Author Bios

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Randy Chandler
Daniel P. Coughlin
Tim Curran

Edward M. Erdelac
BC Furtney
David James Keaton

David L. Tamarin
Barbie Wilde
Brett Williams
Simon Wood



Anthology Authors
Kurt Bachard
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
John Bruni
Garry Bushell
Ben Cheetham
Lawrence Conquest
Christopher Allan Death
John Everson
Brandon Ford
Jeffrey Hale
Clinton A. Harris
C.J. Henderson
Harper Hull
J.R.
Jason Jeffery
Karina Berg Johansson
Ty Johnston
Tessa Johnstone
Michael A. Kechula
Z.F. Kilgore
Matt Kurtz
Sean Logan
Ed Lynskey
Angel Leigh McCoy
Brent Meske
Cameron L. Mitchell
Doug Murano
Stefan Pearson
Nora B. Peevy
Michael Pelc
Aaron Polson
David Richards
Brian Rosenberger
Daniel I. Russell
Shaun Ryan
M. Shaw
Zach Sherwood
John Shirley
David Tallerman
Jeffrey Thomas
Fred Venturini
D. Alexander Ward
Frank Zafiro

Kurt Bachard

Kurt Bachard lives in South London, UK, where he was raised as a feral child by stray dogs. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous publications, notably in the Black Quill nominated Shroud Magazine. He also enjoys writing under pseudonyms. www.bachard.wordpress.com

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime is the author of  ten novels and over sixty short stories, novelettes and novellas. She is a five-time finalist for the Aurora, Canada’s national award for speculative fiction and has also been an Eppie finalist. Stephanie welcomes visitors to her website at www.feralmartian.com

 

John Bruni

John Bruni’s work has appeared (or will appear) in SHROUD, CTHULHU SEX, THE MONSTERS NEXT DOOR, ALL HALLOWS, TRAIL OF INDISCRETION, DETECTIVE MYSTERY STORIES, THE NOCTURNAL LYRIC, NITEBLADE’s LOST INNOCENCE anthology, and a number of other publications.  He was the editor of TABARD INN, and you can visit him at www.talesofquestionabletaste.com.  He lives in Elmhurst, IL, and he much prefers whiskey to mescal.

Garry Bushell

Garry Bushell is one of Britain’s best-known newspaper columnists. Howard Stern once dubbed him “my ambassador in England.” But in a previous life Garry wrote for Sounds, extensively covering the second generation punk bands such as the Ruts, UK Subs and the Skids. He was the first to write about New Mod, 2-Tone and Oi! He managed the Cockney Rejects, fronted the Gonads and compiled the first four Oi albums, earning him the nickname “The Godfather of Streetpunk.” Lars Frederiksen says: “Garry Bushell’s writing in Sounds didn’t just keep me sane, it kept me alive.”

Born in South East London, fireman’s son Garry did his journalist training on the Socialist Worker before launching his own punk fanzine. “Joe Strummer changed my life,” he says.

He wrote Iron Maiden’s official biography "Running Free", masterminded the chart-topping Ferry Aid charity single "Let It Be", and turned his award-winning Bushell On The Box TV column into a hit ITV show.

In 2001 he was sacked by the Sun newspaper in a row over his first novel, The Face, a piece of darkly comic pulp fiction which was serialised in a rival paper. Two years later, a poll of Sun readers established that Garry Bushell was still their favourite columnist.
www.garry-bushell.co.uk
www.myspace.com/gal_gonad

Ben Cheetham

Ben Cheetham’s short fiction has won awards and been published in numerous magazines and anthologies in the UK, US and Australia. Most recently Voice From the Planet (published by Harvard Square Editions) and Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, A Collection of Flash Fiction. He’s a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. He’s recently completed his first novel—a dark psychological tale touching on themes such as the corrupting power of money, grief, love, infidelity, schizophrenia, murder and end-of-the-world paranoia—for which he’s currently seeking representation. Sometimes he thinks a zombie apocalypse would change his life for the better.

Lawrence Conquest

Lawrence Conquest is a British author and musician.  Lawrence started writing in 2008, and since then his fiction has appeared in magazines (Black Static, Crossed Genres, A Thousand Faces, Fantastic Horror), anthologies (Night Terrors, Inner Fears) and comicbooks (FutureQuake, Something Wicked).   Full bibliography at www.lawrence-conquest.blogspot.com Lawrence also produces electronic noise under the moniker Hate-Male (www.myspace.com/hatemalenoise) and frantic grindcore under the name Mephitic Blast (http://www.myspace.com/mephiticblast) He is very busy.

Christopher Allan Death

Christopher Allan Death currently resides in the concrete jungle of Northern Colorado. He has published fiction in Worlds of Wonder, Night to Dawn, The Ethereal Gazette, Phobia Magazine, Sein und Werden, Bits of the Dead (Coscom Entertainment), and 7th Dimension Magazine, among others. He also has a novella available from Lyrical Press, Inc.

John Everson

John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice and The 13th. His third short story collection Needles & Sins also featured the Bram Stoker Award nominated story “Letting Go.” John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he works a dayjob, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com.

Brandon Ford

Brandon Ford has written 3 novels (Crystal Bay, Splattered Beauty, and the soon to be released Pay Phone). He has also contributed to the anthologies Abaculus 2007, Abaculus III, Sinister Landscapes, Raw: Brutality as Art, and Creeping Shadows (a collection of 3 short novels). He currently resides in Philadelphia and may be contacted via the following links: www.myspace.com/WriterBrandonFord, www.twitter.com/BrandonFord, www.facebook.com/WriterBrandonFord, & www.writerbrandonford.blogspot.com

Jeffrey Hale

Raised alongside genetically altered corn and man-eating carp, Jeffrey Hale is no stranger to suburban horror.  He has been accosted by goat-human hybrids, chased by horny, inbred wenches, attacked by giant killer bees, and survived countless hours of prime-time television.  When he isn’t busy fighting for his life, however, he can be found reading, writing, playing the bass guitar, or otherwise making a damn fool of himself.  You can find him online at www.jeffreyhale.wordpress.com.

Clinton A. Harris

Clinton A. Harris is a writer, husband, and parent living in northern Colorado. When he's not writing (procrastinating, really), you can find him eating, sleeping, or watching movies. His works have appeared in Coyote Wild, Tales of the Talisman, Crimson Highway, and AnthologyBuilder.com. He is a two-time winner of the Fantasy Magazine “Blog for a Beer” contest; you can draw your own conclusions on that. His favorite color is blue. He likes old 78 records, hats, and manual typewriters. He also has a profound, irrational fear of writing bio’s for himself. Even these few lines will merit years of therapy.

C.J. Henderson

CJ Henderson is the creator of the Teddy London supernatural detective series, and the author of such varied titles as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies, Black Sabbath: The Ozzy Osbourne Years, and Baby's First Mythos. The first book in his new series, Brooklyn Knight, will be coming from Tor/Forge in early 2010. He is also the author of hundreds of short stories and comics and thousands of non-fiction articles. For free short stories, a chance to tell him what you thought of his story in this anthology, or just a chance to waste more time on-line, feel free to visit him at www.cjhenderson.com.

Harper Hull

An Englishman by luck, Harper now lives in the Southern US with his Dixie wife penning horror, sci-fi and other writings whenever he can. Inspired by his dad’s ‘scary bookshelf’ as a kid and later by an education in the classics Harper reads like a demon and gets his own ideas from the strange and surreal things that happen in everyday life. His stories have appeared in N. America and Europe and he currently has several large projects pending. 2010 brings a double appearance with Canada’s Northern Frights Publishing in their two HG Wells tribute books, a first individual chapbook release with England’s Penny Dreadful Company and a number of one-off anthology entries with a selection of fine American publishing houses.

J.R.

jrJ.R. is a 24 year old writer. His fiction has appeared in: Outsider Ink, Atomjack Magazine, Twisted Tongue, Unlikely Stories 2.0, Tom's Voice, The Harrow, DrillPress, Aphelion, Nossa Morte, Space Squid, and Revolution Science Fiction His stories are forthcoming in Psuedopod, Nectrotic Tissue, and Dredtales. He can be contacted at correspondence9876@gmail.com

Jason Jeffery

Jason Jeffery Jason Jeffery resides in Florida with his wife and three children.  His first novel, “Demon Inside and Out” is available now from Asylett Press. The sequel, “Demon Lord” and his short story compilation, “October at Dusk,” will be available from Asylett Press in 2009. You can keep up to date with Jason’s work at www.jasonjeffery.net


Karina Berg Johansson

Karina Berg Johansson shares house and life with husband, kids, an ewok dog and a claustrophobic cat in the suburban outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. Her short stories have appeared in Crimson Highway, Shine! and Dark Reveries.

Ty Johnston

Ty Johnston has been writing fiction for twenty years, though only became serious about it in the last few years while working on a series of novels. His short stories have appeared at Crimson Highway, The Ranfurly Review and in the anthology “Return of the Sword.” When not writing or reading, Ty enjoys spending time with his wife, beagle and three house rabbits.

Tessa Johnstone

Tessa Johnstone has lived in Copenhagen, Washington DC, Sarajevo, Podgorica and now in Geneva, but her heart is in Minneapolis. Rolling stones do gather moss . . . she's learned to hold onto what's important and slough off what isn't. Life in the Foreign Service has granted her a varied resume and much time to write.  Her odd little stories are sometimes published in e-zines and small-press magazines.

Michael A. Kechula

Michael A. Kechula is a retired tech writer. His fiction has won first place in seven contests and second and third place in five others. He’s also won Editor’s Choice awards four times. His stories have been published by 107 magazines and anthologies in Australia, Canada, England, and US. He’s authored a book of flash and micro-fiction stories: “A Full Deck of Zombies—61 Speculative Fiction Tales.” eBook available at www.BooksForABuck.com and www.fictionwise.com Paperback available at www.amazon.com.

Z.F. Kilgore

Z.F. Kilgore is a retired police detective. He is currently writing and compiling a collection of short stories centered around the character Cord Bergen, paranormal investigator. Z.F. lives in the pine barrens of New Jersey with Brock, a one-eyed German Shepherd and retired police dog, who now spends his days chasing rabbits instead of crooks.

Matt Kurtz

Matt Kurtz writes in his spare time when not working for a small advertising company in Texas. Originally a part-time independent filmmaker and screenwriter, Matt decided to narrow down his creative energy to focus more on short stories and future novels. Liberating his imagination—and not having to worry about keeping things within a low budget—he spent the last year writing over three dozen short stories and loved every minute of it. He is currently working on revisions to those shorts before beginning his first novel, a horror-action thriller.

Sean Logan

Sean Logan’s stories have appeared in more than a dozen publications, including Black Ink Horror, New Traditions in Terror and The Vault of Punk Horror. He lives in northern California with his lovely wife and a shockingly handsome rottweiler. Aside from writing unpleasant stories, he enjoys skateboarding, going to sleazy punk rock shows, and anything else that is A) likely to end in an injury and B) totally inappropriate for someone who’s nearly 40 year’s old.

Ed Lynskey

Ed Lynskey’s books include The Dirt-Brown Derby, The Blue Cheer, and Pelham Fell Here.

Angel Leigh McCoy

Angel Leigh McCoy lives with a cat named Boo, in Seattle, where the long, dark winters feed her penchant for horror and dark fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including the RAVENS IN THE LIBRARY project. During the day, she is a game designer at ArenaNet, where she is part of a vast team effort to make the coolest MMORPG ever: Guild Wars 2. At night, she writes crazy fiction and serves as head editor at WilyWriters.com.

Over the years, she has designed RPG material for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, FASA, and Pinnacle Entertainment Group. She also worked for Microsoft Game Studios, writing articles as Xbox.com correspondent Wireless Angel.
http://www.angelleigh.com
http://www.wilywriters.com

Brent Meske

Brent Meske is a currently teaching, sightseeing and wooing his wife in Korea, and writes when not correcting Koreans on their awful grammar. He can be found at www.theMeske.com or by his full name (no spaces) @hotmail.com.

Cameron L. Mitchell

Cameron L. Mitchell grew up in the small, mountain town of Burnsville, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He's had articles and short stories published locally and recently moved to New York City.

Doug Murano

Nora B. PeevyDoug Murano lives somewhere in the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. Since 2008, his stories have appeared in a number of venues, including Necrotic Tissue (Stygian Publications), Fifty-Two Stitches Vols. 1 & 2 (Strange Publications), A Quick Bite of Flesh (Hazardous Press) and For When the Veil Drops (West Pigeon Press). In addition, he has served in an editorial capacity with several independent presses.

Stay up-to-date with his work at http://muranofiction.blogspot.com/.

 

Stefan Pearson

Stefan Pearson is a founding member of Edinburgh-based spoken word performance group, Writers’ Bloc. His fiction has appeared in Nova Scotia (the Scottish speculative fiction anthology), Read by DawnVol 1, and Ruins Terra. Further fiction and journalism has appeared in the Scottish arts magazine, One Magazine. You can visit Stefan’s site at www.stefanpearson.co.uk  

Nora B. Peevy

Nora B. PeevyNora B. Peevy is an author, artist, and stay-at-home mom to her three bearded dragons, two cats, one Cuban Knight Anole, a few hungry praying mantids, her stepson, and her husband. She has a B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Cardinal Stritch University. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she now lives in Dallas, Texas, where she spends her time stalking werewolves, vampires, zombies, and other creepies. She has been previously published in Crimson Highway, The Oddville Press, Fantasy Gazetteer, Bewildering Stories, and other publications.

Michael Pelc

After spending more than two decades working with deaf children, Michael Pelc now lives on the west coast of Florida with his wife and their black cat. His short stories have appeared in several publications, both in print and online, including Apollo's Lyre, Long Story Short, The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine, Skyline and Micro-Horror.

Aaron Polson

Aaron Polson was born on the Ides of March: a good day for him, unlucky for Julius Caesar.  He currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit.  To pay the bills, Aaron attempts to teach high school students the difference between irony and coincidence.  His stories have appeared in Nossa Morte, Necrotic Tissue, Albedo One and other venues and featured magic goldfish, monstrous beetles, and a book of lullabies for baby vampires.  The House Eaters, a YA Dark Fantasy, is due from Virtual Tales in 2010.  You can visit Aaron on the web at www.aaronpolson.com, where he posts the occasional free story, podcast, or weird video. A collection of Aaron’s darker tales, The Bottom Feeders and Other Stories, is available for the Amazon Kindle.

David Richards

David Richards was born in Johannesburg but moved to Amsterdam five years ago to pursue his dream of writing full time. Inspired by the writings of E.A. Poe, and a city shrouded in secrecy, he is prepared to swim the murky waters of humanity to bring his readers truly decadent tales of the most twisted nature. More of his short stories can be read on his website at www.thefrightsite.nl

Brian Rosenberger

Brian Rosenberger lives in a cellar in Marietta, GA and writes by the light of captured fireflies. He is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Werewolves and a staunch supporter for equal rights for the Undead. News about upcoming and recent publications can be found at http://home.earthlink.net/~brosenberger.

Daniel I. Russell

Daniel I. Russell has appeared in various publications such as Malpractice: Anthology of Bedside Terror, From the Asylum, Dead West, Midnight Echo 3, Pseudopod and was the featured writer in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #43. 2010 sees the novel Samhane released from Stygian Publications and novella Come into Darkness from Skullvines Press, with both books available in German with Voodoo Press. Daniel lives in Western Australia with his partner and three children. Visit him online at www.danielirussell.com.

 

Shaun Ryan

Shaun Ryan is a lifelong lover of books and fiction. For a dozen years, he traveled North America in search of adventure and a paycheck, heeding the irresistible call of new horizons. Then one night, a mischievous redhead talked him into going dancing and he was forever changed, discovering something he hadn't even known he had lost. In 2005, he finally capitulated to the insistent chorus of voices in his head and began writing short stories. His work appears in Crimson Highway and the Hadley-Rille Books anthology: Desolate Places. He lives with his wife of five years in Wisconsin, where he is at work revising his first novel. He only travels the upper mid-west these days, drawn inexorably back home each night by the mystery and adventure of family life.

M. Shaw

M. Shaw has had the easiest life imaginable but still finds itself compelled to whine about the stupidest, most mundane crap imaginable. If it can't find a parking spot or someone spills a drink on the coffee table, its day will be ruined and it will make sure yours is too. You know who you are, people. Blog: mshaw.wordpress.com Twitter: @murdershaw Facebook: Makoto Shaw

 

Zach Sherwood

Zach Sherwood lives between homes in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and back with his family in the south suburbs. Things like zombies, cowboys, and grizzly bears frequent his mind as he aspires to create dark witty works of fiction.

John Shirley

John Shirley is the author of numerous novels, story collections, screenplays and teleplays. His novels include the recent BLEAK HISTORY (Simon & Schuster), DEMONS (Del Rey), BLACK GLASS, and CRAWLERS (Del Rey). He won the Bram Stoker Award for his story collection BLACK BUTTERFLIES. Website http://www.darkecho.com/johnshirley

David Tallerman

David Tallerman spent four years at York University studying English Literature, specializing in the literary history of seventeenth century witchcraft—an education that left him ideally suited to be an English teacher, a cunning-person, or some unlikely combination of the two. Ever one to confound sensible expectations, he's currently employed as an IT Contractor in the far north of England. At time of writing, he's putting the finishing touches to his first novel, plotting a second, and attempting to grow the world's tallest bonsai trees. Find him on the web at www.davidtallerman.net and davidtallerman.blogspot.com

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas is the author of such novels as Blue War, Deadstock, Health Agent, Monstrocity, Letters From Hades, and A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers, and such collections as Punktown, Voices From Punktown, Voices From Hades, Unholy Dimensions, Doomsdays and Thirteen Specimens. His stories have appeared in anthologies like The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXII, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #14, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #1 and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases. Thomas lives in Massachusetts, and has a blog and message board at his web site www.jeffreyethomas.com.

Fred Venturini

Fred VenturiniFred Venturini has written in exchange for various treasures, including an MFA from Lindenwood University, contributer's copies, token payments, craft beer, checks that (usually) do not bounce, and most of all, for the love of the act. His fiction, most of it horrific in nature, has appeared in "The Death Panel" from Comet Press, Necrotic Tissue, Underground Voices, River Styx, Johnny America, Polluto, Twisted Dreams, Susurrus, Sinister Tales, Morpheus Tales, and others. He routinely puts sports trolls in their place with ninja-like athleticism and wit, and you can follow his adventures at http://blankslatepress.com/fred_venturini.html

D. Alexander Ward

D. Alexander Ward makes his home where he grew up in the magnificent countryside just outside the city of Richmond, Virginia, where his love and passion for the people and strange beauty of the south was nurtured. He lives there with his wife Sharon and their faithful canine companion Jackson. While he draws a steady paycheck as an Operations Manager by day, he spends his nights penning stories of the weird and wonderful. His work has appeared in Fantastic Horror, Crime & Suspense, Static Movement and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Visit his website at www.wyrdtales.net

Frank Zafiro

Frank ZafiroFrank served in U.S. Army Intelligence as a Czech linguist during the waning moments of the Cold War. From Augsburg, Germany, he watched the Berlin Wall tumble and the Velvet Revolution take place in then-Czechoslovakia. It was a fine time for freedom.

He became a police officer in 1993. Frank’s first novel (River City crime fiction), Under a Raging Moon, was published in 2006.  It was followed by Heroes Often Fail in 2007 and Beneath a Weeping Sky in 2008. Dozens of his short stories have been published in print and online magazines, as well as several anthologies.

Besides writing, Frank enjoys good movies, his three children (a boy, a girl and a boy) and hockey—something he both watches and plays. Because he is a goaltender, many people have rightfully questioned his sanity. The answer to that particular query is clinched as soon as they discover he is also a writer.

You can keep up with his work and his blog at: http://frankzafiro.com.