Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland . His fiction and poetry has appeared (or will appear) in Tin House, Hayden's Ferry Review, Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, and The EEEL. He has just finished writing a novel/memoir entitled Never Mind the Beasts. Never Mind the Beasts tells the story of Henry who, at age six, witnesses the aftermath of a terrorist attack in his hometown . Told in a series of vignettes, Never Mind the Beasts is a story about reconciling with PTSD and the trauma of our lives and allowing imagination, no matter how unconventional, to lead the way towards healing.