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Christa Carmen
Christa Carmen's debut collection, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, was published in 2018 by Unnerving, and additional work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Nightmare Magazine, Vastarien: A Literary Journal, Wicked Run Press, Fireside Magazine, Year's Best Hardcore Horror, and the Bram Stoker-nominated Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption. Christa holds an MFA in Popular Fiction from Stonecoast, of the University of Southern Maine.

When she's not writing, she keeps chickens, uses a ouija board to ghost-hug her dear departed beagle, and reads books like Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and The Gashlycrumb Tinies to her daughter. Most of her work comes from gazing upon the ghosts of the past or else into the dark corners of nature, those places where whorls of bark become owl eyes and deer step through tunnels of hanging leaves and creeping briers only to disappear.

  • Publisher’s Weekly has called Orphans of Bliss a “powerhouse anthology” that includes a “star-studded lineup of authors” and “immersive and imaginative tales [that] will be worthwhile for horror lovers.”
  • Check it out! FREE copies! Wicked Run Press is giving away 25 kindle copies of ORPHANS OF BLISS: TALES OF ADDICTION HORROR to the first 25 readers who email proof of purchase of any title from one of the authors on the TOC to [email protected] Put "Orphans" in the subject line. You'll receive a voucher for a free download on publication day, 5/4/22 (date of purchase can be anytime within the past 6 months… must have an Amazon account, and sorry—US Only).”
  • Night Worms has revealed the cover for Orphans of Bliss (“Readers are in for a shock when they follow an addict trying to get clean in [Christa Carmen’s] “Through the Looking Glass and Straight into Hell.” A jaw dropping final scene and one of the best stories of the series.”).

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StokerCon 2022 – Christa Carmen
May 12 - 15, 2022

Christa Carmen will be participating in several events as part of the HWA's virtual convention, including the “Houses, Forests, and Other Haunts: The Importance of Setting in Horror” panel.