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Everyone has a monster inside
JG FAHERTY is a multi-award-nominated author of dark fiction, science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy. Since 2010, he has had six novels, 8 novellas, and more than 50 short stories published. His paranormal thriller, THE CURE, was a finalist for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Novel and his young adult paranormal romance THE GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY was a finalist for the coveted Bram Stoker Award® for YA Horror in 2011. IN addition, his supernatural thriller THE BURNING TIME was a finalist for the ITW Thriller Award in 2013. Both THE BURNING TIME and THE GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY earned ReadersChoice.com 5-Star awards.
JG's works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. A fan of horror and science fiction since he was able to change the channel on the TV, one of his earliest memories is seeing Planet of the Apes and Night of the Living Dead as a double feature at the drive-in with his parents. Already addicted to Godzilla, Star Trek, and classic sci-fi movies such as Them!, his introduction to horror on the big screen made him an instant convert and science fiction took a second seat to the thrills offered by ghosts, vampires, monsters, werewolves, and zombies.
Throughout elementary, grade school, and high school he read everything dark and scary he could get his hands on, from Poe, Shelley, and Stoker to Wellman, King, Straub, Wilson, and Koontz. He made his first real attempt at writing horror while in college, but when that experiment failed miserably he went another 15 years before trying his hand at fiction again. In the interim, he worked a variety of jobs, including lab tech, R&D scientist, lab manager, photographer, zookeeper, teacher, marketing specialist, and resume writer.
JG attributes much of his interest in the macabre from growing up in the haunted Hudson Valley of NY, where tales of UFOs, haunted houses, and creatures lurking in the woods abound. As a child, his favorite playground was a 19th-century graveyard, which many people feel explains a lot! He still lives in the area, near an abandoned psychiatric center that served as the basis for his novel CEMETERY CLUB.
In 2000, JG joined the Horror Writers Association, where he soon became involved in a variety of programs and now serves as a Trustee and a mentor. He oversees the HWA's Library and Literacy initiatives, and is heavily involved in finding new ways to bring readers, teachers, librarians, and writers together.
He is also an Active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Romance Writers of America.
He frequently speaks at libraries and book stores on horror, science fiction, and literacy, and he is a Mentor for the HWA's Mentor program, which pairs established writers with new members to help them hone their skills.
In 2013, he won the HWA's Richard Laymon President's Award for Service, named in honor of the HWA's first president. (posing here with Ann Laymon)
In 2011, he had the honor of being featured in a series of comic strips by Ray Billingsley (creator of "Curtis") and on a literacy poster (look at the book titles)....
Since becoming a writer, JG counts the following among his top experiences:
Presenting Bram Stoker Awards with Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni Amber Benson....
...and exceptional author Chris Golden
Getting cover quotes and song lyrics from rock god Richard Christy for the novels CARNIVAL OF FEAR and HELLRIDER...
Making friends with an astounding number of wonderful writers around the world, including:
Jack Ketchum and Marcy Italiano
Getting paid to do something he loves...
And having the opportunity to work with some amazing people to promote literacy...
A life long resident of New York's Hudson Valley region, JG is married and enjoys a variety of hobbies ranging from rock guitar, photography, and bad sci-fi movies to hiking, volunteering at wild animal preserves, and traveling to warm, relaxing beaches. He is active in social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, and enjoys interacting with readers.