Dr. Schillace is managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Research Associate/Public Engagement for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History. Dr. Schillace has written fiction and non-fiction and blogs for Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, Belt Magazine and the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham (UK). In addition to academic articles, she is co-editor of a collection titled Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity (Cambria 2014) and a cultural history about grief ritual, Death’s Summer Coat (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). As part of her further adventures in history, medicine and literature, she created the Fiction Reboot | Daily Dose blog.
Dr Schillace grew up in an underground house in abandoned coal mining territory near a cemetery. It does things to you (like convince you to get a PhD). It also encourages a particular brand of fictive output. Taking a cue from Edward Gorey and John Bellairs, she writes fantasy gothic and YA fiction, but with a medical twist. Her first series, The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles, is out with Cooperative Press. Other books in the works include The Witchwood at Nob’s End, plus a mystery series and a novel about rogue scholarship and nefarious goats.
When she isn’t researching arsenic poisoning for the Dittrick Museum, writing fiction, taking over the world, or herding cats, Dr. Schillace teaches for Case Western Reserve University and develops medical humanities curriculum for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.