I was born in Massachusetts in 1970, but spent most of my life in the South. I studied literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of New Orleans. Among other things, I’ve been a cook on oil rigs and barges, a bouncer at a strip club, and a bartender in New Orleans.
My first book — North American Lake Monsters: stories, from Small Beer Press — won the Shirley Jackson Award, and was shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards.
Now I live in Asheville, NC, with my daughter in an apartment across from the French Broad River. Freight trains pass by my window at night.