I write middle-grade fiction about octopuses, vampires, witches, and giant spiders, and essays about parenthood, fantasy, science fiction, hearing loss, Japan, and also occasionally giant spiders.
My current books are: Octora, a middle-grade novel about a boy lost at sea, the world’s most illegal seafood restaurant, pirate-chefs, and an octopus disguised as a girl (currently on submission); Hesper at Night, a middle-grade novel about a young vampire who moves into a haunted house that may hold the secret behind her curse (currently in progress); and Dispatches from Middle-earth & Other Realms, a collection of humorous and critical essays on fantasy and science fiction (currently in-progress).
My writing has appeared at Catapult, The Rumpus, Tor.com, The Toast, and the Chicago Reader online; my stories for children have been published in the children’s literary magazines Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders.
I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina and studied English literature at William & Mary and the University of Chicago. I spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on the Japanese island of Tsushima, and now live with my wife and son outside Chicago.
Contact me: gilkeson [at] gmail [dot] com
Follow me on Twitter: @osutein