Mary Berman

Mary Berman writes SFF & horror, usually with female characters who refuse to deliver the emotional experience the reader expects.

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Mary Berman writes mostly – but not exclusively – fantasy and science fiction, both adult and YA. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Graduate Excellence Fellow. She also has a BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University.

She has taught undergraduate fiction workshops; co-hosted the Broken English Reading Series in Oxford, Mississippi; and served as the Logistics Chair for the New York writers’ conference BinderCon. She is an Active Member of SFWA, a member of the Codex Writers' Forum, and a former first reader for the interactive fiction magazine sub-Q.

By day, Mary works in the PhD in Creativity program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In her spare time, she takes fitness classes and antagonizes her cat.

Fiction · Posts · Books



Bubbles and His Biped

Published Aug 3, 2020 · 990 words (4 minutes) · 192 views

Horror Humor post-apocalyptic cats girls with knives

A post-apocalyptic cat story.


Cat hanging over should of a person



Two Legs, Four Legs, Six Legs

Published Jul 3, 2020 · 5,390 words (20 minutes) · 208 views

Horror Science Fiction post-apocalpytic YA cockroaches running from your problems

A swarm of invisible cockroaches has brought the apocalypse to Earth – and a fiercely entomophobic teenager is the only one who can see them.


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