Gerard Houarner is the only child of immigrant Breton parents, born and raised in New York City, and a product of its school system. He’s worked in the mental health field for over 37 years, and recently, he has served as a Treatment Team Leader/Rehabilitation Director at the real-life equivalent of Batman’s Arkham, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, and as Rehabilitation Director at Manhattan Psychiatric Center. He’s a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate.

His publishing career includes 7 novels (long and short) and over 290 short stories (some gathered into 6 collections, earning over 60 Honorable Mentions in various editions of St. Martins Press’ Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Night Shade’s Year’s Best Horror). He’s also edited/co-edited 4 anthologies and served as Fiction Editor for Space and Time magazine since 1998.

People seem to remember him for his continuing character, Max, a supernaturally endowed assassin, and occasionally for his Dead Cat collaborations with the artist GAK, which were illustrated tales and anthologies about, you know, like, a dead cat. But he has also written science fiction, heroic fantasy, weird tales, ghost stories, and anything else that might be considered strange and fantastic.

He continues to write whenever he can, mostly at night, almost always about the dark.

For the author’s full bio, please click HERE.



Dark Wonderland, horror and dark fantasy stories

Dark Wonderland, horror and dark fantasy tales for those long, dark winter nights…check out reviews for stories included in Dark Wonderland, from their original appearances in magazines and anthologies…

“‘Signal To Noise’ by Gerard Houarner is a real gem. In it, the protagonist is unable to filter out all the extraneous signals that we are bombarded with every day. At first, it’s just parents; but as his social circle expands, more and more signals join the chorus. The protagonist is the receiver, unable to stop the voices of all the others in his head. Medication fails him, as his life and marriage disintegrate. He knows his mission——he was given the answer, and now he only needs to be asked the right question and be discharged of his responsibility. The stream-of-consciousness prose is effective, and Mr. Houarner puts his experience working in a psychiatric hospital to good use, creating a convincing and deeply sympathetic portrait.”  Tangetonline.com, review of Cemetery Dance 49

“They Play in the Palace of My Dreaming”’ builds slowly in a way character-based stories tend to do, but Houarner knows how to keep a reader reading. The climax is sudden and completely unexpected, yet is entirely within the character of the power-hungry Carlos. There are writers who write stories for the sake of entertainment, and then there are storytellers who understand what stories and myths are meant for. Gerard Houarner is both a writer and a storyteller.” Tangetonline.com review of Heliotrope 2

“…’The Three Strangers’ is a fantastical glance at corrupt law and revenge.” The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three, Rue Morgue

“…Gerard Houarner’s ‘Dead Snake Medicine Woman’ will shake you up.” Bill Cider’s Pop Culture Magazine (online)

“The finest piece to be found in this unsettling collection of unsavory vignettes would have to be ‘Boxes and Bags’ by Gerard Daniel Houarner, a surreal and poetic indictment against the fallacies of desire and the shortcomings of human nature.  To say this dulcet and philosophically detached paean to compartmentalized grief is out of place in this gathering is an understatement.  But existing as it does–a precious jewel amongst the bitter dregs of sociopathic cravings–makes this anthology a recommended must.”

– Blue Food, reviewing ‘Boxes and Bags’ from the Nasty Snippets anthology



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