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 really want to learn more about our goals and inspirations.



Erica Ciko 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, her love of short fiction reached twisted new apexes and took over her life. In early 2021, her 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.  

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

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


Founder/Editor/Designer & Illustrator

Desmond Rhae Harris 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 write 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 and Cosmic Horror Monthly.

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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