The Dystopian States of America is honored to feature contributions from the following authors:

Linda D. Addison

Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend. Addison is a founding member of the writer’s group Circles in the Hair (CITH), and a member of HWA, SFWA and SFPA. Her site:


Abby Bechtel

Abby Bechtel works as an instructional designer and also writes fiction and poetry. Her influences include Victor Hugo, Michelle Obama, Bob Dylan, and Kermit the Frog. She lives in upstate New York with Ron, her husband; their three kids; four dear chickens; and a small orange cat.

Matt Bechtel

The editor of this anthology, Matt Bechtel was born just south of Detroit, Michigan (cursing him a Lions fan), into a mostly-Irish family of dreamers and writers. As such, he has spent most of his years making questionable life decisions and enjoying the results. Mentored by its late-founder Bob Booth, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Writers’ Convention (a.k.a. Camp Necon). His first collection, Monochromes and Other Stories, was published in 2017, and he has sold stories to anthologies published by PS Publishing, ChiZine Publishing, the New England Horror Writers, Fantastic Books, and Zsenon Publishing. He currently lives in the Northeast with the love of his life, his partner and fellow author Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel (and if you catch him with a pint in his hand you’ll notice that he always follows Irish tradition and signs his initials into the head of his Guinness).

Brad J. Boucher

Brad J. Boucher is the author of seven novels of horror and suspense —  The Shoals, Diviner, 11:11, Vessels, Curnow’s Crossing, Primal Fear, and Vices — as well as three collections of short horror stories (The Dead Hours, Readings from the Book of Pain, and In the House of Sin). In addition to his printed fiction, he has also placed more than fifty short stories in the small and semi-pro press. One of his stories, “Cold Touch,” was reprinted in the hardcover anthology Quick Chills II: The Best Horror Fiction from the Specialty Press, while several others have received honorable mentions in various editions of “Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.”

As a writer, one of Brad’s goals is to continually blur the lines between horror and other genres of fiction. His influences include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert R. McCammon, Elmore Leonard, Jerzy Kosinski, Tom Franklin, Peter Benchley and Chuck Palahniuk. He lives on New Hampshire’s Seacoast with his two daughters.

Author Nadia Bulkin, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationNadia Bulkin

Nadia Bulkin writes scary stories about the scary world we live in, thirteen of which appear in her debut collection, She Said Destroy (Word Horde, 2017). Her short stories have been included in editions of The Year’s Best Weird FictionThe Year’s Best Horror, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror. She has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award five times. She grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia with her Javanese father and American mother, before relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in International Affairs, and lives in Washington, D.C. More at

Author Dana Cameron, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationDana Cameron

Dana Cameron writes across many genres, but especially crime and speculative fiction. Her work, inspired by her career in archaeology, has won multiple Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. Dana’s Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries were optioned by Muse Entertainment; the third movie, based on More Bitter Than Death, premiered on the Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel in January, 2019. When she’s not weaving or visiting museums, she’s usually yelling at the TV about historical inaccuracies.

Author William D. Carl, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationWilliam D. Carl

William D. Carl lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is a horror / thriller novelist. His first book, Bestial (Book One in the Werepocalypse Saga), is now available from Crossroad Press. Book Two, Primeval, has also been released. Look for his Euro-horror homage The School That Screamed as well as Out of the Woods, which goes rural Lovecraftian. His new series, Gone Noir, has just commenced with the first book, Three Days Gone. He has published short fiction in over forty anthologies and magazines. He lives with his partner of twenty-six years and one rather large hound dog. He likes pie.

Author G.D. Dearborn, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationGD Dearborn

GD Dearborn is a proud member of The New England Horror Writers, and The Horror Writers of Maine, and regularly attends Necon, NoCon, and Necronomicon Providence. He lives and writes in Portland, Maine.

Author Jeff Deck, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationJeff Deck

Deck is the author of the new urban fantasy / mystery series The Shadow Over Portsmouth (Book 1: City of Ports, Book 2: City of Games), the supernatural thriller The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley, and the sci-fi gaming adventure novel Player Choice. Deck is also the author, with Benjamin D. Herson, of the nonfiction book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (Crown/Random House). His stories appear in various anthologies including Robots and Artificial Intelligence (Flame Tree), Corporate Cthulhu (Pickman’s Press), and Murder Ink 2: Sixteen More Tales of New England Newsroom Crime (Plaidswede). Deck is also a fiction ghostwriter and editor who helps other authors tell their stories.

Author Dan Foley, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationDan Foley

Dan Foley is an ex-plumber, ex-Navy Nuke, Ex-Senior Reactor Operator and ex-Nuclear Operations Specialist. Dan was born and raised in New Jersey. He has lived on the east coast, the west coast, and places in between. Dan attributes his dark sense of humor on growing up in New Jersey and then serving on nuclear submarines. He currently resides in Connecticut. Dan is the author of the novels Death’s Companion, Reunion, Wolf’s Tale, and Abandoned, the novellas Intruder and Gypsy, and a short story collection The Whispers of Crows. His short stories have been published in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. You can find him on Facebook or at

C. M. Franklyn

C.M. Franklyn is an author / editor / screenwriter from Liverpool, England. Her collection Stranger Companies (Kuboa Press) is available online. She has been published in the following anthologies: Tales of the Female Perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (A forthcoming experimental chapbook, published by Ice Pick Books, whose stories each comprise six paragraphs, each containing six sentences, which in turn each contained six words); Within Darkness and Light (a collection of dark and uplifting poetry published by Nothing Books); and The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company). Then there’s “trafico” — (small ‘t’ – which is annoying as hell) a series she was commissioned to write for First Frame Films, dealing with human trafficking, filmed in New York City and New Jersey.

Please follow her blog at

Author doungjai gam, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU Foundationdoungjai gam

doungjai gam is the author of glass slipper dreams, shattered (Apokrupha) and the forthcoming watch the whole goddamned thing burn (Nightscape Press). her short fiction and poetry has been published in LampLight, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Wicked Haunted, and Lost Highways, among other places. born in Thailand, she currently resides in southern Connecticut with author Ed Kurtz. she is a member of the New England Horror Writers.

you can find her on TwitterInstagram, Facebook, or at her somewhat-used blog at

Author Christopher Golden, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationChristopher Golden

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind, Tin Men, Ararat, and many other novels. In the comics field, he co-created and writes two cult favorite series from Dark Horse Comics, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As editor, his anthologies include Seize the Night, The New Dead, and the upcoming Dark Cities. He is one-half of the workshop and editorial services company River City Writers and one-third of the pop culture podcast “Three Guys With Beards.” Please visit him at

Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and freelance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity, and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She awaits the coming apocalypse in her home in rural New Hampshire, occasionally disappearing into the White Mountains with a backpack. She is the author of Archimedes Nesselrode, a book written for adults who are weary of adult books, and the SF novels Awake Chimera and Eloise and Avalon.

Author Michelle Renee Lane, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU Foundation

Michelle Renee Lane

Michelle Renee Lane writes dark speculative fiction about women of color who battle their inner demons while falling in love with monsters. Her work includes elements of fantasy, horror, romance, and occasionally erotica. In January 2015, Michelle graduated with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her short fiction appears in the anthologies Dark Holidays and Terror Politico: A Screaming World in Chaos. She lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her son.

Author Tim Lebbon, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationTim Lebbon

Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling author of over forty novels. Recent books include The Edge, The Folded Land, Relics, The Family Man, The Silence and the Rage War trilogy of Alien/Predator novels. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award. The movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, was released Hallowe’en 2015. The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, was released early 2019. Several other movie projects are in development in the U.S. and U.K.

Find out more about Tim at his website

Author Stephen Lomer, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationStephen Lomer

A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen Lomer is the author of the hugely popular Typo Squad series, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and Hell’s Nerds and Other Tales, and the novella Belle’s Christmas Carol. He also has featured stories in the anthologies UnCommon Evil, Once Upon a Time in Gravity City, and My Peculiar Family II.

Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed, and host of the YouTube series Tell Me About Your Damn Book. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston, Massachusetts’ North Shore with his wife, Teresa.

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES) and will debut in 2019. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, Glimpse, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, The Punisher: Naked Kills, and Bad Blood. His Rot & Ruin books are being produced as webcomics. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He lives in Del Mar, California. Find him online at

Author Bracken MacLeod, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationBracken MacLeod

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a trial attorney. In addition to Mountain Home, he is the author of the novels, Stranded and Come to Dust. His short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including LampLight, ThugLit, and Splatterpunk and has been collected in 13 Views of the Suicide Woods by ChiZine Publications, which the New York Times Book Review called, “Superb.” He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.

Author Billy Martin, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationBilly Martin

Billy Martin is an American author. He initially achieved notoriety in the gothic horror genre of literature in the early 1990s by publishing a string of successful novels and short story collections. His later work moved into the related genre of dark comedy, with many stories set in the New Orleans restaurant world. Martin’s novels are typically standalone books but may feature recurring characters from previous novels and short stories. Much of his work features openly bisexual and gay characters.

Author Elizabeth Massie, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationElizabeth Massie

Elizabeth Massie is a two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning and Scribe Award-winning author of novels, short fiction, media tie-ins, poetry, and nonfiction. Her horror novels and story collections for adults include Sineater, Hell Gate, Desper Hollow, Wire Mesh Mothers, Welcome Back to the Night, Twisted Branch (under the pseudonym Chris Blaine), Homeplace, Naked On the Edge, Afraid, The Fear Report, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (co-authored with Mark Rainey), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Power of Persuasion, It – Watching, and more. She is also the creator of the ever-expanding Ameri-Scares series of spooky novels for middle grade readers. She is currently at work on two new novels and several new stories. Massie is a ninth generation Virginian who lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, talented illustrator and theramin-player Cortney Skinner. Until her new website launches, she can be found on Facebook.

John M. McIlveen, Editor-in-Chief of Haverhill House Publishing (the publisher of The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU Foundation)John M. McIlveen

The Editor-In-Chief of Haverhill House Publishing, John M. McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel, Hannahwhere (Winner of the 2015 Drunken Druid Award (Ireland) and nominated for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA) in the First Novel category.

With more than fifty short stories in print, he has two story collections, Inflictions and Jerks and Other Tales from the Perfect Man, and the novella Got Your Back. A father of five daughters, he works at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and lives in Haverhill, MA. Please visit him at

Hillary Monahan

Hillary Monahan is the New York Times bestselling author of Mary: The Summoning through Disney Hyperion and the critically acclaimed The Hollow Girl through Penguin Random House. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts with her hound army, she loves all things creepy, Disney, and feminist flavored.

Author James A. Moore, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationJames A. Moore

James A. Moore is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than forty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under the Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy and his most recent Seven Forges series. Along with Jonathan Maberry and Christopher Golden, he hosts the popular “Three Guys With Beards” podcast. He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association.

Author Errick Nunnally, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationErrick A. Nunnally

Errick A. Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school would be a safer — and more natural — pursuit. He is permanently distracted by art, comics, science fiction, history, and horror. Trained as a graphic designer, he has earned a black belt in Krav Maga / Muay Thai kickboxing after dark. Errick’s work includes: the novel, Blood for the Sun; the upcoming novel, Lightning Wears a Red Cape; Lost in Transition (a comic strip collection); and first prize in one hamburger contest. The following are some short stories and their respective magazines or anthologies: “Penny Incompatible” (Lamplight, v.6, #3); “Jack Johnson and the Heavyweight Title of the Galaxy” (The Final Summons); “Welcome to the D.I.V.” (Wicked Witches); “A Few Extra Pounds” (Transcendent); “You Call This an Apocalypse?” (After The Fall); and “A Hundred Pearls” (Protectors 2: Heroes: Stories to Benefit PROTECT.ORG). Eventually, Errick came to his senses and moved to Providence, Rhode Island, with his two lovely children and one beautiful wife.

Author K.L. Pereira, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationK.L. Pereira

K.L. Pereira‘s debut short story collection, A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminalitywas published by Cutlass Press in September 2017, and her chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Pereira’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in LampLightThe DrumShimmerInnsmouth Free PressMythic DeliriumJabberwockyBitch, and other publications. She’s a member of the New England Horror Writers Association and has taught creative writing in high schools, domestic violence shelters, colleges and universities, and writing institutions throughout New England for over ten years. She’s been awarded grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Writing Downtown. Find her online @_klpereira and

Author Michael Rowe, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationMichael Rowe

Michael Rowe is the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of three novels, Enter, Night, Wild Fell, and October. An award-winning essayist and former journalist, he is the author of two essay collections, one of which, Other Men’s Sons, won the Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction from the New York Publishing Triangle. He is a member of PEN America and Amnesty International. He welcomes readers at

Author Cat Scully, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationCat Scully

Cat is a writer, designer, and illustrator. When she’s not writing and illustrating books of her own, she works in publishing as a freelance designer and illustrator, best known for her world maps. Her first book, Jennifer Strange, is out on July 23, 2019. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and children and very fluffy cat.

You can follow Cat on Twitter or Instagram or visit her website at

Author Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel-Gabriel, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationSheri Sebastian-Gabriel

Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel’s short fiction has appeared in a number of publications over the past decade. Spirits, due out this July from Haverhill House Publishing, is her first novel. She lives in the Northeast with her partner, the writer Matt Bechtel; her three children; and an 80-pound lapdog named Nya.

Author Hildy Silverman, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationHildy Silverman

For just over a decade, Hildy Silverman was the publisher of Space and Time, a five-decade-old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is now focused on her own writing and frequently contributes short fiction to anthologies,  including Baker Street Irregulars and Baker Street Irregulars 2: The Game’s A’Foot (Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), Camelot 13 (French & Thomas, eds.), and Release the Virgins (Ventrella, ed.). Please visit her Amazon Author’s page.

Author Lucy A. Snyder, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationLucy A. Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published short stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Best Horror of the Year. She freelances as a developmental editor and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. You can learn more about her at

Author Tony Tremblay, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationTony Tremblay

Tony Tremblay is the writer of numerous short stories that have been published in various horror anthologies, horror magazines, and webzines (some under his pen name, T.T. Zuma). Tremblay has also worked as a reviewer of horror fiction for Cemetery Dance Magazine and Horror World. In addition to his print work, Tremblay hosted The Taco Society Presents, a cable T. V. show (also available on You Tube) that features discussions on horror as well as guest interviews with horror authors. The author lives in New Hampshire. Please visit him at

Josh Waterman

Josh Waterman lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his partner and a pack of beagles.

Author Wrath James White, contributor to The Dystopian States of America: A Charity Anthology Benefitting the ACLU FoundationWrath James White

Wrath James White is a former world class heavyweight kickboxer, a professional kickboxing and mixed martial arts trainer, distance runner, performance artist, and former street brawler, who is now known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print.

Wrath is the author of such extreme horror classics as The Resurrectionist (now a major motion picture titled Come Back To Me), and it’s sequel Prey Drive, Horrible Gods, Yaccub’s Curse, 400 Days of Oppression, Sacrifice, Voracious, To the Death, The Reaper, Skinzz, Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town, The Book of a Thousand Sins, His Pain, Population Zero, and many others. He is the co-author of Teratologist (co-written with the king of extreme horror, Edward Lee), Something Terrible (co-written with his son, Sultan Z. White), Orgy of Souls (co-written with Maurice Broaddus), Hero and The Killings (both co-written with J.F. Gonzalez), Poisoning Eros (co-written with Monica J. O’Rourke), among others.

Wrath lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Chet Williamson

Chet Williamson has written horror, science fiction, and suspense since 1981. Among his novels are Second Chance, Hunters, Defenders of the Faith, Ash Wednesday, Reign, Dreamthorp, and Psycho Sanitarium, an authorized sequel to Robert Bloch’s classic Psycho. Over a hundred of his short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, The Magazine of F&SF, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has won the International Horror Guild Award, and has been shortlisted twice for the World Fantasy Award, six times for the HWA Stoker, and once for the MWA’s Edgar. Nearly all of his works are available in ebook format. A stage and film actor, he has recorded over 40 unabridged audiobooks, both of his own work and that of many other writers, available at Follow him on Twitter or at

Craig Wolf

Craig Wolf’s fiction has appeared in Transversions, Triangulation: Dark Glass, Cinema Spec, and Book of Shadows, among others. He has published one collection of odd fiction, Pressure Points, and a short horror novel, Trespass. His newest novel is  Queen of All the Nightbirds from ChiZine Publications, and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming War on Christmas. He is a graduate of the Red Earth MFA and fictioneers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is trying to bleed blue in this reddest of states.