Marissa van Uden is an editor, anthologist, and writer who loves Weird fiction and wild nature. She’s an acquisitions editor for Apex Book Company, an associate editor for Apex Magazine, and an active member of Editorial Freelancer’s Association and ACES Society for Editing. Her fiction has appeared in Dark Matter Magazine, Zero Dark Thirty, Los Suelos, and Vastarien Literary Journal. After growing up in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Marissa lived in Munich, Berlin, and Los Angeles, before giving up big-city life for a cabin in the woods of rural Vermont. She posts about bog-witch life, strange lichens, and weird art at Twitter/X (@marissavu), Instagram (@marissa.vu) and Bluesky (@marissavu.bsky.social).

As an anthologist, her credits include the Strange Microfiction series (Strange Libations: An Anthology of Dark Cocktails (2023), Strange Machines: An Anthology of Dark User Manuals (2023), Strange Locations: An Anthology of Dark Travel Guides [forthcoming]) and The Off-Season: An Anthology of Coastal New Weird (forthcoming). 

Her editing portfolio includes award winners, Amazon #1 bestsellers, and National Geographic books. Notable fiction works include Brian Keene’s Curse of the Bastards (Apex Books); CS Humble’s That Light Sublime trilogy (Cemetary Dance Publications) and Black Wells series; Rootwork by Tracy Cross, Mosaic by Catherine McCarthy, Apparitions by Adam Pottle (Dark Hart Books), and Our Love Will Devour Us by R.L. Meza (Dark Matter Ink); Alys Arden’s The Casquette Girls (an Amazon #1 bestseller, Starred by Publishers Weekly, and picked up in two-book deal by Skyscape Publishing) and The Romeo Catchers (Nominated for Best Young Adult Protagonist in the 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards); Ciara Ballintyne’s In The Company of the Dead (winner of Pinnacle Awards Best Fantasy Novel); Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller) and A Ruthless Magic; D Robert Pease’s Shadow Swarm (Winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal in Fantasy & Science Fiction), D.A. Godwins Guardian’s Prophecy Series; and Debra Goelz’s Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them (winner of the Watty award in 2014, picked up by Hatchette Audiobooks and adapted into an interactive mobile game). 

Marissa’s creative inspirations include Leonora Carrington, Philip K Dick, Jeff VanderMeer, Karin Tidbeck, Lynda E. Rucker, James Tiptree Jr., Octavia Butler, Cordwainer Smith, China Miéville, JG Ballard, Robert Aickman, Algernon Blackwood, David Lynch, Carl Sagan, Jim Henson, and everyone who wrote and designed the The Last of Us videogames.


Marissa reviews novels, nonfiction, short stories and (coming soon) science fiction/fantasy narrative-based video games. She joins fellow dickheads Jesse Willis and Paul Weimar — sometimes with very special guests — at the SFF Audio podcast to review all of PKD’s works in roughly the order he wrote them, and to talk about Things in speculative fiction.


  • METHULESAH’S CHILDREN by Robert A Heinlein, read by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)
  • OZ REIMAGINED performed by Tanya Eby and Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
  • BREAKDOWN by Katherine Amt Hanna, read by Ralph Lister (Brilliance Audio)
  • ATTEMPTING NORMAL by Marc Maron, read by Marc Maron (Random House Audio)
  • WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY by Jared Diamond, read by Jay Snyder (Penguin Audio)
  • MATILDA by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet (Penguin Audio)
  • THE BFG by Roald Dahl, read by David Walliams (Penguin Audio)
  • THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl,read by Miranda Richardson (Penguin Audio)
  • BOY by Roald Dahl (autobiography) read by Dan Stevens (Penguin Audio)

Other writing/guest spots

Hosted by Jesse Willis at SFF Audio Podcast

Plus a crossover guest appearance on The Skiffy & Fanty Show with Shaun Duke and Paul Weimar to talk BLADERUNNER 2049.

PKD audiobook reviews at SFF Audio.com