Archives Guest Authors

Nicole Kimberling

Nicole Kimberling is a novelist and the senior editor at Blind Eye Books. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award. Other works include the Bellingham Mystery Series, set in the Washington town where she resides with her wife of thirty years and an ongoing cooking column for Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She is also the creator and writer of “Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” a serial fiction podcast, which explores the day-to-day case files of Special Agent Keith Curry, supernatural food inspector.

S.B. Lakes

S. B. Lakes is a fantasy and science fiction writer by night, and works in Silicon Valley by day. Because they cannot be "out" about their depression in their day job, this is a pseudonym. 


Marissa Kelly

Marissa Kelly is the co-founder and co-owner of Magpie Games and has served as an art director of 100+ products, including 7th Sea: Second Edition. She is also a founding member of a number of other gaming organizations, including the Indie Game Developer Network and NewMexiCon. In addition to her volunteer work in the industry, Marissa has helped to manage successful Kickstarter projects which raised over $2 million, won the Grand Jury Prize at IndieCade 2019 for her game Bluebeard’s Bride, and often spends summers as a research assistant for both archaeological and paleontological digs.


Langley Hyde

Langley Hyde’s short stories have appeared in If This Goes On, Unidentified Objects (vol. 6 &7), Podcastle, and Terraform. Her debut novel, Highfell Grimoires, was named a Best Book of 2014 in SF/Fantasy/Horror by Publishers Weekly. She also volunteers her time at sub-Q magazine. Currently, Langley Hyde lives in the Pacific Northwest along with her partner and two children.


Jason Sizemore

Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award–nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He is the author of a collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts titled Irredeemable and the tell-all creative nonfiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. For more information visit www.jason-sizemore.com. You can find him on Twitter @apexjason.


Holly Heisey

Holly Heisey is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Their short fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Escape Pod, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. As an illustrator and designer, Holly has worked in publishing, album art, and film, and their clients include The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Factor Four Magazine, SciFutures, Evolved Publishing, Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Holly lives in Arizona with their Boston/Beagle mix, Sammy (who is the cutest ever), and their pet cactus, Larry (who doesn't bite). Most days you can find them with digital pen in hand, crafting imaginary worlds. Or writing alien poetry. Or typing furiously away at their serial genderfluid romance novels, with which they hope to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find them online at hollyheisey.com, on ArtStation, and on Curious Fictions.


Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield is the author of the novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne novellas (Tor.com Publishing). She was nominated for a 2018 Nebula Award in the novella category for Alice Payne Arrives, and in game writing for The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games. Armed in Her Fashion was a finalist for the 2018 Crawford Award. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange HorizonsLackington’sEscape Pod and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.


Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts is a speculative fiction writer who tells stories across formats—her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Asimov’s Science FictionClarkesworldThe DarkTHEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4; her interactive fiction has been published in Sub-Q Magazine and is forthcoming from Choice of Games; and her non-fiction essays and reviews have appeared on Tor.com and in Cascadia Subduction ZonePeople of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy, and Strange Horizons, among others.

Erin has an MFA from the Stonecoast program at University of Southern Maine, is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, and has received a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2017 Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers awards. To learn more about her work or read her musings on writing and life, follow her on Twitter at @nirele or visit her website at writingwonder.com.


Cislyn Smith

Cislyn Smith is the secretary of the Dream Foundry and a poet and short story writer who calls Madison, Wisconsin home. Her wordy work has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Strange Horizons, and Diabolical Plots. She has been known to crochet tentacles, write stories at odd hours, play ridiculous numbers of games, make lots of lists, and study stone dead languages. She is occasionally dismayed by the lack of secret passages in her house. She lives with the amazingly photogenic kitties that appear in the Dream Foundry newsletter, and also some nice humans.

In addition to her Twitter, she can be found online on Mastodon and on Patreon.


Stewart C. Baker

Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, and the editor-in-chief of sub-Q Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family­­—although if anyone asks, he’ll usually say he’s from the Internet.