The Slave State looked like an alien nation. It stretched in waves of sedimentary, like the twisted coastlines of Taiwan. Malkmus sat on the intricate honeycombs of the cape, half-content, then remembered that life wasn’t worth living in this place…


chris kelso portrait


Kelso is a British Fantasy Award-nominated genre writer, illustrator, editor, screenwriter, and journalist. His work has been translated into French and Swedish. He is the 2 times winner of the Ginger Nuts of Horror Novel of the Year ( in 2016 for Unger House Radicals’ and  2017 for ‘Shrapnel Apartments).

‘The Black Dog Eats the City’ made Weird Fiction Reviews Best of 2014 list. ‘Shrapnel Apartments’ was endorsed by Dennis Cooper on his blog – “4 Books I read and Loved”.

Strange Bird‘, a short existential-horror film based on a screenplay co-written with Laura Lee Bahr, will hit the festival circuit in 2020.











He has also been printed frequently in literary  and university publications across the UK, US, Australia, and Canada, including:

 Black StaticPolluto, Locus magazineAntipodeanSFSF SignalDark DiscoveriesShoreline of InfinityDaily Science FictionThe AirgonautSurreal WorldsThe Lovecraft E-zine, Cadaverine, Bizarro Central, Verbicide, Sein Und WerdenIn Heaven Everything is Fine (stories inspired by David Lynch), Pantheon magazine, The Black Room Manuscripts, The Unquiet Dreamer, a Harlan Ellison tribute anthology3AM magazineEvergreen Review, The Delinquent, CLASH, Sensitive Skin magazine,  In This Music?, Full Metal Orgasm, Beatdom, New Coin Poetry  – as well as honourable mentions on the Lovecraft-ezine podcast and Weird Fiction Reviews end of year booklist (best of 2014)

Praise –

‘Someday soon people are going to be naming him as one of their own influences. He’s worth checking out.’

– INTERZONE magazine

‘A writer I greatly admire.’ – Dennis Cooper

“Kelso offer smart, entertaining narratives that plays successfully with many of the classic elements of post-apocalyptic science fiction.” – LitReactor

“Add Kelso to a very short list of newer authors to place on the “must read” list.” – Cemetery Dance magazine 

Chris has served as voluntary copy editor for Dog Horn, Jupiter Magazine, Chomu Press, Eraserhead press (and cult horror imprint Deadite). Along with Victoria Hooper, he helps wade through slush piles for the Sceptre award-winning Sci-Fi magazine, Polluto.

He and Garrett Cook are the co-creators of ‘The Imperial Youth Review‘. He is the acquisitions editor and co-creator of film studies imprint RoosterVision with Nicholas Day

Show me your shelves
– Bizarro Central

Interview with Margrét Helgadóttir

Interview at Books and Booze – HERE

Interview at Surreal Sermons – HERE

Zero Squared podcast – HERE

Get Lit with Leza – HERE

This is Horror podcast – HERE

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