Joe McKinney (The Red Empire and Other Stories)
Joe McKinney is the San Antonio-based author of several horror, crime and science fiction novels. His longer works include the four part Dead World series, made up of Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead, Flesh Eaters and The Zombie King; the science fiction disaster tale, Quarantined, which was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009; and the crime novel, Dodging Bullets. His upcoming releases include the horror novels Lost Girl of the Lake, The Charge and St. Rage. Joe has also worked as an editor, along with Michelle McCrary, on the zombie-themed anthology Dead Set, and with Mark Onspaugh on the abandoned building-themed anthology The Forsaken. His short stories and novellas have been published in more than thirty publications and anthologies.
In his day job, Joe McKinney is a sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department, where he helps to run the city’s 911 Dispatch Center. Before promoting to sergeant, Joe worked as a homicide detective and as a disaster mitigation specialist. Many of his stories, regardless of genre, feature a strong police procedural element based on his fifteen years of law enforcement experience.
A regular guest at regional writing conventions, Joe currently lives and works in a small town north of San Antonio with his wife and children.
Jeremy C. Shipp (Attic Clowns)
Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Attic Clowns, Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 60 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Withersin, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with his wife, Lisa, a couple of pygmy tigers, and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic–not so much. His twitter handle is @JeremyCShipp.
“Jeremy C. Shipp’s boldness, daring, originality, and sheer smarts make him one of the most vital younger writers who have colonized horror literature in the past decade. Shipp’s modernist clarity, plus his willingness to risk damn near everything, put him up at the head of the pack with the very best.” –Peter Straub
“Shipp’s clear, insistent voice pulls you down into the rabbit hole and doesn’t let go.”–Jack Ketchum
Guy N. Smith (Deadbeat)
Guy N. Smith is the legendary author of more than 80 pulp fiction classics with 600,000 copies sold. His books include Night of the Crabs, Abomination, Bats Out of Hell, Cannibals and Bloodshow.
He began writing for the sporting press in 1960 and has published around 3,000 articles on shooting, deer stalking, big-game hunting and many other subjects. Guy has been the Gun Editor of ‘The Countryman’s Weekly’ for the past 11 years with a deadline of five features per week, mostly technical articles on guns and ammunition. His knowledge is extensive and is frequently asked to review and test rifles and shotguns.
Guy also runs Black Hill Books, a business he started in 1972 selling vintage and modern books.
Gary Brandner (Hellborn)
Gary Brandner is best known for his werewolf themed trilogy of novels, The Howling. His novel Walkers was adapted and filmed for television as From the Dead of Night. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1988 horror film Cameron’s Closet. Born in the Midwest and much traveled during his formative years, Brander has published more then 30 years, over 100 short stories, and a handful of screenplays. After graduating from the University of Washington, he worked as an amateur boxer, bartender, surveyor, loan company investigator, advertising copywriter, and technical writer before turning to fiction writing. Brandner currently lives in Reno, Nevada.
Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the dark fantasy novel Black & Orange. Beyond that he’s written several collaborations with Michael Louis Calvillo, one of which is a novella called Ugly Spirit. Benjamin also wrote a master’s thesis entitled, “CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film.” Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, both lovely and both worthy of better. When he isn’t writing, reading, guitaring, he’s defending California’s waterways and sewers from pollution. Visit Benjamin online at http://www.bkethridge.com.
John S. Glasby
John S. Glasby was a professional research chemist and astronomer who was also one of the world’s most prolific authors of pulp fiction. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Glasby wrote more than three hundred novels and short stories, the vast preponderance of which were published under numerous pseudonyms for John Spencer’s Badger Books imprint, which included Supernatural Stories.
Upon the closure of Badger Books in 1967, Glasby’s writing career came to an abrupt halt, but following his retirement he recommenced writing and contributed many stories to various anthologies, as well as a new novel, The Dark Destroyer.
John S. Glasby died in 2011 in Nottinghamshire, England at 82.