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Biography

Christa Carmen
Christa Carmen lives in Westerly, Rhode Island with her husband and a beagle who rivals her in stubbornness. Her short stories have appeared in WolfSinger Publications' Just Desserts, the DreamFusion anthology, The Book of the Macabre, Devolution Z Horror Magazine, Jitter Press, Corner Bar Magazine,  Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, the J.J. Outré Review,  pennyshorts, and Dark Fire Fiction. "Four Souls of Eve" is available through Frith Books as a standalone eBook, and is soon to appear in their All Hallows' anthology, and her gothic ghost story took Best in Genre for Thriller/Horror in wordhaus' Trick-or-Treat Fall Story Contest. Christa has work forthcoming in Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2, Alban Lake Publishing's Only the Lonely, Mad Scientist Journal, Anotherealm, Blood Moon Rising, Black Ice Magazine, and Tales to Terrify. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and psychology, and a master's degree from Boston College in counseling psychology. Christa works for Pfizer in Clinical Trial Packaging, and at a local hospital as a mental health clinician.

On Halloween 2016, Christa was married at the historic and haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (yes, the inspiration for Stephen King's 'The Shining!'). When she's not writing, she's volunteering with one of several organizations that aim to maximize public awareness and seek solutions to the ever-growing opioid crisis by connecting the southern RI and southeastern CT region to information, treatment, and additional resources through social media, other media platforms (radio, television), and community events.
  • Fireside Magazine is a finalist for the 2018 Best Semiprozine Hugo Award! Fireside is edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini. They’ve published a list of their 2017 contributors, including Christa Carmen, here.
  • Sci-Fi & Scary reviews Outpost 28 #2, edited by Dean Kuhta: “I was pulled in from the first story: ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,’ by Christa Carmen. It was also one of my favorites and I have to say that the title gave me a dark chuckle when paired with the band mentioned in the story.”
  • Unnerving 2018 Sale Announcement
    Preorder the 2018 Unnerving publishing schedule at a bulk price: 2018 Unnerving eBook Bundle: $40, includes Christa Carmen's "Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked." Add a four-issue subscription to Unnerving Magazine: $50, includes Christa Carmen's "Red Room," featured in Unnerving Issue #5.
  • The Grim Reader reviews Unnerving Magazine Issue #5: "Christa Carmen’s 'Red Room' is a different beast altogether. This story has some wicked imagery, a sinister and brooding atmosphere and a terrific ending. I’d go as far to say that this is one of the best short stories Unnerving has published in the magazine."

Interviews

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  • Jiffy-pop and Horror Blogcast
    Unnerving publisher Eddie Generous talks to Christa Carmen about books, Rocky, and the Stanley Hotel.
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  • Gwendolyn Kiste’s Blog
    In the Red: Interview with Christa Carmen
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  • Grim Reader Reviews
    Calvin Demmer Talks to Christa Carmen
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Upcoming Events

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Launch Party
August 28, 2018

"Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked" Launch Party
Savoy Bookshop & Café, Westerly, RI
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Northeastern Writers' Conference
July 19-22, 2018

NECON, Northeastern Writers' Conference
The Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn and Conference Center
Portsmouth, RI