Athol Dickson

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Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website,, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel according to Moses. His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher’s Weekly) and Flannery O’Connor (by The New York Times). He and his wife live in Southern California.

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Books by this Author

The Opposite of Art
Lost Mission

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Do to others what you would want them to do to you.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to love unconditionally.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Honestly, I have no idea. I've been trying for a long time to learn not to think about what other people think of me, and I guess it's finally starting to work.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Professor Moriarty comes to mind.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I'm not much of a song person. Most of the music I enjoy is instrumental. Jazz. New Age. Classical. I do enjoy Sarah MacLaughlin's work, such as "In the Arms of An Angel." And I like almost everything Enya has done. "Orinoco Flow" is one of my favorites by her. I still listen to 60's and 70's rock and roll sometimes. James Taylor. Cat Stevens. Crosby Stills Nash & Young. My friends laugh at me because I'm hopelessly out of date when it comes to popular music. But most of the new stuff I hear sounds derivative and repetitive. I very rarely hear anyone who's honestly doing something different.