Patrick is the author of the award-winning Darkest Storm series published by Falstaff Books. Other titles include Stone Cold Witch, Never Steal From Dragons, The Shadow Blade Chronicles, and the Watchers of Astaria series from Distracted Dragon Press. Other publications include Fairy Films: Wee Folk on the Big Screen, a collection of fairy essays from Educated Dragon Publishing. Patrick is a member of SFWA.
Patrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife, two children and their spunky Cavalier King Charles, Blaze. In his spare time, he’s a PC gamer, homebrewer, 3D printer enthusiast, and DIYer. You can usually find him in the Hearthstone Tavern or wandering Azeroth as a Blood Elf Warlock in the evenings.
You can find out more at linktr.ee/patrickdugan.
Adele Gardner (they/them, gardnercastle.com) has a poetry collection, Halloween Hearts, from Jackanapes Press and over 475 stories, poems, art, and articles in Analog, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Daily Science Fiction, and more. Gardner is a pro member of SFWA and HWA and a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop with eleven poems that won or placed in the Poetry Society of Virginia Awards, Rhysling Award, and Balticon Poetry Contest. Gardner served as guest editor of Eye to the Telescope 27: Arthuriana.
A.L. Kaplan’s love of books started as a child and sparked a creative imagination. Born on a cold winter morning in scenic northern New Jersey, she is the author of the novel, Star Touched, and several short stories including “Hummingbird.” Her most recent publication is Mark of the Goddess, which includes original illustrations. She is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, is the Maryland Writers’ Association’s President, and holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, this proud mother of two lives in Maryland with her husband and dog. Learn more about A.L. at ALKaplanAuthor.com, @ALKaplanAuthor on social media.
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.
Bishop O’Connell is author of the American Faerie Tale series and the award winning novel, Two-Gun Witch, as well as a consultant, writer, blogger, lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples, Italy while his father was in the Navy, Bishop grew up in San Diego, where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. After wandering the country for work and school (absolutely not evading mind controlling bunnies), he settled in Richmond, VA, where he writes, collects swords, revels in his immortality as a “visionary” of the urban fantasy genre, and is regularly chastised for making up things for his bio. He can also be found online at A Quiet Pint (aquietpint.com), where he muses philosophical on life, the universe, and everything, as well as various aspects of writing and the road to getting published.