Skip to content




Elizabeth Donald is a dark fiction writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is a three-time winner of the Darrell Award for speculative fiction and a finalist for the Prism and Imadjinn awards. She is the author of the Blackfire dark urban fantasy series, Nocturne vampire mystery series and several other novels, novellas and stories in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. More recently, she was awarded the Mimi Zanger Award for literary fiction.

She is the founder and coordinator of the Literary Underworld, an author and small-press cooperative that works together to promote small-press genre fiction at conventions and online. In addition, she runs an active writers’ group in her hometown.

Elizabeth began writing full-time in 2018 after more than 20 years as an award-winning news reporter. She continues to work as a freelance journalist and essayist, a nature and art photographer, freelance editor and writing coach. For more on Elizabeth’s nonfiction work, see her website at and her photography portfolio.

Elizabeth has recently completed a masters degree in media studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is in the process of completing an MFA in creative writing. She teaches newswriting and English composition to undergraduates at SIUE and St. Louis University, and serves as president of the Sigma Tau Delta honors societiy at the university.

She continues to serve as the president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists and on the national ethics board for that organization. She is also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, AEJMC, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Freelancers Union, St. Louis Writers Guild and many other organizations with which she volunteers.

She lives with her family in a haunted house in Edwardsville, Illinois. In her spare time, she has no spare time.