Born so long ago that I measure my birthdays in decades, I had what was then called a ‘classical’ education. After several meaningless jobs doing meaningless things to lumps of metal that I knew nothing about, I joined the Royal Air Force. This was such a culture shock that I was almost immediately admitted to a lunatic asylum. Six weeks of intensive idleness resulted in them believing that I was too dangerous to be kept in the ward so they released me back to join the rest of the loonies in the real world. The following twenty seven years were spent travelling the world and picking up all sorts of irrelevant information. In 1990 I released myself from servitude and started a new life and new adventures in the outside world. Now I live in Malaysia. The food is wonderful, the view from my window is wonderful, the weather is wonderful, and the people are great.
Robert Hanlon has been a writer his whole life. He wrote his first book at age nineteen while serving his country in the military. It took him until he was over fifty to publish his first story. Robert likes to write stories that will entertain readers and has taken great joy in the publishing of his three Westerns.
He currently lives in Texas with his wife and two grandchildren.
Fred Staff was born in Seminole and raised in Pawnee, Oklahoma. His love of history drove him to write books that make history come alive and at the same time gives the reader action and excitement. The numerous reviews he has received on his first book ROCHA'S TREASURE OF POTOSI explains why it is a best seller in Bolivia and highly acclaimed in the USA.
He has followed this work with the Bass Reeves trilogy, an adult history of, without a doubt, the most amazing US Marshal ever to serve the Federal Courts. The first three books in his Bass Reeves series were top twenty bestsellers.
The terms 'action-packed' and 'could not put it down' are the most common remarks made in the numerous reviews of his work.
After one year of college, Grady found he could not control his restlessness and moved on to more exciting projects. He joined the army and was trained for assignments that suited his call for high adventure. When discharged, he turned to driving race cars and was immediately picked up by Chevrolet to help develop several concepts of the muscle car era. After a successful ten years of driving, promotion, and handling motor sports teams, Grady quit and returned to college and earned a law degree. He practiced criminal law until sickened by the system and returned to what he knew best---driving race cars. Being a syndicated writer for several motor sports publications led him to write his first book about the early days of drag racing, "Match Race Madness." Unbeknownst to himself, he was continuously preparing to be an action-adventure writer, encompassing his travels and adventures into fiction, which is manifested in all his books.
John Baltisberger is an author of speculative and genre fiction that often focuses on Jewish Elements. Through his writing, he has explored themes of mysticism, faith, sin, and personal responsibility. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and his daughter.
Though mostly known for his bizarre blend of Jewish mysticism and splatter, John defies being labeled under any one genre. His work has spanned extreme horror, urban fantasy, science fiction, cosmic horror, epic verse, and he has even written a guide for mindful meditation.
While relatively new to the writing community, (his first book was published in 2018) John has become known for his work in verse, having worked in both extremely short works and massive novella-length poetic epics. He continues to work to push himself to explore new avenues of expression and horror literature. You can find all of his work at www.kaijupoet.com
Jon Dobbin was born and raised on the East Coast of Canada. Holding degrees in English and Education, Dobbin spent several years teaching high school English before moving into child and youth work in residential care. He has published two Western Horror novels with a slight dalliance into Fantasy for his third book. When not writing, he tries to catch up on reading his ever-expanding book collection and spends time with his family. Dobbin currently lives in Newfoundland with his wife, three kids, a dog, and (begrudgingly) a cat.
L’Erin Ogle is a Kansas City based writer and author of many short stories prior to diving into longer works. She lives in a very old house with her daughter and they both live for ghosts and scary movies.
Tonia Brown is a southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in the backwoods of North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. She is the author of a variety of work, including Badass Zombie Road Trip, Sundowners, and the weird western series Railroad. When not writing, she makes art with her twin sister, raises unicorns, and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.
You can learn more about her writing at www.toniabrownauthor.com
You can find her art at www.spookytwins.com
Marcus Abshire grew up on high-octane action movies and blood-soaked slasher films and it shows. Born in Key West Florida and shipped all over the country with his family, you might think that being a military brat was a curse. Marcus would tell you otherwise. Moving from one state to another and having to find a way to fit in, he grew thick skin and a love for change. Maybe that’s why he’s done everything from bagging groceries, to pouring concrete, to shooting surface to air missiles in the Army, to getting shocked as an electrician and finally to being a Physical Therapy Assistant. Variety is the spice of life; they say, and they ain’t wrong. Marcus has written eight books, as of today, and he is furiously working on more. When his daughter isn’t causing him enough stress to cause the rest of his hair to fall out, he loves nothing more than sitting down with a great cup of coffee and cranking out stories that keep you up at night, having to read just one more chapter, just one more page. Marcus believes that in the darkness is when the light shines brightest, and his writing reflects that. So strap in and buckle up because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Scott Donnelly is a horror author based in Grove City, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, three children, and labradoodle, Maxwell Ferguson. Scott has always been a fan of horror, ever since being a little kid at the video store, and seeing the spooky covers for the movies he wasn't allowed to see. When he was finally old enough, Scott made up for lost time, watching the classics and tracking down lost gems. Horror films have also served as inspiration for Scott, whether it be from creeping dread, eerie atmosphere, a building mystery, or a blood-thirsty creature from beyond - they all seem to creep into his writing.
Scott has also contributed a short story called SCORCHED to THE ELEMENTS OF HORROR anthology, as well as a story called THE DEVIL STIRRED in a separate anthology, TALES OF THE WEIRD AND STRANGE. Scott also debuted a science fiction-serial series in the second issue of a third anthology entitled PULP REALITY. He describes this serial, KINGS OF THE CRUSTACEOUS PERIOD, as "The Walking Dead with mutant crabs in place of zombies."
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Jerry Underhill works in the history department for a university. He has also taught high school and middle school history. Prior to that and sometimes concurrently, he co-produced multiple podcasts, including a well-received audiodrama based on his book, "Runners of the Woods', about the colonization of fictional Planet G. He spends most of his time with his wife and dogs and loves hiking, kayaking, watching the films, listening to the Dave Matthews Band, and floating about (bit too much of the last bit).
G. Michael Vasey is a collector of paranormal stories and a magician. He writes paranormal books that will keep you awake at night, poetry that will make you question reality, and books on practical magic and shamanism. He grew up experiencing ghosts and poltergeists, studied and taught magic with a real school of hermetic sciences, and these days can be found in search of the Goddess in the forests and mountains of Czechia. He hosts a podcast series called The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey (https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-magical-world-of-g-michael-vasey) that looks at reality, magic and myth.
He has had numerous paranormal hit books on both sides of the pond with books like Chilling Tales of Black Eyed Kids, Your Haunted Lives, and My Haunted Life Too. He also touches on magic and the nature of reality with books like Chasing the Shaman, The New You, Inner Journeys, and The Mystical Hexagram (penned with Sue Vincent). He likes to splash words on canvas and has issued several volumes of compelling poetry like The Dilemma of Fatherhood and Reflections on Life.
Jae Mazer is a Canadian who was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and grew up in the prairies of Northern Alberta. After battling sasquatches in the Great White North, she migrated south to Texas to have a go at the armadillos. She crossed the border with a Masters in Psychology, and since living in Texas, has published eleven full-length novels, and has stories published in various journals and anthologies. She is an affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association, a member of the Horror Author’s Guild, and has won awards for several of her novels and short fiction pieces. You can read more about Jae at her website, www.jaemazer.com
Vincent Heselwood is a writer, poet and graphic novelist from Manchester, England. His first graphic novel was published in 2019 and his short horror stories, published under the pseudonym 'Eleanor Sciolistein', have won a number of fiction writing competitions and award nominations.
Vincent has worked as ghostwriter for some highly successful authors within the horror genre. He is the creator of several Amazon top ten listed book series and currently writes horror shorts and audiobooks for a number of Youtube channels.
A classroom teacher of English Language and Literature for over a decade, Vincent has always had a passion for words and particularly their power to amuse, terrify, and provoke.
My name is Andy Hopkins and I see ghosts. I have always been aware of spirit and the paranormal became an everyday occurrence in my life growing up. This unusual start in life is what inspired my love for horror stories and anything scary. My upbringing in the most haunted house I have ever encountered was the story of my first book I released; the Haunting on Park Road. I am not only an author, but also work with the paranormal everyday whether that be in my psychic capacity, spiritually reading for people, or investigating some truly terrifying venues all across the United Kingdom. My goal of writing the true-life tales of my fearsome encounters with Spirit and the Demonic was to show others out there that these things exist, and that it is not crazy to experience these things in real life. My hope in releasing my true-life horror story was to inspire others to tell their own stories and to not be afraid of them. I enjoy anything that the horror genre can offer and am still searching the ultimate fright that can keep me up at night… after all, where is the fun without the fright?
Born and raised in the east of England, a short 15-year sojourn abroad saw him come back home wiser and better prepared. A writer, a father and a generally nice person, he writes words that are, more often than not, the complete opposite.
A writer of horror and thriller novels, he has published several titles over the years, honing his craft with each one. An avid reader and big fan of family time, he can often be spotted perched with pen in hand, scribbling a first draft or jotting down ideas for future use.
Writing came to Alex at an early age, and he blames the wordiness of Stephen King for his often obscenely long essays at school. After a few turbulent years, he has settled back home, with the love of his life and a nice house in a quiet suburb where he can peacefully sit and write all the blood-chilling, spine-tingling stories his hideous mind can conjure.
As a father and a step-father, he believes in encouraging imagination and play, following dreams, and believing in magic.
James Evelyn is a lover of all things horror, a genre that he thinks has almost endless potential for new, different and terrifying stories. As a horror author, he prides himself on being able to pen original ideas and perspectives that will leave you with a shiver up your spine and questioning everything you know.
Like most authors, James has had a passion for reading and writing from an early age. He particularly enjoyed making up his own stories and sharing them with friends and family, who, much to his satisfaction, seemed to really enjoy reading them.
As a young man, James would take every opportunity to visit as many scary places in England as he could. A lot of weekends and evenings were spent investigating old castles and houses, even renting a house that was listed in the Domesday Book nearly a thousand years ago, which he still considers to be haunted.
Since completing his first novel in late 2019, James has been hard at work on several other novels and short stories and can’t wait to share them with you.
Born into the blue-collar city of Buffalo, NY, Rex Hurst was traumatized as a small child by the suffocating rabbits scene in the animated adaptation of Watership Down. Ever since, his mind twists towards the macabre, until his inevitable blossoming as a horror and sci-fi writer. When not writing he is an assistant professor of composition, public speaking, and literature.
Rex Hurst is the author of the horror novels The Foot Doctor Letters: A Serial Killer Speaks Out; What Hell May Come & the sci-fi novel Across the Wounded Galaxy as well as several sci-fi novellas. He is also co-host of the weekly radio show Write on SC on the https://writeonsc.blog/art of writing. Catch up with him at https://rexhurst.com. See what he’s reading at https://rexhurst.blogspot.com/ . And watch his YouTube Channel Obscure Comics at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgutypj4clb3SL30GpfxIcA
Charles has been writing fiction since his teens, having won a national short story writing contest sponsored by a Sunday school magazine. During the 1960s he wrote poetry for the European edition of Stars and Stripes, and has done articles, reviews, cartoons, and photography for a number of publications in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He writes in several genres, mystery, fantasy, urban fantasy, and humor, in addition to non-fiction; but, his favorite is mystery. He still writes poetry from time to time, and has appeared in a number of anthologies.
He wrote a book on leadership, Things I Learned from my Grandmother about Leadership and Life, in 2008, the second edition of which was published in 2017, and which continues to enjoy modest sales but a growing reputation on three continents. In 2009, he went back to his first love, fiction, with Color Me Dead, the first in his Al Pennyback mystery series. He began the Al Pennyback mystery series from a desire to see stories about Washington, DC, my adopted home, that focused on ordinary people rather than spies, lobbyists, and politicians.
He was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News from 1977 to 1981, and had a regular cartoon page and did cover art for the now defunct Buffalo magazine, a publication geared to showcasing the contribution of soldiers of color in US history.
Charles writes for a number of Internet sites; he was a featured travel contributor on Yahoo Voices from 2010 to 2012 until the featured contributor program was terminated, and is the diplomatic correspondent for asnycnowradio, an Internet radio station based in New York.
You can also check out his books on his author page at http://charlesray-author.com
Born in western North Carolina in 1964, Jeff Crawford was raised in a small community and part of a large extended family. He became an avid outdoorsman at an early age, hunting and fishing with father, grandfather, uncles, and neighbors by the age of six. In 1994 Crawford’s father opened a contract cut and sew factory. Later that same summer, Crawford joined with his father to help operate the business, focusing on the production side. Around 2008, Crawford had a surgery that would require 2-4 weeks down time for recovery. It was during this time that he began writing his first book. Always a major reader, he thought writing one might prove enjoyable. Only after eight attempts did he produce one he thought was quality enough to pursue publishing---that was in or around 2013.
Crawford has written and published eleven novels in a wide array of genres but all being suspense-based. He's been a frequent guest on many radio and blog talk shows both in the United States and internationally, and even sat down as guest host. Crawford writes stories that are easy to believe, full of relatable characters, with particular attention paid to vocabulary that fits the setting.
Anghus Houvouras is a Wilmington, North Carolina-based writer with three produced features from his scripts, including 20 Funerals (released by Koch Lorber), Furnace (released by Genius/Weinstein), and Dead Heist (released by First Look Entertainment). The latest film produced from his scripts is A Civilized World, premiering at the 2021 Downtown Urban Arts Festival in New York City.
In print, his first novel, My Career Suicide Note, was serialized in Encore Magazine. In 2021, his novella The Cocaine Zoo was released by Severed Press.
Lucas Mangum is a Splatterpunk Award nominee for best novel (Pandemonium with Ryan Harding) and best novella (Saint Sadist), as well as the author of the cult hit Gods of the Dark Web. His most recent book is The Final Gate, which he co-wrote with Wesley Southard. Alongside author and critic Jeff Burk, he co-hosts Make Your Own Damn Podcast, a show centered on the films of the Troma Team and director Lloyd Kaufman. San Diego-born and Philly-raised, he now lives in Austin with his family. Follow him on Twitter @RealLucasMangum.
R.F. Blackstone has been writing for over 15 years, starting in the hallowed world of scripting. After many would-be deals with the Devil, R.F. decided to say "screw it," then picked up the mantle of novelist, and he has never looked back. His published works include Kaiju World and The Valley of Bicho for Severed Press and Flicker and The Book of Spite.
Justin is the author of the novels Tethered To Darkness, Seven Cleopatra Hill, and the three-book Bruised series, as well as, a plethora of short stories inhabiting anthologies and magazines around the world. He also investigates the paranormal, plays a mean match of volleyball, and lives somewhere on the Mississippi River with his wife, a grumpy Bengal, and a good-natured Danetiff. He is currently busy working on his next novel.
Michael R. Cole is an author of creature horror and science fiction. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in lower Michigan. He has a profound love for monster movies and books, as well as the action genre. As a child, his father introduced him to the many creature features of the 1950s. The fascination with oversized and mutated creatures out to feast on tasty humans led to a desire to craft his own stories.
In addition to writing, his hobbies include martial arts and fishing.
Michael is married to Angela, and they have three sons: Tommy, Dayton, and Luke.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jay Wilburn is a Splatterpunk Award nominated author with work in Best Horror of the Year volume 5. He has been a full-time author since 2013 and enjoys writing short stories live on Twitch at Twitch.tv/JayWilburn
Sam M. Phillips—creator of inter-dimensional demons, existential cosmic horror, and messed up characters who make bad choices—is the co-founder of Zombie Pirate Publishing, helping emerging authors get published. His own short stories have appeared in over fifty books and magazines worldwide, including a debut collection of seventy sci fi stories, INFINITY AND I. Also a prolific poet, you can find his work at www.bigconfusingwords.wordpress.com, and his novellas and short stories at www.zombiepiratepublishing.com.
Greg Stumbo writes along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Well, not actually along the coast, since the tide would wash it away. You get the idea. His writing had previously been interrupted by becoming other things such as a father to two amazing boys, a veteran of Army Rangers, a plumber, a musician, a business owner and comedian, to name a few. Most days now are spent entertaining people with witty banter and stupid jokes in whatever form is handy at the moment. Regardless of where it is – in a book, in a bar, or a porch – he's keeping someone somewhere entertained in some fashion. Even if it's just to see what crazy thing comes next!
David Owain Hughes is a word-slinger of horror and crime fiction, who grew up on trashy b-movies from the age of five which helped rapidly instil in him a vivid imagination. He’s had multiple short stories published in various online magazines and anthologies, along with articles, reviews and interviews. He’s written for This Is Horror, Blood Magazine, and Horror Geeks Magazine.
Hughes is the author of six horror novels, four short story collections and a plethora of novellas. Although he predominately writes within the bracket of horror and its multiple sub-genres, he’s recently branched out into crime fiction and is slowly carving out a superb series of crime/noir thrillers under the umbrella title of South Wales.
John Grover is a fiction author residing in Massachusetts. He completed a creative writing course at Boston’s Fisher College and is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Some of his more recent credits include stories in The Heart of a Devil Anthology by Fantasia Divinity and The Ancient Ones II Anthology by Deadman’s Tome. He is the author of the new zombie apocalypse trilogy Underground and several collections, including his best of collection: Best of Shadow Tales—featuring reprinted works. Please visit his website www.shadowtales.com
The great-great-grandfather of Brendan O’Calahan left the poor house in Galway and emigrated during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845 to the United States and the small town of Pekin in Maryland.
An unmarried, middle-aged man, he lived with a family as a servant and later struck out on his own, married, had children and became a justice of the peace. He also became something of a poet, and by the time of his death from cholera in 1880 was widely known as the “Pekin Poet.”
His great-great-grandson continues the family writing tradition. Brendan O’Calahan became weary of the corporate world with its greedy, arrogant cowards, cheats and liars, and decided to take up writing full time. He has performed numerous types of writing, even sports writing, but Demon Fangs is his first horror novel.
O’Calahan particularly loves the classic Hollywood horror films of the 1930s and those of Alfred Hitchcock. He also enjoys 1950s cheaply made monster movies that became unintentional comedies, like 1957’s From Hell It Came (a guy in a papier-mache tree trunk suit stumbles around awkwardly, killing people).
O’Calahan is happily married and has a grown child.
Robert Essig is the author of over a dozen books such as Stronger Than Hate, Mojave Mud Caves, and Shallow Graves (with Jack Bantry). He has published over 125 short stories and edited several small press anthologies, most recently Chew on This!, published by Blood Bound Books, which was nominated for a Splatterpunk Award. Robert lives with his family in east Tennessee.
Author, artist, and entertainment journalist Gabrielle Faust is best known for her post-apocalyptic vampire series ETERNAL VIGILANCE. Crowned "Vampire Royalty of New Orleans" in 2010, Faust has successfully released twelve novels and anthologies since 2008. Her work as an entertainment journalist and editorial illustrator has appeared in dozens of publications including SyFy, Blastr, Fear Zone, Girls & Corpses, and Gothic Beauty Magazine. From 2011 to 2013, she was the host of the podcast Nocturnal Confessions, highlighting the avante garde and underground arts and literary scene, with a focus on the gothic. Currently she is a columnist for the legendary fiction magazine “Weird Tales” while she works on her latest series, THE CADAVER DOGS, set to be released by Raven Tale Publishing in 2022. More information about Faust can be found at gabriellefaust.com.
Adam Hulse studied film and screenwriting as a means to direct his creative impulses into something worthwhile. After years of getting side-tracked by the D.I.Y. music scene, he realised that his talents lay elsewhere. It took a global pandemic for Adam to start once again to create his own worlds to escape into. Adam wrote the Tales of Tupuqa series during this period in an attempt to explore the very best and worst behaviours that humans display in times of crisis. His dark fiction is not only heavily influenced by the horror and action movies of his childhood, but also by his own social commentary from within a small town in decline. He likes to create creatures unseen before but concedes that sometimes it’s the people who walk among us who are the scariest of all. Join in him in his dark worlds. He can be found on Twitter @HulseAdam
Adam is raising two strong daughters in the northwest of England.
Derek Hutchins is a writer for the Bad Vibes Podcast and author of a collection of short horror stories The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales. Raised in Connecticut (the most haunted state), he developed a love for horror and the fantastic at an early age. Derek has an MFA in Writing for Film and Television from Emerson College and lives with his wife and daughter in Utah. Follow him on Instagram @themanwhoknewjustenough or Twitter @derekmhutchins for updates.
C. M. Forest, also known as Christian Laforet, is the author of the short story collection The Space Between Houses, as well as the co-author of the short-story collection No Light Tomorrow. His short fiction has been featured is several anthologies across several genres. They Crawl Within is his first novel, and his second is a work in progress, taking flesh between bouts of video gaming and comic book store runs. A self-proclaimed horror movie expert, he spent an embarrassing amount of his youth watching scary movies, and is filled with memories of watching Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm St., and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at a questionably young age. When not writing, he lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife and kids, three cats, and a pandemic dog named Sully, who has an ongoing love affair with a blanket. Find him online at ChristianLaforet.com.
Since his writing career began, Frank has had multiple short stories published in horror anthologies by numerous indie publications. Frank has also had comic shorts appear in the "fluff noir" anthology series Torsobear and the all-ages horror anthology Cthulhu is Hard to Spell. Frank also wrote and produced the comic anthology series Modern Testament, which featured a wide ensemble of artists throughout its four volumes. Frank's novels include the YA sci-fi thriller Predestiny published by Crossroads Press, the lake monster tale Oscawana published by Severed Press, among others. He currently lives in New York with his wife and three kids.
After being born on the flat and barren planes of Wichita, Kansas, Radar DeBoard had nothing but time on his hands. Plenty of time to hone his craft of writing stories that explored the darkest parts of his imagination. Once Radar had received his master's in economics, he took his works to another level, far gruesome than the last. He can analyze your fear, truly find what keeps you up at night, and then give your greatest nightmares back to you in written form. This is why he has already had stories published by Gypsum Sound Tales, Eerie Lake Publications, Macabre Ladies Publishing, Black Hare Press, Black Ink Fiction, and Little Demon Publishing, while also being a regular contributor to HorrorTree and Siren's Call Publications. If you're brave enough to seek him and his writing out, you can follow Radar on his Facebook page or on Twitter.