David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Margaret Weis is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books, including the Star of the Guardian series, the Death Gate Cycle, the Darksword Trilogy, and the Dragonlance series. She lives in a converted barn in Wisconsin.
David W. Amendola is a United States Air Force veteran. He has been a pulp fiction fan and history buff since he was a teenager and his stories combine both. His tales have appeared in Weird Tales magazine and in the acclaimed SNAFU anthology series of military horror. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in World Military History from American Military University and he served in the U.S. Air Force for over 21 years. Born and raised in Illinois, he lives near Chicago. His website can be found at: dwamendola.wix.com/authoramendola.
Rhoads Brazos hails from Colorado, where he lives with his wife and son. His morbid fascination with horror and weird fiction takes his writing down paths he’s perhaps too willing to follow. Somehow, his work has seeped into this publication and other unsuspecting venues, including: The Best Horror of the Year (edited by Ellen Datlow), Apex Magazine, Death’s Realm (Grey Matter Press), and SQ Mag. The first installment of his occult detective novella, The Devil’s Trill, book one of The Ladies Bristol series, is slated for release this summer by Grey Matter Press.
Brenda Kezar is a horror and fantasy writer living on the frozen plains of North Dakota. Her love of horror dates back to age eight, when the lack of a babysitter caused her parents to drag her to a completely age-inappropriate horror movie. A few years later, she won a local young author’s conference in her grade category and a dream was born. You can find out more about her at: www.brendakezar.com.
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 recently published 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.
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. She 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.
Michael Johnson has been writing for over 25 years in every genre imaginable, but his passions are forever firmly rooted in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror (he even sports a Jason Vorhees tattoo as proof of his dedication). When he’s not writing a movie, novel, or comic book, he can be found at any number of genre conventions around the U.S. He loves cats, sushi, and has a well known addiction to coffee.
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.