Steven L. Peck

Eden's Cur, poem, June 2018

Steven L. Peck is not sure if he's a biologist who loves to write, or a writer who does biology on the side. He has written several novels including, 'The Scholar of Moab,' a magical realism published by Torrey House Press-a Montaigne Medal Finalist (national award given for the most thought-provoking book). His award-winning novel 'Gilda Trillim, Shepherdess of Rats,' was published last year by Roundfire Press. His soon to be published novel, 'King Leere Goatherd of the La Sals,' was a semi-finalist for the Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize for literary novel. His book 'A Short Stay in Hell' was reviewed here at

He just published a book of magical realism stories about his hometown Pleasant Grove, Utah.

His work has appeared in Analog, Abyss & Apex, Bellowing Ark, Daily Science Fiction, Dialogue, Glyphs III, Irreantum, Jabberwocky Magazine, Lissette's Tales of the Imagination, Nature Futures, Pedestal Magazine, Quantum Realities, Red Rock Review, Prairie Schooner, Silver Blade, Sliver Thought Press, Tales of the Talisman, Victorian Violet Press, and Warp and Weave. 

A collection of his poetry, Incorrect Astronomy, was published by Aldrich Press. More about his work can be found at his website: you can sign up for his newsletter.

Get to know Steven L Peck:

Birth-date? 07/25

When did you start writing? When I was in seventh grade, I wrote a long epic poem about a weasel. It was full of pathos, adventure, heartbreak, and sorrow. It might have been the greatest poem ever written. But alas it is lost. My teacher liked it well enough she had me read it to the class. After, a kid who had tormented me endlessly, chasing me home from school nearly every day to beat me up (he never caught me, I was like a deer in those days), came up and with tears in his eyes (TEARS!), said, 'Peck. That's the best thing you've ever done.' The power of poetry! I was hooked on being a writer from that moment on.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was a chapbook of poetry called, "Flyfishing in Middle Earth" That was published by the American Tolkien Society

Why do you write? It keeps me sane!

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I love to explore other worlds. Writing in these allows me to do so!

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Jorge Borges, Library of Babel

What are you trying to say with your fiction? The usual. Something true and beautiful.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?  He died doing what he loved. Sleeping.