Brent Hartinger

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BRENT HARTINGER is a novelist and screenwriter. His twelve novels include the 2003 gay teen classic GEOGRAPHY CLUB, which was adapted as a feature film in 2013.

Nine of Brent’s screenplays have been optioned for film, and four are currently in various stages of development, including PROJECT PAY DAY, a teen caper story based on his own novel, now in post-production for a 2020 release.

Brent currently has no permanent address, and instead continuously travels the world with his husband, writer Michael Jensen. Their "digital nomad" journey, which has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in Forbes, is documented on their website

Where to find Brent Hartinger online

Man & Monster
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,790. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016 by Brent Hartinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Horror » General
It’s 1799, and Cole Seavey is running from his past, seeking refuge on the vast American frontier. Lost in a raging storm, he finds himself face to face with a terrifying, otherworldly creature that seems to have emerged from a nightmare. Cole is saved from certain death by a handsome Delaware Indian named Pakim. Together they must defeat a Wendigo, a terrible evil stalking the ancient woods.
Man & Beast
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,770. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2016 by Brent Hartinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
It's 1797 on the American frontier, and 21-year-old John Chapman is lost and alone with winter setting in fast. Stumbling upon a blockhouse in the wilderness, John manages to talk Daniel, the brutish but sexy proprietor, to allow him to stay the winter.


Otto Digmore
Gay twentysomething Otto Digmore searches for love while trying to make it as a Hollywood movie star. A companion series to Brent Hartinger's Russel Middlebrook books.
Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years
Gay twentysomething Russel Middlebrook struggles to understand life and love. A "new adult" trilogy featuring a character first introduced in the gay teen classic Geography Club.
Russel Middlebrook
A gay teen struggles to make sense of his teenage years. The first book in the series, the gay teen classic Geography Club, was recently adapted as a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula.


Project Pay Day
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,360. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Now a feature film and being developed as a TV series! When three teen friends are forced by their parents to get summer jobs, they decide to invent fake jobs, then embark on a series of get-rich-quick schemes to make the money they should be earning. But "Project Pay Day" proves much more difficult than anticipated!
The Otto Digmore Decision
Series: Otto Digmore. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,100. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Struggling gay actor Otto Digmore is back, finally cast in a major Hollywood movie. But when the director turns out to be a hack, he and his screenwriter friend Russel Middlebrook decide to try to make a decent movie behind the director's back. A funny, satirical book about the craziness of Hollywood, by the author of the gay teen classic, Geography Club.
The Otto Digmore Difference
Series: Otto Digmore. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,670. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and now he only has three days to drive all the way across the country with his friend Russel Middlebrook in order to land the role of a lifetime. A "new adult" book the author of the gay teen classic, Geography Club.
The Road to Amazing
Series: Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,090. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Twenty-five year-old Russel Middlebrook is finally marrying his boyfriend! But when the two of them gather their close friends together in a big house on a remote island the weekend before the ceremony, everything seems to go wrong. The final book in the Futon Years trilogy, by the author of the gay teen classic, Geography Club.
Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams
Series: Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,570. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Russel Middlebrook, gay and 24, has moved to Los Angeles with his boyfriend to try to make it as a screenwriter. But working in Hollywood isn't anything like it is in the movies, and Russel grows increasingly desperate to learn the secret to Tinseltown success. A "new adult" companion novel to 2014's The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know, by the author of the gay teen classic, Geography Club.
Kaksituhatta Tonnia Per Neliö
Price: Free! Words: 5,320. Language: Finnish. Published: January 13, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Russel Middlebrook, teini-ikinen homo Brent Hartingerin palkitusta kirjasta Geography Club, menee HIV-testiin ja päätyy muistelemaan seksikokemuksiaan. Varoitus: Tässä lyhyessä tarinassa, joka on osa Real Story Safe Sex -projektia, kerrotaan seksikokemuksista sellaisina kuin ne ovat, kaunistelematta ja turhia kursailematta.
The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know
Series: Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,500. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Twenty-three-year-old Russel Middlebrook searches for the secret to gay life and love in trendy Seattle. A "new adult" novel by the author of the gay teen classic, Geography Club.
Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch
Series: Russel Middlebrook. Price: Free! Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+
(4.00 from 1 review)
Russel Middlebrook, the gay teen from Brent Hartinger's award-winning novel Geography Club, goes to get an HIV test and ends up recalling past sexual experiences. Warning: this short story, part of the Real Story Safe Sex Project, contains explicit language and graphic sexual encounters.
The Elephant of Surprise
Series: Russel Middlebrook. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,870. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Book 4 in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Series, about a gay teen and his romance with charismatic but mysterious homeless activist. Geography Club, the first book in this book series, is now a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky.
Grand & Humble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,030. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Harlan is the most popular kid in his high school, and Manny may be the least. And yet, somehow both Harlan and Manny know that nothing will ever be right in either of their lives until they can each unravel the terrifying secret that lies at the center of both their lives. A new 2016 edition, completely revised by the author! Winner of the Washington State Book Award.
Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Brides of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies
Series: Russel Middlebrook. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,530. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
It’s a horror movie extravaganza in the third book in Brent Hartinger’s Russel Middlebrook Series. Two complete books in one recount the simultaneous stories of best friends Min and Russel who sign up to be extras on the set of a zombie film–-and learn that there’s nothing scarier than high school romance! Winner of the Lambda Book Award. (Previously published under the title Split Screen)
The Last Chance Texaco
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,920. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Parentless teen Lucy Pitt has finally ended up at a group home that really feels like home. Problem is, someone wants it shut down -- and Lucy has to find out who or she'll be sent away for good. In the tradition of Holes and The Outsiders, Hartinger writes about a subculture of teenagers many people would like to forget, in a novel as fast-paced and provocative as his first book, Geography Club.
The Order of the Poison Oak
Series: Russel Middlebrook. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,170. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
After "coming out" at school, sixteen-year-old Russel decides to take a counselor job at a camp for burn survivors to get away from the antagonism of his classmates, but finds that ten-year-old boys have just as many problems as he does. Book 2 in the Russel Middlebrook Series that started with Geography Club.

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