Kyle Winkler ︎


“Wild, fast-moving, and disorientingly hilarious…The Nothing That Is is down to earth and completely unhinged. It also gave me a jolt of sickening, infinite horror I hadn’t felt since the Vermicious Knids jumped out of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”

— Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying

“...this quick, brutal read wears its influences on its sleeve and this story itself wouldn’t be out of place in a Stephen King incredibly strong debut novella...”

— Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews (4 stars)

"Kyle Winkler dishes out a hefty serving of bizarre cosmic horror in The Nothing That Is for readers to devour. This appetizing story was all that would suppress my ravenous hunger for an unusual tale of dread and despair."

— Andrew the Book Dad, Horror Oasis

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Selected Fiction 

Coffin Bell. “Homebody.” 

Novel Noctule. “The Clutter Fold.” 

Night Terrors, Vol. 12. Scare Street. “Smudge the Head.”

Ghost Orchid Press Anthology: HOME. “How to Build a Ghost.”

Annalemma. “Nutrition.”*

The Rupture. “The Memo” & “The Avalanche.”

Conjunctions. “Bite.”

Conjunctions. “Teratology.”
Super Arrow. “Every Day You’ll Get Up and Go to Work.”

Selected Essays

Horror Oasis. “What Beetlejuice Taught Me about Horror.”

The Rumpus. “The Joypain of Parenting: a Review of Lydia Kiesling’s The Golden State.”

The Millions. “Ursula K. Le Guin’s Warning: Sci-Fi as Operating Instructions for Life.”

The Millions. “Notes on the Art of Rhetoric.”

The Millions. “Gertrude Stein, Unlikely Comp Teacher.”

Selected Interviews

The Millions. “I’m Suspicious of Empathy: The Millions Interviews Jess Row.”

*(Nominated for Wigleaf Top 50 2012)

Academic Work

Composition Forum. “The Use of Artistic Tools in Composition Pedagogy.”

Rhetoric Review. “How to Do Things with Incoherence.” (Co-written with Peter Wayne Moe)

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. “The World Made More Sufferable.”

Critical Quarterly. “Syntax as Punishment: Joy Williams’s Reckonings.” (forthcoming Summer 2021)

The Nothing That Is (OUT NOW!)

“Infused with cosmic, culinary dread and seasoned with dark humor, The Nothing That Is reads like Anthony Bourdain riffing on Lovecraft. Winkler’s engaging style and hypnotic prose will consume you whole, and if that doesn’t whet your appetite, there’s an exploding graveyard. Eat this one up, my friends, before it eats you!

— Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of KinSour Candy

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It's 1986. Cade McCall is an assistant manager for a catering business. Driving to work one morning, part of the local graveyard explodes. Later the same day, Cade gets an odd message from a client who needs catering for an Extreme Food Club. He calls himself Mr. Dinosaur. And he’s paying $11,000. Despite Cade’s reservations, he takes the gig. Although, who’s feeding whom is another question entirely...

Involving female biker gangs, cults, possessed furniture, and a full dose of cosmic horror, THE NOTHING THAT IS serves up the weird.

“I understand a fury in your words but not the words.” Desdemona (Othello 4.2.32-33)