Charles Gramlich

Charles Allen Gramlich (born October 14, 1958 in Arkansas), is an American writer best known for combining science fiction and horror in his works.

Charles A. Gramlich
BornOctober 14, 1958 (age 60)
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, university professor
Genrefantasy, horror, science fiction


Charles Allen Gramlich was born October 14, 1958. He grew up on a farm near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.[1] Although he had three older brothers and an older sister, the closest in age was six years older than he was. The nearest child his age lived about six miles (10 km) away. As such, dogs, cats and books kept him company growing up.[2] As a child, he came across a valley in the mountains that was so frightening to him that he could never force himself to enter it. This childhood experience formed the setting for his novel Cold in the Light.[1]

Gramlich has an M.A. and PhD in Experimental Psychology. He is an ex-member of REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association, and is an Editor of The Dark Man, the Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies.[3] He teaches psychology in the Greater New Orleans area at Xavier University of Louisiana.[4] He is married to award-winning artist and photographer, Lana Gramlich, lives on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and has a son named Joshua.[1][5]

Gramlich is the author of several novels and numerous short stories. Most of his work falls into the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. His first novel in paperback form was Cold in the Light, a horror thriller with science fiction elements that drew comparisons with the early work of Dean Koontz.[6] His next three novels, Swords of Talera, Wings Over Talera and Witch of Talera, are Sword & Planet works in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series.[7] In 2012, Gramlich returned to those Sword & Planet roots with Under the Ember Star, a Wildside Double book, which includes The Battle for Eden, by Mark E. Burgess, on the opposite side.[8]

Gramlich also writes poetry and non-fiction. In August 2008, Gramlich had his first poetry chapbook published, a collection of vampire haiku entitled Wanting the Mouth of a Lover. Spec House of Poetry is the publisher.

In 2009, Gramlich had a collection of his nonfiction essays on writing published under the title Write With Fire. Borgo Press, an imprint of Wildside Press, is the publisher. He also had a textbook published called Writing in Psychology: A Guidebook. This book is a collaboration with two of Gramlich's colleagues, Dr. Y. Du Bois Irvin and Dr. Elliott Hammer.[4] It was also published by The Borgo Press.

In 2010, Borgo Press published a collection of Gramlich's sword and sorcery short stories under the title Bitter Steel. In 2011, Borgo published a collection of his vampire and werewolf stories under the title Midnight in Rosary. In 2012, a collection of Gramlich's horror stories entitled In the Language of Scorpions, was published through Borgo.

Starting in 2010, Gramlich began self publishing some of his short stories and novella length works as ebooks through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Major influences on Gramlich's work include authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs,[9] Robert E. Howard,[9] Louis L'Amour,[10] Ray Bradbury, John D. MacDonald, and Kenneth Bulmer[9] Perhaps because of this wide range of influences, Gramlich has indicated as a goal that he would like to publish something in every genre. So far, he has "published science fiction, westerns, children's stories, literary stories, poetry, romance, nonfiction essays and articles, and memoir."[11] Most of what he writes is "fantasy and horror."[11]



  • Cold in the Light, Invisible College Press, 2002
  • Swords of Talera, Borgo Press, 2007.
  • Wings Over Talera, Borgo Press, 2007.
  • Witch of Talera, Borgo Press, 2007.
  • Under the Ember Star, Borgo Press, 2012. (Wildside Double #25)


  • Swords of Talera (Part 1), Startling Science Stories, #17, December 1998, pp. 44–78
  • Swords of Talera (Part 2), Startling Science Stories, #18, January 1999, pp. 44–78
  • Swords of Talera (Part 3), Startling Science Stories, #19, February 1999, pp. 44–78
  • Swords of Talera (Part 4), Startling Science Stories, #20, March 1999, pp. 44–78
  • Wings Over Talera (Part 1), Alien Worlds: Beyond Space & Time, #7, October 2000, pp. 45–77
  • Wings Over Talera (Part 2), Alien Worlds: Beyond Space & Time, #8, November 2000, pp. 41–79
  • Wings Over Talera (Part 3), Alien Worlds: Beyond Space & Time, #7, December 2000, pp. 41–80
  • Wings Over Talera (Part 4), Alien Worlds: Beyond Space & Time, #7, January 2001, pp. 58–85


  • Wanting the Mouth of a Lover, Spec House of Poetry, August 2008.

Single author collections

  • Bitter Steel: Tales and Poems of Epic Fantasy, Borgo Press, 2010
  • Midnight in Rosary: Tales of Vampires and Werewolves in Crimson and Black, Borgo Press, 2011.
  • In the Language of Scorpions: Tales of Horror from the Inner Dark, Borgo Press, 2012.


  • Write With Fire, Borgo Press, 2009.
  • Writing in Psychology, (With Y. Du Bois Irvin & Elliott Hammer), Borgo Press.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Charles Gramlich, The Invisible College Press
  2. ^ About Me, A Web Page for Charles A Gramlich
  3. ^ "The Dark Man". Archived from the original on 2006-07-15.
  4. ^ a b "Xavier University of Louisiana".
  5. ^ Ann Gilbert, "Northshore Authors," Inside Northside, November–December 2007, Vol. 22, No. 6,pp. 99–100
  6. ^ J. D. Charles, The Logan Banner
  7. ^ Richard Tucker, "Psychology Professor Has Tales to Tell," This Month at Xavier, Vol. 38, No. 7, July 2007
  8. ^ "Wildside Press".
  9. ^ a b c "ERBzine".
  10. ^ "Richard". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013.
  11. ^ a b Suzanne Le Breton, "A Chat With...Charles Gramlich, St. Tammany Scene, Friday, March 9, 2012, page 2

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Gramlich is a German surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Arthur Benedict Gramlich (1904–1974), German-American miner and activist

Charles Gramlich (born 1958), American writer

Edward Gramlich (1939–2007), American economist and academic

Hermann Gramlich (1913–1942), German footballer

Jeffrey Gramlich, American academic

Rudolf Gramlich (1908–1988), German footballer and chairman

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Sword and planet

Sword and planet is a subgenre of science fantasy that features rousing adventure stories set on other planets, and usually featuring humans as protagonists. The name derives from the heroes of the genre engaging their adversaries in hand-to-hand combat primarily with simple melée weapons such as swords, even in a setting that often has advanced technology. Although there are works that herald the genre, such as Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) and Edwin Lester Arnold's Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905; published in the US in 1964 as Gulliver of Mars), the prototype for the genre is A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs originally serialized by All-Story in 1912 as "Under the Moons of Mars".The genre predates the mainstream popularity of science fiction proper, and does not necessarily feature any scientific rigor, being instead romantic tales of high adventure. For example, little thought is given to explaining why the environment of the alien planet is compatible with life from Earth, just that it does in order to allow the hero to move about and interact with the natives. Native technology will often break the known laws of physics.

The genre tag "sword and planet" is constructed to mimic the terms sword and sorcery and sword and sandal. The phrase appears to have first been coined in the 1960s by Donald A. Wollheim, editor of Ace Books, and later of DAW Books at a time when the genre was undergoing a revival. Both Ace Books and DAW Books were instrumental in bringing much of the earlier pulp sword and planet stories back into print, as well as publishing a great deal of new, imitative work by a new generation of authors.

There is a fair amount of overlap between sword and planet and planetary romance although some works are considered to belong to one and not the other. Influenced by the likes of A Princess of Mars yet more modern and technologically savvy, sword and planet more directly imitates the conventions established by Burroughs in the Mars series. That is to say that the hero is alone as the only human being from Earth, swords are the weapon of choice, and while the alien planet has some advanced technology, it is used only in limited applications to advance the plot or increase the grandeur of the setting. In general the alien planet will seem to be more medieval and primitive than Earth. This leads to anachronistic situations such as flying ships held aloft by anti-gravity technology, while ground travel is done by riding domesticated native animals.

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