DeAnna Knippling


Every summer as kids, we would host one group of cousins or another and jump off hay bales, create mazes by crawling the patterns through the tall grass, and steal green apples out of the garden. We also branded calves, killed chickens, and stole steak knives to threaten skunks with. But that's growing up on a farm for you.

Now I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror--and most of it comes from the worlds that I created as a farm kid, one way or another.

My first novel, Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, was published by Doom Press in 2010 and can be purchased through Meta Geek.

"This is how I like my zombies: fast and funny. Choose this book, and you won't be choosing your doom. You'll be choosing hours of gooey, gory hilarity."
- Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

My short story, “The End of the World,” about fairies on the Great Plains, received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 3.

I also write murder-mystery party games for Freeform Games in the UK.

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Where to find DeAnna Knippling online

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Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, was a chimney sweep in 1840s London...until she found out that she was going to be press-ganged into a brothel. Now she's saving orphans and dragging all kinds of evil into the light.


Doctor Rudolfo Puts His Foot Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2020 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Connor McDevitt has a talent: reading fortunes. And, well, he can see ghosts, but he doesn’t consider that a talent. But you can’t go to college for the occult. But a lucky invitation to a party by the girl he has a crush on just might show him the way.
Trick or Treat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2020 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
Jake’s brother died a month ago, in Afghanistan. Now something that looks a lot like Jake has come back to haunt him. A creepy horror tale about what finds us when we’re vulnerable, on Halloween.
Enrichment Activities: 30 Days of Stay-at-Home Learning, Business, and Self-Care Activities for Writers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,790. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2020 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Fiction writer? Feeling like you should be getting some writing done but somehow not getting anywhere? 30 different story starts, 30 different journal entry prompts, 30 different fiction techniques to study and add to your toolbox, and lots, lots more. Get yourself writing again and expand your horizons with ten-minute projects to help you change your mindset from perfectionist to productive!
By Winter's Forbidden Rite
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2018 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A desperate mother summons the spirits as her infant son's last hope...but what if she's wrong? A seance, a cold winter's night...and the fae.
The Page Turners
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,850. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2018 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
You're taking a train ride from Alabama to the Chinatown in San Francisco to be with your mother, who is dying of cancer. The year is sometime in the 1920s. A white man walks by, carrying a book that slips away from him. He can't find's after midnight and the train is dark. The book calls to you. It says its name is Jimmy O'Toole...
The Magician's Grift
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Even before the stock market crash of 1929, Eliza lives in a world of secrets as a legal secretary to a wizened old lawyer in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. If she admits that she’s practically engaged to be married, she’ll lose her job.
The Rusalka
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,330. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2017 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Vlad keeps secrets like a cloak of mist: one secret hides another, protects another. He’s a gay man in Volgograd, Russia…and a drug dealer…and a vedmak, a witch, who can release the souls of the dying, if they wish it. His secrets keep him safe…until he meets a rusalka, an undead water spirit who drowns the men who get too close to her, and has to face the terrible truth she brings...
One Dark Summer Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.00 from 1 review)
At sunrise and sunset, the sky burns like it’s on fire and the old broken bridge over the railroad tracks on the far side of town stretches across the universes. At the end of the bridge are the fairies…
The Clockwork Alice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,860. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the girl who inspired the Alice in Wonderland books, has all grown up. She is married and has three rambunctious boys, an excellent husband, a wonderful house. A good life. And she has a painting given to her by the Reverend Charles Dodgson that may lead her to Wonderland one last order to save it. But will it mean leaving her old life behind forever?
When Pigs Fly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,980. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A novelette of swindlers, dames, and a millionaire with a pig. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1925. Right before New Year's Day. Genevra has just brought in a mark with a story she can't believe: he wants to race his famous racing pig against all takers. It sounds like a con--and she should know--but she just can't resist.
All the Retros at the New Cotton Club
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,010. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Bernice had a good life with Bobby. She mighta been the second wife but to him she was number one. Then he died of cancer--something that not even the modern docs who could treat a ninety-year-old man to look like he was twenty-five again could cure. There was money, but only if she hosted his A.I. for three years--his "ghost."
How Smoke Delivered A Christmas Present
Series: Smoke. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,130. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
London, England. 1840. The former chimney sweep Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, is trying to rescue homeless orphans from the streets. Three of her orphans have found a home with a wealthy mill-owner and his wife. The first night, all seems fine--but then the orphans disappear. Caroline breaks into the house, fearing the worst...
How Smoke Got Out of the Chimneys
Series: Smoke. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,210. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
1840 London. Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, is one of the older orphan in a gang of chimney sweeps; she lifts and lowers the four- and five-year-old sweeps up and down chimneys. But rumor is she's about to be sold to a brothel in Whitechapel. Can she get out of her gang in time?
The Ballad of Molly McGee
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Witches weave curses out of words; the less you use ‘em, the more powerful they are. Judith’s red-headed granddaughter Molly, also a witch, curses her way through life, and now look at her—pregnant, a widow, and an adulteress with the spirit of a mountain to boot. But what else is a grandmother to do, but love her grandbaby?
Bad House Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Carrie used to clean houses for a living. Mostly it was hard work but it was all right. But there was one house that was bad. Not the cleaning, although it was. But the house itself, from the creepy pictures to the barred and tinfoil-covered windows to the KEEP OUT signs all over the doors to the thing breathing down the back of Carrie’s neck…
Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,320. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Before Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, he was humble Charles Dodgson, mathematician at Christ Church college...and a zombie. Kept sane by a serum, chained to an iron ball, considered one of the finest amateur photographers in Britain, and friend to the three charmingly edible daughters of his superior and owner, Dean Liddell, Mr. Dodgson has quite the story to tell...
A Murder of Crows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,380. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Occult
“What everyone want to see,” the crow said, “is someone getting eaten. Preferably someone who deserves it.” 17 tales that tell the truth about what a monster is, what a true monster does, and how to free souls from the monsters all around it…
Alien Blue
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,180. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Bill Trout didn’t mean to get involved with aliens. He just wanted to run his brewery and mind his own business. But that ain’t the way things worked out, and now he’s got some bodies to bury, an alien to hide, and his best friend to talk some sense into. Except Mayor Jack ain’t one for sense. Nothing for it but to make some beer...
Secret Magic in Small Places
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,530. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Inside every ordinary life hides a few instances of secret magic. The intuition you can’t explain. The coincidence that can’t possibly be true. Ten stories that capture that incredible moment before the wonder is hidden again.
The Vengeance Quilt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Horror » General
God’s work weighs on Sebastian, a new priest, harder than most. But dealing with demons is his penance, and God never makes a burden harder than you can carry. Or so he believes when the rivalry between two of his parishioners spirals into the supernatural. A Weird West story set on the Great Plains in the 1960s.
Chance Damnation: A Tale of the Weird West
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,550. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A little girl with the power of a God. Invaders from another world. When demons rewrite history on the Great Plains, three brothers follow one of their own into a strange Hell to change it back.

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