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.

Elder Gods


Executive Editor

Under her fiction-focused pen name (Alin Walker), Tina Alberino serves as The Dread Machine's HBIC. When she's not toiling in service of the Machine, Tina works as an editorial project manager and writing coach at Strikethrough Editing. Follow her on Tumblr @allhailalin.



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 the managing editor at The Dread Machine and a fiction editor at Strikethrough Editing. His fiction has appeared in Metastellar, The Horror Tree, and Riddled With Arrows online literary journal. Follow him on Twitter @TmthyBurkhardt.



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. 

Follow her, hire her, and buy some of her merch!




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.



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.



Brooke Brannon is a Pushcart-nominated American who lives in England with her partner Paul. Her work can be found in Tales to Terrify, The Chamber, The Disappointed Housewife, and soon, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She holds an MFA with Distinction from the Manchester Writing School. Website: http://www.brookebrannon.com/.



Kathleen Morrish self-identifies as autistic. She has read a lot of speculative fiction, sung with a choir in the Royal Albert Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, attained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, worked as a computer scientist, served as a tabloid reporter in Second Life for Axel Springer SE, gardened in Texas, and lived in the UAE. Her poetry can be found in The Fib Review.



Kanishk is a BIPOC immigrant from India. His stories often center on the immigrant experience, environmental issues, and plants eating people. His work is available or forthcoming in Flametree Press, Dark Matter Ink and of course, The Dread Machine. Find him in the Dread Discord or on his website, kanishkt.com and follow him on Twitter @t_kanishk.



Gabe Converse is a salesperson by day, creative by night. Rarely found without a keyboard or pen nearby, he can sometimes be convinced to go outdoors if the weather is great. You can find him on twitter at @gabeorelse.



A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting. Capstone published the Powered series, and Alban Lake published her works Carousel and Neo-Mecha Mayhem. Priya lives in Miami, Florida with her family.



David's work appears in Little Blue Marble, The Dread Machine, and Wyldblood, and he has upcoming stories in Analog and Shortwave Media’s Obsolescence anthology. His website is davidleezweifler.com. His Twitter handle is @dzweifler.



Mob writes, boulders, and codes. Work found on Metastellar, Old Moon Quarterly, and the Translunar Travelers Lounge. Twitter @mob_writes



Cody is a pastel monster from the depths of the Maine woods. Whenever they're not writing or fist fighting iron, they can be found advocating for trans and veteran's rights dressed like a 80s Trapper Keeper. Their works can be found in TDM, various Ghost Orchid Press, 9th Story Studios, and the award winning A Toast to Edgar Allen Poe Anthology.



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.



Andrew Najberg is a writer and artist who authored the The Goats Have Taken Over the Barracks (Finishing Line Press, 2021), and the forthcoming novels Gollitok (Cactus Moon Press, 2023) and The Mobius Door (Wicked House Publications, 2023). His work has appeared in dozens of journals, including North American Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Good River Review, Prose Online, and Utopia Science Fiction. Currently, he teaches for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and serves as a senior editor for Symposeum magazine.

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