Alexis Lantgen is a writer, 6th grade science teacher, and classical musician. She enjoys Renaissance Faires, historical reenactment, and all things science fiction and fantasy. She has written numerous short stories, two non-fiction articles for Renaissance Magazine, and an unpublished novel. Alexis lives with her husband, her spirited three year old daughter, and their very patient cat in Dallas, TX.
Ben Howels is a horror and fantasy writer hailing from Devon, England. He’s loved the darker side of fiction from as far back as he can remember… and probably long before then. Having been published in a few anthologies, and a few more magazines, he’s now developed an appetite for it, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. You can usually catch him writing on his laptop, cowering before a mountainous pile of reading, or smashing some weights down the gym. And failing that, there’s always Twitter – @BenHowels.
Michael Reyes is a writer from Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in Weird Tales Magazine, Dark Eclipse, 31 More Nights Of Halloween by Rainstorm Press and Twisted Boulevard by Elektrik Milk Bath Press. Forthcoming stories set to be published by Cirsova Magazine and Reaktor. He’s an Iraq War veteran and playwright with an avid interest in entheogens.
Kevin Weir is a writer and podcaster hailing from the great white north of Alberta, Canada. In addition to novels and short stories, he has an award-winning short film, “My Life is a Musical”, and has had his plays produced numerous times. He is currently working on a series of horror shorts about a town called Shalebridge leading up to an indie feature film, spending many darkened nights typing alone on a screen and so, if met on the street, should not be approach too quickly. You can also check out his comedy podcast “The Third Space” on iTunes and at www.TheThirdSpacePodcast.com.
Karen Smith never outgrew a love of all things equine. She lives on a hobby farm not so facetiously called “Karen’s Home for Wayward Animals,” where she lives with her husband, two teenage sons, and menagerie of horses, llamas, alpacas, cats, a rabbit, and one very big, fluffy, white dog. She mentors 4-H members in training and showing llamas and alpacas and writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and fantasy, published under the pseudonym of Holly Bargo, who really did exist. But that’s another horse story.
Judith Field lives in London. She is the daughter of writers, and learned how to agonize over fiction submissions at her mother’s (and father’s) knee. In 2009, she made a New Year resolution to start writing fiction and get published within the year. Pretty soon she realized how unrealistic that was but, in fact, it sort of worked: she got a slot to write a weekly column in a local paper shortly before Christmas 2009. It ran for a several years. She still writes occasional feature articles for the paper. Her fiction, mainly speculative, has appeared in a variety of publications, in the USA, UK and Australia. She speaks five languages and can say, “Please publish this story” in all of them. When not writing she works at the day job, studies for a Masters in English, sings and swims–not always at the same time.
Michael McHenry is a nomad of the South who began his love of fantasy and sci-fi 20 years ago with a tattered manuscript called Dragonlance Chronicles, Dean Koontz’s “Midnight,” and a small party of D&D warriors he journeyed with through high school. He left an amazing career in law enforcement in 2012 after winning the Daytime Emmy for his help on a syndicated program. This was the catalyst to his creative arts career, now working on several indie short films, old-school RPG game projects, short stories, audiobook productions…and (somehow) his PhD.
Joas Miller is a published poet, former nationally signed recording artist, graphic artist whose work has been featured on three Horrified Press anthology covers as well as displayed in the National Civil War Museum. He lives in Ohio where he is a certified blacksmith. He has also been accused of being a gentleman and a scholar.