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). In 2021, her short story “A Gift, a Witch and a Wakening of Honey” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2022, “Become a Flute, Become a Spyglass, Become a Knife” made the top 10 in the Ladies of Horror Fiction Readers’ Choice Awards.
Recently, she has been sharing tiny horror stories on twitter as part of the #horrorprompt and #vsshorror hashtags.
When she’s not whispering with ghosts or tormenting her cats, Elou edits Crow & Cross Keys—an online literary journal that publishes the beautiful, dark, strange and lovely.
Elou lives in the West Midlands with her long-suffering other half, their cats (a one-eyed pirate and a chunky former stray), several tiny pumpkins and a life-size resin skull replica named Bertha. Every spring, she is visited by a tiny bird and could, therefore, be a folkloric goblin princess—emphasis on the goblin. She is waiting for further proof on the matter before collecting the keys to her queendom.
BackStory with FlashBack Fiction
Elou discusses the story behind “I Am Held in the Hands of God Who Is Named Walter Potter; or, from the Case of ‘The Death and Burial of Cock Robin’” published on FlashBack Fiction
Elou answers questions about her story “Tatterdemalion, or of Apple Bough and Straw” from Luna Station Quarterly issue 50, gives tips on writing description, and confesses to the chaos that is her writing process
Elou and Antony have a chat about ghosts and gothic fiction, Crow & Cross Keys and the wonder of being surrounded by words
IN SOMNIO Author Spotlight
Elou discusses the theatre, her teenage roots and reads from her story “Ghost Light”
Editor Interview on Duotrope
On behalf of Crow & Cross Keys, Elou talks submission preferences, favourite authors, influences and other such publication-related topics