About J. Lincoln Fenn

In Brief

J. Lincoln Fenn

J. Lincoln Fenn in Seattle before the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award ceremony.

J. Lincoln Fenn began her horror career in the 7th grade when she entertained her friends at a sleepover by telling them the mysterious clanking noise (created by the baseboard heater) was in fact the ghost of a woman who had once lived in the farmhouse, forced to cannibalize her ten children during a particularly bad winter.

Strangely, it was the last slumber party she was allowed to have.

The author grew up in New England, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English, and lives in Hawaii with her family.


She is an Active member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and is at work on her next book.

About the Name

J. Lincoln Fenn is dead.  No really, he is. Which is why I felt okay with stealing his name (let’s call it repurposing), although I don’t think he’d mind since we’re related.  There were other choices for relative-name-theft  (thanks to the wonders of Ancestry.com I can trace mine all the way back to the cave paintings in France), but I think you’ll agree none work quite so well.


  • Galifidus Brewster
  • Maud Mann
  • Lady Anna Vavasour Gascoigne
  • Hustin McGhee
  • Pricilla Ratcliffe
  • Henry II (if it was Henry V I’d have given some serious consideration)

But who am I really?  Well that’s a complicated question, especially if, as I have, you’ve studied esoteric buddhist doctrines (all phenomena exists only in the mind, the mind dwells in space, and space dwells nowhere – there will be a quiz later), but essentially I am a writer.

I’ve called many places home – small, crumbling towns in New England, terribly generic apartments in Los Angeles that were never meant to withstand earthquakes (no, underground parking is NOT a good idea for three story buildings), a haunted house in Oakland built by a noted architect in the 20’s (no confirmation on whether he was the ghost), and a wonderfully tiny RV which was probably my favorite life experience ever (nothing like pulling up stakes in Kingman Arizona and settling in for a few months in Las Vegas).  I’ve studied English at a summer studies program at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge and Japanese long-sword techniques with a Ninpo master. I am trying not to blow through the entire second season of Game of Thrones in the next two days.

Anything else you need to know about me (including my social security number) will probably be posted in the next Google product launch.


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