Daniel Marcus is the founder and co-host of Story Hour. His fiction has appeared in many genre and literary venues, including Asimov's, F&SF, Aeon, Skull, Witness, and ZYZZYVA. Some of these stories were collected in "Binding Energy,"described by Salon.com as "a cross between Raymond Carver and William Gibson." Daniel has a new short story collection, Bright Moment and Others, coming out from Wordfire Press in 2021. He is also the author of the novels Burn Rate and A Crack in Everything. He has taught fiction writing at the UC Berkeley Extension and Gotham Writers' Workshop and was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Eileen Gunn is the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014). Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential online science-fiction magazine. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
Vylar Kaftan writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. She won a 2013 Nebula Award for her novella “The Weight of the Sunrise”, as well as a 2013 Sidewise Award for Short-Form Alternate History. She was also nominated for a 2010 Nebula Award for her short story “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno.”
Nisi Shawl is an African American writer, editor, and journalist. They are best known for their science fiction and fantasy dealing with gender, race, and colonialism, including the Nebula finalist novel Everfair. Their most recent editing credit is New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Their most recent fiction publication is the collection Talk Like a Man, part of PM Press's Outspoken Author series. They live in Seattle, where they also write nonfiction for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Review of Books.
Pat Murphy has used the ideas of the absurdist pseudophilosophy pataphysics in some of her writings. She has won two Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, and she is a co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. From 1998 through 2018, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty (a scientist and educator) jointly wrote the recurring 'Science' column in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that typically appeared twice each year. Their last column was in the May/June 2018 issue; Doherty passed away in August 2017.
Steve Crane's short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, Year's Best anthologies, and other publications. He has founded or co-founded six technology companies and was named one of Goldman Sachs "Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" in 2012. In an earlier life, he produced over fifty video and computer games, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, The Sims Hot Date, and The Suffering.
Laura Blackwell is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Nightmare, PseudoPod, Strange California, Hardened Hearts, and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. She lives in Northern California, but is frequently on Twitter as @pronouncedLAHra. Her website is www.pronouncedlahra.com.
Leslie What is a Nebula Award-winning writer and the author of Crazy Love, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared in Unstuck, Asimov's, Fugue, Serving House Journal, Contemporary World Literature,Los Angeles Review, Parabola, Fugue, Utne Reader, Lilith, Calyx, KYSO Flash and other places and been translated into German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Klingon. www.lesliewhat.com
Gregory Norman Bossert
Gregory Norman Bossert is an author and filmmaker based just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. He started writing in 2009 on a dare and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. His story “The Telling” won the 2013 World Fantasy Award; other stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov’s Science Fiction to the Saturday Evening Post, with recent stories in Conjunctions, Black Static, Weird Fiction Review, and Tor.com. When not writing, he wrangles spaceships and superheroes for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. More information is available at GregoryNormanBossert.com.
Rick Wilber is an award-winning writer, editor and college professor with a half-dozen novels published or under contract, and more than fifty short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. He is on the faculty of Western Colorado University’s low-residency MFA/MA in Creative Writing, where he teaches in the Genre Fiction program. His new short-story collection, Rambunctious (WordFire 2020) reprints some of his personal favorites, including the Sidewise Award-winning “Something Real,” and the touching “Today is Today,” reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019, edited by Rich Horton.
Amy Wolf is an Amazon Kindle Scout winner for her The Misses Brontes' Establishment. She writes both historical fiction and fantasy. Amy has a dragon trilogy out from Red Empress Press, and her historical The Honest Thieves series has just been released. She's sold short stories to Realms of Fantasy and Interzone, and began her career in L.A. in the Hollywood film industry. She now resides in Seattle.
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Tom Marcinko’s short fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Ellen Datlow’s late and lamented EventHorizon.com, and other venues. Many of his stories are collected in the Kindle volume “Astronauts and Heretics.” He is shopping a novel, writing another one, and getting frighteningly close to earning his Master’s in Humanities. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where his ten-minute play “A Team-Building Exercise” was judged stageworthy by the Northern Arizona University Playwriting Festival. He haunts Twitter as @TomMarcinko2.
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and a contributor to Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Oregon Reads Aloud. His homebrew cat-feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month. Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com
Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. Both a graduate of and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop, she has also published numerous short stories and essays, most recently, in San Bernardino, Singing, from Inlandia. A founding editor of The Raven Chronicles, her first novel, Spirits of the Ordinary, from Chronicle Books, will be reissued by Raven Chronicles Press in 2021. Her work has received the Governors Writers Award, the Western States Book Award, two Artist Trust Fellowships, and she is an Island Treasure on Bainbridge Island, where she resides, for which she must wear a tiara once a year.
Elaine Isaak writes knowledge inspired adventure fiction including The Singer's Legacy fantasy series, The Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery as by E. C. Ambrose, and the Bone Guard international thrillers as by E. Chris Ambrose. Her latest publication is historical fantasy novella The King of Next Week from Guardbridge Books. She's a frequent workshop instructor who leads adventure camps and makes wearable art in her free time. To learn about all of her writing, check out RocinanteBooks.com
Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her series, The Road to Nowhere, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She was a James A. Tiptree Award Honoree in 2018. In 2020, she is publishing her first collection, called Big Girl with PM Press and her first young adult novel, Find Layla with Skyscape. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she writes like she’s running out of time.
megelison.com // @megelison
Cliff Winnig’s stories have appeared in several anthologies, most recently Straight Outta Deadwood, on Escape Pod, and in magazines, including the Winter 2020 issue of Mad Scientist Journal. He also sold tweet-length stories to the twitterzines Outshine and Thaumatrope. He's a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and has in turn taught writing workshops at local science fiction conventions, as well as a continuing ed course on the history of science fiction. Cliff is also a musician—he plays sitar, and sings bass/baritone. He’s done social dance, including ballroom, swing, salsa, and Argentine tango, and martial arts, including karate, aikido, and tai chi. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley, which constantly inspires him to think about the future. He can be found online @winnig, and cliffwinnig.com.
Dawn Vogel’s academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-runs a small press, and tries to find time for writing. Her steampunk series, Brass and Glass, is published by DefCon One Publishing. She is a member of Broad Universe, Codex Writers, and SFWA. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.
A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. She lives in Philadelphia where she’s known to frequently subject her friends to various cooking and home brewing experiments. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVI and Clarion West 2017. Her short story, “Give the Family My Love,” won the 2019 Nebula Award. Her work has been in multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and has appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside, as well as other fine publications. You can find her online at atgreenblatt.com and on Twitter at @AtGreenblatt.
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood. She is the author of the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent along with several other series, over sixty short stories, and the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides; as half of M.A. Carrick, she is writing the epic Rook and Rose trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. For more information, visit swantower.com, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon at www.patreon.com/swan_tower.
Gordon B. White
Gordon B. White has lived in North Carolina, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of the collection As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions (Trepidatio Publishing 2020). A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, Gordon's stories have appeared in dozens of venues, including The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 12 and the Bram Stoker Award®–winning anthology Borderlands 6. He regularly contributes reviews and interviews to outlets including Nightmare, Lightspeed, and The Outer Dark podcast. You can find him online at www.gordonbwhite.com.
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of novels Beneath the Rising (Crawford Award, Aurora Award, British Fantasy Award, and Locus Award finalist) and A Broken Darkness, and novellas These Lifeless Things, And What Can We Offer You Tonight, and The Annual Migration of Clouds. Her next novel, The Void Ascendant, is the final book in the Beneath the Rising trilogy and is due out in March 2022. Her short fiction has appeared in many venues and she can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus and on her website at www.premeemohamed.com.
Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the "Women Destroy Science Fiction" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine (winner of the 2015 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology), "The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2015-2017", Analog, Fireside Fiction, and PodCastle, amongst others. Effie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns.
Laurence Raphael Brothers
Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist. He has worked in R&D at such firms as Bell Communications Research and Google, and he has five patents along with numerous industry publications. His areas of expertise include Internet and cloud-based applications, artificial intelligence, telecom applications, and online games. He has published many science fiction and fantasy stories and three novles. Laurence is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines, and her debut novel Machinehood is forthcoming from Saga Press in March 2021. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing. Find her on Twitter @divyastweets or at www.eff-words.com.
Laura Davy lives in California with her husband and cat. She wrote her first story when she was in elementary school and, despite the fact that the plot didn't make sense, she kept on writing. Her fiction has been published in Apex Magazine, Escape Pod, Grimdark Magazine, Grievous Angel, Factor Four, and others. You can learn more about her at www.lauradavy.com.
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Rebecca Gomez Farrell's first novel, the epic fantasy Wings Unseen, was published by Meerkat Press. Her speculative fiction has appeared in over twenty outlets, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PULP Literature, and the Best Indie Speculative Fiction of 2019. Her replicator order is "Absinthe verte, one cube." Website: RebeccaGomezFarrell.com. Social media: @theGourmez.
Shaenon K. Garrity
Shaenon K. Garrity is an award-winning cartoonist and science fiction writer best known for the webcomics Narbonic and Skin Horse. She also works as a manga editor for Viz Media. Her first graphic novel, Willowweep Manor, with artist Christopher Baldwin, will be out in summer 2021 from Margaret K. McElderry Books. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago, their son Robin, and a cat named Eve.
Jeff is a writer from Maryland who works for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, home of New Horizons and Parker Solar Probe. He's only a software licensing analyst, though, and doesn't do any of the fun stuff like building space probes or meeting Brian May. His work has previously appeared in Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. You can find him online at http://www.trollbreath.com
Loren Rhoads is the author of five novels and a short story collection called Unsafe Words. Her most recent book is a death-positive memoir called This Morbid Life. You can learn more about her work at lorenrhoads.com.
Craig Laurance Gidney
Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Young Adult novel Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013), and A Spectral Hue (Word Horde, 2019). He is a lifelong Washington DC resident.
Benjamin C. Kinney
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and two-time Hugo award finalist as Assistant Editor of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. By day he does research in human rehabilitation neuroscience in St. Louis USA, where he lives with three cats and a spacefaring wife. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights giving them Prozac. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Analog, and many more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.
Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later, he learned English from Star Trek reruns, apparently well enough to be admitted into SFWA in spite of chronic cat deficiency. He has sold original and translated stories and poems to NATURE, F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, Daily SF, Podcastle, Kasma, UFO, Stupefying Stories, Cast of Wonders, and other markets. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net.
Alicia Hilton is an author, law professor, arbitrator, actor, and former FBI Special Agent. She believes in angels and demons, magic and monsters. Alicia's recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Akashic Books, Brick Moon Fiction, Bronzeville Books, Daily Science Fiction, Demain Publishing UK, Dreams & Nightmares, Tales from OmniPark, Vastarien, Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volumes 4 & 5, and elsewhere. Her website is https://www.aliciahilton.com. Follow her on Twitter @aliciahilton01.
Karen Osborne is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based Homespun Ceilidh Band, emcees the Charm City Spec reading series, and once won a major event filmmaking award for taping a Klingon wedding. Her debut novel, Architects of Memory, came out in 2020 from Tor Books.
Barbara A. Barnett
Barbara A. Barnett is a Philadelphia-area writer, musician, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Fantasy Magazine, Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. Outside of writing, she has spent most of her career working for performing arts organizations, most recently as an orchestra librarian for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. You can find her online at babarnett.com.
S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Breathers, Fated, Lucky Bastard, Big Egos, and Less Than Hero, as well as the short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel and the heartwarming holiday novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. He’s an ice cream connoisseur, Guinness aficionado, cat enthusiast, and a sucker for It’s a Wonderful Life. You can learn more about his writing at www.sgbrowne.com.
Sally Wiener Grotta
Sally Wiener Grotta is an award-winning author, photographer and speaker. Her books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" won a 2100 Health Odyssey award from Thomas Jefferson Hospital in 2019. Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of magazines, newspapers and journals. A member of SFWA and The Authors Guild, Sally is co-curator of the Galactic Philadelphia author reading series and co-chair of The Authors Guild Philadelphia Chapter. (SallyWienerGrotta.com)
Cath Schaff-Stump writes fantasy for children and adults. She writes funny stories, dark stories, and everything in between. She is the author of the Klaereon Scroll series and the Abigail Rath Versus series. Cath lives and works in Iowa. During the day, she teaches English at a local community college. More of her fiction has been published by Paper Golem Press, Daydreams Dandelion Press, and in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. You can find her online at Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, @cathschaffstump, and cathschaffstump.com. Follow Cath's column The Crone on Substack.com.
Darcie Little Badger
Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her indie bestselling debut novel, Elatsoe, is both a New England Book Award finalist (young adult category) and a BookExpo 2020 Young Adult Buzz Finalist. Darcie is writing a Dani Moonstar story for 'Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices' #1 and co-wrote Strangelands, a comic series in the Humanoids H1 universe. Her short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and The Dark. She currently lives on both coasts of the United States and is engaged to a veterinarian named T.
Vanessa Fogg dreams of selkies, dragons, and gritty cyberpunk futures from her home in western Michigan. She spent years as a research scientist in molecular cell biology and now works as a freelance medical writer. Her fiction has appeared in Liminal Stories, Daily Science Fiction, GigaNotoSaurus, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4. A complete bibliography and more can be found at her website www.vanessafogg.com. Vanessa is fueled by green tea.
Hal Y. Zhang
Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet. Her speculative stories and poetry are in Uncanny Magazine, Future Tense, Fireside, and Strange Horizons. Her language-and-loss poetry chapbook AMNESIA was published by Newfound and won the Eric Hoffer Micro Press Award, and her women-with-sharp-things collection, Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms, was published by Aqueduct Press. You can find her at halyzhang.com or @halyzhang on Twitter.
Amanda J. McGee
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, where she studied languages, politics, and infrastructure. Her most recent release is the novella "Viridian," found in A Sinister Quartet. She also blogs weekly on books, movies, anime, and writing advice. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of her life, two fluffy cats, and a plethora of plants. You can find out more on her website at http://amandajmcgee.com.
Michael J. Deluca
Michael J. DeLuca lives in the rapidly suburbifying post-industrial woodlands north of Detroit with partner, kid, cats and microbes. He is the publisher of Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice. His short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Mythic Delirium, and lots of other places. A novella, Night Roll, is forthcoming from Stelliform Press in October 2020.
J.T. Greathouse has been writing fantasy and science fiction since he was eleven years old. His short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Writers of the Future 34, Deep Magic, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, he has worked as an ESL teacher in Taipei, as a bookseller at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, and as a high school teacher. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Hannah and several overflowing bookshelves.
Stephen Case is a writer of speculative fictions and a historian of science living and working in the Midwest. He has published over forty short stories in places like Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Daily Science Fiction, and he reviews books at Strange Horizons. His book on nineteenth-century astronomy, Making Stars Physical, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press and shortlisted for the History of Science Society's Pfizer Award, and his essays have appeared at Aeon and American Scientist. He lives on the internet at www.stephenrcase.com and on Twitter at @StephenRCase.
Hilary B. Bisenieks
Hilary B. Bisenieks is a Philadelphian, a podcaster, and a Quaker. He lives with his wife and two cats in Oakland, California. Hilary studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Warren Wilson College, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. While there, he also worked as a waste-management technician and later as a bicycle mechanic. Hilary is the host of Tales from the Trunk, a podcast about science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing. You can find Hilary on Twitter at @HBBisenieks.
Laura Pearlman's fiction has appeared in Nature, Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, and a handful of other places. Her LOLcat captions have appeared on McSweeney's. She's a former associate editor at Escape Pod and editor of the entirely hypothetical CatsCast podcast. You can find her online at @laurasbadideas on Twitter.
Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collections The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic and the Dim Shores Press chapbook Yeti Tiger Dragon. His third collection, Underworld Dreams, was released by from Lethe Press in September 2020. The Serpent's Shadow, his first novel, was released from Cemetery Dance in July 2019. He is the editor of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology from Lethe Press and the host and founder of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York City, which can also be heard on the Ink Heist podcast. His fiction has appeared in places ranging from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet to the Best Horror of the Year. He can be found online at bloodandstardust.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/DanielBraumFiction, and on twitter @danielbraum
Rachel thinks that now is an excellent time for us all to be kind to each other. Yes, really. She spends her days excavating stories from the dirt, staring down a microscope, and daydreaming about her next bike ride. You can find her online at www.fictionbuffet.com.
Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Fireside, Flash Fiction Online, Interzone, Black Static, Cast of Wonders, and elsewhere. She writes a monthly roundup of speculative fiction short stories at Curious Fictions, and her Short Fiction Treasures Roundup appears quarterly in Strange Horizons. Her short story collection Six Dreams About the Train & Other Stories is forthcoming from Trepidatio Publishing in 2021. Maria was born and grew up in Sweden and currently lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, a lot of birds, a snake, and a very large black dog.
Angel Leigh McCoy
Angel Leigh McCoy creates horror and dark fantasy fiction. Her fiction has appeared in numerous media, and her novelette “Charlie Darwin, or the Trine of 1809” was published by Nevermet Press. She also had stories appear in Strange Aeons, Necrotic Tissue, Beast Within 2, Fear of the Dark, and Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions, among others. Her story “Crack O’Doom,” printed in the anthology Fear of the Dark earned her an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, volume 4, 2012.
Two-time World Fantasy Award finalist Mike Allen edits and publishes the Mythic Delirium Books imprint. His short stories have been gathered in three collections: Unseaming, The Spider Tapestries and newly-released Aftermath of an Industrial Accident. His novella "The Comforter," a sequel to his Nebula Award-nominated horror story "The Button Bin," has just appeared in an anthology of four dark long-form tales, A Sinister Quartet. He's also a three-time winner of the Rhysling Award for poetry. You can follow Mike's exploits as a writer at descentintolight.com, as an editor at mythicdelirium.com, and all at once on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.
Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician's Workshop, both of which were shortlisted for the Nebula in game writing. Her next novel is The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy coming in 2021. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Tonya R. Moore
Tonya R. Moore is a Jamaican speculative fiction writer based in Sarasota, Florida. She recently became Poetry Acquiring Editor at FIYAH Literary Magazine. She also offers freelance services such as Editing, Content Writing, and WordPress website installation and personalization. Earlier this year, she published Odes to the Multiverse, an omnibus of science fiction, fantasy, and horror vignettes and short stories. Tonya is the creator and host of Space Age Musings, a speculative fiction podcast dedicated to amplifying BIPOC voices which will be launching in January 2021.
Latinx author and publisher E.M. Markoff writes about damaged heroes and imperfect villains. Works include The Deadbringer, To Nurture & Kill, and "Leaving the #9." Under her imprint Tomes & Coffee Press, she published Tales for the Camp Fire, a charity anthology to raise money for California wildfire recovery and relief efforts. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is mostly made up of coffee, cat hair, and whiskey.
Anya Martin was weaned on Friday Night Frights, has always rooted for the monster, and regrets abandoning her earliest career aspiration—paleontology. Her debut collection, Sleeping with the Monster, was published by Lethe Press in 2018. Her novella Grass was a 2016 Dim Shores limited edition chapbook and republished in Spanish translation by Dilatando Mentes Editorial in 2020. Her more recent story “All the Things We Need to Kill SQUISSSHH” is available now in Eyedolon online and will also appear in the 2021 Broken Eye Books anthology, Cooties Shot Required. Her fiction has appeared in many anthologies and journals including Cassilda's Song, Looming Low, Eternal Frankenstein, Giallo Fantastique, Tales from a Talking Board, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Xnoybis #2 and the Dunhams Manor chapbook series, Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, Borderlands 6, Mantid, Daybreak Magazine, Womanthology: Heroic, and more. She co-hosts and co-produces The Outer Dark podcast and symposium with Scott Nicolay. She's also half-Finnish, holds a B.A. in anthropology from Smith College, is the founder and blogger-in-chief of ATLRetro.com, and has penned a regular column on jumbo mortgages for Wall Street Journal. Keep up with her publishing news at www.anyamartin.com and follow her on Twitter at @anya99.
Madeleine Robins has been a nanny, an administrator, an actor, and a swordswoman; has trafficked book production, edited comics, and repaired hurt books. She's also the author of the New York Times Notable urban fantasy The Stone War; Daredevil: The Cutting Edge; historical novel Sold for Endless Rue; and alt-Regency-noir mysteries Point of Honour, Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner, as well as a double handful of short stories in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Currently Operations Manager at the American Bookbinders Museum, she lives in San Francisco with a geriatric dog, a husband, and a ferocious lemon tree.
Jordan Kurella is a queer and disabled author who has lived all over the world (including Cairo and Chicago). In their past lives, they were a barista, radio DJ, and social worker. Their work has been featured in Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons magazines. Currently, Jordan lives in Ohio with their cat and service dog.
Mina Li is a Taiwanese-American author born and bred in Ann Arbor, Michigan. More of her work can be seen in An Alphabet of Embers, Kaleidotrope, Robot Dinosaurs, and the upcoming Remapping Wonderland: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color. When she's not writing, she likes to cook, knit, and take springtime walks in her neighborhood.
Sam Rebelein holds an MFA in Memoir & Horror from Goddard College. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Bourbon Penn, Planet Scumm, the upcoming Dark Matter/Night Worms anthology Human Monsters, and Ellen Datlow's prestigious Best Horror of the Year. William Morrow will publish Sam's debut horror novel Edenville next fall, and his debut short story collection The Poorly Made and Other Things in 2024. For more about Sam's work, follow him on Twitter @HillaryScruff.
Ben Monroe grew up in Northern California, and has spent most of his life there. He lives in the East Bay Area with his wife and two children. His most recent published works are In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars, the graphic novel Planet Apocalypse and short stories in a number of anthologies. He can be reached via his website at www.benmonroe.com and on Twitter @_BenMonroe_.
Barbara Krasnoff has had short stories in over 45 print and online publications, including Space & Time, Andromeda Spaceways, Mythic Delirium, Abyss & Apex, and a variety of others. Her story "Sabbath Wine," which was published in the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, was a Nebula Award finalist. The History of Soul 2065, her mosaic novel, follows several generations of two mystical Jewish families from the past into the future. She currently earns her living as Reviews Editor at The Verge. You can find her website at brooklynwriter.com.
Alexander Danner is co-creator of the serial audio drama podcast Greater Boston (www.greaterbostonshow.com), sound designer for the audio drama What's the Frequency? (wtfrequency.com), and a member of the sound design team on the audio drama Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic Mystery. His fiction has appeared most recently in The Cantabrigian, Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as the anthologies Machine of Death and The Girl at the End of the World. He is co-author of two textbooks about the craft and history of comics and graphic novels. He teaches at Emerson College.
C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Bone Swans: Stories. She has narrated over a hundred audiobooks, released three albums as the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine, and her short plays have been performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, New York City, and Taipei. Her novel The Twice-Drowned Saint can be found in Mythic Delirium's recent anthology A Sinister Quartet, and her forthcoming novel Saint Death's Daughter will be out with Solaris in Spring of 2022. Other work includes Tor.com novella Desdemona and the Deep, and a poetry collection: How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which features her Rhysling Award-winning "The Sea King's Second Bride." Her short fiction and poetry can be found in Jonathan Strahan's anthology Dragons, Ellen Datlow's Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Rich Horton's Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and elsewhere.
Carlos Hernandez (he/him) is the author of the Pura Belpré-award winning Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (2019), as well as its sequel, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (2020) and the short story collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria (2016). He is also a CUNY associate professor of English at BMCC and the Graduate Center, as well as a game writer and designer. Find him on socials @writeteachplay.
Gabriela Santiago is a Clarion graduate and member of Team Tiny Bonesaw whose work has previously been published in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, The Dark, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, among others. A performer with such Twin Cities institutions as Patrick's Cabaret, Raw Sugar, OUTspoken, Gadfly, Queertopia, and Mother Goose's Bedtime Stories, she is also the founder and curator of Revolutionary Jetpacks, a science fiction cabaret centering futures imagined by BIPOC, queer and trans, and disabled artists. She is writing three novels and needs to be persuaded not to start a podcast. You can follow her @LifeOnEarth89 on Twitter.
Randee Dawn is a Brooklyn-based author who writes about the glam world of entertainment by day and the seamy underbelly of the real world by night. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and publications including Children of a Different Sky, Where We May Wag and the forthcoming Dim Shores: Vol. 2 and Horror for the Throne. She is the co-editor of Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles, and co-wrote The Law & Order: SVU Unofficial Companion. Her articles appear regularly in Variety, the Los Angeles Times, Today.com and Emmy Magazine. Her work— from the glam to the gory—can be found at RandeeDawn.com.
Max D. Stanton
Max D. Stanton is a librarian, educator, and Dungeons & Dragons nerd who lives in West Philadelphia with his wonderful girlfriend and their two savage, unruly hounds. Max used to be a corporate attorney, but he chose a new way of life after an unexpected encounter with the Devil. A Season of Loathsome Miracles is his first short story collection.
Edward Austin Hall
Ed Hall serves as copy editor for Atlanta-based ART PAPERS magazine. He also contributed to the publication’s 2017 issue on visionary author Philip K. Dick. As Edward Austin Hall he co-edited the 2013 anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction suggested might be “one of the most important sf anthologies of the decade.” His first novel, Dread Isle, was published by Gumbohaus in December 2020.
Catherine Lundoff (she/her) is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. She is the author of Silver Moon, Blood Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic and editor of the fantastical pirate anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). Her short fiction has appeared in such venues as Fireside Magazine, The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Haunting Shadows: A Wraith 20th Anniversary Anthology and American Monsters Part 2. She is also the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world. Websites: www.catherinelundoff.net and www.queenofswordspress.com
Elad Haber is a husband, father to an adorable little girl, and IT guy by day, fiction writer by night. He has 2021 publications from Your Dream Journal, Literally Stories, The Night's End Podcast, and in the No Ordinary Mortals anthology, forthcoming from Rogue Blades Entertainment. You can follow him on twitter @MusicInMyCar or on his website at eladhaber.wordpress.com.
Keith Rosson is the award-winning author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017), Smoke City (2018), and Road Seven (2020), as well as the story collection Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons (2021). His short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Cream City Review, PANK, Black Static, Redivider, and more. A fierce advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.
Michael Conley is a poet and short story writer from Manchester, UK. His debut collection, Flare and Falter, was published by Splice in 2019 and was longlisted for that year's Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
Sonia is an author and Egyptologist born in New York but living in Germany. After a childhood spent mostly in her own head, she has since showered with a scorpion, defended a hill fort against Viking invaders, moved house in a VW Polo and learned all of The Mikado by heart. She lives in Munich with a blacksmith and two Padawans. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and sometimes even TikTok.
Samantha Mills is a science fiction and fantasy author living in Southern California. Her work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny Magazine, among others, as well as The New Voices of Science Fiction from Tachyon Publications. You can find her online at www.samtasticbooks.com or on Twitter at @samtasticbooks
Nancy Jane Moore
Nancy Jane Moore is the author of the Locus-recommended science fiction novel The Weave and the forthcoming fantasy novel For the Good of the Realm, both published by Seattle's Aqueduct Press. Her other books include the novella Changeling and the collection Conscientious Inconsistencies. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and in magazines ranging from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet to the National Law Journal. In addition to writing, she holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido and teaches empowerment self defense. A native Texan who spent many years in Washington, D.C., she now lives in Oakland, California, with her sweetheart, two cats, and an ever-growing murder of crows.
Austin Shirey has been telling stories ever since he first read The Hobbit as a kid. If he's not writing, he's probably reading or enjoying time with his wife, their daughters, and their two cats in Northern Virginia. His fiction has been featured in Orca: A Literary Journal, All Worlds Wayfarer Literary Magazine, Stonecoast Review, and Blind Corner Literary Magazine. He has fiction forthcoming in the Weird Fiction anthology from Black Hare Press and the Midnight Shadows and With Bone and Iron anthologies from Eerie River Publishing. You can find him online at his website, www.austinshirey.com, or on Twitter @tashirey87.
Lora Gray is a non-binary speculative fiction writer and poet from Northeast Ohio. They've been published in Uncanny, Flash Fiction Online, PseudoPod, and Asimov's, among other places. Lora is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, a graduate of Clarion West, and a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award in Fiction Writing. Lora is also a dance instructor/choreographer and occasionally moonlights as an illustrator. You can find Lora online at lora-gray.com and on twitter @LoraJGray
Nicole J. LeBoeuf
Nicole J. LeBoeuf is a New Orleanian writer of short speculative fiction and poetry. Her work most recently appears in Apex Magazine, The Future Fire, Departure Mirror Quarterly, and Dreams & Nightmares. She also releases weird flash fiction four times a month on Patreon. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she'd be skating roller derby with the Boulder County Bombers if there weren't a pandemic on. (Her roller derby name is Fleur de Beast.) She cooks, spins yarn, knits socks, and has recently rediscovered her stash of New Orleans themed cross-stitch projects.
April Grey's short stories are collected in The Fairy Cake Bakeshop and in I'll Love You Forever. The author of three urban fantasy novels: Finding Perdita, Chasing the Trickster and its sequel, St. Nick's Favor, she's also the editor of the Hell's anthologies. She was a co-editor on the Stoker Award-nominated New York State of Fright. She and her family live in Hell's Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she'll find out. Please visit www.aprilgrey.blogspot for her latest news.
K.G. Anderson lives in a fishing community on the edge of Seattle with bookseller Tom Whitmore, his vast collection of books and ephemera, and their clowder of complicated cats. She writes web content by day and fiction by night and she gardens whenever it stops raining. Her speculative fiction appears in magazines, anthologies, and podcasts including Galaxy's Edge, StarShipSofa, Far Fetched Fables, and The Overcast. For links to more of her stories visit http://writerway.com/fiction
Louis Evans is an author living in downtown NYC, so if nuclear apocalypse occurs, he'll be the first to let you know. In fact, he's always lived at the dead center of the nuclear target map. Kinda creepy if you think about it. Louis's work has previously appeared in Nature: Futures, Analog SF&F, Interzone, and elsewhere. Louis is a member of SFWA and the Clarion West ghost class of the plague year. His site is evanslouis.com and he tweets @louisevanswrite.
Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer, and former scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw's work can be found in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy award and Locus award finalist, and their novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, is published by Nightfire.
Bill Ferris (he/him) writes humorous fiction, usually in the form of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror. He has published several short stories in literary journals, and writes an author advice column at Writer Unboxed designed to help dilettantes and hacks learn nothing whatsoever. When he's not typing words into a thing, Bill develops online training courses at an organization his lawyer advised him not to name. He lives in North Carolina and has two sons who asked not to be mentioned in this bio, but they forgot to say "please."
April Grant has published poems in Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, The Literary Hatchet, Kaleidotrope, and Mirror Dance, and short fiction in Fireside Magazine. She lives in the Boston area and also sings and tells stories. For upcoming shows and related entertainment, please go here: aprilcatherinegrant.com
Megan E. O'Keefe
Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She lives in the Bay Area of California, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Her fantasy debut, Steal the Sky, won the Gemmell Morningstar Award and her space opera debut, Velocity Weapon, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.
Terri Bruce is the author of the paranormal/contemporary fantasy “Afterlife” series, the speculative fiction short story collection Souls, and numerous short stories in various anthologies and magazines. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces hard-to-classify fantasy and science fiction stories that explore the supernatural side of everyday things from beautiful Downeast ME, where she lives with her husband and several cats. Visit her on the web at www.terribruce.net.
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Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Lightspeed, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, The Masters Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere, and will be anthologized in Best Microfiction 2021. She lives in Seattle, where she serves as the Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House.
Steve Toase is originally from North Yorkshire, and now lives in Munich. He writes regularly for Fortean Times, and his short stories have been published in Weird Horror, Nightmare Magazine, Shadows & Tall Trees 8, Analog Science and Fact, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Shimmer, and Lackington's amongst others. His stories have also been reprinted in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year series. His short story collection To Drown in Dark Water has just been published by Undertow Publications.
Marion Deeds is the author of COMEUPPANCE SERVED COLD, coming from Tordotcom Books in March, 2022. It’s a Prohibition-era story with magic, speakeasies and women who upend the power structure. She has also written the Copper Road Series, a portal fantasy, for Falstaff Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Podcastle, Daily Science Fiction and several anthologies. Deeds is a columnist and reviewer for Fantasyliterature.com. She lives in Northern California with her husband, volunteers in a second-hand bookstore, and feeds the local crows. She enjoys watching the backyard squirrels do yoga.
Can Wiggins can be found where the woodbine twineth on any given day or night. While her sweet spot is called Southern Gothic, she likes serving a combo platter of horror/SF with two sides -- usually noirror and spec. Particular to grimmer fairy tales and mythos, she is a dedicated cinephile and – of course – a bibliophile. Her stories are in Planet X Publications, Oxygen Man Books, and upcoming pubs she can't talk about at this time. ... Soon, darling. Soon.
Alex Jennings is a teacher, author, and performer living in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in strangehorizons.com, PodCastle, Obsidian Lit, New Suns, and Current Affairs Magazine. He was born in Wiesbaden (Germany) and raised in Gaborone (Botswana), Paramaribo (Surinam), and Tunis (Tunisia) as well as the United States. His debut novel, The Ballad of Perilous Graves, will be released by Red Hook in 2022. Before the pandemic, he served as MC for a monthly literary readings series called Dogfish—he misses it dearly. Find out more at alexjennings.net.
Steven's work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Menacing Hedge, Five on the Fifth, Flash Flood, and others, and he is a columnist for jmww. He lives in Seattle with his wife and his dog, a pug named Danny DeVito.
Richie Narvaez teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. His short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Pilgrimage, Storyglossia, and Tiny Nightmares, among others. His slipstream short story "Room for Rent," from the anthology Latinx Rising, was read by LeVar Burton on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. His most recent novel is the YA mystery Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, and his latest book is the anthology Noiryorican.
Rhonda earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and currently works as an associate professor of English in Houston, Texas. She has had several stories published in various venues, including two anthologies of horror written by Black female writers, the Stoker award finalist Sycorax's Daughters and Black Magic Women, as well as in Campfire Macabre, a flash fiction anthology, and the Halloween 2020 issue of Southwest Review. Her academic essays have also appeared in applauded collections, such as the Stoker award finalists Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Series. Rhonda's essay from The Streaming of Hill House, "The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood," is also a Stoker award finalist for 2020. Rhonda occasionally peeks out on the internet on Twitter @rjacksonjoseph or her blog at rjjoseph.wordpress.com.
Formerly a film critic, journalist, screenwriter and teacher, Gemma Files has been an award-winning horror author since 1999. She has published for collections of short work, three collections of speculative poetry, a Weird Western trilogy, a story-cycle and a stand-alone novel (Experimental Film, which won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel and the 2016 Sunburst award for Best Adult Novel). She has a new story collection from Grimscribe Press (In That Endlessness, Our End, February 2021).
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Suzan Palumbo is a writer and teacher based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been published by The Dark, Undertow Publications, Pseudopod, Fireside Quarterly, PodCastle, Anathema and Diabolical Plots. When she isn't writing, she spends her time wandering her local woods.
John C. Foster
John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. He is the author of the forthcoming novel Rooster and four previous novels, The Isle, Dead Men, Night Roads and Mister White, and one collection of short stories, Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances. His stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Dark Moon Digest, Strange Aeons, Dark Visions Volume 2 and Lost Films, among others. He lives in Brooklyn with the actress Linda Jones and their dog Coraline. For more information, please visit www.johnfosterfiction.com.
Ellen Denham is a multidisciplinary performing artist, director, and writer who directs the opera program and teaches voice at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, she has been published in Daily Science Fiction, NewMyths.com, and the Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed. Not content to keep her writing and performing life separate, Ellen likes to hang out in the dark alleys where artistic genres and disciplines intersect. This includes writing works for performance, such as the children's opera Olivia's Ocean, commissioned by the Harte Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.
Talulah J. Sullivan
Talulah J. Sullivan has been a pro equestrian, a dancer, an actor, an activist, and a teacher who has learned as much from her two- and four-legged students as she's ever shared with them... yet she's never managed to NOT be a storyteller. Ever. Being a result of one of the original 'hands across the waters' cross-cultural exchanges—Scots-Irish and Choctaw/Chickasaw—has inspired her to write Blood Indigo, an indigenous literary fantasy debut. She has also, as J Tullos Hennig, written the historical fantasy series The Wode, which reimagines Robin Hood as a queer, chaotic-neutral druid.
Elwin Cotman is a storyteller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of three collections of speculative short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP, Hard Times Blues, and Dance on Saturday. Cotman has toured across North America doing readings. His work has appeared in Grist, Weird Fiction Review, Black Gate, Electric Lit, and Buzzfeed. In 2009, Cotman was a core member of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writers Cooperative, a DIY writers space in Pittsburgh. He has curated many readings and reading series. Cotman holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MFA from Mills College.
Shingai Njeri Kagunda
Shingai is a storyteller, teacher, student, and Black Speculative fiction writer who has been published in Omenana, FANTASY Magazine, Fractured Lit, and Khoreo magazine. Shingai's novella & This is How to Stay Alive is set to be published by Neon Hemlock in October 2020. She is the co-founder of Voodoonauts, a member of Clarion Ghost class 2020, and the co-editor of Podcastle magazine 2021.
James Chambers received the Bram Stoker Award® for the graphic novel Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and is a three-time Bram Stoker Award nominee. He is the author of the collections On the Night Border, described by Booklist as "a haunting exploration of the space where the real world and nightmares collide," and Resurrection House and the dark urban fantasy novella Three Chords of Chaos. Publisher's Weekly gave his Lovecraftian collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, a starred review and called it "...chillingly evocative." He edited the anthology, Under Twin Suns; Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign. His newest collection, On the Hierophant Road, which received a starred review from Booklist, is forthcoming in October from Raw Dog Screaming Press. Moonstone Books recently published his new Kolchak novella, Kolchak and the Night Stalkers: The Faceless God. His website is: www.jameschambersonline.
Wendy N. Wagner
Wendy N. Wagner is the author of the horror novel The Deer Kings and the forthcoming Gothic novella The Secret Skin. Her previous work includes the SF thriller An Oath of Dogs, plus two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game, and over fifty short stories, essays, and poems. A Hugo award-winning editor of short fiction, she is also the editor of Nightmare Magazine. She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family, two large cats, and a small dog that might actually be a Muppet. You can keep up with her at winniewoohoo.com.
dave ring is a queer writer of speculative fiction living in Washington, DC. His short fiction has been featured in publications such Fireside Fiction, Podcastle, and A Punk Rock Future. He is also the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, and the co-editor of Baffling Magazine. Find him online at www.dave-ring.com or @slickhop on Twitter.
Anne Sheldon is a retired children's librarian living in Silver Spring, MD with one cat and three generations of books. She has worked as a poet-in-the-schools, through the Maryland State Arts Council, and has taught storytelling at the University of Maryland. Her work has appeared in
Black Gate, Paradox, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and other small
Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Boneset & Feathers, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Pretty Marys All in a Row, and The Invention of Ghosts. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vastarien, Tor's Nightfire, Black Static, The Dark, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, and LampLight, among others. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an abandoned horse farm outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts. Find her online at gwendolynkiste.com
Regardless of the weather and surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles and poisonous plants, KT Wagner writes Gothic horror and op/ed pieces in the garden of her south coast, British Columbia home. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University's Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank 2013). She organizes writer events and works to create literary community. A number of her short stories are podcast or published in magazines and anthologies. She's currently working on a scifi/folk-horror novel. KT can be found online at www.northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner.
Mary Berman is a Philadelphia-based writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi, and her work has been published in Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, Weird Horror, and elsewhere. In her spare time, she takes fitness classes and antagonizes her cat. Find her online at www.mtgberman.com.
Michelle Belanger is an occult expert, presenter, singer, media personality, psychic, and author of over thirty books on paranormal and occult topics. Michelle has been featured on TV shows including A&E's Paranormal State and the Travel Channel's Portals to Hell as a psychic medium and occult expert. Michelle offers classes and weekend retreats on psychic development at Inspiration House in Oberlin Ohio, a 150-year-old house with the coziest haunting you could hope to find. To learn more about Michelle's work, start by exploring www.MichelleBelanger.com where you'll find books, music, and classes both online and at Inspiration House. Follow Michelle at twitter.com/sethanikeem, youtube.com/sethanikeem or join Michelle's community at patreon.com/haunted.
Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Expiration Date, Flashes of Hope, Fright Mare, Hell's Heart, Hell's Highway, Hell's Mall, Needle Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Scare You To Sleep, Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, The One That Got Away, Thriller Magazine, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in New York. You can connect with Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_grech or visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com.
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon's "100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime," and is in development as a feature film. Some of Kadrey's other books include The Grand Dark, The Everything Box, Ballistic Kiss, and Butcher Bird. He also writes screenplays and for comics such as Heavy Metal, Lucifer, and Hellblazer.
Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Their 250+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Their most recent works are And The Last Trump Shall Sound (co-written with James Morrow and Harry Turtledove, Arc Manor) and fantasy novel Exiles of Tabat (Wordfire Press, May, 2021). Forthcoming is space opera You Sexy Thing (Tor Macmillan, September, 2021), as well as an anthology, The Reinvented Heart (Arc Manor, February, 2022), co-edited with Jennifer Brozek.
José Pablo Iriarte
José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. Their short fiction has been selected for inclusion in numerous Year's Best anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 and Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. Their novelette, "The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births," was a Nebula Award Finalist for 2018 and longlisted for the Otherwise (Tiptree) Award, while their short story "Proof by Induction" was a finalist for the Nebula and Locus awards and is currently a finalist for the Hugo and Sturgeon Awards. Their debut novel is slated for publication in spring of 2024 from Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. José serves on the board of directors of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and their longer work is represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Learn more at www.labyrinthrat.com, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat.
William Zafira Landau
William Zafira Landau lives in Albany, California, and works at an independent bookstore. Their work has appeared in publications including Diabolical Plots, Entropy and Sinister Wisdom. They were an editor of The Best American Non-required Reading and The Columbia Review.
An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has more than thirty published short stories to date, in markets like Daily Science Fiction, Fusion Fragment, and Flame Tree Publishing. He's also an organizer for Can*Con in Ottawa and an Aurora Award-nominated podcaster. His debut fantasy novel Catalyst is forthcoming from Atthis Arts in late 2022. Find him at brandoncrilly.com or on Twitter @B_Crilly.
Mari Ness has published fiction and poetry in Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Diabolical Plots, Translunar Travelers Lounge, Zooscape, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and more. Her poetry novella, Through Immortal Shadows Singing, is available from Papaveria Press, and an essay collection, Resistance and Transformation: On Fairy Tales, from Papaveria Press. She lives in central Florida, closely supervised by two magnificent cats. For more, check out her infrequently updated webpage at marikness.wordpress.com, or follow her on Twitter at @mari_ness.
Valerie Valdes's short fiction and poetry have been featured in Uncanny Magazine, Time Travel Short Stories and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award and was named one of Library Journal's best SF/fantasy novels of 2019. The sequel, Prime Deceptions, was published in 2020, and the third book in the trilogy, Fault Tolerance, is forthcoming in May 2022. Valerie lives in Georgia with her husband, children and cats.
Jo Miles writes optimistic science fiction and fantasy. Their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Analog, Fireside, and more, and was nominated for a WSFA Small Press Award for their story "The Longest Season in the Garden of the Tea Fish" in Strange Horizons. Jo lives in Maryland, and you can find them online at www.jomiles.com and on Twitter as @josmiles.
Two-time Nebula Award-winner Fran Wilde has (so far) published seven books and over 50 short stories for adults, teens, and kids. Her stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, three Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her Nebula-winning, Best of NPR 2019, debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny Magazine, and Jonathan Strahan’s 2020 Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fran directs the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and also writes nonfiction for publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Tor.com. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.
Tyler is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Rhode Island, and a Social Justice Bard specializing in the College of Comfort. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are they not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online in Anotherealm, Nossa Morte, and The Edge of Propinquity, and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Pulse Publishing, and Aetherwatch. Tyler's debut novel, The Imaginary Corpse, is out now from Angry Robot Books.
Marie Vibbert has sold over 70 short stories to professional markets, including eleven appearances in Analog Science Fiction. Her work has been translated into Chinese and Vietnamese and featured in year's best anthologies. Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, came out in 2021 and is about a girl gang in outer space rescuing a gay prince. Publisher's weekly called it "a rip-roaring space heist." By day she is a computer programmer in Cleveland, Ohio.
Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra now lives and writes in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the science fantasy novels Markswoman (2018) and Mahimata (2019) published by Harper Voyager. Her YA fantasy debut novel Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove will be published in Fall 2022 by Wednesday Books. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for The Sunburst Award and has appeared in multiple venues including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, and IGMS.
John (@Wiswell) is an ace/aro writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. He is a Nebula Award winner and Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award finalist for his short fiction. He has published in many venues, including Uncanny Magazine, Nature Futures, Diabolical Plots, Fireside Magazine, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. His dream is to one day be eaten by a t-rex.
Michael Merriam is an author, performer, poet, and playwright living in Hopkins, MN with his wife and two exuberant cats. Like most artists, he has worked a variety of odd jobs over the years, including short order cook, late night radio disc jockey, international freight and shipping specialist, and manager of a puppet troupe. His novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction, and his stories and essays have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Cast of Wonders, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Tellebration, StoryFest Minnesota, and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio. His website is michaelmerriam.com.
A.M. Muffaz is a Malaysian writer based in San Francisco. Her short stories and poetry have previously appeared in magazines on and offline, including The Dark , ChiZine and Fantasy Magazine. She whiles away her days with a husband who is way too kind as he is tall and a food inspector cat who speaks in pirate. When not reading obsessively difficult books, she is probably thinking about obsessively difficult things. More about her writing can be found at: http://www.ammuffaz.com
Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog, Lightspeed, and Kaleidotrope, and she wrote the Nebula Award finalist interactive fiction game The Luminous Underground. She is a 2019 graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and lives with a robot in the sky above Toronto.
Zin E. Rocklyn
Of Trinidadian descent, Zin E. Rocklyn (she/they) is a horror and dark fantasy author hailing from Jersey City NJ. A contributor to several anthologies, including a non-fiction essay in the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine's Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, the IGNYTE-award nominated writer is a graduate of 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise workshops. Their debut novella Flowers for the Sea was published by tor.com in October 2021. You can follow them on Twitter at intelligentwat.
Shari Paul is a speculative fiction writer from Trinidad and Tobago. Rejecting all suggestions to do something with her BA in Literatures in English, like teaching or journalism, Shari works as a clerk at a public utility company. Shari is published in FIYAH Literary Magazine’s Issue 5 (January 2018,) and The Dark Magazine, Issue 46 (March 2019,) and was awarded a creative writing prize for fiction by the University of the West Indies (2009.) Shari is currently writing for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UWI, and training for her black belt in shotokan karate. She also somehow finds time to travel.
Donyae Coles is a weird horror writer whose work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Her debut novel, Midnight Rooms, is being released in 2023. Her work deals with the cosmic down to everyday, little terrors. You can find more of her pieces on her website and follow her on Twitter @okokno.
Eugenia Triantafyllou is a Greek author and artist with a flair for dark things. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Ignyte, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and she is a graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop. You can find her stories in Uncanny, Apex, Strange Horizons, and other venues. She currently lives in Athens with a boy and a dog. Find her on Twitter @foxesandroses or her website https://eugeniatriantafyllou.wordpress.com.
Jennifer Hudak is a speculative fiction writer fueled mostly by tea. Her work has appeared on both the Locus Magazine and the SFWA recommended reading lists, and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her family in upstate New York where she teaches yoga, knits pocket-sized animals, and misses the ocean. You can find her online on her website, JenniferHudakWrites.com, or on Twitter @writerunyoga.
Juliet Kemp is a queer, non-binary, writer (pronouns they/them). They live in London by the river, with their partners, kid, and dog. They are the author of the Marek fantasy series, and their short fiction has appeared in venues including Analog and Cossmass Infinities. They were shortlisted for the WSPA Small Press Award 2020. In their spare time they knit, climb, and try to fit an ever-increasing number of plants into a microscopic back garden. They can be found on Twitter as @julietk.
J. A. Haigh (she/her) was raised in the wilds of Tasmania, Australia, and her writing is full of magic and myth. Her work has been published in such places as Midnight Echo, Kill Your Darlings, Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways, and Syntax & Salt. In 2021, she received a mentorship from the Australasian Horror Writers Association to polish her dark fantasy novel, with guidance from horror author Kaaron Warren. J.A. Haigh is currently querying the completed novel—A Wreath for the Patternmaker—while hard at work on her next dark fantasy book.
Xan van Rooyen
Climber, tattoo-enthusiast, peanut-butter addict and loyal shiba-minion, Xan van Rooyen is a non-binary storyteller from South Africa, currently living in Finland where the heavy metal is soothing and the cold, dark forests inspiring. Xan has a Master's degree in music, and–when not teaching–enjoys conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. You can find Xan's short stories in the likes of Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Daily Science Fiction, Apparition Lit, and The Colored Lens. Xan hangs out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, so feel free to say hi over there.
Terry Faust writes urban fantasy, mainstream young adult novels, and humorous science fiction spoofs. The first in his series of young adult urban fantasy novels, Bearer of the Pearls: Episode One of the River Rangers, was released by North Star Press St. Cloud in June of 2017. Z is for Xenophobe is a sci-fi satire published in 2011 by Sam’s Dot Publishing. His short work has appeared in Stupefying Stories, Tales of the Unanticipated, and Boundaries Without by Calumet Editions. He’s had stories in several Minnesota Speculative Fiction anthologies published by Alban Lake. Terry has been an assistant organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Network (MinnSpec) since 2005. Raised by Bigfoot down on the Mississippi river flats of Minneapolis, he made his living as a editorial/special events photographer, but has retired to writing humorous speculative fiction and making wee weather vanes for Little Free Libraries.
Johnny Compton is a San Antonio based author whose short stories have appeared in various publications since 2006, including Pseudopod and Strange Horizons. In 2020 his work made the preliminary ballot for a Stoker Award. His fascination with frightful fiction started when his kindergarten teacher played a record of the classic ghost story "The Golden Arm" for the class. He operates the independent podcast Healthy Fears, and his debut novel, The Spite House, is scheduled to be released by Tor Nightfire in early 2023.
M. L. Krishnan originally hails from the coastal shores of Tamil Nadu, India. She is currently the Marketing Director of khōréō, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction and migration. She is a 2019 graduate of the Clarion West Writers' Workshop, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in The Best Microfiction 2022 Anthology, Death in the Mouth: The Best of Contemporary Horror, The Offing, Apparition Lit, Baffling Magazine, Paper Darts, Sonora Review and elsewhere. Her stories have been nominated and shortlisted for the Stabby Awards, Best of the Net, the Best Microfiction Anthology, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and more. You can read her work at mlkrishnan.com, or find her on Twitter @emelkrishnan.
Archaeologist, caver, and World Fantasy Award Winner, Scott Nicolay is the author of two collections of short fiction: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed (Fedogan & Bremer) and the newly released And at My Back I Always Hear (Word Horde). He is currently completing his PhD and working on a collection of non-fiction Weird Tales.
Brian Hugenbruch is a speculative fiction writer and poet living in Upstate New York with his wife and their daughter (and their unruly pets). By day, he writes information security programs to protect your data on (and from) the internet. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Diabolical Plots, Metaphorosis, Cossmass Infinities, and Analog. His poetry has appeared in Apparition Lit, Eye to the Telescope, and Abyss & Apex. You can find him on Twitter @Bwhugen, on Instagram @the_lettersea, and at the-lettersea.com. No, he's not sure how to say his last name, either.
Willow Dawn Becker
Willow Dawn Becker is a writer, editor, and the CEO Founder of Weird Little Worlds Press. She has over 300 nonfiction publications on the topics of marketing, social media, business, and education. You can find her short fiction in Space and Time Magazine, Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, and Black Fox Literary Magazine. Her newest science fiction horror novel, Leto's Children, will be available for worldwide purchase on July 28, 2022. You can find her on Twitter at @WillowDBecker or on her website WillowDawnBecker.com.
B. Morris Allen
B. Morris Allen is a biochemist turned activist turned lawyer turned foreign aid consultant, and frequently wonders whether it's time for a new career. He's been traveling since birth, and has lived on five of seven continents, but the best place he's found is the Oregon coast. When he can, he makes his home there. In between journeys, he works on his own speculative stories of love and disaster. His story collection Chambers of the Heart came out in April 2022. Find out more @BMorrisAllen and www.BMorrisAllen.com.
Karl Dandenell's short science fiction and fantasy has appeared in numerous publications, websites, and podcasts in England, Canada, and the US. He and his family, plus their cat overlords, live on an island near San Francisco famous for its Victorian architecture and low-speed traffic. His preferred drinks are strong Swedish tea and single malt whiskey. Find him online on his blog (www.firewombats.com) and Twitter (@kdandenell).
Izzy Wasserstein is a queer and trans woman who teaches writing and literature at a university on the American Great Plains. Her work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, and elsewhere. She shares a home with her spouse Nora E. Derrington and their animal companions. She's an enthusiastic member of the 2017 class of Clarion West. Her debut short story collection, All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away From, is forthcoming from Neon Hemlock Press in summer 2022.
Jen Brown (she/her) is a librarian, speculative writer, and weaves otherworldly tales about Black, queer folks righteously wielding power. An Ignyte Award nominated author, Jen's stories have appeared in FIYAH Literary Magazine, Tor.com & FIYAH's Breathe FIYAH anthology, Baffling Magazine, Anathema: Spec From the Margins, Podcastle, and have been translated for Crononauta's Matreon. Catch her tweeting at @jeninthelib, or find more of her stories at jencbrown.com
Caren Gussoff Sumption is a sci fi, horror, and literary fiction writer, living in south Seattle, WA. The author of 6 books and more than 100 short stories, Caren received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society's Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. Her most recent novella -- a deep space, post-colonial comedy of manners called "So Quick Bright Things Come to Confusion" -- will be out from Vernacular Books in September, 2022. Find her online at spitkitten.com.
Marissa Lingen (she/her) lives in the Twin Cities area on some of the oldest bedrock in North America. She is the author of hundreds of works of short science fiction and fantasy, poems, and essays. She is inordinately fond of tisanes, Moomins, and botanically themed jewelry. Her featured nonprofit is Alliance for the Great Lakes, greatlakes.org
Marisca Pichette is a queer author of short fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, Fusion Fragment, Apparition Lit, Alternative Stories Podcast, The NoSleep Podcast, PseudoPod, and PodCastle, among others. She lives in Western Massachusetts, collecting fragments.