Ginger Nuts of Horror
Jeremy Thompson is a Southern California-based writer of horror, SF, thrillers and bizarro fiction. His bibliography includes The Phantom Cabinet, The Fetus and Other Stories, and Into the Darkness: Volume One's closing tale.
Mark Rigney is the author of four Renner & Quist adventures, including Check-Out Time and the e-book novellas The Skates and Sleeping Bear, both available from Samhaim Publishing. As a playwright, his work has been produced in twenty states plus Canada. Full-lengths include Ten Red Kings and Acts of God (both published by Playscripts, Inc.), as well as Bears, winner of the 2012 Panowski Playwriting Competition. His short fiction appears in Black Static, Unlikely Story, Witness, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Talebones, among over fifty other venues. In non-fiction, Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet University Press) remains happily in print one decade on. His website is www.markrigney.net.
Simon Dewar was born and bred in Canberra, Australia. He lives there with his wife and 3 daughters.
He has fiction published in the Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories, as well as the forthcoming anthologies The Sea and Death’s Realm, from Dark Continents Publishing and Grey Matter Press, respectively.
He is the editor of the Suspended in Dusk anthology, available from Books of the Dead Press.
By day, he is an ICT systems engineer; by night he writes, and edits, the literature of anxiety.
Eric Dimbleby is a horror writers who lives in Brunswick, Maine with his wife and three children. He's been published in dozens of anthologies in the US, Canada, and Australia. In 2012, he won the "Best Speculative Fiction" award from the Maine Writer's and Publishers Alliance, for his debut novel "Please Don't Go." Four of his novels and one short story collection have been published thus far, with more in the works. Check back often.
Chris Trengove and Peter Lawrence are longtime friends and collaborators, who have previously worked in journalism, the music business and advertising. They have been professional writers since the early eighties.
They have co-written two comic novels: 'It's Your Money In My Pocket, Dear, Not Mine In Yours' ("Very funny", The Times) and 'Engulfed In A Tide Of Filth' ("Wickedly honest", Men Only); as well as 'Full Moon', a biography of legendary rock drummer Keith Moon, ("Full of good jokes", Girl About Town.) The latter, a cult book amongst rock musicians and fans, has been re-published by Faber & Faber.
In the mid-eighties Chris and Peter went to New York to write scripts for Thundercats, Silverhawks and other top-rating series. Back in the UK, Chris became one of the country’s most sought-after animation writers, and has written scripts for, developed or script-edited almost 40 successful series, including worldwide smash Bob The Builder.
Peter remained in the US, and continues to work as an author, screenwriter and television producer in California. His work includes the animated TV series Peter Pan & The Pirates and The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest, and he has written a number of screenplays, including cult classic horror movie The Burning.
Peter and Chris’s most recent joint output includes two steampunk novels under the series heading Frankenstein Vigilante (a third on its way) and three horror novellas: Blood Ranch, Loom: Island Of Terror and Night Of The Dogs.
Jake Aurelian graduated from the University of Illinois in 2000 with a degree in Media Studies/Communication & Rhetoric. Aurelian has taught English and media at the college level, and to date, has written eight books (fiction; non-fiction; children's) and over 500 pop culture articles. Since 2012, his works of fiction have received eight international literary awards.
On Halloween 2012, Jake Aurelian took an obscure character from his fiction books, an angry clown named Ripper, and turned the character into a stand-up comedy and online comedy video gimmick; billed as "an unpredictable cartoon character come to life," Ripper the Clown morphs truth, fiction, pop culture and social commentary into comedy chaos. As his clown alter-ego, Aurelian performs material from his books; no other author has done anything even remotely similar, and the clown character quickly gained notice from NBC, award-winning movie producers and notables within the entertainment industry.
In 2014, Aurelian published the first book featuring Ripper the Clown as the main character--The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) Of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie. Before The Life & Mimes... was officially published, it received 2nd place for General Fiction at the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival.
Aurelian's collection of gritty, quirky short fiction, Dead Wrestlers, Broken Necks & The Women Who Screwed Me Over: A Main Event of Fiction and Photography (2011) has received rave reviews on Amazon.com for its diversity of fiction genres, "the immaculate writing," the laugh-out-loud humor, "crazy scenarios" and the author's "addictive" storytelling.
Dead Wrestlers... was the recipient of a Finalist Award (Short Fiction) in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received 2nd Place/Runner Up (General Fiction) in the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. After reading Dead Wrestlers, Broken Necks & the Women Who Screwed Me Over, legendary and iconic pro wrestler, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, posted on his Facebook page: "This is a very good book, folks, savvy stuff ... get your copy TODAY!"
Aurelian's Living Well is the Best Revenge (2012, crime fiction) received 1st Place (General Fiction) at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention at both the 2013 New England Book Festival and 2013 London [England] Book Festival. In addition, Living Well... was the recipient of a Finalist Award (Novella) in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Told in a true crime style, most readers believe that Living Well is the Best Revenge is an intense work of non-fiction.
We Leave With Our Guns Out! (2012, short fiction, bad romance) received Honorable Mention (General Fiction) at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival.
He is the co-author of Michale Callahan's Too Politically Sensitive (2009, true crime/political); featured on three episodes of CBS' 48 Hours and On the Case with Paula Zahn.
Jake Aurelian resides in Parts Unknown.
Seth Patrick was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he spent the last decade working as a programmer in an award-winning games company before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in England with his wife and two young children. Reviver, his debut novel, is the first in a trilogy. Film rights have been optioned by Legendary Pictures, the company behind Inception and Man of Steel.
October 09 sees the publication of Seth's novelisation of the hit television series The Returned which hit the UK in July 2013 on Channel 4. It attracted nearly eight million viewers over the eight episodes and quickly became a cult phenomenon with high-profile fans such as Stephen King. It's been shown world-wide, and won an International Emmy for Best Drama. With fantastic audience support, and amazing reviews in the press.
J.G Clay was born to write horror. He came into the world on the 31st October, 1973. To those of you who have no idea what that mean, 31st October is famously, (or infamously depending on your take on things), known as Halloween night, the night when thing go bump in the dark, the dead wander about a bit, children get lots of sweets, and Michael Myers come home to slaughter a load of promiscuous teens. To add more fun into the mix, it was also a full moon that night. Karma was definitely calling him to the horror path.
A keen sci-fi fan as a child, in the days when "Doctor Who" was most definitely uncool, and reading 'Judge Dredd' was seen as a bit odd. J.G discovered the dark delights of Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert and Ramsay Campbell, writers who he still hero worships to this day. Throw liberal parents into the mix who allowed him to watch the horror greats of the Seventies and Eighties from the pioneers of brilliant cinematic horror such as John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Dario Argento and the brilliantly disturbed and slightly disgusting Lucio Fulci and you have a cocktail for either a psychopath, or an author who knows how to play in the Dark.
J.G takes his influences firmly by the throat, throws in a bit of the sci-fi that he loves, memories and themes of growing up in in the UK as the son of immigrants, pop culture references drawn from his four decades of existence, and churns this toxic brew up to produce a cinematic stylish horror that leaps from the page, grabs you by the face and injects you with chills, thrills and a few laughs along the way. Personality wise, J.G is a curious sort. He's a genial chap with a Scorpio edge. Imagine if you will the intellectual bent of Stephen King, crossed with the maverick edge of John Carpenter, then gently mix in the brash no nonsense confidence of Noel Gallagher, coupled with the humbleness of an ordinary working class British lad, and you have Clay.
This man has the ideas, the tools and the talent and he aims to be around for a long time yet. The Clay will not go away.
Away from the Dark Side and in his real form as Pardip Basra, Clay is a family man living in a small town in the heart of England. He is music mad, a halfway decent bass player and all round nice guy, although he can have stereotypical Scorpio moments. He is an avid fan of football and supports Birmingham City Football Club, as well as his local side, Kettering Town FC.
He is also a loving devotee of spicy food, nice beer, and ice cream. He dislikes politicians, bigots, fascists, religious lunatics, spiders, slugs and cucumbers.
Johnny Mains is an award winning editor, biographer and horror historian whose main area of expertise is British horror anthologies. He also the author of two collections of horror stories.
Mains is a lifelong fan of The Pan Book of Horror stories and created a fan site for the thirty book series. This in turn led him to release his first anthology as editor, Back From the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which features sixteen new stories and five reprints from the original series. Authors featured include such Pan luminaries as Basil Copper, Christopher Fowler and Nicholas Royle. The book was released through Mains' Noose and Gibbet imprint at the World Horror Convention in March 2010. and won the Best Anthology Award at the 2011 British Fantasy Society Awards.
At the World Horror Convention in March 2010, Mains was responsible for the biggest gathering of Pan Horror authors for a panel on the history of the series and the dealings the authors had with its editor, Herbert Van Thal.
Mains was appointed Project Editor for the re-issue of the 1959 Pan Book of Horror Stories. The book was published, with a new introduction in October 2010 to critical acclaim.
Mains was a regular contributor to 'The Paperback Fanatic', a magazine devoted to pulp paperbacks. His interviews for the magazine have included Basil Copper, David F. Case, Shaun Hutson and John Holmes. Mains has also written for 'SFX' and the re-launched 'Fear' magazine, Mains' interview with James Herbert was one of the last Herbert did.
Mains' debut collection 'With Deepest Sympathy' was published by Obverse Books in October 2010. Containing fourteen stories of the 'odd and twisted' the tone of the stories are very Pan Horror in style, though the collection does include several ghost stories, one of which; 'Reconvened: The Judge's House' is an unofficial sequel to Bram Stoker's short story 'The Judge's House.'
Mains has also edited the first Obverse Quarterly book 'Bite Sized Horror' and 'The Screaming Book of Horror' - which contained unpublished stories by John Brunner and John Burke.
In July 2013, Mains announced his involvement with two new horror anthologies from Salt Publishing. - Best British Horror, a collection of the best horror short fiction from 2013, and Dead Funny (with Robin Ince), a collection of horror stories by comedians.
Suzanne Cowles was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and now lives in Florida with her husband and dachshund. She graduated from Florida State University in Interior Design and holds a Masters of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her twenty year professional career has spanned visual arts, 3D design and graphic arts.
One day her husband dared her to write a sequel screenplay for her favorite movie franchise. With dedication and determination, ALIEN 5: TRANSFECTION was born in a summer. Enjoying the creative process of writing so much, she challenged herself to conceive an original story, producing SHALLOW BASIN, book one of a planned trilogy series.