Dr. Schillace is managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Research Associate/Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History. She writes fiction and non-fiction, gives public lectures on birth, death, and the science of steampunk, and blogs for Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, and the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham (UK).
Dr. Schillace’s, Death’s Summer Coat (Elliott and Thompson, 2015) explores what death and dying can tell us about life and living. Her co-edited collection Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity (Cambria 2014) instead takes a look at birth (and monsters, vampires, and zombies–why not?) Her most recent book-in-process delves into the bizarre and fascinating science behind steampunk. Hint: it’s more than cogs and gears and fantasy fiction, and things very often don’t run like clockwork! For her further adventures in history, medicine and literature, see 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 write fiction. Gates End, Gothic literary fantasy, splits that mining-cemetery-town between two worlds–both facing the watermark of two and a half centuries (and the slow fracture of the ideals that gave them birth). Her middle-grade series, The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles, takes a cue from John Bellairs and Edward Gorey and offers up a twist on the vampire myth (Book One, High Stakes, is an INDIEFAB book of the year finalist).
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.