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Joshua Gaylord

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Joshua Gaylord lives in New York. Since 2000, he has taught high school English at an Upper East Side prep school (a modern orthodox co-educational Yeshiva). Since 2002, he has also taught literature and cultural studies courses as an adjunct professor at the New School. Prior to coming to New York, he grew up in the heart of Orange County: Anaheim, home of Disneyland. He graduated from Berkeley with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing, where his instructors included Bharati Mukherjee, Leonard Michaels and Maxine Hong Kingston. In 2000, he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in English at New York University, specializing in twentieth-century American and British literature.

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Joshua Gaylord There are some differences. One of the things I like about writing supernatural/fantasy stories is that I don't feel that burdensome obligation to…moreThere are some differences. One of the things I like about writing supernatural/fantasy stories is that I don't feel that burdensome obligation to adhere to mundane reality. I mean, I write, at least in part, because reality just isn't that interesting to me. I'd never want to be a journalist, because I don't feel the need to get at the truth of anything. And, let's face it--even my "realistic" books aren't that realistic. Teenagers don't really talk like the characters in Hummingbirds--and there's not one cellphone to be found in that entire book!(less)
Joshua Gaylord Faulkner is my primary inspiration, and my natural tendency is to head in the direction of the epic, the portentous, the bloated, the…moreFaulkner is my primary inspiration, and my natural tendency is to head in the direction of the epic, the portentous, the bloated, the overwritten--whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. So, actually, I find that mode of writing comes easier to me. I really have to struggle to write more efficient and spare prose. But certain books call for certain styles, and I try to remain true to whatever style is called for. I will probably always return to the more grandiose prose style, so I'm sure that you'll see more of it beyond the zombie books.(less)
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“It’s funny how many ways there are to hurt people. As many ways to hurt as there are species of flower. Whole bouquets of hurt.”
Joshua Gaylord, When We Were Animals

“It was possible, I saw now, to be a grotesque, to be huge and free, to wander the streets in utter freedom despite your atrocity, as long as you did it when everybody else was sealed inside their little lit boxes.

Now it made sense – why monsters came out at night.”
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“Rather than simply being subject to them, I had wanted to know what it felt like to be one of the forces in this world.”
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