About Us

Crone Girls Press

Crone Girls Press originally began as a Facebook Group for fans of speculative fiction, hosted by speculative fiction author and writing coach Rachel A. Brune. As the idea took hold to publish an anthology of horror fiction in honor of her favorite fall holiday, Rachel began soliciting stories of dread, despair, and doom, all of which made for some uplifting reading. Upon receiving some truly terrifying–and excellent–material, she decided to go for broke and start working on an anthology series that would feature work by established and debut authors … from the darker side of speculative fiction.

We’ve now published a number of full-length anthologies and started a new series of three-novella mini-anthologies, Midnight Bites. And we’re still hanging out in the Facebook group talking about our favorite genre! Want to stay up to date with our latest news and releases? Follow us on Instagram, or sign up for our semi-regular newsletter.

Rachel A. Brune
Founder, Editor-in-Chief

As a military journalist, Rachel A. Brune wrote and photographed the Army and its soldiers for five years. When she moved on, she didn’t quit writing stories with soldiers in them, just added werewolves, sorcerers, a couple evil mad scientists, and a Fae or two. Now a full-time author and writing coach living in North Carolina, Rachel enjoys poking around former military installations and listening for the ghosts of old soldiers … or writing them into her latest short story.

In addition to writing, she is the founder and chief editor at Crone Girls Press. She edits the Falstaff Dread line of horror fiction at Falstaff Books. Previously, Rachel was a contributing editor to the Writerpunk Press anthology series, which benefits the PAWS no-kill animal shelter in Lynnwood, WA. She also contributed her editing talents to the Pride Park anthology, proceeds of which benefit the Trevor Project. She lives with her spouse, two daughters, one reticent cat, and two flatulent rescue dogs.

Carol Gyzander
Editor, Associate Publisher

An avid sci-fi reader, writer Carol Gyzander left a tech career as an IBM consultant to raise her kids and then care for both parents through their Alzheimer’s. Once she was able to focus on her own interests again, she began writing and met the members of the NY Chapter of HWA—which helped her take that extra step down the path of darkness from writing cyberpunk to horror. She has short stories in numerous anthologies and is honored to be a 2022 finalist for the HWA Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Short Story for “The Yellow Crown” in Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign.

Carol edited four punk genre anthologies as Editor of Writerpunk Press. Even in the Grave (July 2022) is a volume of ghost stories she co-edited with James Chambers. As Editor and Associate Publisher at Crone Girls Press, Carol co-edited A Woman Unbecoming (August 2022) with Rachel A. Brune in response to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Profits benefit reproductive healthcare services.

Carol is Co-Chair of the HWA NY Chapter and hosts their online reading series, Galactic Terrors, held monthly on the second Thursday on their YouTube channel. She’s a member of HNS, HWA, MWA, SFWA, and SinC and has a particular fondness for all things tentacular.

Ravyn Crescent
Online Content Strategy & Marketing

As a writer, public speaker, web developer, social media manager, receptionist, business owner, and online presence manager, Ravyn has worked in a wide variety of fields and found that the most enjoyable one she’d found was in helping people. Allowing authors and those in the creative field to focus on their work while allowing her to focus on the day-to-day busy work that can take so much time, it often leaves little time to create.

And as an avid horror reader, working for a publisher of such magnificent fiction was a dream come true. So be it creating graphics, tiktok videos, forms, and posts, Ravyn is thrilled to have the chance to work with such a cherished publisher as Crone Girls Press. She lives with her partner-in-crime, spouse, and best friend, Robin Wraight, along with his dog, Ashriel, and the many stray cats she works to trap and release, and care for.

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