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Justin Gustainis

Justin Gustainis(1951- )
Justin Gustainis grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania and is now a college professor living in upstate New York. Prior to his career in academe, he was, at various times, a soldier, garment worker, speechwriter and professional bodyguard. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Scranton (a school that figures prominently in several of his novels) and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Gustainis began writing fiction in the mid-1990s while maintaining his academic job. He focused initially on short stories, and won prizes in a number of writing contests, including the prestigious Raymond Carver story competition. His stories won the Graverson Award for Horror twice, in consecutive years. In 2008 he was accepted for and attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Learn more about his work at his website. Read Kelly’s interview with Mr. Gustainis.
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Kelly Chats with Justin Gustainis

Recently I spoke with Justin Gustainis, author of Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation: Black Magic Woman. Mr Gustainis's second QUINCEY MORRIS novel, Evil Ways, will be released on Dec 30, 2008. Don't miss my review of Black Magic Woman.

Kelly: Why Quincey Morris? That is, how did you come up with the idea of making your hero a descendant of Stoker's character, and why that particular Stoker character?

Justin Gustainis: I've always thought that Quincey Morris got pretty short shrift in Stoker's original novel. His role is little more than a walk-on. I've long been curi... Read More

Black Magic Woman: Looks like a fun series!

Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis

Black Magic Woman begins in Salem, during the infamous witch trials, as a convicted witch utters a curse against her accuser. From there, we cut to the present time, and to a riveting vampire hunt in rural Texas. We are introduced to Quincey Morris, who is sort of a freelance paranormal investigator and vigilante, and also the direct descendant of the Quincey Morris who appears in Bram Stoker's Dracula. (In this universe, Dracula was a true story and Morris a real man, who fathered a child before dying.)

After dealing with the vampires, Morris is hired by a man whose family is being terrorized by unknown forces. He enlists the help of a friend, Libby Chastain, who is a "white witch." Together, they investigate the metaphysical attacks, tracing them to a grudge rooted in the Salem trials.

Morris and Cha... Read More

More books by Justin Gustainis

Occult Crimes Unit Investigations (Haunted Scranton) — (2011-2014) Publisher: Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. Like the rest of America, Scranton’s got an uneasy ‘live and let unlive’ relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets. File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Dial V For Vampire | Forbidden Spells | Bite Club | Scranton By Night ]

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Justin Gustainis The Hades ProjectThe Hades Project — (2003) Publisher: Some doors should never be opened. A group of scientists found just such a door, and got a lot more than they bargained for — but none of them lived to tell the tale. Federal agent Michael Pacilio, assigned to investigate their murders, finds himself following a trail of corpses left by a demonic killer with a grisly sense of humor and a terrifying master plan. Can Pacilio stop him… before all Hell breaks loose?

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult DetectivesThose Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives — (2011) Publisher: Got Vampires? Ghosts? Monsters? We Can help! Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives, is your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasy’s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction! Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives brings together popular characters from many Urban Fantasy paranormal investigative series, for your enjoyment. Meet the Detectives:
Danny Hendrickson — from Laura Anne Gilman’s Cosa Nostradamus series.
Kate Connor — from Julie Kenner’s Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series.
John Taylor — from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series.
Jill Kismet — from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series.
Jessi Hardin — from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.
Quincey Morris — from Justin Gustainis’ Morris/Chastain Investigations series.
Marla Mason — from T. A. Pratt’s Marla Mason series.
Tony Foster — from Tanya Huff’s Smoke and Shadows series.
Dawn Madison — from Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon series.
Pete Caldecott — from Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series.
Tony Giodone — from C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp’s Tales of the Sazi series.
Jezebel — from Jackie Kessler’s Hell on Earth series.
Piers Knight — from C. J. Henderson’s Brooklyn Knight series.
Cassiel — from Rachel Caine’s Outcast Season series.
Demons may lurk, werewolves may prowl, vampires may ride the wind. These are things that go bump in the night, but we are the ones who bump back!