Brenda S. Tolian writes within the Southwestern horror genre, slipping between gothic, grotesque, folk, ecological, and body horror. In addition, she cultivates an academic and creative interest in the treatment of the female body within horror, expressions of queerness within dark fiction, and oral traditions of the southwest. She also writes poetry, paints, and composes music, all overlaid with dark themes.

Brenda S. Tolian is a member of HWA, the Angela Carter Society, and Denver Horror Collective.  She earned her B. A in Secondary English at Adams State University and her MFA from Regis University in Creative Writing and is currently earning her Doctorate in Literature at Murray State University. Brenda is a lead instructor at Denver’s Alchemy Writing Workshop in Dark Fiction. Her work appears in Haunted, the Anthology 101 Proof Horror, Twisted Pulp Magazine issue 3, the Denver Horror Collective’s anthology Consumed Tales Inspired by The Wendigoand the forthcoming The Jewish Book of Horror. She also co-hosts The Burial Plot Horror Podcast with Joy Yehle. Currently, she writes about the haunted high San Luis Valley surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan Mountain ranges—known for its eerie tales of cannibals, skinwalkers, UFOs, cults, vortexes, and other strange occurrences.

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