Individual Author Record
Name: Gerri R. GrayPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Poetry Audience: Adult; Born: 1959, in Berwyn, Illinois
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Illinois ConnectionGerri 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 InformationIn 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.
- Gray Skies of Dismal Dreams, HellBound Books, 2018
- The Amnesia Girl, HellBound Books, 2017
- The Graveyard Girls, HellBound Books, 2018
Titles At Your Library
The Amnesia Girl!
ISBN: 0999177680 HellBound Books Publishing. 2017 Filled with copious amounts of black humor, Gerri R. Gray's first published novel is an offbeat adventure story that could be described as One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Thelma and Louise. Flashback to 1974. Farika is a lovely young woman who wakes up one day to find herself a patient in a bizarre New York City psychiatric asylum. She has no idea who she is, and possesses no memories of where she came from nor how she got there. Fearing for her life after being attacked by a berserk girl with over one hundred personalities and a vicious nurse with sadistic intentions, the frightened amnesiac teams up with an audacious lesbian with a comically unbalanced mind, and together they attempt a daring escape. But little do they know that a long strange journey into an even more insane world filled with a multitude of perilous predicaments and off-kilter individuals are waiting for them on the outside. Farika's weird reality crumbles when she finally 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!
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.