Ginger Nuts of Horror
Suzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions and chillin' like a villain with her two sons. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada, and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Urban Green Man and When the Hero Comes Home 2. Her collection of short fiction, "Elements" is available at bookstores and Amazon from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.
Cynthia Jean (C.J.) Sellers spent her early childhood in Toledo, Ohio, USA, a place like so many in The Rust Belt around the Great Lakes that suffered disintegration of their vital core due to a dependency on manufacturing.
Her family—forced to choose between layoff and continued employment in a new area of the country—left behind the nucleus of several generations rooted in the Toledo area, to relocate to the wilderness of rural Virginia.
This isolation from roots and family support, friends and community, combined with pressures from corporate culture, led her parents to a meltdown that ended in divorce. CJ later lost her closest family members to illnesses of the brain.
Loss of identity/self, family, and place were the impetus for CJ’s decision to lampoon the dynamics of society and family gone off the rails through means of the horror genre.
That said, no family history plays out in her fiction, no characters literally resemble any persons living or deceased. Situations presented are metaphors for how life feels at times of great emotional disturbance and loss—normal life warps into the surreal.
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 70 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies. She has published four novels and two story collections with university and small presses, and her last collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been shortlisted for a Pushcart prize, for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Permuted Press just published her novel, Glorious Plague, about a beautiful apocalypse.
Hal Bodner is the author of the best selling gay vampire novel, Bite Club and the lupine sequel, The Trouble With Hairy. He tells people he was born in East Philadelphia because so few people know where Cherry Hill, New Jersey is located. The first person he saw ever saw was the doctor who delivered him, C. Everet Coop, the future US Surgeon General. Thus, Hal was ironically destined to become a heavy smoker.
He moved to West Hollywood in the 1980s and has rarely left the city limits during the past several decades. Hal is so WeHo-centric that he cannot find his way around Beverly Hills, the next town over.
Hal has been an entertainment lawyer, a scheduler for a 976 sex telephone line, a theater reviewer and the personal assistant to a television star. For awhile, he owned Heavy Petting, a pet boutique where all the movie stars shopped for their Pomeranians. He also owned an exotic bird shop.
He has never been a waiter.
He lives with assorted dogs, and birds, the most notable of which is an eighty year old irritable, flesh-eating military macaw named after his icon – Tallulah. He often quips he is a slave to fur and feathers and regrets only that he isn’t referring to mink and marabou. He does not have cats because he tends to sneeze on them.
Having reached middle-age, he remembers Nixon
He got “married” very late in life to an incredible man. Sadly, after five amazing, if turbulent, years he was widowed and can sometimes be found sunbathing at his husband’s grave while trying to avoid cemetery caretakers screaming at him to put his shirt back on.
Hal has also written a few erotic paranormal romances -- which he refers to as “supernatural smut” -- with In Flesh and Stone and For Love of the Dead. While his salacious imagination is unbounded, he much prefers his comedic roots and he is currently pecking away at a series of bitterly humorous gay super hero novels.
He recently married (legally!) an amazing man who he blushes to admit is roughly half his age and who had no idea that Liza Minnelli was Judy Garland's daughter. As a result, he has recently discovered that the use of hair dye is rarely an adequate substitute for Viagra.
K.Z. Morano is a writer, a beach bum, and a chocolate addict. She writes anything from romance and erotica to horror and SF, F, and WTF. Her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues over the past few months.
"100 Nightmares" is her first horror story collection.
Raised in Gardner, Massachusetts for the first thirty-three years of my life, then moved with my wife and children to the town next door, East Templeton. We have seven children--six boys ages 23, 16, 8, 6, 4, and 3, and one girl age 16. We now have two grandchildren and a third on the way. I was a librarian for six years (started the job when I was a sophomore in high school), automotive parts clerk for eight years, teacher for eight, and now deliver the early morning newspaper. Hoping to make writing a fulltime, permanent career.
Okay, what to say? Let's start with the boring details before we get to the juicy bits! I am Simon Goodwin
I am 46 years old and have been writing since I was at school, but this is my first foray into publishing of any description (I have sent manuscripts to publishers and Agents only to receive the standard 'Thanks but no thank' reply, or more likely no reply at all). I am what is commonly known as a geek. I love Science Fiction (Especially Star Wars- I can quote all 6 films word for word), the supernatural, paranormal, fantasy etc etc. I love anything remotely in the genre. I am married (maybe I should've put that first- might still do if the wife sees this), to a beautiful woman(there, that's a few brownie points), and am a carer for my father. My wife and I have 5 dogs, four cats, two budgies, goldfish(indoor and out) and a tortoise called Yoda (see Geek!), and a bearded dragon called Loki My dream is to walk into a bookshop (or look on Amazon of course) and see my book for sale(Amazon I Love You). I have worked in numerous fields, including in a cinema, in a Disney Store and in numerous warehouses.
So that's me. If you like what you read then let me know, if you don't let me know. If you want to chat, let me know. I'm here to stay now.....
M.R. Cosby finds himself in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, having somehow escaped (physically, but not mentally) from the gloriously grey Home Counties of his youth. He has had a lifelong interest in dark literature, having been exposed, by accident and at a tender age, to some copies of the Pan collections of horror stories. These, which were carelessly left on a windowsill by his departing father, became perhaps that parent’s most enduring influence upon his son.
He began writing his memoirs some years ago, which, though still far from complete, provided the inspiration for his first collection of short stories, Dying Embers. To his surprise, several of the tales written for this collection were published in their somewhat embryonic states, which encouraged him to persevere.
Cosby was for many years an illustrator and graphic designer, then became Creative Director of a large Australian publishing company. In this role he worked on a varied stable of magazines, often contributing to features as a journalist, which thoroughly whetted his appetite for writing. He is currently looking after his family and writing a novel.
Jake Anderson is a writer/filmmaker with a passion for subversive themes, fringe ideas, and satirical comedy. His genres of trade are science fiction, horror and comedy. He also runs the popular paranormal/horror blog theghostdiaries.com.
Paul Flewitt lives in Sheffield, UK with his partner and their two children. He is a writer of horror and dark fiction, described in a similar vein to Clive Barker, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. He writes under the CHBB/Vamptasy imprint.
Paul is the author of "Smoke" a flash fiction which appeared in OzHorrorCon's Book of Tribes anthology, "Paradise Park" from JEA's All That Remains anthology and the Thirteen Horror vol 3 anthology. His debut stand alone novella "Poor Jeffrey" is available through CHBB'Vamptasy press. He continues to work on further pieces...