Maria Alexander has committed a number of literary crimes—against Gothic.net, Chiaroscuro Magazine, Paradox Magazine and other publications. She’s been fined with several Honorable Mentions by the Year’s Best Horror & Fantasy, appearances on the preliminary ballot for the Stoker Award and being a finalist in the 2003 Moondance Short Fiction Competition sponsored by Coppola and Oprah. In 2005, more of her stories will skulk doggedly in anthologies by Penguin and ROC Books. You can find a full rap sheet at www.thehandlesspoet.com. She dwells marginally in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a fish who hates you.