Tamara Burross Grisanti

Founder / Editor-in-Chief


Tamara Burross Grisanti is a writer, editor, and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in New World WritingEunoia Review, Chicago Literati, Former Cactus, Corvus Review, Pussy Magic, The New Mexico Review, and The Literary Hatchet, among others. She is a gardener, comics artist, and musician, collects vintage occult prints, and lusts after the art of Luis Ricardo Falero. Her interests include the Gothic, British Modernism, creation myths, and anything having to do with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. She is a resident of Buffalo, New York.


Hannah Emadian

Associate Editor

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Hannah Emadian is a writer, reader, and spooky nerd with a literary MA in the Gothic. She was a regular contributor (articles) and regional editor for The State of the Arts website, and has been published in Womankind magazine (creative nonfiction) and Chanced Arm zine (poetry). When she’s not wandering amongst the trees or practicing aerial hoop and dreaming of the circus, she can be found writing, reading, and researching for her passion project: Generally Gothic. You are invited to follow her into the darkness and haunt her there.

A. Leigh

Assistant Editor


A. Leigh has three degrees in the Arts. She has a passion for reading and is enthralled with the creativity other minds possess. She lives in Buffalo, New York with her husband and small zoo of pets. She is a teacher by day, and her hobbies include crochet and vegan cooking.

Desmond White

Assistant Editor


Desmond White teaches rhetoric and writes when his students aren’t looking. His speculative fiction has appeared in HeartWood, Kasma, The Tishman Review, Literally Stories, Rue Scribe, Ghost Parachute, and Z Publishing’s America’s Emerging Writers. Be wary of his blog and steer away from mindless tweets @desmondwrite.

Ray Ball

Poetry Editor


Ray Ball grew up in a house full of snakes. She has a PhD in European history and is currently working on an MFA. She lives in Alaska, where she works as a college professor. Ray is the author of a chapbook of history-themed poems entitled Tithe of Salt (Louisiana Literature Press, 2019). Her creative work has recently been published in descant, Gingerbread House, Rivet, Louisiana Literature, Psaltery & Lyre, and SWWIM Every Day. Ray has received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and Pushcart. When she’s not in the classroom, Ray can be found researching in the archives, running on Alaska’s trails, or drinking bitter beverages.

Jessica Drake-Thomas

Poetry Editor

Jessica Drake Thomas

Jessica Drake-Thomas is a horror poet and fiction writer. She is the author of a poetry collection, Burials. She also runs a poetry book review blog, This Week, I Read. Her work has been featured in Grimoire Magazine, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Coffin Bell, Ploughshares, and others. Her interests include Gothic Horror, Dark Romanticism, tarot, occultism and cupcakes.

Juliana Motoki

Short Story Editor


Juliana Motoki is a former English teacher and current library assistant who earned her BA in Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since gifted with a copy of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary in the 6th grade, she has been addicted to everything relating to cats, horror, and the weird. She is currently the Strange Editor for Rune Bear, an online literary journal devoted to speculative flash fiction. You can find her lurking in Colorado where she lives with her husband and their cat children.


Kathryn Rutz

Short Story Editor



Kathryn Rutz is an author and editor with a lifelong interest in the gothic and surreal. She recently graduated from the University of North Dakota. In her free time, she can be found drinking black tea in the company of one of her many pets.

Kyle Shrader

Creative Nonfiction / Short Criticism Editor



Kyle James Shrader is a writer of poetry and nonfiction, an educator, and a professional reader who, like so many WNYers, has boomeranged back to Buffalo after years away. He has taught writing at colleges and universities in Florida, Texas, and New York. He has edited for Florida Review, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, and now Coffin Bell. His own work has appeared in Crack the Spine, The Chaffey Review, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Carcinogenic Poetry, and others. When not drinking coffee (or wine) and grading papers, he can be found hiking in the woods with his young daughter and his old dog.

Sarah Saint

Editorial Assistant


Sarah Saint is a writer currently living in Columbus, Mississippi, birthplace of Tennessee Williams…a fact she loves to share with everyone. She has always been drawn to all things creepy and macabre. When she isn’t writing, she can be found in the kitchen, or knitting, or reading in the company of her cat, Mrs. Danvers.

Lindsey Turner

Designer / Art Director



Lindsey Turner is an art director, writer, and photographer in Nashville. She lives with her husband, son, and dog. She still hasn’t figured out what she wants to be when she grows up, but she’s having fun anyway. She blogs every now and again at and wastes more time than is wise on Twitter: @tindseylurner.