Summer Horror Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

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Enlarge this image Stephen Graham Jones Ellen Datlow hide caption

Stephen Graham Jones' latest book is Mapping the Interior, though he's written 16 novels, six story c...llections and one comic book — so far. He's won a Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and made Bloody Disgusting's list of "Top Ten Horror Novels." "I'm drawn to horror because horror's that Five Point Palm Exploding Heart punch: You think you're all right until later, when you're very not all right," he tells me. Jones lives in Boulder, Colo., where he has a few broken-down trucks, a Ph.D. and too many boots.

Bloody Disgusting's list Enlarge this image Ruthanna Emrys Jamie Anfenson-Comeau hide caption

You may know Ruthanna Emrys from her work running the H.P Lovecraft re-read series on She's also the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series; the newest book, Deep Roots, will be out in July. Emrys lives in a mysterious manor house in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., with her wife and their large, strange family. "I'm attracted to the edge cases, the liminal stories where horror meets ... something else," she says. "I look for the point where terror meets awe and the thing you can't stay away from is the same thing that makes you run screaming. And I look for stories about how to face fear, whether you survive it or not, and how to live in a world that has such horrors in it."

H.P Lovecraft re-read series on Enlarge this image Tananarive Due Daniel Ebon hide caption

Tananarive Due is an author, screenwriter, educator, and a leading voice in black speculative fiction; her books include My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood, and she teaches classes on Afrofuturism and black horror in the Department of African-American Studies at UCLA. Her short story collection Ghost Summer won a British Fantasy Award in 2016, and she's also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award. Due is the executive producer of an upcoming black horror documentary, and has been named to the Grio 100 and the Ebony Power 100. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.

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