LUCY TAYLOR was born in Richmond, VA, and never really got the South out of her system, as evidenced by the flavor of Southern Gothic in many of her works. She’s the author of seven novels, including Dancing with Demons, Spree, Nailed, Saving Souls, Eternal Hearts, and the Stoker-award winning The Safety of Unknown Cities. Her stories have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica, The Best of Cemetery Dance, Twentieth Century Gothic, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Century’s Best Horror Fiction.
Most recently her work has appeared in Exotic Gothic 5, The Best Horror of the Year #5, Of Devils & Deviants, Nightmare Magazine, Jan. 15 (“Blessed Be the Bound”) and Axes of Evil.
Her most recent collection is Fatal Journeys, horror stories set in exotic lands, published by Overlook Connection Press with an introduction by acclaimed horror author Jack Ketchum.
Taylor lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a land full of mystery, romance, and the macabre. It provided the setting for the novelette A Respite for the Dead, published by Omnium Gatherum Press in Sept. 2014.
Taylor’s dark fantasy story “In the Cave of the Delicate Singers” was acquired for Tor.com by editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow for Tor’s June online issue.
At various times in her life, Taylor has worked as a dance instructor, a bartender and waitress, an English teacher for Berlitz Language School in Tokyo, an artist’s model, secretary, newspaper reporter, editor, and freelance travel writer.
Taylor’s love of travel has led to many adventures (not to mention ideas for plots)! She’s been on safari in Zimbabwe, jogged with a troop of baboons in Zaire, ridden a camel in Coober Pedy, Australia, hangglided in Queenstown, New Zealand, gotten married on a beach in Fiji, scuba dived in St. Lucia, lost her passport, plane ticket and wallet in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pony trekked in Iceland, and confessed her sins to a priest in Paris.
She is currently at work on a collection of stories with New Mexico settings.