Meet the Squid(s)

Squishy the Squid is an astrocephalopod with a taste for edgy fiction and cutting-edge humor. Born in the hydrogen-poor regions of deep space just off the Orion arm of the Milky Way galaxy, Squishy has long known the feverish desire to live somewhere closer to the cultural and literary hub of the universe. So it was the culmination of a life and lightyears-long dream when he moved to Austin, Texas, and became the corporate mascot for Space Squid magazine.

Matthew F. Amati, associate editor, wears socks and lives by a canal. Occasional temper-tantrums give way to resigned melancholy. Amati’s diffidently-updated writer blog is He is the author of the bestselling novel Loompaland (and by bestselling, we mean it has literally sold two copies to date) which features drunk Oompa-Loompas and gross candy.

Associate editor Kathryn Newlin lives in Houston. She writes and performs cat-appreciation songs, teaches math, believes in magic, and struggles with cute aggression.

Associate editor J.S. Sollace is an eccentric historian; a drama queen; a truculent dungeon master; a historical video game fanatic; a classic anime fan. Bitten by a radioactive goth girl, Sollace has acquired the moods, musical tastes, fashion sense, and proportionate strength of a 17-year-old goth maiden.

A long time ago, in a time far far away, special assignments editor Mikal Trimm sold over 50 short stories and 100 poems to numerous venues including Postscripts, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.  He’s sold even more now, but his head starts hurting when he counts, so it’s more important for him to keep the voices away…

Associate editor Sarah Karasek mostly exists in rural Pennsylvania near a muddy river and a gang of raccoons. When the raccoons let her, she enjoys scribbling stories on sun-dried scraps of river debris. She’s currently pursuing an MA and MFA and will soon have to learn how to teleport into cities. Her fiction has appeared in Rune Bear magazine and Dually Noted, among others, and she’s the author of The Little Punk Princess: A Fairy Tale.

Rowan McMullin, associate editor, is definitely a human being, and has never once been accused of being a robot. After rising to god-status and being addressed by a cult of 30+ as The Transcendental Being, Rowan retired from divinity and now lives a quiet life among their pets and family. They write secret stories, redacted verse, and occasional blasphemic rhymes.

D.R.R. Chang is a Squid editor/founder and game writer from Austin, Texas. He’s also a Rice University Publishing Program and Stanford graduate, designer, and web marketing consultant. His writing has appeared in the Avast Ye Airships anthology, the Cryptopolis science fiction anthology, the literary journal Sequoia, and in videogames you’ve probably never played (maybe you want to play his free retro RPG?). He can be contacted directly at ohsquishy squiggle spacesquid fullstop com. But you might have to send it a few times because he should be reading and editing.

Matthew Bey is a sci-fi writer and occasional Squid editor living in Austin, Texas. He is the host of This Week in the Multiverse podcast, as well as the fishing podcast Last Cast Podcast. He is a creator of the free science fiction magazine Space Squid as well as the Helmut Finch mythos.

Elle Van Hensbergen is a writer and occasional Squid editor who lives in Central Texas. Her short fiction has appeared in Flashquake and various other ‘zines.

J.J. Reynolds is a writer and editor emeritus in Austin, Texas. Her short fiction has appeared in such diverse publications as 101 Fiction and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Since she started working with Space Squid she has developed a strange aversion to calamari.

S.G. Wilson is a freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas, best known for his hilarious parallel-dimensions “Me vs. the Multiverse” books. His fiction has appeared in The Moron’s Guide to the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, Opium Magazine and Parageography. His non-fiction about speculative matters has appeared in GQ, The Village Voice, Salon, and Reading the Slayer: The Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel. He is a founder and editor emeritus of the sci-fi magazine Space Squid.