JM Beal started writing seriously in 2001. In 2014 she embarked on the adventure of co-running a publishing company, Golden Fleece Press. In 2019 she decided she wanted to become a CPA. Sleep is for mortals. Current books in print include The Guardian’s Circle series (midwestern monster-hunters), and the first three books in the Thomas the Watch-Cat series: Edgar Allan Poe stories, set with animals and retold for children.
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As a military journalist, Rachel A. Brune wrote and photographed the Army and its soldiers for five years. When she moved on, she didn’t quit writing stories with soldiers in them, just added werewolves. Rachel is the founder and chief editor at Crone Girls Press, an indie horror micropress specializing in anthologies. She edits the Falstaff Dread line of horror fiction at Falstaff Books. Previously, Rachel was a contributing editor to the Writerpunk Press charity anthology series. She lives with her spouse, two daughters, one reticent cat, and two flatulent rescue dogs. Her werewolf secret agent novel, Cold Run, is available from Falstaff Books.
Jason Ray Carney, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature in the Department of English at Christopher Newport University. He is the author of the academic monograph, Weird Tales of Modernity: The Ephemerality of the Ordinary in the Stories of Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and H.P. Lovecraft. He is also the author of a sword and sorcery anthology, Rakefire and Other Stories. He edits Whetstone: Amateur Magazine of Sword and Sorcery and Witch House: Amateur Magazine of Cosmic Horror, and is the owner of Spiral Tower Press.
Described by both press and colleagues as an “independent renaissance man” and “voice of the underground,” among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, NC. He first broke into the world of filmmaking in 2013 and has since worked on over two dozen films, many of which won various awards throughout the film festival and convention circuit. In addition to his film work, Harlequin is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, has over a dozen published short stories, dozens more non-fiction published credits and has been nominated for two Rondo Hatton Awards for his journalistic contributions. Outside of his career in entertainment, Harlequin is an avid foodie and beer aficionado and enjoys cooking, coffee, gaming, and hanging out with his dog.
Sean CW Korsgaard is an Army veteran, freelance photojournalist, and assistant editor and media/military liaison at Baen Books. His first anthology, Worlds Long Lost, and with it, his first published short story “Black Box” made their debut last December.
Gray Rinehart writes science fiction and fantasy stories, nonfiction, songs… and other things. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, devised a poetic form, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books.
Gray is the author of the lunar colonization novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and multiple anthologies. As a singer/songwriter, he has three albums that feature science-fiction- and fantasy-inspired music.
During his unusual USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, encrypted nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his website is graymanwrites.com.
Hildy Silverman writes in multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and blends thereof. In 2020, she joined the Crazy 8 Press authors collective (crazy8press.com), which publishes novels and anthologies by its membership. In 2013, her short story, “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid,” which appeared in the anthology Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea (French, ed.), was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award. In 2005, she became the publisher and editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine (spaceandtimemagazine.com), one of the oldest small press genre magazines still in production, and ran it until 2018. She is a past president of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers and a frequent panelist on the science fiction convention circuit. For more information about Hildy, including a complete list of her published work, please visit hildysilverman.com.
A multi-published author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began writing boyband slash before turning to self-publishing. She has worked with several different e-publishers, and has short stories published in anthologies by Alyson Books and Cleis Press, among others. In 2010, she founded JMS Books LLC, a small 100% queer-owned press that publishes LGBTQ+ romance in a variety of subgenres, including all genres of speculative fiction.
Mike Jack Stoumbos is an author and educator, living with his wife and their parrot in Richmond, VA. He is best known as a 1st-place winner of the Writers of the Future contest and for his space opera novel series This Fine Crew. His work appears in anthologies from Zombies Need Brains, WordFire Press, and Camden Park Press, among others. He is the lead editor of WonderBird Press, whose first anthology, Murderbirds, made 1st-day funding and was named a #ProjectWeLove on Kickstarter. Mike Jack teaches writing craft classes for teens and writing habits workshops for emerging authors. He also writes articles for TheBookBreak.com and other groups. Find more of his publications and his newsletter at MikeJackStoumbos.com