About Us

We like weird stuff. If you do too, then we’ll probably like hearing from you.
But we’re not sure. Send us stuff and we’ll all find out.

Check out our exclusive interview on Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein if you want to learn more about our goals and inspirations.

Morgan and Kristian

Morgan Strange (Formerly known as Erica Ciko)


Morgan has been obsessed with short fiction since childhood, and was lucky enough to start reading for the pro SFF magazine Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores in June 2019. From here, his love of short fiction reached twisted new apexes and took over his life. In early 2021, his lifelong dream of starting a magazine of Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and all the other wicked, weird genres that lurk in the shadowy backgrounds of other publications finally came to pass, and Starward Shadows was born.  

Morgan is an avid writer, and his stories have been published in many anthologies and magazines, most recently Mythic and Tales to Terrify. His short fiction escapades have earned him a place in both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association as an Active member.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utica College, and his undergraduate coursework in genetics and evolutionary studies offered deep inspiration for some of the monsters and aliens he dreams up in his stories. However, he never worked long-term in the Biology field, and has instead paid the bills as a writer since 2015. 

Kristian Strange

Founder/Editor/Designer & Illustrator

Kristian started drawing, writing, reading, making music, and wandering around in the woods as a little kid and never stopped.

Despite his utter lack of charisma and his persistent inability to formulate emails that don’t sound like they came from a broken AI, he’s spent years working with various clients from around the world on art and writing projects. His work has been selected for publications such as Penumbric Speculative Fiction Mag, Florida Roots Press, and Burning Light Press.

After earning college degrees in English and graphic design, he’s focused on using creativity to explore the weirdness of the universe, chaos, existence, and magick. Now he’s working on [too many] projects, including his sci-fi novel and an experimental music album.

When he gets sick of making things, he likes cooking, stretching or messing around in Mordor, Ald’ruhn, Apocrypha, and various Oblivion Gates.



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