Table of Contents

Nathan Ballingrud
Carina Bissett
Gregory Norman Bossert
Karen Bovenmyer
Christopher Brown
Emily Cataneo
Julie C. Day
Michael J Deluca
Gemma Files
A.T. Greenblatt
Nin Harris
Chip Houser
James Patrick Kelly
Marianne Kirby
Kathrin Köhler
Matthew Kressel
Jordan Kurella
Premee Mohamed
Sarah Read
Sofia Samatar
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Steve Toase
A.C. Wise

Nathan Ballingrud is the author of North American Lake Monsters and Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell. He’s twice won the Shirley Jackson Award, and has been shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. His stories have appeared in numerous Best of the Year anthologies. Wounds, a film based on his novella “The Visible Filth,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. North American Lake Monsters is in development as an anthology series at Hulu.

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 Arterial Bloom, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Hath No Fury, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V. She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA from Stonecoast. Links to her work can be found on her website (

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 #69 and #71 and  When not writing, he wrangles spaceships and superheroes for Industrial Light & Magic. More information is available on his blog

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and Western Technical College. She serves as the Assistant Editor of the Pseuodopod Horror Podcast Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her poems, short stories and novellas appear in more than 40 publications and her first novel, Swift for the Sun, debuted from Dreamspinner Press in 2017.

Christopher Brown is the Campbell and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas and Rule of Capture. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a wide array of magazines and anthologies. He lives in Austin.

Emily Cataneo is a fiction writer and journalist. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Nightmare, Lightspeed, The Dark, cream city review, Smokelong Quarterly, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and was long listed for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 and mentioned in Best SF&F 2018. Her debut collection, Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories, came out from Journalstone Publishing in 2017. As a journalist, her work has appeared in venues such as Slate, NPR, and the Boston Globe. She’s a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, and a 2019 graduate of the North Carolina State University MFA program. She is the co-founder of the Redbud Writing Project, an adult education creative writing school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches classes in fiction, nonfiction, and more.

Julie C. Day‘s debut, dark fantasy novella, The Rampant, is a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She has published numerous stories in magazines & journals such as The Dark, Black Static, Podcastle, Split Lip Magazine, Interzone, and the Cincinnati Review. You’ll find some of them between the pages of her collection, Uncommon Miracles. She lives in a small town in New England with her family and a menagerie of variously sized animals. Café writing and long walks with ebooks are also a non-quarantine thing. You can find Julie online at @thisjulieday or on her blog

Michael J. DeLuca‘s roots are mycorrhizal with sugar maple and Eastern white pine. He’s the publisher of Reckoning, an annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice. His fiction has appeared most recently in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Strangelet and Middle Planet. @michaeljdeluca;

Formerly a film critic, journalist, screenwriter and teacher, Gemma Files has been an award-winning horror author since 1999. She has published two collections of short work, two chap-books of speculative poetry, a Weird Western trilogy, a story-cycle and a stand-alone novel (Experimental Film, which won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel and the 2016 Sunburst award for Best Adult Novel). Most are available from ChiZine Publications. She has two new story collections from Trepidatio (Spectral Evidenceand Drawn Up From Deep Places), one upcoming from Cemetery Dance (Dark Is Better), and a new poetry collection from Aqueduct Press (Invocabulary).

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 work has been nominated for a Nebula Award, has been in multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and has appeared in Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside, as well as other fine publications. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @AtGreenblatt.

Nin Harris is an author, poet, and tenured postcolonial Gothic scholar who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary romances and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s publishing credits include Clarkesworld, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed

Chip Houser ’s short fiction has been published in The Arcanist, Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and many other markets. His collection Dark Morsels is forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks. Other stories set in the Smilerverse have found their way into New Myths and, in the near future, Bourbon Press. A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, he also has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was the Associate Editor for Natural Bridge. He’s read slush for Amazing Stories, and most recently helped edit this anthology. Labors of love, all. To fund his wild writing lifestyle, he practices architecture, mostly during daylight hours, always with a grin showing too much teeth. You can find Chip online at

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. His most recent books are King Of The Dogs, Queen Of The Cats (2020), a novella from Subterranean Press, a collection, The Promise of Space (2018), from Prime Books, and a novel, Mother Go (2017), an audiobook original from Audible.  In 2016 Centipede Press published a career retrospective Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly. His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. With John Kessel, he has co-edited five anthologies. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s.  Find him on the web at

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 sequel Hogtown 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

Matthew Kressel is speculative fiction writer and software developer. His work has been a multiple finalist for the Nebula, World-Fantasy, and Eugie Awards. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of markets including, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Analog magazines, as well as dozens of anthologies. His work has also been translated into six languages. His first novel, King of Shards, was hailed by NPR Books as, “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness.”As a software developer, Matthew created the Moksha submissions system, which is in use by some of the largest speculative fiction publishers in the world.He is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan.Find him on Twitter @mattkressel or

Jordan Kurella is a queer and disabled author who has lived all over the world (including Moscow and Manhattan). 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.

Premee Mohamed is a scientist and writer based out of Alberta, Canada. She has degrees in molecular genetics and environmental science, but hopes that readers of her fiction will not hold that against her. Her short speculative fiction has been published in a variety of venues, which can be found on her website at She can be located with some reliability on Twitter at @premeesaurus.

Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in various places, including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year vol 10. A collection of her short fiction called Out of Water, a Bram Stoker finalist, is available now from Trepidatio Publishing, as is her Bram Stoker Award-winning novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard. When she’s not staring into the abyss, she knits. You can find her online on Instagram or Twitter @Inkwellmonster or on her site at

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Historiesthe short story collection, Tender, and Monster Portraitsa collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her work has won several awards, including the World Fantasy Award. She teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction has appeared in over 50 publications such as ClarkesworldFantasy & Science Fiction, and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror as well as in six languages. Her work has been featured on LeVar Burton’s podcast LeVar Burton Reads. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the Grand Prize in the SyFy Channel’s Battle the Beast contest; Syfy turned her story set in the world of the Magicians into an animated short. She also curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth.

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 Three Lobed Burning Eye, 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. His first short story collection To Drown In Dark Water is due out from Undertow Publications in 2021. He also likes old motorbikes and vintage cocktails. You can keep up to date with his work via his Patreon,,, and @stevetoase.

A.C. Wise‘s short fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Shimmer, and The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10, among other places. She has two collections published with Lethe Press, and her debut novella, Catfish Lullaby, was published by Broken Eye Books in September 2019. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. In addition to her fiction, she contributes the Women to Read and Non-Binary Authors to Read columns to The Book Smugglers. Find her online at and on twitter as @ac_wise.