Ginger Nuts of Horror
Tim Lebbon was born in London in 1969. He has been writing ever since he can remember. The first story he recalls actually finishing was when he was nine years old. It involved a train hijacking, and one of the hijackers being clumsy enough to drop his gun. Naturally the hero found the gun and went on a killing spree. Die Hard on the 10:17 from Paddington.
His first published story was in the UK indie magazine Psychotrope in 1994, and in 1997 Tanjen published his first novel Mesmer. Since then he's had almost thirty books published in the UK and US by Bantam Spectra, Allison & Busby, Night Shade Books, Simon & Schuster, Leisure Books, PS Publishing, Necessary Evil Press, Cemetery Dance and many others.
Adam P. Lewis immersed himself within the world of horror at an early age. Whether reading writers Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ambrose Bierce, or watching movies like The Legend of Boggy Creek, Halloween, and Dawn of the Dead, Adam has not just enjoyed these mediums; he became inspired to create his own horror fiction.
Adam’s work isn’t merely based on fictional monsters, but also historical figures such as Lizzy Borden, Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis and Clark, and Sacagawea.
Adam’s work has been published with anthologies featuring Wrath James White, Mike Oliveri, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Jeff Strand, John Everson, Jason Sizemore, and Gord Rollo.
Currently, Adam is working on historical horror novellas, short stories, and collaborations. When not writing, Adam resides in the heart of the Adirondacks reading, watching baseball, and being a husband and father.
Aaron J. French (a.k.a. A. J. French) is currently a book editor for JournalStone Publishing and the Editor-in-Chief for Dark Discoveries magazine—a professional, internationally distributed print magazine specializing in dark fiction, currently on its tenth year of continuous publication and distribution. He has worked with and edited such authors as David Liss, Norman Partridge, Gary A. Braunbeck, Thomas Ligotti, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Maberry, F. Paul Wilson, and many others. In 2011 he edited Monk Punk, an anthology of monk-themed speculative fiction and The Shadow of the Unknown, an anthology of nü-Lovecraftian fiction. His latest anthology Songs of the Satyrs will be published in 2014 and features a brand new novella from New York Times best-selling author David Farland. Aaron also served as co-editor for The Lovecraft eZine for several months in 2012.
Aaron’s fiction has appeared in many publications including Dark Discoveries, Black Ink Horror, Something Wicked, After Death…, Bedlam, Beware the Dark, Chiral Mad, The Lovecraft eZine, and others. His zombie collection Up From Soil Fresh was published by Hazardous Press in 2013. Also in 2013 “The Order,” Aaron’s occult thriller novella about a Lovecraftian secret society, was published in the Dreaming in Darkness collection. His single-author collection, Aberrations of Reality, will be released mid-2014 by Crowded Quarantine Publications. He is currently an active member of the Horror Writers Association.
Aaron is pursuing a Religious Studies degree from the University of Arizona, where his main areas of interest and research include Anthroposophy, Western Esotericism, Freemasonry and Esoteric Orders, and Esoteric Christianity. His nonfiction articles on Thomas Ligotti, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Karl Edward Wagner have appeared in Dark Discoveries magazine, while his online column “Letters from the Edge,” focusing on the occult, spirituality, rogue scholarship, esotericism, and speculative fiction, is featured regularly on the Nameless Digest website. His academic paper “Toward Christian Renewal,” which explores potential contributions of esoteric Christianity within mainstream Christianity, was published in 2013 by the peer-reviewed journal The Esoteric Quarterly. He is currently a member of the ESSWE, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Ten yards from my bedroom window is a cyclone fence on the other side of which is the pioneer section of a cemetery where tall, old evergreen trees dominate. Some tombstones lean inward, inches away from trees. Once in my bedroom I was struck in the middle of my back. There was nobody in the room. Remember I live next to a cemetery. Ghost? Now the boring part: Degree in English Literature; ten years a film critic for local newspaper; decided to publish my e-Books because landing an agent is like trying to win a mega lottery.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
It depends on the story. In my collection of short stories, “Cemetery Tales and other Phantasms,” a few would be horror, some are weird, some are quirky, and some Twilight Zone type stories. I am of the school, probably a small one, that believes in not writing to specific genre, but writing the story you want to tell for the reason you want to write it.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Robert Coover and John Fowles come to mind for fiction, but I read more non-fiction because I am fascinated with the past and the people who lived in different eras, especially when someone separates truth from myth like Stacy Schiff did with “Cleopatra.”
Robert Friedrich is an Author who writes in a multitude of styles which include Novella's, Short Stories, Poetry and even Screenplays. His books are famous for taking an unconventional route through the darkest of places and emotions, and are generally driven by fast paced action and direct-from-heart dialogue. His current releases include: The Darkness Within: A Novella, Enlightened by Darkness Anthologies, The Book of Metal Lyrics and Seed of Evil, which is the first part of an entire up-coming Saga. Robert surprises his audience by how different, each of his book's tone, message is and how they are visually descriptive. He also designs his own book covers and trailers.
"A fictional Dystopia is better than a fake Utopia." -- Robert Friedrich
David Watkins lives in Devon in the UK with his wife, two sons and three legged dog. He is a teacher by day and writer whenever the day job allows. He has avidly read horror books since his teenage years and it remains a feature of the novels and stories he writes. The Original's Return is his first novel and he is currently editing The Devil's Inn, a horror story set on Dartmoor. He has published a short story "Presents of Mind" in the collection "When Red Snow Melts", which also features two stories by best-selling author Joe R. Lansdale.
2014 is set to be an exciting year for T M McLean. Not only is Fear’s Accomplice available to buy now, but his debut children’s fantasy book, The Sword of Gomar, is also set for a release in April. A whole string of short stories will also be appearing in various anthologies throughout the year.
T M McLean (Tim to his friends) lives in Germany with his wife and son.
David Oppegaard is the author of the Bram Stoker nominated The Suicide Collectors and Wormwood, Nevada. David grew up in the small town of Lake Crystal, MN and wrote his first book at the age of fifteen, a 400-page science fiction novel. Since then, he has written several more novels, some published, most not, and is currently working on his 10th novel. Each book has been different, ranging somewhere between literary fiction, speculative fiction, horror fiction, and dark fantasy.
David holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. A finalist for the Indiana Review Fiction Award and the Iowa Fiction Award, David has worked as an optician, a receptionist at the U of MN, a standardized test scorer, a farm hand, an editorial assistant, a trash picker for St. Paul public housing, a library circulation assistant, and as a child minder on a British cruise ship. He currently lives in the Midway area of St. Paul, MN.
Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction and the author of Poisonous and Pieces of Chaos. His work has also appeared in numerous publications over the years to include Morpheus Tales, Every Day Fiction, Black Petals, Night to Dawn, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats. More information can be found on his website at http://www.tommybsmith.com.
Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of "Boogie With Stu" even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn't even really want to get into right now.
During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.
He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor's degree is in German.