C.W. Blackwell is an American author from the Central Coast of California. His recent work published by Down and Out Books, Shotgun Honey, Tough Magazine, and Reckon Review. He is a 2021 Derringer award winner and 2022 Derringer finalist. His folk horror novella Song of the Red Squire was published in 2022 by Nosetouch Press. His crime fiction novella Hard Mountain Clay was published in January 2023 by Shotgun Honey Books.