Read an interview with me at the 31 Hath October blog (October 2016)
My name is Lynda E. Rucker. I write stories. They often seem to be about people who are lost, or longing for something that is just out of their reach. I don’t do that on purpose; I just follow the words and the images where they take me. I write about places I have known and people I have known or been and things I dream up inside my own head. How much of what writers tell us is from their own lives and how much is pure imagination? It’s a secret. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
My short stories have appeared in many anthologies and in such places as The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Static, Postscripts, Nightmare Magazine, and Supernatural Tales. (Full fiction bibliography here.) I also write a regular column on horror for Black Static. My first collection of short fiction, The Moon Will Look Strange, was published in 2013 by Karōshi Books. I wrote a short horror play, “#goddess,” that was presented as part of a horror anthology play, “The Ghost Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” and ran from March 7-19, 2016 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. I won a 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story for my story “The Dying Season,” which appeared in Aickman’s Heirs. My new collection, You’ll Know When You Get There, is available from Swan River Press. In 2018, I edited my first anthology, volume 3 of the Uncertainties series from Swan River Press.
I was born and raised in the American South but I lived in Oregon for a long time as well as in several other countries.
When people ask me where I’m from, I never know what to say, because I am very much equal parts Oregonian and Southerner, one foot in the rain and one in the sun. The previous sentence used to be true but I find that the longer I am away from Oregon the more untrue it becomes while the beautiful, terrible, impossible South seems etched upon my bones.
I have an MA in English with a focus on medieval literature; I wrote a thesis about Arthurian romance, mystics, feminism, the medieval construction of the self, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It was fun. I love history, space, languages, running, walking, food, craft beers, science, soccer, and film. I am at my very happiest when I’m traveling or writing down stories.