Mel Paisley is an illustrator, activist, and peddler of strange stories working out of Savannah, GA. Their work centers around using fairytales to open up a dialogue on mental illness that surmounts stereotype while expanding imagination. When not writing or painting, they work as the head publicist for Douleur Magazine, scour Wikipedia, and get overly excited about pilfered color swatches and cracks in the sidewalk. They have been published previously in The Port City Review and Psyched Magazine, and featured in nine gallery exhibitions. Currently, they are working on a novel length illustrated storybook about a boy who’s mind takes a walk out of his body and gets pulled through the water of a Holocaust survivor’s painting in 1950s New York City. Visit their website at