Michael Nethercott is a Vermont fiction writer and playwright. He is the author of the O'Nelligan/Plunkett mystery series, which includes short stories, novellas, and two novels: The Séance Society and The Haunting Ballad (Minotaur/St Martin's.) His writings have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. He has won the Vermont Playwrights Award, the Vermont Writers' Award, the Clauder Competition (Best State Play), and The Black Orchid Novella Award. He is a former waiter and member of a natural food restaurant collective.