Elizabeth Engstrom

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Elizabeth Engstrom
Born Bette Lynn Gutzmer
(1951-05-11) May 11, 1951 (age 66)
Elmhurst, Illinois, United States
Pen name Elizabeth Engstrom, Liz Cratty
Occupation Writer, teacher
Nationality United States
Genre Speculative fiction, Horror fiction, Fantasy

Elizabeth Engstrom is best known as a speculative fiction writer. She was born Bette Lynn (Betsy) Gutzmer, but she legally changed her name to Elizabeth Engstrom a few years after publishing her first novel under that pseudonym. She is married to Al Cratty, and sometimes writes under the name Liz Cratty as well. She was nominated for a 1992 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection for her book Nightmare Flower. Her anthology Dead on Demand: The Best of Ghost Story Weekend spent six months on the Library Journal "Best Seller List." Her short story, "Crosley", was picked to be included in The Thirteenth Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Horror Show, American Fantasy Magazine, and Cemetery Dance.

Elizabeth Engstrom also gives writing seminars on subjects like Structural Fiction, Sensual Fiction, Kick Start Your Novel, and The Architecture of Fiction. She was the owner of TripleTree Publishing, but she sold the business to Richard Ramsey in 2007. Under Engstrom's aegis, TripleTree published 19 books and put more than 200 authors in print for the first time.

She was an instructor and eventually Director of the Maui Writers Retreat and its Department of Continuing Education. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing, a Master's in Applied Theology and a Certificate of Pastoral Care and Ministry, all from Marylhurst University.

She gives a large portion of book sales on her website to the Melanoma Research Foundation and has recently initiated Love and Mercy Ministries in Eugene, Oregon. She is a board member of Wordcrafters in Eugene, a literary community, and is a former faculty member at the University of Phoenix.

Her novel, Candyland, has been filmed by Motorcycle Boy Productions of Vancouver, B.C., written and directed by Rusty Nixon, starring James Clayton, Chelah Horsdal and Gary Busey. The film Candiland was released in February, 2017.

Selected bibliography[edit]


Short story collections[edit]


  • Mota 9: Addiction
  • Imagination Fully Dilated co-edited with Alan M. Clark
  • Imagination Fully Dilated Volume II co-edited with Alan M. Clark
  • Dead on Demand: The Best of Ghost Story Weekend


Lectures on audio[edit]

Elizabeth Engstrom has made some of her seminars available on CD and cassette

  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Writing a Well-Crafted Sex Scene
  • Creating Memorable Characters



  1. ^ "Elizabeth Engstrom". Fantasticfiction.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 

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