Welcome!

Hi, I'm Lucy ... thanks for visiting my little corner of the Web! My short story "Magdala Amygdala" won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction in 2013; you can find it and other dark stories in my new collection Soft Apocalypses. I'm also the author of the Jessie Shimmer urban fantasy series from Del Rey and Alliteration Ink:

  · Spellbent
  · Shotgun Sorceress
  · Switchblade Goddess
  · Devils' Field

You can find more stories about the characters in Spellbent in my collection Orchid Carousals.

My poetry collection Chimeric Machines was released in March 2009; in March 2010, it won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry.

I'm also the author of Sparks and Shadows, which won the 2008 Editors' Choice Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Collection. My humor collection Installing Linux on a Dead Badger came out in October 2007.

I'm a graduate of the Clarion workshop and for several years I've directed the Context Writing Workshops. Since January 2010, I've been an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. As of June 2014, I'm a student in the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing program.

To date, I've made over 120 short fiction sales, over 60 poetry sales, and over 140 nonfiction sales on topics ranging from faeries to medicinal botany to ethernet switches. (Why the focus on sales?) If you'd like to see my entire list of publications, see my bibliography.

If you'd like to read some of my work online or download some free short e-books, visit the Reading Room or see my columns at Horror World.

I live in Worthington, Ohio with my husband, Gary A. Braunbeck; we've written several stories together. If you'd like to know more, take a look at my biography or read through some of my interviews.

What Kind of Fiction Do I Write?

I mostly write in different sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I occasionally do media tie-in work and have written stories for a Doctor Who anthology and a Hellraiser anthology. I've written some erotica, but I haven't written any romance (some readers picked up my urban fantasy novels expecting them to be romances and were not prepared for all the demonic mayhem). My science fiction is also often fairly dark, and my horror is darker still.

I've written a fair bit of zombie fiction and other post-apocalyptic fiction; I also write Lovecraftian fiction, steampunk, arcanepunk, biopunk, weird westerns, alternate history, quiet horror, social science fiction ... if I enjoy it as a reader, chances are I've written it. The big exception here is kids' literature; at some point I want to write some YA, if I can ever get my characters to stop swearing, drinking and having sex.

Am I the Lucy (or the Snyder) You Seek?

Did you come here looking for Lucy A. Snyder (the USDA bee researcher), Lucy Snyder (board member at Sacred Rok) or Lucy Snyder (animator, artist and director)? I am not any of these ladies and we haven't even met. I do know author Maria V. Snyder, since we both mentor students at Seton Hill, but as far as I know we're not related.

My Books


Orchid Carousals   Switchblade Goddess  A Glimpse of Darkness
Spellbent  shotgun sorceress  Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
Sparks and Shadows  Sparks and Shadows  Chimeric Machines