Scott_Nicolay_AuthorOver half a century back a child was born amidst the toxic waste dumps and devil haunted swamps of New Jersey…26 years later that child packed all he could fit in a ’72 Dodge Challenger and lit out for the high desert of northwest New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, where if the dogs bark at night it is only the skinwalkers. Along the way he had three children and held jobs including dishwasher, restaurant and hotel cook, factory worker, camera salesman, DJ, security guard, teacher, and sheepherder.  As a teacher he and his students co-founded the New Mexico Youth Poetry Slam and the National Youth Poetry Slam. As a caver and archaeologist he has studied and explored the caves and lava tubes of Belize, Easter Island, and the southwestern U.S. Some years ago he tailed Jack Spicer’s Martian to the uncertain boundary between our reality and the cobbly worlds. Now he spends his nights there peering through a grimy window and reports what he sees. Fedogan & Bremer published Ana Kai Tangata, his first book of weird horror tales in 2014. He won a World Fantasy Award for “Do You Like To Look at Monsters?” which is available as an eBook here. He edited Research into Marginal Living: The Selected Stories of John Keefauver and Tormented Virgin by John Keefauver, both published by Lethe Press. He is currently translating the fiction of Belgian writer Jean Ray for Wakefield Press and working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California, Xebíco. His second collection of stories, And at My Back I Always Hear, debuted April 2022 from Word Horde and was nominated for the 2022 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection.