Uncanny Authors

Nilah Magruder

Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. From her beginnings in the woods of the eastern United States she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation.

She has written and storyboarded for television studios like DreamWorks and Disney. She also illustrates children’s books, including the Dactyl Hill Squad series by Daniel José Older from Scholastic. Nilah is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel from Insight Editions and the winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and How to Find a Fox, a picture book. She has published short fiction in the anthology All Out (edited by Saundra Mitchell), in Fireside Magazine, and for Marvel Comics.

When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, roller-skating, and fighting her cats for control of her desk chair.

Brit Mandelo

Brit Mandelo is a nonbinary, masculine-identified writer, critic, and editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide. They have two books out, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction and We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-telling, and in the past have edited for publications like Strange Horizons Magazine. Other work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Telling, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Ideomancer. They also write regularly for Tor.com and have several long-running column series there.

Keith A. Manuel

Keith A. Manuel is a SF writer, historian, and library worker. He lives and works in Florida with his wife, daughter, and three quirky house cats. You can find him on Twitter @KeithAManuel and on his writing and book review blog Borrowed Worlds.

Jei D. Marcade

Jei D. Marcade is a Korean-American speculative fiction writer whose work has appeared in PodCastle, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and Goblin Fruit. They can be found haunting jeidmarcade.com or tweeting sporadically @JeiDMarcade.

Haralambi Markov

Haralambi Markov is a Bulgarian critic, editor, and writer of things weird and fantastic. A Clarion 2014 graduate, Markov enjoys fairy tales, obscure folkloric monsters, and inventing death rituals (for his stories, not his neighbors… usually). He blogs at The Alternative Typewriter and tweets at @HaralambiMarkov. His stories have appeared in The Weird Fiction Review, Electric Velocipede, Tor.com, Stories for Chip, The Apex Book of World SF, and are slated to appear in Genius Loci and Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. He’s currently working on a novel.

Arkady Martine

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw. Her debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, was released in March 2019 from Tor Books. Find Arkady online at arkadymartine.net or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.

Elise Matthesen

Elise Matthesen has been a convention runner, writer, poetry editor, filker, fanzine fan and apahacker, fanfic writer, and nominee for the World Fantasy Award. She is proud of being repeatedly requested as panel moderator by Jane Yolen. With Jane, she’s a member of the Lady Poetesses from Hell. Her old bio says, “She has a hearing impairment, fibromyalgia, arthritis, attitude, ingenuity, numerous publication credits, and more than two dozen pairs of pliers,” but that’s changed. She now calls one of her disabilities “hard of hearing” rather than “a hearing impairment,” though she still persists in saying “lip reading” rather than “speech reading.” She’s added several chronic illnesses and is trying to summarize the mobility stuff beyond “walks with a cane, sometimes can’t walk a long ways, and a long ways varies from day to day.” She gave away many of the pliers to people who needed them. You can tell how she’s doing by checking out how many new shinies are in her Etsy shop, because making art is her way of surviving. Her pronouns are all of the pronouns, though most people use she/her — and that’s fine too. (If you want specifics: queer, bisexual, genderqueer, nonbinary, demigirl, polyamorous.) She sings and is learning several instruments, and would rather make music with people than pretty much any other intimate interaction.

Jaime O. Mayer

Jaime O. Mayer is a Korean American adoptee, tea drinker, and avid hobby collector living in the Seattle area with her husband and their two cats. Her fiction has appeared in Cast of Wonders and Cicada Magazine. You can find her online at jaimeomayer.com and on Twitter as @JaimeOMayer.

Una McCormack

Una McCormack is a The New York Times best–selling author specialising in TV tie–in fiction, particularly Star Trek and Doctor Who. She holds a doctorate in sociology, and is lecturer in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for younger readers. His novels include two series, WebMage and Fallen Blade, as well as School for Sidekicks; Magic, Madness, & Mischief, and the forthcoming Spirits, Spells, & Snark. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His microfiction series DragonDiaries and Badnoir can be found on his webpage or by following him on Twitter or Facebook. He has been known to dabble in science fiction as science education, having written short fiction for the National Science Foundation and co-created a science comic for NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. He also does a fair bit of silly performance art which can be found at: kellymccullough.com/shenanigans. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. In those rare moments when he is not writing fiction, he serves as an elected county board supervisor, an office he has held for eight years.