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Gary Goshgarian

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Professor 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.

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

His ninth novel, CHOOSE ME, written in collaboration with bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, is a psychological thriller set in the fictitious Commonwealth University in Boston and centered on a secret affair and dangerous secrets. Told from alternate perspectives, the novel will be published on July 1, 2021 as well as in six foreign languages.



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














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.

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