Dr. John L. Flynn

Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, psychologist, college professor and department chair. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 6, 1954, he has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Southern California University.  He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and has been a regular contributor and columnist to dozens of science fiction magazines.  In 1977, he received the M. Carolyn Parker award for outstanding journalism for his freelance work on several Florida daily newspapers.

He sold his first book, Future Threads, in 1985, and has subsequently had twelve other books published, including Cinematic Vampires: The Living Dead on Film, The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dissecting Aliens, Visions in Light and Shadow, War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg, 75 Years of Universal Monsters, 50 Years of Hammer Horror, 101 Superheroes of the Silver Screen, 2001: Beyond the Infinite, The Jovian Dilemma, and Phantoms of the Opera: Behind the Mask.

A lifelong fan of Gaston Leroux, John was inspired to write his definitive study of the Opera Ghost after seeing Michael Crawford on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award-winning musical, and he also wrote the Introduction to Signet’s new edition of the Leroux novel.  He has also written the Afterword to Signet’s new printing of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.  In 1997, John switched gears from writing and literature to study psychology, and earned a degree as a clinical psychologist.  His study, The Etiology of Sexual Addiction: Childhood Trauma as a Primary Determinant, has broken new ground in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction.  From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Flynn was also nominated for three Hugo Awards for his science fiction writing.  Today, John lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, and is the Chair of the Psychology and Social Sciences Department at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland.


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