Four Macabre Illustrations by Oleg Kazantsev

(c) Oleg Kazantsev  2014 (c) Oleg Kazantsev 2014

OlegOleg Kazantsev was born and grew up in Eastern Siberia, in the city of Khabarovsk, just several miles away from the Chinese border. Life there taught him a lot of things – some more and some less useful – such as: boxing, ballroom dancing, potato farming, Calculus III, and video game journalism. After he got his first degree in Computer Science, Oleg decided he wanted to try something new in his life, so he went to Columbia College Chicago to study fiction writing in English. Two and a half years later he was tutoring college students and teaching classroom in an intermediate school in South Chicago. Great experience as it was, teaching writing (unlike the actual writing) wasn’t what Oleg wanted to do for the rest of his life, so his next step after graduation was to zigzag back to IT consulting, to free up some time for his passion. That’s where he is right now, but there’s no guarantee that in a year or two his life won’t change completely yet again.

Oleg is 26 years old, married and raising a wonderful two year old daughter. His short story “Long Jump” has won the second price in the Writers of the Future contest 2014 and was included in the anthology Writers of the Future Vol.30. His other stories have appeared in Story Week Reader 2012 and 2013, Elastic Lumberjack, and Every Day Fiction. His comic book With You won the Albert P. Weisman award in 2012 and can be found on