The Weird Dream Society is a project of a small group of writers and a large group of friends. The Post-Apocalyptic Writers Society (PAWS) is a peer critique group that has been meeting for years. With members in both Europe and the United States, the group meets via Zoom & Skype and chats via Slack, text, & very occasionally in person. Early in 2019 the group decided to take another step together and publish a charity anthology 1) to raise money for RAICES and 2) to make a statement as authors in the genre community concerning migrants and the currently devolving situation at the Mexican-US border.

As the year has progressed, publishers and writers in the community have responded with helpful advice and a multitude of stories, all of which has led to an incredible Table of Contents. In a time when so much feels wrong, this anthology is reminding all of us that people can be and often are both generous and wonderful.

Update: While of majority of our Table of Contents is currently full, we love volunteers able to assist with copy editing and social media. People with strong tax & accounting backgrounds are always welcome! Feel free to reach out and let us know how you’d like to help.

Active Members of Post-Apocalyptic Writers’ Society (PAWS)

Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including the Hath No Fury, Journal of Mythic Arts, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, Timeless Tales, and The Horror ‘Zine. She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and has a Creative Writing MFA from Stonecoast. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she was the recipient of the 2016 HWA Scholarship. Julie C. Day is a writer with numerous stories in magazines & journals such as The Dark, Black Static, Podcastle, Split Lip Magazine, Interzone, and the Cincinnati Review. Her debut collection, Uncommon Miracles, was released by PS Publishing in 2018. Her novella, The Rampant, came out with Aqueduct Press this October. Julie lives in a small town in New England with her family and a menagerie of variously sized animals. Café writing and long baths with paper books are also a thing. You can find Julie online at @thisjulieday or on her blog
Chip Houser ’s short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, Every Day Fiction, and elsewhere in print and online. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility. She authored Dust Bath Revival and its sequelHogtown Market; she co-authored Lessons from the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body
A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne has contributed to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the GuardianxoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.
Kathrin Köhler is a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. An immigrant interested in the interstitial and ideas interdisciplinary, they are most comfortable writing in places “between.” Favorite topics include the power of narrative, what it means to belong, and how people conceive of and interact with nature. Their work has appeared in Interfictions, Strange Horizons, the Book Smugglers, and other fine places. Author website at Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in GamutBlack Static, and other places, and in various anthologies including ExigenciesSuspended in DuskBEHOLD! Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and The Best Horror of the Year Vol 10. Her novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard is now out from Trepidatio Publishing, and her debut collection will follow in late 2019. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pantheon Magazine and of their associated anthologies, including Gorgon: Stories of Emergence. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. When she’s not staring into the abyss, she knits.
Steve Toase was born in North Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Munich, Germany. He writes regularly for Fortean Times and Folklore Thursday. His fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Lackington’s, Aurealis, Not One of Us, Cabinet des Feés and Pantheon Magazine amongst others. In 2014 “Call Out” (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year 6, and two of his stories have just been selected for Best Horror of the Year 11. He also likes old motorbikes and vintage cocktails. You can visit him online at

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