Joanna lives with her family on a Catholic Worker farm in upstate New York, where she spends her days tending goats, gardens and guests and her evenings reading and writing odd stories. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Mysterion. She spent some years visiting her local high school with information about the downsides of military enlistment, and sometimes got to hear the military recruiters making their pitches. Some of her friends have been survivalists, and some of those friendships have survived the strain of their different word views. She is still learning how to live constructively with fear.
Sylvia Kelso lives in North Queensland, Australia. She often writes fantasy and SF set in analogue or alternate Australian settings, and likes to tinker with moral swords-and-sorcery and elements of mythology. Her 8 published fantasy novels include Amberlight and The Moving Water, finalists for best fantasy novel in the Australian Aurealis genre fiction awards. Her short stories have appeared in Australia and the US, including anthologies from DAW and 12th Planet Press, and the online e-zines Luna Station Quarterly and Eternal Haunted Summer. Her novella “Spring in Geneva,” a riff on Frankenstein, appeared in October 2013 with Aqueduct Press. Her most recent publications include “Death and the Maiden,” a novella prequel to The Moving Water, from Crimson Edge Press in February 2017. She is also an adjunct lecturer with the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, in Queensland, Australia. Website //wwww.sylviakelso.com
Abdul-Qaadir Taariq Bakari-Muhammad was born, raised and currently resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His work has appeared in Zane Chocolate Flava 3 Z-Rated, Corset Magazine (Man vs Machine: The Sex Toy Issue), The Horror Zine, Fiction Terrifica, JWK Publications (Terror Train Anthology – 2014), Jack of No Trades Productions (Nothing’s Sacred Volume 2), Poetry & Prose Magazine: National Poetry Month (April 2015), Poetry & Prose Magazine: Fairy Tales and Fantasies! (May 2015), and J Parle’ Literary Magazine 4th Quarter: 2015 Edition, J Parle’ Literary Magazine Issue 1 2016, Floppy Shoes Apocalypse 3 Cream Pie Freaks (March – 2017), Schreyer Ink Publishing (June – 2017), Infernal Ink Magazine: Devilishly Erotic Horror (July – 2017), and Weirdbook Magazine Issue #37 (November – 2017). He and his wife have three beautiful children. Please feel free to visit his websites. http://bakarimuhammad.com
Akua Lezli Hope, a third-generation New Yorker, is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. Her awards include two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship, and a fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her manuscript, Them Gone, a finalist in Word Works Washington Prize competition, also won Red Paint Hill Publishing’s Editor’s Prize. Her poem “Metis Emits” won the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s short poem award. Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award for poetry. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her poem, Endangered, serves as lyric to the 2017 International Student LiedDuo Competition composition. She was a volunteer leader for Amnesty International and loves science fiction.
Dex is a California state worker and serves as staff to four cats and a dog and likes writing depressing things.
Cameron Smith is a Paramedic for the Hoopa Tribe, in Northern California, where he lives with his wife, their three daughters, and small legion of animals.
Jason J. Nugent is the author of two collections of dark fiction short stories: (Almost) Average Anthology and Moments of Darkness and the young adult sci-fi novel The Selection.
Jason has written for Sum’n Unique Magazine and game missions for an independently produced video game titled Status Quo.
He can be found at http://www.jasonjnugent.com.
Colin S. Douglas lives with his wife, three children, and two cats, in a small city in Ontario, Canada. He has written numerous stories, most of which are included in the anthologies Tales Better Left Untold and The Devil in the Details, and which can be found wherever e-books are sold. He is currently hard at work on his first novel, tentatively titled Children of the Dead. He invites you to follow him on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/colindouglasauthor/
Karin Fuller’s stories have appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, Woman’s World, and Appalachian Heritage, among others, and her newspaper columns appear weekly in the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch and Clarksburg (WV) Exponent-Telegram. She’s a two-time first place winner of the Shepherd University Fiction Competition and also placed first in Writer’s Digest’s short genre fiction category on two occasions. In 2003, her columns were selected as best in the U.S. by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Ken is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. As a retired Philadelphia high school English/Film Studies teacher, he has written over 190 stories in the genres of dark fiction, horror, fantasy, and science fiction, and counting reprints has had over 860 stories accepted by independent press publications. Seven of his stories have received honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies. Five books have seen publication: three anthologies of his short stories and one novella. His first novel, OF A FEATHER, was published by Horrific Tales Publishing (UK) in early 2014. His new novel, SINKHOLE, will be published by Bloodshot Books late summer 2017. Much of his work can be found on Amazon.com
LJ McLeod was born in Rockhampton, Australia. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science in 2008 from James Cook University and her Master of Business Administration degree in 2014 from Central Queensland University. She currently works as a medical laboratory scientist in Pathology, and has had three of her short stories published in Specul8, the Central Queensland Journal of Speculative Fiction. In 2015, she was awarded the Editor’s Choice award for Specul8 and was subsequently nominated for the 2016 Aurealis Award. In her spare time she enjoys diving, reading and travelling.
D.R. Perry lives in Rhode Island, where all her books are set. Although she’s not a native New Englander, once up north she got so inspired she couldn’t leave. A wild Northern Muse attacked. D.R. used Typing; it was Super Effective.
D.R. writes all kinds of things. Mostly, they have strange and unusual elements. Not strange isotopes or Strontium or anything like that, but creatures who are people or people who are creatures. Beware of the Attack Poetry and rampant puns. Keep off the grass, or the song parodies may bite.
She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in the Ocean State, which she loves to remind people is not an island and not Long Island. D.R. is well aware that her home state has both of those things, but isn’t defined by them. Maybe this place reminds her that she’s also more than the sum of her parts.
Max Shephard is a Mississippi author, attorney, and entrepreneur who prefers his coffee black and his fiction dark. When he’s not writing about the strange and the terrible, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, coaching tee ball, and building furniture. His upcoming novel The Client, about a small-town public defender who’s appointed to represent the Devil himself, is coming soon. You can follow his work @maxxshephard on Twitter.