Matthew Kressel is a writer and software developer. He is a three-time Nebula Award finalist, a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a Eugie Award finalist. His first novel, KING OF SHARDS, was hailed by NPR BOOKS as, "A fantastic twist on Jewish mythology...a radical reinvention of Jewish faith and folklore, not to mention the portal fantasy." Multiple Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin (the BROKEN EARTH series) praised KING OF SHARDS as, "A surreal and exotic adventure in a unique mythological setting. Scary, exhilarating fun!" And Bram Stoker Award-winning author Paul Tremblay (HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD) called KING OF SHARDS "An imaginative, intelligent, and soaring debut...a unique spin on epic fantasy...timeless and timely, and a hell of lot of fun." Kressel's more than fifty works of short fiction have or will appear in such publications as TOR.COM, CLARKESWORLD, LIGHTSPEED, NIGHTMARE, BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES, ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and in multiple YEAR'S BEST anthologies. His short fiction has also been translated into seven languages. Alongside Ellen Datlow, he runs the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan. And he is the creator of the Moksha submissions system, used by many of the largest publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in the industry. He lives in Ridgewood, New York, with his wife and far too many houseplants.