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ELIZABETH MASSIE

ELIZABETH MASSIE

 

Elizabeth Jane Spilman Massie was born and raised in Waynesboro, Virginia, a town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She was a dreadful student; she rarely paid attention in class and frequently got bad marks on her report card for not "working to her potential." Little did the teachers know that the daydreaming, the goofy drawings, and the angst-ridden stories she was doing in class instead of the assigned science/social studies/math, would some day have some relevance.

Her first horror short story, "Whittler," was published in The Horror Show in the winter 1984 edition. Many other story sales followed. Beth’s novella, Stephen (Borderlands) was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was a World Fantasy award finalist.

Elizabeth added horror novels to her repertoire in the early 1990’s, and has since published the Bram Stoker-winning Sineater, Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (co-authored with Stephen Mark Rainey), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Power of Persuasion, and Twisted Branch (as Chris Blaine). She has also had four story collections published: Southern Discomfort, Shadow Dreams, the extensive The Fear Report, and A Little Magenta Book of Mean Stories. Her bizarre poetry is included in the early 2004 anthology Devil’s Wine. She also branched out with her fiction and began to write historical novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her works include the Young Founders series, the Daughters of Liberty trilogy, and The Great Chicago Fire: 1871.

Elizabeth still lives in the country in the Shenandoah Valley, a mere four miles from where she was born. Her advice to one and all, "The answer, alas, is blowin’ out your ass, the answer is blowin’ out your ass..."

  • Power of Persuasion - 1999

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