Profile of Merrie Haskell

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Merrie Haskell started writing when she was seven, but put off the rigorous submitting of stories for twenty years. She sold her first piece in 2004, and has since sold fiction to Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and other venues.  By day she works in a large academic library in southeastern Michigan; by night she writes and enjoys the chaos of a household full of people and pets.


Short Story: "Sun's East, Moon's West." Electric Velocipede forthcoming.

Short Story: "An Almanac for the Alien Invaders."   Asimov's  Apr/May 2008.

Short Story: "The Roman and the Regency." Quantum Kiss Jan 2007.

Short Story: "One Million Years B.F.E.: Diary of an Anthropologist in Exile."   The Town Drunk 16 Nov 2006.

Short Story: "Dead Languages." Farthing Sep 2006.

Short Story: "One Million Years B.F.E.: Diary of an Anthropologist in Exile." Escape Pod 14 Feb 2006.

Short Story: "Huntswoman." Strange Horizons 24 Jan 2005.

Short Story: "Shotgun." flashquake v. 4 no. 1, Sep 2004.

Short Story: "Reparations." Fortean Bureau no. 23, Jun 2004.


Tangent Online (Paul Abbamondi)
"Dead Languages"

There's something special about a vampire story where the vampires, even the fear of them, isn't a factor in the adventure. Instead, we have Lillian who's a real hoot and capable of holding her own when it comes down to action. The dialogue is fun and engaging, and the humor right on, reminiscent of the perfect first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well recommended.

Locus (Rich Horton)

...suprising and satisfying...

Tangent Online (Alasdair Stuart)
"One Million Years B.F.E.: Diary of an Anthropologist in Exile"

Haskells deadpan prose does a great job of showing not only how far out of her depth the unnamed heroine is, but also the basic problems of survival.... Haskell keeps it light, her fine comic timing leading to several laugh-out-loud moments along with raising some genuine questions about how shes going to survive. The eventual reveal provides some genuinely surprising symmetry, a moment of genuine sweetness, and two more big laughs. Which is quite an achievement in a story this length. Haskells strong character voice, her long suffering delivery, and choice of format make this a light but immensely entertaining read.