Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and filmmaker. He is the writer/director of the psychological horror FOLLOW and the author of several books including The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, Everyone Says That at the End of the World and the short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying, and newly released Hollow from Soft Skull Press.

He also wrote and starred in the Zach Scott produced play The Other Side of Sleep. As a screenwriter he has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney and many others.

Egerton is also the host of public radio’s The Write Up and the reading series One Page Salon. Egerton and his wife, poet Jodi Egerton, wrote the writing craft book This Word Now. 

Egerton has been honored as one of Austin’s top comics performing with The Sinus Show and Master Pancake Theater. He’s been voted Austin’s favorite author by the readers of the Austin Chronicle seven times.


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  1. Dear Owen:
    I read Blake’s doctor father’s poem that was inscribed into a card just before Blake left for college: “Life is mainly froth & bubble. Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.” It pierced my heart and all my searching was summed in this simple stanza. I have been prodigal and seeking the wrong stuff. I have attempted to name the unknowable and limit the infinite. I have forgotten my dreams and forsaken the song that was so long in my heart. Your words helped. So much. THANK YOU.

  2. I am a teenage girl with thyroid disease, and I was messing around on Spotify and out of sheer boredom I searched ‘thyroid.’ Your song ‘My Sister’s Thyroid’ made me laugh and smile. Thank you.

  3. Greetings Owen-am a 90 yr.old Geneology “Nut”,also an Egerton descendant-have lots of family records-very interesting-if we are in same lineage-we are descended from Lord Egerton-who was Lord Chancelor under Elizabeth I-The TV series “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed at his Estate-Let me hear from you.Cynthia

    1. Hi Cynthia- Thanks so much for the letter and drawing! Amazing. I’ve never visited the estate of Lord Egerton. I feel I must now. The drawing is above my desk now!

  4. Hi Owen. Just read your “Type So Hard…” post on Huffington. Great stuff. I started out a writer but let disappointment and addiction derail me for years. I’m just trying to scratch out of the cocoon now. In your post, you say the Internet is dangerous — in what way did you mean?

    Thanks for you words of inspiration. Here’s hoping the well doesn’t completely dry.

    1. Hey Weston – So glad you enjoyed the Huffington piece. The internet is dangerous to writers for several reasons… distraction mainly. Facebook, Twitter, surfing is quick reactions – like wack-a-mole of thought. We LIKE or RETWEET. We offer quick replies. For writing you need get your mind into a flow of creating with nothing to react against. A slow solitary flow.

      I know for me as soon as a sentence gives me trouble I want to jump to email or quickly check a page. Then I’m gone from the writing for an hour.https://owenegerton.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=all#comments-form

  5. Hi Owen,
    I read your Huff piece too and loved it. I’m a writer also, and felt it was sage, indeed! I just wanted to let you know that it made me want to read your books. The Book of Harold arrive in my Melbourne, Australia letterbox today courtesy of Amazon. Really looking forward to the read.
    Best, Julietta

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