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Gary Goshgarian

Professor Emeritus of English

Gary Goshgarian is a professor of English and teaches courses in Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, Bestsellers, and Fiction Writing. He has taught fiction-writing workshops in the US and Europe. He is also the author of five popular college writing textbooks.

He has written book reviews, travel articles, essays on writing, and general interest pieces for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer Magazine, Today’s Education,  Sportscape, and Earthwatch Magazine.  His short fiction has appeared in Red Dawn: Best New England Crime Stories, Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler, Thrillers:100 Must  Reads, edited by David Morrell.

A former physicist, he is recipient of the Robert H. Goddard Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute for Outstanding Professional Achievement.

He is a recipient of Northeastern’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Under his pen name Gary Braver, he is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed mysteries and thrillers, including ELIXIR, GRAY MATTER, and FLASHBACK, the first thriller to have won a Massachusetts Book Award. His books have been translated into sixteen languages. Two have been optioned for movies, including ELIXIR by director Ridley Scott.

His ninth novel, CHOOSE ME, written in collaboration with Tess Gerritsen, is a psychological thriller centered around an illicit and dangerous affair on the campus of fictitious Commonwealth University in Boston. Inspired by the #MeToo Movement and told from alternate points of view, the novel was published in July by Thomas & Mercer as well as in 13 foreign countries and has become an international bestseller.



View CV
  • Robert H. Goddard Award for Professional Achievement (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Massachusetts Honor Book Award for Fiction (Flashback)





Published under the pseudonym Gary Braver:

  • Choose Me, co-authored with Tess Gerritsen, Thomas & Mercer (July 2021).
  • Tunnel Vision (Forge Books/ Macmillan, 2011)
  • Skin Deep (Forge, 2008)
  • Flashback (Forge, 2005), winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Honor Book Award
  • Gray Matter (Forge, 2003)
  • Elixir (Forge, 2000)

Published under his own name:

  • The Stone Circle (Penguin, 1997)
  • Rough Beast (Penguin, 1995)
  • Atlantis Fire (Dial Press/Dell, 1980)

Short Stories

  • “Acceptance Speech,” [Gary Braver, pen name], Red Dawn: Best New England Crime Stories, Level Best Books, 2015.
  • “Ghost Writer,” in Thriller 2, ed. Clive Cussler (Mira Books, 2009).


  • Exploring Language, 14th edition (Pearson, 2016)
  • Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader with Kathleen Krueger, 8th edition (Pearson, 2015)
  • The Contemporary Reader, 11th edition (Pearson, 2012)
  • Exploring Language, 13th edition (Longman Publishers, 2011)
  • Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader with Kathleen Krueger, 7th edition (Longman, 2011)
  • Dialogue as Argument: A Concise Guide (Longman, 2011)
  • What Matters in America (Longman, 2011)
  • The Contemporary Reader, 10th edition (Longman, 2010)
  • Readings for Today (Longman, 2008)


  • An Anthology of Modern Horror Fiction (Kendall-Hunt, 1993)


  • “Recollections Among the Dead,” Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery, ed. John Harrison & Kim Nagy, Ziggy Owl Press, Boston, 2015.

Working Paper (Novels)

  • Served Cold
  • Primitive
  • Girl in a Tree











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Course catalog
  • Fiction Workshop

    ENGL 3378

    Offers an advanced workshop in writing and reading original fiction. Features in-class discussion of student work.

  • Explores the relationship between commercially successful fiction and the popular imagination, including thriller, mystery, and literary fiction, by a diverse representation of contemporary writers. We will attend to questions of gender, race, and ethnicity. Guest bestselling author(s) will visit class.