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.



Welcome to My Dark Wonderland

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my new web site, “Gerard Houarner: Dark Wonderland.”

What a long, strange trip it’s been: my first story was published  Space and Time Magazine, March of 1974, and here I am, 44 years later, still in the game, having published all kinds of stories in speculative / dark fiction genres (including horror, science fiction, fantasy, weird, extreme and some that fall between boundaries).

Thanks to site designer Matt Bechtel, I’ve landed in these spiffy new digs where you can check out what I’ve been up to all these years, from writing short fiction and novels long and short to editing anthologies and serving as Fiction Editor for Space and time magazine. You can click HERE to browse my complete bibliography, or HERE for more information regarding my individual publications.

I’ll be posting here regularly, of course, certainly with some thoughts on writing, news and updates, down the line reviews, samples, who knows what else, so please make sure to revisit my “Dark Wonderland” for the latest. You’ll also find multiple ways to follow me on social media or contact me in the righthand sidebar, along with a form to sign up for my e-mail newsletter.

Feel free to drop me a line and say hi!

Thanks again for your interest in, and support of, my work. I hope you enjoy this “Dark Wonderland!”


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