Born in Portland, Maine and raised in rural western New York, Jennifer Loring had read Stephen King by age 11 and was writing horror stories within a year. Her first publication was in the Canadian vampire magazine Requiem Aeternam at age 21. After graduating with a BA in studio art, Jennifer wrote several novels that thankfully never saw the light of day, dabbled in more short stories (including the first draft of “The Bombay Trash Service”, which in 2004 was awarded an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror), and ran a popular fan fiction group in which members wrote space opera set in the Voltron universe.
Jennifer received her MFA from Seton Hill University’s program in Writing Popular Fiction, with a concentration in horror fiction. In 2013, she won first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural Tales from the Lake horror writing competition, which found her published alongside her mentor Tim Waggoner in the anthology of the same name. DarkFuse released her psychological horror/ghost story novella Conduits in September 2014 (which was re-released by Lycan Valley Press in 2019); her debut novel, Those of My Kind, was published by Omnium Gatherum in May 2015. She has since appeared in anthologies alongside some of the biggest names in horror, including Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Clive Barker. In addition, Jennifer has presented her academic horror research at StokerCon 2018 in Providence, RI, the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival (IVFAF) in Sighisoara, Romania in 2018, and NecronomiCon in Providence in 2019.
Jennifer lives with her husband in Philadelphia, PA, where they are owned by two basset hounds and a turtle. She is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales.