Josh Woods is an author, editor, professor, and podcaster. He loves monsters, myth, storytelling, comedy, combat, and crafts. His book of stories, O Monstrous World! (Press 53, 2019), won the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story. His novel The Black Palace (Amazon KDP, 2018), a gothic horror action-adventure, was awarded grant support by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. He has edited three anthologies of fiction, and he has published genre and literary short stories in numerous journals, magazines, and collections, in addition to having published essays of creative non-fiction, writing craft, and peer-reviewed scholarship. His podcast, The Monster Professor, explores the role of monsters in literature, myth, film, folklore, and pop-culture. His other awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year and the Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction. He has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations as well as nominations for The Best of the Net and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection, among others. He is a Full Professor of English in Illinois and originally hails from Kentucky.



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