Monica S. Kuebler first fell in love with monsters at age five. A few years later when most young girls were hooked on Judy Blume novels and the Sweet Valley High series, she was reading Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz. Horror, it seems, had made itself a home in her heart.
It is a passion that continues to shape Monica’s life to this day. She has spent the last ten years as an integral part of the talented team behind RUE MORGUE Magazine, the world’s leading horror magazine, where she single-handedly revolutionized the Ninth Circle books section. Since January 2010, she’s served as Managing Editor, continuing to oversee the magazine’s literary coverage, while also debuting her monthly Library Of The Damned book column and working to expand RUE MORGUE’s say on the state of genre gaming. Monica has lent her expertise to numerous articles and cover stories for RUE MORGUE and other publications, as well as several horror documentaries, including onscreen interviews in History Channel’s THE REAL VAMPIRE FILES and PRETTY BLOODY: THE WOMEN OF HORROR.
In addition, Monica is the founder and editor-in-chief of BURNING EFFIGY PRESS, where she is the sole curator of the company’s celebrated genre chapbook line. Burning Effigy has released over a dozen well-received novellas and collections by some of contemporary horror’s top up-and-coming talents and has garnered Bram Stoker Award nominations for Nicholas Kaufmann’s General Slocum’s Gold, Weston Ochse’s Redemption Roadshow, Michael Louis Calvillo’s 7 Brains and Maria Alexander’s At Louche Ends.
She is currently immersed in penning her BLOOD MAGIC Saga young adult horror/urban fantasy series, which can be read online for free at http://www.blood-magic.net, as well as on Wattpad.com, Figment.com, Goodreads.com, Movellas.com, Readwave.com and more. She’s also working on her second poetry collection (THE SICK AND THE BEAUTIFUL), which was born from her ten-year stint as a spoken word artist. During that time she authored four poetry chapbooks, co-wrote the 2002 collection SOME WORDS SPOKEN (with Cynthia Gould) and toured extensively, performing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, England, and many other cities. These days, she continues to give back to the poetry community by teaching spoken word workshops to local high school students.