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Michael Gurnow

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Michael Gurnow is an American author, literary scholar, and film critic. He is best known for his book The Edward Snowden Affair: Exposing the Politics and Media Behind the NSA Scandal and his novel Nature's Housekeeper, both published by Blue River Press.


Gurnow taught American literature[1] at Southeast Missouri State University.[2] It was at this time he produced studies of authors such as William S. Burroughs,[3] Stephen King,[4] H.P. Lovecraft,[5] [6] Daniel Defoe,[7] and George Orwell.[8] His examination of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot was later translated and included in an anthology celebrating the Nobel Prize-winning Irish playwright.[9]

Film critic[edit]

From 2006-2009, Gurnow was film historian and book critic for The Horror Review and wrote under the moniker "Egregious Gurnow." [10] Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert referred to Gurnow's work (in particular, a list of the 100 Best Dead Teenager Movies which Gurnow penned in tandem with Nate Yapp of Classic-Horror and Robert "Horror Bob" Brodmerkel of The Horror Review) as “very admirable.”[11] Working in this capacity, Gurnow produced one of the few interviews of the highly reclusive American horror writer and satirist, Bentley Little.[12]


In April 2014, Gurnow's first book, The Edward Snowden Affair: Exposing the Politics and Media Behind the NSA Scandal, was published by Blue River Press.[13] It became a bestseller in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, India, and Japan.[14] Of the three books about Edward Snowden that were released within a year of the first NSA Global surveillance disclosures (the others being Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide and Luke Harding's The Snowden Files), Gurnow's was the only one written by an author living in America.[15] The book has been cited in the UC Davis Law Review[16] and the Routledge anthology Secrecy, Law and Society,[17] and chosen by the American Book Center as a Top 10 selection in the category of political science.[18]

In May 2015, Gurnow's second book, a novel titled Nature's Housekeeper, was published by Blue River Press.[19] It debuted at Number 1 in Germany in the category of Nature Writing and, domestically, became a bestseller in the category of Conservation.[20] Billed as an “eco-comedy,” it tells the story of a university professor who, after reading Henry David Thoreau, forsakes the humdrum life of teaching and takes a job at a state park as a trail maintenance worker.[19] The novel received positive response from many noteworthy authors and outdoor enthusiasts, among them Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B,[21] and Les Stroud, Discovery Channel's Survivorman.[22] The introduction was written by The Aldo Leopold Foundation,[23] and the afterword was written by Lawton Grinter, author of I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking.[24]

Gurnow's work has also appeared as cover stories in Fifth Estate,[25] American Atheist,[26] and Homeland Security Today.[27] He has also appeared in Word Riot[28] and Literary Kicks.[29]


  1. Gurnow, Michael (2015). Nature's Housekeeper. Indianapolis: Blue River Press. p. 47. ISBN 1935628488. |access-date= requires |url= (help) Search this book on
  2. Gurnow, Michael (June 7, 2015). "Radio Interview" (Interview). Clint Allen. Unknown parameter |program= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |city= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |call-sign= ignored (help)
  3. Gurnow, Michael (February 2008), “Political Parties in Naked Lunch, Literary Kicks, retrieved 24 July 2015
  4. Gurnow, Michael (August 2008), Defending the King: An Examination of Academia’s Reaction to Stephen King Being Awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, The Horror Review, retrieved 25 July 2015
  5. Gurnow, Michael (October 2008), Black Christ and His Invisible Brother on the Cross: Race and Religion in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Dunwich Horror’, Lucrezia, retrieved 25 July 2015
  6. Gurnow, Michael (October 2008), Zarathustra . . . Cthulhu . Meursault: Existential Futility in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, The Horror Review, retrieved 25 July 2015
  7. Gurnow, Michael (Summer 2010), “The Folly of Beginning a Work Before We Count the Cost”, Fifth Estate, retrieved 24 July 2015
  8. Gurnow, Michael (September 2007), Revisiting Doctor Orwell: The Illness of Nationalism, Dissident Voice, retrieved 24 July 2015
  9. Gurnow, Michael (Fall 2007), «Κανένα σύμβολο δεν ήταν σκόπιμο: Μια μελέτη του συμβολισμού και της νύξης στο Περιμένοντας τον Γκοντό του Μπέκετ», DROMENA, pp. 68–79, retrieved 24 July 2015
  10. Brodmerkel, Robert (October 2008), Horror Review Team, The Horror Review, retrieved 25 July 2015
  11. Ebert, Roger (19 July 2007), Unwild About Scary Harry,, retrieved 8 June 2015
  12. Gurnow, Michael (October 2007), The Writer: An Interview with Bentley Little, The Horror Review
  13. Blue River Press (2015), Edward Snowden Affair Product Description, retrieved 8 June 2015
  14. Product Details (31 May 2014), The Edward Snowden Affair,, retrieved 24 July 2015
  15. Rinehart, Samantha (7 April 2014), Local Author Examines Debate Over Surveillance, Southeast Missourian, retrieved 8 June 2015
  16. Kwoka, Margaret (2015), Leaking and Legitimacy (PDF), UC Davis Law Review, 48.4, p. 1398, retrieved 8 June 2015
  17. Martin, Brian (2015), Secrecy, Law and Society, London: Routledge, p. 233, retrieved 8 June 2015
  18. Recommendations: Political Science, The American Book Center, June 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Blue River Press (2015), Nature's Housekeeper Product Description, retrieved 8 June 2015
  20. Product Details (14 May 2015), Nature's Housekeeper,, retrieved 24 July 2015
  21. (2015), Daniel Quinn's Annotated List of Suggested Readings, retrieved 8 June 2015
  22. Stroud, Les (15 May 2015), Les Stroud Official Twitter Page, retrieved 8 June 2015
  23. The Aldo Leopold Foundation (2015), About Buddy Huffaker, retrieved 8 June 2015
  24. Grinter, Lawton (1 April 2012), I Hike – The Book,, retrieved 8 June 2015
  25. Gurnow, Michael (Summer 2010), “The Folly of Beginning a Work Before We Count the Cost”, Fifth Estate, retrieved 24 July 2015
  26. Gurnow, Michael (April 2008), “The Passion of the Snuff” (PDF), American Atheist, retrieved 24 July 2015
  27. Gurnow, Michael (April 2014), “Snowden's Impact”, Homeland Security Today, retrieved 24 July 2015
  28. Gurnow, Michael (February 2007), “Tenebrae”, Word Riot, retrieved 24 July 2015
  29. Gurnow, Michael (February 2008), “Political Parties in Naked Lunch, Literary Kicks, retrieved 24 July 2015

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