Our Authors

Annie Bellet

‘No Spaceships Go’

Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh. She has sold fiction to AlienSkin, Contrary, and Daily Science Fiction as well as to multiple anthologies. She is a Clarion graduate and has placed as semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat. Find out more about her at her blog.

Lauren Dixon

‘Double Dutch’

Lauren Dixon knows how to shoot a rifle. She writes lingerie catalogs for the Army, talks a lot about vaginas, and does not eat animals unless they ask her to first. Her newest young adult novel, Throwaways, hasn’t killed her, so far. Her creative work has also appeared in Oracle, DIAGRAM, Sojourn, INTER, Kadar Koli and (R)evolve (from Naropa University), and was previously nominated for the Best New Poets of 2006 Anthology, published by Meridian. A Clarion West 2010 graduate, Dixon edits the literary ‘zine Superficial Flesh, an amalgamation of weird, absurdist literature and art. Dixon previously taught creative writing and literature at University of Texas-Dallas, but is fleeing to Seattle even as this goes to press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Texas State University and is poised to receive her doctorate in Literary Studies from the University of Texas-Dallas.

S.Q. Eries

‘The Empress and the Comic’

Once upon a time, S.Q. Eries was an engineer who spent her days writing dry technical reports in passive voice. Then one day she chanced upon anime fanfiction and decided to give it a try. That was her first foray into creative writing, and she’s been writing fiction ever since. Her first short story was published in a Drollerie Press anthology earlier this year, and she’s also working on a couple young adult novels, one based on Greek mythology and the other a historical about the ancient Olympics. She still writes non-fiction, but now most of it is in the form of manga reviews for The Fandom Post. She recently started a blog about the interesting things she comes across in her writerly research and invites you to drop by at sqeries.wordpress.com.

Alan Frackelton

‘City One’

Alan Frackelton’s short fiction has appeared in Murky Depths, Title Goes Here and Fantastique Unfettered, amongst others, online at The Future Fire, Colored Chalk, and Darker, and in the Brimstone Press e-anthology Black Box. He plans to write several more stories set in the same world as ‘City One’.

Stephen Gaskell

‘The Terrarium’

Stephen Gaskell has fond recollections of the school dinners of his youth, and hope’s his Scape tale hasn’t put you off yours. A Careers Advisors’ worst nightmare, he has been employed as a computer programmer, barman, social research interviewer, and English-language teacher, but is currently trying to make a living as a full-time writer. Publishing credits with Interzone, Escape Pod, and Clarkesworld, amongst others, suggest this isn’t entirely in vain. He is currently working on his first novel, a near-future SF thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria. He blogs, erratically, at www.stephengaskell.com.

Orrin Grey

‘Letters from the Monster Show’

Orrin Grey is a skeleton who likes monsters. His stories of cursed books, mad monks, and ominous paintings have appeared in Bound for Evil, Delicate Toxins, and Historical Lovecraft, among other places. He can be found online at www.orringrey.com.

Crystal Hilbert

‘Take Apart Their Nightmares’

Crystal Hilbert lives in the library under the stairs, subsisting mostly on old trade paperbacks and tea. Occasionally, she emerges from her dusty domicile in a continuing attempt to con Chatham University out of an English degree and most days find her sneaking around Pittsburgh, contemplating monsters. Her stories have appeared in Outer Reaches, Niteblade, Menda City Review and Tales of the Zombie War.

Ken Liu


Ken is a programmer as well as a lawyer, and he’s still not sure whether it’s easier to write for machines or for other lawyers. His fiction and poetry have appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter. You can find out more about him and his work here.

Corie Ralston

‘All Things are Full of Gods’

Corie Ralston’s writing has been spotted in the pages of Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, among others. She has a fulltime job as a staff scientist as Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and somehow manages to find the time to read and write science fiction, as well as run and practice karate. She also recently helped plan a new science fiction convention: FOGcon, which premiered in San Francisco in March this year. She can be found online here and on Facebook.

Caleb Schulz

‘Buried Treasure’

Caleb Jordan Schulz has nomadic blood.  He’s trekked in the Andes, dived in the Yucatan, and camped in the Amazon jungle.  Many of his adventures have made their way into his writing, which have appeared in Innsmouth Free Press, Crossed Genres Year Two, Ray Gun Revival, and will appear in Subversion and Zombies Without Borders.  When not traveling or writing, he works as a freelance editor and illustrator, and reads slush for Lightspeed Magazine.

Alan Smale

‘The Flower’

Alan grew up in Yorkshire, England, but is now in the U.S. to stay. By day he works as a NASA research scientist, studying black holes, neutron stars and other strange celestial objects. By night he sings bass with high-energy vocal band The Chromatics and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella and a cappella through astronomy. He has sold over thirty stories of science fiction and fantasy, alternate and twisted history to magazines including Realms of Fantasy (six times), Paradox, Abyss & Apex and Dark Regions, and original anthologies Panverse One and Panverse Two, A Wizard’s Dozen and A Nightmare’s Dozen, and Writers of the Future #13.

AshleyRose Sullivan

‘Fish Bowl’

AshleyRose Sullivan lives and writes in Los Angeles, California but she’s from the hills of Appalachia where she runs a Shakespeare Camp for kids and teens. Raised on a steady diet of Science Fiction and Fairy Tales, she never grew up and never wants to. Some of her short stories have appeared in Alt Hist, The Medulla Review, and Word Riot among others and her story, “Silent Pictures” was recently adapted and produced as a musical.