Hi! My professional name is Z. M. Wilmot, but I go by Zack. I am an author of weird fiction, primarily in the genres of science fiction, space fantasy, and horror. I have been writing since the age of fourteen, when I wrote fan fiction in Games Workshop’s Warhammer universe. In 2009, I began experimenting with my own worlds, and after participating in National Novel Writing Month that year and eventually self-publishing the resulting novel, The Loneliness of Stars, I began writing seriously.
I write both standalone stories and stories in a mythos of my own creation I call the Juxian Mythos, which is a combination of The Lord of the Rings, Babylon 5, Star Wars, and the works of H. P. Lovecraft. My writing is heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Douglas Adams, Ursula K. LeGuin, Vernor Vinge, Frank Herbert, and Dan Simmons. Other influences include Tamora Pierce, Lois McMaster Bujold, David Brin, and Arthur C. Clarke. Most of my work revolves around cosmic horror and imagined societies both human and alien.
In my other lives, I am also a full-time postgraduate student working towards a PhD in sociology, with a focus on historical, cultural, and political sociology, social movements and revolution, inequality and power, social theory, and the Middle East. Many of the ideas that show up in my academic work also pop in in my writing, so be forewarned! In addition, I study Tarot, geomancy, and astrology, and run my own blog related to the esoteric arts here.
Lastly, if you enjoy Lovecraftian horror and want free reading material released weekly, please visit my serial novel The Eldritch Wastes; you won’t regret it!