Elou Carroll is a graphic designer and freelance photographer who writes. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with English Literature from the University of Chester and a Master’s in Publishing from Oxford Brookes.

She likes to catch ideas in jars and stash them away until she is ready to eat them. She would one day like to build a goldfish circus and often obeys the whims of inanimate objects.

Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Apparition Literary Magazine, Underland Arcana, Hexagon SF Magazine, IN SOMNIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror, and others. Her short story “The Great Green Forever” was shortlisted for the 2020 HG Wells Short Story Competition (Grand Senior Prize).

When she’s not whispering with ghosts and plucking words from the dark, Elou edits Crow & Cross Keys—an online literary journal which publishes the beautiful, dark, strange and lovely.

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August 2021:
IN SOMNIO Author Spotlight

Elou discusses the theatre, her teenage roots and reads from her story “Ghost Light”

May 2021:
Editor Interview on Duotrope

On behalf of Crow & Cross Keys, Elou talks submission preferences, favourite authors, influences and other such publication-related topics