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ALAN GOLDSHER Novelist/Ghostwriter/Editor

Alan Goldsher has written two works of non-fiction, two ebooks, and nine novels, including the acclaimed mash-up Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, which Parade called “Bloody brilliant.” As a ghostwriter, Alan has collaborated on books with numerous celebrities and public figures, including actor/comedian Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), film director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and guitarist/vocalist George Benson.

Goldsher’s music journalism has appeared in Bass Player and Guitar Player, and his sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine,,, and During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

Alan lives and writes in Chicago.

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My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires

Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2012

A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot

Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2012

Give Death a Chance: The British Zombie Invasion 2

BooGoo Press, 2012

Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion

Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2010

No Ordinary Girl

Little Black Dress Books/Hachette, 2010

Today’s Special

Little Black Dress Books/Hachette, 2009

Reality Check

Little Black Dress Books/Hachette, 2008

The True Naomi Story

Little Black Dress Books/Hachette, 2008

Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read

Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2008

Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Hal Leonard, 2003

Permanent Press, 2002


With guitarist/vocalist George Benson: Benson: The Autobiography

DaCapo Press, 2014

With music manager Ron Weisner: Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music

Globe Pequot Press, 2014

With actor Kevin Pollak: How I Slept My Way to the Middle

Lyons Press, 2012

With director Tobe Hooper: Midnight Movie: A Novel

Three Rivers Press, 2011

With actor Robert Englund: Hollywood Monster

Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2009

With triathlete Sarah Reinertsen: In A Single Bound

Globe Pequot, 2009

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(updated 6/20/2012)

-The first reviews of My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires are trickling in. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say:

“Goldsher has devised the perfect book for readers who believe that The Sound of Music needed more caustic vomit, lesbian vampire sex, Nazi Undeath Squads, the ghost of John Coltrane, and copious lashings of gross-out humor.”

It’ll be in stores on August 7, but it’s now available for pre-order, which you can do here.

-I'm proud to announce that I'll be working with guitarist/vocalist George Benson on his memoir, Benson: The Autobiography.  The book will be published by the fine folks at DaCapo Press, and we're hoping it'll hit stores in late 2013 or early 2014.  George is a wonderful guy with stories like you wouldn't believe -- little surprise, as over his brilliant 40-plus year career, he's performed with many of the heaviest musicians of his, or any era -- and I can't wait for you all to read it.

-Also available for pre-order here is Kevin Pollak’s (and Alan Goldsher’s) How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from the Stage, the Screen, and the Interwebs, which will be on shelves November 6, 2012.

-Here’s a fun little interview (Alan-terview?) with the Chicago Sun-Times.

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-This summer, look for my collaboration with Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, a short story collection called Books That Make No Sense in a Place of Make Believe, Dinosaurs, Astronauts, and Cupcakes.  Further details and preorder information coming soon...

-Two of my 2014 ghostwriting projects are now available for preorder: Guitarist/vocalist George Benson’s Benson: The Autobiography (featuring a foreward from Bill Cosby) and Listen Out Loud: A Life In Music -- Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson by music industry impresario Ron Weisner. Click here for order info on George’s book, and here for info on Ron’s.

-Regular visitors will note that I’ve added the title of BOOK PACKAGER to my arsenal. What that means is, I can connect you and your project with a publisher or a literary agent, or act as a consult as you navigate your way through the world of self-publishing. For more information, shoot me a note at

-Click here to visit my new Testimonials page, where you can see what some of my awesome clients and editors had to say about my ghostwriting.