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Alexander Gordon Smith is an English horror writer, founder of Egg Box Publishing and co-owner of independent production company, Fear Driven Films. He also runs many creative writing talks and workshops around the world, encouraging everyone -particularly children- to write. He's known best for his horror series ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.

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Alexander Gordon Smith (born 27 February 1979) is an English horror writer, founder of Egg Box Publishing and co-owner of independent production company, Fear Driven Films. He also runs many creative writing talks and workshops around the world, encouraging everyone -particularly children- to write. He's known best for his horror series ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.


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* ''The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls" (2008)

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* ''The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls" Souls'' (2008)




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* ''Silent Night'' (2018) - A prequel novella




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* ''Hellwalkers'' (2017)

H.C.T.I.W.: This Book Will Kill You (2019)


* EldritchAbomination: All of the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]] in his last three series:

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* EldritchAbomination: All of the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]] in his last three series:EldritchAbomination:



** [[spoiler: Ostheim and (though he's not the bigger bad) Mammon]] from ''Literature/TheDevilsEngine

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** [[spoiler: Ostheim and (though he's not the bigger bad) Mammon]] from ''Literature/TheDevilsEngine


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* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[The Rebarres and the Bastions]]

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* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[The Rebarres [[spoiler: Rilke Bastion and the Bastions]]Patrick Rebarre]]



* AnyoneCanDie: And how, with no shortage in variety.



* Body Horror

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* Body HorrorBodyHorror: A founding theme in his series.



* EldritchAbomination: All of the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]]in his last three series:

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* EldritchAbomination: All of the [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]]in Bads]] in his last three series:


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* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: A running gag in his books.
** Often followed up with a TeenyWeenie remark.


* MeaningfulName: Obvious in the nicknames of the Engineers (Truck, Night, Pan) but also with the actual names of Rilke, Schiller, Zee, Daisy and Brick.

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* MeaningfulName: Obvious in the nicknames of the Engineers (Truck, Night, Pan) but also with the actual names of Marlow, Rilke, Schiller, Zee, Daisy and Brick.


* BitterweetEnding: The case of his series so far, goodness and hopes prevails but with the cost of many losses.

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* BitterweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: The case of his series so far, goodness and hopes prevails but with the cost of many losses.



* FromBadToWorse



* IJustWriteTheThing: While he doesn't really stick to a rigid plan with most of his series, this is most notable in ''Lockdown'' in which due to another rough patch in his life, Gordon felt compelled to keep writing the story as it developed in the hopes that helping Alex find his escape would help himself out too.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in horrible, horrible ways.



* ThePowerOfFriendship: Gordon's books contain very poignant and heartwarming friendships, often reflected by the characters themselves realising they wouldn't have made as far as they've gone without one another.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: A frequent theme in Gordon's books as they contain very poignant and heartwarming friendships, often reflected by the characters themselves realising they wouldn't have made as far as they've gone without one another.another.
* TeensAreMonsters: Reflected in his teenage villains, and the attitude of society in ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.


* BitterweetEndings: The case of his series so far, goodness and hopes prevails but with the cost of many losses.

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* BitterweetEndings: BitterweetEnding: The case of his series so far, goodness and hopes prevails but with the cost of many losses.



* EldritchAbomination: All of the BiggerBads in his last three series:

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* EldritchAbomination: All of the BiggerBads in [[BiggerBad Bigger Bads]]in his last three series:


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* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[The Rebarres and the Bastions]]
* AuthorAvatar: With Alex Sawyer, the protagonist of Literature/EscapeFromFurnace. Much of Alex's character came from a period of time in Gordon's teenage years when he'd been in a rough patch that could've gone very dangerous. In earlier drafts of the novel the character is originally named Alex Smith.
* BitterweetEndings: The case of his series so far, goodness and hopes prevails but with the cost of many losses.
* Body Horror
* CanonWelding: [[spoiler: In Hellfighters, Meridiana shows Marlow visions of the multiple universes. In one of these visions, Marlow sees the past villains of ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace'' and ''The Fury.'' Before this however, Gordon has teased this multiverse convergence multiple times in AMAs.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The premise and concept of Literature/TheDevilsEngine.
* DeadpanSnarker: Given that most of his characters are teenagers, many of them fall under this.
* EldritchAbomination: All of the BiggerBads in his last three series:
** [[spoiler: The Stranger]] from ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.
** The Storm from ''The Fury''.
** [[spoiler: Ostheim and (though he's not the bigger bad) Mammon]] from ''Literature/TheDevilsEngine
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: And how!
** FamilyUnfriendlyViolence
* HumanoidAbomination
* IJustWantToBeNormal: All of his protagonists so far have been teenagers chosen and thrown into traumatic horrors they definitely didn't want.
* MeaningfulName: Obvious in the nicknames of the Engineers (Truck, Night, Pan) but also with the actual names of Rilke, Schiller, Zee, Daisy and Brick.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Gordon's books contain very poignant and heartwarming friendships, often reflected by the characters themselves realising they wouldn't have made as far as they've gone without one another.


Alexander Gordon Smith is an English horror writer, founder of EggBox Publishing and co-owner of independent production company, Fear Driven Films. He also runs many creative writing talks and workshops around the world, encouraging everyone -particularly children- to write. He's known best for his horror series ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.

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Alexander Gordon Smith is an English horror writer, founder of EggBox Egg Box Publishing and co-owner of independent production company, Fear Driven Films. He also runs many creative writing talks and workshops around the world, encouraging everyone -particularly children- to write. He's known best for his horror series ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace''.



In his workshops and writing guides, he believes highly in the idea of writing horror from one's own fears and that horror is a good genre for teenagers and children to read and write more of.

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In his workshops and writing guides, he believes highly in the idea of writing horror from one's own fears and that horror is a good genre for teenagers and children to read and write more of. Many of his own novels work from these ideas, notably his Furnace series coming from inspiration of a rough patch Gordon went through in his teenage years, and the claustrophobia he had felt when doing research exploring the ideas of the cells.



* ''The Inventors''
* ''The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls"

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* ''The Inventors''
Inventors'' (2007)
* ''The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls"
Souls" (2008)



* ''Lockdown''
* ''Solitary''
* ''Death Sentence''
* ''Fugitives''
* ''Execution''
* ''The Night Children''

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* ''Lockdown''
''Lockdown'' (2009)
* ''Solitary''
''Solitary'' (2010)
* ''Death Sentence''
Sentence'' (2011)
* ''Fugitives''
''Fugitives'' (2012)
* ''Execution''
''Execution'' (2012)
* ''The Night Children''
Children'' (2012) - A prequel novella



* ''The Fury''
* ''The Storm''

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* ''The Fury''
Fury'' (2012)
* ''The Storm''
Storm''[[note]]Due to a publishing decision, The Storm is no longer published as a separate book and is combined with The Fury as one 700 page novel[[/note]]



* ''Hellraisers''
* ''Hellfighters''

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* ''Hellraisers''
''Hellraisers'' (2015)
* ''Hellfighters''''Hellfighters'' (2016)

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