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 katydids, 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. He is currently service as President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and host of their Southern Nightmare Reading Series.

Alasdair Stuart, Host

Alasdair Stuart is a professional enthusiast, pop culture analyst, and writer. He is a Hugo Finalist for Best Fan Writer, and a British Fantasy Society Best Non-fiction finalist for his weekly pop culture newsletter The Full Lid.

His nonfiction can be found at numerous genre and pop culture venues, including regular columns at the Hugo Award-winning Ditch Diggers and Fox Spirit Books. His game writing includes ENie-nominated work on the Doctor Who RPG and After The War from Genesis of Legend.

He co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network and hosts their horror podcast, PseudoPodalong with the Hugo Award nominated science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. He is a frequent guest and presenter on podcasts, with voice acting credits including the 2019 AudioVerse Award-winning The Magnus Archives.

His second collection of expanded essays from PseudoPod, The PseudoPod Tapes Volume 2: Approach with Caution, is available from Fox Spirit Books.

A frequent awards judge including the Arthur C. Clarke, The Kitschies, Brave New Words and the BFS, he blogs at www.alasdairstuart.com and is on Twitter @AlasdairStuart.

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

Brian Lieberman is the PseudoPod Community Manager and erstwhile associate editor. By day, he’s practicing the ancient art of development at a small marketing agency. By night, he parties up with his friends to slay demons and other baddies. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and a pair of adorable rats. Brian joined the PseudoPod team as Community Manager in 2007 and was an Associate Editor from 2012 to 2019.

Carson Ash Beker, Associate Editor

Carson Beker/ Ash (they/them) is a hybrid storyteller, experience creator, and ghost cat fighting the apocalypse, co-founder of The Escapery Pirate Art Collective and Queer Cat Productions Theater Company. Their stories are upcoming or found in Joyland, Fairy Tale Review, Spunk, Foglifter, Gigantic Sequins, and on ships and in cemeteries and on stages. They are proud to be a Lambda writer and graduate of Clarion West 2018. They can be found at CarsonBeker.com; QueerCatProductions.com, at Escapery.org. They are most definitely haunted. They joined the team in 2019.

Steph P. Bianchini, Associate Editor

Steph P. Bianchinilives in Scotland after (regretfully) relocating from East Asia. They are a scientist and an academic by professional practice and a historian by education. They blog about the space sector, speculative fiction, and Japanese manga at The Earthian Hivemind (earthianhivemind.net) and edit the ezine “Frozen Wavelets” (https://frozenwavelets.com/of speculative flash fiction and poetry.  As a fiction writer, Steph is a member of SFWA and HWA, writing under the byline Russell Hemmell. Their short stories and poetry have appeared in various publications, including AurealisCast of WondersFlame Tree PressThe Grievous Angel, and others. They joined the team in 2020.

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. She was an Associate Editor from 2017 to 2019 and rejoins the team in 2020.

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.

 

Graeme Dunlop, Associate Editor, Extrusions Host, plus a number of emeritus positions

Graeme Dunlop is a construct of his own mind and thus extremely hard to grasp. He has no discernible skills and often wonders how he became co-editor of a respected fantasy podcast, audio producer of a horror podcast, host and co-founder of a respected YA podcast, and IT Barbarian for a podcast company.

In alternate futures he is Muad’Dib, or a drunken bum living in a skip, or reincarnated as a dog, or living happily in the now.

He’s also a voice actor, with narrations for each of the Escape Artists podcasts.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his lovely wife Amanda. They have a crazy boy dog called Jake. Graeme has been involved with Escape Artists since 2008 and PseudoPod since 2011.

Jamie Grimes, Associate Editor

Jamie is a writer, editor, document designer, occasional English professor, and full-time curmudgeon. He holds a MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University, where he also wrangles cats and occasionally provides information systems support. He lives with his far superior wife, his indefatigable kid, and the platonic ideal of dog.  Jamie joined the team in 2020.

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.

T.M. Morgan, Associate Editor

T.M. Morgan lives in Southern Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and children. A longtime IT project manager for nonprofits, wandering traveler, and musician (a year playing jazz bass at Berklee School of Music), he has also been writing horror and dark fantasy off and on for twenty years (though only started to take it seriously recently). You can read his stories in Lamplight, Vastarien, Penumbric, and in a number of anthologies, including the upcoming Tales From Omnipark.  He joined the team in 2020.

Christi Nogle, Associate Editor

Christi Nogle is a longtime college composition teacher who lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner Jim and their dogs and cat. You can listen to more of her stories at Escape Pod, Tales to Terrify, and The Wicked Library–or read her most recent stories in the literary journals Vastarien and Hermine Annual.  Christi  joined the team in 2020.

Kitty Sarkozy, Associate Editor

KittyKitty Sarkozy is a speculative fiction writer, actor and robot girlfriend. Kitty is an alumnus of Superstars Writing Seminar , a member of the Apex Writers Group, and the Horror Writer’s Association. Several large cats allow her to live with them in Marietta GA, She enjoys tending the extensive gardens, where she hides the bodies. For a list of her publications, acting credits or to engage her services on your next project go to 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.

Joshua Tuttle, Associate Editor

Josh is an academic who studies “Spooky literature,” considered broadly. He primarily studies 18th-century Gothic fiction, but has heard that there was good work published after 1800 too—one day his reading will catch up and he’ll find out. (Currently he’s somewhere in 1788, but is gaining rapidly in 1790.) He has a few creative publication credits and has worked for several little magazines, but these days he primarily writes academic essays and academic book reviews, which makes being within tentacle-reach of Pseudopod Towers very important to him. His most recent book review was of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange, a 2017 monograph by Adam Scovell (review published in Gothic Studies Journal 22.3). His most recent essay (in press) is titled “Dancing in the Ruins: Toward an Affect Narratology of the Spooky.” He’ll tell you where it’s forthcoming once it’s in print.
Josh is also the founder and current eternal Chairman of The Spooky Society. Sometimes he posts meeting notes, Spooky Things he finds interesting, reviews, or generic musings on the Society’s website (www.spookyscarysociety.com).  Josh joined the team in 2020, so it must all be his fault. Sorry, guys.

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.” She was an Associate Editor from 2011 to 2019 and rejoined the team in 2020.

Jessica Ann York, Associate Editor

Jessica Ann York is a horror writer whose debut short story is forthcoming in Vastarien: A Literary Journal. She currently serves as the Content Editor of the official Text Request blog and as the Marketing Associate & Webmaster at Authors At Large. Her fiction centers around women who take comfort in using the macabre as a window to understanding their daily anxieties. Through writing and research, she’s come to love the things that used to scare her (like the three baby tarantulas she’s raising).  Jessica joined the team in 2020.