Elle Nash


Elle Nash is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books), which was featured in the 2018 June Reading Room of O - The Oprah Magazine and hailed by Publishers Weekly as a ‘complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.’ Her short stories and essays appear in Guernica, The Nervous Breakdown, Literary Hub, The Fanzine, Volume 1 Brooklyn, New York Tyrant and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp


Praise for animals eat each other

Dubbed a 2018 Debut Writer To Watch by Publishers Weekly
“If there’s anything to be said about Elle Nash’s Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc, Apr.), it’s that it does not shy away from darkness.”
Daniel LeffertsPublishers Weekly

“Nash writes with psychological precision, capturing Lilith’s volatile shifts between directionless frustration, self-destructiveness, ambivalence, and vulnerable need. A complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“Elle Nash's Animals East Each Other is a desire map, a cartography of eros. Two women and a man weave their contradictions and obsessions and aches into one another until names, bodies, and selves dissolve and reconstitute in ways they could not have imagined. Mirrorings, doublings, triplings, and reproductions bring the right questions to the surface: who are we when we enter into love stories? Does anyone know? A heartbomb.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

“A savage, nuanced dive into the dynamics of queer sexuality, love and anti-love, jealousy, sadomasochism, Satanism, and everything else caught in the fray of a woman’s self-abandonment. Nash’s subtly spare prose renders matter-of-fact what we’re so often afraid to articulate to ourselves, let alone to the people we give ourselves over to.”
—Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State

Animals Eat Each Other reminds me of the ’80s, with its Satanism and ménage à trois teen lifestyle and atheism in the face of mass Christianity. Elle Nash has written a novel you can’t put down, even if the Satanic Bible or a deck of Tarot cards is within your reach.”
—Elizabeth Ellen, author of Person/a

“If Holden Caulfield was the face of adolescence during Salinger’s era, then Nash’s Lilith represents the face of today’s youth as they struggle to come-of-age in a world where people are increasingly more and more alienated… Nash does not flinch when she captures the realities she has chosen as her subject: This is a portrait of addiction. This is the story of a girl caught in a particular purgatory between high school and adulthood…we have to look, even if and when some of us will undoubtedly see ourselves looking back.”
—Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, author of Fig