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…
Kelso is a genre writer, illustrator, editor, screenwriter, and journalist. His work has been translated into French and 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 Static, Polluto, Locus magazine, AntipodeanSF, SF Signal, Dark Discoveries, Shoreline of Infinity, Daily Science Fiction, The Airgonaut, Surreal Worlds, The Lovecraft E-zine, Cadaverine, Bizarro Central, Verbicide, Sein Und Werden, In Heaven Everything is Fine (stories inspired by David Lynch), Pantheon magazine, The Black Room Manuscripts, The Unquiet Dreamer, a Harlan Ellison tribute anthology, Dead Man’s Tome, Evergreen 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)
‘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.
Show me your shelves – Bizarro Central
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