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When he saw the unbroken shop frontage of an electricals shop, and could also see that the door was open, he knew that he could run no further. The poor bastards back there had probably ended up saving his life and buying him some time. Not to mention the burning car. He staggered through the doorway, only pausing to look back to make sure that the horde of voices and the darkness was not sweeping up the street after him.

There was no relief in the desolate quiet of the empty street. It could come anytime, anywhere. Without warning. Deep inside the shop, surrounded by shelves of silent televisions, DVD recorders and music centres, Jay slumped to the floor and dropped the shotgun at his side. He sat for a long time, just getting his ragged breathing back to normal again, feeling the blood pounding in his temples and his ears. Letting it all settle down.

There were batteries inside, and a tape. When he looked more carefully, he could see other packets of batteries; other boxes of blank tapes. He looked at the dictation machine in his hand for a long time, weighing up. That went on until Halloween, I listed some of my favorite musicians, and two people who know me very well both immediately recommended I listen to Frank Turner.

The second, moments later, was you, Mr. In November of that year, I reached out to Frank via email to sort of awkwardly tell him how much finding his music had meant to me, and that it had helped me get through a rough time. He replied a couple of hours later with an invitation to come down to Providence, RI, which is about ninety minutes from my house, to see him live with the Sleeping Souls at a small club called Fete. I brought Matt Bechtel with me and saw my first Frank show on December 16th, Mine is a nice story, too.

One day I heard a bit of gentle piano music and a gentleman singing in a very English voice about listening to his music on a portable stereo. I stuck my head in the door and frowned. Who knows, maybe his first published fiction in this anthology might lead elsewhere? CG: It was right after you and Matt recommended him to me. The idea that as a songwriter he would buy a box and ship it home for later inspiration stuck with me.

TL: I remember the Skype when we came up with the idea. He responded to say that it was a true story, and next thing he was shipping a big box of postcards to me which I still have. I really must return them! As for selecting postcards for contributors, I went through the box and pulled out the ones that I thought were interesting——whether it was picture, message, or sometimes just a one-word note.

PS felt so natural. CG: It was the opposite of a challenge, really. It was an outrageous pleasure, the kind of freedom that rarely comes along, both for us as editors and for the contributors. So often you get invited to contribute to an anthology that has such a specific remit, or at least is bound by a particular genre. What a wonderful gift to be able to give the authors, and the readers, and ourselves.


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CG: What surprised you the most, as the stories came in? TL: I think it was how different each story was, and also how differently each writer approached the invitation. Some were quite literal, writing stories inspired by messages or pictures on the postcards. Others seemed to just allow the postcards to trigger something in their mind, and the stories were only very tangentially linked. I think it goes back to what you said about the freedom of such an idea.

CG: A little bit of both. But we began with a core of writers whom we knew would jump at the chance. And the results. Terry really was a rare talent. But that King line was a millstone around his neck, too, because it was a false bill of goods. Wright stories waiting to be discovered. This is it, right here, in this collection, the rarest thing, the last original and previously unpublished T. Wright story. He wanted to be sure everything he came up with gelled with the world as I saw it, and together try to find out how to best make it fit in smoothly.

Indeed, so many emails were filled with enthusiasm over Nyxon, our fictional town and its inhabitants and what might become of them, so in the slump that followed the failure to publish, we were both very down about everything. The story had taken root inside his head, unplanned, he explained, and had gripped him madly.

Would it be okay if he saw where it would go before we got back to Otto? So the fact we have something complete, and traditional in terms of story, that explores all of his familiar themes, is a wonderfully unexpected gift from my old friend. And boy did we get lucky. Terry worked on an old computer—which even in was ancient. He used to joke that it was a brick even then. I seem to remember it was a Pentium, which dates it.

During his final months in hospice care that machine, along with all of the digital copies of his old manuscripts and work in progress gave up the ghost and went to silicon heaven. Why would it? Monster Noir was never happening. I never clear the online storage there are about , emails still on the server and just pay increased fees every year to add gigabytes to the account. Terry was a tweaker. In the months before his death Terry tried to bring that city of ghosts to life. Too sick to write, blind now, he dictated the ideas as they came to him, spitballing a big grand confusing city and its inhabitants and histories, but with no real connective tissue.

He created a cast of if not hundreds, probably close to a hundred, with snatches of thoughts and bits of backstory, but it was all very disparate. Around 50, words of these little histories. Now available for pre-order. And the fine men and women who graciously lent their expertise in the form of special created-for-this-book essays are legion and legend.

I am so proud of what we have done together here but before I get too excited, I must make mention of the illustrious Ernest Farino who wrote on Ray Harryhausen of course! And of course Pete Crowther, the rascal who nourished and encouraged the whole project and is finally publishing it. There have been frustrating delays but as is often the case, the book is far better for them. I hope you get this book and I am confident that if you do, you will love it.

And now back to our sponsor. Much love to one and all. This project—two jam-packed books in full illustrative colour thoughout, cartoons, movie stills yada yada yada—runs to amost pages split into four- or six-page sections each of which concentrates on an individual or collective achievement. During those long hours, my imagination would wander, introducing strange characters and settings. The elements began to cohere into stories. Writing them down became a new path for expression, and for approaching the worlds that I enjoy creating.

Lily dreamed of a long darkness. She thought it was permanent until a gentle pulse of light brought about a change. She realized that the life she had thought was forever was an instant, the fulcrum between one thing and another, one place and another. A pale giant sat in the middle of a small boat, nine fingers whitening on the gunwale. His nickname was Crane, given for his slender limbs and long neck.

Crane feared any expanse of water, and had a prickling acquaintance with finned fish anaphylaxis. The lake was a fogged mirror with silvering marred by innumerable darting pumpkinseeds. The vintage outboard motor, which looked like some kind of reeking steampunk beetle, seemed about to rattle the boat to pieces. Crane only loosened his grip when the island, for so long a scribble on the horizon, began to fill his field of vision.

They said goodbye, in a haze of pale gasoline exhaust. It was Alder now, the ridiculous ass, rousing Synge from his funk. One evening, two women drifted along a river in a rowboat. The older of the two, Justine, was in her seventies. She sat at the front of the boat, wrapped in a crocheted blanket, with a pug curled in her lap. She rubbed its ears between her fingers absently.

The younger woman, pale from many hours in the library, dipped the oars only as often as needed to keep them on course. The river was choked with water lilies filigreed with tadpoles.

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Minnows darted between the stems, skirting sepia carp that moved with stately purpose. Eric found the chair in a study at the end of a hall. It was an unremarkable orange armchair. He sat down, tentative at first, but then with a kind of bone-weary pleasure. His death had been a prim affair in which he had calculated with precision the required dose of phenobarbital. The material had been worn thin where the elbows met it. This was a comfortable reading chair, the kind of chair you could spend an entire Sunday in with the right book.

Eric felt an idea kindle in his mind. He could put the chair in his bedroom. After all, why should Jennifer have any say over his household furnishings? Chuffed by this minor rebellion, Eric stood up and gave the chair an exploratory tug. It was damned heavy. He pulled off the cushion and tried again, but felt no discernable difference.

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Bissette said he wanted to write it, I think I almost bit his hand off. And Steve. Balun that broke the ice. And really, given the way his contribution to that collection grew beyond his and my expectation. But still, what Steve handed in to me was like nothing I have ever read before. It looks at how ideas in natural history, science, mythology and metaphysics influenced the times and culture in which THE BROOD was conceived, and into which it was then born.

It explores disturbing elements of Canadian cultural and political history involving the systemic abuse and experimentation on orphan children in the name of science; looks at cults and deprogramming; and takes a bold and heartfelt look at how trauma and abuse affects not only the victims, but also the people who love them. Not to mention the unique production and distribution history of this most unusual family drama. Not about a single film. The nature and history of an idea. He approaches the film like psychogeography, exploring the ripples both backward and forward in time, climbing the vertical and horizontal axes of its influence to see what went in to the film, and what came out.

The breadth of topics that Steve covers in this book is breathtaking. The number of threads that he finds woven into the intricate tapestry of this single 90 min film is dizzying, and he picks at them all. This book breaks new ground for Electric Dreamhouse, and at an entirely new length—six times longer than a standard monograph volume! This time out, were looking at something extra exciting. Not only will Stephen Bissette be signing but we should be adding signatures from stars Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds as well. One dusk, he was caught on camera. He kneeled at the brink of Jade Falls, in the center of the park, cupped hands into the yellow bell of water into a pool.

Bringing the cold chlorine to his mouth he drank deeply. Security came in a minute but he was gone. No one knew where—not even those who saw him go. The tourists at the railing snapped photos of the gunslinger and then argued: a Quebecois saw him dash over the lip into shady Pioneer Forest. The security men ran fingers through their hair, staring over the surface of churned carotene in the low sun. Excited children clambering on rocks on the island, their screams loud over the water, looked at the white steamboat that whistled.

Tiers lit by oil lanterns glistened calmly in a cake of white pine. Foreign to the tan Californians, the gunslinger was always discerned in the crowd. His raw physiognomy under the sombrero was ruthless. Wind harsher than the breezes here, laden as they were with marine moisture, had aged him prematurely.

Incipient cancers specked his face, his eyes kinked at their sides though he could not have been twenty-one. The Junior Astronaut, on a lone voyage in the Sky Ships, parents clapping at the rail, was snatched away in his slow migration to the Emerald Chateau across the sky. Their parents left them playing in Babylon while they got lemon ice. The girls did not emerge from the vines when their parents screamed.

The gunslinger stood staring into a mirror pool, light webs menacing him under his sombrero, minutes after the girls descended into the crevices of the ruins. Initially corporate requested the costumed rustler for questioning, but the sheriffs and gunhands of Lincoln, New Mexico—two zones east of Babylon—did not know the strange man staring with a wistful look into his image, the tourist stream forking around him on the video, ants around a coal.

Rumors of sightings passed among the crews, toy vendors, popcorn men and sugar sculptors. He moved in smooth silence through the visitors, colts and belts burning, jeans dark on the ecstatic color. Just breathing this stuff was becoming problematical. Past an elementary school, a mall, a junkyard, a milk-bottling plant—. An elegant single-story block of offices, more viridian-tinted glass than steel, was dwarfed by a tall windowless monolithic manufactory wing longer than a couple of football fields, all utilitarian coppery metal.

But if you tell him I want to talk about Holger Holtzclaw and Eurybia Enterprises, he might get all puppy-dog eager. Three minutes later, I had a temporary badge and a guide—a young intern who looked as if he could shave the down from his cheeks with a lettuce leaf—and was heading toward what I hoped were, if not some definitive answers, at least some further milestones along this crazy road.

Pre-order now. Interested to learn more from Mark Steensland? Since we were both attending solo, we sat next to each other, starting a conversation that lasted until his death in March of I can say without qualification that Rick was the best friend I ever had. I often told people that he was more of a brother to me than my blood. It was Rick who introduced me to NECon, and then to everyone there. Paul Wilson gave me a cover blurb when they published it. And now here I am, writing a blog entry for PS Publishing as they send my short story and poetry collection into the world.

Did I forget to mention the name of the conference where I met Rick? Kiernan January Here are stories of dream and metamorphosis, strange lands and beings existing beyond the veil of death and beyond this earth. Order now. A novella about four generations of an African American family and their ties to the beautiful and mysterious Wakulla Springs, the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world, in the jungle of the Florida panhandle.

This remarkable work encompasses a unique history of the fantastic, featuring Tarzan, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, overlaid with the shadow of Jim Crow laws in the Deep South. Ghosts, deformed fairy tales, animal transformations, dystopic futures and twisted histories-these are the stuff of a Lanagan story. Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at my door.

It begins with a writer named Roberta Anderson, looking for firewood in the forest that stretches behind her house. Bobbi stumbles over three inches of metal, which unusually heavy spring runoff has left sticking out of the soil. Bobbi then begins to dig—tentatively at first, then compulsively—and is joined by her old friend and onetime lover Jim Gardener.

Aided by a weirdly advanced technology, their excavation proceeds apace. And as they uncover more and more of an artifact both familiar and so unbelievable it is almost beyond comprehension, the inhabitants of Haven start to change. Not to mention the ten-year-old magician who makes his little brother disappear. In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us his tautest, most terrifying novel to date.

It just might be the Tommyknocker Man. He was a trained killer, an orphaned kid who rose from raw recruit to the rank of major in the US Army Rangers. He was looking forward to retiring at the end of a thirty-year hitch, but when he developed a low-grade form of leukemia, the Army pushed him out and left him feeling alone and useless — until a fluke encounter with a rogue doctor tipped him into a new hobby: killing those who had done great harm and gotten away with it. Pushed too far, the Ranger means to solve his problems with bombs, bullets, and his own bare hands. But when Kat is kidnapped by the Allianz, a faction opposed to the colonisation program, more than just her safety is at stake.

The entire mission is in jeopardy. At turn of the millennium, in Firing the Cathedral , he responded to the attacks on America of September and their consequences, to the realities of global warming and global terrorism, and the apocalypse had never seemed more terrifying, never been more fun. Cooler, sharper, his fingers firmly on the pulse of the twenty-first century, Jerry Cornelius was back, counting names and taking heads.

In this book and its new companion volume Pegging the President , modern life will never feel the same to you again. Pegging the President by Micheal Moorcock March At turn of the millennium, in Firing the Cathedral , he responded to the attacks on America of September and their consequences, to the realities of global warming and global terrorism. Now, in Pegging the President , Jerry Cornelius is back; the ambiguous, amoral, androgynous English Assassin, cooler, sharper, his fingers still firmly on the pulse of the twenty-first century, counting names and taking heads, showing once again that colonialism and despotism — the roots of empire gone sour — do not change.

The apocalypse has never seemed more terrifying, never been more fun, and modern life will never feel the same to you again. Kiernan April Meet the shapeshifting dragons of Hong Kong. Nothing, it seems, can challenge their privileged lives—until Lady Feng leaves one of her eggs to be raised by human foster parents in a remote mountain village.

The dragon child hatches. Born with dragon power, raised with human emotion, this child is trouble. And his powers are growing. The influence of H. Lovecraft spans the centuries. Several of his correspondents who were writers learned by imitating him. Howard and August Derleth among them—incorporated his ideas and myths into their fiction.

Bloch and Frank Belknap Long even wrote tributes to him that used him, barely disguised, as a character. Few found his favour until , when a Liverpudlian fifteen-year-old sent him the first drafts of several Lovecraftian tales. The outcome was a ten-year professional relationship and the appearance in of the first book of previously unpublished Lovecraftian fiction for five years. It was The Inhabitant of the Lake. This fiftieth anniversary edition reprints that book in full, including the original introduction.

This edition is superbly illustrated by Randy Broecker in the great tradition of Weird Tales. Visions from Brichester by Ramsey Campbell May Like the companion volume, this book is superbly illustrated by Randy Broecker in the great tradition of Weird Tales. Among the brilliant visionary scenarios in Extrasolar: military antagonists meet in the atmosphere of a gas giant; gifted children hijack a starship to search out a new home; a superjovian world yields mysterious and much-coveted gemstones; aliens find our solar system disconcertingly paradoxical; a feminist SF writer of the Seventies crafts liberating exoplanetary dreams; the habitats aboard a gargantuan spaceship cater to the needs of truly exotic aliens; and scientists eagerly seeking exoplanets confront a devastating truth.

And then there are songs of home and far away and bitter exile; intelligence calling to intelligence across light years and species barriers; utterly immersive dives into perilous planetary atmospheres; brave responses to enigmatic messages from the stars; a machine embracing a Gothic destiny; and a truly different kind of space opera. This 25th edition of Best New Horror showcases some of the very best short stories and novellas published in So get ready to spread your wings and take a bite out of this latest anthology of agony.

Just let them know who sent you. The Old Hag. Humankind has at last sent a ship to the stars, leaving an Earth ravaged by environmental disaster and torn apart by competing sectarian interests. Kat Manning is one of eighteen specialists aboard the starship Kon-Tiki, clones whose various areas of expertise will be crucial in the months and years ahead as they forge a new life on a strange alien world. But what Kat finds on Newhaven is nothing she could have planned for, and every bit as surprising and challenging as the issues she left behind on Earth: mysterious aliens, political in-fighting, and someone willing to go to any lengths to keep a deadly secret.

Plague of Gulls by Stephen Gregory July After suffering a horrible accident he receives a bizarre present in the form of a baby black backed gull. Kes meets The Birds in this terrifying story of loneliness and madness in a small seaside town in Wales. Les Vampires by Tim Major August His book is part commentary and exploration of his own fascination with the film, and part metatextual fiction that responds to, and evokes, the uncanny texture of the dreamlike world of the film itself.

Meanwhile, in France, the absinthe dream of the Belle Epoque was coming to an end in the nightmare of the First World War, and yet in the midst of it all, films were still being made. It was to be his masterpiece, and—in a way—the antithesis to D. It is oneiric, poetic, sensual, and uncanny. Ottawa author Charles de Lint has finally returned to adult fiction with the release of his first major fantasy novel in eight years. Renowned as a trailblazer of the modern fantasy genre, de Lint has won the World Fantasy, Aurora three times , Sunburst , and White Pine awards, among others.

The new novel weaves a rich tapestry of story. Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the suicide of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. Her collection of speculative fiction stories and poems, Children of Elder Time, is available on Kindle.

Eleanna Castroianni is a gender and geography scholar from Greece. Dabbles in fiction, poetry and oral storytelling and can be found at twitter. Her newest novel is Breath of Earth. Follow her at BethCato. Issue 15 Issue 18 Issue 23 Issue John Caulkins resides in Waltham "Watch City" , Massachusetts, with his wife, two children, and terrier. He dabbles in poetry and chemical engineering. Charles Christian is an English journalist, author, and occasional poet who writes about tech, geek stuff, folklore, pop culture and the just plain weird.

He is the publisher of the Grievous Angel zine and editor of the Rhysling Anthology —and an English newspaper recently commissioned him to go on a werewolf hunt. He found nothing but does now have to shave more frequently when there is a full moon. Chloe N. Find her on Twitter PintsNCupcakes.

She holds an M. Her work has been nominated for the Philip K. Dan Clore is author of the avant-garde Gothic story collection The Unspeakable and Others, and compiler of Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon, as well writing poetry that has earned him a reputation as the Dr. Seuss of Cosmic Horror. Issue 11 Issue Originally from Chicago, she lives in south London with her partner and son. William has also written many short stories that have been published in anthologies and his short-fiction collections, Dreams of Thanatos, Babylon Fading and Dark Deaths, along with two collections of poetry, Journey: the search for something and Corpus Delicti.

You can find him online at williamcookwriter. PS Cottier lives in the far-flung realm of Canberra. Issue 12 Issue 16 Issue 27 Issue Cameron N. Coulter writes speculative fiction and poetry. He also likes to perform poetry, design ebooks, and tap-dance. David E. Cowen is a Houston poet. He has published four books of poetry as well as placed poems, fiction and nonfiction pieces in numerous journals world-wide. III and IV. Elisabeth Crago is. Her satiric miscellany, Field Notes, was published in mid by Makaro Submarine Press in Wellington, and is her fifth poetry book.

Jules Crewe-Kluge is an eighteen-year-old first year student at Oberlin College, planning on majoring in creative writing with a minor in dance. They are from La Grange, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and they have been writing stories and little poems for as long as they can remember. They also like to write weird science fiction stories and gay ghost stories for their fiction writing classes. In their spare time, they like to go to the woods and point out funky plants to their partner and friends.

Through the storytelling, Ms. Cunningham began to write, first fiction, then poetry, and now nonfiction as well. She requires only 45 minutes of sleep a day—the rest she spends writing and enjoying Netflix marathons. Rohinton Daruwala lives and works in Pune, India. He writes code for a living, and speculative fiction and poetry in his spare time. He tweets as wordbandar and blogs at wordbandar. Erasmus Darwin was a British physician, poet, philosopher, botanist, inventor, and writer. He founded the Lunar Society of Birmingham, and was grandfather of Charles Darwin and Francis Galton, and was one of the most remarkable men of his, or any, age.

He is the recipient of the Verandah Penguin Literary Award. Ashley writes horror, speculative, sci-fi, and non-fiction. Her hobbies include ballet, Krav Maga, and screenwriting. She has ghostwritten five novels. Her debut novel and novella will release in , followed by a poetry collection. Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels, please see edda-earth.

He teaches at Western Washington University. Their chapbook Mythology was released in with The Steel Chisel. Evelyn pron. Visit them at evedeshane. Flash fiction collected in How to Sing Butterflies. Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark poetry and fiction from southern California.

Her debut collection of dark traditional poetry, Diary of a Sorceress, was published by Hippocampus Press in Issue 19 Issue He moved to Australia in , becoming a citizen in He is a recipient of the Advance Australia Award. He has had poetry published or forthcoming in Meanjin, Quadrant , Cordite, and Island. See joedolce. Winner of the the John Donald Robb Prize for Composition, he has worked with dancers, choreographers and poets in the Albuquerque area and has set numerous poems to music, including a few of his own. Jane Dougherty writes prose and poetry always with a touch of magic and myth.

She is Irish and lives in south west France. Issue 27 Issue 28 Issue Jessica Drake-Thomas is a vagabond, tarot reader, aspiring food blogger, and former college professor. She has a penchant for black nail polish and horror films. She currently lives with her hellhound in the mountains. She has an M. She is the author of the chapbook Possession dancing girl press. Linsey Duncan lives in Denver with her husband and lots of words, all of which are inappropriate.

Born in Chicago, raised in Paris, and currently living in California, A. Issue 5. Marchell Dyon is a disabled poet. She believes her disability has inspired her creative spark. She is from Chicago, Illinois. Edwards is a Texan currently residing in California. He enjoys dark fiction, dark verse and darker beer. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Weirdbook, Turn to Ash , and many more anthologies and magazines. Find out more at beritellingsen. Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar.

He is working on a collection for Diminuendo Press. Another has been accepted by Hippocampus Press. He is the editor of Melaleuca. More at phillipaellis. Issue 6 Issue 8. Issue 4. He has also received two Rhysling Awards in the long-poem category for collaborations with David C. He is a four-time nominee for the Rhysling Award. His fourth chapbook of verse, Ghosts of the Sand, will appear next year from Rainfall Books in England. Issue 6. David Feela has authored a prize-winning chapbook, Thought Experiments, and a full length poetry collection, The Home Atlas.

Lucy Ann Fiorini is a writer based in Washington, D. She holds a B. A in English, a B. She currently writes mysteries, historical fiction, and poetry. Catherine Fitchett is a Christchurch poet who works in accounts. She has previously had work published in Takahe, the Press Christchurch , online at Blackmail Press and in various anthologies.

Julie Fitzpatrick is a recently retired elementary school teacher who is delightedly dabbling in everything from poetry-writing to pocket billiard competitions, to Arbonne parties. Although her husband has shown irritation regarding the diminished time she seems to have available—now that retirement has removed the anchor of her classroom responsibilities—Julie feels like every day is an opportunity to spread new wings and sing loudly.

On her 30th birthday in , she decided to gather the stars from the dark jungle that is her brain and stop procrastinating, already. Her lit bio is an expectant, slavering beast, deprived too long and waiting to be fed. Michael R. Fosburg lives and writes in Florida. Robert Frazier lives on Nantucket Island and works as the curator of exhibitions for the Artists Association of Nantucket.

Issue 24 Issue Janis Freegard was born in England, but has lived in New Zealand most of her life. She lives in Wellington with an historian and a cat and blogs at janisfreegard. Nina Freeman writes poetry about space, sierpinski triangles, parties and growing up on the beach.

Peter Friend has sold fiction to numerous magazines and anthologies around the world. Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland, His first full-length collection, breaths , is available from VanZeno Press. Intrinsic Night , a collaborative project he wrote with J. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University and a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe where he hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour and enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle.

Her website is webbish6. Maria Grech Ganado b. Maria has translated into English much of the contemporary poetry and prose written by Maltese writers today and published overseas.

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Gardner is a two-time third-place winner in the Rhysling Awards and a third-place winner in the Balticon Poetry Contest. She lives and writes under her middle name to honor her father, mentor, and namesake, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor. Issue 13 Issue 16 Issue Jean-Paul Garnier is an audio technician currently living in Los Angeles. He also has several stories coming out this year in anthologies published by Horrified Press. Brian Garrison lives in Portland, OR, where he writes poetry, runs errands for the silly poetry journal, Parody , and sometimes does other stuff too.

He has also served on the editorial staff of Strange Horizons, a weekly professional speculative fiction magazine, and the staff of the Speculative Literature Foundation, a grantmaking organization supporting emerging and established writers and small presses working in the genre. Her poetry and reviews appear widely in literary journals. Laurice Gilbert has been re-arranging words since , after attending art school in a misguided and unsuccessful attempt to ward off a mid-life crisis. Early retirement from a lucrative health care career enabled her to rise from apathetic committee member of the New Zealand Poetry Society to low-paid National Coordinator in charge of everything.

Election to President occurred when no-one else wanted the job. See poetrysociety. Emma Gorka is a writer and poet from Eastern Europe. She writes about love, transformation, and twisty happy endings. To get in touch with her, or see more of her work, please check out her blog: emmagorka. Amelia Gorman is a computer-science student and writer living in Minnesota.

Alan Ira Gordon has been writing genre and mainstream poetry and fiction for many years. His fiction has been included in Starshore Magazine, Worcester Magazine and various small press anthologies including several of the Whortleberry Press anthologies. You can visit alaniragordon. LeRoy Gorman lives in Napanee, Ontario. His poetry, much of it minimalist and visual, has appeared in publications and exhibitions worldwide.

He is the author of two dozen poetry books and chapbooks. His most recent book is goodwill galaxy hunting Urban Farmhouse Press. She has authored eight chapbooks, with her latest collection of poems, Epistemology of an Odd Girl, newly released from March Street Press. She is the recent winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition. According to family lore, she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Issue 12 Issue Grier is a speculative fiction writer, poet, planetary scientist, and astronomy educator. Other credits include the textbook The Inner Planets, published by Greenwood Press, and a host of tweets, occasionally profound but usually otherwise under grierja on Twitter.

Works in progress include a collection of creepy childhood horror poems and a space opera novel trilogy. Grier contemplates various astronomy facts and speculative fictions at jagrier. Albert W. Grohmann works as a bookseller, and lives in Westfield, New Jersey. His work has previously appeared in Scifaikuest.

Her book The Hurricane, published by Prolific Press, is now available. She travels the world seeking writing inspiration. Maija Haavisto is from Finland, but now lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her debut poetry collection Raskas vesi Heavy Water is out in April Her speculative poetry has previously appeared in Usva, Lumooja, and Cosmospen. Larry Hammer lives in southern Arizona, where the days are sunny but the nights are dark. Issue 1. Harmon is a freelance writer, poet, and novelist. His first novel is due to be released by Dreamspinner Press in early He has had several essays and articles published in such small press newspapers as The CommunityLetter.

He is a member of the Third Friday Literary Group and a contributor to their upcoming international publication Third Friday. Years spent living, working, and attending law school in historic New Orleans, Louisiana greatly influence his writing. Harmon is currently an attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He lives in England and can be found online at adharper. Learn more at annesible. Brittany Hause is a linguist who happens to love science fiction and fantasy.

When not wrapped up in language research, she can usually be found reading and writing SFF poems and stories. Issue 28 Issue 29 Issue Howard V. Hendrix is the author of six novels from major publishers, which together have been published in seven languages. He is also the author of three short fiction collections most recently Human in the Circuit from Wildside Press, and three nonfiction books most recently Visions of Mars: Essays in the Fiction and Science of the Red Planet from McFarland, Ada Hoffmann finds writing much more satisfying than actually talking to people.

Justin Holliday is a teacher and poet. His poems have been featured in Phantom Kangaroo, Glitterwolf, Sanitarium, and elsewhere. Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass and metal to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, wearables, sculpture, adornments and peace whenever possible.

She won the SFPA short poem prize. Jessica Jo Horowitz is a Korean-born writer currently living in New England where she studies historical sword work and Asian mythology. She can be found on Twitter TransientJ. Issue 22 Issue She lives in the cold grey wilds of the Pacific Northwest, USA, where she practices useful magic and plays games in the woods.

Issue 31 Issue YiWei Huang got his Ph. D in mathematics in Singapore, He has recently worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as research staff in the computer science. He has written tanka in English and Chinese. His tanka are published in Atlas Poetica and various anthologies by Poets on Site.

He was assigned to be their guide in Nanjing and Yellow Mountain. They have since collaborated poetically, writing an article for Atlas Poetica 12, Summer , on Tanka Poets on Site. Yiwei translated many poems by California poets on the art of Tong Zhang, a Chinese artist Kathabela met in China, and introduced to local California poets in Robin Husen is a writer from Nottingham, England. He is an Open University graduate, and has an MA in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, where he wrote his dissertation on the use of negation in creating a sense of unease.

Claire Ibarra is a writer, poet and photographer residing in Miami, Florida. She currently works for ArtSpring, teaching poetry to incarcerated women. Aisha Tayo Ijadunola is a London-based fantasy writer and digital artist. Her works often feature elements of Nigerian as well as other African myths and legends. Jennifer Ruth Jackson writes about reality's weirdness and the plausibility of the fantastic. She runs a blog for disabled and neurodivergent writers called The Handy, Uncapped Pen from an apartment she shares with her husband. Soren James is a writer and visual artist who recreates himself on a daily basis from the materials at his disposal, continuing to do so in an upbeat manner until one day he will sumptuously throw his drained materials aside and resume stillness without asking why.

More of his work can be seen at sorenjames. A former journalist, he works at a college art museum in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and dog. Issue 7 Issue Clay F. Johnson is an amateur pianist, devoted animal lover, and incorrigible reader of Gothic literature and Romantic-era poetry. Find out more on his blog at clayfjohnson. John Philip Johnson would be an astronaut if he could.

He would love to go to Mars. He has been fortunate to place short stories and poems in many venues he loves, and is the author of an Elgin-nominated comic book of graphic poetry, Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, available on Kindle or at his website. He is currently serving as an editorial assistant for Issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review. Sierra July has fiction appearing or forthcoming in Robot and Raygun, T. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Shanna Karella was raised on a rural Alaskan homestead, and is still pretty out there.

Her poetry and essays have been published in print by local press Ink Pot and The Ester Republic, and online at Right Hand Pointing and the late Hiss Quarterly where she also served as poetry editor for a time. Herb Kauderer is a retired Teamster who somehow grew up to be an associate professor of English at Hilbert College.

He holds an MFA in creative writing, and is currently writing a doctoral dissertation related to science fiction. He is the author of ten books of poetry so far , and was the lead screenwriter for the super low-budget indie film Beyond the Mainstream More can be found at HerbKauderer. Issue 14 Issue 16 Issue 21 Issue 28 Issue Kei lives on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay USA , apprenticed aboard a skipjack, a sail-powered oyster dredge, and now serves with a fully rigged ship. His publications include over tanka poems in six languages and ten countries. He is the compiler of the Bibliography of English-Language Tanka , which documents over one thousand publications since Julie Bloss Kelsey enjoys haiku and short-form poetry.

Her speculative poems have been published in microcosms , Scifaikuest and Alien Skin. He loves fantasy stories and poems, and in his free time, he tries to write some compositions of his own as well. Jessica Fordham Kidd lives and writes in Coker, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and magical dog Henry. She is the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama, and her poems have appeared in Drafthorse, The Paris Review, and OVS magazine, among others.

Peter J. King b. Boston, Lincolnshire teaches philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford. Maxine Kollar is a wife and a mother of three. She has a degree in Political Science and plans to save the world once she has caught up on laundry. Deborah P. She is also a member and former president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, for which she helped create the Dwarf Stars Award and co-created Eye to the Telescope.

More at dkolodji. Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams and Nightmares , a genre poetry zine in its 32nd year of publication. David hates cold, but this is not why he lives in the Deep South. Issue 1 Issue 31 Issue Katie Krantz is a student and writer from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Alpha Workshop. He has a B. Geoffrey A. Landis is a writer, a scientist, and a poet. He has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best science fiction.

As a scientist, he works for NASA on Mars exploration, interstellar flight, and on developing advanced technologies for future missions. He lives in Berea Ohio with his wife, poet Mary Turzillo, and four cats. More information can be found at geoffreylandis. Dennis M. Lane has finally settled in South Africa after leaving his home in the UK and living in seven countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. His first poetry collection 8 Million Stories was published in November David Glen Larson , after studying film and philosophy at the University of Southern California, spent more than a decade as a film and television writer before rediscovering his love of speculative prose and poetry.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California. He has published short stories, poems, and one novel, Vow of Silence ; about half of his published work is SF. Kathleen A. Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award.

Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. See more at gerrileen. Issue 14 Issue 29 Issue Mariusz M. Interested in literary theory, utopia, and poetics of science fiction. Francine P. She has published two poetry chapbooks, Eurydice Dreams and Interstellar Iconography , a couple of short stories, finished one poetry collection and is working on a second.

She has written a science-fiction novel and is also working on a novella. Sandra Lindow has served as vice president and acting president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. She has 24 Rhysling nominations but no win—which gives her another reason to keep writing. She lives on a hilltop in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Ever searching for fringe types of poetry, he has been obsessing over Aniara and is always looking for something new.

Alison Leigh Lilly nurtures the earth-rooted, sea-soaked, mist-and-mystic heritage of her ancestors through poetry and creative nonfiction. You can learn more about her work at alisonleighlilly. Darrell Lindsey is a freelance writer and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. Kenji Liu is a 1. Kenji is currently at work completing a full-length poetry manuscript, Map of an Onion. Christina Loraine is a full-time fine artist who loves synchroncities and telling stories across different mediums.

She lives far enough outside of Chicago to see the stars and enjoys spending time with her son and husband. She was a Philosophy major and still spends a large amount of time with her head in the clouds. Christina recently finished her first book, an ecological fantasy crossover, and is searching for a lit agent with an imaginary green thumb. You can find her instructing art classes, painting commissions, and trying to blog more frequently at ChristinaLoraine. Andrea Lorenzini works as a writer, editor and translator in Bologna and Ravenna, Italy. He wrote a dozen theatrical plays for teenagers and a couple of illustrated books for adults; he translated three film-poems by Tony Harrison into Italian in slant rhyme v.

He also researches Australian fantasy and supernatural poetry. Charles is a resident of Sydney. Chris Lynch was born with twelve fingers in the jungles of PNG. Prone to crazy ideas, he has run off and joined the army, walked the length of Japan, eloped, started Tangled Bank Press, and eaten goat testicles.

Thankfully, not all at once. He blogs at chrislynch. Joseph Maddrey is the author of five nonfiction books about genre films and filmmakers, two books about the poet T. Eliot, and the graphic novel To Hell You Ride. He has written and produced more than fifty hours of documentary television, focusing on true crime and the paranormal.

He lives in Studio City, California, with his wife and daughter. She spent January writing and posting one science article-inspired poem per day, each poem in a different form. For more info and free downloads of her Deviations series, go to home. Issue 4 Issue 5.


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  • Hailing from the notorious green lands of Lahore, Pakistan, Usman T. Malik currently lives in Florida with a reluctant wife and a veggie-hating son. He is a hospitalist haunting the sanitized, monster-free halls of Leesburg Regional Medical Center. Although Usman has written poetry and prose for a long time and is a Nobel Prize winner in an alternate universe , this is his first published poem, with more poetry forthcoming in the pages of Space and Time and a demon story in The Crimson Pact: Volume 4 out next month.

    Emily Manger is a performance poet from Melbourne, Australia. She haunts the spoken word scene, and her work occasionally appears in various local publications. In her spare time, Emily works on her thesis for a PhD in psychology. John C. He also has literary distinctions: winner of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature , a Weymouth writer in residence and , and the Celebrity Judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Visit jcmannone. Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published.

    See more at dennymarshall. Steven Martinez works for the local film industry in New Mexico. He writes poetry with a bias toward the Mythic and Archaic. He resides in Albuquerque. Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet, and blogger living in Georgia. Her daily poem series, A Poem Before Breakfast, is on day and counting. Her book i am a telescope: science love poems is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at ericageraldmason. Cy Mathews is a Dunedin-based writer. She shares a love of laughter and the ocean with her husband and two grown children. Issue 21 Issue 22 Issue You can find her online at lynettemejia.

    Issue 14 Issue 17 Issue Alan Meyrowitz received his Doctorate in Computer Science from the George Washington University in , and retired from the federal government in after a career in research. Ang Si Min teaches teenagers for a living, dreams of alternative universes for her sanity, and writes for a hobby. His Rhysling-nominated poetry has been featured in Strange Horizons, Liminality Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, and other fine magazines and anthologies. His fiction appears in anthologies including Myriad Lands and the forthcoming Sunvault Anthology.

    To read his magical worlds and poems, find him at levmirov. In addition to being a writer, she is also a classically trained actor, fight choreographer and a sometime chef. Patricia Monaghan is the author of four books of poetry including Seasons of the Witch, winner of the Friends of Literature Award for poetry, and more than a dozen nonfiction books including The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines and The Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Spirit. A winner of the Pushcart Prize and the Paul Gruchow Award in Nature-Writing, she is professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Founding Fellow of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank for artists who connect spirituality with social justice and environmentalism.

    Phylinda Moore lives in Philadelphia. Heather Moser is from a small town in Ohio. In her spare moments she is poetry editor for Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, a job she loves, and served as the editor for the Rhysling Anthology. She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can. Her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net award and twice for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Her publication credits are listed at kristinemuslim.

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    He is a member of the mysterious Crimson Circle, a coterie of dark poets. Naia lives in Southern California and writes short-form and freestyle poetry, with an emphasis on haiku, haibun, cinquain, and haiga. Her website: naia. Roger E. Nelson lives a mostly unremarkable life full of happy mediocrity in southeastern Virginia.