Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bio


Gary L. Pullman (the "L" is for "Lee") was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Paul Arthur ("Buss") Pullman, Jr., and Wilma Mardell ("Winki") (nee Messenger). His two sisters, Paulette Virginia and Katherine ("Kathy") Elizabeth, preceded him; his two brothers, Craig Arthur and Thomas Keith (who goes by "Keith") followed him.


Dad, holding his twin siblings, Donald and Dorothy.



Gary grew up in Idylwood, a fairly rural enclave (at the time) with a Falls Church, Virginia, mailing address, located about eight miles from the nation's capital. In many respects, his boyhood was truly as idyllic as the name of his community, where everyone knew everyone else; no doors were locked, day or night; and even grade-school-age children, for the most part, had the run of the neighborhood.


Ledward Barracks, Headquarters Building, Schweinfurt, Germany. Source: Public Domain.

After serving his country as a soldier stationed in Germany, Gary attended college, earning a bachelor of arts in English degree and, a year later, a master of arts in English degree, from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, his mother's hometown.

He then taught college in Kansas, before working as a technical writer in San Diego, California, and Huntsville, Alabama, for a subsidiary of Northrop-Grumman.


UNLV

Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, Gary met his then-future wife, Paula, who taught at the same college at which he was teaching. Now, Gary teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.



Paula sells handmade jewelry, arts and crafts on Etsy, and Amazon.Their canine companion, Rocky, begs for snacks, treats, and anything else edible.




Gary enjoys writing in multiple genres. His books are available on Amazon. His blog, Chillers and Thrillers, offers his insights concerning the theory and practice of writing horror fiction. His articles for Listverse appear on his author's page.


Source: Listverse


 He also occasionally paints (sort of):


Young Adult Novels

My books include six young adult novels: Saturday's Child and its sequel, Mystic Mansion, The Madhouse, Wild Wicca Woman, The Secret of the Silver Star, and Revelation Point. All titles are available on Amazon, some in both e-book and print versions.



Saturday's Child wasn't just the first young adult novel I wrote; it was the first novel of any kind that I ever wrote.


Synopsis

It's the Young World against the One World Council when high school student Crystal Fall and her friends, David Lewis, Dee Dee Dawkins, and Fran Newell, encounter an evil in their midst that could destroy the world. Their enemies are formidable, resourceful, and powerful, but Crystal and her friends have a secret ally: God is on their side!

Inspiration

My mother's concerns about the directions public schools were taking concerning controversial social issues and the schools' increasing substitutions of propaganda for education helped to inspire Saturday's Child as did the characters of the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 



The sequel to Saturday's Child, Mystic Mansion  features the same characters as the previous novel, involving Crystal, David, Dee Dee, and Fran in an all-new adventure.

Synopsis

The death of Adolf Hitler ended World War II, but it ignited a new horror, as a supernatural artifact fell into the hands of remaining members of the Third Reich. Now, three-quarters of a century later, it's up to high school students Crystal Fall and her friends to stand against an evil that may surpass even that of the Nazis themselves! This sequel to Saturday's Child is the second installment in The God Squad series.

Inspiration  

Legends about the miraculous artifact known as The Spear of Longinus and Adolf Hitler's interest in it inspired Mystic Mansion, which also investigates the death of an elderly journalist who was introduced in Saturday's Child. In this novel, Crystal and her friends acquire supernatural abilities that allow them to take on the dark forces associated with a Mystic Mansion.



The phrase  what if? set me thinking as I envisioned a twist for a plot involving a staple theme of horror fiction, the haunted house. I wanted my young adult novel to offer a fresh perspective to the genre.

Synopsis

Blood money built Palm Acres.

The shade of broad oaks and towering pines, like the roofs and walls of the beautiful mansion they surround, hide secrets dark enough to induce madness.

Having come of age, Emily Coldwater uncovers her family's terrible deeds. Driven to a catastrophic confrontation with tremendously powerful forces, can she hope to survive?

Inspiration

I've been an avid fan of novels set in haunted houses, having read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Stephen King's Rose Red, Stephen King's The Shining, Stephen King's Bag of Bones, Bentley Little's The House, Dan Simmons's A Winter's Haunting, and such short stories as Bram Stoker's "The Judge's House," H. G. Wells's "The Red Room," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," and others. My interest in such stories led me, finally, to want to write one of my own badly enough that I wrote The Madhouse. To make mine my own, I added a couple of twists to the subgenre.



In many young adult novels, adolescent characters face daunting odds. Often, they are victims of parental neglect, parental absence, or worse, not to mention the evils of peer pressure and bullying. This novel explores the consequences of such experiences, both individual and social.

Synopsis

 Joy Winters is none too happy to find Wicca paraphernalia in her daughter closet, even after Sarah explains that the items belong to her friend Amy Martin. Like her other friends, Allie Drew and Nick Harris, Sarah's aghast to discover that Amy's seriously deranged. Could their friendship with the disturbed girl have enabled Amy's obsession with the bizarre, ancient faith she's adopted--and does Wicca's dark magic really work, as Amy claims? The teens are about to find out!

Inspiration

Fantasy and horror television series targeting teen and young adult viewers often include magic, various pagan religions, witchcraft, mythology, folklore and legends, crystals and candles, lotions and potions, and other mystical elements to spice up plots that otherwise deal with the problems of growing up. Indeed, these mystical elements are sometimes themselves metaphors for the problems of adolescents and of adolescence itself. Their popular use in TV shows suggested my own use of the theme for my own purposes as a writer.



It seems that both everyday life and, too often, movies, popular songs, video games, and young adult novels provide adolescents and young adults with too many negative role models. Perhaps we need to counter (to some extent) these examples of "adult behavior" with a few positive role models. That was my thought, at least, with respect to The Secret of the Silver Star.

Synopsis

After his dad abandons him, Cass refuses to listen to his mother. He hangs out with the wrong crowd. He begins to bully other kids. Finally, when he vandalizes his high school, the judge gives him a choice: confinement in a juvenile detention center or a camping trip with his mom's brother, Uncle Gabe, a highly decorated, no-nonsense Special Forces soldier. Alone in the great, deep wilderness, they encounter a threat that will change Cass forever--if he's man enough to survive.

Inspiration

Five personal interests inspired The Secret of the Silver Star: my reading, at the time, of accounts of legendary cryptids, or creatures "whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated" and UFOs; my own military service; the military decoration known, colloquially, as The Silver Star (a recipient of this medal was my next-door neighbor at a time); a concern for adolescents whose rebellious attitudes sometimes place them at a crossroads in their lives; and a perception of the need for mentors and positive role models for teens and young adults.



When I lived in El Cajon, California, I took long drives on a fairly regular basis. Several of these trips took me through Ramona, Ranchita, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, Octillo Wells, and the Salton Sea. Along the way, I sometimes went through high country similar to the mountainous terrain of Revelation Point.

Synopsis

When teen campers' hike through the deep woods takes a terrifying turn, their adventure becomes a nightmarish struggle for survival. Alone in the remote wilderness, they must depend on the skills of outcast Brad Lannigan. Can they trust him with their lives? As Brad takes the lead, they're about to find out!

Inspiration
For a time, I was a member of a church congregation that owned a retreat northwest of Ramona, California. I imagined a church youth group on a camping trip. Among their number would be a pariah who'd save the day after the group became involved in some sort of life-threatening situation. Out of this initial concept, I developed the characters and the plot of Revelation Point, devising a title that points to God, rather than the human characters, as the source of knowledge concerning how people should live their lives and how, in the process, they should relate to one another.

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