Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovermyer phot credit Chirs Gannon Arch

Karen Bovenmyer photo credit Chris Gannon Arch

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writer’s Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her short stories and poems appear in more than 20 publications and her first novel will be available Spring 2017. http://karenbovenmyer.com/

Her poem The Blind Elephants of Io will be read at The Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day and is in the Shortest Day, Longest Night Anthology.


“Swift for the Sun,” Dreamspinner Press, first quarter 2017.
Short Stories and Novellas:
“Skin as White as Snow as White as Skin,” Gamut Magazine.
“The Scarlet Cloak,” (Reprint), Crossroads in the Dark II: Urban Legends, Burning Willow Press.
“Failsafe” (Reprint), Starward Tales II Anthology, Manawaker Studio.
“The Beaded Slipper,” Maidens and Magic Anthology, Crimson Edge Press.
“Like a Soul” (Reprint), One Hundred Voices Anthology, Centum Press.
“The Things Between Us,” Quick Shivers in the Midwest from com: Volume Four.
“So Normal and Unwritten” (Reprint), Iron Soap’s 200 CCs, October, 2016.

“Syncing Minefields,” Strange Horizons.

previously published

Short Stories
“On Rising One Snowy Evening,” Triangulation: Beneath the Surface anthology, Parsec Ink, July 19, 2016.
What the Dollhouse Said,” (Reprint), Dark Brew: 10 Tales of Horror, Women in Horror anthology, Mocha Memoirs Press, July 3, 2016.
The Scarlet Cloak” (Reprint), Luna Station Quarterly, December 1, 2015.
So Normal and Unwritten” (Reprint), Bosley Gravel’s Cavalcade of Terror, November 14, 2015.
What the Dollhouse Said” (Reprint), Evil Girlfriend Media Shorts, November 5, 2015.
“Scavengers,” Queer Science Fiction Discovery Anthology, Mischief Corner Books, July 2015.
“The Scarlet Cloak” (Reprint). Life After Ashes. Ed. Steven Saus. Alliteration Ink. March 1, 2015.
Something So Normal and Unwritten,” Festival Writer, August, 2014.
What We’ve Lost, Sometimes,” Crossed Genres #19, July 2014.
The Red Red Rose,” Red Rose Review, July 1, 2014.
What the Dollhouse Said,” Devilfish Review, June 28, 2014.
Like a Soul,” Stonecoast Review, 1, Fall 2013.
“Failsafe,” The Crimson Pact Volume 5, Ed. Paul Genesse, Iron Dragon Press, July 2013. “Failsafe” received 33 votes toward a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story and was listed as an honorable mention by Ellen Datlow for 2013’s Best Horror of the Year.
“The Scarlet Cloak.” The Crimson Pact Volume 3. Ed. Paul Genesse. Alliteration Ink. March 20, 2012.
“Qin and Snake.” Pop Fic Review. Ed. Erin M Underwood, Hannah Strom-Martin. Underwords. December 7, 2011.
“Latte.” Bits & Pieces: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems from Central Iowa Authors. Ed. Shane Goodman, Cityview. Des Moines: Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc. 2010. 23–25.

“Lady of Gold,” Remixt Magazine, September 12, 2016.
“What Dolls Eat,” (Reprint), Dwarf Stars 2016: The Best Very Short Speculative Poems Published in 2015 Anthology, Science Fiction Poetry Association, July 2016.
Dream Weaver,” The Skinny Poetry Journal, July 4, 2016.
“Effects of Moonlight,” Corpse Roads Horror Poetry Anthology, Folk Horror Revival, July 2, 2016.
“So Normal and Unwritten” (Reprint), Corpse Roads Horror Poetry Anthology, Folk Horror Revival, July 2, 2016.
NeverNever Holes,” (Reprint) Amour: Love Poems, ed. Johnny M. Tucker Jr., June 24, 2016.
“Keep Hugo Stormed,” Eye to the Telescope Magazine #20, April 15, 2016.
“Cadaver Feet” and “Little Bone Robot Boy,” My Cruel Invention, Meerkat Press, December 1, 2015.
Pseudopod,” Abyss & Apex Magazine, July 2015.
What Dolls Eat,” The Were-Traveler, June 2015. This poem was nominated for a 2015 Dwarf Stars Award.
NeverNever Holes,” ZingaraPoet.com, April 10, 2014