THE CANYONS CONTRIBUTORS

Bob Williams

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

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

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

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

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 c.pourteau.author@gmail.com 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

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

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.

Will Swardstrom

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.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

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

J.N. Lavelle is an author and photographer from West Michigan. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and four children, he’s probably at the dog park with his three pugs, Dragon, Dylan and Mr. Sparkles and his annoying dachshund, Lady. After he’s done playing with the pugs and tucking the kids into bed, he explores the paranormal world through his writing.

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

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 Cawdron

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/

Ernie Howard

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 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

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

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

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.

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.

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