Inanna Arthen (aka “Vyrdolak”) is the author of The Vampires of New England series, which began with Mortal Touch (By Light Unseen Media, 2007) and continued with The Longer the Fall (By Light Unseen Media, 2010) and All the Shadows of the Rainbow (By Light Unseen Media, 2013). The fourth book, Human Services, is in progress. Inanna's most recent published work is the short story “The Fishman and His Wife,” which appears in Twice Upon an Apocalypse (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2017).
Inanna is the owner and publisher of By Light Unseen Media, a small press dedicated to fiction and nonfiction on the theme of vampires. Inanna has studied and written about vampire folklore, media, and fact for nearly five decades. Their nonfiction article, “Real Vampires” (FireHeart 2, Fall 1987), and their 1998 monograph on Greek vrykolakas lore, “May the Ground Not Receive Thee,” have both been cited extensively by academic writers in print and online. By Light Unseen Media has published work by African-American, Jewish, and LGBTQI authors, and features books with protagonists of color, LGBTQIA2P protagonists and relationships, and modern Pagans.
Inanna is a member of Broad Universe, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and Independent Publishers of New England. A trained speaker, actor, and artist, and a freelance book designer, Inanna also holds an M.Div degree from Harvard Divinity School and is ordained clergy of the Society of Elder Faiths. Inanna has served as the openly Pagan and genderqueer minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon since 2013. They manage a concert band, Winchendon Winds, with their sister, Jill Nicholson Sackett. Inanna lives on Lake Monomonac in Winchendon, MA, with four rescued cats, a room full of musical instruments, stacks of redundant computer equipment, and hundreds of books. Their website is inannaarthen.com.