Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s the recipient of the Ladies of Horror Grant (2021), the Horror Writers Association’s Diversity Grant (2020), and the Atomacon Palmetto Scribe Award-Best Short Story 2021. She’s been named as one of Book Riot’s 6 Best Black Indie SFF Writers. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as numerous novels and three active speculative mystery series. She hails from the South where gothic and strange are part of the culture. You can support her work via Patreon.