Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere, the Schneider Family Award Honor Book The Collectors, the YA horror novel Last Things, and several other odd and twisty books for young readers. Her poetry and short fiction for adults appear in a variety of publications. She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Jaye Wells is the author of more than a dozen novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devil were also nominated for the award.
For the last 15+ years, Ali Seay has written professionally under a pen name. Now she’s shaken off her disguise to write as herself in the genre she loves the most. Ali lives in Baltimore with her family. Her greatest desire is to own a vintage Airstream and hit the road. She is the author of Go Down Hard / Grindhouse Press and To Offer Her Pleasure / Weirdpunk Books. For more information visit aliseay.com
Bindia Persaud was born in Georgetown, Guyana, grew up in the north of England, and now resides in Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared in Gone Lawn, the Colored Lens, and Humanagerie, among others.
Nu Yang resides in Southern California. Her creative works have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. Nu is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the Writing Popular Fiction Master’s program at Seton Hill University. Find her online at nuyangwriter.wordpress.com.
Chelsea Pumpkins is a writer from Massachusetts. She is constantly feeding her life-long hunger for horror by way of dark literature and film. If she’s not reading, writing, or watching something spooky, you may find her hiking in the White Mountains with her husband and sweet pitbull, Moose. Her greatest joys are a long belly-laugh with friends and a lap full of warm, purring cats. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ChelseaPumpkins.
Pippa Bailey is a foul-mouthed, queer, horror author, voice actor, reviewer & all-round good person. She lives in a tiny cottage in the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Myk Pilgrim. When Pippa isn’t writing she spends her time collecting tasteless memes, drinking too much tea, making terrible puns, and generally bothering the local wildlife. Pippa’s work has appeared alongside Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Joe R Lansdale, and the marvellous Myk Pilgrim in Dark Faces Evil Place 2. Also in 13 Wicked Tales: a Wicked Library Anthology, featured on the Wicked Library podcast, Frisson Comics, Sirens Call Magazine, & Holiday-themed horror collections Poisoned Candy: Bite-sized Horror for Halloween, Bloody Stockings: Bite-sized Horror for Christmas, Rancid Eggs: Bite-sized Horror for Easter, & Devil’s Night: Bite-sized Horror for Halloween.
Sonora Taylor is the award-winning author of several books and short story collections, including Seeing Things, Without Condition, and Little Paranoias: Stories. Her stories have been published by Cemetery Gates Media, Burial Day Press, Ghost Orchid Press, Kandisha Press, and more. Her most recent collection, Someone to Share My Nightmares: Stories, is now available. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and a rescue dog. Visit her online at sonorawrites.com.
Christa Wojciechowski is an American dark fiction writer who lives in Panama. She is the author of The SICK Series and the founder of the Writers’ Mastermind virtual writing community. Greatly influenced my Russian and Gothic literature, her short stories have appeared in various publications and anthologies. is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She loves to play Chopin (badly) and sip Hendrick’s gin. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found rambling through the Panamanian wilderness with her mastiff, Jack Daniels, or traveling with her dashing husband, Marco.
EV Knight is the author of the Bram Stoker Award winning debut novel The Fourth Whore. She released her sophomore novel Children of Demeter as well as a novella, Partum in 2021. EV lives in one of America’s most haunted cities—Savannah, Ga. She is a huge fan of the Savannah Bananas and the beauty of Bonaventure Cemetery. When not out and about searching for the ghosts of the past, EV can be found at home with her husband Matt, her beloved Chinese Crested Gozer Augustus, and their three naughty sphynx cats.
Geneve Flynn is an award-winning fiction editor and author. She co-edited Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women with Lee Murray. The anthology won the 2020 Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards and shortlisted for the British Fantasy, Aurealis, and Australian Shadows awards. Geneve’s short stories have been published in various markets, including Flame Tree Publishing, PseudoPod, Crystal Lake Publishing & Black Spot Books, and Things in the Well. Her poetry appears in Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken. Geneve loves tales that unsettle, all things writerly, and B-grade action movies. If that sounds like you, check out her website at www.geneveflynn.com.au.
G.G. Silverman is an author of speculative fiction who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the months from September to April are generally known as “the Dark Wet.” When not writing, she loves exploring her surroundings, and teaching others to write. For more info, please visit http://www.ggsilverman.com
KC Grifant is a New England-to-SoCal transplant who writes internationally published horror, fantasy, science fiction and weird western stories for podcasts, anthologies and magazines. Her writings have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Unnerving Magazine, Colp Magazine, Tales to Terrify, the Lovecraft eZine and many others. She’s also contributed to dozens of anthologies including: Field Notes from a Nightmare; The One That Got Away: Women of Horror Vol. 3; Six Guns Straight From Hell Vol. 3; Shadowy Natures: Tales of Psychological Horror; We Shall Be Monsters; Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches; and the Stoker-nominated Fright Mare: Women Write Horror. A co-founder of the San Diego HWA chapter, she enjoys drinking too much coffee, chasing a wild toddler, and wandering through beachside carnivals. For details, visit http://www.KCGrifant.com or @kcgrifant.
Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito is a Chinese American writer based in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not spending time with her family outdoors, she’s crafting short stories in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or whatever genre-bending she can get away with. Her writing has appeared in Nailed Magazine, Red Penguin’s Collections, and Buckman Journal’s Issue 006. Her work will also be included in Flame Tree Press’s Asian Ghost Stories anthology as well as other collections. She can be found at www.francesippolito.com.
Jeanne E. Bush has published non-fiction articles in several Oregon newspapers and served as a marketing and research analyst for Oregon State University’s quarterly magazine, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. She has also done freelance copy- and layout-editing for Sterling/Chapelle Publishing. She lives in Oregon with her family where she enjoys coastal excursions or visits to Mount Hood. “Wheels” is her first published short story.
Jess Koch is a fiction writer, software engineer, and graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program. She writes strange stories from an 1800’s colonial somewhere in New England with her partner, dog, and probably a few ghosts. She can be found at jesskoch.com and on Twitter @byjesskoch.
Kathryn E. McGee’s horror stories have appeared in Kelp Journal, Automata Review, and Gamut Magazine, on the Ladies of the Fright website, and in anthologies including Halldark Holidays, Dead Bait 4, Horror Library Vol. 6, Winter Horror Days, and Cemetery Riots. She hosts Skeleton Hour, the Horror Writers Association’s horror literature webinar series, and is an Active Member of the HWA. Her other work includes co-authoring DTLA37: Downtown Los Angeles in Thirty-seven Stories, a non-fiction coffee table book about Downtown Los Angeles. She has an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside Palm Desert.
Jo Kaplan is a Los Angeles based writer also known as Joanna Parypinski. She is the author of the novels It Will Just Be Us and When the Night Bells Ring. Her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Quarterly, Black Static, Nightmare Magazine, Vastarien, Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, and Bram Stoker Award nominated anthology Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors. She teaches English and creative writing at Glendale Community College.
K.P. Kulski is the author of Fairest Flesh, from Strangehouse Books. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications including Fantasy and Unnerving Magazines, and anthologies, Not All Monsters, from Strangehouse Books and Don’t Break the Oath, from Kandisha Press. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Korean mother and American-military father, she spent her youth wandering many places both inside and outside the United States. She’s a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air Force and as a former history professor, she often draws inspiration from the stories of the past. Find her at garnetonwinter.com and on Twitter @garnetonwinter.
J. B. Lamping currently resides in Indiana with her cat, Jax. When she’s not working, she can be found reading, sewing, and trying to find the right lighting to get a decent picture of her cat. Her favorite hobbies include collecting more books and notebooks than any one single person needs, and attempting to working on 15 short stories and 4 novels at the same time.
Lauren C. Teffeau is a speculative fiction writer based in New Mexico. When she was younger, she poked around in the back of wardrobes, tried to walk through mirrors, and always kept an eye out for secret passages, fairy rings, and messages from aliens. Now, she writes to cope with her ordinary existence. Her novel Implanted (2018, Angry Robot) was shortlisted for the 2019 Compton Crook award for best first SF/F/H novel. Her short fiction can be found a variety of professional and semi-pro speculative fiction magazines and anthologies. To learn more, please visit laurencteffeau.com.
Lillah Lawson is the author of three published novels: Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree (2019), Dead Rockstar (2020, and The Wolfden (2022). Lillah is most comfortable straddling literary genres, writing historical fiction, southern gothic, fantasy and thought-provoking horror. Her novel So Long, Bobby will release in Winter 2023. Lillah was a finalist for Georgia Author of the Year (2020) in the literary fiction category for her book Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree and was a recipient of the UGA Willson Center/Flagpole Magazine’s Micro-Fellowship in 2020, with her short story Shoofly appearing in the University’s digital exhibit. Her horror short The Lady and the Tall Man was published in the Shiver Anthology in 2021. In addition to writing, Lillah is a history student, genealogist and lover of pop culture. lives just outside of Athens, Georgia.
Christine Makepeace is a film essayist and fiction writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Links to her work, including the short fiction collection The Sound of Breaking Glass, can be found at christinemakepeace.com
Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw/settler writer of speculative fiction and poetry from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. Her work has recently appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Apex Magazine’s Indigenous Futurists issue. Her full-length poetry collection will be released in November 2022 from Nictitating Books.
Red Lagoe is the author of horror collections Lucid Screams and Dismal Dreams. Her works have been published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Sinister Smile Press, Crystal Lake Publishing, Kandisha Press, and more. When she’s not spewing her horror-loving mind onto the page, Red dabbles in amateur astronomy. Find more from Red at www.redlagoe.com.