Lanternfish Press

Rare & Strange


Lanternfish Press, founded in Philadelphia in 2013, publishes literature of the rare and strange: fiction that crosses the boundary between literary and speculative; real or imagined tales of characters at the margins of history; essays rooted in a strong sense of place; a cabinet of curious Victorian reprints. We seek the grotesque, the alien made familiar, the “I don’t know what this is—but I love it.”


Lanternfish aims to make books and publication accessible to readers and writers who fall outside the literary mainstream, whether in race, sexuality, gender, situation, or pure individual oddity. We're a home for books that defy pigeonholes—and for the readers who love them.


Christine Neulieb, Editorial Director

Christine started out as a student of linguistics and English literature. She eventually got interested in theater and performance in the ancient world and earned a doctorate in Greek philosophy of literature. After finishing the twenty-fourth grade, she decided that was enough school and worked in book and magazine publishing in New York for several years. In 2012 she returned to her adopted hometown of Philadelphia, working as a freelance writer and editor until she encountered the growing Philly publishing scene. In her spare time she writes fiction, practices yoga, and invents imaginary languages.

Christine started out as a student of linguistics and English literature. She eventually got interested in theater and performance in the ancient world and earned a doctorate in Greek philosophy of literature. After finishing the twenty-fourth grade, she decided that was enough school and worked in book and magazine publishing in New York for several years. In 2012 she returned to her adopted hometown of Philadelphia, working as a freelance writer and editor until she encountered the growing Philly publishing scene. In her spare time she writes fiction, practices yoga, and invents imaginary languages.

Feliza Casano, Publicity Maven

Feliza grew up in the libraries of Toledo, Ohio, where she filled her head with lady knights and magic schools. Her search for adventure in the great wide somewhere led to Philadelphia, where she received a master's degree in publishing from Rosemont College. Her head is now more frequently filled with spaceships and magical girls. When she's not handing people their next favorite book, she explores the city, develops her cooking skills, and produces copious amounts of snail mail.

Feliza grew up in the libraries of Toledo, Ohio, where she filled her head with lady knights and magic schools. Her search for adventure in the great wide somewhere led to Philadelphia, where she received a master's degree in publishing from Rosemont College. Her head is now more frequently filled with spaceships and magical girls. When she's not handing people their next favorite book, she explores the city, develops her cooking skills, and produces copious amounts of snail mail.

Amanda Thomas, Publisher

Amanda spent her childhood in Nevada, where she used to disappear into the hills in search of the fantastic characters she'd read about in books. She later studied political science, teaching, and curriculum at the University of Rochester, where she read lots more books. She has taught Mandarin Chinese and World History to high schoolers and enjoys obsessing over her garden, gothic art, and scientific illustration. She hopes one day to challenge Stephen Colbert to a Tolkien Nerd-Off.

Amanda spent her childhood in Nevada, where she used to disappear into the hills in search of the fantastic characters she'd read about in books. She later studied political science, teaching, and curriculum at the University of Rochester, where she read lots more books. She has taught Mandarin Chinese and World History to high schoolers and enjoys obsessing over her garden, gothic art, and scientific illustration. She hopes one day to challenge Stephen Colbert to a Tolkien Nerd-Off.