Melanie Lamaga

Melanie Lamaga is the author of short story collection The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Bartleby, The Pearl, The Tusculum Review, Zahir, and Fiction International, and Uncommon Origins. Lamaga holds an MFA in Writing, and a BS in Photography and yet, despite a liberal arts education, somehow became a successful entrepreneur. Along with a host of interesting blue-collar jobs, she has worked as a professional photographer, university writing instructor, a screenwriter and a developmental editor. She divides her time between Idyllwild, CA and Baja California, Mexico, where she and her husband own and manage an outdoor adventure business on a remote island in the Pacific.

Associate Publisher/Managing Editor

Metaphysical Circus PressM.C. Boyes is the author of Ginko, Pigeon, Lighta Fable (Popular Ink Press), for which she received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction from The Tennessee Arts Commission. Boyes co-edited, with Peter Scheckner, the anthology The Way We Work: Contemporary Writings from the American Workplace (Vanderbilt University Press). Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in Stray Dog, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Grassy Knoll, Rhino, Fiction International, Makeout Creek and Cake, among others. Boyes was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches writing.


Associate Editors

CoLaLauren Colie earned dual degrees in Mass Communications with a Print/Online Concentration and English, with a minor in Writing in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University. Colie’s research has been published in the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal, Auctus and presented at the 2012 UROP Poster Symposium. Colie is the Managing Editor of Auctus, Vice President and co-founder of Girl Effect at VCU, and serves as the social media consultant for the William Byrd Community House. She is also a freelance writer and copy editor for Daniel Magazine.

Vanessa del FabbroVanessa Del Fabbro is the author of four novels, two children’s picture books and a stage play.  She worked as a print and radio journalist in her native South Africa before settling in the United States.  She is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a fictionalized account of the relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Elmira Shelton.





Editorial Board

Dennis Danvers, Metaphysical Circus PressDennis Danvers is the author of novels Wilderness (Poseidon 1991, HarperCollins 2010; Bram Stoker and Locus finalist), Time and Time Again (S & S 1994), Circuit of Heaven (Eos, 1998; New York Times Notable), End of Days (Eos, 1999, New York Times Notable), The Fourth World (Eos, 2000), The Watch (Eos, 2002; New York Times Notable; Booklist 10 Best SF novels, School Library Journal Best Books of 2002), The Bright Spot (Bantam 2005, under the pseudonym Robert Sydney).

Recent short fiction, “Leaving the Dead” was published in Lightspeed, and  “All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead” at  “Christmas in Hollywood Cemetery” appeared in Remapping Hallowed Ground, a Civil War themed anthology of fiction and poetry.

Danvers’ short fiction has also appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Electric Velocipede, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Richmond Noir, Strange Horizons, Intergalactic Medicine Show, New Delta Review, Review La Booche, Sou’wester, Realms of Fantasy, and Space and Time.

Danvers holds a Ph.D. in literature and an MFA in fiction writing and has taught writing and literature at all levels. He currently teaches fiction writing and science fiction and fantasy literature at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and writes full time. He blogs at

Andy Duncan, Metaphysical Circus PressAndy Duncan’s books include The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories (PS, 2011) and Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon, 2000); The Night Cache (PS, 2009); Alabama Curiosities (Globe Pequot, 2009); and a fiction anthology co-edited with F. Brett Cox, Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004).

Duncan won two World Fantasy awards, a Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. He has been nominated multiple times for the NebHugo awards.  His short stories have been published in periodicals including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Conjunctions, and Weird Tales; in original anthologies including Mojo: Conjure Stories, The Dragon Book, Eclipse, Starlight, and Wizards; and in reprint anthologies including The Living Dead, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. 

Duncan has been a juror for the Bram Stoker Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Shirley Jackson Awards. Duncan is an associate professor of English at Frostburg State where he teaches writing. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in creative writing from North Carolina State University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

IMG_3755Nathan Alling Long’s stories and essays have appeared in over a hundred anthologies and journals, including Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, The Sun, Tin House, Salt Hill, Camera Obscura, Indiana Review and Crab Orchard Review—as well as on NPR.  He has received a Truman Capote Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation grant, and two Bread Loaf Conference work scholarships, and his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best Non-Required Reading award, as well as been finalists nine times for the Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award.  He teaches at Richard Stockton College and lives in Philadelphia, PA.