Most writers will tell you they’ve been writing since they were small, and I’m no exception. I started out writing poems, which graduated into awful teenage angst poems, which eventually grew into stunted and ill-advised attempts at writing a novel.
I started writing short stories in 2011 but never took it seriously until joining Absolute Write, where I was contacted by a member of the T-Party. Since then, I’ve been what you might call a ‘serious’ writer, although I’m yet to give up my day job.
I’ve had stories published in Shadows And Tall Trees, and in Black Static. My short story ‘Red Rabbit’ made Ellen Datlow’s longlist for Best Horror Of The Year 2014, and ‘When Charlie Sleeps’ was reprinted as part of the “Best British Horror 2014″ anthology, edited by Johnny Mains. In September 2014 my short story ‘Ptichka’ was published as part of “Horror Uncut: Tales Of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease”. In 2015, my short story ‘The Grey Men’ appeared in Black Static, and ‘The Fragility Of Flesh’ in Wild Things: Thirteen Tales of Therianthropy, from Black Shuck Books.
Also in 2015 – somewhat bafflingly – I was nominated for two British Fantasy Awards, in the categories of Best Newcomer and Best Short Story (for ‘Ptichka’.)
In January 2016 I was given the honour of writing the title story for NewCon Press’s “Obsidian: A Decade Of Horror Stories By Women“. Later that year, I contributed a story – Terry in the Bed by the Window’ – to charity anthology “The Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two“. I was also published in “Ten: Thou Shalt Not”, a Ten Commandments themed anthology from Tickety Boo Press, and in the first of Black Shuck Books’ annual ‘Great British Horror’ series, “Green and Pleasant Land”.
2017 was perhaps my most exciting year to date with the publication of my debut novella “Naming the Bones”, courtesy of Dark Minds Press. This marked the first time my work has appeared as a stand-alone book, and naturally everyone in my family was terrifically proud, which is no small achievement as far as I’m concerned. I also had the honour of appearing once more in “Shadows and Tall Trees” with my short story ‘Sun Dogs’, which was subsequently chosen for reprint in the upcoming “Best British Horror 2018” collection. 2017 also marked my speculative fiction debut with ‘Looking for Laika’, a lighthearted tale of nuclear war and long lost space dogs, which was printed in “Interzone #273”. And to round off the year, I contributed a story to “Imposter Syndrome”, a themed anthology dealing in clones, doubles, changelings and all manner of weird and wonderful duplicates.
I live in Essex, under extreme duress, and when I’m not making things up I enjoy reading, travelling, watching wrestling, playing video games, collecting tattoos, dyeing my hair strange colours and making up nicknames for my cats.
Contact me: laura.n.mauro(at)gmail.com