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I spent my early years in Alaska, where I raced the Iditarod three times during the early 1990s and worked as fisherman on the Bering Sea. My youth was harsh–our family lived a hardscrabble existence on the Big Bend of the Yentna River. We subsisted by hunting, fishing, and raising huskies for competition in long distance races. I retired from racing and moved to Washington in 1994.

Gordon Van Gelder gave me my professional debut when he published “Shiva, Open Your Eye” in the September issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. My debut collection, The Imago Sequence & Other Stories, was published in 2007 by Night Shade Books. My first novel, The Light Is the Darkness, was published in 2011 by Infernal House, followed by Th...more


Few writers can match Livia Llewellyn for darkness. There’s a sonic quality to the images she carves into the page. Imagery both alluring and repulsive. The kind of writing that lingers with you long after you’ve moved on to another story by another author. Do yourself a favor:


It Feels Better Biting Down


It Feels Better Biting Down — Art by Reiko MurakamiImage via Nightmare magazine


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