Arinn Dembo

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Arinn Dembo

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Writing Sample

The Severan Funeral Garden was the planet’s largest public park. Surrounded on all sides by the imperial city of Nova Roma, its grounds extended for several hundred kilometers, featuring ornamental terrain of every kind. In its green commons were thousands of monuments to the dead. Standing tombs stood shoulder to shoulder with shrines and reliquaries. Fountains murmured alone in empty clearings. The dark forests were crowded with stone angels and obelisks to mark the passing of royalty.


It was a fine playground for a young Emperor, with a million places to hide. On this particular morning, a brown-skinned child crept through the weeds, hardly stirring a blade of grass as she prowled on her hands and knees. She was stalking an old black man, who had taken shelter in the shade of the trees. A born hunter, she came silent and deadly on his right flank: the daisies nodded wisely around her head, stirred more by the morning breeze than by her passage….

~ Imperial Ghosts, Deep Magic December 2016

What I Write

I’m a multi-genre author who writes primarily horror, science fiction and fantasy. My best-known work to date is in computer gaming and television.


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Novel: The Deacon’s Tale (military sf)
Collection: Monsoon and Other Stories (multi-genre)


Poetry and Short Fiction: Deep Magic, She Walks in Shadows, Gods, Memes and Monsters, Lamp Light Magazine, Weird Tales, H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Delta Green: Dark Theaters, Best Fantastic Erotica, Imagination Full Dilated SF, and many others.


Games: Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Ground Control, Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, Sword of the Stars (and all expansions), Fort Zombie, Sword of the Stars 2: Lords of Winter (plus expansion), Sword of the Stars: The Pit (and all expansions), Ground Pounders, Kaiju-a-Gogo, etc..

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

I am preparing a deck of educational World-Building Cards for science fiction writers! The plan is to create a simple deck of 52 playing cards, each of which will feature one or more world-building prompts–questions that will fire up your imagination and get the creative juices flowing. Supporters of my campaign at a level of $5 or more will receive updates on the deck in progress.

Fundraising Goals

If I can raise $1000 for Clarion West, all supporters of my Write-a-Thon will receive an electronic .pdf of the card designs, showcasing the World-Building questions and the graphic design of the deck, when the work is complete. Those who want an actual printed deck of the cards will be given a discount on the price based on their level of support for Clarion West.