Gary W OlsonWelcome to the official website of Gary W. Olson (i.e. “me”), aspiring and perspiring writer of novels and shorter fictional works of speculative fiction. My first novel, Brutal Light is now available from Damnation Books, as well as and a variety of other book vendors. I’ve also got a short story in the dark fiction anthology Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous, available from Amazon and Smashwords.

My writing tends toward science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror, though I tend to overlook some of the usually-perceived boundaries of these genres. Over the years, I’ve learned that I am most fascinated by questions of identity, of how we know who we are, and what happens when our understandings of ourselves are disrupted. Genre fiction, I’ve discovered, lets me ask these questions in ways that ordinary-world fiction finds difficult at best. It is why I write, and perhaps is why you read. (For other fascinating nuggets about me, and maybe an answer to the question of just how tall I am, read more about me.)

I’ve set up pages for my published stories and books for easy reference. My blog on this site, will focus mainly on aspects of writing, both in the particular (announcements of upcoming publications and events) and the abstract (ramblings on why I write, questions that confound writers, and so on). The RSS feed for this blog will make it easy to keep up with this without continually having to re-visit this site. You can also sign up to receive my blog posts via e-mail, using the form in the left column. (I rarely post more than once a week, and most often once every other week.)

You can also contact me via my contact page. Tell me what you think of the site, my writings, my blog, that squirrel you saw outside… lay it on me. And thank you for reading!