paper djinn authors

Meet the authors who have contributed to Paper Djinn Press publications, and learn about their stories and accomplishments.

mehreen ahmed

Mehreen Ahmed is an award-winning, internationally published, and critically acclaimed MBR author. She has written Novels, Novellas, Short Stories, Creative Non-fiction, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Memoirs, Essays, and Academic and Journalistic Write-Ups. Her works have been podcast, anthologised, and translated in German, Greek, and Bengali. She has two masters’ degrees and a bachelor’s (Hon) in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Queensland and Dhaka University. She was born and raised in Bangladesh. At the moment, she lives in Australia.

olivia arieti

Olivia Arieti lives in Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy, with her family. Her stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Enchanted Conversations, Enchanted Tales Literary Magazine, Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Cliterature, Forgotten Tomb Press, Horrified Press, Thirteen O’Clock Press, Infective Ink, Pandemonium Press, Sirens Call Publications, Blood Song Books, Black Hare Press, Pussy Magic Magazine, Stormy Island Publishing, Breaking Rules Publishing, and Scarlet Leaf Review.

gabriella balcom

Gabriella Balcom lives in Texas with her family. She loves reading and writing, and thinks she was born with a book in her hands. She works in the mental health field, and writes fantasy, horror, sci-fi, romance, literary fiction, children’s stories, and more. Over 200 of her works have been published or pend publication with several publishers. Her first book, On the Wings of Ideas, came out recently, and she has another novella pending publication by Black Hare Press.

She likes traveling, music, good shows, photography, history, genealogy, interesting tales, and animals. Gabriella says she’s a sucker for a great story and loves forests, mountains, and back roads which might lead who knows where. She has a weakness for lasagna, garlic bread, tacos, cheese, and chocolate but not necessarily in that order, and she loves Mexican, Chinese, and Italian food.

jim bates

Jim Bates lives in a small town, twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His stories and poems have appeared in many online and print publications. His collection of short stories, Resilience, is scheduled to be published in 2020 by Bridge House Publishing.

david bowmore

David Bowmore lives in Yorkshire with his wonderful wife and a small white poodle. He has worn many hats in his time; chef, teacher and landscape gardener.

Since 2018, David’s stories have been published in more than fifty anthologies. His award-winning book of connected short stories, The Magic of Deben Market, and his best of collection, Tall Tales & Short Fiction, are available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.

maggie d brace

Maggie D Brace, a long-time denizen of Maryland, teacher, gardener, basketball player, and author, attended St. Mary’s College and Loyola University, Maryland.  She has written Tis Himself: The Tale of Finn MacCool and Grammy’s Glasses, and has multiple short works in various anthologies.  She remains a humble scrivener and avid reader.

steve carr

Steve Carr, from Richmond, Virginia, has had over 400 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, reviews, and anthologies since June, 2016. He has had seven collections of his short stories published: Sand, Rain, Heat, The Tales of Talker Knock50 Short Stories: The Very Best of Steve Carr, LGBTQ: 33 Stories, and The Theory of Existence: 50 Short Stories. His paranormal/horror novel Redbird was released in November, 2019. His plays have been produced in several states in the U.S. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice.

michael s. clarke

Michael S. Clarke writes science fiction and has published two novels on Kindle (KDP) that explore how humanity will need to adopt new technologies in order to survive an upcoming AI singularity.

meera dandekar

Meera Dandekar loves to explore the fictional worlds that show the magical realm of being. She’s studying mechanical engineering but has a definite admiration for the written word. She has been published in various anthologies by Black Hare Press and Macabre Ladies. She’s currently living in Mumbai, India.

dawn debraal

Dawn DeBraal lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband Red, a slightly overweight rat terrier, and a cat. She has discovered that her love of telling a good story can be written. She has published over 200 stories in many online magazines and anthologies. She was also Falling Star Magazine’s 2019 Pushcart Nominee.

tom easton

Tom Easton is a retired college professor with a doctorate in theoretical biology (U. Chicago, 1971). Since the 1970s, he has published about 60 SF/F short stories and ten novels (as well as 30 years of book columns for Analog). He has also edited anthologies (see and done a great deal of non-fiction. Destinies: Issues to Shape Our Future is currently in proof at B Cubed Press.

julie eger

Julie Eger writes under the names Julie Eger, A.J. Lawdring, and Copper Rose. She perforates the edges of the page while writing, believes anything is possible for those who believe anything is possible, and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and a black Golden Doodle. She has raised two sons and has been accused of playing well with others. Credits include seven anthologies at Clarendon House Publications, and numerous online journals and other anthologies. She also understands there really is something about pie.

k.b. elijah

K.B. Elijah is a fantasy author living in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three cockatiels. A lawyer by day, and a writer by … also day, because she needs her solid nine hours of sleep per night (not that the cockatiels let her sleep past 6am).

K.B. writes for various international anthologies, and her work features in dozens of collections about the mysterious, the magical, and the macabre. Her own books of short fantasy novellas with twists, The Empty Sky and Out of the Nowhere, are available on paperback and Kindle now.

dj elton

DJ Elton is a writer of speculative short stories, poetry, and micro-fiction living in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been published in several anthologies since she started getting serious about it all back in May 2019. She wears a few hats; having worked in healthcare for quite some time, travels to India and South-East Asian countries, and a meditator for more than half her life, all of which add colour to her writing work.

ximena escobar

Ximena is writing short stories and poetry. Originally from Chile, she is the author of a translation into Spanish of the Broadway Musical “The Wizard of Oz”, and of an original adaptation of the same, “Navidad en Oz”. Since late 2018, she has published over 100 short stories, poems, and drabbles in various publications, both print and online. She has a degree in Communication Science, and lives in Nottingham with her family.

j.w. garrett

J.W. Garrett is a multi-award winning author. Initiated into fantasy after reading The Hobbit—she has been hooked ever since. She writes speculative fiction from the sunny beaches of Florida but loves the mountains of Virginia where she was born. Her writings include novels, short stories, and poetry. Since completing Remeon’s Crusade, the third book in her sci-fi fantasy series, Realms of Chaos, she has been hard at work on the next installment, releasing in 2021. When she’s not hanging out with her characters, her favorite activities are reading, running, and spending time with family.

peggy gerber

Peggy Gerber began her writing career in order to fill the void created by becoming an empty nester. She is a short story writer and poet from New Jersey, and co-creator of Champagne Writers, a group for people of a certain age. She has been published in Potato Soup Journal, Spillwords,, Daily Science Fiction, and others.

david green

David Green is a fiction writer based in Co Galway, Ireland. Having been published with Red Cape Publishing, Nocturnal Sirens,and Black Hare Press to name a few, David is continuing to work across a variety of genres, and loves to create new worlds and stories for people to enjoy. David is the host of ‘Off The Page’, a monthly open mic designed for aspiring writers to showcase their work.

russell hemmell

Russell Hemmell is a French-Italian transplant in Scotland, passionate about astrophysics, history, and Japanese manga. Recent work in Aurealis, Cast of Wonders, Flame Tree Press, The Grievous Angel,  and others.  SFWA & HWA. Find them online at their blog and on Twitter @SPBianchini.

chris hewitt

Chris resides in the beautiful garden of Kent, England, and in the odd moments that he isn’t dog walking, he pursues his passion for all things horror, fantasy, and science-fiction. Follow his work on his blog.

c. marry hultman

C. Marry Hultman is a teacher, writer and, sometimes podcaster who is equal parts Swede and Wisconsinite. He lives with his wife and two daughters and runs W.A.R.G. – The Guild podcast, dedicated to interviewing authors about their creative process. In addition to that, he runs the website Wisconsin Noir – Cosmic Horror set in the Dairy State where he collects short fiction and general thoughts.

joel r. hunt

Joel R. Hunt is a writer from the British Midlands who has a passion for horror, science fiction, and all things bizarre. Joel’s drabbles and other short stories can be found in a range of anthologies by Black Hare Press, Eerie River, and Escaped Ink, among others. Progress and updates on Joel’s work can be found on his website.

katie jordan

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her bonsai enthusiast husband, Brad, two daughters, and the world’s most stubborn beagle, Bailey McBeagleston. She dabbles in writing dystopian, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and women’s fiction.

nerisha kemraj

Nerisha Kemraj resides in Durban, South Africa with her husband and two mischievous daughters. While poetry has been a love since high school, she began writing short stories in 2016.

A lover of dark fiction, she has over 150 short stories and poems published in various publications, both print and online. She has also received an Honourable Mention Award for her tanka in the Fujisan Taisho 2019 Tanka Contest. 

Nerisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of South Africa.

shawn m. klimek

Shawn M. Klimek is the internationally published, multi-genre author of more than 200 poems and stories, including many cited for special recognition or featured in best-of collections. He is the author of Hungry Thing, an illustrated fantasy tale told in five poems. He lives in Illinois, USA, with his wife and their Maltese.

charlotte langtree

Charlotte Langtree is a poet, aspiring novelist, and devoted mother. She is also a writer of short stories and flash fiction. Born in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, her passions are literature, music, and the great outdoors. The themes of her writing encompass life’s all-consuming emotions: joy, fear, love, and loss. Most recently, her poems ‘Sometimes’ and ‘I Light a Candle for You’ were published in the Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine.

scott macmann

A Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Scott Macmann spent fifteen years in the infantry and military intelligence helping win the Cold War before he’d had enough. Today his quiet life includes writing fiction, local writer groups, and helping others learn more about the writing craft. He has one published novel.

kelly matsuura

Kelly Matsuura writes diverse YA, fantasy, and literary fiction. She is the creator of Insignia Stories (Asian fantasy-themed blog & anthologies), and has had stories published with Ink & Locket Press, A Murder of Storytellers, Black Hare Press, Harbinger Press, and many more.

Kelly lives in Nagoya, Japan with her geeky husband. She loves traveling, knitting, cooking, and of course, reading.

eddie d. moore

Eddie D. Moore travels hundreds of hours a year, and he fills that time by listening to audiobooks. When he isn’t playing with his grandchildren, he writes his own stories. You can find a list of his publications on his blog or by visiting his Amazon Author Page. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a copy of his mini-anthology, Misfits & Oddities.

leah mueller

Leah Mueller is an indie writer and spoken word performer from Bisbee, Arizona. Her most recent books, “Misguided Behavior, Tales of Poor Life Choices” (Czykmate Press), “Death and Heartbreak” (Weasel Press), and “Cocktails at Denny’s” (Alien Buddha) were released in 2019. Leah’s work appears in Midway Journal, Citron Review, The Spectacle, Miracle Monocle, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, and elsewhere. Her essay “Firebrand, The Radical Life and Times of Annie Besant” appears in the book, “Fierce, Essays By and About Dauntless Women” which placed first in the non-fiction division of the 2019 Publisher’s Weekly Booklife contest.

sandra nguyen

Sandra Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and raised in Sweden. Her passion for writing took shape when she lived in the United States. She writes short stories and poetry. Her work has been featured in anthologies as well as online. She lives and writes in Sweden. You can follow her journey on The Topaz Journal.

p.a. o'neil

P.A. O’Neil has been writing professionally for four years. In that time, her stories have been featured in multiple anthologies (many of them international best-sellers), as well as on-line journals and magazines from several continents. She released her first collection, Witness Testimony and Other Tales, in April 2020 in both ebook and paperback. The book was met with great success.

alanna robertson-webb

Alanna Robertson-Webb is a New York author who enjoys long weekends of LARPing, is terrified of sharks, and finds immense fun in being the chief editor at Eerie River Publishing.

She lives with a fiancee and two cats, all of whom like to take over her favorite cozy blanket when they think they can get away with it. She is currently an MRO support member by day, and an editor and author by candlelight.

While she has been published before, which is wonderful, she one day aspires to run her own nerd-themed restaurant.

jo seysener

Jo Seysener is a mum of three crazies living with her husband in rural South-East Queensland. Jo writes speculative fiction for adults and picture books for children for Library for All, a not-for-profit Brisbane based enterprise who aim to increase literacy in third world countries. She is dabbling in romance and next year will release her first middle grade series. Jo adores alpacas.

amber m. simpson

Amber M. Simpson is a dark fiction writer from Northern Kentucky with a penchant for horror and fantasy. Her work has been featured in multiple anthologies as well as online. She assists with editing for Fantasia Divinity Magazine, where she has gotten to work with many talented authors from all over the world.

While she loves to create dark worlds and diverse characters, her greatest creations of all are her sons, Maxamus and Liam, who keep her feet on the ground even while her head is in the clouds.

al sirois

Al Sirois’ fiction has been published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories, Flash Fiction Online, Mystery Weekly, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and Everyday Fiction, among other publications in print and online. His story ‘In the Conservatory was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other published works include a children’s book, Dinosaur Dress Up (Tambourine Press/William Morrow), several novels of horror, a graphic novel, and a fantasy novel, The Bohemian Magician.

a stump

a stump has always loved all types of fiction, and has had stories published spanning multiple genres, including science fiction, horror/suspense, crime, gamelit, humor, and poetry. He has a particular knack for highlighting the macabre subtleties found in everyday life. His passion lies in telling stories of the mundane, infused by supernatural oddity. He holds degrees in Sociology, Anthropology, and Divinity, and is on the editorial team of the magazine Sci-Fi Lampoon. He lives near Erie, Pa.

sue marie st. lee

Born in Chicago, Sue Marie St. Lee currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and Manx cat. A storyteller since learning to talk, her wild imagination caused reprimands from her mother. Imagination persevered.  

Retired from Finance Management, Sue began ghostwriting until 2019, choosing to have works published internationally, in print and online, under her own name. Her poetry and prose have been published by Spillwords Press.

joshua d. taylor

Joshua D. Taylor is an author who started writing when he realized he was too old to play make-believe. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and a one-eared cat. He enjoys gardening, comic books, ska-punk music, Disney World, and traveling with his wife. Raised during the weirdness that was the late 20th century, Josh’s eclectic interests produce eclectic works. He loves to mix-n-match things from different genres and story elements to achieve a madcap hodgepodge of the truly unexpected.

margret a. treiber

Margret Treiber is a writer and an editor for the speculative fiction humor magazine, Sci-Fi Lampoon. When she is not writing or working at her day job with technology, she helps her birds break things for her spouse to fix.

Her fiction has appeared in a number of publications. Links to her short stories, novels, and upcoming work can be found on her website.

kermit woodall

Born to two artists, Roy and Suzy Woodall, Kermit Woodall today is the Creative Director for Amazing Stories and a professional web developer.

He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and many certifications in various computer fields. He is married to his patient wife, Shealor, has a brilliant daughter Madeline, and three dogs. His son Haydn died in an auto accident in April of 2015.