Lucy A. Snyder

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Lucy A. Snyder (born 1971) is an American science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror, and nonfiction writer.


Born in South Carolina, Snyder grew up in San Angelo, Texas after her father was briefly assigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base.[1] She graduated from Angelo State University[2] and then moved to Bloomington, Indiana for graduate studies in environmental science and journalism at Indiana University.[3] She is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Workshop; authors Nalo Hopkinson and Kelly Link were among her classmates.[4]

She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and occasional coauthor Gary A. Braunbeck.


Over 60 of her short stories have appeared in various magazines, anthologies, and collections, including Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Short Trips: Destination Prague. One of her online humor stories, "Installing Linux on a Dead Badger", became the basis for a short humor collection of the same name published in 2007. Her 2012 horror story "Magdala Amygdala" won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction[5] and was selected to appear in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (edited by Ellen Datlow).

Her poetry has appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, GUD Magazine and Weird Tales. In March 2010, Snyder was awarded a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry for her collection Chimeric Machines.[6]

Snyder served as an editor for HMS Beagle, an online bioscience publication produced by Elsevier, and briefly served as a contributing editor for Strange Horizons. Since January 2010, she has mentored students in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction.





  • Blood Magic (2001)
  • Sparks and Shadows (2007)
  • Installing Linux on a Dead Badger (2007)
  • Chimeric Machines (2009, Bram Stoker Award winner)
  • Orchid Carousals (2013)
  • Soft Apocalypses (2014)

Nonfiction Books[edit]

  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide (2014)


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