ballard’s Books,” Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores - 11/02
“The Love in Her Regard,” Decadence 2 - 9/02
“Dead Ground,” Visions Through A Shattered Lens - 8/02
“The Changeover,” ibid - 8/02
“Out of the Shadows,” ibid - 8/02
“The Precipice, in Moonlight, Offers Its Depths,” ibid - 8/02
“Those Who Cast the Shadows,” ibid - 8/02
“Signs of Death,” ibid - 8/02
“Like Tears, Cast in the Footsteps of Her Mother,” ibid - 8/02
“Mutilation Missionary,” ibid - 8/02
“Things I Wish I Had Not Seen,” ibid - 8/02
“The Bastard,” Bastards of Alchemy - 8/02
“Memphis Blue Again,” Fantastic Stories of the Imagination 23 - 6/02
“Dead Cat and Mouse,” Dead Cats Bouncing - 4/02
“The Unborn,” Dreaming of Angels - 4/02
“The Wound of Her Making,” Dark Testament - 2/02
“CourtShip,” CyberPsychosAOD 10 - 12/01
“Countdown,” Hardboiled 27/28 - 12/01
“Here Come the Whistle Men,” Horror Garage 4 - 11/01
“When Mom Changed,” Scars - 11/01
“The Chain-Lynched Man,” Brutarian 33 - 6/01
“Dead Cat Bounce,” Space and Time chapbook - 7/00
"I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It," in I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It,
“The Abandoned Mother,” ibid
“The Good Dead,”ibid
"Not an Exit," ibid
“Visions Through A Shattered Lens,” DangerMedia (on line) - 1/00
"Night Patrol," Absolute Magnitude - 12/99
"Bags," Nasty Snippets - 12/99
“To Wake the Dead in Nypholos,” Tales from Zothique - 8/99
“Suspect City,” Midnight Hour 1 - 8/99
“The Bones of the Maker,” The Brutarian 26 - 5/99
"Let Me Tell You A Story," Palace Corbie - 4/99
Reprinted Best of Palace Corbie - 11/99
"Taking the Night Train Out of Memphis,” More Monsters From Memphis - 12/98
“Revelations,” Horrors! 365 Scary Stories - 10/98
“My Kind of Woman,” Nasty Piece of Work 9 - 9/98
“Our Lady of the Jars,” Epitaph 5 - 5/98
Reprinted, Best of Epitaphs
"Ménage a Machine," Eros Ex Machina, 2/98
"Truth and Consequences in the Heart of Destruction," Inside the Works - 12/97
"The Shape," Not One of Us 18 - 9/97
"Twelve Nights," Epitaph 2 - 5/97
Reprinted, Best of Epitaphs
"The Question Man," Wetbones 1 - 3/97
"The Virus of Memory," Year 1, A Time of Change - 1/9
"The Oddist," Epitaph 1 - 12/96
Reprinted, Best of Epitaphs
"Boxes," Aberrations 38 - 8/96
"Demons of Blood and Passion," Painfreak - 5/96
"Angel of Death," ibid
"The Beast that Was Max," ibid
"Trail of Pain and Letters," ibid
"Hot Thing," ibid
"Safe Word," ibid
"Painted Faces," ibid
"Painfreak," Into the Darkness 1 - 4/94
Reprinted, Best of Borderlands 1-5 Specific Interests: Horror, fantasy and science fiction, and all the other ways the fantastic, the wonder and the terror of it all, can be expressed.
Also tai chi, photography, the Southwest, Native American culture, Africa, India, the natural world, New Orleans, quantum physics (like I can understand it),comic books from 60's-70's and the Vertigo line, funky toys.
MusicI realize this "Space" belongs to the Indie Movement, but my root thing is jazz and blues, particular the flavor of the 40's and 50's and early 60's, when the joint was jumping and the recordings were often live (Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing, Gonsalves' 27-chorus solo for Duke at Newport, Miles, Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, and on). Station of choice is www.wbgo.org - catch the live streaming.
But I also love good old rock and roll, jump blues, soul, r&b, Latin (starting with boogaloo - that would be stuff like El Watusi from the movie Carlito's Way), hip hop (don't have a heart attack - go listen to Arrested Development, A Tribe Called Quest, or De La Soul, Outkast), Baroque (okay, Vivaldi), and some of that weird western stuff about death and killing and murder, as well as old school reggae/ska, New Orleans, Latin, Celtic, African, whatever it is Tom Waits does, and a lot of the stuff I discover visiting other people's pages. If it's got a beat and a soul, I can dig it.
MoviesI generally start with Universal monsters and noir, then crawl up to Forbidden Planet, War of the Worlds, Harryhausen flicks, Corman's Poe adaptations, The Third Man, Casablanca, The Maltese Flacon, and the Creature Features from the 60's which I often find better in memory than in the re-experience (though The World, The Flesh and the Devil is an underrated gem - as evidenced by the heavy-duty "hommage" paid to it in Will Smith's I Am Legend). The classic monster films like Godzilla and Them, The Body Snatchers. And, to put it all in perspective, the Marx Brothers.
I was introduced to silent films and samurai flicks by a PBS run of classics in the early 70's, and did my part to support the 42nd Street martial arts movement, as well as art house Fellini, Bunuel, Herzog (Aguirre), things like The Passenger, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The French Connection, The Conversation, and, of course, La Jetée.
I love modern noir, Tarantino, Rodriguez, Spike, and those 50's noir with jazz and NYC street scenes (Odds Against Tomorrow) and some of the big glitzy sf movies as long as they're dark. Yeah, LOTR. Asian bizarre horror (thanks, Pic, for another bad habit....), martial arts, some war movies (the opening act of Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan, Three Kings), Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro, Luc Besson, Juenet, Polanski, Lynch, Terry Gilliam. Buckaroo Banzai to Blade Runner, Dune to Matrix, Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Alien/s. Throw in the Donnie Darko. The Fall is a recent knock-out.
TelevisionOriginal Gangsta TV - Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West, Star Trek, Jonny Quest, Gigantor, 8th Man, Astro Boy, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet. the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Secret Agent.
Somewhere in between there was The Rockford Files, Magnum PI when he was angry, Deep Space Nine, Dr. Who, Blakes' 7. Twin Peaks, Monty Python, Black Adder, Pee Wee's Playhouse.
Then there's the more modern ones like La Femme Nikita, Brimstone, Farscape, Firefly, Lost, Carnivale (yeah, I liked it, so what), Babylon 5, X-Files, Samurai Jack, Invader Zim, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop. Lost, Life, Heroes, Crash, Torchwood, Dr. Who, Life on Mars, and yes, even Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles are the latest fascinations.
For inspiration, research, and a sharpening of that most crucial sense, the one of wonder, I feed regularly on Discovery, National Geographic and History Channels, travel shows - particularly those rough guide types that put you right into other cultures without the tourist trappings - and public channel documentaries and science shows.
BooksI was raised on Seuss, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Poe, Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, Norton, Cordwainer Smith, Roger Zelazny, Robert Howard, Bester, Ballard, Dick, Lovecraft, Analog and F&SF, SF Book Club, as well as myths/fables of the world. A touch of mystery and crime with Chandler, Hammet, and Thompson. On the literary side, there was Shakespeare and the Greek tragedies,Joseph Conrad, Borges, Camus, Kafka, Auster, Abe, Vonnegut, Heller, Graham Greene (even if he's fallen from grace). The Ballantine Adult Fantasy line provided me with my modern fantasy and horror education, but it was Tolkien who first transported me elsewhere on, oddly enough, the day of the first moon landing. I was also raised on comic books - Kirby, Ditko, Steranko and the Marvel comics of the 60's and 70's, through Frank Miller, Mignola, the Vertigo line. Charles Addams, Gary Larson Far Side, Gahan Wilson, Edward Gorey, Bucky Katt collections. These days I keep Howard Waldrop, Richard Calder, Gene Wolfe, Jack Ketchum, Joe Lansdale, Thomas Ligotti, Christopher Baer, Cormac McCarthy, Tom Piccirilli close at hand for inspiration and to remind me that I have no chance, no chance at all.
HeroesThe writers who hustled a living in the old pulps, early genre magazines and paperbacks, laying the foundation for today's multimedia industry of the fantastic.
Blues and jazz musicians who poured their souls out for pennies while fighting demons coming at them from all sides.
Anyone who fights to develop their creative talents, learn their craft, and put their work out there for people to experience, to love or hate.
Gahan Wilson. Harlan Ellison. Jack Ketchum. ..
Gerard Houarner, Horror and Dark Fantasy Writer has 1525 friends.
- Linda Addison
- Tom Piccirilli
- Jack Ketchum
- Natalia Lincoln
- Matt @ Shocklines
- Alan M. Clark
- David G. Barnett
- David Rix
- Fantasist Enterprises
- Monica O Rourke
- Michael Laimo
- Lee Thomas
- Gary Frank
- Rob Dunbar
- WD Gagliani
- Yvonne Navarro
- John Harvey
- Lisa Mannetti
- John Everson
- Larry Roberts
- Hans Rudi Giger
- Maurice Broaddus
- John Urbancik
- J. F. Gonzalez
- Douglas Clegg
- Mary SanGiovanni
- Corrine De Winter
- Geoff Cooper
- Jeffrey Thomas
About me:I'm a writer of dark fiction -- horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor, perhaps someday westerns, and when hell freezes over....romance -- who works in the mental health field by day because, well, writing doesn't pay very well. And the publishing business drives me crazy.
I've been writing for well over thirty years, have had 4 novels and over 260 stories published in places big and small. I'm also Fiction Editor for Space and Time magazine, the longest still-active small press genre magazine around (www.spaceandtime.com). Check out an issue and see what's kept it around for so long.
My most recent collection, The Oz Suite, is out from Eibonvale Press in hard cover and trade paperback. Using bits and pieces of the Oz movie and series mythos, I explore alien invasion apocalypse, surviving while living in two separate universes, and childhood trauma in three novelettes. Two are original, one is reprinted from the the out-of-print anthology: Damned.
Yes, there are flying monkeys. The King of the Flying Monkeys, no less. If you go to my site, you can read samples from a link in the news section.
The book is available from www.eibonvalepress.co.uk, amazon.com and horror-mall.com. See my latest blog for more information.
My most recent novel, Road From Hell, is still available from Necro Publications (also amazon.com and horror-mall.com, where they have other books in the Max series as well as various other collections, anthologies, etc featuring my work).
Right now I have stories in Dark Discoveries 4, Tales of the Unanticipated 29, Shroud 4, Cemetery Dance 58, as well as anthologies Midnight Premiere, Abominations, High Seas Cthulu, Sea and Sails, Weird Tales: the 21st Century, volume 1, as well as a couple of pro online sites, Heliotrope and Horror Literature Quarterly.
There are also the two original novelettes in The Oz Suite out there for your reading pleasure.
For new writers out there, I participate in a blog with thirty contributors from the publishing industry, including many working, sweating writers, called www.storytellersunplugged.com
My contribution comes in on the 4th of every month, and I talk about various personal, theoretical and practical aspects of what I do with writing. As I said in my first post on the site over a couple of years ago, I do this as much to explore what I do for myself, as to give others advice. The other contributors absolutely kick butt -- check the site out to get the inside scoop on the writing life, and don't forget to leave comments!
Of course, there's also Dead Cat's Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show, a crazy collection/anthology/circus/medicine show/art gallery about about a cat, once sacrificed to the goddess Bast to deliver a prayer for more money, who bounced back and is doing much better now, thank you.
His adventures have been transcribed by myself as well as a host of horror's finest, including Brian Hodge, Tim Lebbon, Linda Addison, Trish Cacek, Gary Braunbeck, Jeffrey Thomas, Trey Barker, Jack Haringa, Mike Huyck, Michele Scalise, Wrath James White, Mark McLaughlin, Garrett Peck, Robert Rhine, Aaron Woorley, and is insanely illustrated by the artist and co-editor GAK, with guest appearances from Alan M. Clark, Erik Wilson and Chad Savage.
This book-making work of art is available from Necro Publications and Horror-mall.com, where they're running all kinds of discounts and specials. ..
My stories are also coming up in the anthologies Infernally Yours, Darkness On The Edge: Dark Tales Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Indian Country Noir from Akashic Press, Dueling Minds, and Blood and Devotion.
You can find the latest news right here on my blog, or at my renovated website www.gerardhouarner.com or at my message board on Horrorworld.org, and check out Horror-Mall.com or Amazon for the books and magazines.
I'm also married to the wonderful Linda Addison, poet, mother, programmer, and first African American to receive a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. She recently received her second Bram Stoker Award for poetry.
After doing this social networking thing for a couple of years, I'm even less of an internet person than I ever was. I'd rather be writing. But I've actually met readers, to my utter amazement, and so many of my betters are here and active, so I stay to keep an eye on things.
You never know what might come in handy in a story.
For more about my writing, check out www.gerardhouarner.com
Who I'd like to meet:The ones who run things. Because, you know, I have issues.
Poe. Guy de Maupassant. Kafka. Lovecraft. Philip K. Dick. Not that I think I'd have fun hanging out with any of these guys. But I'd like to get a feel for them.
People who appreciate wonder and terror, and who are not afraid of books and read them. More people who've read my work and don't think I suck.
- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking
- Hometown: NYC
- Orientation: Straight
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Counselor, Writer
Teachers College At Columbia University
1978 to 1981
- New York, NY
- Graduated: 1981
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Master's Degree
- Major: Rehabilitation Counseling
Cuny City College
1973 to 1977
- New York, NY
- Graduated: 1977
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Writing
- Minor: English Lit
1970 to 1973
- New York, NY
- Graduated: 1973
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma
- Clubs: Comic Book club, run by current DC Comics President Paul Levitz