Illustration by Fred Jordan for “An Acolyte of Black Spires”

I’m an author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the recipient of the Writers of the Future Award in 2011. My winning story, “An Acolyte of Black Spires,” appears in Writers of the Future Vol. XXVII. I am a writer for the fantasy/SF imprint Perilous Worlds, a regular columnist for Black Gate magazine, and my fiction has appeared in Tales From the Wizard’s Skull, Black Gate, Every Day Fiction, Stupefying Stories, Beyond Centauri, Plasma Frequency, and the anthology Candle in the Attic Window.

I have lived most of my life in Los Angeles and currently reside in Costa Mesa, CA, in the company of a black cat. I attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where I earned a BA in History. Before becoming a professional writer, I worked as a story editor for director Roland Joffé, a speed-reading instructor, and copyeditor. During the day, I write marketing content, and spend the rest of the time working on fantasy, science-fiction, and horror novels and short stories. My ongoing series in the continent of Ahn-Tarqa explores the many different nooks of science-fantasy in a literary gumbo of dinosaurs, bizarre tech, and fantastic adventure.

My writing influences include Leigh Brackett, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Cornell Woolrich, Raymond Chandler, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ian Fleming, Algernon Blackwood, and Michael Moorcock. I am a top authority on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Godzilla is my specific drug. I love movies, history, numerous oddball topics. In the outside world, I’m an improv comedian and perform as part of the Improv Collective in Costa Mesa.