Posted on: March 6th, 2009 Contributors

Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in We Are Champion, Underground Voices, Liquid Imagination, Story Quarterly, and New York Tyrant (which also gave her story The Lidano Fiction Award). Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University.

Scott Akalis has a Ph.D. in psychology and would like to make writing his third career, not counting brief stints in fast food, umpiring, and go kart maintenance. His fiction has appeared previously in Nature and Camera Obscura. Now that he lives abroad, Scott regrets satisfying his foreign language requirement with Latin.

Tom Andrews (not his real name, for the love of God) loves his 1938 Mirro percolator and uses it almost daily. He writes, he reads, he cooks, and he gets bit in the calf by his Australian Shepherd. All this he does somewhere in the urban wilds of Illinois. Some of his material may be found at Red Fez, Hackwriters, and Weirdyear. Follow him directly at or just ignore it and go back to your microwaved, pizza-flavored snacks.

Garrett Ashley lives in Brookhaven and studies English at The University of Southern Mississippi. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in a few print and electronic zines, including The New Flesh, Flashes in the Dark, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. Currently he enjoys pool hopping and watching squirrels fall out of trees.

Dameion Becknell lives and works in Kentucky. He and his wife, April, have three children and a neurotic Weimaraner dog, all four of which have been known to bite. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Dark Recesses Press, Down in the Cellar, 7th Dimension, The Late Late Show and Tales of the Zombie War.

Helena Bell is an occasional poet, writer, and international traveler which means that over half of what she says is completely made up, the other half is probably made up, and the third half is about the condition of the roads. She has a BA, an MFA, a JD, and is pursuing a Tax LLM in order to fulfill her life long dream of having more letters follow her name than are actually in it. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Pedestal Magazine, and Rattle. Sometimes she blogs about staircases at

F.J. Bergmann frequents Wisconsin and, functioning (so to speak) as the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change ( Poetry, science fiction, and what falls between those worlds has appeared in Apex, Big Pulp, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, and regular literary journals that should have known better. A fourth chapbook, Out of the Black Forest, is forthcoming from Centennial Press.

Kevin Bishop lives near Seattle, WA…but once lived near Mina, NV.  His work has or will appear in Thaumatrope, Boston Literary Magazine, Sonar4 and Static Movement.  He has authored two novels, Ask The Sky and Annapurna Sanctuary, both of which are searching for good homes.

Jesse Bullington is the author of The Sad Tale of the Brothes Grossbart and the upcoming The Enterprise of Death, as well as several short stories and articles. He lives in Colorado and can be found online at

Van Choojitarom lives in Bangkok where he is training to become a Buddhist monk. His work is available at and He is the inventor of the erotic chess story and an authority on the sport of Martian Foot Boxing.

Idan Cohen lives and writes in the Tel Aviv area of Israel, in the whereabouts of his birth. If you google him you will find some embarassing secrets which will likely not interest you. He hopes to be discovered soon, before the water rises above his nose. You can contact him at idanwcohen at

Tina Connolly is a writer and face painter in Portland, OR.  Her stories can be read online in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Birkensnake.  She’s a Clarion West grad and has a website at

Elizabeth Creith draws on her familiarity with history, myth and folklore to write her fiction and poetry. For ten years she wrote humour and commentary for CBC radio. She has had stories published or accepted by New Myths, Chicken Soup for the Soul and THEMA, among others. Her flash “Companion Animal” placed twelfth in the Writers’ Union of Canada 2008 Postcard Fiction Contest, and her flash “Dark Chocolate” came in first in the Northwestern Ontario Writers’ Workshop 2010 writing contest. Elizabeth lives, writes and commits art in Wharncliffe, Northern Ontario, distracted occasionally by her husband, dog and two cats.

Gary Cuba‘s short fiction has appeared or is scheduled in more than a dozen genre and mainstream publications including Jim Bean’s Universe, Abyss & Apex, Fictitious Force, Allegory, Lunch Hour Stories, and others.  He lives with his wife and scads of critters in South Carolina.

Danica Cummins mooches up and down the west coast, carrying a suitcase full of books and wearing colorful socks. Read all about it in “Danica’s Intergalactic Coffeeship,” her weekly travelogue blog, at Check out her fiction online for free at Luna Station Quarterly, State of Imagination, The Ear Hustler, and Larks Fiction Magazine. And heavens, don’t forget your towel.

Alec Deason lives in Seattle, WA where he grows slightly older every day. He has theories about why this might be happening. The theories are very interesting.

Maria Deira lives in Oregon. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Kaleidotrope, and Verb Noire. She’s currently working on a novel about a neo-vaudevillian troupe of cloned child entertainers called the Shirley Girls.

Eric Del Carlo has taken a keen interest in climate-related apocalyptic fiction since fleeing New Orleans a day ahead of Hurricane Katrina.  He is the co-author, with the late Robert Asprin, of the Wartorn fantasy novels.  A final book with Bob is due out through DarkStar Books.  Eric’s short fiction has appeared recently in Talebones, Electric Spec, and Necrotic Tissue.  Check him out at

Sara K. Ellis lives in Tokyo where she practices the art of seat nabbing during crowded commutes. Recently she made her first fiction sales to Allegory and the forthcoming Rockets, Swords and Rainbows anthology. She finds inspiration in her partner, and two nieces and a nephew who continually challenge her with terrific questions: “If it took so much practice for the Samurai to chop heads off, why not ask the children of the corn?” Why not, indeed?

Spencer Ellsworth wrote his masterpiece “Supertiger” at the age of six and has never recovered. To support the addiction, he has worked in wilderness survival, special education, and publishing. Besides fiction, he writes opinion and review columns for The Intergalactic Medicine Show and Fantasy Magazine. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth and little Adia, who currently seeks to emulate Pollock in the medium of carpet and wall.

Daniel Eness writes stories of strange adventure where the hero always wins, except those times when he dies spectacularly in an explosion. He has stories printed or accepted for publication in Stupefying Stories, Ideomancer, Diagram and Unbeskorrnt Mnebeholiths: A Fanzine of Impromulgable Proportions. Meet a little bit of him at or

Jason Fischer attended Clarion South, was a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest, and was recently shortlisted for a Ditmar Award.  Jason’s work has appeared in Apex, Andromeda Spaceways, and the Dreaming Again anthology.

H.L. Fullerton is a lifelong New Yorker who knows that reality should never get in the way of a good story.

Ben Godby writes mysteriously thrilling pseudo-scientific weird western adventure fantasy tales. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario with a girl, two dogs, and a cat, and chronicles his literary battle stories at

Lydia S Gray lives in the beautiful Welsh countryside. She likes to crochet shawls and tell fortunes.

Uri Grey is a game writer, translator, humanist, twitterist and storyteller from Israel. He lives in and rather enjoys the view.

Jamie Grove lives outside Washington, DC and sometimes in Columbus, Ohio. He is married with two children. He dreams of the good life, which usually has something to do with cake and sunshine. He writes about not writing at

Douglas Hackle likes to write stories that are bizarre, surreal, absurd, satirical, darkly humorous, horrific, macabre, veiny, vainglorious, childishly stupid, moronically pointless or some combination thereof.  His stories have [vein poppet] appeared in several online and print publications.  Douglas resides in Northeast Ohio with his wife and little boy, and he’s not exactly sure how that blasted vein poppet be gettin’ all up in his bio n’ shit.

Jon Hakes is a writer with multivariate writing interests, from fantasy to satire to sci-fi to literary, and onwards and downwards. He writes along the periphery of his day job in higher education, an arrangement that is, if not ideal, at least workable, for the time being. He lives in a reasonable apartment, with his supportive wife, and two ambivalent cats. His favorite method of writing is to sit in front of a monitor and pull at his hair with both hands until the occasional, highly-concentrated sentence fragment drips out of his brain.

Jason Heller, a resident of buildings almost his entire life, has or will be published in Sybil’s Garage, Farrago’s Wainscot, Apex Magazine, Kaleidotrope, Expanded Horizons, Everyday Weirdness, Atomjack, and dozens of wonderfully shitty punk zines. When not slaving away for The Onion’s A.V. Club or playing in his band The Fire Drills, he dreams. Please view his animated remains at

Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. His work has been published in The Horror Zine, Aphelion, Dark Recessess, Static Movement, and elsewhere.

Micah Dean Hicks is a master’s student in the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His work has been accepted to over a dozen publications, including Shady Side Review, Prick of the Spindle, Tryst, The Smoking Poet, and The Rectangle. Lately, he’s been fixated on putting things in jars.

Carlie Holmboe I am a senior creative writing major at Colorado University, originally from Oklahoma City. Been writing for as long as I can remember. Fiction is such a vital part of life for me, both reading and writing it. I’ve found that most of the time my characters travel to some pretty frightening places before their issues are resolved. Those places are where I find truth, I guess. At least it seems like going there is a way to make sense of things, for me. Not to mention, it’s fun.

Justin Howe’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Fast Ships, Black Sails, The Best of Abyss & Apex vol.1, Cinema Spec, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He currently lives in New York City, and, of course, he maintains a blog at

Jennifer Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in Front Porch, The Arroyo Literary Review, Stone’s Throw Magazine, Slow Trains, and The Mississippi Review, among others. An alum of Boston University’s graduate creative writing program, she currently works as an Associate Professor of English at Ohlone College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Alameda with her husband, four cats, puppy, and innumerable books.

Tina L. Jens‘s fiction has been published in Black Gate, Cafe Irreal, After Hours, Outre, Weird Tales (upcoming), and numerous anthologies.

Jackie Jones lives in Berkeley, California. She has written book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Electric Review, and Exurb Magazine and was the humor columnist for Verdugo Monthly.

KJ Kabza’s flash fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online and Daily Science Fiction, with longer work appearing in F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. He encourages you to check out for links to more, or to follow him on Twitter @KJKabza.

Vylar Kaftan‘s work has appeared in places like Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and Clarkesworld.  She blogs at and has some theories on what Antarctica tastes like.

Eliyanna Kaiser enjoys writing all kinds of speculative fiction, but has a special fondness for the things that go bump in the bright of day. She lives in New York City with her wife, books, and political obsessions. Her fiction recently appeared in the horror anthology Dark Faith (Apex Books). You can find her slowly learning how to build a website at

Rahul Kanakia was born in Redwood City, CA in 1985. He grew up in Washington, D.C. He returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for college, and he got his B.A. in Economics in 2008. He currently lives in Oakland and works works as a consultant for the World Bank on environmental operations in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. He has sold stories to Clarkesworld, Nature, Redstone Science Fiction, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. If you also used to love Voltron, then you should visit his blog at

Meagan Kane lives in Kansas, and doesn’t like dancing. Her work has appeared in Illumen, Bewildering Stories, and The Sword Review.

Simon Kewin writes fiction, poetry and computer software, although usually not at the same time. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He lives in the UK with Alison and their two daughters, Eleanor and Rose. He blogs about writing at and can also be found on Twitter as @SimonKewin.

Miles Klee writes problematically weird things, some of which have appeared in Contrary, elimae, A cappella Zoo, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Abjective and elsewhere. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, and often charges into unsuspecting flocks of pigeons.

Helen E. Kourous is still waiting for her personal robot and flying car. By day she writes MATLAB code and generates cool scientific imagery and kml. Nights and weekends she does Mom stuff like laundry and dishes and dinner. She, however, does not do windows (see: robot). When she gets rare and precious moments to herself loves to read and write speculative fiction.

Michael James Landis lives in San Francisco. With the racket his patrons make, he worries the neighborhood watch will discover his unlicensed petting zoo. He writes short fiction after midnight:

Hollan Lane lives in Spokane, Washington and writes freelance articles about Macs, gardening and video games. She has a BA in linguistics, but it only comes in handy when she is called upon to fulfill her duty as Grammar Secretary of an undisclosed Eastern European nation. When writing Hollan focuses on short and flash fiction as well as sci-fi and fantasy novels for young adults.

Alexander Lumans’ fiction has been published in Clarkesworld Magazine and The Versus Anthology and is forthcoming in Greensboro Review, Black Warrior Review, Gargoyle, and Southern Indiana Review as well as in the anthologies Surreal South 09, Press 53, Open Awards 2009, Realms 2, Three Times Daily, and Writer’s Voice 2009.  He recently graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and he now lives in Boulder, CO.

Soren Lundi lives in Pittsburgh, where he writes, paints and plays unsettling music with Soldiers & Sailors. His stories have previously appeared in The Cerebral Catalyst.

JM McDermott‘s first novel, Last Dragon was #6 on’s Year’s Best SF&F in 2008, was shortlisted for a Crawford Prize for first Fantasy, and made Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading List. His short fiction is appearing or forthcoming in Weird Tales Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Dark Recesses Press, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Tait McKenzie Johnson is a resident of the Earth, though he is most likely found in Pittsburgh, PA, trying to save the world from its lack of imagination. His short fiction has been published in Encyclopedia Destructica, The Original Thought, and Colored Chalk, as well as in a series of long-vanished, photocopied chapbooks. Tait is currently working on a novel about the perils of waking up, and a series of flash science-fictions based on current news events. More of his musings are available at

Amy McLane’s work has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Ralan’s, Kiss Machine, Flytrap, and The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She posts Mondays at and less frequently at Assembled by a flock of cockatiels, Amy occasionally makes grinding noises, but alas, the warranty is expired.

Nick Mamatas is the author of two novels, Move Under Ground and Under My Roof, and over fifty short stories.  Much of his recent work was collected in You Might Sleep…  A native New Yorker, Nick now lives in the California Bay Area.

Sean Markey lives in Salt Lake City, UT, where he is a student teacher in a 3rd grade classroom. He also reads slush for Clarkesworld Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, and most recently, Sybil’s Garage. You can follow along at

Kate Marshall reads and writes in Seattle, where she writes for the video game March 32nd. She is a graduate of Odyssey and the Assistant Editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nossa Morte, Strange Horizons, and Pseudopod.

Lisa Martens is a fan of public transportation, shiny rocks, and making jokes about herself. She’s been published in other things, probably. After teaching English in Costa Rica for four months, she is back in New York. Currently, she makes a living by cleaning Civil War guns for re-enactments on Governors Island (it’s the island next to the Statue of Liberty).

Martin M. Meiss says, “I’m mostly a long fiction guy, and for some reason my flash fiction seems to be kind of nasty.” So, he thought we would like it. We did.

Joanne Merriam is a Nova Scotian living in Nashville. Her work has appeared in Southern Gothic, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and Strange Horizons, and she won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award for Best Poem of 2008. “Ribbons. Lightning.” first appeared in the Canadian magazine On Spec. You can find her at

Mark Mills received his M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. He teaches English composition and literature at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has published work in The Licking River Review and Re:Visions, A Cincinnati Conspiracy and worked on and appeared in several local movies. He currently is occupied with a large number of children, animals, and unpublished stories.

David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and author of the geeky DIY book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred. His short fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Asimov’s, The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded. His Nebula-nominated novella “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate” is now available for Kindle.

Mike Norris is a member of HWA and the Son & Foe Writers’ Circle, has been published in Withersin, Necrotic Tissue, Pseudopod, and T.M. Wright’s Holy Horrors anthology. His horror novel, Devouring Grimace Price, is forthcoming.

Sandra Odell lives in Washington state, and is the happily married mother of two teen-aged boys. A prolific writer, and rabid chocoholic, her writing credits include publication in Jim Baen’s Universe, four honorable mentions from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, and now publication in Brain Harvest. Sandra wants to be herself when she grows up; barring that, she’ll settle for being Harlan Ellison.

Shelley Ontis lives in Illinois and works as a freelance writer. Her fiction has appeared in several publications like Defenestration, Planet Relish and NFG, and is forthcoming in AntipodeanSF and the Pill Hill Press anthology Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter. She blogs at about the good, bad and ugly of putting words on paper.

An Owomoyela did not crawl from the depths of the sea where the squamous elder things are. That would be silly. Se was constructed, atom by atom, by an extremely precise 3D printer, and further details are classified. An’s fiction has appeared in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed Magazine, as well as the magazine you’re staring at now. Se’s interests include linguistics, computer programming, being godawfully clever, and using pronouns that confuse other people. More can be learned at

Daria Patrie compulsively scribbles in Winnipeg, Canada where she lives with her boyfriend and three cats.  Visit her online at

Daniel Powell teaches English composition, American literature and film criticism at a small college in Northeast Florida. He is an avid outdoorsman and long distance runner and spends much of his free time fishing the waters of Northeast Florida from atop his kayak. Daniel’s fiction has appeared in Something Wicked and Sotto Voce, and more stories are forthcoming in Weber: The Contemporary West and Well Told Tales. He shares a small house with his wife and daughter near Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. Daniel maintains an online journal at

Cat Rambo‘s work has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales. She collaborated with Jeff VanderMeer on The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories (2007) and has a collection of stories forthcoming this year.

Luc Reid is a Writers of the Future winner, author of Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures, and founder of the Codex writers’ group. He writes about practical tools for self-motivation at and has contributed nearly a hundred very short stories to the Daily Cabal. His web site is, and his writing blog can be found at

Jason S. Ridler: I’m a former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and hold a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Visit my writing blog, Ridlerville: and on twitter at

Jeff Samson makes a living as a copywriter with an ad agency in NYC. He brews Irish stout when he’s not writing science fiction and often drinks it when he is. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter, and no cats.

Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Pseudopod, and Withersin. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with his wife, Lisa, a couple of mighty cats, and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic–not so much. Feel free to visit his online home at and follow him on Twitter at

Brian Francis Slattery is an editor, writer, and musician. He wrote Spaceman Blues: A Love Song and Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America.

Nancy Stebbins is in her final semester at the Pacific University MFA program. Her stories have been or will soon be published in decomP, St. Ann’s Review, and Cezanne’s Carrot. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband and four teenage children.

Steven R. Stewart grew up listening to his dad’s ghost stories and never recovered. He attended Uncle Orson’s Literary Boot Camp in 2009 and currently lives in Oklahoma in a small house full of girls. His stories have appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and Daily Science Fiction. Find him online at:

Katherine Sparrow has sold stories to PodCastle, Fantasy Magazine, Nightshade, and a few others. Her website is

Chris Stamp is a Producer in the video games business, based in Scotland. He has also worked on military cockpit technology for British Aerospace, and training simulators for London Underground drivers, among other things. He can be found online at

David Steffen‘s work has also appeared in the Northern Frights “War of the Worlds: Frontlines” anthology and Pseudopod.

Fritz Swanson is a writer, teacher and printer. His work has appeared in PRINT Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Mid-American Review, The Believer, Shimmer, and Best American Fantasy. He lives in Manchester, Michigan, and teaches at the University of Michigan. You can find him at

Nicole M. Taylor lives in Michigan and loses tweezers often. She bloggerates here:

Stellan Thorne lives with his partner, their best friend, two cats and a snake. He likes shiny things, in life and fiction.

William T. Vandemark can be found wandering the back roads of America in a pickup. He chases storms, photographs weather vanes, and prospects for fulgarites. His fiction can be found in Apex Magazine, Bits of the Dead, and Northern Haunts. Depending on weather and inclination, he resides in Texas, Oregon, or Maine. His permanent e-residence can be found at

Sean Vivier lives in an artists’ co-op in central Connecticut. Besides a writer, he’s staff at a Sudbury school and a line dance instructor.

Fred Warren lives in Kansas, where all sorts of things turn up in the harvest.  His stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, A Fly in Amber, and Beyond Centauri.  You can find him online at

Ben White is the editor of Nanoism, a paying market for incredibly short stories (he writes his own twitterfiction @midnightstories). Ben’s recent flash is in or forthcoming in Dogzplot, Sub-lit, Flashshot, Flashquake and others.

Caleb Wilson‘s fiction has appeared in places like Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and Weird Tales. He and his wife live in Illinois.  His alter-ego works in a library.

Kenton K. Yee has published his short fiction in Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, and Monkeybicycle. A PhD physicist working in finance, Ken adores irrealism, quantum mechanics, and berry sorbet.

Derek Zumsteg attended Clarion West and has been published in Asimov’s a couple times. He also writes about baseball–some of it really good–and drinks a lot of coffee and beer. You can stalk him at