In 2017, while studying for their PhDs in English, writers and friends Noah Lloyd and Elisabeth Strayer started brainstorming a serialized ecohorror podcast (think: Twin Peaks meets Serial).

They set it aside for a few years to pursue other major writing milestones: namely, finishing their dissertations. But the mysterious wooded town of Burgess Springs stuck with them. What forces were at work in the mine at the edge of town? How would the intrusion of Wellington Exploits affect Burgess Springs? And what really happened to Sarah Reed?

Now, five years and two doctoral degrees later, Noah and Elisabeth are pleased to introduce the world of Burgess Springs.

Noah Lloyd (he/they), a self-certified selachophobe, has worked in gas stations, bookstores, climbing gyms, and now for a university communications department in Boston. Yes, he holds a PhD, but no, he probably wouldn't recommend you get one. He once had a side-hustle writing for tabletop horror roleplaying games, which probably tells you the most that you need to know. He has also published poetry and short stories, and someday he'll actually sell a screenplay. He is serving as sound designer on an upcoming feature film.

You can find him at his personal website, on Twitter, or, for some reason, on LinkedIn.

Elisabeth Strayer (she/her) grew up in western Massachusetts, not far from wherever Burgess Springs might be. After studying English and art history at Bowdoin College, she received her masters and PhD in English literature from Cornell University. By night, she writes fiction, screenplays, occasional essays, and, apparently, serialized podcasts. Recent creative prose appears in The McNeese Review, Full House Literary, and Paperbark.

Find her on LinkedIn, or infrequently retweeting on Twitter. Please pardon her appearance while she waits on a better headshot. She is not, in fact, a chicken, though several do live in her backyard.

And don't forget to visit the Town of Burgess Springs: