Eric Schaller's debut collection of dark fiction, Meet Me in the Middle of the Air (Undertow Publications, 2016), contains "The Assistant to Doctor Jacob" (included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection, St. Martin's Press, 2002) as well as three new stories. "Three Urban Folk Tales" is in the 2006 Fantasy: Best of the Year (Horton, ed.) and Best of the Rest 4 (Youmans, ed.); "Turing Test" is in Wilde Stories 2017 (Berman, ed.); "Red Hood" is in The Year's Best Weird Fiction (Shearman and Kelly, eds.), and "How the Future Got Better" is in The Time Traveler's Almanac (VanderMeer and VanderMeer, eds.). Other short fiction has appeared in The Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (VanderMeer and Roberts, eds.), Text:UR The New Book of Masks (Aguirre, ed.), A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (Chui and Lundberg, eds.), Last Drink Bird Head (VanderMeer and VanderMeer, eds.), Bestiary: The Best of A cappella Zoo (Ochsner, ed.), SciFiction, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lore, Kaleidotrope, The Dark, and Black Static.

Schaller is a professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth College, and has published many research articles on plant molecular biology and also contributed essays and reviews to the Clarion Foundation blog (, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and His illustrations have appeared in City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The White Buffalo Gazette, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, An A to Z of the Fantastic City by Hal Duncan, and He is an editor, with Matthew Cheney, of the online magazine The Revelator ( He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. Schaller lives in a peach-colored house with his wife Paulette and a cairn terrier named Z.