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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

    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.