Sean Markey publishes websites for a living, and has always dreamed of publishing a magazine (about Death). He lives with his wife, Beth, in central Vermont.

Follow Sean on Twitter @MarkeyDotCo (if you want).

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Editor in Chief

As editor of Shimmer, E. Catherine Tobler learned the ropes from the ground up, beginning as a slush reader. Since Shimmer closed in 2018, she’s been thankful for the break, but is ready to get back to reading short fiction and crafting beautiful issues that take readers elsewhere. This time, the dead lands.

Poetry Editor

Sonya Taaffe reads dead languages, tells living stories, and loves the spaces in between. Her short fiction and poetry have been collected most recently in Forget the Sleepless Shores (Lethe Press) and Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press) and her film criticism is funded by She lives with one of her husbands and both of her cats and remains proud of chthonically naming a Kuiper belt object. She can be found online at

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Non-fiction Editor

David Gilmore is an MFA grad, who started his career editing slush with the Lindenwood Review and Shimmer Magazine. He’s excited to delve into pieces exploring the intricacies of ancient funeral practices or sit in reflection with essays about encounters with the Pale Rider, but most of all he’s excited to travel The Deadlands with you.

Art Director

Cory Skerry aka inkshark has haunted the backstage of several publications, including Shimmer, Nightmare, and  He spent his teen years barefoot in real wilderness, and as an artist,  he attempts the metaphorical same. As someone who has always worn black  and played with old bones, he swooned at the opportunity to curate  imagery for “…this valley of dying stars.”


Amanda Downum is the author of The Necromancer Chronicles, Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, and the World Fantasy Award-nominated collection Still So Strange. Not content with armchair necromancy, she is also a licensed mortician. She lives in Austin, TX with an invisible cat. You can summon her at a crossroads at midnight on the night of a new moon, or find her on Twitter as @stillsostrange.

Copy Editor

Laura Blackwell is a freelance editor and Push- cart-nominated writer. Current and upcoming publications include Chiral Mad 5, Pseudopod, and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. You can follow her on Twitter @pronouncedlahra and visit her website at


R J Theodore (she/her) is an author, podcaster, and graphic designer. Her work has appeared in MetaStellar, as well as the Neon Hemlock Press anthologies Glitter + Ashes and Unfettered Hexes. She lives in New England, haunted by her childhood cat. Find her at

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