Short bio

A.E. Santana is a Southern California native who grew up in a farming community surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. A lover of horror and fantasy, her works can be found in Latinx ScreamsDemonic Carnival III, and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp Books, the paranormal/true horror editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's column, Voice to Books. She is also the moderator for The Thing in the Labyrinth, a horror book club hosted by The Last Bookstore. A.E. Santana is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a founding playwright for East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. She has been a moderator for several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror." She received her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Riverside's low-residency program. Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.

Extended bio

A Southern California native, I was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. I am currently the communications editor for a non-profit organization, the managing editor for Kelp Books, the true horror/paranormal editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's monthly column, Voice to Books. I also moderate The Thing in the Labyrinth, a monthly horror book club hosted by The Last Bookstore. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association, San Diego and a founding playwright for the East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. I have been a moderator for several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror" at LitFest Pasadena.

I am a former drama editor for The Coachella Review, the online literary journal published by the University of California, Riverside's low-residency MFA program, and a former fiction editor for Badlands, the literary journal published by California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus. 

I received my MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in script writing. My associate's degree in journalism is from Imperial Valley College. 

My perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and my cat, Flynn Kermit.

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