Tamara Burross Grisanti

Founder / Editor-in-Chief
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Tamara Burross Grisanti is a writer and editor who enjoys dark literature, proofing, rare typos, designing literary journals, working on her novel, reading, and Oxford commas. When she’s not being a literature dork, she plays guitar badly and parodies parodies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Coffin Bell Journal, the Associate Editor of ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal), and the Social Media Editor for New World Writing. Tamara is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in New World WritingEunoia Review, Chicago Literati, Former Cactus, Corvus Review, and The Literary Hatchet.

Tiana Coven

Senior Editor


Tiana Coven is a Florida native with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from The University of South Florida. While earning her degree, she sought out to study literature which revealed how race, gender, and sexuality collide in society. She enjoys writing both science and speculative fiction, among other genres, in her spare time and never leaves the house without a book in her bag.

Sarah Saint

Associate Editor


Sarah Saint is a writer currently living in Starkville, Mississippi. Her work deals with themes of the supernatural, inappropriate relationships, and addiction. A Navy brat raised mostly on the East Coast, she has lived in the South for twenty years, and to call her anything but Southern is to offend her. She plays a mean air guitar, has a deep appreciation for horror and the gothic, and enjoys one-sided conversations with her cat, Dave. Her favorite place to write is her family’s ancestral home in Waterloo, Alabama; otherwise she writes in any warm, dry spot she can find. The kitchen (any kitchen) is her happy place.


Zachary Malone

Assistant Editor

Zachary Malone

Zachary Malone lives in Buffalo, New York. Born and raised in San Diego, he has lived and studied in Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and at Naropa University in Boulder, home to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Zachary is in his final year of doctoral work while also teaching (English Dept.) and tutoring at SUNY Buffalo State College. Long passionate about the “dark” in literature and the arts, he currently researches, writes, and lectures on themes such as psychological and mythological symbolism, sacrifice, subjectivity, and liminality.

Matthew Dube

Assistant Editor

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Matt Dube teaches creative writing and American literature at William Woods University. His stories have appeared in Minor Literature(s), Sourland Mountain Review, Bad Pony, and elsewhere. He’s at work on a dark novel but it’s hard because he spends so much time in the light.


Stacia Rogan

Short Story Editor



Stacia Rogan is an editor and writer living in Alexandria, Virginia. After leaving a career in technology, she studied editing and marketing at UC Berkeley and began pursuing more creative paths. Stacia’s short stories often involve unlikable characters and ambiguous endings that leave her readers feeling unsettled.

Cooper Anderson

Features / Blog Editor

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Cooper Anderson is a writer and journalist who grew up in the backwoods of North Carolina and loves all things dark and disturbing. After attending college at UNC Charlotte, Cooper moved to Scotland where he met his future wife Amanda. You can find examples of his work in Flash Fiction Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and in the “Boundless” anthology published by Vinculinc.

Lindsey Turner



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.