I'm the author of the novels Men of Winter and An Untimely Frost, the novella Weeping with an Ancient God, the novelette Figures in Blue, and stories and essays in more than forty journals, including Glimmer Train, PANK, Writers Ask, and the North American Review. New work is forthcoming in Everest, Lakeview Journal, and Southern Humanities Review. Weeping with an Ancient God was named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review.

In 2012 I founded Twelve Winters Press, a literary publisher (twelvewinters.com). We have since added two imprints: Shining Hall (children's literature) and Maidenhead Hall (literary erotica).

I devoted four years to writing an experimental novel, Crowsong for the Stricken, which is in twelve interconnected pieces, all set in the same unnamed Midwestern village, and nearly all in the 1950s. All twelve have been published or accepted for publication. The title piece, which originally appeared in Noctua Review, won the Flyleaf Journal Editors' Reprint Award in 2015 and subsequently appeared in their issue #20. I have uploaded two pieces from that work here -- "Primitive Scent" and "Scent of Darkness." Some of the other pieces are available elsewhere online.

A Ph.D. in English studies, I'm also the author of The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, winner of the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship. Most recently my book Trauma Theory As a Method for Understanding Literary Texts was released by Mellen. Moreover, I'm a William H. Gass scholar and have presented several papers on Gass's work.

Besides my main website, I blog at tedmorrissey.wordpress.com under the title 12 Winters Blog.

I live with my wife Melissa, an educator and children's author, and our two rescue dogs near Springfield, Illinois. Together, Melissa and I have five adult children.
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  • JoinedJuly 8, 2014




Stories by Ted Morrissey
Mrs Saville by tedmorrissey
Mrs Saville Historical Fiction
Mrs Saville is a novel in progress being serially published at Strands Lit Sphere. It is set in London, 1817, and inspired by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Like Frankenstein, it is an epistolary novel. The pro...
Weeping with an Ancient God by tedmorrissey
Weeping with an Ancient God Historical Fiction
"Weeping with an Ancient God" is a novella set in July 1842 in the Marquesas Islands. Melvill, the protagonist, jumps ship from the whaler Acushnet into a wild, savage and exotically beautiful land. Melvi...
Primitive Scent (Lesbian Stories) by tedmorrissey
Primitive Scent (Lesbian Stories) Short Story
"Primitive Scent" is part of a series of related stories that I spent about four years writing. They are all set in the same unnamed Midwestern village, and nearly all are in the 1950s. They have reoccurr...
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