WIHM 2022: An Interview With Editor Kristi Peterson Schoonover

In celebration of Women in Horror Month, we are continuing to highlight some of the amazing work that women have been doing compiling and editing magazines and story collections in the horror industry. We’re continuing our Women Who Edit Interview series with Kristi Peterson Schoonover

Could you introduce yourself, and tell us a little about you?

I’ve been writing since I was about five years old, and my journey took me from journalism to public relations, even though short fiction was always my passion, because my dad was reading me short stories when I was tiny. Since then, I’ve had many of my stories published in magazines and anthologies. I’ve done a lot of cool things over the years—I’ve volunteered at two aquariums, spent many years in community theatre (on stage and off), played in a rock band … but my true heart was always in writing, and so it’s really my life now. I have an MFA from Goddard College (because I wanted to grow in the craft), I’m honored to have spent a few years on the Dark Discussions film podcast (I still co-host on occasion), I’ve edited a few magazines and anthologies, and in 2019, I founded 34 Orchard, a dark literary journal which publishes fiction and poetry, which is going into its third year. My main hobby is scrapbooking and I enjoy reading tarot cards. My husband Nathan and I have been together for 18 years, and we enjoy board games and birdwatching.