Our Staff

Shawn Garrett

Shawn Garrett: Co-Editor

Shawn M. Garrett is the co-editor of PSEUDOPOD and either the dumbest smart man or the smartest dumb man you ever met. Thanks to a youth spent in the company of Richard Matheson, Vincent Price, Carl Kolchak & Jupiter Jones, he has pursued a life-long interest in the thrilling, the horrific and the mysterious – be it in print, film, art or audio. He has worked as a sewerage groundskeeper, audio transcription editor, pornography enabler, insurance letter writer – he was once paid by Marvel Comics to pastiche the voice of Stan Lee in promotional materials and he spends his days converting old pulp fiction into digital form for minimal pay. He now lives near the ocean in a small metal box and he hopes that becoming a Yuggothian brain-in-a-jar is a viable future, as there is NO WAY he will ever read all the books he has on his lists, or listen to all the music he wants to hear. Everything that he is he owes to his late sister Susan, a shining star in the pre-internet world of fan-fiction, who left this world unexpectedly in 2010. Shawn was brought on as an Associate Editor in 2008, and he became Editor in 2011.

Alex Hofelich, Co-Editor

Alex Hofelich is Co-Editor of Pseudopod and pictured here at Trader Vic’s Atlanta. You can find him at tiki bars, local bookstores, microbreweries, and family-owned eateries. Like most tigers, Alex is made up of dragonflies and katydid, but mostly chewed-up little kids. Alex started assisting PseudoPod in 2009, and was brought on as an Associate Editor in 2011. He became Assistant Editor in 2013, and joined Shawn Garrett as co-Editor in 2015.

Alasdair Stuart, Host

Hugo Award-nominated Alasdair Stuart is a genre fiction writer and pop culture analyst. His nonfiction has been published by Tor.comUncanny Magazine, and Barnes & Noble.

He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W. and Chill, meaning he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name. His most recent game work is the forthcoming After The War from Genesis of Legend.

Alasdair co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network and hosts their horror show, PseudoPod. His most recent publication is The PseudoPod Tapes Volume 2: Approach with Caution, the second collection of expanded essays from the show.

His short stories can be found in the Fox Pockets anthology series from Fox Spirit, among other places.

He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, sign up for his weekly pop culture newsletter The Full Lid, or check out his reviews and blog, The Man of Words.

Alasdair joined the PseudoPod team as host of episode 048 in 2007.

Karen Bovenmyer, Assistant Editor 

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and Western Technical College. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her poems, short stories and novellas appear in more than 40 publications and her first novel, SWIFT FOR THE SUN, debuted from Dreamspinner Press March 27, 2017.  Karen’s website is at http://karenbovenmyer.com/.  Karen joined the PseudoPod team as assistant editor in 2018.

Chelsea Davis, Audio Producer and Associate Editor

Chelsea Davis is an Audio Producer for Pseudopod. She is a freelance writer and radio producer with an interest in all things weird, and has published stories on topics from cosmetic surgery to zombie musicals. You can fill your eye-holes and your ear-holes with her work by visiting her website, https://chelseamdavis.net, and can subscribe to her monthly newsletter about horror and comedy film at Shrieks and Howls. When Chelsea isn’t busy making stories, she studies them as a PhD candidate in English literature at Stanford University. Her research focuses on horror and the Gothic–meaning she gets to read, write about, and teach creeptastic stuff all the livelong day. Chelsea joined the PseudoPod team as an Associate Editor in 2015 and an Audio Producer in 2016.

Marty Perrett, Audio Producer and Associate Editor

Marty Perrett has dabbled in the podcasting/narrating/production world for around 10 years now and likes to fumble his way around manipulating audio for best results. An office manager by day, he lives with his partner and their ridiculous cat in London. His local pub knows him by name and starts pouring his drink before he’s even stepped in the door.

Marty is also perpetually in the middle of writing a four-part comedy sci-fi novella series called Space Danger, under the name Doug Strider. His belief is that if one day he should finish it then all other prophecies will come to pass (in time for tea, it is believed). So it’s like a huge responsibility. Marty joined the team in 2017.

Brian Lieberman, Community Manager and Associate Editor

Brian Lieberman is an associate editor of Pseudopod. By day, he’s a froody copywriter who always remembers his towel. By night, he practices foodcraft and slays demons with his friends. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, a roommate, and a cat with no patience for his tomfoolery. Brian joined the PseudoPod team as Community Manager in 2007 and Associate Editor in 2012.

Shawna Borman, Associate Editor

Shawna Borman graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a B.A. in English specializing in Creative Writing. During her time at SMU, she won second place in the school’s annual fiction contest, as well as the Margaret Terry Crooks Award for Most Outstanding Creative Writing Student. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, specializing in popular fiction, from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program in January 2015. Though she dabbles in all genres, her true love is horror. Whether dealing with your average socially awkward serial killer or an angel/demon/mortal hybrid entering the terrible teens, Shawna is most at ease visiting with the voices in her head. She resides in Texas with her father. Shawna joined the team in 2017.

Tad Callin

Tad Callin, Associate Editor

Tad Callin has been a lot of things, but he is most proud of being a father and writer. His previous published work includes an urban fantasy story, “Silver,” published on the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine podcast, and his self—published memoir, Tad’s Happy Funtime. One day, he hopes to return to the desert Southwest with his family, but for now, he enjoys living in Baltimore. Tad joined the team in 2016.

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell, Associate Editor

Scott Campbell searches for battles that will increase his skills for the battles to come.  The slush pile underneath Pseudopod Towers is a worthy opponent.  He also writes, directs, and performs for the queer (in every sense of the word) cabaret The Mickee Faust Club.  He also write far too infrequently at the official online home of the Sleep Deprivation Institute (and pop culture website) Needcoffee.com.  He lives in Florida with absolutely no pets. Scott joined the team in 2016.

Kat Day

Kat Day, Associate Editor

Kat Day is a writer and chemist who’s had both fiction and non-fiction published in various places. You can follow her on Twitter @chronicleflask. She lives with her husband, two children and cat in Oxfordshire, England. She thinks black coffee is far superior to tea. The purple liquid on the stovetop is none of your concern.  Kat joined the team in 2019.

Cecilia Dockins, Associate Editor

Cecilia Dockins resides near Nashville, Tennessee. Over the years, she has slung cocktails in bars, instruments in surgical suites, ink on paper, and possibly a curse word or two. She’s an Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate and former University of Maine: Stonecoast student, a failed academic, loner, dreamer, damn-good angler, and professional book hoarder. Cecilia joined the team as an Associate Editor in 2017, and served as one of the guest editors for Artemis Rising 6 for March 2019.

Jaq Evans, Associate Editor

Jaq Evans lurks in the Pacific Northwest while earning an MFA in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. When not writing, reading, or thinking about monsters (both supernatural and human), Jaq writes about enterprise security and manages content strategy for a tech startup. Her work has appeared in The SFF Del Sol Review and Barking Sycamores.

Adrian Howard, Associate Editor

Adrian Howard helps teams get better at delivering software products for a living. People don’t pay him to write bad fiction or run silly interactive micro-fiction experiments (but he does it anyway). Adrian spends his day vacillating wildly between Impostor Syndrome & the Dunning-Kruger effect while tweeting about drinking coffee. No matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight. Adrian joined the team in 2015.

Kate Kastelein, Associate Editor

Kate Kastelein has an MFA from the University of Maine: Stonecoast, where she concentrated on dark fiction and horror. While there she was able to work with luminary horror writers Nancy Holder and Liz Hand. Her story “The Nightingale Incident” appeared in NonBinary Review issue #14: The Tales of Hans Christen Andersen, which put a post-apocalyptic twist on the classic tale “The Nightingale”. NonBinary Review also published her story “Rose” in issue #16: The Little Prince. “The Rose” imagines a darker, more selfish Little Prince told from the Rose’s perspective. Her flash piece “Keep US Healthy” is included in Medusa’s Laugh anthology, Masques. This faux press release extols the virtues of a health-tracker mandated by the government. While at Stonecoast, she was a reader for The Stonecoast Review, and recently read slush for Diabolical Plots. Kate joined the team in 2018.

Austin Malone, Associate Editor

Austin Malone is a short-fiction author who lives in New Orleans, and is the coordinator of the Crescent City Critters writer’s group. Those who are curious about his work and would like to use their personal summoning-circle to conjure his presence for further discourse are urged to use vanilla-scented black candles and only top-shelf rum. Seriously. If you even think about using Bacardi he’ll rip your soul out through your nostrils. Just don’t. For those who would prefer to enjoy his words at a safe distance, he invites you to visit sippinghemlocktea.com Austin joined the team in 2017.

Elizabeth Rogers, Associate Editor

Elizabeth Rogers has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and now lives near San Francisco, California, where she’s a writer amongst the techies. When not writing fiction, she writes for a nature magazine and takes photos of cats. She also writes about life with cystic fibrosis and chronic illness for the internet in her spare time.  Elizabeth joined the team in 2018.

Kitty Sarkozy, Associate Editor

Kitty Sarkozy is a speculative fiction writer, corporate customer service trainer, voice actor and professional robot girlfriend living in Atlanta, GA. She has a rather non-specific set of questionably useful skills, a plethora of hobbies, and almost enough cats. When not writing or on the phone, she stays entertained as a background actor and rogue. Follow her adventures at kittysarkozy.com.  Kitty joined the team in 2018.

M. M. Schill, Associate Editor

M. M. Schill currently resides in North Florida. She’s a writer, award-winning baker, graphic designer, and illustrator. When she’s not creating, she studies and teaches martial arts. Outside of those pursuits, she’s an outspoken advocate for abuse survivors. She maintains close ties to local survivor volunteer groups and help-centers. She often writes on the topic when she isn’t crafting in her speculative fiction worlds.  M.M. joined the team in 2018.

Victoria Winnick , Associate Editor
Victoria Winnick is a writer, editor, and chef, living in Calgary, Alberta. When she’s not doing one of those things, she’s usually making plans about the next time she can. In the past, she’s written educational books for children, and magazine articles on sex, culture, and music. She has been an Associate Editor with Pseudopod since the Aughts, and some of her favourite episodes are “The Greatest Adventure of All” by Ian McHugh, “Corps Cadavres” by Neil John Buchanan, “Venice Burning” by A.C. Wise, and “The Box Wife” by Emma Osborne. Her own submissions to the podcast can be heard as episode 467, “Doc” and part of episode 532: Flash On The Borderlands XXXVI: Artemis Rising Showcase “Us, Here.” Victoria has been an Associate Editor since 2011.