Profile: Linda Addison


Linda Addison is the second oldest of ten children and grew up in Philadelphia where she graduated from Germantown High School. Her childhood memories include evenings listening to her mother tell stories she created using the children as characters or watching scary movies with her mother at night.

From the first moment she held a book in her hands in kindergarten Ms. Addison knew she wanted to make one of her own. She even now finds cruising a bookstore is as relaxing as drinking a fine glass of wine.

She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Mathematics and currently lives in Arizona.

Linda is a founding member of a writing group, Circles In The Hair (CITH) which started meeting in 1990. She is poetry editor for Space & Time magazine. Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant) and Year’s Best Science-Fiction (edited by Gardner Dozois). 

Linda D. Addison is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-American speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book).

She co-edited Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women (publisher Cedar Grove Publishing) with Kinitra Brooks and Susana Morris, which was a HWA Bram Stoker finalist in the Anthology category.

She has over 300 poems and short stories in print. She has published in Essence Magazine, Asimov’s SF Magazine, Eye to the Telescope magazine, Apex Magazine, Spectral Realms and Carpe Noctem. She is a founding member of the writer’s group Circles in the Hair (CITH) and a member of SFWA, HWA and SFPA.

Awards – Wins and Nominations

Addison was the first African-American to win the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award(R) for superior achievement in poetry,  Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes, 2001 (Bram Stoker)

HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 (Bram Stoker)

HWA 2016 Mentor of the Year Award, 2016 (Bram Stoker)

Poetry Collection, The Four Elements written with Marge Simon, Rain Graves and Charlee Jacob, 2013 (Bram Stoker)

HWA Bram Stoker finalist, Dark Duet, a collaborative book of poetry written with Stephen M. Wilson, 2012 (Bram Stoker)

Poetry, How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend short stories and poetry collection, 2011 (Bram Stoker)

Poetry, Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, 2007 (Bram Stoker)

Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes, 2001 (

Nominated for SFPA Rhysling award, selected poems (

Honorable Mention list, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, selected poems (


Most Recently Published Book (as of September 2018)



Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

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Other Work

Pretty Little Dead Girls

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Beautiful Sorrows

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Nameless: The Darkness Comes

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Dark Voices: A Lycan Valley Charity Anthology

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Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories

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