Alyc Helms fled her PhD program in anthropology and folklore when she realized she preferred fiction to academic writing. She lives above a dive bar in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a project manager for Macmillan, a freelance editor, and a volunteer copy editor for Nightmare Magazine. In addition to writing, she dabbles in corsetry and costuming, dances Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, rants about social justice issues, and games in all forms of media. She sometimes refers to her work as "critical theory fanfic," which is just a fancy way to say that she is obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. She's a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared or will appear in Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her first novel, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published by Angry Robot Books in April 2015. She can be found on Twitter @alychelms or at www.alychelms.com.