Marano, Michael

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Dawn Song, First Novel, 1998

BIO: Michael Marano is a horror and dark science fiction writer, with stories in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge; his first novel Dawn Song won the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. He is a former Fiction Editor of the award-winning dark fiction magazine Chiaroscuro ( Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano’s new and reprinted short fiction, published by Cemetery Dance Publications, was named one of the Top Ten Horror publications of 2011 by Booklist. His novella “Displacement” was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Stories From the Plague Years was reprinted as a limited edition trade paperback in 2012 by ChiZine Publications of Toronto, who also reprinted Dawn Song in 2017, which will be followed by two sequels, A Choir of Exiles and Winter Requiem.

Since 1990, he has also been reviewing movies and doing pop culture commentary for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, produced in San Francisco and syndicated in more than 111 markets in the US and Canada. Mike is a former Writing instructor at Buffalo State College, and his non-fiction has appeared in venues such as The Boston Phoenix, The Weekly Dig, The Independent Weekly, Paste Magazine, SuicideGirls, and Science Fiction Universe. Marano is a leading critic of horror films, with a column on horror movies in Cemetery Dance Magazine.

He is currently an Instructor at Grub Street, a non-profit creative writing center based in Boston, where his classes on applying literary techniques to the writing of genre fiction have been consistently popular. As a performer, he is an amateur circus aerialist performing at night clubs, street fairs and other venues, and has dabbled as a Wrestler. He can be reached via and at . He Tweets at