Laura Blackwell is a Pushcart-nominated writer of speculative fiction. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Nightmare, PseudoPod, Strange California, and 2015 Locus Recommended and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. You can find her on Twitter at @pronouncedLAHra.


Laura Blackwell was a copy editor at Hugo-nominated publication Shimmer for four years. A ten-year PCWorld veteran, Laura edited the Software section at She also wrote for PCWorld and TechHive. Now Laura edits journalism, reports, and fiction as a freelancer. You can find her on Twitter at @pronouncedLAHra.

Long bio for person Laura Blackwell

Laura Blackwell was born in the South, where her first name is pronounced "lah-ra." She was raised in the Upper Midwest and now lives in Northern California. 

Laura attended Grinnell College. She loved archaeology and books too much to choose just one, and graduated with a double major in anthropology and English.

After dabbling in gem identification, Laura entered the field of journalism. She started at PCWorld when it was still PC World and published a print magazine. After more than ten years as a technology journalist, Laura went freelance. She hasn't looked back yet.

She also writes science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror. Her short stories and novelettes have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

Portrait of Laura Blackwell by Marina Shuster Design and Photography.

Portrait of Laura Blackwell by Shaenon K. Garrity.

She's not really that fussy about how you pronounce her name.