Collectively, the authors selected for this anthology represent a diverse mix of the LGBTQIA community. They are men, women and non-binary. They are gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, bisexual, polyamorous, demisexual, asexually and ally identifying. They are people of mixed races and background who all share the same goal…
This anthology was created to shine a light on the dark places inside of us all and remind our readers that no matter what your truth is, you are valid and you matter.
Our goal was to select narratives that were gender and identity affirming. We wanted to focus on regular people living regular lives and tell stories that didn’t sexualize the cast or revolve entirely around what those people were doing in their bedrooms. There is no other project like this. Most other LGBTQIA anthologies are, in fact, solely erotica.
These stores feature characters just like us — boring, regular people living their lives. They just happen to not claim heteronormative sexual and/or cisgender identities. Our characters are people that are under-represented or not given a place in traditional narratives at all.
We wanted those stories to be shared… People like us, living their normal lives until something horrifying happens to them along the way.
We present to you, in no particular order whatsoever, a few of those authors whom have contributed stories for you to look forward to.
Miranda Hernandez is a lifelong consumer of horror, rediscovering her love of crafting scary tales. Miranda is hard at work on her bachelor’s in creative writing and aspires to develop a horror production for Broadway. When she isn’t writing or studying or exploring old southern graveyards, she is a homebody who loves Indian cuisine, baking, gardening, and too many comedy podcasts to count. Miranda is married to author LP Hernandez, who is an active duty military service member and fellow horror writer. They currently reside in southern Alabama with their two children, four dogs and one cat.
Edyth Pax-Boyr is an eldritch horror and half-elf living in the Pacific Northwest with five dogs, a cat that thinks it’s a dog, and her beautiful fiancée who shall remain nameless.
She writes predominantly horror with a healthy portion of science fiction on the side. Her favorite authors include H.P. Lovecraft, Rachele Bee, Dean Koontz, and Neil Gaiman, and you can find some of her writing available for free on r/nosleep.
She is the author of several popular short stories, including the creepypasta “Why Sarah Never Sleeps” and the nosleep favorite “My Sister Discovered a Universal Language, but Hasn’t Spoken Since 2003“, and you can find her work in several anthologies, including “The Monstronomicon” and “Horror Stories to Ruin Christmas: Serenity Falls Forever”.
If you would like early access to exclusive stories you’ll never find anywhere else, please consider becoming one of her well-rewarded and beloved patrons at patreon.com/deathbyproxy today, where you can see into the creative process, keep up with project announcements, read tons of creepy stuff every month, and feel great knowing you’re supporting an artist doing her art thing, and that she personally loves you for it.
Scott Savino is a multiply published gay author who’s works have appeared in various print and audio productions including The NoSleep Podcast, Scarecrow Tales Podcast and various spooky YouTube channels.
- The NoSleep Podcast – S11E05, S12E17, & S12 “Suddenly Shocking Vol. 10”
- Scarecrow Tales – S01E02 & S01E06 (as a narrator)
His anthology publications include:
- A Cure For Chaos
- Monstronomicon (2 stories)
- Wrong Roads (2 stories)
- Goregasm (2 stories)
- Sirens At Midnight
- Vampires, Ghosts, and Zombies
He is the project manager for this series and has contributed his time, stories and energy to Black Rainbow Volume I thus far without compensation. It was more important to him that the other contributors be paid first.
He is left handed, he thinks the idea of the Oxford comma is romantic, and his favorite color is brown. (Yes, really.) He lives with his partner Daniel and their dog Maximus on the far-too-sunny coast of Sarasota, Florida, where he longingly begs for reprieve of the white hot heat to whatever deity that listens; preferring his days overcast, wrought by rainstorms, and descending into early nightfall.
When he dies, he requests that someone fill his pockets with acorns so that he might become a haunted oak tree in his afterlife.
Find more of his work at www.scottsavino.com
Avra Margariti is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece who enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, The Forge Literary, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Argot Magazine, The Arcanist, and other venues. You can find her on twitter @avramargariti.
Wynne F. Winters loves thunderstorms and coffee with lots of cream and sugar. She once tried to contact the Other Side, but was redirected to voicemail.
You can find more of her terrifying tales at www.reddit.com/user/firesidechats451
Alison “Cybera” Cybe is an award nominated transgender author who specialises in fantasy and horror fiction.
They are the manager of the gaming website CybesWebsite.com in which they write articles, editorials and reviews.
Their first published work, a collection of short psychological horror stories, enjoyed a brief stint on the bestseller charts and was soon joined by many others, and their previous work has been featured in several horror and sci-fi/fantasy publications including Dark Cities, Interzone and Phantasmagoria.
They work as a freelance writer for companies including tabletop RPG publishers Cubicle 7 and Green Ronin Publishing, and has written extensively on inclusion and positive representation within the gaming community, and has contributed short fiction to multiple gaming publications.
Their recent published works includes a series of LGBTQ+ comedy novels, along with works for Weasel Press and Thurston Howl Publications.
They were born in Scotland and live in England, and is a co-manager of a large gaming club. Their interests include celtic mythology, transhumanism, garage kits and pet rats, and they have a degree in Film & Media. They are non-binary and their pronouns are they/them and favourite colour is green.
Sarah Fannon is a writer and horror aficionado based in Washington, D.C. She’s a graduate of George Washington University, where she received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing.
Erin B. Lillis received a long Catholic education and then proceeded to darken everything she created with that learned taint of spiritualism and the otherworldly.
Now she keeps her creativity nurtured with voiceover work (The NoSleep Podcast, Congeria, Calling Darkness and more), drawing, ghost hunting, enrichment in comedy and writing, and is the writer and producer of the podcast SubverCity Transmit.
LP Hernandez is a Medical Service Corps officer in the United States Air Force, but is most passionate about his writing.
He has been a finalist in writing competitions such as the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Competition (Horror) and the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge.
His stories are featured in collections including Tavistock Galleria and Monstronomicon. He self-published Dreadful: Tales of the Dead and Dying, from which the story “Good Strawberries” was adapted by the NoSleep Podcast.
Married with two children, LP resides in Alabama courtesy of the United States Air Force, and when he is not writing he is dreaming about writing.
Mercury (Zoë Woodard) is a recent graduate from California State University Long Beach, a Queer person of color, and an aspiring writer with a minor in Creative Writing.
They write anything from Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. They run a Youtube Channel (Mercury The Scribe), narrating original stories; as well as running their own blog.
Felix Flynn has his BA in Creative Writing and is on his way to getting his Masters.
He spends most of his non-writing time with his cats, watching, reading, or playing anything with a solid story.
He considers himself an exorcist of sorts, purging the voices in his head by putting pen to paper.
F.I. Goldhaber’s words capture people, places, and events with a photographer’s eye and a poet’s soul. As a reporter, editor, business writer, and marketing communications consultant, they produced news stories, feature articles, editorial columns, and reviews for newspapers, corporations, governments, and non-profits in five states. Now paper, electronic, and audio magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, and street signs display their poetry, fiction, and essays. http://www.goldhaber.net/
Jada Maze loves clockwork, insects, martial arts, and the darkest parts of the city.
Read more of her stories at https://hitrecord.org/users/Blackrainbowglass/records
Shannon Massey is an out freelance writer, filmmaker, and a single mom. She is published in For The Love Of Women, Volume 2 (under pen name Toira O’Brady), Things We Didn’t Ask For (Horror), and Words From This Woman: A Fantasy Anthology.
Her Sci-Fi Novella, Whiskey Rivers: Far Space and Political Thriller, Welcome To The Resistance, are tentatively set for release this summer.
Shannon works as a script doctor/ghostwriter and wants to create more original content to help diversify and amplify powerful women on screen, page, and behind the camera.
Chloe Spencer is an author, video producer, journalist, and game developer. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
She previously interned with Kotaku, a website dedicated to video game news, and is now a writer and video lead at GameLuster.
In her spare time, she enjoys working on comics and coming up with nicknames for her cat.
NM Brown came onto the horror scene in early 2019. Since then, she has taken the horror community by storm by being accepted into various dark/horror themed anthologies, voice acting for various podcasts, as well as media directing for the Scarecrow Tales horror podcast.
While also dabbling in dark fantasy and science fiction, this author has something twisted for any horror fan to enjoy. She can’t wait to write up your next nightmare.
E.Z. Morgan looks like an adorable librarian but writes stories that will keep you up at night. She likes the sound of cracking knuckles and rain. Her writing has been shared on numerous podcasts, online forums, and probably some horror-themed knitting circles.
Don’t tell her to smile.
She has three published books available on Amazon and has been a part of numerous anthologies. She lives in a snow-filled wasteland with her cats, dog, and partner.
David Farrow is the author of the Neverglades series and the Inspector Investigations on r/NoSleep, where he writes under the username -TheInspector-.
When he isn’t writing, you can find him infiltrating enemy headquarters or fighting off giant squids.
He lives in Massachusetts.
Kirby Kellogg is an author and music journalist. She’s written for Morbidly Beautiful, Belladonna Horror Magazine, and Blink-Ink Quarterly.
She currently lives in Maine and would like to thank both her parents and friends for their constant support. This is her first anthology publication.
Hailey Piper grew up in the creepy woods of northeastern America that filled her imagination with Bigfoot and ghosts. Today, she lives with her wife in more civilized places, where she keeps her childhood nightmares alive by writing them down.
Her short fiction has appeared in Blood Bath Literary Zine and SERIAL Magazine, among other publications. Her debut novella, The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow, was published in October 2018.
N.L. McFarland (xe, xim, ximself) is a transgender non-binary demi-guy who has lived in Missouri for most of xis life, struggling with themes of disability and poverty.
A horror fan from a young age, xe describes xis writing style as ‘gay Stephen King – genre, not caliber’ for the sake of simplicity, but also aspirations. As a 40-year-old with two adult children, xe would just like everyone to know; no, this isn’t just a phase.
Other work and social media links can be found at: www.lemontoss.com