A Bitter Draft was founded in 2013 by Patrick Doherty. Pat is a Bostonian, has a degree in European history, and is an aspiring historian at heart. Having loved history from a young age, he had to enjoy reading, which eventually led to a strong attachment to speculative fiction when he picked up his first Dragonlance novel around age 15.

A Bitter Draft was founded with the purpose of discussing and reviewing speculative fiction with other fans and authors alike.