ABOUT

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Marissa van Uden is a freelance editor and writer from Aotearoa-New Zealand who now lives in rural Vermont, in a little cabin in the woods. She loves Weird fiction, wild nature, and being kind to animals. Her fiction has appeared in Dark Matter Magazine, Zero Dark Thirty, Los Suelos, and Vastarien Literary Journal. She’s head of acquisitions for Apex Book Company and an associate editor for Apex Magazine. As an anthologist, her credits include Strange Libations: An Anthology of Dark Cocktails (2023), Strange Machines: An Anthology of Dark User Manuals (2023), and The Off-Season: An Anthology of Coastal New Weird (forthcoming). She’s also an active member of Editorial Freelancer’s Association (EFA) and ACES Society for Editing. You can find her posting about cabin life, strange lichens, and weird horror at Twitter @marissavu, Instagram @marissa.vu and Bluesky @marissavu.bsky.social

 

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Marissa van Uden is a freelance editor and writer from Aotearoa-New Zealand who now lives in rural Vermont, in a little cabin in the woods. She loves Weird fiction, wild nature, and being kind to animals. Her fiction has appeared in Dark Matter Magazine, Zero Dark Thirty, Los Suelos, and Vastarien Literary Journal. She’s head of acquisitions for Apex Book Company and an associate editor for Apex Magazine. As an anthologist, her credits include Strange Libations: An Anthology of Dark Cocktails (2023), Strange Machines: An Anthology of Dark User Manuals (2023), and The Off-Season: An Anthology of Coastal New Weird (forthcoming). 

Her manuscript editing credits include award winners, Amazon #1 bestsellers, and National Geographic books. She has line-edited horror books such as Brian Keene’s Curse of the Bastards (Apex Books); CS Humble’s That Light Sublime trilogy and the Black Wells series (Cemetary Dance); 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). She was a developmental and/or line editor for 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). She’s also an active member of Editorial Freelancer’s Association (EFA) and ACES Society for Editing.

Some of her favorite writers are 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, and William Hope Hodgson. She’s also inspired by creative thinkers such as David Lynch, Carl Sagan, Jim Henson, Björk, and everyone who wrote and designed the The Last of Us videogames.

In her free time, she loves to hike up mountains, cross-country ski, and explore abandoned buildings. You can find her posting about cabin life, strange lichens, and weird horror at Twitter @marissavu, Instagram @marissa.vu and Bluesky @marissavu.bsky.social

PODCASTS & BOOK REVIEWS

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

 

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