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About Lorna Wood
Lorna Wood was raised in Oberlin, Ohio, by a composer and an art historian. She received degrees in violin performance and English from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. After graduate school, she was an instructor for six years at Auburn University.
In addition to The Jesus Wars and Family Values, Lorna has writing appearing or forthcoming from Ubu, Mollyhouse, FEED, Litterateur, Fevers of the Mind, Mulberry Literary, Poetic Sun, Angel Rust (Best of the Net nominee), Kindle Vella, Right Hand Pointing, Quaranzine, Schlock!, Nevermore, MacQueen's Quinterly, The Bookends Review, After the Pause, cc&d, 34 Orchard, Lucky Jefferson (365), North of Oxford, Coffin Bell, DASH, Doubleback Review (Pushcart nominee), Poems for the Thoughtful Young (B Cubed Press), Daikaijuzine, Online Writing Tips (co-winner, third prize, 2019 fiction contest), Litro (USA) Lab, Courtship of Winds, Brave New Word, M58, Scarlet Leaf Review, NoSleep Podcast, Canyons of the Damned, Poetry South (2018 Pushcart Prize nominee), Five:2:One (#thesideshow), Poetry WTF?!, Jerry Jazz Musician (finalist, 2017 fiction contest), Unstitched States, Mysterical-E, Wild Violet, Cacti Fur, Every Writer, and the following anthologies: Love (Pure Slush), A Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories (Soteira Press), Escape Wheel (Great Weather for MEDIA), Horror USA: California (Soteira Press), What We Talk About When We Talk About It (Darkhouse), Leaves of Loquat V (second prize, 2018 Loquat Literary Festival contest), Luminous Echoes (poems shortlisted for Into the Void's 2016 contest), and Dark Magic (Owl Hollow Press), among others. In 2019 she was long-listed for the Erbacce Prize; in 2016 she was a finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Competition and the Valus' Sigil contest at Sharkpack Poetry Review. Her poetry has been favorably reviewed on New Pages (15 Dec. 2016), and she has published scholarly essays on the American Renaissance, children's literature, and Lolita.
Lorna's son, William Wehrs, wrote Five Scary Adventures in Playtime (illustrated by Lorna and now on Kindle) for his art class when he was eight. William is a social studies teacher with a master's degree in education from Lehigh University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a B.A. from Ursinus College, where he majored in history and minored in film studies. His essay on film music appears in the Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism, and his honors thesis, "Rape Culture: Tools of Oppression," and Summer Fellows paper, "The Rise of Political Factions in the United States: 1789-1785," are available at https://digitalcommons.ursinus.edu.
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When you open the door to a realm of nightmares… sometimes you let the nightmares in.
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Old gods who weave webs of nightmares to reveal horrific truths…
A monstrous storyteller who’s just dying to tell a tale about you…
These are just a few of the bedtime stories written by—and for—monsters.
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Bioengineered abominations prowling the rail lines…
Possessed sports cars…
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Poetry and prose by:
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