Born: Gabriel Lucatero
April 29, 1985
Residence: Santa Barbara, California
Genres: Transgressive fiction, horror, science fiction, supernatural fiction, drama, gothic, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction, crime fiction, suspense, and thriller.
Influence: Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Franz Kafka, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Charles Bukowski, T.C. Boyle, Chuck Palahniuk, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, and Lee Child.
Gabriel Lucatero is a Mexican fiction writer who describes most of his work as Transgressive and Horror Fiction but also enjoys writing about other genres, such as Crime Fiction. He is the author of The Galuri Outis Memoirs, the serialized story of an illegal immigrant who pursues a career as a writer in his second language, mirroring several aspects of Gabriel’s own life.
Gabriel himself came to Santa Barbara, California back in 2004 in search of his version of the American Dream. At the age of 19 (as you can see in the picture above), two things were evident in his head:
1-He always wanted to be a writer.
2-He was aiming for making Santa Barbara his permanent home.
The logical next step was to study the language. Gabriel had conversations with family members and locals about his future, but the idea of mastering/writing in the English language was daunting for him. At El Zarape, a local Mexican restaurant on the west side of the city, he met Raul Gil, a restaurant owner and distinguished member of the community. He gave Gabriel Lucatero a piece of advice he never forgot. “Stay focused,” he said, “go after your goals and never listen to the negative voices inside of your head.” Thanks for having listened to him, Gabriel went to the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), studied English, and years later was able to self-publish his first novel on Amazon.
Gabriel has had a plethora of jobs; such as McDonald’s, Staples and Denny’s, to mention some, and it is thanks to this experiences that he’s able to write his fiction, getting ideas from people of all walks of life. He also worked as an editor for a local bilingual newspaper and is currently doing editing for a local magazine as well. Furthermore, Gabriel has a part-time job as a clerk at a 7-11 in town, and on his spare time, he likes to get involved in the community and help in any way he can. To be able to accomplish that goal, Gabriel became a member of the local Rotary Club Santa Barbara Sunrise. He is also a member of Woodland Toastmasters, where he has learned to hone his public speaking skills.