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    The Team:

    Sean Markey


    Sean lives in an old farmhouse in northern Vermont, and is pretty sure the house isn’t very haunted…

    He works as a marketer during the day and is also the publisher of The Deadlands, a little magazine about beginnings and endings you may or may not have heard of.

    E. Catherine Tobler


    A finalist for the Sturgeon, Hugo, Nebula, Ditmar, Aurealis,
    and World Fantasy awards, E. Catherine Tobler has never won a blessed thing.

    She keeps writing.

    Laura Blackwell

    Novella Copy Editor

    Laura Blackwell is a freelance editor and Pushcart-nominated writer. Current and upcoming publications include Chiral Mad 5, PseudoPod, and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. You can visit her website at

    K.C. Mead Brewer

    Newsletter: Letters From A Psychopomp

    K.C. Mead-Brewer writes weird, dark fiction in beautiful Baltimore, MD. Fun Fact: her rowhome used to be part of an orphanage in the early 1900s; no child-ghosts have been encountered yet, but one can hope.

    Melissa Ren


    Melissa Ren is a Chinese-Canadian writer whose narratives tend to explore the intersection between belonging and becoming. You can read her publications at or find her meandering on various socials under @melisfluous.

    Felicia Martínez

    Social Media

    Felicia Martínez is a writer and artist born and raised in Eastern New Mexico, though home is now the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2023 Dream Foundry Contest for Emerging Writers finalist, an honor she achieved with a beloved work of flash. Find her on Bluesky and Instagram as @feliciafm.

    Staff Writers

    Ai Jiang

    Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and an immigrant from Fujian. She is a member of HWA, SFWA, and Codex. Her work can be found in F&SF, The Dark, Uncanny, among others. She is the holder of Odyssey Workshop’s 2022 Fresh Voices Scholarship. Her debut novella Linghun (April 2023) is forthcoming with Dark Matter INK. Find her on Twitter (@AiJiang_) and online (

    Meg Elison

    Meg Elison is a Philip K. Dick and Locus award winning author, as well as a Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Otherwise awards finalist. A prolific short story writer and essayist, Elison has been published in Slate, McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

    Maria Haskins

    Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. She lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two children, several birds, a snake, and a very large black dog. Her work has appeared in several publications, and is also available in her short story collections Wolves & Girls (2023), and Six Dreams About the Train (2021).

    A.R. Aruthur

    A.R. Arthur (formerly A.R. Salandy) is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in Kuwait jostling between the UK & America. He is the EIC of Fahmidan Journal/Publishing & Co, Reviews Editor at Full House Literary & Poetry Editor at Chestnut Review. Twitter/Instagram: @ararthurwriter — visit his website here.

    Avra Margariti

    Avra Margariti is a queer author and Pushcart-nominated poet with a fondness for the dark and the darling. Avra’s work haunts publications such as Strange Horizons, F&SF, The Deadlands, Vastarien, and Reckoning. Avra lives and studies in Athens, Greece. You can find Avra on twitter (@avramargariti).

    Vanessa Maki

    Vanessa Maki is a queer Blerd, artist. She has written for a variety of publications including The Pink Advocate, The Gay Gaze, Dread Central, Horror Movie Blog and many more. She is weirder than you realize.