Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for four decades. She currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com and Nightfire. She has edited numerous anthologies for adults, young adults, and children, including The Best Horror of the Year annual series, When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson, Screams From the Dark: 19 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, and Christmas and Other Horrors. She’s won multiple Locus, Hugo, Stoker, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards plus the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named the recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre” and was honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. recently presented her with a special award in recognition of the anthology When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson (Titan Books, 2021).
She runs the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in the east village, NYC, with Matthew Kressel. She can be found on the website Datlow.com, and on Twitter and Facebook (google her).
Venessa Giunta is a writer of weird things, an editrix extraordinaire, and a little bit of a nerd. She is a published author, with non-fiction essays, short stories, and the urban fantasy Soul Cavern series, and has been a professional editor, both freelance and contract, since 2008. Conventions are a big part of her life, mainly as a guest and organizer. She is the Senior Programming Director for Multiverse and second to the director of the Writers Track at Dragon Con, both in Atlanta, and has been a guest and volunteer at many others. Additionally, Venessa runs a writerly support group called The Writers’ Troupe (formerly The Writing Tribe) on Facebook, Discord, and Twitch.
She’s been called the sort of evil that inspires hugs.
Monica Louzon (she/her) is a queer writer, translator, and editor from Maryland. Her short fiction, poems, essays, and translations have appeared in over 25 publications across six countries, and her story “9 Dystopias” was a Best Microfiction of 2023 winner. Monica has co-edited three anthologies of speculative fiction, founded the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, and served as Acquiring Editor for The Dread Machine for three years. She is currently Chair for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA)’s History Committee. You can learn more about Monica’s works at linktr.ee/molowrites, or visit her at monicalouzon.com.
Mike Jack Stoumbos is an author and educator, living with his wife, parrot, and puppy in Virginia. He is best known for his space opera novel series This Fine Crew and as a 1st-place Writers of the Future winner (2022). His work appears in anthologies from Zombies Need Brains, WordFire Press, and Camden Park Press, among others. Mike Jack is the lead editor of WonderBird Press and the Unhelpful Encyclopedia anthology series, featuring Murderbirds and Murderbugs.
You can find him at MikeJackStoumbos.com.
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith) finaled in both the science fiction/fantasy and humor categories of the 2008 Indie Awards. She has published short stories and novellas in venues ranging from Asimov’s to the anthologies of Zombies Need Brains. These include the WSFA Small Press Award finalist, “Lord Bai’s Discovery.”
Her nonfiction credits include two well-regarded art books and the essay “Jedi Mind Tricks: From the Reel to the Real” in Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict. She has contributed articles to publications as diverse as the then SciFi Channel’s Science Fiction Weekly and Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report. Her interviews were a regular feature of Buzzy Magazine (buzzymag.com) and Galaxy’s Edge.
A former assistant producer of the local access cable TV program Mystery Reader’s Corner, Ms. Ward edited the respected electronic magazine Crescent Blues (crescentblues.com) for eight years and co-edited the six-volume, fortieth World Fantasy Con anthology, Unconventional Fantasy. She is currently one of the production team for Con-Tinual, the convention that never ends (Facebook.com/groups/Continual/) and provides exclusive video interviews to BookBale.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read, and drink coffee. In her less-than-abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.