About Us

Who We Are

We’ve heard it said that a magazine is a network, but we prefer to think of it as a community, or a conversation, or at least that it should strive to be. We’re trying to broaden the definition of fantasy, to deepen and complicate the conversation around speculative fiction, and to expand the role of fantasy within that conversation. Toward that end, The Fantasist is a quarterly online magazine that publishes three original Fantasy novellas on the third Thursday of every third month.

We also love novellas. As long-form fiction writers ourselves, we are aware that stories over 10,000 words do occur naturally in the wild. We love the freedom they offer to fully explore a world, or an idea, or a character, and to meander without detriment to other things.

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Managing Editor:
Will Waller
is an author of speculative fiction, scholarship, and experimental writing originally from the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York. After two years in San Francisco spent working as an editor for Eleven Eleven Journal, he relocated to St. Louis to found The Fantasist. His writing focuses on memory, music, and the weather, and has been featured by Bay Area Generations, Heavy Feather Review, Rivet Journal, and in the anthology On Fire out through Transmundane Press.

Creative Director:
Evan Adams
is a writer and craftsman originally from Seattle and temporarily transplanted to St. Louis. His work explores community, identity, giftedness, disability, magic, addiction, and botany, and seeks to provide the marginalized communities to which he belongs with stories that are by and for as well as about them. He is troubled by the underlying assumptions of literary fiction, and honestly believes he can save the world with semantics.

Associate Editor:
Bernard Foyuth
is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose endeavors in poetry have sought to re-legitimize the confessional spirit. He lives in central New Jersey.

Guest Editors:
Issue 4 Space Opera Guest Editor: Haris A. Durrani
debuted with Technologies of the Self, which won the Driftless Contest at Brain Mill Press. He is also a winner of the McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest. His fiction, memoirs, and essays have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Catapult, Buffalo Almanack, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Comparative Islamic Studies, and Media Diversified. He is a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School and holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University, where he also studied Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and co-founded The Muslim Protagonist. @hdernity

Issue 8 Steampunk! Guest Editor: Megan O’Keefe was raised amongst journalists and, as soon as she was able, joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. It’s only a little like Fight Club. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, and the author of The Scorched Continent series, available through Angry Robot Books.