Jessa Forest writes poetry and weird fiction. She is the author of The Slaughter Chronicles, a grimdark, Lovecraftian-esque contemporary fantasy about werewolves, and Speculative E-Shorts, standalone, bite sized short stories for when you need to escape reality for an hour.
Her short fiction and poetry has also appeared in traditional print and online magazines. In 2011, she was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize. Her writing questions the definable borders of reality and indulges the gritty, visceral aspects of paranormal fantasy and science fiction. She was born in Arkansas, USA.
Havoc’s Moon is Book One in The Slaughter Chronicles, a grimdark contemporary fantasy / supernatural suspense. It takes place six years after the prequel stories in Pulling Teeth.
Hollow Ruins is a stand alone bio punk / science fantasy novel with dragons.
Speculative E-Shorts is an ongoing series of stand alone science fiction and fantasy short stories. One story is published every three months.
The Heart of the Forest Cycle is a post-apocalyptic epic with faeries.
After the Flood is my next poetry collection.
Interviews and Readings
QuaranCon 2021 is a virtual writing convention for writers who want to stay the f*** home. In this reading you get an abridged version of my short story Demon Tooth (form Pulling Teeth and Other Stories of the Slaughter Chronicles). It is a side story set in 2008, about four teenage friends who try experimenting with magic they don’t understand.
Trigger Warnings/Disclaimer: Detailed descriptions of violence/gore, references to bullying and drug use, liberal swearing, and an adorable jellyfish monster.
Between the Pages Book Chat 05/22/21 With the incredible dark fantasy author A.F. Stewart. We chat about Lovecraftian influence and I spill a few juicy details about The Slaughter Chronicles’s very own Theodore Thane.
Extra not-Writing Stuff
Writing this now, I am almost 35 years old and I have never been stung by a bee. I’ve also never broken a bone. Please do not think that I am graceful, I’m just very, very lucky.
I have three cats, Leela, Titain, and Tiny Rick. Titain is the oldest (and the most substantial). Tiny Rick has feline immunodeficiency virus. Mr. J and I adopted him in 2017, and the vet offered to put him down for us right away because, according to the vet, he would not last long. We got a second opinion. Now, it’s almost 2021, and he’s still very happy and healthy (aside from being FIV positive). Aside from a few mild respiratory issues every so often he’s a perfectly normal cat. And yes, we named him after Rick and Morty.
I also have a betta fish, which I adopted during quarantine. His name is Lucky and I send exclusive pictures of him to my End of the Month Newsletter subscribers.
You can see all of my cats on Instagram although lately I’ve been trying to up my #indieauthor game and make more posts about my writing process and my books.
Besides writing, I have a few hobbies. I play Warhammer 40K, a grimdark sci-fi tabletop game that involves putting together plastic miniatures with lots of tiny, fiddly bits and spending a lot of money.
I went to college and earned a BA in Sociology in 2008 and an MFA in Creative Writing in 2012. In the fall of 2019, I went back to college a third time. I’m currently enrolled in a Laboratory Science program and my goal is to have a career processing COVID test kits to support my writing. Note: I won’t be the person shoving the swab up your nose, I’ll be the person looking at the swab afterward.
Blog Post Roundup
- Pushcart nomination, The Camel Saloon, 2011
- Arkansas Writers’ Conference, Rita Goodgame Award, 2nd place, 2010
- North American Discworld Convention, Creosote’s Poetry Contest, 3rd place, 2009
- Hollins University, Lex Allen Literary Festival, Poetry Contest, 1st place, 2008
- Randolph College, Margaret Raynal Fiction Award, 2nd place, 2005
- Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention, 2005
- Knowing Our Past Foundation, Creative Response of the Human Spirit, 2nd place, 2003