Cheryl Anne Gardner


Cheryl Anne Gardner is a hopeless dark romantic, lives in a haunted house, and often channels the spirits of Poe, Kafka, and de Sade. She prefers novellas and flash fiction to writing bios because she always seems to forget what point of view she is in. When she isn’t writing, she likes to chase marbles on a glass floor, eat lint, play with sharp objects, and make taxidermy dioramas with dead flies. Her writing has been described as "beautifully grotesque," her characters "deliciously disturbed." Her short fiction has been published in dozens of journals including Dustbin, Hobo Pancakes, Carnage Conservatory, Pure Slush, Negative Suck, Danse Macabre, and at The Molotov Cocktail among others. She lives with her husband on the East Coast USA, and she is currently the head fiction editor at Apocrypha and Abstractions Literary Journal.

Smashwords Interview

Who is Cheryl Anne Gardner?
Now, some might say that she is a little touched in the head, clinically disturbed, that is, and some might say that she goes way way way beyond a mild case of scab-picker. Just between you and me, it’s the company she keeps. She knows a guy, who knows this other guy, who knows a guy’s cousin or something, who can sit for hours in a corner, extracting the fossilized dust mite lint from his belly button. “It’s the only way to get a quiet moment in the oubliette he calls his creative mind,” so he says. All those damn voices, blathering at him all the time, who wouldn’t want to hurt them, hurt them all, and hurt them bad. And that guy she knows, who knows that other guy with the frizzy hair and the lint fetish, he is mercilessly cruel: killed, tortured, and maimed cruel. He’s had characters commit suicide, commit rape, commit murder, lie, cheat, steal, and self-flagellate all in the name of a story. Yeah, that’s right; he’s even had little girls in frilly dresses eat turd and dead rat kebabs. You see, there’s Cheryl Anne and there’s him, and they’ve got this thing they do. Been doing it since they were kids. They’re not afraid to go there, wherever there might be, no matter how dark, dank, or putrid. They’ve got their suitcases packed — all liquorice and lace knickers –cause that’s what it takes…
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called Tom and the toothpick. It was terrible.
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Knowing Joe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,300. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Our Girl has never been good at radical thoughts, and she usually gets what she deserves when she has them. This is the story about those thoughts. Thoughts on how to NOT have sex, Not eat noodles, and other comedic life, love, and dating nonsense from a Girl who was brave enough to challenge what it means to be a girl.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,160. Language: American English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
From fishnet stockings to lapel flowers. From transistor radios to lipstick to bleached-out skulls at the city dump, Kitsch explores the little things. The filthy, grotesque, inconsequential little things that make life interesting. The things we don't see. The things we don't want to see. The things we like to collect and keep in a jar by the bed.
The DuskHouse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,150. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Flash Fiction Stories in this collection include The Duskhouse, Beware of Dog, Persian Cat, the prize winning Debt Collectors, and many other previously published and never before seen in print tales of the ludicrous, the absurd, and the macabre.
And Death Dreamt Us All
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,750. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Rowan lives at the edge of reality. Barely a night without restlessness, barely a breath without torment, she exists at the edge, her mind merely a footfall away from the abyss. Within that abyss stirs a creature so vicious, so evil, and it lies in wait, staring back at her, waiting for her to fall.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,730. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
In all Chaos, there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order. Now, imagine if the Horsemen were already among us, and imagine if the Fourth had a name. This is the story of an immortal soul. It is the story of a lot that had been cast, a story of heartbreak, pain, and acceptance, and ultimately, it is a story of redemption through love.
The Thin Wall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,630. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Young, innocent college freshman Laleana O’Reilly, disenchanted with societal norms, decides that she needs a new philosophy. One dreary late night in the college library, she discovers the Marquis deSade . . . and Julian. One book. One desire. One unbridled act of passion. Laleana might submit her body, but to the abyss, she'll never surrender her soul.
The Kissing Room
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,380. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Merle tells us her tale of love, longing, and desperation. As she struggles with the guilt over her husband's suicide, Merle's gut wrenching quest for redemption takes her on a downward spiral into a hell of her own making. Resigned to a life of self-mutilation, abuse, and despair, will she find hope in a mysterious stranger, or will she die.
The Splendor of Antiquity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,510. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
His beloved Joliette had long ago stopped living. Yes, death had them both, but even in death, passion knows no bounds. She would love him in the end, for it was just in her nature ~ to love the dead.

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