Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Craig Shaw Gardner

Events: We May Be On to Something Here (Science Fiction in the 21st Century)

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Craig Shaw Gardner was born and raised in Rochester, New York, came to Boston to attend Boston University, and has been here ever since. He graduated from B.U. with a degree in Broadcasting and Film, but got a job as a shipper/receiver for a men’s suit manufacturer. Other jobs he’s held include working in hospital public relations, running a stat camera, and managing a pair of bookstores in Harvard Square: The Million Year Picnic and Science Fantasy Bookstore.

Gardner sold his first short story in 1977, and began writing full time in 1987. While most of his early novels are humorous fantasy, the majority of his short stories have been sold to original horror anthologies such as Shadows, Midnight, and Doom City. His novelization of Batman spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His last three books, in the “epic fantasy” realm, have been written under the pseudonym Peter Garrison.

Among his many other activities, Gardner was president and trustee of the Horror Writers Association, is the continuing co-host of the Kirk Polland Memorial Bad Prose Competition, and is one of the Secret Masters of Camp Necon.