David Baillie was born, raised, and educated in Hamilton, Ontario. He emigrated from Canada to the United States in 1996, and for the last seventeen years has been teaching modern and postmodern art and literature at a New England college preparatory school. What We Salvage is Baillie’s debut novel, a work that draws upon his own experiences in the post-boot culture music scene of the late ’80s-early ’90s. He currently lives in central Massachusetts with his two sons, his artist / educator wife Darcy, and her two daughters.
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Nancy Baker is a Toronto author who has written some of the first and most beloved and well-reviewed vampire novels featuring Canadian settings and characters. She has also published a collection of short stories (Discovering Japan). Her novel Cold Hillside was released by CZP in the fall of 2014.
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Tony Burgess’s first novel, The Hellmouths of Bewdley, received universal critical praise and hailed the arrival of Canada’s “splatter punk Stephen King.” He was shortlisted for the Trillium award for his novel, Idaho Winter. He is also the author of the infamous zombie epic, Pontypool Changes Everything, which was named Best Book of 1998 by Now Magazine (made into the film Pontypool). His story collection, Fiction for Lovers won the Relit Prize for best Canadian short fiction.
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Mike Carey has written extensively in the comics field, where his credits include Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men and The Unwritten (nominated for both the Eisner and Hugo Awards). He is also the author of the Felix Castor novels, and of the X-Men Destiny console game for Activision. He is currently writing a movie screenplay, Silent War, for Slingshot Studios and Intrepid Pictures.
E. L. Chen
E. L. Chen's short fiction has been featured in anthologies such as Masked Mosaic, The Dragon and the Stars and Tesseracts Fifteen, and in magazines such as Strange Horizons and On Spec. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children and a requisite cat. The Good Brother is her first novel.
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Peter Chiykowski is the author of Rock, Paper, Cynic, an Aurora Award-winning webcomic about celebrating things that make the world weird and exciting (like turtles, philosophy, and dinosaurs) and poking fun at things that bring people down (like bigotry, Sean Bean dying in movies, and Internet Explorer).
He’s also a founding member of the Half-Cat Field Research Organization. His collaborative research on half-cats has been published in the staff-picked Kickstarter book Half-Cat: A Partial History, as well as presented as a TEDx talk and presented at the Kickstarter headquarters in New York.
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Ray Cluley is a writer. It used to be that he was a teacher who said he was a writer, but now it’s actually true. His stories have appeared in various dark places, such as Black Static, Crimewave, and Interzone from TTA Press, Shadows & Tall Trees from Undertow Books, and various anthologies and podcasts. A novelette with Spectral Press is due in 2014, and a collection (Probably Monsters) with ChiZine Press is due in 2015. His story ‘At Night, When the Demons Come’ was selected by Ellen Datlow for her Best Horror of the Year anthology, and ‘Night Fishing’ was selected by Steve Berman for Wilde Stories 2013, while ‘Beachcombing’ has been translated into French for Ténèbres 2011. ‘Shark! Shark!’ recently won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story (2013). He writes non-fiction too, but generally he prefers to make stuff up.
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Nick Cutter is the pseudonym for Craig Davidson, who has written four books, including Rust and Bone, The Fighter, and Sarah Court. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, The Cincinnati Review, Salon, The Walrus, and elsewhere. Rust and Bone was made into a film in 2012, starring Marion Cotillard and directed by Jacques Audiard. Under the pseudonym Nick Cutter, he has released two other novels, The Troop and The Deep.
Lauren B. Davis
Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn Season, The Radiant City, Our Daily Bread, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by both the Globe and Mail and the Boston Globe; and The Empty Room, named a best book of the year by the National Post and the Winnipeg Free press, as well as two story collections, Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives and An Unrehearsed Desire. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Princeton, NJ
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Paul Di Filippo
Gemma Files was born in London, England and raised in Toronto. Her story “The Emperor’s Old Bones” won the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Fiction. She has published two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart, both Prime Books) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under Night, from Sinnersphere Productions, and Dust Radio, from Kelp Queen Press). A Book of Tongues, her first Hexslinger novel, won the 2010 DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Small Press Chill, in both the Editors’ and Readers’ Choice categories. The two final Hexslinger novels, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones were published by ChiZine Publications in 2011 and 2012.
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Carolyn Ives Gilman
Carolyn Ives Gilman writes both fiction and nonfiction about frontiers. Growing up close to the U.S.-Canada boundary, she became a historian of borders between nations, races, and cultures, and a writer of fiction about even more exotic worlds than ours.
Carolyn Ives Gilman's most recent novel, Ison of the Isles, completes the story started in Isles of the Forsaken, which IO9 called “an insanely fun, fast-paced read that will appeal to fans of both Ursula K. Le Guin and George R.R. Martin.” In 2011 she was nominated for both a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award (for the third time). Her first novel, Halfway Human, was called “one of the most compelling explorations of gender and power in recent SF” by Locus magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Bending the Landscape, Interzone, Universe, Full Spectrum, Realms of Fantasy, and others, and she has a collection of short fiction, Aliens of the Heart, from Aqueduct Press. Her work has been translated and reprinted in Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Poland, and Germany.
In her professional career, Gilman is a historian specializing in 18th- and early 19th-century North American history, particularly frontier and Native history. Her last nonfiction book, Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide, was featured by the History Book Club and Book of the Month Club. Her history books have won the Missouri Governor’s Humanities Award, the Missouri Conference on History Best Book Award, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, and the Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award from Choice magazine. She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, History Detectives, and the History Channel. She is currently working on a history of the American Revolution on the frontier.
Carolyn Ives Gilman is a native of Minnesota who now lives in Washington, DC and works for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Of Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, and Strangewood. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including the Body of Evidence series, Poison Ink, Soulless, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London, co-authored with Tim Lebbon. His current work-in-progress is a graphic novel trilogy collaboration with Charlaine Harris entitled Cemetery Girl. Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. He has co-written three illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, was the launching pad for the Eisner Award- nominated comic book series, Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead, The Monster’s Corner, and 21st Century Dead, among others, and has also written and co- written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. Golden was born and raised in New England, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.
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Lisa L. Hannett
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Brent Hayward was born in London, England, and grew up in Montreal. His short fiction has appeared in various publications. In 2006, his story “Phallex Comes out” was nominated for a Story South award for best on-line fiction of that year. In 2008, his first novel, Filaria, was published by CZP. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling Filaria “powerful” and “beautifully written.” His second novel, The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter, also got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was shortlisted for the 2012 CBC Bookie awards.
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Matthew Johnson is a writer and educator who lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children. His stories have been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons, among other places, has been reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and Best New Fantasy 2, and translated into Russian, Danish, and Czech. His work has been nominated for the Sidewise Award and the Pushcart Prize and has twice been Highly Commended by the MEDEA Awards.
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Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the author Flushboy, about a teen working at his father’s revolutionary bathroom establishment, and he’s also got seventeen other books, lots of them with “Zombie” in the title. Stephen’s stories have been in Year’s Best anthologies, in textbooks, and everywhere else. Though he lives in Colorado now, Stephen grew up in Texas. If you squint just right, some parts of this Massachusetts story will probably have a tumbleweed or two.
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Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy Award-nominated and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications. Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, TransVersions, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, Abyss & Apex, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are: The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters. She is fond of gin & tonics, Michael Fassbender and red lipstick.
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Nicholas Kaufmann is the critically acclaimed author of Walk In Shadows: Collected Stories, General Slocum's Gold (nominated for a Bram Stoker Award), Hunt at World's End (as Gabriel Hunt), Chasing the Dragon (nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Thriller Award), and Dying Is My Business. In addition to his many published pieces of short fiction and non-fiction, including a chapter in Writers Digest Books' popular On Writing Horror, he penned widely read monthly columns on the horror and dark fantasy genres for Fear Zone and The Internet Review of Science Fiction. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Laurence Klavan wrote the novels The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel Mrs. White, co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, City of Spies and Brain Camp, co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan, and their Young Adult series, Wasteland, is currently being published by HarperCollins. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, is included Best American Short Plays 2000—2001. He lives in New York City.
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Claude Lalumière is the editor or co-editor of twelve anthologies, including Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic, the Aurora Award-nominated Tesseracts Twelve: New Novellas of Canadian Fantastic Fiction, and (with Camille Alexa) Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories. Claude is the co-creator, with artist Rupert Bottenberg, of Lost Myths. He has published two books through ChiZine Publications: Objects of Worship (2009) and The Door to Lost Pages (2011).
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Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales. has published twenty novels to date, including The Island, The Map of Moments (with Christopher Golden), Bar None, Fallen, Hellboy: The FireWolves, Dusk, and Berserk, as well as scores of novellas (including The Thief of Broken Toys) and short stories. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for the International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. He has also been a judge for the World Fantasy Award. In 2004, Fangoria named him “one of the thirteen rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next twenty-five years.” Only nineteen years left to go. . . better get busy. He has written several screenplays, and is currently developing two TV series with a British TV company. Several of his novels and novellas are currently in development for screen in the USA and UK, and he is working on new novels and screenplays.
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Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Move Under Ground, The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene), and the forthcoming Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, ChiZine, Weird Tales, and many other magazines and anthologies.
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John Mantooth is an award-winning author whose short stories have been recognized in numerous year's best anthologies. His short fiction has been published in Fantasy Magazine, Crime Factory, Thuglit, and the Stoker-winning anthology, Haunted Legends (Tor, 2010), among others. He's represented by Beth Fleisher of Clear Sailing Creatives, and he's a founding member of the semi-notorious writing group Snutch Labs. His first book, Shoebox Train Wreck, was released in March of 2012 from ChiZine Publications. His debut novel, The Year of the Storm, is slated for a June 2013 release from Berkley. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Becky, and two children.
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Former Punk rock DJ, bouncer, male model, and radio producer Michael Marano is a horror, dark fantasy and science fiction writer, with works in anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge. his first novel, Dawn Song garnered the Bram Stoker and international horror Guild awards. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano’s new and reprinted short fiction, was named one of the Top Ten Horror releases of 2011 by Booklist. His novella Displacement was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Since 1990, he has been reviewing movies for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, produced in San Francisco and syndicated in more than 111 markets in the U.S. and Canada. He teaches at Grub Street, a non-profit creative writing centre.
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Birthed in printmaking, weaned on digital media, graphic artist and filmmaker Vincent Marcone has become his own unique creation and the architect behind My Pet Skeleton, a culmination of his dark artistic visions. My Pet Skeleton catapulted to early success over a decade ago when Marcone premiered a digital art slideshow of wispy phantoms, lonely scarecrows and insects trembling in a world of rust and stained paper. Sinister yet soothing, My Pet Skeleton was instantly recognized by some of the leading media entities in the field and Marcone went on to garner a Juno Award for CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year and an Interactive Emmy. His cross over into film happened when he was summoned by Universal Music to direct a video for the metal band, Mushroomhead. Marcone’s first short film, The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow, was co-directed with Rodrigo Gudino of Rue Morgue Magazine. The film earned a Genie nomination, finalist recognition in the Cannes Short Film Corner online competition, and amassed awards worldwide on the short film circuit. In 2011, Vincent decided to reconnect with his creative roots in painting and print making to relaunch My Pet Skeleton with a collection of work that has previously not been available to the the public. He currently paints in his studio inspired by the collection of weird things that ordain his walls.
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Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall is an author, editor, and self-proclaimed bibliophile. As a Ph. D candidate at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Centre for Medieval Studies, she has presented widely in England, Canada and the United States on topics ranging from the width of medieval punctuation to fourteenth-century romances.
In 2011, she published a collection of poetry, Skeleton Leaves, that “[took] the children’s classic, [stripped] away the flesh, and [revealed] the dark heart of Peter Pan beating beneath.” The collection was jury-selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award for excellence in Horror, nominated for a Rhysling Award for Science Fiction Poetry and won the Aurora Award for best Canadian speculative poem.
Her poetry and fiction have been published a range of magazines including Tor.com, The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.
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James Marshall's short fiction has appeared in numerous Canadian literary magazines: PRISM International, The Malahat Review, Exile, The Literary Quarterly, and Prairie Fire. One of his stories was nominated for the National Magazine Award for fiction, the M&S Journey Prize, and it was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Western Magazine Awards, 2004. A collection of his short stories, Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like The End Of The World Come Between Us, was published by Thistledown Press in 2004, and it was shortlisted for both the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada Region) in the “Best First Book” category, and the ReLit Award for short fiction.
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, the first novel in his How to End Human Suffering series, was released through ChiZine Publications in 2012.
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Yves Meynard was born in 1964, in the city of Québec, lived most of his life in Montreal and has recently moved to Ottawa. He has been active in Québec science fiction circles since 1986, serving as literary editor for the magazine Solaris from 1994 to 2001. He has published over thirty short stories in French and over a dozen in English. He is a multiple award winner, with several Boréal and Aurora Awards, along with the Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Québécois, Québec's highest award in the field. He has published sixteen books in French and three in English: The Book of Knights, a Mythopoeic Award finalist, the massive novel Chrysanthe and this volume. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal and earns a living as a software developer.
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Tone Milazzo has been a marine, a cab driver, a bartender, and a computer guy. And hopes that all this experience lends a flair of authenticity to his fiction instead of being years he wasted when he should have been writing instead.
Picking Up the Ghost (ChiZine Publications) started as a list of tropes he was tired of seeing in fantasy; An orphan, raised in seclusion in a fake Europe, discovers his destiny to take up the magical something or other and destroy the big evil guy. Turning his jadedness into inspiration he inverted all of these, got a novel out of it and had a lot of fun doing it.
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Teresa Milbrodt grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she developed an odd affinity for Midwestern flatness and gray skies. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and her MA in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, and was then permitted to move to the Rocky Mountains. She is the author of a short story collection, Bearded Women: Stories.
Milbrodt's stories have appeared in Nimrod, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Natural Bridge, Indiana Review, The Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and New Orleans Review, among other literary journals. Several of her stories have also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado, where she lives with her husband Tristan and cat Aspen. She is still adjusting to absurdly sunny January days.
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Derryl Murphy’s stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies over the years. He is also the author of the ecological science fiction collections Wasps at the Speed of Sound and Over the Darkened Landscape and, with co-author William Shunn, of the ghost story Cast a Cold Eye. He has been nominated four times for Canada’s Aurora Award, most recently for his CZP novel Napier's Bones, and anticipates that someday he’ll be nominated and lose again. He lives on the Canadian prairies with his wife, two sons, and dog, and vaguely remembers the day when he thought this whole writing thing would be glamourous.
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David Nickle is a Toronto-based author and journalist whose fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies like Cemetery Dance, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, the Northern Frights series and the Queer Fear series. Some of it has been collected in his book of stories, Monstrous Affections. His first solo novel, Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, led the National Post to call him “a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King.” His most recent novel, Rasputin's Bastards, was called supernatural eeriness at its best. He also works as a reporter, covering Toronto municipal politics for a chain of community newspapers.
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Author of Cities of Night, Philip Nutman was an expatriot Englishman who lived in Atlanta, GA.
In addition to being an acclaimed, multiple award-nominated novelist (Wet Work), he was an award-winning screenwriter, film producer, director, and sometimes actor.
He started writing at age five and has never looked back. He sold his first movie review when he was 15, became Fangoria magazine's British Correspondent at 18, and had recently retired from 30 years as an entertainment journalist and business writer.
He died on October 7th, 2013 at age 50.
John Park was born in England but moved to Vancouver as a graduate student in chemical physics. He now lives in Ottawa where has done research at the National Research Council of Canada and been part of a scientific consulting firm. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of North American and European publications, in English and in French and German translations. In September 2012 his novel, Janus, was published by ChiZine Publications.
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Sydney based author Ben Peek's previous novels are Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, Black Sheep, and Above/Below with Stephanie Campisi. His short fiction has appeared in Steampunk: Revolution, Polyphony, Leviathan, Paper Cities, Aurealis, Overland, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, and various Year's Best volumes. He is the creator of the Urban Sprawl Project, a pyschogeography pamphlet given out in the suburbs of Sydney, and with artist Anna Brown, the autobiographical comic, Nowhere Near Savannah. Later in the year, Immolation, the first novel in his series Children, will be released. He lives with his partner, the photographer, Nikilyn Nevins, a cat, and a tree that both paid a lot of money to save. But it is a nice tree, and the man who poured seven litres of copper naphthenate into it, agreed.
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Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty novels, including Shadow Season, The Cold Spot, The Coldest Mile, and A Choir of Ill Children. He’s won two International Thriller Awards and four Bram Stoker Awards, as well as having been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy Award, the Macavity, and Le Grand Prix de L’imagination.
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Tim Pratt's fiction has won a Hugo Award, and he's been a finalist for Sturgeon, Stoker, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards. His books include two short story collections; a volume of poems; two novels, including Briarpatch; and, as T. A. Pratt, six books (and counting) about sorcerer Marla Mason. He works as a senior editor for Locus Magazine, and lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, Heather Shaw, and their son, River.
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Daniel A. Rabuzzi
Daniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school, and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, ChiZine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss & Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mannequin Envy and Scheherezade’s Bequest. The Choir Boats, the first volume of his Longing for Yount series, was published through ChiZine Publications in 2009, followed by the second volume, The Indigo Pheasant, in 2012.
He has also had twenty scholarly and professional articles published on subjects ranging from fairytale to finance. A former banker, Daniel earned his doctorate in 18th-century history, with a focus on issues of family, gender and commerce in northern Europe. He is now an executive at a global non-profit organization that provides educational materials to children from under-resourced and traditionally marginalized communities. Daniel lives in New York City with his wife and soul-mate, the artist Deborah A. Mills, along with the requisite two cats.
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Ian Rogers is a writer, artist, and photographer. His debut collection, Every House Is Haunted, was the winner of the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, while his novelette, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, and was optioned by Universal Cable Productions. His short fiction has appeared in several markets and has been selected for The Best Horror of the Year and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Ian is also the author of SuperNOIRtural Tales, a collection of stories featuring supernatural detective Felix Renn. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario.
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Michael Rowe is the author of Enter, Night (CZP) and has received the Lambda Literary award and the Spectrum award. He was a finalist for the International Horror Guild, Sunburst, aurora and National Magazine awards. Clive Barker has lauded Rowe for “changing the face of horror” with his Queer Fear anthologies.
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Geoff Ryman is the author of several successful, award-winning novels, mostly science fiction. The Unconquered Country (1984) won both the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award and the World Fantasy Award; The Child Garden (1989) won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the John W Campbell Memorial Award (First Place); the hypertext novel 253 won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1999; and his novel Air won the Arthur C. Clarke and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards in 2006.
An early Web design professional, Ryman led the teams that designed the first web sites for the British monarchy and the Prime Minister’s office. He also has a lifelong interest in drama and film; his 1992 novel Was looks at America through the lens of The Wizard of Oz and has been adapted for the stage, and Ryman himself wrote and directed a stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.
Karl Schroeder is a professional futurist as well as a science fiction and fantasy writer, dividing his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on society. As the author of ten novels he's been translated into French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. In addition to his more traditional fiction, he pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research—his influential short novels Crisis in Zefra (2005) and Crisis in Urlia (2011) are innovative “scenario fictions” commissioned by the Canadian army as study and research tools. Karl holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto. As a boy Karl would stand in his back yard on -30 degree nights and watch the stars, imagining all the wonders he might see up there if those pesky northern lights weren’t in the way.
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Robert Shearman has worked as writer for television, radio and the stage. He was appointed resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and has received several international awards for his theatrical work, including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in Association with the Royal National Theatre. His plays have been regularly produced by Alan Ayckbourn, and on BBC Radio by Martin Jarvis. A selection of his plays have been collected in book form as Caustic Comedies.
However, he is probably best known as a writer for Doctor Who, reintroducing the Daleks for its BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award. He has also written many popular audio dramas for the series for Big Finish.
His first collection of short stories, Tiny Deaths, was published by Comma Press in 2007. It won the World Fantasy Award for best collection, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. No Looking Back was selected by the National Library Board of Singapore as part of the annual Read! Singapore campaign. The two series of The Chain Gang, his short story and drama project or BBC7, both won the Sony Award.
His second collection, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, was published by Big Finish in 2009. It won the British Fantasy Award for best collection, the Edge Hill Short Story Readers Prize and the Shirley Jackson Award, celebrating outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. History Becomes You, from this third collection, Everyone's Just So So Special, was nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award.
Most recently, his best dark fiction was collected in Remember Why You Fear Me by ChiZine Publications.
He is currently writer in residence at Edinburgh Napier University.
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Chandler Klang Smith
Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think.
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids and FlashForward
Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction, with over a hundred short story publications in thirty countries and twenty-five languages.
His collections include Chimerascope (2010) and Impossibilia (2008), as well as the translated fantasy collection, La Danse des Esprits (France, 2011). His first novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, will be released in 2013.
Doug has twice won Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.
A multi-award winning film based on Doug's story By Her Hand, She Draws You Down will be released on DVD this year, and other films based on his stories are in the works.
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Jerome Stueart is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and memoir. He is a Milton Center fellow, Lambda Literary Workshop for Emerging LGBT Voices fellow, and graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, San Diego. Jerome's work has appeared in Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Geist, Queers Destroy Science Fiction (from Lightspeed), On Spec, Joyland, Geez, Queerwolf, Evolve, as well as three of the Tesseracts anthology series of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy and was a runner up to the Fountain Award. He was the co-editor of Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods, a collection of scifi/fantasy stories where characters wrestle with Faith. He has written 5 radio series for CBC North, one of which, Leaving America, was heard round the world on Radio Canada International. His sketches of his train trip across Canada can be found in Geist in 2015. His first novel, One Nation Under Gods, will be published by ChiZine Publications, late 2016. His collection of stories, The Angels of Our Better Beasts follows in 2017. He lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for nearly 10 years, became a Canadian citizen, and, then, much to his surprise, recently moved to Ohio for the love of a bear. He currently makes his home between Whitehorse, Yukon and Dayton, Ohio.
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Caitlin Sweet’s first fantasy novel, A Telling of Stars, was published by Penguin Canada in 2003. Her second, The Silences of Home, was published in 2005. Her one and only short story, “To Play the Game of Men,” was included in Daw’s Ages of Wonder anthology in 2009. Her novel The Pattern Scars, came out from CZP in 2011, and was nominated for Sunburst and Aurora awards, and reviewed to much acclaim in the Huffington Post. She released a YA title in 2014 with CZP called The Door in the Mountain, the first in a series.
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Award-winning author, poet, and playwright Melanie Tem has 14 published novels. Her works have won, among many accolades, the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and the World Fantasy Award. Dan Simmons called her "the literary successor to Shirley Jackson," and readers and reviewers consistently rave about her deeply involved stories.
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Steve Rasnic Tem
Steve Rasnic Tem was born in Lee County, Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He currently lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife, the writer Melanie Tem. His novels include Excavation, The Book of Days, the recent Deadfall Hotel and, co-written with wife Melanie Tem, Daughters and The Man On the Ceiling. He is the author of over 350 published short stories, and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. He was also a finalist for the Philip K. Dick, Shirley Jackson, and Theodore Sturgeon awards. His other story collections include City Fishing, The Far Side of the Lake, In Concert (collaborations with Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior, and Onion Songs.
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Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama, and of The Bookman Histories trilogy and many other works. He also won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, for Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and was nominated variously for a BSFA, Campbell, Sturgeon and Sidewise awards. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa but currently resides in London.
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Paul Tremblay is the author of The Little Sleep, No Sleep Till Wonderland, In the Mean Time, Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, and the forthcoming A Head Full of Ghosts. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He lives just outside of Boston, and when he’s not writing about narcoleptic private detectives, girls with two heads, or teens who float, he helps administrate the Shirley Jackson Awards.
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Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry, Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes and The Human Cannonball, and several anthology pieces. She has published online erotica under a pen name. Her poetry and prose have appeared in places such as the LRC, Exile, Kiss Machine, Pagitica, Variety Crossings and The Windsor Review, and her book, The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, was published by ChiZine in 2010. Halli has received funding for her writing from the OAC Works in Progress in 2006, the TAC mid-level writers in 2007 and 2009, and the OAC Works in Progress in 2009.
She is also the publisher of Tightrope Books and the administrative director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series.
Robert J. Wiersema
Robert J. Wiersema is a bookseller and reviewer, who contributes regularly to the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and numerous other newspapers. Wiersema is also the event coordinator for Bolen Books, and the author of Before I Wake (Random House Canada, 2006), which was a national bestseller, and The World More Full of Weeping. He lives in Victoria, B.C., with his wife, Cori Dusmann, and their son, Xander.
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Nir Yaniv is a writer, musician, editor and filmmaker based in Tel Aviv. His short stories were published in Israel and outside it, including such publications as Weird Tales, Apex Magazine and ChiZine. And they have been translated into German, Portuguese and Polish. His first story collection, One Hell of a Writer, came out in 2006. Two novels he co-wrote with Lavie Tidhar were published in 2009: The Tel Aviv Dossier and Fictional Murder. His second story collection, The Love Machine & Other Contraption, came out in 2012.
Nir founded Israel’s first online SF&F magazine, sf-f.org.il, in which he served as chief editor for seven years; went on to edit Dreams in Aspamia, a printed speculative fiction magazine, and created the first Hebrew science fiction rock album, The Universe in a Pita.
Nir's first short film, Conspiracy, was screened in film festivals in Israel and in the UK. He served in various film projects as cameraman, soundman, sound-editor, and even actor.
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Rio Youers is a multi-platform writer, working in books and comics. He is the author of Mama Fish (Shroud Publishing) and Old Man Scratch (PS Publishing)—the latter earning him a British Fantasy Award nomination in 2010. His novelette, This is the Summer of Love, was the title story of PS Publishing’s first new-look Postscripts anthology, a publication in which Rio has appeared three times. His short fiction has also been published by, among others, St. Martin’s Griffin, Cemetery Dance, and IDW Publishing.
Rio’s debut novel, End Times, was released by PS Publishing in 2010, with his first short story collection, Dark Dreams, Pale Horses, following in autumn 2011. His latest novel, Westlake Soul (ChiZine Publications), was released in the spring of 2012, and has been favourably reviewed in such venues as Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the National Post.
Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Lily Maye.