Essential Dreams Press


Publisher & Editor in Chief: Julie C. Day (she/her)

Julie is currently at work on her mosaic novel Stories of Driesch. Her dark fantasy novella, The Rampant, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of the genre-bending collection Uncommon Miracles and series editor of the charity anthologies Weird Dream Society and Dreams for a Broken World. Day has had over forty stories published in magazines and journals such as The Dark Magazine, BlackStatic, Podcastle, Interzone, and The Cincinnati Review. With an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and MS in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, all research is now in service of her stories and her rabbit-hole curiosity. You can find Julie online at @thisjulieday or on her blog at

Editor, Copy Editor, & Social Media Coordinator: Carina Bissett (she/her)

Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and fabulism. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Upon a Twice Time, Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, Arterial Bloom, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Weird Dream Society, Hath No Fury, andthe HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V, VI, and VIII. She has also written stories set in shared worlds for RPGs at Green Ronin Publishing and Onyx Path Publishing. In addition to writing, she co-edited Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americaås. Bissett also teaches generative writing workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and works as a volunteer for the Horror Writers Association (HWA). In 2021, she was acknowledged for her volunteer efforts at HWA with the prestigious Silver Hammer Award. Bisset’s work has been nominated for several awards, including the Pushcart Prize and the Sundress Publications Best of the Net. She can be found online at

Guest Editor: Ellen Meeropol (she/her)

photo by Danielle Tait

Ellen Meeropol  is the author of the novels The Lost Women of Azalea Court, Her Sister’s Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest and the play Gridlock. Her dramatic program telling the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children was produced five times between 1997 and 2013, featuring Ossie Davis, Mandy Patinkin, Ed Asner, Danny Glover, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Bill T. Jones, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, and Howard Zinn. Recent essay and short story publications include Ms. Magazine, Lilith, Guernica, Lit Hub, Solstice, and Mom Egg Review. Her work has been honored by the Sarton Women’s Prize, Women’s National Book Association, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. A founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild, Ellen coordinates their Emerging Writer Fellowship program. Find her online at

Guest Assistant Editor: Celia Jeffries (she/her)

Celia Jeffries is a writer, editor, and teacher whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Solsticelitmag, Puerto del Sol, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Linea, as well as the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper. She holds an MFA from Lesley University and an MA from Brandeis and teaches online workshops through Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop and Straw Dog Writers Guild. She is currently at work on a triptych memoir, as well as a series of micro memoirs. Her work has taken her from North America to Africa, and many places in between. Blue Desert, her first novel, was a finalist for both the Independent Publishers of New England literary fiction award and the May Sarton historical fiction Award. Find her online at

Social Media Coordinator: Steve Toase (he/him)

Steve Toase was born in North Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Munich, Germany. He writes regularly for Fortean Times and Folklore Thursday. His fiction has appeared in Nightmare MagazineShadows & Tall Trees 8Nox PareidoliaThree Lobed Burning EyeShimmer, and Lackington’s amongst others. Three of his stories have been reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series.His debut short story collection ‘To Drown in Dark Water‘ from Undertow Publications came out in 2021.
He also likes old motorbikes and vintage cocktails.
You can keep up to date with his work via his Patreon

Creative Consultant: Marianne Kirby (she/they)

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility. She authored Dust Bath Revival and its sequel Hogtown Market; she co-authored Lessons from the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body

A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne has contributed to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand. You can find Marianne online at

Creative Consultant: Chip Houser (he/him)

Chip’s short fiction has appeared in Bourbon Penn, Every Day Fiction, New Myths, Daily Science Fiction, The Arcanist, and lots of other markets. He’s published a fair amount of micro and flash fiction, and a collection of them titled Dark Morsels is forthcoming from Red Bird Chapbooks. You can find Chip online at