The Basics

Courtney Floyd writes speculative fiction and (mostly) historical non-fiction. She has a PhD in nineteenth-century literature and is the creator and producer of two podcasts: Victorian Scribblers and The Way We Haunt Now.

The Slightly More Elaborate Version

Courtney Floyd grew up in New Mexico, where she learned to write in between tarantula turf wars and apocalyptic dust storms. She collects books, bones, and beetles – in no particular order of importance – and uses them in elaborate rituals to invoke her muses. Having escaped the desert, she now lives in central Virginia with her husband, her hellhounds, and a chatty black cat who is definitely not plotting anything. When she’s not writing or podcasting, she likes to hike, invent elaborate vegetarian dishes, perform original music, and, of course, read everything she can get her hands on.

Just in case it isn’t obvious by now, Courtney writes speculative fiction which usually falls into the category of “urban fantasy” but has also been called “weird,” “dark,” and various flavors of “punk.” Her short work has appeared in Fireside Fiction Magazine and Tales of the Talisman and is forthcoming with Galli Books. She is currently working on a lighthearted horror audio drama titled The Way We Haunt Now and a novel she’s describing as Bob’s Burgers meets What We Do in the Shadows.

The author with doggo #1
The author with doggo #1
Doggo #1 looking a bit less sinister in a Dracula cape!
Doggo #1 looking a bit less sinister
The author and doggo #2
The author and doggo #2

Fun Facts

  • Once upon a time, Courtney made it halfway to a blackbelt in Taekwan-do. She broke several bones in her left foot during a belt test, but that’s not why she quit.
  • Courtney earned her Ph.D in English at the University of Oregon. She specialized in disability and media in late-Victorian sensational and gothic novels, which she likes to argue are the ancestors of Urban Fantasy (especially when she’s had lots of coffee or scotch). You can read more about her PhD research on her academic website: courtneyafloyd.com
  • Courtney was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist in a regionally touring bluegrass band. The band recorded several albums, two in studio one at home.
  • Courtney is also the creator, producer, and co-host of Victorian Scribblers, a biography/history/literature podcast about the lives and work of the nineteenth-century writers time forgot. You can learn more about the podcast here.

You can follow Courtney’s erratic, cryptic, and sometimes arcane musings on Twitter @cannfloyd.