Bob Williams lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Sara and daughter Kate. When Bob isn't writing he works for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. Bob has another short story, MAGENTA, currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Bob hopes you enjoy reading his words as much as he loves writing them.
Jason Anspach writes old movies. Together with his wife and their six children, Jason resides in a hundred year old Craftsman home in a blue collar city nestled in the Pacific Northwest. The house is very drafty, but a family that large has a way of keeping you warm.
Jon Frater is a librarian at MCNY. He writes science fiction and fantasy in his spare time and is preparing to release Book 1 of his new Expocalypse Weird series. He lives in New York with his wife and children.
Ian D. Garner
Ian D. Garner is an award winning actor and author from Mississippi. He received the Gold Key Award for his short story, Forevermore, in the Scholastic Regional Writing Competition in April 2014. He is the author of Whispers, American Son, Roswell, and most recently, Home. Ian is pursuing a degree in education and plans to write many more stories in the near future.
Samuel Peralta is a physicist and storyteller. An Amazon bestselling author, he is also the creator of the acclaimed Future Chronicles series, with 17 consecutive titles ranking at the top of the Amazon Bestselling Anthology lists, many hitting the mainstream Top 10 Bestsellers list. His own work has been named in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. His poetry has ranked #1 on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and has been spotlighted in articles on Best American Poetry. Awards include from the BBC, the Digital Literature Institute, and the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. An award-winning PhD, he’s designed nuclear robotic tools and co-founded several software and semiconductor start-ups. He is also a producer and ardent supporter of independent film.
Chris Pourteau has published four novels and one novella collection, had numerous short stories solicited for inclusion in refereed collections, and helmed two short story collections of his own as editor. He is also producer and a player for the podcast Sci-Fi Writers Playing Old School D&D, as well as producer and co-host of the podcast Geeks of a Certain Age. In 2014, Chris published the short story collection Tails of the Apocalypse, which holds a 4.9-star average rating and was a Top Ten Finisher in the Preditors and Editors Poll for Best Anthology of 2015. His first novel, Shadows Burned In, earned the 2015 eLit Book Award Gold Medal for Literary Fiction and took the #2 spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid novels (behind Stephen King’s pre-order of Revival) on November 10, 2014. His works have since ranked #1 in various sub-categories on Amazon, such as “Hot New Releases in Cyberpunk” and “Top Rated 30-Minute Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Reads.” Chris’s advanced degrees in English, history, and counseling–as well as his 25+ years’ experience in professional technical writing and editing–inform his fiction with its emphasis on characterization, pithy dialogue, and fast-moving action. If you’d like to let Chris know what you think about his story, or if you just want to say howdy, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for his monthly newsletter at http://chrispourteau.thirdscribe.com/newsletter, and he’ll send you free stuff. Chris lives in College Station, Texas, with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Philip Harris was born in England but now lives in Canada where he works for a large video game developer. Not content with creating imaginary worlds for a living, he spends his spare time indulging his love of writing. His published books include The Girl in the City Trilogy and an homage to the old pulp science fiction serials - Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including The Jurassic Chronicles, Bones, Uncommon Minds, The Anthology of European SF, and Peeping Tom. He has also worked as security for Darth Vader. His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders.
Christopher J. Valin
Christopher J. Valin is a writer, teacher, artist, and historian living in the Los Angeles area. He received his masters’ degree with honors in military history from American Military University and his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Christopher is the 5x-great-grandson of Sir Charles Douglas, the subject of his book, Fortune's Favorite: Sir Charles and the Breaking of the Line. In addition to writing and inking for independent comic book companies and writing screenplays for production companies, Christopher has had numerous short stories published in anthologies such as Clockwork & Capes: Superheroes in the Age of Steam and Doomed: Tales of the Last Days. His screenplays, teleplays, and stories have won several awards and contests.
Lara Frater, published a non-fiction book Fat Chicks Rule! How to Survive a Thin Centric World. It was a guidebook on being a big girl in a thin world and included information on how to fat positive books, movies, and TV, where to find fashion, comfortable seating, and how to deal with fat hatred. A few months after the book was published, I did a companion blog with the same name that she still updates every Monday. She has published essays, poetry and short stories. In 2012, she published End of the Line the first in the series of three zombie novels that take place in a world almost dead of the flu and having to deal the zombies who rose from the ashes. End of the Line was followed by Stuck in the Middle in 2013 and Full Circle in 2014. She is also working on a three book dystopian series called Welcome to Pluto. I hope to have the first book out in 2016. She lives in New York City with her husband, author Jonathan Frater and has lots of animals and people in her house.
Aemon Ambrose hails from Limerick, Ireland where he lives in the West Limerick countryside with his family and an assortment of wayward animals. A self-confessed geek, and lover of all things sci-fi, Eamon decided to try his hand at writing after many years of book reviewing for various websites, as well as his own blog. His debut, Zero Hour: A Short Story was an Amazon bestseller, and became so popular it was continued as a serial, and is now collected in a single novel. As well as writing for several upcoming anthologies, Eamon regularly blogs about his experiences in publishing and still reviews books when he finds the time, as well as working on his next project, a modern fantasy novel.
Hunter C. Eden
Hunter C. Eden is a Denver-based essayist and dark fantasy writer whose work has appeared in Weird Tales, City Slab, and Ravenous Monster Horror Webzine.
According to Mike Resnick, Robert Jeschonek "is a towering talent." Robert is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. His young adult fantasy novel, MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST, won the Forward National Literature Award and was named one of BOOKLIST’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. His cross-genre science fiction thriller, DAY 9, is an International Book Award winner. He also won the 2013 Scribe Award for Best Original Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers for his alternate history, TANNHÄUSER: RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOWS. Simon & Schuster, DAW/Penguin Books, and DC Comics have published his work. He won the grand prize in Pocket Books' nationwide Strange New Worlds contest and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award.
Lorna Wood was raised in Oberlin, OH by a composer and an art historian. She received degrees in violin performance and English from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. After graduate school, she was an instructor for six years at Auburn University. In addition to FAMILY VALUES, Lorna's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in CANYONS OF THE DAMNED, POETRY SOUTH, FIVE:2:ONE, SPECTACLE, FORMERCACTUS, POETRY WTF?! RUM PUNCH, WIKI LIT, JERRY JAZZ MUSICIAN, UNSTITCHED STATES, MYSTERICAL-E, SHUFPOETRY, BETWEEN WORLDS ZINE, WILD VIOLET, CACTI FUR, BIRDS PILED LOOSELY, EVERY WRITER, BLUE MONDAY REVIEW, and the anthologies LEAVES OF LOQUAT IV (Loquat Literary Festival), LUMINOUS ECHOES (INTO THE VOID MAGAZINE), and DARK MAGIC (Owl Hollow Press), among others. In 2018 she won second prize in the Loquat Literary Festival poetry contest; in 2017 she was a finalist in the JERRY JAZZ MUSICIAN contest; and in 2016 she was shortlisted for INTO THE VOID's poetry competition and a finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Competition and the Valus' Sigil contest at SHARKPACK POETRY REVIEW. Her poetry has been favorably reviewed on NEW PAGES. Lorna has published scholarly essays on the American Renaissance and children's literature, and she is currently Associate Editor of GEMINI MAGAZINE.
M. Regan has been writing in various capacities for over a decade, with credits ranging from localization work to scholarly reviews, advice columns to short stories. Particularly fascinated by those fears and maladies personified by monsters, she enjoys composing dark fiction and studying supernatural creatures.
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine writer with over a hundred stories published in fourteen countries, in seven languages, and is a winner in the National Space Society’s “Return to Luna” Contest and the Marooned Award for Flash Fiction (2008). His fiction has appeared in the Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The Rose & Thorn, Albedo One, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others. His latest books are a comic fantasy romp: The Malakiad (2018) and a military SF adventure, Incursion (2017). He has also published two science fiction novels: Outside (2017) and Siege (2016). He has also recently published an ebook novella entitled Branch. His previously published short fiction is collected in Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011). The Curse of El Bastardo (2010) is a short fantasy novel.
Molly Thynes has been everything from a student at an all-girl's Catholic school to a nanny, a purveyor of haunted artifacts, and a mental health counselor, but she has been a writer before she even knew how to write. Her first love is the horror genre but she has found inspiration in a few other genres too (just not romance). Currently, Molly lives in Saint Paul, MN with her husband and as many animals as their landlord will allow.
Will Swardstrom is a speculative fiction author. His latest novel is Blink, the first adventure in The Utility Company series, co-written with his brother Paul. He also has two full length novels, Dead Sleep and Dead Sight, and is at work on the finale in the trilogy. He also has three stories in The Future Chronicles anthology series (Uncle Allen in The Alien Chronicles, Z Ball in The Z Chronicles, and The Control in The Immortality Chronicles). Each of those anthologies has charted in the Top 5 on the SF Anthology list and The Alien Chronicles reached as high as #6 on the Overall Top 100 List. The Control from The Immortality Chronicles has been nominated for Best American Science Fiction. He also has a few stories set in Hugh Howey's WOOL Universe among his various other short stories and novellas. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and two kids.
S. Elliot Brandis
S. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic, horror, and dystopian fiction, often blurring genre lines. He is a lover of bourbon, baseball, and horror movies. His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders. Join the mailing list at http://eepurl.com/PsmMv for news about giveaways and upcoming releases.
A.K. Meek A mild-mannered management engineer by day, a mild-mannered writer by night, Anthony writes speculative, slipstream science fiction and fantasy. He has penned alternate realities where robots are treated as gods fallen to earth, built cities filled to the brim with artificial animals, and crafted stories of alien invaders that can see human thought. He has also dipped his hand in “Jericho” style post-apocalyptic fiction and birthed a fantastic world where truth and lie can occupy the same space. He lives in the Deep South, among the mosquitoes and magnolias, with his wonderful wife and menagerie of dogs and cats, and a wild rabbit that occasionally strays into the back yard for a visit.
Artie Cabrera is a writer, musician, and graphic designer. He has worked and performed in the music industry for twenty-years before writing and releasing his first book, I’M NOT DEAD: The Journals of Charles Dudley.
Michael Patrick Hicks
Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.
Jason LaVelle is an author, photographer, and podcaster from West Michigan. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and four children, LaVelle works at a veterinary clinic, helping animals of all kinds. With his two pugs, Dragon and Mr. Sparkles, his Chihuahua, Mari, and his annoying dachshund, Lady, LaVelle pretty much lives in a zoo. After he’s done playing with the pugs and tucking the kids into bed, LaVelle ventures down into the basement, where his umbrella cockatoo, Bella whispers in his ear like a demonic muse, forcing him to explore the paranormal world inside his mind.
Paul K. Swardstrom
Paul K. Swardstrom is a husband and a father, a music teacher by day and family man at night. I write when I can and am enjoying the ride. A Sun Devil who grew up all over but remembers Michigan fondly, I have settled in Oregon.
D.K. Cassidy scribbles daily in various genres including Science Fiction, Magical Realism, & Urban Gothic. Her goal? Messing with your mind by transforming the voices in her head into odd stories. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and four cats. When not writing, she loves to travel, run, knit, use the Oxford comma, and of course read!
Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in hard science fiction. Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there's no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter's forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction. Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
Michael Ezell A former US Marine and police officer, Michael now resides in Southern California with his wife, two sons, and at least five too many rescue cats. His work has appeared in numerous anthology collections includingTales from the Canyons of the Damned, On Spec Magazine ,Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Baen Books The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Vol. 3, and Once Upon a Time in Gravity City. His secret identity is that of a project coordinator in the Special Makeup Effects industry. (for an Emmy-winning shop!)
C.C. Ameel lives in Michigan with her husband, Jon, and son, Seth. She enjoys loud music, scary movies, and studying the criminal mind. She spends time writing when she should be sleeping, finding the brightest inspiration comes during the darkest hours.
Kevin G. Summers
Kevin G. Summers is a science fiction author best known for Legendarium, The Bleak December, and for several stories set in the Star Trek universe. He lives on a working dairy farm, in an old that was built in 1910. In Amissville, Virginia he is known as Mister Space Opera. Visit Kevin’s main website for news and updates www.kevingsummers.com
David Alan Jones
David Alan Jones is a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as an Arabic linguist. He is also a martial artist, a husband, and a father of three. David writes novels that draw upon his experiences in intel and martial arts combined with his love of all things literary. An eclectic reader, David counts Anne Tyler, Stephen King, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert J. Sawyer, J.K. Rowling and many others among his favorite, and most influential, authors.
Jeremy Essex is a software developer from Suffolk, England. His e-book The Sound Of Time is a ghostly account of paranormal events in a South Devon office building. He the author of multiple short stories, including The Death Pool, featured in Kzine issue 19, The Phantom Of Higham Corner, from the anthology 9 Tales Told In The Dark, and Aberration, featured in Acidic Fiction online magazine.
M. M. De Voe
M. M. De Voe writes interstitial fiction and has been published in magazines ranging from the St. Petersburg Review to Daily Science Fiction. Her poetry has won first place in the Lyric as well as the NYC’s PoetTweet contest. She has also won top prizes in flash fiction, literary fiction and horror, and co-wrote a sci-fi musical that was produced by Tisch School of the Arts. Founder of the literary nonprofit Pen Parentis, she lives in Manhattan, writes what she likes, and does the next thing on a daily basis.
Ernie Howard was born on January 29,1977 during a Minnesota blizzard. His two story telling parents almost didn't make it to the hospital in their beat up blue Cadillac. Ernie is the writer of Write Something!, a book about the illusion of Writers Block. A World Without, a Science Fiction book about the love between a husband and wife, and the darkness that can come into a marriage. Walter, A Science Fiction book about a boy who is an outcast who makes a friend with a man that speaks to him through his television. Ernie lives with his wife and 3 boys in Henderson, NV, where he dreams up new stories, and tries to live everyday to the fullest.
Hank Garner Hank Garner is the author of Bloom, Mulligan, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Writer’s Block. For nearly two years, Hank has hosted The Author Stories Podcast, a weekly show focusing on writing and the creative process. Hank lives in Mississippi with his wife and five children.
Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, and McSweeneys.net. His short fiction has appeared in several of Pocket Books’ Star Trek anthologies as well as various small press publications. His story “Box 27” appeared in the science journal Nature. This is his second James and Reggie story for Canyons of the Damned. His story “James and the Dark Grimoire,” which made Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mention list for the year’s best horror and was nominated for a Washington Area Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Best Short Story was reprinted in Canyons #6. More James and Reggie adventures are in the Canyons pipeline. With Jeff Ayers, he has written The Fourth Lion, a YA thriller set in contemporary Washington, D.C. and its surroundings. He hosts the Old Time Radio podcast, “Presenting the Transcription Feature,” and co-hosts “Temple of Bad,” the podcast about movies that are so bad, they’re practically a religious experience, both on the Chronic Rift network. He is a member of SFWA and HWA.
Jessica West (a.k.a. West1Jess) is currently pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis, also known as writing. In the past, she has worked for Wal-Mart, a lawyer, and a bank. Now if she could just get a couple years experience with the IRS and the NSA, world domination is in the bag. Jess lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she's cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway.
Nathan M. Beauchamp
Nathan M. Beauchamp started writing stories at nine years old and never stopped. From his first grisly tales about carnivorous catfish, mole detectives, and cyborg housecats, his interests have always delved into strange waters. Nathan works in finance so that he can support his habit of putting words together in the hope that someone will read them. His hobbies include reading, photography, arguing for sport, and pondering the eventual heat death of the universe. He has published many short stories in magazines and anthologies, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Western State. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young boys. Nathan co-created the award winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual where he writes as N.J. Tanger. The series includes Chimera, Helios, and Ceres and the prequel Ascension. Universe Eventual is available on Amazon.
Hester J. Rook
Hester J. Rook is an Australian writer and co-editor of Twisted Moon magazine, a magazine of speculative erotic poetry (http://twistedmoonmag.com ). She has previous prose and poetry publications in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Liminality Magazine, Strangelet and others. She's on Twittter @kitemonster.
P.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She's also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller's List. Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms. Now located in Baltimore Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica. For more information, visit pktyler.com
Terry R. Hill
Terry R. Hill, a Texas native, was trained with two degrees in aerospace engineering. He has worked for NASA since 1997 with a very satisfying career as an engineer and project manager spanning programs from the international space station’s navigation software, to next generation space suit design, to exploration mission planning, to mitigating the health effects of space on astronauts. While supporting the manned space program has been a lifetime passion, writing of different worlds, alternate futures and the human condition has filled his spare time.
Rhett C. Bruno
Rhett C. Bruno has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He currently works at an Architecture firm, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording the tales bouncing around inside of his head. Rhett is the bestselling author of The Circuit Trilogy, Titanborn, and From Ice to Ashes. Please subscribe to his newsletter for exclusive access to updates about his work and the opportunity to receive limited content and ARCs. For a limited time, you'll also receive a FREE digital copy of Book one in The Circuit Trilogy-The Circuit: Executor Rising.
Amira K. Makansi
Amira K. Makansi makes wine by day and worlds by night. As a traveling winemaker and full-time writer, she divides her time between working in the cellars at wineries around the world and spinning worlds into existence. In addition to the Seeds trilogy, Amira is hard at work on a story tentatively titled POROUS, a dark psychological story about a girl who can find the paths between worlds - but is being hunted by shadowy beings who threaten to destroy her entire universe.
Jeff Bowles is a science fiction and horror writer from the mountains of Colorado. The best of his outrageous and imaginative short stories are collected in Godling and Other Paint Stories, Fear and Loathing in Las Cruces, and Brave New Multiverse. He has published work in magazines and anthologies like PodCastle, Black Static, The Threepenny Review, and Dark Moon Digest. Jeff earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Western State Colorado University. He currently lives in the high-altitude Pikes Peak region, where he dreams strange dreams and spends far too much time under the stars. For news and updates visit Jeff’s YouTube channel: Jeff Bowles Central.
Desmond Warzel is the author of a few dozen short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. These have appeared in slick webzines such as Abyss & Apex and Kaleidotrope, on newfangled podcasts like Escape Pod and The Drabblecast, and on genuine dead tree in venerable magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction and quality anthologies like Spring into SciFi. He lives in northwestern Pennsylvania where, when not writing, he follows the triumphs and tribulations of the Cleveland Indians (a pastime now slightly less futile than it used to be). When inevitably informed that the Indians are succeeding because they’re in a weak division, he can only say, “It’s about time.”
Michael Anthony Lee
Michael Anthony Lee was has appeared in the 2017 anthology Dreams of the Past published by Fantasia Divinity magazine, and will be in their upcoming 2018 anthology I will fight for You.
Holly Heisey is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. They’ve had stories in Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Doomsday Chronicles, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction volumes one and two, as well as translated into German and Estonian. Holly lives in Arizona with Larry, their pet cactus, who doesn’t bite. They’re currently at work on a space opera epic, and you can find them online at hollyheisey.com.
Ann Stolinsky is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Several of her stories have been published in the last few years.
Charles Barouch’s quest to never stop learning has made him a fiction author, a journalist, a teacher, and a technologist. You can find some of his other fiction writings on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. His current journalism is in the pages of International Spectrum. You can hear him speak at Otakon and Spectrum Conferences. And, he’s been known to hang out on social media platforms if you’d like to talk.
Daniel Arthur Smith
Daniel Arthur Smith is the author of the international bestsellers Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure, The Somali Deception, and a few other novels and short stories. He also curates the phenomenal short fiction series Tales from the Canyons of the Damned. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy, with focus on cognitive science, meta-physics, and comparative religion. He began his career as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and then became a technologist and futurist for the Fortune 100 across the Americas and Europe. Daniel has traveled to over 300 cities in 22 countries, residing in Los Angeles, Kalamazoo, Prague, Crete, and now writes in Manhattan where he lives with his wife and young sons.