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Copyeditor & Executive Editor

Tina Alberino (she/her) is a copyeditor (certified by University of California) and soon-to-be book coach. She is also an advocate for workers’ rights and LGBTQIA+ equality. She currently works as the Executive Editor at The Dread Machine under her fiction-focused pen name, Alin Walker.

Tina authored the blog This Ugly Beauty Business, where she wrote extensively about employment, tax, and labor law issues that impact professional beauty workers. She also wrote and published The Beauty Industry Survival Guide and Salon Ownership and Management: A Definitive Guide to the Professional Beauty Business. 

Tina tweets (rarely). Follow her on Twitter @allhailalin.


Translator & Acquiring Editor

Monica Louzon (she/her) is an editor, translator, and writer who currently works as the Acquiring Editor at The Dread Machine. Her prior editing experience includes serving as Lead Editor and project manager for the anthology Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction, as well as Managing Editor for the open access, peer-reviewed academic MOSF Journal of Science Fiction.

Monica’s translation of the fantasy story “Imilla” by Vania T. Curtidor appeared in the bilingual Constelación Magazine’s inaugural issue, and she regularly performs ad hoc translations of stories for both Spanish- and English-speaking authors.

Her speculative fiction stories and poems have appeared online and in print in recent years. Follow her on Twitter @molo_writes.


Copyeditor & Managing Editor

Tim Burkhardt (he/him) is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor. He currently works as the Managing Editor (and podcaster) at The Dread Machine. His fiction work has been published in Metastellar, Riddled with Arrows, The Horror Tree, and others.

As a freelance journalist, Tim has covered multiple beats, including Arts & Entertainment, Local History, Environmental Policy, Sports, and Business. He once interviewed a man who wrote an orchestral piece for aliens, where the melody was composed of beams of light, and the rhythm was gravity waves.

Skilled in proofreading, creative writing, and copyediting, Tim is qualified to handle any of your editorial needs. You can see Tim’s portfolio here.


Editor & Sensitivity Reader

Nathaniel Lee (he/him) studied English Literature, after which he taught middle school grammar and reading for several years, and has worked intermittently as a podcaster, editor, and professional author since 2008. 

Nate’s fiction work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and all of the Escape Artists’ podcasts. Nate specializes in weird horror and dark fantasy, but can and has both read and written in almost every genre, including unpublish(able?)ed tentacle porn.

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