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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gerri R. Gray  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959, in Berwyn, Illinois

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Gerri R. Gray was born and raised in the Chicago area. She began writing poetry while in grammar school, and by junior high was composing songs on her guitar and writing short stories and musical stage plays (one of which eventually became her first novel, The Amnesia Girl). Before becoming a professional writer, Gerri worked a number of odd jobs, including an answering service switchboard operator, an S&H Green Stamps redemption center clerk, a typist for a real estate office, and a professional astrologer. Her first notable publication (writing under the pen name, Gerry Nova) was an interview with Ides of March vocalist Jim Peterik, which appeared in the Berwyn Suburban Life in October of 1976.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1980 (still as Gerry Nova), she founded a small publishing company in California called Golden Isis Press, which published Circle of Shadows (a collection of poetry by Gerina Dunwich) in 1990. It also published the Golden Isis literary journal from 1980 until its discontinuation in 1996.

Gerri R. Gray contributed a chapter ("The House of Many Shadows") to the book, Ghost Hunting the Mohawk Valley by Lynda Lee Macken (Black Cat Press, 2012). It chronicled the hauntings and paranormal investigations that took place at the 19th century Italianate mansion in Upstate New York that Gerri and her husband currently live in, and out of which they operated a bed and breakfast themed after the 1960's television show, Dark Shadows.

Her debut novel, The Amnesia Girl, was published by HellBound Books in 2017. Set in the year 1974, The Amnesia Girl is an offbeat tale of two young women who escape from a New York psychiatric hospital and embark on a very bizarre cross-country journey to California. One Amazon reviewer described it as "a wild romp through the insane." Gerri's second book, Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams, was published in the spring of the following year, and is a collection of her dark poetry, short horror stories and cemetery photography. Her third book, an all-women horror anthology called The Graveyard Girls, was published in 2018.

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Titles At Your Library

The Amnesia Girl!
ISBN: 0999177680

HellBound Books Publishing. 2017

Filled with copious amounts of black humor, Gerri R. Gray's debut novel is an offbeat adventure story that could be described as One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Thelma and Louise. Set in the year 1974, THE AMNESIA GIRL is the bizarre tale of two mental patients--one an amnesiac with mysterious visions, and the other a deranged lesbian--who escape from a New York psychiatric hospital. They embark on an incredibly strange cross-country journey to California, encountering dumpster-diving prostitutes, mannequin molesters, serial killers on roller skates, gun-toting bra-burners, Nazi robots, homicidal groupies, and other assorted weirdos. The amnesiac's anomalous reality crumbles when she discovers who--and what--she really is!

Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams
ISBN: 1948318229

Hellbound Books Publishing. 2018

Prepare for an excursion into a gloomy world of shadows, where the days are never sunlit and blithe, and where the nights are wrapped in endless nightmares. No happy endings or silver linings are found in the clouds that fill these gray skies. But what you will find, gathered in one volume, are the darkest of poems and tales of horror, waiting to take your mind on a journey into realms of the uncheerful and the unholy. An amazingly surreal collection of short stories and the darkest of poetry, all interspersed with stunning graveyard photographs taken by the multitalented author herself - an absolute must for every bookshelf!

Graveyard Girls
ISBN: 1948318334

HellBound Books Publishing. 2018

A delicious collection of horrific tales and darkest poetry from the cream of the crop, all lovingly compiled by the incomparable Gerri R Gray! Nestling between the covers of this formidable tome are twenty-five of the very best lady authors writing on the horror scene today! These tales of terror are guaranteed to chill your very soul and awaken you in the dead of the night with fear-sweat clinging to your every pore and your heart pounding hard and heavy in your labored breast…Featuring stories from: Xtina Marie, MW Brown, Rebecca Kolodziej, Anya Lee, Barbara Jacobson, Gerri R Gray, Christina Bergling, Julia Benally, Olga Werby, Kelly Glover, Lee Franklin, Linda M. Crate, Vanessa Hawkins, P. Alanna Roethle, J. Snow, Evelyn Eve, Serena Daniels, S.E. Davis, Sam Hill, J.C. Raye, Donna J.W. Munro, R.J. Murray, C. Bailey-Bacchus, Varonica Chaney and Marian Finch.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. The author is available for book signings, readings, and print and radio interviews. Please email her.