About Zé

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Zé Burns (pronounced “Zay”) is a writer of horror and bizarro fiction and a lover of all things spooky and weird.

Favoring the long form, he has been writing novels since his early teens, starting with a derivative fantasy epic before discovering the bizarre at age 16. Writing and reading would prove lifesaving as he went through a debilitating illness.

His work has appeared in Bizarro Central as well as in Chlorophobia: An Eco-Horror Anthology from Ghost Orchid Press.

He was the editor-in-chief of the online surrealist arts magazine Babou 691 from 2020 to 2022. Before that he was a sailing instructor, a landscaper, and a partner at a small computer manufacturer.

Italo Calvino, Bohumil Hrabal, Franz Kafka, and Kurt Vonnegut are his literary heroes. These days he finds inspiration in the work of China Miéville, Stephen King, Brian Keene, and the weird fiction authors of the early 20th Century.

Born and raised in Seattle, he lives with his perpetual kitten Cleo, his Lucky Cat statue collection, and a mountain of books that threatens to crush him in his sleep.

You can occasionally find him on Twitter: @ZeBurns