“I’ve hopped through my favorite genres enough over the years—science fiction, fantasy, horror, and permutations of them—always with a literary kind of intent and aesthetic. I’ve evolved in terms of transcending any one genre, anymore. My stories tend to blur the lines more and more—science fiction/horror, literary/fantasy, literary/horror, and so on. My stories sometimes are difficult to fully shoehorn into a category, and I think that’s a good thing.”


D. T. Neal is a fiction writer and editor, a lifelong Midwesterner, and resident of Chicago since 1993. He won second place in the Aeon Award in 2008 for his short story, “Aegis,” and has had his short fiction published in ALBEDO 1, Ireland’s premier magazine of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the hipster-hounding werewolf novel, SAAMAANTHAA (2011) the Lovecraftian horror-thriller, CHOSEN (2012), the creature-feature novellas, RELICT (2013) and SUMMERVILLE (2013), the vampire novel, SUCKAGE (2013). He contributed a short story, “The Wolf and the Crow,” to the “Thunder on the Battlefield: Swords” anthology (2013), and is currently working on several new works of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.


• 2008 Aeon Award, Second Place for “Aegis”
• 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
• Runner-up, Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”

  • Relict


“So horrifying, and yet so plausible. As an author who has written a book about a giant sea creature, I take my hat of to Neal – this guy takes us all to school in showing what it would be liked to be trapped somewhere remote by something with a monstrous size, appetite and intelligence. Great work – now to see what else he’s got!”

—Grieg Beck, Author


D. T. Neal’s “The Wolf and the Crow” seems to be part of a larger story, in which a tyrant called the Manticore has imposed harsh laws on the people. That’s not a complaint; if this one is part of a bigger story arc, I’d like to see more about this character. Farys is a hedgeknight who rescues a woman accused of being a witch by choosing to take on the Manticore’s champion in single combat. The fight scene in this one was especially well choreographed.”

—Keith West, amazingstoriesmag.com


“…One of the most compelling components of this novel is the way in which the story is delivered. The reader sees the action through the eyes of the irreverrant, snarky Nathan. With such dry commentary as, “Nobody just walks up and says ‘Hey, I’m a vampire. Want to go somewhere?'” Nathan gives the reader a brutally frank view of the underworld. By infusing humor into an otherwise dark story, Neal creates a compelling read on many levels.…Going above and beyond the call of duty, “Suckage” delivers the full package: blood, guts, and love. With thoroughly developed characters, intriguing narration, and moral commentary, Neal creates a self-aware and refreshingly frank story likely to appeal to a variety of readers.”
—Reviewed by Claire Colburn for IndieReader


“If you want bloody, visceral horror, look no further. The is brutality here that should satisfy true fans of the genre. And the creepy, unexpected end will have you wanting more, and make you think twice about walking your dog in the city.”
—Amazon Customer, on amazon.com


“I was already a fan of Neal’s short stories; this is the second Neal novella I’ve read. The other was Relict, which I devoured (twice) and thoroughly enjoyed. Neal is a compelling and imaginative storyteller whose tales are richly evocative and leave the reader wondering about the story well after it’s read. This one, along with Relict, make me wonder whether one of his themes is our everyday presumption of being able to manage the world as humans, despite the overwhelming power and mystery of nature, and the consequences of that presumption. Neal explores larger questions of knowledge and morality but creates stories that nevertheless compel readers who love the genres he works in and don’t approach his tales analytically. He has an easy way with dialogue, and there is a lovely symmetry of detail in this novella. I will be reading more of Neal’s longer works.”
—Margaret Perkins, on amazon.com


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