Chris Vandyke was born in 1979 and spent the first 16 years of his life in the small coastal town of Gold Beach, Oregon. Since 2002 has been a High School English Teacher in the New York City Public School System, which is, needless to say, somewhat different than his hometown. He is the founder and president of Skullgate Media, a writer-owned publishing collective, as well as the editor-in-chief of Tales from the Year Between, a weird-fiction anthology. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, two children, and a menagerie of animals. They are currently one goat shy of a petting zoo.
Hi! I’ve been writing since as long as I can remember — my mom and grandmother helped me write down those early stories before I could even hold a pen. Throughout middle and high school I wrote stories with elves, dragons, and mutants; penned my own comics and D&D worlds; invented languages and family-trees.
Teaching and kids moved writing to the back-burner for a long time, but after a few decades of sporadic poems, short stories, and pedagogical satire (it’s a niche market), I’ve started taking my writing seriously again. I am currently looking for an agent for my epic fantasy, Dragon’s Curse, as well as my YA sci-fi romance, Love Songs for the Robot Apocalypse, and my middle-grade fantasy series, The Farhome Elf Chronicles. I’m also self-publishing a series of novellas set in the cyberpunk-noir city of NeoTokyo.
While trapped at home with my family during the Covid-19 pandemic, I sent out a somewhat spontaneous tweet asking if any other members of the #writingcommunity would like to contribute to an anthology. What started as a plan for a glorified zine spiraled into a professional-grade book (that you can go order now!), which in turn lead to my founding Skullgate Media LLC, an indie publishing company.
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