Michael Nethercott is the author of two traditional mystery novels, The Séance Society and The Haunting Ballad (St. Martin’s Press). His mystery and speculative stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Rogue Wave, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Aeryn Rudel is a freelance writer from Seattle, Washington. He is a notorious dinosaur nerd, a rare polearms expert, a baseball connoisseur, and he has mastered the art of fighting with sword-shaped objects (but not actual swords). Aeryn’s first novel, Flashpoint, was published in 2016 by Privateer Press, and he occasionally offers dubious advice on the subjects of writing and rejection (mostly rejection) on his blog at www.rejectomancy.com.
Tara Calaby lives in Melbourne, Australia with her wife and far too many books. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Grimdark Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Aurealis and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and she is an Assistant Editor for Luna Station Quarterly. She is currently a PhD candidate and is researching lesbian writing and Victorian fiction. In her free time, she can be found playing video games or attempting to learn Welsh. Her website can be found at www.taracalaby.com.
Elena Betti is a digital artist living in Italy. She lives in Livorno, a small seaside town in Tuscany, with her husband and 9 years old son. Her professional background is based both on artistic and technical design. She has worked for years on very different kinds of project ranging from technical executive design to graphic and corporate identity design. Her great passion, however, is the Illustration. Some of her artworks have been published by some magazines in the English-speaking market, such as On Spec Magazine, and the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine (Wildside Press). She can be reached at illustratumsite.wordpress.com or on her Twitter account @EleBtt.
Andrew Muff is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and works as a physician assistant in Wichita, KS. He’s also a short fiction writer and freelance illustrator. His work has previously appeared in Perihelion Science Fiction, Electric Spec, Bête Noire, and Sword and Sorcery Magazine.
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.
Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Penumbra, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semi-pro markets. His “Walden Planet and Other Stories” is available on Amazon. Other than writing and reading, his hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, jogging, and fighting the good fight against middle age. Though he lived in Brazil for eight years, he is still a lousy soccer player.
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company, and three of her games are currently in the marketplace: “MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Check out her website at www.gontzagames.com. She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit www.geminiwordsmiths.com for more information and testimonials. Ann reviews books for Amazing Stories Magazine, an online sci-fi magazine which can be found at www.amazingstoriesmag.com, and her most recent publishing credit is a poem in the Fall 2015 issue of Space and Time Magazine. She is a graduate of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s short story writing class.
Phillip Englund has been writing since 2008 and reading for as long as he can remember. He has a BA in English and lives near Washougal, Washington, dabbling in insomnia and typing out weird, humorous stories when his brain refuses to let him shut down during the long hours between sunset and sunrise.
Mitchell Malloy is an artist with a deep passion for craftsmanship and storytelling. He has over 5 years of experience working as an artist in games. He is currently at Riot Games where he works as an illustrator. Outside the office, Mitch is a freelance artist for novels and traditional games.