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Hal Bodner is a multiple Bram Stoker Award nominee, known for his best
selling gay vampire novel, Bite Club and the lupine sequel, The Trouble
With Hairy. He tells people he was born in East Philadelphia because so
few people know where Cherry Hill, New Jersey is located. The first
person he saw ever saw was the doctor who delivered him, C. Everett Koop,
the future US Surgeon General. Thus, from birth Hal was ironically
destined to become a heavy smoker — a habit he greatly misses.
He moved to West Hollywood in the 1980s and has rarely left the city
limits since. In fact, he is so WeHo-centric that he cannot find his way
around Beverly Hills– the next town over. In a burst of over optimism,
he bought a six bedroom mansion in Highland Park, a supposedly
up-and-coming area of East Los Angeles. After three years of watching
the street gangs doing drug deals in his back yard, he fled back to WeHo.
During his sojourn in East L.A., he was protected from the harm because
of his habit of chasing his escaped pet peacock down Figueroa Boulevard
at night, dressed in his fluffy bathrobe and fuzzy Cthulu slippers while
yelling “Apollo! Apollo! Come back!” None of the gang members would
shoot him; they were laughing too hard.
His various professions have included stints as an entertainment lawyer,
a scheduler for a 976 sex telephone line, a theater reviewer and the
personal assistant to a television star. For several years, he owned
Heavy Petting, a pet boutique where movie stars bought gold-plated water
dishes and designer wardrobes for their Chihuahuas and Pomeranians.
In the erotic paranormal romance genre — which he refers to as
“supernatural smut” — he is best known for having written In Flesh and
Stone and For Love of the Dead. His comic gay super hero trilogy will
hopefully debut shortly with Fabulous in Tights to be followed by A Study
in Spandex. With Browne & Brownie: The Case of the Purloined Prince, the
first novel in a trilogy featuring a gay detective and his side-kick, the
“madam” of an escort agency, Hal is busily turning classic noir fiction
upside down and tinting it with a health splash of lavender.
Hal married a man roughly half his age who had no idea that Liza Minnelli
and Judy Garland were related. In consequence, he has discovered that
the use of hair dye is rarely an adequate substitute for Viagra.