Garrison Kelly


Garrison Kelly has been writing creatively since January 2002 and made it official with an English degree in 2009 from Western Washington University. He is mentally disabled with schizophrenia and autism. Mental illnesses are a favorite topic of his to discuss when writing, as are liberal politics, violent situations, anti-bullying politics, heavy metal music, and the occasional shy guy love story. Garrison’s favorite writers include, but are not limited to Carl Hiaasen, Lilian Jackson Braun, Brett Battles, and Susan Cain.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
It’s a hand-me-down from my older brother and has been in my possession since 2008. I have to be careful with it because it’s small and shakes easily. The upper tier has my computer screen, pencils, flash drives, and tissues on it. The middle tier holds my fan, house phone, speakers, tape player, keyboard, and sometimes a bottle of Diet Mountain Dew. The bottom tier is where my computer tower, printer, and power strips are located. In addition to writing stories and poetry, my rickety desk has also been used to draw some…interesting pictures.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’ve lived in many places over the course of my childhood, but the one place where reality hit me the hardest was when I was going to high school in Chehalis, Washington. My freshman year was best known for the verbal bullying I have endured and almost committed suicide over. Due to the crippling PTSD (and eventual schizophrenia) I’ve suffered, most of my writing is influenced by dark and disturbing themes such as death, bullying, mental sickness, sex, and violence. I do have lighthearted stories in my archives, but I will always be known as an R-rated author.
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Where to find Garrison Kelly online


American Darkness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,180. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Violence, conformity, bigotry, zeal, and shallowness. These are all things that plague our world despite all of this progress we’ve made as human beings. These are the same themes that can be found in the disturbing and oftentimes disgusting modern day tales found in this short story collection, American Darkness.
Occupy Wrestling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,380. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
If professional wrestling is fake, then why are Mitch McLeod’s most painful nightmares so real? It’s because being KDW World Heavyweight Champion means he must take on all challengers, even those of the monster, demon, and undead variety. Every suplex and body slam Mitch performs will be countered with fireballs, poison, and barbaric force from these otherworldly opponents.
Confessions of a Schizophrenic Savage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,960. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Garrison Kelly is not part of a rock band, but he can still sing to you with fiery passion. He can make a D- in school seem like the ultimate tearjerker. He can scream curses at the Tea Party with no absence of malice. He can wrap you in love one minute and break your heart the next. You may laugh. You may cry. You may clinch your hands into hammer fists.

Garrison Kelly's tag cloud

band    blackmail    blood    bluecollar    concert    corporate    corporation    crime    death    detective    emotional    fighting    fishing    heaven    heavy metal    hell    leftwing    liberal    love    magic    monsters    mosh pit    music    occupy    political    rape    rock    romance    sadness    school    sexism    sorcery    trauma    violence    wrestling