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Elizabeth Engstrom

USA flag (b.1951)

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.

Engstrom moved to Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. She holds a BA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Masters in Applied Theology, and a Certificate of Pastoral Care and Ministry, all from Marylhurst University. In addition to writing, she provides interfaith, non-denominational spiritual care through Love and Mercy Ministries (www.love-and-mercy-ministries.com). An introvert at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to teach a class in novel or short story writing, or to speak at a writers convention or conference.

Genres: Horror
   Black Ambrosia (1988)
   Lizzie Borden (1991)
   Lizard Wine (1995)
   Suspicions (2002)
   Black Leather (2003)
   The Northwoods Chronicles (2008)
   York's Moon (2011)
   Candyland (2012)
   Baggage Check (2013)
   Guys Named Bob (2018)
   The Itinerant (2021)
   Nightmare Flower (1992)
   Alchemy of Love (1998)
Novellas and Short Stories
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Elizabeth Engstrom recommends
The Black Maybe (2022)
Attila Veres
"These stories dwell in the in-between places of life and death, that place where nightmares wait to be harvested. These are your nightmares, or they soon will be, so settle in for an excursion to a horrific mental, emotional, and spiritual landscape like no other. A brilliant work."

Anthologies containing stories by Elizabeth Engstrom
Discoveries (2016)
Best of Horror and Dark Fantasy
edited by
James R Beach and Jason V Brock
Two of the Deadliest (2009)
New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery
edited by
Elizabeth George
Poe's Lighthouse (2006)
All New Collaborations with Edgar Allan Poe
edited by
Christopher Conlon

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