Saturday, November 27, 2010

Introducing Ed Gorman

Ed Gorman is an award winning American author best known for his crime and mystery fiction. He wrote The Poker Club which is now a film of the same name directed by Tim McCann.

He has written under many pseudonyms including "E. J. Gorman" and "Daniel Ransom." He won a Spur Award for Best Short Fiction for his short story "The Face" in 1992. His fiction collection Cages was nominated for the 1995 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection. His collection The Dark Fantastic was nominated for the same award in 2001.

He has contributed to many magazines and other publications including Xero, Black Lizard, Cemetery Dance, the anthology Tales of Zorro, and many more.

Visit his blog at

TSG: How'd you become a writer?

Ed: Writing fiction is all I ever wanted to do. I read Ray Bradbury in fourth grade and was hooked. I didn't quite understand everything in the stories but I got enough from them to realize that I wanted to do what Bradbury was doing.

TSG: Describe yourself as a writer?

Ed: Character and story come first. And style should serve story not the other way around. I appreciate stylish writing when it is used to embellish a strong story. People such as Megan Abbott and Jason Starr are good examples of melding style and story.

TSG: Your influences?

Ed: I see myself as the much less talented grandson of the writers I grew admiring. The list is too long to go into but would include everybody from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Mickey Spillane to Ray Bradbury to John O'Hara.

TSG: Your muses?

Ed: I don't know that I have muses per se. I have friends who can sit down and come up with half dozen good ideas in less than an hour. I really have to work at ideas. I get flashes and get excited but all too often they don't lead anywhere.

TSG: Your first sale?

Ed: I was nineteen and sold to a bottom-dwelling men's magazine.

TSG: Your biggest, most memorable thrill as a writer?

Ed: I'd have to say it's when I got the call from St. Martin's telling me that they'd bought my first novel. All the years of pounding out stories for very minor literary magazines and some low-ball men's magazines and suddenly I was accepted by a large NY house. My wife and I celebrated the entire weekend.


  1. I'm reading Stranglehold right now and enjoying it, but it's a Gorman placeholder for the next Sam McCain adventure. I was born and raised in a small Wisconsin town during the same period McCain was solving crimes. I find myself humming my own background music as I read, starting with the titles.