Joanne Shemmans has had short stories published in a number of dark fiction magazines over the last few years, including Dark Discoveries, Blood Moon Rising, Black Petals, Midnight Street and others. She has been described as "the best horror writer in the Midlands" by Peepshow editor Paul Fry, and has received praise from horror writer Graham Masterton.
The inspiration for her fiction comes from music and life experience. She tends to read little by other authors in the genre, preferring to develop her own unique style, but does name a wide spectrum of writers including Dean Koontz, Thomas Hardy and Koji Suzuki as having influenced her work. Joanne lives in Birmingham, England with her husband (Horror Express editor Marc Shemmans) and a progressive rock addict who used to be her son.