Elizabeth Donald

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Elizabeth Donald (born 1975) is an American author, best known for writing horror and science fiction, including the Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series and Blackfire zombie series.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Merced, California, the older of two children to Ralph Donald, a professor of mass communications at SIUE, and Patrice Stribling Nelson, a classical pianist. Donald attended Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland and then Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee, graduating in 1993. She next attended the University of Memphis, initially studying theater, and then transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin to study journalism, graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communications.

Her first novel, Nocturnal Urges, was published in 2004, launching the three-book series. Since then, she has published several novels and novellas in electronic and print, as well as a number of short story publications in various magazines. She has won the Darrell Award for horror and science fiction three times and has been a finalist for other awards, including the Prism Award from Romance Writers of America. She regularly appears at horror- and science fiction-themed conventions such as Archon, Dragoncon, Midsouthcon and Hypericon. In 2009, her novella titled "The Cold Ones" (Sam's Dot Publishing) sold out its first print run in 48 hours. The protagonist of this novella was named after fellow author Sara M. Harvey.

Elizabeth Donald is currently a reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper in Illinois.[1]. She has won multiple journalism awards, including the Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Illinois Press Association awards for education journalism. She was vice president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists for three years, recently stepping down to head the scholarship program, and a member of the national SPJ ethics commission since 2009. In 2010, she was one of two initial recipients of the Terry Harper Memorial Fellowship from the national Society of Professional Journalists.

Her uncle, Michael Stribling, is an award-winning New Age musician. She has one son from a previous marriage, and is currently engaged to author Jimmy Gillentine. A lifelong member of the Episcopal church, she is a vestry member of her home parish.


  • Nocturnal Urges, 2004, novel, Ellora's Cave Publishing
    • Winner of the 2005 Darrell Award
    • Finalist for the 2004 Prism Award
    • Rereleased in 2005 by Cerridwen Press
  • A More Perfect Union, 2005, novel, Ellora's Cave Publishing
    • Finalist for the 2006 Darrell Award
    • Rereleased in 2005 by Cerridwen Press
  • Setting Suns, 2006, anthology, New Babel Books
  • Tandem, 2006, ebook, Ellora's Cave Publishing
    • Also appears in "Sultry Summer Fun," a print anthology published in May 2007
  • Nocturne, 2006 Cerridwen Press (this is a compilation of Nocturnal Urges and A More Perfect Union)
  • Abaddon, 2007, novel, Cerridwen Press
  • "Bargaining With Spiders," 2007, short story, appeared in the anthology "Twilight and Thorns" by Circle Dark Publishing.
  • "Weathergirl," May 2009, short story, appearing in the anthology "Cover of Darkness" by Sam's Dot Publishing.
  • The Dreadmire Chronicles, July 2009, Spellbinder Books
  • The Cold Ones, October 2009, Sam's Dot Publishing
  • Blackfire, March 2011, Sam's Dot Publishing
  • Infinity, 2011 novella, Aardvark Productions


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