Danel Olson (b. 1965) is a professor of Gothic fiction and survivor memoirs at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. He is the creator of Exotic Gothic, aWorld Fantasy Finalist anthology series premiering stories from emerging and established writers in over thirty nations from Australia to Zimbabwe. First published by Canada's Ash-Tree Press and now continued by England's P.S. Publishing, Exotic Gothic 5 in 2013 debuts new stories from Joyce Carol Oates and many others. Recent studies he piloted include 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000 (Scarecrow Press, 2011).