Justin Gustainis

“Justin Gustainis is a first-class writer; he’s smart and he’s fun, he moves quickly and he takes corners at speed. Every time you think you know where he’s going, he makes a point of going somewhere else. His characters are sharp and vivid, his dialogue crackles with wit and tension, and when it comes to the scarier corners of the magical underworld, he knows his stuff.” – Simon R Green

Hard SpellJuly 2011 (UK, Row), August 2011 (US/Canada)
Evil Dark – May 2012 (worldwide)
Known Devil – February 2014 (worldwide)

Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings.

After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the US Army. Following military service, he held a variety of jobs, including speechwriter and professional bodyguard, before earning a PhD at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Mr Gustainis currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York. He is a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University, where he earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. His academic publications include the book American Rhetoric and the Vietnam War, published in 1993, and a number of scholarly articles that hardly anybody has ever read. His popular series of urban fantasy novels featuring investigator Quincey Morris include Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman and the forthcoming Sympathy for the Devil.


Interview with Grasping for the Wind (August 2011)
Listen to an interview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing (August 2011)
Article on The Weekender (August 2011)
Interview with My Bookish Ways (August 2011)
with odysseyworkshop (September 2011)
Interview with Laura Crean (February 2014)
Interview with A Fantastical Librarian (February 2014)

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