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Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey is the author of Palindrome Hannah, a nonlinear horror novel and finalist for the Independent Publisher Awards. His follow-up novel, Phoenix Rose, was listed for the National Best Book Awards for horror fiction, was a finalist for the International Book Awards, and received the Kirkus Star, awarded to books of remarkable merit. Scales and Petals, his short story and poetry collection, won the International Book Award for short fiction, as well as the USA Book News “Best Books” Award. Pellucid Lunacy, an anthology of psychological horror published under his Written Backwards label, won for anthologies for those same two awards. His short fiction and poetry can be found in anthologies and magazines around the world, including the US, UK, Australia, Sweden, and South Africa. He is working on his third novel, Psychotropic Dragon, a new short story and poetry collection, Inkblots and Blood Spots, and recently edited Chiral Mad, a multi-award nominated anthology of psychological horror to benefit Down syndrome charities, with stories by Jack Ketchum, Gary A. Braunbeck, Jeff Strand, Gene O’Neill, Gord Rollo, and many others. You can visit him online at

Michael's story, "Bootstrap The Binds of Lasolastica," was published in Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad!


His suspense story, "Scrub," was published in Uncommon Assassins.


His horror story, "Primal Tongue," appeared in Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad. The story was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.