by Lillian Csernica on July 21, 2013
At age 5, Lillian Csernica discovered the Little Golden Books fairy tales. From there she moved on to the works of Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, and Terry Pratchett. Her very first short story sale, “Fallen Idol,” appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in DAW’S YEAR’S BEST HORROR STORIES XX. Ms. Csernica has gone on to publish stories in YBHS XXI, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, Insatiable, Tales of Old, and Midnight Movie Creature Feature 2. Her Christmas ghost story “The Family Spirit” appeared in Weird Tales #322 and “Maeve” appeared in #333. Ms. Csernica has also published an historical romance novel, SHIP OF DREAMS.
Ms. Csernica has also written nonfiction in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has been a columnist for Speculations, writing “The Fright Factory” and “The Writer’s Spellbook.” Her controversial column of literary criticism and short fiction reviews, “The Penny Dreadful Reader,” ran in the print edition of Tangent, earning praise from such leading lights of the field as editor Ellen Datlow. Now Ms. Csernica reviews short horror fiction for Tangent Online.
Born in San Diego, Ms. Csernica is a genuine California native. She currently resides in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband, two sons, and three cats.