Marissa van Uden
Marissa VU Editing
Marissa is a speculative fiction editor and writer, specializing in dark SFF, new weird, eco-fiction, horror, and nonfiction. Her editing credits include award winners, Amazon #1 bestsellers, National Geographic books and university-press publications. She’s an associate editor at Apex Magazine, an assistant editor at Dark Matter Magazine, and a regular guest on the SFF Audio Podcast. Her short stories appear in Dark Matter Magazine and the Los Suelos interactive anthology.
Notable fiction she’s helped to develop include Alys Arden’s The Casquette Girls (Amazon #1 bestseller, Starred by Publishers Weekly, and picked up in two-book deal by Skyscape Publishing) and The Romeo Catchers (Nominated for Best Young Adult Protagonist in the 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards); Ciara Ballintyne’s In The Company of the Dead (winner of Pinnacle Awards Best Fantasy Novel); Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller) and A Ruthless Magic; D Robert Pease’s Shadow Swarm (Winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal in Fantasy & Science Fiction), D.A. Godwins Guardian’s Prophecy Series; and Debra Goelz’s Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them, which won the Watty award in 2014, was picked up by Hatchette Audiobooks, and was adapted into an interactive game in 2018.
She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and has worked in a volunteer capacity for SFWA (Nebula Conference and curating book bundles) and FIYAH Magazine (the inaugral FIYAH Con).
Marissa was born in Aotearoa New Zealand and has lived in Ireland, Germany, and Southern California. She now resides in rural Vermont, where you can find her roaming the woods, photographing lichens and fungi, or watching the beavers in the pond.
Her favorite projects are stories with elements of the natural world, especially eco fiction, weird and new weird, body horror, psychedelic, and furry. Humans who inspire her include Philip K Dick, Jeff VanderMeer, Roald Dahl (his fiction, not his politics), James Tiptree Jr., China Miéville, Octavia Butler, Cordwainer Smith, Carl Sagan, Jim Henson, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Druckmann, and every single person who worked on the video game The Last of Us. Cats who inspire her are Ripley, her adopted house cat; and P22, the lonely mountain lion who lives in Hollywood.
Years in the field: 14
Years freelancing: 14