About Loren Rhoads

Loren with Suzanne Dechnik’s “Azrael Errant” at the Morbid Curiosity Art Show at the Borderlands Cafe 2010. Photo by R. Samuel Klatchko.

“Loren Rhoads has a taste for the most breathtaking insights to be found in macabre topics. Her work is at once arresting, haunting, unsettling, and gorgeous.” 
— Thomas Roche, Loren’s editor at Gothic.Net


My life changed when I read Dracula at age 10 and again when I saw Star Wars at 13. Telling true stories came later, but it’s all interconnected.

The Dangerous Type, the first book of my space opera trilogy, came out from Night Shade Books in July 2015. Kill By Numbers followed in September and No More Heroes  was published in November, completing the series in a six-month period.

My first novel, co-written with Brian Thomas, was originally published by Black Bed Sheet Books under the title As Above, So Below. A revised second edition is came out in April 2016 under the title Lost Angels. Lost Angels, the first book in the As Above, So Below series, is the story of the succubus Lorelei, who pursues an angel only to find herself possessed by a mortal girl’s ghost. Its sequel, Angelus Rose, will be out in November 2016.

I am the solo author of Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, which collects my cemetery travel essays from Gothic.Net, Morbid Outlook, Eleven Eleven, and Morbid Curiosity magazine, alongside some new pieces that were written specifically for the book. Wish You Were Here was published by Western Legends Publishing in 2013.

Loren Rhoads photo

Photo by Ken Goudey at the Night of Writing Dangerously 2012.

I’m also the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, published by Damnation Books in 2013.  Seventeen horror writers and artists spent a long weekend together in a haunted house in Northern California.  This book collects short stories, poetry, and memoir inspired the Haunted Mansion Retreat.

Until 2006, I edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. I still believe curiosity is a radical, transformative trait. The contributors and contents of Morbid Curiosity can be found here. A collection of some of my favorite essays drawn from the magazine was published by Scribner in 2009. You can order Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual via your local bookstore, from Amazon, or directly from me.

Photo by Tracy Ingle.

Photo by Tracy Ingle.

My travel essays have darkened the pages of two Traveler’s Tales books, the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea), and manifested monthly for four and a half years at Gothic.Net. I continue to explore graveyards as travel destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.

My short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Fright Mare: Women Write HorrornEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre; The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One; Sins of the Sirens: 14 Tales of Dark Desire; and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairy Land It’s also been published in magazines like Cemetery Dance, City Slab, Instant City, and Not One of Us, among others.

Information on my membership & awards is here.