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Ann Melrose

Whitakers, North Carolina, United States


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Ann Melrose is not known for doing anything conventional. She began storytelling at the age of 9, when she would haul her not-so-innocent brothers into the woods and tell them ghost stories to see how fast they could run home. From there she migrated to short stories and found she had a talent for taking the inner workings of her imagination and putting it down on paper for others to read. She also functions as a journalist and writes articles on health/medicine and technology for the newszine, Virginia News Source (

Her first published short story, "Terror in the Woodpile" (1966) appeared in a local children's magazine. After that she switched to science fiction with "Have Suitcase Will Travel" (1968), and then found her niche in the horror/fantasy genre with such shorts as "Ritual Dream" and "Mommy's Dress." Her brief stint (20 years) as a Navy wife enabled her to visit the Caribbean and Europe (not
everybody cheers for the bull at a bullfight in Puerto de Santa Maria). In 1989, Ann became both publisher and fiction editor of a new age magazine called Moonshadow. She is currently a fiction editor for an adult webzine and is working on her fourth novel and continues writing short fiction, as well as technology articles for a national medical magazine and science-related articles for Neverscience ( Since moving to North Carolina, Ann and her husband have become interested in cons and regularly attend Stellarcon, DragonCon, World Horror Con and several others.

Interests: Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery, collecting books, travellng.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes