I’m a professor of English at a community college in the northeastern U.S, teaching mainly writing (expository, technical, and creative). I live in Salem, MA in a tiny house (built in 1870) with my wife and at least three cats, plus usually some fosters. At home I enjoy gardening, wargaming, music, and repairing the damage done to the house by flippers who owned it before us.

I grew up in San Antonio, TX and moved to Massachusetts for school in the late 80’s, lived in Brooklyn, NY during the early noughts, then moved back to Massachusetts.

I have a B.A. in English from Trinity University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Umass Amherst. My dissertation was on male secret societies and Victorian adventure fiction. I’ve been teaching college English since 1991, first at Umass, then in Brooklyn, and now in Massachusetts.

I have also worked as a technical writer in the computer industry, a curriculum developer for the test prep industry, and done various short-term professional writing jobs. I began attempting to write science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction in about 1983, with absolutely no success for about the first 25 years. Then I had an epiphany, and after that started to publish some stories.

I give regular presentations in my local community (through my school’s speaker’s bureau) on vampire literature and the semiotics of breakfast cereal, and can generate talks on a variety of historical and literary subjects. If you’re interested, contact me for more information at