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Paul Dale Anderson is the author of Claw Hammer, Daddy's Home, Winds, Abandoned, Darkness, Light, and other novels and stories

Paul Dale Anderson has written more than 27 novels and hundreds of short stories, mostly in the horror, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense-thriller genres. Paul has also written contemporary romances, mysteries, and westerns. Paul is an Active Member of SFWA and HWA, and he was elected a Vice President and Trustee of Horror Writers Association in 1987.  Paul is also a member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, and MWA.

Paul has taught creative writing for the University of Illinois at Chicago and for Writers Digest Schools. He has appeared on panels at Chicon4 and Chicon7, X-Con, Windy Con, Odyssey Con, the World Horror Convention, StokerCon2016, ThrillerFest, Printers Row Bookfest, and the World Fantasy Convention. Paul and his wife Gretta were guests of honor at Horror Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, in 1989.

Paul has been an editor at 2AM Publications, Morningstar, and several medical publishers. He was a book reviewer for Fantasy Review, and his articles have appeared in Mystery Scene and other genre publications. Paul served as a Chief Warrant Offer in the U. S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1987, and he wrote policy and procedural manuals for the U. S. Army. He was a civilian budget analyst for a major USAR Command, and he managed major airport hotels in Chicago and Atlanta, Georgia. Paul currently teaches psychology, hypnosis, and NLP at a community college and for the enTrance Center. He is a Board Certified Hypnotist, a National Guild of Hypnotists Certified Instructor, and a retired librarian.

Paul’s wife, Gretta, died in January of 2012, and now Paul lives in Rockford, Illinois, with three cats and seven computers and thousands of books, most of them read.

Paul uses many pseudonyms, including Paul Dale, Dale Anderson, Dale Anderson, Dale Andrews, Paul Anders, Irwin Chapman, and several others.


Autographing with Wayne D. Dundee

I write cautionary tales. Some of my stories seem like horror stories, and they are. Some are prophetic science fictional looks at the near future or the imagined past. All of my stories are intended to make readers think, to ask the all-important what if questions: what if there really are real monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed? What if there is an insane axe murderer waiting for you or me down in the dark basement or up in the attic or out in the garage? What if global warming becoes a reality and temperatures reach 200 degrees, or the cities flood from all the rain caused by melting glaciers and icebergs, or all the trees and crops burn up and there is no more oxygen to breathe and nothing to eat?


What then do we do?

My stories are cautionary tales that, like your own parents should have done, warn you not to cross the street without first looking both ways, not to stick a screwdriver into a live electrical socket, not to put your hand into the flame.

And, if all hell does break loose, my stories teach you how best to act and react in order to survive.


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