Author interviews are available in the print edition.

Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He is the author of the novel The Playwright’s House (forthcoming, Red Hen Press) and the story collection A Kind of Solitude (Willow Springs Books), winner of the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, Southern Humanities Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. Dariel earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.


Dariel Suarez

A Kind of Solitude

ISBN: 978-0-9990050-3-3

Pub Date: 2018 170 pp.  

Suarez writes with a delicacy that eases the reader into the complexities, longing, and introspective nature of his characters. In this collection of stories, Suarez lures us into the universal of this imperfect world, within a Cuban setting that feels like home. The lightness of the hint of humor at times assuages the overall angst that exists within the problematic shifts of inevitable modernity that Cuba wrestles with.  A Kind of Solitude is a stunning debut of enduring tales that deserve a space on every bookshelf.

National bestselling and award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age.  It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. In 2012, Mrs. Murphy published the first book in what would become the Order of the Seers sci-fi trilogy. Mrs. Murphy has since published nine books and short stories, including her latest release and first fantasy series, The Wolf Queen.

Mrs. Murphy and her son are also working on completing Ellis and The Cloud Kingdom, the 3rd book in the Ellis and the Magic Mirror early reader children’s book series. They hope to release Ellis and the Cloud Kingdom in 2019.  Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and the family dog, Yoda. To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website at cerecerenniemurphy.com

Cerece Rennie Murphy

The Wolf Queen (Cerece Rennie Murphy)

ISBN: 978-0-9982749-1-1

236 pp. Pub Date: 2018


Forced to fend for herself after the brutal murder of her family, Ameenah Yemini has made a life for herself as a master tanner and farmer, only venturing into the world to earn her living then return to the safety and seclusion of her home. Until a chance encounter brings her work to the attention of the powerful Hir. And her careful life begins to unravel.  This well-crafted fantasy features a powerful heroine who holds her own against evil within her realm.

Zig Zag Claybourne's essays on sci fi, fandom, and life in general have appeared in Apex, Strange Horizons, and other genre venues. His fiction has been described as “effortlessly cool”. His most recent novel is The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan, with the sequel, Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe, due in 2019. His short story collection Historical Inaccuracies once topped a collection from Neil Himself on Amazon for about 3 seconds. He grew up watching The Twilight Zone and considers himself a better person for it. You can find his work scattered throughout the web, but if you really want to get to know him the door’s always open at writeonrighton.com

Zig Zag Claybourne

The Brothers Jetstream Leviathan 

ISBN: 978-0-692655467

Pub Date: 2016 379 pp.


Mystic brothers. Secret cabals. Fae folk in WalMart. And the whale that was poured into the oceans when the world was cooled from creation.  Adventure doesn’t need a new name. It needs a vacation! A smooth, speculative tale that delivers on every page.

Elwin Cotman is a storyteller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two collections of speculative short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues.

Cotman has toured across North America doing readings. His work has appeared in Grist, Weird Fiction Review, Black Gate, The Thought Erotic, The Southwestern Review and Cabinet des Fees, among others. He was a participant in the 2012 Low Lives Performance Festival. In 2009, Cotman was a core member of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writers Cooperative, a DIY writers space in Pittsburgh.

Cotman holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from Mills College.




Elwin Cotman

Hard Time Blues (Elwin Cotman)

ISBN: 978-1-926616-51-3

Pub Date: 2013 172 pp.  


A unique speculative compilation that features short stories, a novella, and a prose poem, an improvisation of fantasy and fairy tale.

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