Profile of Alethea Kontis

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A former child actress, Chemistry major, and Orson Scott Card Boot Camper, Alethea Kontis’s first foray into the literary world was a mixed-up picture book—AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First. In 2006, she co-edited the critically acclaimed SF all-star Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology for Tor Books, and launched her exclusive dark fantasy and horror small press, Nyx Books. She also penned the Companion for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling Dark-Hunter universe (October 2007), which spent two weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her short stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy (2006), Apex Online, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Beauty and Dynamite, a collection of her published and unpublished essays (featuring cameos by authors and editors you know and love) will be released in January 2008.

Alethea lives in Tennessee, where she works as a buyer for Ingram Book Company, a contributing nonfiction editor for Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, and a freelance editor for Solaris Books. Find out more about Alethea’s plans for world domination on her website:


Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Compendium
St. Martin's Press, October 2007
AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First
Candlewick Press; July 25, 2006
Elemental: New Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Tor Books; May 16, 2006

"Blood & Water"
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (forthcoming)
"Happy Thoughts"
Apex Online, November 2007
Apex Online, July 2007

"Small Magics"
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, October 2006

Illustration by Deena Warner


Realms of Fantasy, October 2006

Illustration by Scott Grimando


The Washington Post
on AlphaOops

"The most imaginative alphabet book since Chris Van Allsburg's The Z Was Zapped."

Publisher's Weekly
on AlphaOops

"Making chaos from order may sound like a recipe for disaster, but it also cooks up some entertaining storytelling. This tale of a scrambled alphabet leads a list of ABC books."

Alethea's Dad
on AlphaOops

"Thousands of dollars for chemistry degree and what has Dad got to show for it? An alphabet book that doesnt even go from A to Z!"

on Elemental

"The entire collection constitutes thought-provoking entertainment for a good cause, with all publisher and author profits earmarked for the Save the Children Tsunami Relief Fund."

LA Times
on Elemental

"Sufferin' saurians of Saturn!!! Can reading still be just plain fun?"

Orson Scott Card
on AlphaOops

"As a paean to unpredictability, this book is a charmer. You don't want to use it to learn the alphabet, or your child's future as a file clerk will be severely limited."

Brian Keene
on "Blood and Water"

"One of my favorite short stories this year."

on Apex Digest

"You can tell a lot about a publication by its nonfiction...I'm impressed with what I found. Come payday, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest will have at least one more subscriber."

Sharon Shinn
on "Sunday"

"'Sunday' is a charming tumble of all the fairy tales you ever knew, spiced with humor and sprinkled with true love."