Our Authors

Andi C. Buchanan

Andi C. Buchanan lives among streams and faultlines just north of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their novel Sanctuary is about found family and haunted houses. Winner of a Sir Julius Vogel Award, their genre-blending novella “From a Shadow Grave” explores a historical murder, the legends surrounding it, and what might have been. Andi’s short fiction has previously been published in Fireside, Cossmass Infinities, Apex, and more. When not writing they enjoy cheese, knitting, and winning disputes with the neighbour’s cat.

Andi also writes urban fantasy as Andi R. Christopher.

You can find Andi at https://linktr.ee/andiwrites.

Novae Caelum

Novae Caelum is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Star is the author of The Stars and Green Magics, Good King Lyr, and Magnificent, and stars short fiction has appeared in Diabolical Plots, Escape Pod, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. Novae lives in Arizona with stars Boston/Beagle mix, Major Samantha Carter, who is the cutest ever. Most days you can find Novae typing furiously away at stars queer serials, with which star hopes to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find star online at novaecaelum.com.

Sylvie Greenhart

Sylvie Greenahrt has always searched for the mysteries hidden in plain sight, sure if they could just pass through the right doorway, step over the right stream, they would find the secrets of another realm beyond our own. Since so far, they have remained stuck on Earth, they create those doorways themself with books. Sylvie builds worlds where love is not lost and where it finds even those who have long been denied it–even those who have denied their own hearts. The magic of stories can heal even the hardest heartbreak.

Sylvie’s website is at: https://sylviegreenhart.com/

Byron M. Kain

Byron M. Kain is an author of SF/F/H books. He lives in the Midwest, in a house that is probably haunted. Find him on twitter: @byronmkain.

Jen Karner

Jen Karner is the author of SFF and Horror stories with kissing. Their first novel Cinders of Yesterday, was published by City Owl Press in 2021 and won a Rone award for Best LGBTQ Book in 2021. You can find links to their work at JenKarner.com, and online @Jen. Jen lives with her anchor partner, their dog, and a growing collection of plants. She enjoys horror movies, tabletop games, and watching D&D shows when not writing.

Juliet Kemp

Juliet Kemp is a queer, non-binary, writer (pronouns they/them). They live in London by the river, with their partners, kid, and dog. The first book of their fantasy series, The Deep And Shining Dark was on the Locus 2018 Recommended Reads list; the second came out in 2020. Their short fiction has appeared in venues including Analog, Cast of Wonders and Translunar Travelers Lounge, and their story “Somewhere Else, Nowhere Else” was short-listed for the WSPA Small Press Award 2020.

When not writing or child-wrangling, Juliet knits, indulges their fountain pen habit, and tries to fit an ever-increasing number of plants into a microscopic back garden. They can be found on Twitter as @julietk.


Ladz was born in Poland, raised in New York City, and currently lives in Texas. When they’re not a marketing manager for a major digital publisher, they’re writing dark fantasy that tends to straddle other genres like true crime and horror. They have been a panelist at the 2020 Nebulas Conference, 2021 Weeknight Writers Exploring Story Structure Event, 2019 & 2021 Sirens Conference, and Discon III in 2021. They can be found online at jowritesfantasy.me or on Twitter @ladzwriting.

A.Z. Louise

A.Z. Louise is a writer from Syracuse, New York, whose conure keeps them company during the writing process. Their work runs the gamut from speculative fiction to contemporary romance, as long as there’s a happy ending. When not writing, they can be found knitting, playing folk harp, or weaving. Links to their work can be found at azlouise.com.

Mati Ocha

Mati Ocha is a Scottish author of LitRPG and progression fantasy. He likes scrambling up mountains, jumping in cold lochs, and generally making mayhem in Gaelic and English. When he’s not being chaotic in the wilds, he can usually be found ruining his characters’ days or grinding yet another seasonal character in Diablo III.

Nia Quinn

Nia grew up devouring fantasy about powerful girls with magic and swords, humor and kindness (and let’s be honest, that’s still the majority of what she reads… and writes…) Despite wanting a sword for over twenty years, she still somehow doesn’t have one—clearly an oversight that needs to be addressed, stat. Someone find her a sword catalog.

She spends her time reading, writing, and chasing after every fuzzy animal that will allow her to pet it, and will hurl any book where the dog dies across the room with righteous fury. And then possibly burn it. And toast marshmallows over it. And make s’mores.


When she’s not enjoying s’mores, you can find her worshipping the sun, geeking out over a game, or frantically scribbling down a conversation between two characters in her head. (Yes, she is crazy, but she doesn’t mind.)

Rhiannon Rasmussen

Rhiannon Rasmussen is an internationally published author who writes elegiac paeans to the vulnerability of a life lived without an exoskeleton; sometimes this is called ‘body horror.’ Primarily interested in the boundaries of humanity, monstrosity, and phantasm, Rhiannon’s dark fiction writing has appeared in magazines including Lightspeed Magazine, LampLight, Diabolical Plots, and Magic: the Gathering.

Visit rhiannonrs.com for more or converse on Twitter @charibdys

Julia Rios

Julia Rios (they/them) is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about the movies we watch in childhood that shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders.

Love a story with a happy ending? On Julia’s website, www.juliarios.com, they edit and publish uplifting science fiction and fantasy stories by others in the Worlds of Possibility project. Listen to free audio versions of Worlds of Possibility stories by subscribing to the OMG Julia Podcast on your pod catcher of choice.

Carlie St. George

Carlie St. George is a Clarion West graduate from Northern California who sleeps during the day, works at night, and thinks entirely too much about TV, fairy tales, and horror movies. Her short fiction has been previously published in Strange Horizons, Nightmare, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, among other anthologies and magazines. Find her chatting about writing, Star Trek, and other random nonsense on her blog mygeekblasphemy.com or at her Twitter @MyGeekBlasphemy.

R J Theodore

R J Theodore is an author, graphic designer, and all-around collector of creative endeavors and hobbies. They enjoy writing about magic-infused technologies, first contact events, and bioluminescing landscapes. Sometimes in a single work.

Their love of SFF storytelling developed through grabbing for anything-and-everything “unicorn” as a child, but they were subverted by tales of distant solar systems when their brother introduced them to Star Trek: The Next Generation at age seven. A few years later, Sailor Moon taught them stories can have both.

When they’re not tinkering in their own worlds, they read, sew, play video games, cook, and, when they can let themself be still, they nap with their pets.

They live in New England, haunted by their childhood cat. Find more information at rjtheodore.com.

Rekka Jay / R J Theodore passed away in 2023. You can read an obituary on the SFWA website.

Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Merc Fenn Wolfmoor is a queer non-binary writer who likes dinosaurs, robots, monsters, and cookies. Their fiction has appeared in LightspeedUncannyFiresideNightmare, and others. Merc is also a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for their story, “This Is Not A Wardrobe Door,” which has been reprinted in PodCastle (audio), Cicada (2018), and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, along with translations into Chinese and Portuguese. Their debut short story collection, SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROBOT (Lethe Press, 2017), is available in paperback and ebook.

Merc is mostly found on Twitter @Merc_Wolfmoor and sometimes playing in cardboard boxes.