Linda D. Addison

Linda D. Addison

Linda D. Addison is the award-winning author of four collections including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend. She is the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award® and has published over 320 poems, stories and articles. Catch her latest work in the anthologies Scary Out There (Simon Schuster), The Beauty of Death (Independent Legions Publishing), and Dark Voices (Lycan Valley Press).

She is the poetry editor at Space & Time magazine.

Linda is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-Americans speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and Dark Dreams II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book). Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science-Fiction.


Publications (262 poems, 25 fiction, 37 non-fiction = 324).


  1. “Night of the Living and Dead” (Outer Darkness magazine, Issue 14, Winter 1998) (How)
  2. “Little Red in the Hood” (Tomorrow magazine, 10/1996); Annual Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (1997) Honorable Mention, (AO=Animated Objects) (B&N: 100 Hilarious Little Howlers, 1999 Reprint) (How=How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend)
  3. “Am I Repeating Myself?” (Outer Darkness magazine #14, 11/95) (AO) (How)
  4. “Dust to Dust”, (Poison Apple, 1996) (AO) (How)
  5. “Boo”, (Going Postal anthology, Space & Time, 6/1998) (How)
  6. “One Night At Sheri-Too-Long’s Popcorn Bar”; (AO) (How)
  7. “Just Passing Through”; (AO) (How)
  8. “The Box”; (AO) (How)
  9. “The Christmas Ghost”; Dark Matter magazine, 1999
  10. “Homecoming”; More Monsters in Memphis, collaboration with Beecher Smith 1999
  11. “Twice, At Once, Separated”; Sheree Thomas’ Dark Matter anthology, Warner Books, 2000; on Year’s Best SF 2000 Honorable Mention
  12. “Excerpts from The Unabridged Traveler’s Guide as UFOs in Galaxy A.G.2” (2001 Scars anthology); 12/2001 (How)
  13. “The Power”; Dark Dreams I (2004, Kensington Publishing Corp) (How)
  14. “Whispers During Still Moments”; Dark Thirst (2004, Pocket Book); reprinted in New Blood (2010, Padwolf)
  15. “Milez To Go”; Voices From The Other Side, Dark Dreams II (4/2006, Kensington Publishing Corp) (How)
  16. “When We Dream Together” (2010); Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction (Graves Sheffield Publishing)
  17. “369 Gates of Hell”, (How)
  18. “Future, Past, Imperfect”, (How)
  19. “Artificial Unintelligence”, (How)
  20. “Working Up the Corporate Ladder”, (How)
  21. “Live and Let Live”; (How); reprint in Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond (Rosarium Publishing, 2013)
  22. Unrequited, (How)
  23. “Heart Throb”; Slices of Flesh (2012, Dark Moon Books)
  24. “Finding Water to Catch Fire”; The Beauty of Death anthology (Independent Legions Publishing, 2016)
  25. “Smiley Roaches”; Dark Voices Charity Anthology for Breast Cancer (Lycan Valley Press, 2018)

POETRY (262)

  1. Bard Wellington; (6/1994); Just Write mag (AO=Animated Objects)
  2. Writing Magic; (6/1994); Just Write mag (AO)
  3. One Night Stand; (1/1994); Deadlines mag, Jan/1995 (AO)
  4. (haiku-2/1995); Haiku Headlines mag (AO)
  5. (haiku-4/1995); Haiku Headlines mag (AO)
  6. (senryu-Spring/1995); Frogpond mag, 1995 (AO)
  7. Animated Objects; (4/1995); Tales of the Unanticipated, issue #15, 1995 (AO); 2006 reprint Hear Them Roar anthology
  8. Why The Dinosaurs Died; Asimov's SF Mag.,1995 (AO)
  9. Amazing Grace; (The Laureate Letter, Writer's Gazette, 1995) (AO)
  10. (haiku); Brussels Sprout magazine (vol XXII:3, 1995)
  11. Mind Works; (Pirate Writings issue #9,1996) (AO); 1997 The 2nd Coming-Best of Pirate Writings, Vol 2; 2002 reprint Best of Pirate Writings
  12. Rebirth (Epitaph magazine, in 1996) (AO); reprint Epitaphs anthology (Padwolf Publishing, 2004)
  13. Feeding; (Lore magazine, Issue #6, Autumn 1996)  (AO)
  14. Dark Vows; (Epitaph magazine, Issue #3, 1997 (AO); reprint Epitaphs anthology (Padwolf Publishing, 2004)
  15. The Unicorn and the Programmer;  (AO)
  16. How the Rainbow was Born; (AO)
  17. Urban Wastedness; (AO)
  18. e-toy-oc, the trickster; (AO) Fantasy & Horror (1998) Honorable Mention; (reprint SF/F Poetry handbook, a Resource for English 213G, New Mexico Junior College, Spring 2001)
  19. The Plan; (AO)                        
  20. Joyous Spirit; (AO)
  21. Sassy Love; (AO)
  22. Death, Resurrection and Flowers Blooming; (AO)
  23. She Shuddered At His Thought; (AO)
  24. Sunrise; (AO)
  25. Desire; (AO)
  26. Love; (AO)
  27. Anger; (AO)
  28. Hate; (AO)
  29. War; (AO)
  30. Pain; (AO)
  31. Sickness; (AO)
  32. Death; (AO)
  33. Rising; (AO)
  34. Blood Lust; (AO)
  35. I've Tasted Your Blood;  (AO)
  36. Celebrant; (AO)
  37. Poverty & Horror; (AO)
  38. The Prelude; (AO)
  39. Avenging Dream (Epitaph/1997=> Pirate Writing mag); (Consumed); 2006 (reprint Hear Them Roar anthology)
  40. Pullus Cogens (, 1997)
  41. Alien Bathroom (, 1997)
  42. (Asimov's SF magazine), 1$/line, 1999
  43. Land Sharks (Asimov's SF magazine), 1$/line, 1998
  44. Fiery Oracle (5/1998; White Knuckles #8) Fantasy & Horror (1999) Honorable Mention; (Consumed=Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes)
  45. The Hunt (5/1998; White Knuckles #8); (Consumed); 2006 reprint Hear Them Roar
  46. Mourning Meal (5/1998; White Knuckles #8); (Consumed) (How=How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend)
  47. To Each Its Own (5/1998; White Knuckles #8); (Consumed)
  48. The Beaten Path (5/16/98; Dark Regions #11, Winter 1999); (Consumed)
  49. Fire/Fight (10/1998; Edgar: Digested Verse #1); (Consumed)
  50. Forever Dead (10/1998; Edgar: Digested Verse #2); (Consumed); 2006 reprint Hear Them Roar anthology
  51. Buffalo Run (8/1999; Dark Regions #14); (Consumed)
  52. Bottling Up De Evil (8/99; Star*Line issue 22.5), (reprint SF/F Poetry handbook, a Resource for English 213G, New Mexico Junior College, Spring 2001); (Consumed)
  53. The Reluctant Astronaut (Asimov's SF magazine 3/2001); (#5 of 10 on Asimov's Best Poem list, 16th Annual Readers' Award Results, 9/2002 issue).
  54. Before You (Edgar: Digested Verse Vol. 2 No. 1 – Winter 2000); (Consumed)
  55. Sharp, Shiny, Hurting Things (The Urbanite 12 (2001)); (Consumed)
  56. After The Fire (Dark Voices: A Collection of Poetry from the Writers of Wicked Verse, Flesh & Blood Press 2/2002); (Being); reprint 04/2008 Essence magazine
  57. Dreams of the Night Bird (Dark Voices: A Collection of Poetry from the Writers of Wicked Verse, Flesh & Blood Press 2/2002); YBF&H Honorable Mention (2002); (Being)
  58. Precious (10/2000; The Edge), Issue #9
  59. The Barn (10/2000; The Edge), Issue #9; (Being=Being Full of Light, Insubstantial)
  60. Mami Wata, Goddess of Clear Blue; (Being)
  61. Turning (12/2001; Rough Beasts (cd), Lone Wolf Publications); (Being)
  62. Arc of the Dream; (Consumed)
  63. A Bare Tree in February; (Consumed)
  64. Breathe; (Consumed)
  65. Broken Light; (Consumed)
  66. Consumed; (Consumed); (reprint Hear Them Roar anthology)
  67. Flirting with the Dragon; (Consumed)
  68. Fragile Memories; (Consumed)
  69. Grey Matter; (Consumed)
  70. Have We Met Before; (Consumed)
  71. Heart of the Matter; (Consumed)
  72. Imminent Anger; (Consumed)
  73. A Life on Hold; (Consumed)
  74. A Midsummer's Nightmare; (Consumed)
  75. The Morpheus Calculation; (Consumed)
  76. Next Time; (Consumed)
  77. Recycled; (Consumed)
  78. Turning Edges; (Consumed)
  79. Unhinged; (Consumed)
  80. The Comic Cannibals (10/2001 GSHW In A Fearful Way, CD collection); YBF&H Honorable Mention (2002)
  81. Night Visitors Made Flesh, In The Vessel of Your Creativity (GSHW In A Fearful Way); (Being)
  82. Burning in the Shadows, While My Pen Softly Bleeds (GSHW In A Fearful Way); (Being)
  83. Dr Booty Is Making House Calls (10/2001 Dead Cats Bouncing anthology) May/2002
  84. The Cosmic Adventures of Jar Boy (10/01 African Voices magazine/Sheree Thomas Spring/Summer 2002); (Being)
  85. Cookin Now (Flesh & Blood Magazine #14, 2/22/03); (Being)
  86. Evolving (9/2003 Strange Horizons); reprint Strange Horizons: Best of 2003 (Lethe Press); (Being)
  87. Dead Cat Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show (Intro and Farewell poetry, Bedlam Press 2006)
  88. Fleeting Light (9/2004 Spooks anthology, Twilight Tales); (Being)
  89. poem #3 (The Dead Cat Poet Cabal anthology, Bedlam Press, 2005); (WHC05, 4/7/05); (Being)
  90. Storm of Souls (Fantastic Stories magazine Winter 2005 issue, 2005); YBF&H (2005) Honorable Mention; (Being)
  91. poem crazy (WHC05 convention book, 4/7/05); (Being)
  92. Nightshift  (WHC05 convention book, 4/7/05); YBF&H (2005) Honorable Mention; reprint in Dwarf Stars 2006; (Being)
  93. Dark Dreamers (Necon 25 book, July/2005); (Being); reprinted in Best of Necon collection (2009)
  94. After the Tsunami (, Nov/2005); YBF&H (2005) Honorable Mention; (Being)
  95. Between (, Nov/05); YBF&H (2005) Honorable Mention; $5; (Being)
  96. Holding You (, Nov/2005); (Being)
  97. How To Wear War (, Nov/2005); (Being)
  98. I'll Take My Truth On The Side (, Nov/2005); (Being)
  99. Wet (, Nov/05); YBF&H (2005) Honorable Mention; (Being)
  100. -299,792, 458 m/s (Being)
  101. A Dream (Being)
  102. A Failure of Neurons (Being)
  103. All Hallows Eve (Being)
  104. Am Not (Being)
  105. As the Dust Settles (09-11-01) (Being)
  106. Back Story (Being); reprint WHC08 Program Book, 3/2008; reprint Poet’s Espresso Oct/Nov 2008 issue (S.Wilson)
  107. Beautiful Meat (Being)
  108. Being Full of Light (Being)
  109. Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ (Being)
  110. Belly Dancing (Being)
  111. Bleeding Cold (Being)
  112. Burning (Being)
  113. Chatoyant Love (Being)
  114. Cleaning List (Being)
  115. Clear Like Glass (Being)
  116. Core Manifestations (Being)
  117. Dark Dragon (Being); reprint Sci Fi Fan 2 chapbook for third annual science fiction & fantasy poetry reading at the Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library 2008
  118. Darklight, Star Bright (Being)
  119. Dragon Love (Being)
  120. Dream Potions (Being)
  121. Dream Walking (Being)
  122. Dreaming the World (Being)
  123. Earth’s Blood (Being)
  124. Falling Away (Being); reprint WHC08 Program Book, 2008
  125. First Day (Being)
  126. Full of Tangled Remains (Being)
  127. Ghost Dancing with the White Buffalo (Being)
  128. Giving Birth (Being)
  129. Imagine (Being)
  130. Indestructible Reflections of the Dream Child (Being)
  131. Inevitable Singularity (Being)
  132. Interruption (Being)
  133. Letting Go (Being)
  134. Like Water for Chocolate (Being)
  135. Living Between the Blows (Being); reprint WHC08 Program Book, 2008
  136. Madness Has Wings (Being)
  137. Mermaid in the Bronx (Being)
  138. Mistaken Identity (awakened by Katrina) (Being)
  139. Mp3 Zen Buddhists (Being)
  140. Mythical Quantum Functionality (Being)
  141. One (Being)
  142. One More Learning Distraction (Being)
  143. Openings (Being)
  144. Other Bitter Memories (Being)
  145. Painting Chaos (Being)
  146. Perfection (Being)
  147. Point in Time (Being)
  148. Possibilities (Being)
  149. Power Surge (Being)
  150. Presence (Being)
  151. Ready (Being)
  152. River of Silent Dreams (Being)
  153. River Share (Being)
  154. Rules (Being)
  155. Say Love (Being)
  156. Secret Places (Being)
  157. Seeing the End (Being)
  158. Spitting in the Eye of the Creator (Being)
  159. The Adventures of a Ghetto Child (Being)
  160. The Last Dream (Being)
  161. The Last Moon Rise (Being)
  162. The Shape of Words (Being)
  163. The Taunt (Being)
  164. This Journey on One Breath (Being)
  165. Transcending (Being)
  166. Unfolding (Being)
  167. untitled (ego) (Being)
  168. untitled (fighting) (Being)
  169. untitled (nebulae) (Being)
  170. Useless Things (Being)
  171. Whale Riding (Being)
  172. Who Am I? (Being)
  173. Wilderness of Mirrors (Being)
  174. Without (Being)
  175. Wrong/Right (Being)
  176. The Vortex of Damnation (Doorways magazine, issue 5,/2008) (DD=Dark Duet)
  177. Threshold Exploration (Doorways magazine, issue 6, 2008) (DD)
  178. The World is a Desert (WHC08 Souvenir Anthology, 2008) (DD)
  179. The Road (WHC08 Souvenir Anthology, 3/2008); Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 1 (DD)
  180. Extrication (WHC08 Program Book, March/2008) Honorable Mention for Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 1 (DD)
  181. The Story of Belief-Non (May/2010, Dark Faith, Apex Books)
  182. Star Seed’s Arietta (Niteblade magazine, June/2010) (DD)
  183. behind the locked door (microcosms twitter magazine, October 14, 2010)
  184. naughty, blurry parts (microcosms twitter magazine, 2010)
  185. Shhhhhhhhh! (with Stephen M. Wilson); (Poe Little Thing, 2011) (DD)
  186. How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend (How); Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, 2011
  187. After I Ate The Apple (How)
  188. Ghost Driving (How)
  189. Bending (How)
  190. How Her Garden Grows (How); 7 Magpies film project
  191. Demon Dance (How); Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, 2011 
  192. In This Strange Place (How) (DD)
  193. How to Recognize Your Friend Has Become a Demon (How)
  194. the ghost mother hums (microcosms twitter magazine, 2011)
  195. don’t fall for that grave yard love (microcosms twitter magazine, 2011)
  196. your words of love (microcosms twitter magazine, 2011)
  197. Dico, King of Hat Tricks (Abyss & Apex, 2012) (DD)
  198. Transmutation (Eyes of the Telescope), nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  199. Melancholy Medicine (DD)
  200. Bell’arte del canto (DD) w/smw (Stephen M. Wilson); reprint WHC2016 souvenir anthology
  201. LET ME IN (DD)
  202. The UnDone Red Queen (DD)
  203. Nocturne (DD) w/smw; nominated for a SFPA Rhysling award
  204. Circus of Willis (DD)
  205. The Dancer (DD) w/smw
  206. Remove/Mix/Hope (DD)
  207. Lions in the Living Room (DD)
  208. A Bloody Great Purge (DD)
  209. Dying From This (DD)
  210. Unfinished Symphony (DD) w/smw
  211. Ouroboros (DD)
  212. When Interior Light Becomes Bright (DD)
  213. Coming Home (DD)
  214. Conversion (DD)
  215. Meditation, circa 9025 (DD)
  216. A Splinter in the Finger of Casualty (DD)
  217. The Tao of Shadow and Light (DD) w/smw
  218. Return (DD)
  219. Double Helix (DD) w/smw
  220. Disambiguation (4E=The Four Elements)
  221. Transevolution (4E)
  222. Finding the Great Dream of Hell (4E); Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, 2013
  223. The Void in the Song of Madness (4E)
  224. Accepting Birth, Enduring Life (4E)
  225. Full Harvest (4E)
  226. Landmannalaugar’s Thoughtform (4E)
  227. Lost in Translation (4E)
  228. Upon First Seeing Ongtupqa (4E)
  229. Shining Brow (4E)
  230. Fearless (4E)
  231. Rock Mirror (4E)
  232. Peru 4545 (4E); reprint WHC2016 souvenir anthology
  233. Meta Spatiality (4E)
  234. The Feeling of Unbecoming (4E)
  235. Hidden in the Moon’s Full Shadow (4E)
  236. Demon Meal (4E)
  237. Indigenous Evolution (4E)
  238. Jimmy Scott Nebula (4E)
  239. Uncertainty (4E)
  240. Inconsiderate Activity (4E)
  241. Chiindii (4E)
  242. Stillness (4E)
  243. Prior to Returning (4E)
  244. Homecoming (4E)
  245. The Contest of Inescapable Misdirection (2013, High Stakes antho, Evil Jester Press)
  246. Empathy (The Original Van Goghs Ear Anthology (, 2014); anthology released on Amazon 2016; reprint WHC2016 souvenir anthology
  247. All The Dark We Will Not Feel (Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Edition, 2015)
  248. A Murmur in the Woods (Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Edition, 2015)
  249. Lost in the Light (Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Edition, 2015); reprint WHC2016 souvenir anthology
  250. Tragic, Trembling Giant (Spectral Realms #3; 2015)
  251. Shadow Rainbow & Other Fragile Things (Dark Discoveries magazine #34; 2016)
  252. Demon Slayer (Scary Out There, Simon Schuster, 2016)
  253. Don’t Talk to Strangers (Scary Out There, Simon Schuster, 2016)
  254. Convergence of Troubled Strands (Scary Out There, Simon Schuster, 2016)
  255. #LoveLetter for @OverU (Scary Out There, Simon Schuster, 2016)
  256. Welcome to the Mercy Museum (Into Painfreak anthology, Necro Publications, 2016); 2016 Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention
  257. Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled (Sycorax’s Daughters, Cedar Grove Publishing, 2017)
  258. Things That Earth No Longer Bears (Apex Magazine, Issue 95, 2017)
  259. Discarded Remains (Eye to the Telescope #25, 2017)
  260. The Black Speculative Art Manifesto (Cosmic Underground, Cedar Grove Publishing 2018)
  261. How to be Notorious (Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK! Erin Sweet Al Mehairi’s blog, 2018)
  262. My Life with the Tiger (Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK! Erin Sweet Al Mehairi’s blog, 2018)


  1. Built to Last article, (Essence Magazine, Dec 1983)
  2. Computers and Kids article, (Essence Magazine, Sept 1984)
  3. Nancy Kress interview, (Pirate Writings, 1996)
  4. Painfreak by G. Houarner book review, (Pirate Writings, 1996)
  5. Painfreak by G. Houarner book review, (Poison Apple, 1996)
  6. Pirates of the Universe by T. Bisson book review, (Pirate Writings 13, 1997) 
  7. The Orange Cat Bistro by Nancy Linde book review, (Pirate Writings 13, 1997)
  8. Terry Bisson interview, (Pirate Writings 13, 1997)
  9. HWA Stoker Weekend article with G. Houarner, (Hellnotes e-mag, 1997)
  10. NECON 17 convention article, (Hellnotes e-mag, 1997)
  11. The Wings of Honneamise, video review with Brian Addison, (Space & Time #87)
  12. Inside the Works by G.Houarner/T.Piccirilli/E.Lee review, (Pirate Writings #15, 1998)
  13. Barry Malzberg interview, (Pirate Writings 15, 1998) 
  14. Going Postal review, (Pirate Writings 17, 1999)
  15. Shakespeare to Street Rap The Music in Poetry article for HWA Newsletter (1999)
  16. KeeneCon 2000 report (DarkEcho, 2000)
  17. The Cell movie review, (2000)
  18. “Never Consumed, Never Reduced” article, Jobs In Hell online (2002)
  19. History & My Writing essay, TheAngryBlackWoman blog (2008)
  20. Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman, introduction to poetry section, (2008)
  21. Be the Change, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2009)
  22. Working Without Pay, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2011)
  23. Recognizing Demons and Angels article, HWA newsletter, Blood & Spades column (2012)
  24. The Inner Circle, From the Trenches article for HWA Newsletter (2012) 
  25. Keeping Up, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2013)
  26. How Geek Girls Will Rule the World by Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, interviewed (with other amazing Geek Girls) (2013)
  27. 60 Black Women in Horror by Sumiko Saulson, interview (2014)
  28. Marketing Writing, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2014)
  29. Lone Writer, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2014)
  30. Book Sanctuary, From the Trenches article the HWA Newsletter (2015)
  31. Genesis – The First Black Horror Writers for Horror Addict blog (2016)
  32. Corona Obscura by Michael R. Collings, wrote introduction (2016)
  33. Pay It Forward, From the Trenches article for HWA Newsletter (2016)
  34. Giving Back, From the Trenches article for HWA Newsletter (2017)
  35. Supporting Evolution, From the Trenches article for HWA Newsletter (2018)
  36. It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life; Roundtable interview (Crystal Lake Publishing (2018)
  37. Safe Havens, WFC Award Ceremony Toastmaster speech, Uncanny Mag. (2019)

Awards and Memberships

Recipient of four HWA Bram Stoker Awards®.

Received HWA Mentor of the Year Award (2016).

Given HWA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Honored as a NECON Legend and put in Hall of Fame (July 2016) at the Northeastern Writers Conference in Providence, RI

Active member of SFWA (Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), HWA (Horror Writers Association), and SFPA (Science-Fiction Poetry Association).

Related Experience

I have been a panelist/moderator at multiple writer conferences, as well as a Guest of Honor and Special Guest.

I have hosted Poetry Open Mic events at several conferences over the years.

Developed workshop for fiction writers and poets to play with different forms of poetry (haiku, sonnet, villanelles, free verse, etc) to hear variations of ‘music’ that can add to their own creative voice and help overcome writer's block. Time is allowed for attendees to practice writing.

Work as Editor:

  1. Space & Time Magazine: poetry editor
  2. 2017 Sycorax’s Daughters anthology (HWA Bram Stoker Awards® finalist); co-editor
  3. 2018 SFPA Rhysling Award anthology; editor
  4. 2018 The Twisted Book of Shadows anthology; editorial committee
  5. 2019 HWA StokerCon convention anthology; editor

Voice over for the first trailer of film MOURNING MEAL (inspired by my poem of the same name;

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