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.
My writing is heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Douglas Adams, Ursula K. LeGuin, Vernor Vinge, Terry Pratchett, Frank Herbert, and Dan Simmons. Other influences include Tamora Pierce, Isaac Asimov, 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 PhD Candidate in sociology at Brown University, with a focus on revolutions and social movements; you can access my professional site for sociology here. 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.