Glen David Gold

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Glen David Gold
Glen David Gold in 2011
Glen David Gold in 2011
Born1964 (age 54–55)
United States
OccupationNovelist, writer
Notable worksCarter Beats the Devil

Glen David Gold (born 1964) is an American author, best known for the novels Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside.

Early life[edit]

Gold attended Wesleyan University and received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1987. He received his MFA in creative writing at the University of California at Irvine.



Gold writes in a narrative style. His first novel Carter Beats the Devil (2001) received significant critical acclaim,[1] and his second novel, Sunnyside (2009) was well received for presenting fully rounded, emotional characters.[2][3]


Gold's first memoir, I Will Be Complete, was published on June 26, 2018 by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.[4] Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, called it "[a]n extraordinary account of an extraordinary life," and Joseph Fink, co-author of Welcome to Night Vale, said Gold "is one of the best storytellers working today. He could write about anything and make it gripping."[4]

Short stories[edit]

Short stories of his—including "The Tears of Squonk"—have appeared in a number of issues of McSweeney's.[5]


Gold wrote a single episode of the cartoon television show Hey Arnold!. This episode was aired in 1997. In it, the titular Arnold stages an amateur magic show and "disappears" his friend Helga, who escapes during the trick, causing Arnold and the others to think she really has disappeared.

Comic books[edit]

Gold has also ventured into comic books, writing a short story featuring Will Eisner's classic creation The Spirit. The story, entitled "One Hundred!", features artwork by Eduardo Risso and appeared in DC's The Spirit #13.


Gold co-wrote an episode of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale entitled "The Auction" in 2013, and contributed to an episode entitled "The Woman from Italy" in 2014.[6] He also wrote the three-episode arc "eGemony," in 2017.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to, and is divorced from, the novelist Alice Sebold.[8]


  • Carter Beats the Devil (2001) ISBN 9780786886326, OCLC 1042167772; ISBN 9780307454980, OCLC 436030086
  • Sunnyside (2009) ISBN 9780307454980, OCLC 436030086


  1. ^ The New York Times: Something Up His Sleeve
  2. ^ "Sunnyside". Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  3. ^ The New York Times: The Tramp Returns
  4. ^ a b I Will Be Complete by Glen David Gold |
  5. ^ "About". Glen David Gold. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  6. ^ Fink, Joseph. "The Auction". Welcome to Night Vale. Commonplace Books. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Fink, Joseph. "eGemony, Part 1: "Canadian Club"". Welcome to Night Vale. Commonplace Books. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Biography Channel – Alice Sebold

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