DSC_7482Ben Garrido is the author of the novels The Blackguard  and The Potency (available soon), in addition to the upcoming novel The Book of Joshua. He also writes award winning journalism for the Reno News and Review, Chico News and Review and others, and lectures on second language acquisition at Mokwon University in South Korea. He writes on subjects including language, fiction, adventure and logic.  Raised in Reno, Nevada, he now divides his time between South Korea and the United States.

Please click here for the blog, or, if you’d like to browse some of the best archived materials, you can find them under the headers at the top of this page. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

The Blackguard, described by multi-award winning author Todd Borg as “two parts Hunter S Thompson and one part John Kennedy Toole … pour over a story about an isolated town of white supremacists and you get an outrageous, acidic story that will keep your attention” is currently on sale at Amazon, Smashwords, Inkbok and Kobo in both ebook and paper formats.



Blackguard Cover


Writing and Language Essays.

Opinion Essays.


Korean Stuff.

Car Racing Essays, Videos and Photos.

Short Stories By Myself and Others.

Open Letters. 

My Textbook.



  1. Katherine C. Mead-Brewer · · Reply

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award:) For more information on the award, please visit my most recent post: http://howlinghowl.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/the-versatile-blogger-award-huzzah/

    Thanks for your sharing your thoughts and your writing!

    1. Thanks! I’m honored.

  2. Congrats! I’ve nominated you and your blog for a Liebster Award.
    Go to my blog post for instructions. http://ernsangia.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/nina-kaytel-and-the-liebster-award/
    Go to this link if you want to see where it started. http://ninakaytel.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/award-time/#comments

      1. Anytime Ben. You don’t have to partake, its a way to spread the word about your blog. I’m sure that with the new book you could any extra exposure. Nina is a fine blogger. If you haven’t checked her out already, please do.:-)

  3. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    Ben, this is In-young. You are like a god to me.

  4. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    Ben is ugly

    1. Hwang in-young · · Reply


      1. Hwang in-young · ·

        sorry ben 재빈 wrote this

  5. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    Hi ben I’m Hwang in-young.
    your class is very nice.
    I want listen your class again

  6. You guys are awesome. Keep in touch. ㅋㅋㅋ

    1. Hwang in-young · · Reply

      haha yes I’m very awesome

  7. You have to be well liked for others to call you ugly and then continue the conversation:-)

    1. Hwang in-young · · Reply

      Really? I continue the conversation?
      I can do

  8. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    what are you doing now?

    1. Hey bud, do you see the “contact” button? Click that one, okay? ^^

      1. Hwang in-young · ·

        no I can’t see

      2. It’s on the top, “textbook” 옆에, “Journalism” 밑에 있다. 그런 버튼을 크리크 해 봐. ^^

      3. Hwang in-young · ·

        not 크리크, 클릭

  9. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    hi, I think you are a best teacher in after school English class

    1. Yeah? Is the new teacher boring?

      1. Hwang in-young · ·

        no but bad way to talk

      2. Sorry to hear that, bud.😦

      3. Hwang in-young · ·

        hei I’m not a bud!!!
        just you are a better

  10. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    hi long time no hear ben

  11. Ben

    I’m about to take part in an award that is meant to showcase blogs who have a written base. This entails a bio and pic from me, thanking and featuring the bio from the person who nominated me and then showcasing three other writers with a bio and photo in my post. It’s called a Blog Hop and isn’t your standard award but more of a recognition of writing and talent.

    I have two of the three but Di from Holistic Wayfarer [who was to be the third] doesn’t have time at the moment due to her work on the Race Around the World. After spending some time on your site and the back and forth between us re my post I would really appreciate it if you would consider doing this.

    All I need from you is a bio about yourself and your writing [about 1 – 2 paragraphs] Feel free to include links to your written work and any particular posts you are proud of. If you are interested please send the info to jenniferann1970@hotmail.com as soon as you can as I’m already a ‘little’ behind getting this one out.

    If you’re not interested just let me know soon OK as I did have a couple of others in mind but after seeing your work I would prefer to use you for this. Thanks


    1. Hey Jenni,

      Check your email.:)

      1. Excellent – I’ll finish writing it tonight and will let you know when it goes up – you are welcome to re-blog it you want and I will try to forward any comments or questions about you and your work to your email address if that is OK. Just quickly do you have a photo to go with that or would you prefer to use the cover of your new book as an image? I can grab the image from your site but if it’s a photo just email it to me. Thanks a lot. Jenni

  12. Hwang in-young · · Reply

    I will go to philiphin English camp in this summer vacation

  13. All the Best! Luckily, my “Perspectives” include the English Language! Regards – Syl

    1. Hahaha, thanks for swinging by.:)

  14. It’s a pleasure to meet you Ben. We share a passion for writing and blogging it seems. Thanks for visiting and following my blog…I look forward to reading more of your posts and perhaps learning more about South Korea. I once had a S. Korean student stay with me while he attended high school in Canada.He and his family have since left their homeland and relocated to the East Coast of Canada.

    1. Cool! Yeah, I really like it here in South Korea. Probably going to be here for the long run.

      I look forward to reading more of your blog posts. Keep up the good work!

  15. Thanks for popping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours

    1. I enjoyed it very much. Armchair philosophers of the world unite!

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me. I look forward to receiving your writings.

    1. I hope I can give you something worthwhile.:)

  17. Love The Blackguard cover! Very eye-catching!

    1. The artist is a Portuguese gentleman living in London named Guilherme Condexia. He has done a bunch of killer covers and I’m lucky to have worked with him.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

  18. Thank you for the “Like”.:) Honoured!

    1. You’re very welcome.

  19. Ben, Thank you for the follow!

  20. Now, THIS is a blog page. =) Happy new year, B.

    1. You too! I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine.:)

  21. Oh wow! I’m so glad that Holistic Wayfarer sent me your way! Me and my family live in Reno and my girls are in love with all things Hallyu! Their goal is to go teach in Seoul someday. It should be really interesting to follow you. Can’t wait to dig in and learn!

    1. Welcome! I hope you find some interesting stuff.

      I’d love to hear all about your family’s plans for adventure.

      1. Thank you authorbengarrido! I’m sure I will, and I’ll tell you all about our plans soon. Holistic Wayfarer said to say, “Hi from the Grammar Mafia.” Lol!

  22. I wanted to pop by and again say thank you for the email and taking the time to share your concerns. That was very kind of you.

    1. My pleasure. I hope you get what you’re looking for.:)

      1. I probably won’t. But dreams are good to have. Thanks again for your kindness.

  23. Hello
    Thank you for visiting me, have a good day.:)

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