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Angel Leigh McCoy is the creative force behind the Wyrdwood dark fiction series and the Dire Multiverse world, including the “Dire Multiverse” audio drama, the Danika Dire video game (in production), and various works of fiction to come. You might know her through her ten years of work as a narrative designer for AAA video games such as Guild Wars 2 and CONTROL. She has had more than 25 short stories published, one of which had the honor of being selected for the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year anthology (vol. 5, 2019). Dark was the Night contains a collection of her short Horror stories, not for the weak of heart. Her list of publications spans three decades worth of written word. She wears many other hats as well, including editor, author-doula, and audiobook narrator. You can keep an eye on her whirlwind at AngelMcCoy.com and @angelmccoy on Twitter and Facebook.
Angel Leigh McCoy writes horror and dark fantasy fiction. She is the mastermind behind the Dire Multiverse fiction and audio drama projects at Games Omniverse and the Wyrdwood dark fiction series. In the Wyrdwood series, she has written her first suspenseful trilogy, “The Wyrdwood Welcome“, and two alternate history tales: a novelette titled “Charlie Darwin, or the Trine of 1809” and a short story, “Nurse Magdaleine.” Her collection of short Horror fiction, called Dark was the Night came out in 2020. In addition, her stories have appeared in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Vol. 5, Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales—a shifter anthology for White Wolf’s World of Darkness, Strange Aeons, Necrotic Tissue, Beast Within 2, Fear of the Dark, and Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions, among others.
Her list of publications spans three decades worth of overactive imagination set to paper.
She co-edited (with E.S. Magill and Chris Marrs) the Deep Cuts: Menace, Mayhem, & Misery, an anthology of fantastic short stories designed to pay tribute to women horror writers. It includes 19 stories by men and women both, as well as many recommendations for short horror stories written by women. During her six years as the voice director and head editor at Wily Writers, she edited and produced more than 70 audio short stories, published two “Best Of” anthologies, and spearheaded the Twilight Zone tribute anthology: Another Dimension Anthology which won the Serling Award in 2017.
Game Narrative Designer
Angel has a long-standing history with designing and writing games, going back to 1992 when she wrote her first tabletop RPG content for White Wolf. She has worked for several AAA video game studios, including Remedy Games’ CONTROL, ArenaNet’s (Guild Wars 2), Microsoft Game Studios, White Wolf, FASA, and other RPG companies. While working at Xbox.com, she was the official game correspondent Wireless Angel.
These days, she has her own indie studio called Games Omniverse, working on a puzzle adventure game. This group of ninja artists and game designers have been plugging away for years with Angel at the helm.
Angel got into story narration in 2012 when she launched Wily Writers, her speculative fiction e-zine. As the executive producer, she directed other narrators as well as producing stories she narrated herself. These days, she narrates novels and short stories for authors. Among her narration credits are The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror 3 by Comet Press, Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions by Meerkat Press, and the Calamity Jayne series by Kathleen Bacchus.
In 2021, Angel built WilyWriters.NET as a private book-birthing space where dark fiction writers can receive promotional support, education, and encouragement for their publishing endeavors. She runs special events for members and manages the Wily Writers Youtube channel where they post author readings, book recommendations, and roundtable discussions.
Angel lives with Boo, Simon, and Lapis Lazuli (kitties) in Seattle, where the long, dark winters feed her penchant for all things spooky and cozy. (She/her, LGBTQ+)
- AngelMcCoy.com : http://angelmccoy.com
Games Omniverse : http://www.gamesomniverse.com
WilyWriters.NET : https://wilywriters.net
Remedy Games : http://www.remedygames.com
CONTROL : http://www.controlgame.com/
ArenaNet : http://arena.net
Guild Wars 2 : http://www.guildwars2.com
Horror Writers Association : http://horror.org
DEEP CUTS anthology : http://angelmccoy.com/blog/deepcuts
Another Dimension Anthology : http://angelmccoy.com/blog/andim
White Wolf : http://www.white-wolf.com/
Wizards of the Coast : http://company.wizards.com/
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