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Christa Carmen
Christa Carmen's debut fiction collection, "Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked," was released in August 2018 by Unnerving, and won the Indie Horror Book Award for Best Debut Collection. Her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Fiction Company, Unnerving Magazine, Comet Press' Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 2, Outpost 28 Issues 2 & 3, Lycan Valley Press Publications’ Dark Voices, Space Squid, Third Flatiron's Strange Beasties, Alban Lake Publishing's Only the Lonely, DarkFuse Magazine, Tales to Terrify, Black Ice Magazine Volume 2, Dead Oaks' Horror Anthology Podcast, Horror Hill/Chilling Tales for Dark Nights/The Simply Scary Podcast Network, Ghost Parachute, Weasel Press' The Haunted Traveler, Mad Scientist Journal, The Eunoia Review, Blood Moon Rising, Danse Macabre, WolfSinger Publications' Just Desserts, DreamFusion Press' The Book of the Macabre, Devolution Z Horror Magazine, The J.J. Outré Review, Prolific Press' Jitter Issue #4, Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, Corner Bar Magazine, pennyshorts, Anotherealm, and Dark Fire Fiction. In 2016, "Four Souls of Eve" was published by Frith Books as a standalone eBook. Her work won Best in Genre, Thriller/Horror, in wordhaus' 2016 Trick or Treat Fall Story Contest, and “The Goblin’s Abettor” won The Haberdasher’s Monster Mash Slash Fiction Contest in 2017.

Christa has additional work forthcoming from Tales to Terrify, McFarland & Company, Inc., Horror Tales Podcast, The Wicked Library, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights/The Simply Scary Podcast Network, and Outpost 28 Issue #4.

Christa lives in Westerly, Rhode Island with her husband and their bluetick beagle, Maya. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and psychology, and a master's degree from Boston College in counseling psychology. Christa is an MFA candidate at the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, of the University of Southern Maine. She works for Pfizer in Clinical Trial Packaging, and at a local hospital as a mental health clinician.

On Halloween 2016, Christa was married at the historic and haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (yes, the inspiration for Stephen King's 'The Shining!'). When she's not writing, she is volunteering with one of several organizations that aim to maximize public awareness and seek solutions to the ever-growing opioid crisis in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.

  • #WiHMX starts with an excerpt from Something Borrowed, Something Blood Soaked’s closing story, “Flowers from Amaryllis, featured by Ink Heist (#SomethingBorrowed #Unnerving #PsychologicalHorror).
  • When asked if he’d like to post an excerpt from Something Borrowed, Something Blood Soaked, his reply was one word: "Send." Read a portion of "Thirsty Creatures” at Frank Michaels Errington's Horrible Book Reviews (#SomethingBorrowed #Unnerving #PsychologicalHorror).
  • Gavin Kendall calls Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, ‘brilliant,’ and showcases an excerpt of “Lady of the Flies” at Kendall Reviews (#SomethingBorrowed #Unnerving #PsychologicalHorror).

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Rhode Island Author Expo 2018
March 23, 2019

Noir at the Bar
6 PM
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115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
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