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June 26, 2011

The real Anonymous-9 is…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 2:55 pm

Elaine Ash.

A few years ago, when I started writing short stories, I had no idea how they would be received. I was writing out-there noir and horror, and as a professional editor, I didn’t want to alienate moderate writing clients. Throw in concern about a stalker at the time, and I was very edgy about my name popping up all over the internet. So I took on a pseudonym; “Anonymous-9” had a nice ring to it.

I submitted my first story to Thuglit and got accepted in Issue 21. Since then, Anonymous-9  won Spinetingler’s Best Short Story on the Web 2008, and was nominated again in 2009. Two Derringer noms happened in the same time frame, as well as a nominatiion for a Thriller award, determined by a judging panel of the International Thriller Writers. To the judges and sponsors of these competitions, I remained completely anonymous–they had no idea I was Elaine Ash.

Now that my issues of anonymity are past tense, it’s not necessary to be two people anymore. So… this posting is to declare to one and all, “The real Anonymous-9 is Elaine Ash.”

An e-collection of short stories is coming soon. As of the date of this posting, HARD BITE, the novel is still a work in progress.

The Anonymous-9 signature was designed by dMix. Isn’t it perfect?



  1. As they say, been a long strange ride with Anonymous-9. You know, I did not realize you were Anon until now. Good job of keeping it quiet!

    Comment by charlesgramlich — June 26, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

  2. Now that I know, it makes perfect sense. It’s good to know whom I’ve been a fan of!

    Comment by chrislatray — June 26, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

  3. For me, I never tried to ID “Anon” because, well, he/she wanted to stay hidden. Nice to know, however. keep up the good work.

    Comment by Scott Parker — June 27, 2011 @ 3:33 am

  4. I knew that! (Not really!)

    Comment by Paul D Brazill — June 27, 2011 @ 5:58 am

  5. One of crime fiction’s enduring mysteries solved!

    Comment by Al Tucher — June 27, 2011 @ 7:00 am

  6. whoever is behind these writes is the real deal is all I know – nice to connect a real name with fab tales

    Comment by michael j. solender — June 27, 2011 @ 8:20 am

  7. Hi guys, thanks you so much for commenting. It’s thrilling to be one person. Anonymous-9 has been a little quiet over the last year – not too many short stories due to writing the novel. But I’m ready for a comeback. 🙂

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  8. A-9 becomes E-9! Looking forward to the E-Collection.

    Comment by Alan Griffiths — June 27, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  9. Griffy, leave it to you to coin the new name: E-9. HA!

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  10. Congrats, Elaine!!! Not surprised to find you are also a talented fiction-writer. Congrats onyour successes!!

    Comment by Diana James — June 27, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

  11. Diana James from PR Me! All my secrets are out now. Check out Diana’s author promotions at

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  12. Yeah, what Paul Brazill said!

    How’s it feel to be able to lay claim to your work at last?

    Comment by Naomi Johnson — June 27, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

  13. Hi Naomi, it feels pretty good. Like an amoeba that rejoined itself. It’s good to see your blog, The Drowning Machine, doing so well, Naomi.

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  14. I had read this on my google reader late last night and I laughed so hard. The playful mysterious Anon9 girl –Elaine Ash? Very mischievous. Love it. And you proved that you kick storytelling a$$ without the status of name or title. Looking forward to that e-book!

    Comment by Jodi MacArthur — June 27, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  15. That’s very generous of you to say, Jodi. You picked my spirits up more than once and always gave me great advice when asked. Made ya laff, ha!

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  16. Whaaat? No way! Mystery solved!

    Comment by Glenn Gray — June 28, 2011 @ 4:39 am

  17. Looking forward to the novel.

    Comment by Steve Weddle — June 28, 2011 @ 4:39 am

  18. So am I, Steve! if I can just wrap the galldurned thing up. Thanks much for commenting.

    Brian Drake is an author and e-publisher whom I met on the Beat to a Pulp anthology. This is his blog and check out the cover of his latest book BULLET FOR ONE. I think it’s gorgeous, designed by Rebecca Forrester. (More about this author/designer in a while.)

    Comment by ashedit — June 28, 2011 @ 8:03 am

  19. I had no idea that you were the writer behind Anonymous-9, yet it all makes sense now. Bravo, Elaine! Very excited about the novel.

    Comment by Hilary Davidson — June 29, 2011 @ 7:58 am

  20. Hi Hilary! Congratulations on your first novel THE DAMAGE DONE, getting nommed for an Arthur Ellis Award as well as an Anthony Award. Wow.

    Comment by ashedit — June 29, 2011 @ 9:09 am

  21. I’ll tell you what, Elaine — you got me. We’ve corresponded a while now (under both names!) and I had no damn idea. You didn’t just assume a name; you created a character…

    Comment by Chris F. Holm — June 29, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  22. Welcome Chris. I’ve been told I AM a character. Congratulations on signing with Angry Robot Books. I see your first title will be DEAD HARVEST. Let us know when it’s ready, ‘kay?

    Comment by ashedit — June 29, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  23. SO cool to know it’s you, Elaine! And it certainly explains why Anonymous-9 has such writing flair– she’s got a great eye!

    Comment by Clare2e — June 29, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  24. Hello Clare2e! The real woman of mystery. I just went to the Women of Mystery site and see you have a posting on Twitter and hashtags. Thanks for checkin’ in.

    Comment by ashedit — June 29, 2011 @ 11:58 am

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