Fuck concepts. Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.
— George Saunders

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Mona Awad
Providence, RI

Mona Awad’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Joyland, St. Petersburg Review and is forthcoming in Post Road. She's never been caught in flagrante delicto with any Romanians, sumo wrestlers or dark lords of any sorts. Why? What have you heard?

Stories: Dream Me

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Matthew David Brozik
Great Neck, NY

Matthew David Brozik is the author of the novella TAKING IVY SERIOUSLY and many shorter published works. Visit imdb.name.

Stories: Office Creeper

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Cassandra Rose Clarke
Katy, TX

Cassandra Rose Clarke grew up in south Texas and currently lives in a suburb of Houston, where she writes and teaches composition at a local college. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. Her novel The Mad Scientist's Daughter was nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award.

Stories: Ursula Major, Ursula Minor

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John Paul Davies
Navan, Ireland

John is an exiled Scouser, now living in Ireland, with work appearing in Ares Magazine, The Pedestal, and a poem displayed in his favourite pub, The Ship & Mitre.

Stories: Lodger in the Ripper's Room

Ellen Goodlett
Astoria, NY

Ellen writes science fiction with lots of explosions and the occasional human insight (in her opinion). Her work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Literary Magazine, and other publications.

Stories: Universal Language

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T.E Grau
Los Angeles, CA

T.E. Grau is a Dark Fiction author, editor, and essayist whose work has been featured in numerous anthologies, magazines, and literary journals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and bunny named Cthulhu.

Stories: Clean

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Kira Hesser
Los Angeles, CA

Kira Hesser is an actor/writer/stand-up comedian/apple fritter in Los Angeles. She wrote the short film Character Actors and has been published by Bunch magazine and The Huffington Post. 

Stories: One Dutch

Ajla Hodzic
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ajla Hodzic is a legal alien, a Borges stalker, and a physics enthusiast. She hails from Sarajevo and currently teaches a creative writing workshop at Columbia University. 

Stories: Between Dog and Wolf


Isa Hopkins
Oakland, CA

Writer for the Interwebs & co-founder of humor magazine Hobo Pancakes and sketch comedy group Femikaze. Connoiseur of tacos, X-Files trivia, and all things In-N-Out Burger.

Stories: Eggs


DeAnna Knippling
Colorado Springs, CO

DeAnna Knippling has been published in Black Static, Big Pulp, Crossed Genres, and more. She wrote this story after discovering H.G. Wells, socialist, also supported eugenics.

Stories: The Defective Mr. Thurbin

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Brianne Kohl
Pittsboro, NC

Brianne M. Kohl is a project manager at a technical writing firm. So, naturally, she enjoys writing horror. She has been published at The Master's Review: New Voices and Spark. Find more at BrianneKohl.com.

Stories: The Red Wheelbarrow

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Danielle McLaughlin
County Cork, Ireland

Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in various newspapers, journals and anthologies and have been broadcast on radio. She lives in County Cork, Ireland with her husband and three young children.

Stories: Along the Heron-Studded River

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Conor Powers-Smith
Marstons Mills, MA

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He works as a reporter on Cape Cod. His stories have appeared in AE, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and other magazines.

Stories: West by East

Steven C. Schlozman
Belmont, MA

Steven Schlozman’s novel, The Zombie Autopsies, has been optioned by George Romero. Schlozman has also appeared in numerous documentaries about zombies. Steve is delighted therefore to have this non-zombie story published.

Stories: Dr. Birnbaum Takes Exit 3


Molly Schoemann
Garner, NC

Molly Schoemann is a humorist from NYC and a secret supervillain who is bad at keeping secrets. She currently lives in North Carolina. You can find more of her work at www.mollyschoemann.com.

Stories: Agent S



Chris Starr
Venice, CA

Chris Starr grew up in rural Nevada, attended Harvard, and played in a cover band in Spain before becoming trapped in the tiny box you now hold in your very hands. He is currently at work on Pintxos: Stories of the Basque Country, his first collection of short stories.

Stories: Same OakThe Prophet of Partridge Square


Corinne Stikeman
Hollywood, CA

Corinne was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and writes for "Anger Management" on FX. She likes books that smell good and doing laundry. 

Stories: Noise

Sara Taylor
Accomac, VA

Sara's first book, The Shore, will be published by Random House in early 2015. She lives in Norwich, England, where she mostly gets lost, rained on, and chased by cows.

Stories: Target Practice


Tlotlo Tsamaase
Gaborone, Botswana

Tlotlo Tsamaase is the 2014 Black Crake Books winner. When’s she’s not consumed with architecture school, she spends her days designing humans and skimming the Botswana skies for ingredients.

Stories: Eco-HumansThe Palapye White Birch

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Marc Watkins
Oxford, MS

Marc Watkins's stories have been published in national magazines, and anthologized in the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Oxford, MS, where he wrestles babies and Faulkner's ghost.  

Stories: Calamityville


Jacob Sager Weinstein
London, England

Jacob Sager Weinstein has written for The New Yorker, HBO and the BBC. His latest book is How Not To Kill Your Baby. His shoe size is 10.5T. (The “T” stands for “talking.”)

Stories: Giant Friendly Shoe

James C. Wolf
Eastsound, WA

James Wolf’s produced work includes the feature film thriller Good Day For It, and the stage plays The Palm Reader and Four Christmases. He lives on an island in Washington State. 

Stories: The Tailor's Son