James R. Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. He began writing his tales 20+ years ago, and has been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales and poetry in roughly fifty venues over the years, including nine appearances in the various incarnations of Nth Degree Magazine. Most recently, he has appeared in the anthologies Dead Souls (2009), Rum & Runestones (2010), Fantastic Futures 13 (2013) and Bad Ass Fairies IV: It’s Elemental (2014), and will be appearing in the next issues of Nth Degree Magazine (#27) and the Best of Nth Degree Anthology due later this year. His final reveal will come with publication of his novel, The Dokkalfar’s Ploy, when he will emerge 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.