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Gary Clayton Myers (born August 15, 1952) is an American writer of fantasy and horror. He is a resident of Fullerton, California.

Gary Myers
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BornGary Clayton Myers
(1952-08-15) August 15, 1952 (age 66)
Lynwood, California, United States
OccupationShort-story writer, novelist, illustrator
NationalityAmerican
GenreFantasy, horror
SpouseJennifer McIlwee Myers

Myers's first story, "The House of the Worm," appeared in a 1970 issue of The Arkham Collector, edited by H. P. Lovecraft’s friend and publisher August Derleth, when Myers was 17. Two further stories appeared in the same magazine.

Later in the '70s, Myers's work appeared in a series of anthologies edited by Lin Carter. These included one volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series and two volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy Stories.

In the ’80s and ’90s, Myers’ work appeared mainly in little magazines like Crypt of Cthulhu, and in a number of Lovecraft-themed anthologies, usually edited by Robert M. Price.

Myers's first book, The House of the Worm, was a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories in the fantasy manner of Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany; it was published by Arkham House in 1975 with illustrations by Allan Servoss.[1] It is now out of print.[2]

His second book, Dark Wisdom: New Tales of the Old Ones, was a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories in a more contemporary horror mode; it was published by Mythos Books in 2007 with illustrations by the author. It was reprinted as Dark Wisdom: Tales of the Old Ones, without the illustrations, through CreateSpace in 2013

His third book, The Country of the Worm: Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep, was an expansion of his first, adding thirteen stories to the original ten of The House of the Worm; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2013. Myers has continued to expand this collection at the rate of better than a story a year. At the start of 2019 the story count stood at thirty-one.

His fourth book, Gray Magic: An Episode of Eibon, was his first and only novel, a fantasy adventure of Eibon of Mhu Thulan, a character and milieu invented by Clark Ashton Smith; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2013.

His fifth book, Lovecraft's Syndrome: An Asperger's Appraisal of the Writer's Life, co-authored with Jennifer McIlwee Myers, was his first non-fiction work; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2015.

Myers is the illustrator for most of his books. He contributed ten black-and-white interior illustrations to the Mythos Books edition of Dark Wisdom. He also contributed color cover illustrations to the CreateSpace editions of The Country of the Worm, Dark Wisdom, Gray Magic and Lovecraft's Syndrome.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Page, G.W. (1975). Nameless places. Arkham House. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-87054-073-8. Retrieved May 4, 2019. ... His The House of the Worm, a book-length pastiche of Lovecraft and Dunsany, published recently by Arkham House ...
  2. ^ Lovecraft, H.P. (April 20, 2008). "Out-of-Print Titles". arkhamhouse.com. Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  • Myers, Gary (1975). The House of the Worm. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. ISBN 0-87054-071-8.
  • Myers, Gary (2007). Dark Wisdom: New Tales of the Old Ones. Poplar Bluff, MO: Mythos Books. ISBN 0-9789911-3-3.
  • Myers, Gary (2013). The Country of the Worm: Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4848-0197-0.
  • Myers, Gary (2013). Dark Wisdom: Tales of the Old Ones. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4848-0196-3.
  • Myers, Gary (2013). Gray Magic: An Episode of Eibon. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4848-0194-9.
  • Myers, Gary; Myers, Jennifer McIlwee (2015). Lovecraft's Syndrome: An Asperger's Appraisal of the Writer's Life. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-5029-9441-7.

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