Author Bio

About me. The short version.


I write things. I write things mostly about Latin American folklore. I have a day job I hate calling a “day job” as it’s a career. I have a husband. I have a kid. I have two dogs. I live in Chicago.


About me. The long version.


CYNTHIA (cina) PELAYO writes fiction and poetry with a Latin American slant. She holds a special curiosity for superstition, folklore, legend and myth.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College, a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Pelayo owns and manages Burial Day Books, a boutique press that features established and emerging writers of the macabre. Burial Day Books publishes monthly short fiction and a yearly anthology of work, the Gothic Blue Book that pays homage to the Gothic Blue Book genre of the 18th century.


Her short story collection LOTERIA contains 54 short stories based on Latin American folklore, superstition, legend and myth. Each story corresponds to one of the cards in the deck of the Mexican board game of chance of the same name. Her first novel, SANTA MUERTE, about the Mexican cult of death was released by Post Mortem Press.


Pelayo’s short stories have appeared in The Horror Zine, Danse Macabre, MicroHorror, Seedpod Publishing, Static Movement, Flashes in the Dark, and more. Her journalism work has appeared in Time Out, Extra Bilingual News, Venus Zine, Gozamos, FNews, Atlas Obscura, and more.


She lives in inner city Chicago with her husband, her son, and two angry shih tzus. When not writing Pelayo works in marketing research to pay the bills.


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