About the Dread Machine

We are the weirdos, mister.

The Dread Machine is a magazine, publishing house, and community where writers and fans of dread-inspiring fiction can read and connect. We make cool creative projects accessible to those who will love them the way they deserve to be loved. In service of that mission, we are always accepting submissions.

Elder Gods


Executive Editor

Under her fiction-focused pen name (Alin Walker), Tina Alberino serves as The Dread Machine's executive editor, web designer, podcast host, content strategist, project manager, and overall HBIC. When she's not toiling in service of The Dread Machine, she works as an editorial project manager and writing coach at Strikethrough Editing. You can learn more and review her portfolio here.



Monica Louzon (she/her) is an editor, translator, and writer who currently works as the acquiring editor at The Dread Machine. Her prior editing experience includes serving as Lead Editor and project manager for the anthology Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction, as well as Managing Editor for the open access, peer-reviewed academic MOSF Journal of Science Fiction.



Tim Burkhardt is a freelance journalist, writer, and the managing editor at The Dread Machine.



Jason administrates The Dread Machine. He fixes the broken things and performs technological miracles at Alin's request. (As her husband, he really doesn't have much of a choice. She knows where he sleeps.)



Nick (aka Xanthur) handles all aspects of community management, including comment moderation, event coordination, and Discord administration.

Katerina Belikova

Cover ARtist

Katerina Belikova (aka Ninja Jo) is a Russian freelance illustrator, concept artist, and lover of robots working in digital and traditional materials. She specializes in science fiction and cyberpunk with a bit of a horror vibe. After working as a full-time designer for nearly a decade at FiXT Music, Katerina now works as an independent artist, illustrating book covers, graphic novels, album covers, packaging, and concept art for tabletop and video games. 

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Our Volunteers



Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and an immigrant from Fujian, China. She graduated with a BA in Literature from the University of Toronto and is a current student at the Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dark Magazine, Hobart Pulp, Haunted Waters Press, among others. Find her on Twitter (@AiJiang) and online at http://aijiang.ca.



David Zweifler spent decades writing non-fiction in jobs that took him around the world, including long stints in Jakarta, Hong Kong, and New York City. Those roles had him chronicling the evolution of AI, showing how it was changing our lives for the better, the worse, and the weirder. The last is the thread that winds through much of the fiction David is working on now. David has stories in Little Blue Marble, Freeze Frame Fiction, and Wyldblood. He resides in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Learn more on Twitter at @dzweifler.



Nathaniel Lee puts words in various orders. People intermittently give him money for this. No one knows why. His fiction has previously been published at Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nightmare Magazine, among many others.



Priya Sridhar was born in 1991 in Miami, Florida to Indian doctors and grew up with four siblings. After getting published by Deimos Ezine, Priya has since been writing and publishing fantasy and science fiction. Her story "The Opera Singer" is featured in the anthology "She Walks in Shadows" and her first book "Carousel" was published in 2014.



Scott Beggs writes regularly about movies and culture for Nerdist, /film, Vanity Fair, and other fine sites. He lives in California with his wife and two dogs named after Tom Robbins characters, and wants to be Buster Keaton's best friend. You can find his tweets at @scottmbeggs and read more at www.scottbeggs.com.



Parker Ragland is a writer who spends most days trying to convince people that artificial intelligence isn’t that scary (contrary to what his fiction might suggest). Currently, he works as a technical writer at a company that builds software used to analyze data. Previously, he served as Executive Editor of the Colorado Technology Law Journal. He lives in Denver. Find out more from his website, parkerragland.com, or his Twitter, @ragland_writes.

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