Eric J. Guignard

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Eric J. Guignard
Guignard in 2007
Born (1975-12-20) December 20, 1975 (age 48)
Occupation(s)horror author, publisher

Eric J. Guignard (born December 20, 1975, in Montebello, California) is an American horror, dark fantasy, and literary fiction anthologist, editor, and author. He is a lifelong resident of Southern California,[1] and teaches Technical Writing through the University of California system.


As an author[edit]

Eric J. Guignard has written and published over one hundred short stories including "Experiments in An Isolation Tank," published in the 2012 anthology titled Chiral Mad by Written Backwards.;[2] "The Tall Man," published in Shock Totem.;[3] and "A Case Study in Natural Selection and How it Applies to Love," published in Black Static.[4] His non-fiction works include "The H Word: Horror Fiction of Tomorrow," published in Nightmare Magazine.[5]

As an editor[edit]

In 2017, he purchased the small press company Dark Moon Books. Under this imprint, he has released several anthologies including A World of Horror[6] and After Death... which won a Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology.

The press also published a series of introductory primers titled Exploring Dark Short Fiction: A Primer to.... Each release in this series promotes a specific author, including Steve Rasnic Tem (2017), Kaaron Warren (2018), Nisi Shawl (2018), and Jeffrey Ford (2019).[7]

Guignard also served as general editor of the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, co-edited with Leslie S. Klinger) and published by the Horror Writers Association and Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks. The series consisted of Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, followed by The Beetle by Richard Marsh, Vathek by William Beckford, House on the Borderlands by William Hope Hodgson, Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins, The Parasite and Other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle, The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, Ghost Stories of an Antiquarian by M.R. James, Gothic Classics: The Castle of Otranto and The Old English Baron by Horace Walpole and Clara Reeve, and The Mummy! by Jane Webb.


Bram Stoker Awards[edit]

Award Category Award




Nominated Work Result Ref
Bram Stoker Awards BSA–Anthology 2013 2012 Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations Nominated [8]
2014 2013 After Death... Won
2019 2018 A World of Horror Nominated
2020 2019 Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror Nominated
2022 2021 Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology... Nominated
BSA–Collection 2019 2018 That Which Grows Wild Won
BSA–First Novel 2020 2019 Doorways to the Deadeye Nominated
BSA–Long Fiction 2015 2014 “Dreams of a Little Suicide” Nominated

Other honors[edit]



Award Sponsor Nominated Work Result Ref
2011 Seventh International Short Story Contest "Solicitors Will Be Deleted" Special Commendation [9]
2011 A Very Short Story Contest, February "Thoughts of a Fish" Won [10]
2013 International Thriller Writers Awards Award for Best Short Story International Thriller Writers "Baggage of Eternal Night" Finalist [11]
2014 Writers of the Future Contest Galaxy Press Soulmate Honorable Mention [12]
2015 Pushcart Prize for Best Short Story Pushcart Press "O Shades, My Woe" Finalist [13]

Selected bibliography[edit]


Novels and novellas[edit]

  • Doorways to the Deadeye (2019, JournalStone) (novel)[14]ISBN 978-1947654976
  • Baggage of Eternal Night (2013, JournalStone) (novella)[14]ISBN 978-1940161013


  • That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction (2018, Cemetery Dance)[14]ISBN 978-1949491005
    • “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love”
    • “Dreams of a Little Suicide"
    • “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co."
    • "A Journey of Great Waves"
    • "The House of the Rising Sun, Forever"
    • "Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos"

Anthologies edited[edit]

All anthologies below are published under Dark Moon Books unless otherwise noted.

Exploring Dark Short Fiction[edit]

  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem (2017)[7]
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren (2018)[7]
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #3: A Primer to Nisi Shawl (2018)[7]
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford (2019)[7]
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #5: A Primer to Han Song (2020)[7]
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell (2021)[7]

Horror Library[edit]

  • Horror Library Volume 6 (2017, Cutting Block Books)[14] (republished 2021 under Dark Moon Books)
  • Horror Library Volume 7 (2022)[14]


  • Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (2012)[14]
  • After Death… (2013)[14]
  • The Five Senses of Horror (2018)[14]
  • A World of Horror (2018)[14]
  • Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror (2019)[14]
  • Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021)[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Horror Tree Presents... An Interview with Eric J Guignard". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Goodreads entry for Chiral Mad". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Shock Totem, Issue 10, March 7, 2016". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Black Static, Issue 47, July 2, 2015". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nightmare Magazine, Issue 26, Nov. 2014". November 19, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Publishers Weekly Listing". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Dark Moon Books Product Description". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "sfadb : Eric J. Guignard Awards". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  9. ^ "FirstWriter International Short Story Contest, 2011". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "A Very Short Story Contest, 2011". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "International Thriller Writers Past Nominees and Winners". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Writers of the Future Contest Results". July 5, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Third Flatiron Pushcart Prize Archive 2015". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Internet Speculative Fiction Database". Retrieved October 2, 2019.

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