James R. Stratton

 Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer specializing in the field of child abuse prosecutions, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he’s been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 10+ years ago. In recent years he’s been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales in venues like Dragons, Knights & Angels Magazine, Ennea (published in Athens, Greece) and Nth Degree Magazine. The appearance of his first foray into the world of poetry in The Broadkill Review is but another step in his master plan. Soon he will step into the light as his stories appeared in 2010 and 2011 in Tower of Light Online Magazine, Big Pulp E-zine and the Paper Blossoms, Sharpened Steel anthology of Oriental fantasy from Fantasist Enterprises. His appearances in Dead Souls in September 2009 and Rum & Runestones in April 2010 are further steps in his master plan. Since, he had had publications in Padwolf Press (2012), NthZine.com, and Bad Ass Fairies IV (2014). He will be included in the Best of Big Pulp 2017 and the Best of Nth Degree Magazine, due out in 2018. His final reveal, the novel Loki’s Gambit, is under review for possible publication in 2019, when he will finally step into the light, triumphant.

 

Rob Balder

 

Rob Balder Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld, a sweeping fantasy webseries in illustrated prose and comic pages. It is currently penciled by the exquisitely talented Xin Ye, inked and colored by Eisner nominee Lauri Ahonen.

Erfworld tells the ongoing story of Parson Gotti, a fat gamer guy from Ohio who is magically summoned into a swords-and-sorcery setting. Parson is forced to command an army of cute and comical monsters in a gamelike war that is all too real. If he wants to stay alive, he must learn how the rules work—and how to break them.

The series has attracted a thriving community of fans who contribute art, comics, and fanfic. Working with the author, readers have built a wiki of more than 10,000 articles about the universe. And with five successful Kickstarters and a patronage program topping $1600 pledged per update, Erfworld is one of the great crowdfunding success stories in independent fiction.

As a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Rob serves on the Self-Publishing Committee and curates the SFWA Kickstarter page. He lives in Richmond, VA.