Maura McHugh lives in Galway, and began her career in academia. Her first Masters examined Irish nineteenth century supernatural fiction (making her a life-long Dracula nerd). After a sojourn in IT she later explored her love of cinema through a Diploma in Film Studies followed by a Masters in Screenwriting. Her dark fantasy and horror short stories and non-fiction essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in America and Europe. Her two collections – Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths – were published in the USA, and she’s written award-winning comic book series, including co-writing Witchfinder with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics.
She’s also a playwright and screenwriter, and has appeared on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture programme Arena talking about Popular Entertainment. She’s helped organise conventions, curated programming for events such as WorldCon in London and the Hay Festival in Kells, and has served on the juries of international literary, comic book, and film awards. Her short story “Bone Mother” is currently being adapted into a stop-motion short film by See Creature in Canada.