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Born & raised in the midwest, Janet fled to sunny California to escape the cold, dark winters, only to now explore the colder and darker sides of human nature in her horror and fantasy fiction.
With a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology, and a MA combining Cultural Anthropology with Creative Writing, Janet's stories are inspired by the mythos of cultures around the world. From science-fiction to fantasy to horror, and from short stories to screenplays, Janet has seen her fiction published in a variety of online and print magazines, and placed in the finals and semi-finals of screenplay competitions.
Next on Janet's agenda are more horror shorts, a horror screenplay, and the marketing of (believe it or not) a family-friendly screenplay!
"Autumn Awakens" Quarter-Finalist, 2010 Creative Worlds Award Screenwriting Contest;
"Babies in the Backyard" Top 125 Shorts, 2010 Golden Brads Movie Script Contest;
"Babies in the Backyard" Semi-Finalist, Short Screenplay Category, 2010 Shriekfest Film Festival;
"Mother's Day" Finalist, Short Screenplay Category, 2009 Shriekfest Film Festival
"Wishing Well" April 2011, Horrotica Magazine;
"Red Rover, Red Rover" May 2009 (Issue 88), Hub Magazine;
"Blood on the Scarecrow" Fall 2008, Doorways;
"Babies in the Backyard" 2008 Halloween, Tales from the Moonlit Path;
"Middle Earth Memorial?" (aka "The Human Jean Gnome Project") April 2007, Stitches;
"Yeah, but can it drive a car?" March 2007, From the Asylum;
"Driving to the Graveyard with Auntie" Spring Equinox 2007, Cezanne's Carrot;
"Honor Thy Father" March 2007, Chimaeraserials.com;
"The Life of Words" June 2005, Anthropology and Humanism;
"Sand" Fall 2005, Gryphonwood;
"Sand Spider" Issue #11 Winter 2004, Samsara
on Nov. 12, 2012 :
With her latest short stories, Janet Loftis has proven that she is not only among the most gruesome of authors, but that she has a well-honed sense of humor. These two stories are both fun to read and turn your stomach...but in a very good way.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2012 :
"Prop Z" is definitely the funniest I've read of Janet L. Loftis' stories. If you live in California, you should absolutely read it today, before the election is over!
(reviewed the day of purchase)