Described by NPR as “Shirley Jackson meets Johnny Rotten,” Emma J. Gibbon is an award-winning horror writer, speculative poet, and public librarian. She is the author of the short fiction collection Dark Blood Comes from the Feet (Trep­idatio Publishing, 2020), one of NPR’s best books of 2020, and the winner of the Maine Literary Book Award for Speculative Fiction. Most recently, Emma was part of the writing team behind the “heavy metal werewolf” podcast drama, Undertow: Blood Forest (Realm, 2022). Her stories have appeared in various anthologies and podcasts, including Dark Tome (Dagaz Media, 2021), 13 Haunted Houses (eds. Lawson and Morey; Weird House Press, 2022), and Wick­ed Haunted: An Anthology by the New England Horror Writers (eds. Goudsward, Keohane, and Price; NEHW Press, 2017). In 2020, she was nominated twice for the Rhys­ling Award for “Fune-RL” (Strange Horizons) and “Consumption” (Eye to the Telescope). Her poetry has also been published in Liminality, Pedestal Magazine, Kaleidotrope, and Under Her Skin: A Women in Horror Poetry Showcase, Vol. I (eds. Miller and Ryan; Black Spot Books, 2022), and is upcoming in Under Her Eye: A Women in Horror Poetry Showcase, Vol. II (Murray and Ryan; Black Spot Books, 2023). Emma is originally from Yorkshire, England and now lives in Maine. She lives in a spooky little house in the woods with her partner, Steve, and four exceptional animals: Odin, Mothra, Hamlet, and M. Bi­son (also known as “Grim”). She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. Her website is You can also find her @EmmaJGibbon on twitter and @emmagiblet on Instagram.