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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.