About the Author

KC Grifant is an award-winning writer based in Southern California who writes internationally published horror, fantasy, science fiction and weird west stories.

Her debut supernatural western novel, Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger (Brigids Gate Press, Feb 2023), described as a blend of Bonnie & Clyde meet The Witcher and Supernatural, has received positive reviews internationally. Readers and reviewers call the book “a fun, fast-paced, monster-filled joy ride,” “genre-blending,” “a story that is fascinating and irresistible,” and a “massive crowd-pleaser.” See what other readers are saying here: https://scifiwri.com/publications/melinda-west-monster-gunslinger/.

Her short stories have appeared in magazines and podcasts including: Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (cover story for issue #70), Unnerving Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Fission Magazine, Cosmic Horror Monthly, Dark Matter Magazine, Tales to Terrify, the Lovecraft eZine, Sley House Podcasts, and many others. She has also written for dozens of anthologies, including: Chromophobia;  Dancing in the Shadows: A Tribute to Anne RiceMusings of the Muse; Field Notes from a Nightmare; The One That Got Away; Six Guns Straight From Hell; Trembling with Fear: Year One; Shadowy Natures; Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches; and the Stoker-nominated Fright Mare: Women Write Horror.

In addition, she is the co-founder of the Horror Writers Association San Diego Chapter, an organization that helps to connect writers and fans of horror literature (read more here). Aside from constructing imaginary worlds, she works as an award-winning science writer and editor and likes to haunt coffee shops, comic book stores, labyrinths and carnivals.


In 2023, Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger ranked #1 in Amazon New Releases for Western Horrors, and ranked in the top 100 bestsellers in dark fantasy releases and new horror releases. In 2022, her poem, “A Woman’s Weapon,” made the recommendations list for The Best Horror of the Year 2022, edited by Ellen Datlow. Also in 2022, her story “The U Train” won the Sley House podcast competition and was produced into a radio drama. In 2016, her story “What the Storm Brings” was part of the Stoker-nominated anthology Fright Mare: Women Write Horror

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