Biography

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen published books, and has reviewed books for Absolute Magnitude, Horror magazine, and Wavelengths. Previously, he was the Pre-Press Production supervisor at Avon Books, an editor at Byron Preiss Visual Publications/Multimedia, and a college-level history and writing instructor. He lives in northeast Connecticut.

As an editor, Grossman’s credits include annotated editions of Dracula, Frankenstein, and H. P. Lovecraft’s works, as well as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s 3-volume feminist reworking of Dracula (The Angry Angel, The Soul of an Angel, and the never-released The Angel of Death), as well as many other works of literature, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, and nonfiction.

Grossman currently teaches at the University of Connecticut (writing, book publishing, science fiction, and fantasy), and has previously taught at Rutgers (European history) and Bloomfield College, where he was something of a jack-of-all-trades (American history, women’s history, the West in American history, the literature of business, writing and creative writing, etc.). He was one of the original instructors in the Weekends at Bloomfield College B.A. program for adult learners. He has a dual B.A. (Temple University, 1988) in history and English, and an M.A. (Rutgers, The State University of NJ, 1990) in modern European history, with a focus on 19th century British history, especially the history of reading.

Grossman’s nonfiction writing credits include The Red Sox Fan Handbook, The Adult Student’s Guide, and The New England Museum Guide, along with several other books, and recent novels include The Green Lion and The Golden Thorns. he was the original review editor for Horror magazine (where he primarily reviewed dark fantasy). He went on to write reviews for Wavelengths and Absolute Magnitude. In addition to nonfiction, Grossman writes fantasy and historical fiction.

The Quiet Corner

Rural Northeast Connecticut is known as “The Quiet Corner”. Swordsmith Productions is headquartered in a nineteen-room, ca. 1732 house in rural Pomfret, Connecticut, straddling the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island borders. While Washington didn’t sleep here, he did stop at the house to have lunch and water his horses during his presidential tour. Other features include nineteenth-century stained glass, a 20,000 book reference library, and an eighteenth-century graveyard across the street.