M. Dressler is the critically acclaimed author of six novels, including two in her modern gothic The Last Ghost series: The Last to See Me (Skyhorse, 2017), winner of the Hollywood Book Pipeline Prize and the Audiofile Magazine Award for Fiction, and I See You So Close (Arcade, 2020), praised by Publishers Weekly as a "taut, lyrical, masterful" paranormal mystery and by Booklist as a "captivating page-turner about what defines a community, in life and in death." Frequently told from the perspectives of the dead, her ghost stories explore themes of survival, desire, alienation, otherness, visibility, love, resistance, and justice. Emma Rose Finnis, the fierce Irish immigrant who narrates The Last Ghost series, calls upon all souls "never to make peace" with what wants to kill you, and adjures readers: "Let no one tell you what form you can take."
Born in The Hague, the Netherlands, Dressler is herself an immigrant to the United States, raised in northern California in a house filled with books, music, and movement. Her first career was as a professional ballet dancer; retiring from dance, she went on to earn her PhD in Literature from Rice University, where she wrote her first novel, The Medusa Tree (MacAdam/Cage, 1997). Three more books followed, as did fellowships and faculty appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of St. Thomas, Cornell College, and Guilford College. Her honors and awards include the Fulbright Fellowship, the Paisano Fellowship in Literature, the Hedgebrook Foundation Residency, the Carson McCullers Center Fellowship, and a North Carolina Artists Fellowship. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Kenyon Review, The Washington Post, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Literary Hub, and many others. She lives and writes in Moab, Utah, and Yachats, Oregon. You can learn more about her work at mdressler.com.