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The Guilty Parties . . . (Contributors)

Scott Morris is a postgraduate literature student at University College London. His prose and poetry have appeared in Trespass, Pomegranate, The Delinquent, Tengen and Avocado magazines. He is one of the founding members of Tapfactory, Warwick University's arts magazine.

Mark Wagstaff was born on the North Sea coast of southern England but has lived most of his life in London. The city and its people form the heart of his work, from the drifters of his early short stories through to the driven tribes of his cultish novel The Canal (available now as an ebook from www.bcpinepress.com) and the shifty office loser Robert Millman in his latest novel In Sparta, available in print from all fine bookstores and the usual websites. Mark is currently looking for a good home for his novella Mascara - a rather testing day in the life of a thoroughly gorgeous hitman, and for his latest novel Jenny Town, a love story in all the bad ways. www.markwagstaff.com

J Michael Shell’s fiction has appeared in the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated Bound For Evil anthology (Dead Letter Press), the ‘07 edition of the Southern Fried Weirdness anthology (Southern Fried Weirdness Press), Hadley/Rille Books' Footprints anthology, Space and Time magazine (USA), Polluto (three times!), Tropic: The Sunday Magazine of the Miami Herald (USA), Ballista (UK), Skive (Aus), Sounds of the Night (USA), Tabard Inn (USA), The Benefactor (USA), and the Not-One-Of-Us Magazine special collection (Going Going) Gone (USA). He also has fiction appearing in the Panverse Two All Novella Anthology (Panverse Publishing, Spring '10), and Sniplits--Audio Shorts To Go has produced one of his stories for MP3 download. At the University of South Carolina (BA in English) he studied under James Dickey and William Price Fox.

When not writing poetry, Jonathan Greenhause makes a living as an interpreter, whispering into people's ears so they'll understand what's going on around them. He is also an avid traveller, having ventured to the post office several times in the past few months. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications throughout the United States and internationally, including The Bitter Oleander, Neon (UK), Nimrod, RATTLE, Sojourn, and Going Down Swinging (Australia).

Sharon Kae Reamer (www.sharonreamer.com) is an American seismologist teaching geoscience at the University of Cologne. She lives on the outskirts of Cologne with her husband, son, and Ramses the cat. Her short fiction has appeared in Niteblade, The Yellow Medicine Review, and The Phantom Queen Awakes Anthology (Morrigan Books). She has completed three novels in the Schattenreich fantasy series and is currently working on a new SF novel. She works as assistant editor at the ezine Allegory.

J.J. Steinfeld is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island. He has published two novels, Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield Press) and Word Burials (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink), nine short story collections, the previous three by Gaspereau Press — Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized?, Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown, and Would You Hide Me? — and two poetry collections, An Affection for Precipices (Serengeti Press) and Misshapenness (Ekstasis Editions), along with two short-fiction chapbooks by Mercutio Press, Curiosity to Satisfy and Fear to Placate and Not a Second More, Not a Second Less, and two poetry chapbooks, Existence Is a Hoax, a Woman in Fishnet Stockings Told Me When I Was Twenty (Cubicle Press) and Where War Finds You (HMS Press).

Over 200 of his short stories and nearly 400 of his poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over 40 of his one-act and full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States, including the full-length plays Acting Violently, The Franz Kafka Therapy Session, and The Golden Age of Monsters.

Claire T. Feild is the writing consultant for students in the College of Business, at Auburn University, located in Auburn, Alabama. She has been an English instructor in middle school, high school, community college, and university settings. She has had her poetry published in numerous literary journals, such as Runes: A Review of Poetry, The Carolina Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita, Apostrophe: USCB Journal of the Arts, The Chattahoochee Review, Main Channel Voices, freefall, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, Colere, Straylight, The Mochila Review, Neovictorian/Cochlea, and most recently, the broken plate, Birmingham Arts Journal, and Convergence Review. Her first poetry book, Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, is set in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a Delta town. Excerpts of her memoir A Delta Vigil have been published in Boston’s Full Circle: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.

Rhys Hughes' latest novel is now available from Atomic Fez Publishing. Twisthorn Bellow is the story of a golem who accidentally falls into a vat of nitroglycerin and turns into a living stick of dynamite. The fact he has a short emotional fuse makes the situation more perilous, at least symbolically! His subsequent adventures are both sprightly and dark, an unusual combination. The book is packed with monsters and robots who facilitate these adventures. His Dog Horn title Mister Gum was so popular a revised, expanded second edition is due out in time for Christmas.

J.S. Watts lives and write in the flat lands of East Anglia in the UK. Her poetry, reviews and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications in Britain, Canada and the States including Acumen, Abandoned Towers, Ascent Aspirations, Brittle Star, Dark Horizons, The Dawntreader, Envoi, The Journal, Midwest Literary Magazine, Orbis, Serendipity, Twisted Tongue, Visionary Tongue and The Ugly Tree. Her story “Jenny” won third prize in the 2009 Wells Literary Festival International Short Story Competition and was broadcast on BBC Radio in January 2010. Currently she is Poetry Reviews Editor for Open Wide Magazine.

Glen Krisch is currently finishing up his coming-of-age novel, Nothing Lasting. His stories have appeared in Shroud Magazine, The Horror Library Vol. 2, Atomjack Magazine, Something Wicked Magazine, amongst others. His collection, Through the Eyes of Strays: Misanthropes and Misfits, is due out in 2011 from Dog Horn Publishing. He is the father of two sons, husband of one wife, and considers himself a member of the strays. He can be reached at kelcher_2000@yahoo.com. Tease him with vague emails; he enjoys the torment.

Brian Edwards is an Englishman in Japan. He teaches and writes poetry, but mostly he reads. He is an editor at www.afterliterature.org.

Douglas Thompson’s short stories have appeared in a wide range of magazines, most recently New Writing Scotland, Ambit, PS Publishing’s Catastrophia anthology and Albedo One. His first book, Ultrameta, was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2009, and hailed as “a new form or literature for a new century” and “a modern classic” by Sci-Fi Online. His second novel Sylvow is due in August 2010, also from Eibonvale. www.glasgowsurrealist.com/douglas

Jason Heller is a Denver-based writer whose nonfiction has appeared in a Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Tor.com, Alternative Press, and The A.V. Club, where he's a regular contributor. His speculative fiction has been published in Sybil's Garage, Apex Magazine, Farrago's Wainscot, Brain Harvest, and the Descended from Darkness anthology, among others. When his head's not lodged in a laptop, he plays guitar in a punk band called The Fire Drills. They do the worst Cheap Trick cover you've ever heard. His behavior can be observed at www.jasonmheller.blogspot.com.

Alexander Hay's involvement in the Ada Doom/Woodshed incident remains controversial. What he was doing there and why he was dressed in a wedding dress and chicken giblets is unknown. But he assures us it wasn't his fault she had a nasty turn, and frankly what has the country come to when you can't lurk in a woodshed, covered in hen offal, and making 'ooooo' noises anyway? Further clarification can be acquired via Annubis_2000@Yahoo.co.uk, Subject: Political Correctness Gone MAD.

A.L. Gengler creates poetry and writes short stories under the byline Mark Brandon Allen. He began this noiresque odyssey into the realm of SF purely for the amusement of his children and grandchildren. His extended family includes eight children, eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one vicious three pound Yorkshire terrier who holds both he and his wife hostage in Valparaiso Indiana.

Most recently his work has been published in print, on the pages of Demon Minds Anthology and on line, in e-zines including The 5th D, Pedestal Magazine, Sciphi Journal and Everyday Weirdness. His latest SF story, "Vaticinium Ex Eventu" will appear in Matters Most Extraordinary, an anthology, later this year. "Crystal Wings" a rhyming poem will appear in the August issue of Sounds of the Night and a free verse "Depletion" is included in a fall publication, The Last Man Anthology.

Kurt Newton makes his home in Connecticut, USA. His stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Space and Time, Dark Discoveries and A cappella Zoo. His psychological horror novella, The Brainpan Concerto, will be available in October 2010 from Sideshow Press.

Fred Russell is the pen name of an American-born writer living in Israel.

Matt Chase was born in the railway town of Crewe in the North West of England in 1973. Following lengthy careers in nursing and psychotherapy, Matt settled into writing fiction, prose, non-fiction and plays. He was staff writer for the National Dating Magazine (Leeds), Editor for The Unicorn Magazine (Cheshire) and regular contributor for Body and Soul Magazine (Manchester). Matt currently lives in the vibrant city of Manchester where he is completing his debut book of short stories and a short stage play.

Steve Mathes is a teacher who writes fiction as well as an occasional article about computers. His story "Backlash" was the feature for the September 2009 issue of A Fly In Amber. His work has also appeared in other magazines and e-zines, and in the anthology Forbidden Speculations. He has published a couple of articles in computer magazines such as Linux Journal, and has a Master's in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. As an old man who is often accused of being cynical, he strives to prove that it is his very lack of cynicism that has kept him so angry after all these years.

Cris O'Connor is quite certain that one day his head will be replaced by that of a crow's.

RC Edrington has been a scourge on the small press for years. You can find his scribbles in countless journals, ezines, anthologies and chapbooks. He currently writes, fights off the urge to become a full time hermit, and kicks empty beer cans thru the dope induced potholes in his memory. His blog can be found at www.rcedrington.com.

Colin James has a chapbook just out from Thunderclap Press . . .

Jay MacLeod is from Vernon, BC. He is taking history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and in his very limited amount of spare time writes poetry and fiction, generally of the scifi variety.

Dave Migman scares us. A lot. His first novel, The Wolf Stepped Out, is now available from Dog Horn Publishing, but we’re too terrified to read it.

Kek-w lives in Yeovil, a small market-town twinned with Arkham. He has written for 2000AD, FLURB, Dazed & Confused, FACT, Bizarre, Metal Hammer and numerous paperback anthologies. His stories “Blue Raspberries” and “Cone Zero” were nominated for Best Short Story awards by the BSFA and the BFS. He blogs at http://kidshirt.blogspot.com.

Aaron Polson currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit. To pay the bills, Aaron attempts to teach high school students the difference between irony and coincidence. His stories have featured magic goldfish, monstrous beetles, and a book of lullabies for baby vampires. The Saints are Dead, a collection of his weird stories and dark magical realism, is due from Aqueous Press in 2011. You can visit Aaron on the web at aaronpolson.blogspot.com.

Novelist, journalist, satirist, Bruce Golden’s short stories have garnered several awards and more than 80 sales across seven countries. Asimov’s Science Fiction described his second novel, “If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce Golden’s Better Than Chocolate.” His latest novel, Evergreen, takes readers to an alien world full of ancient secrets and a strange intelligence, populated with characters motivated by revenge, redemption, and obsession, on a quest to find the City of God. You can find out more about Bruce and his works on his website: http://goldentales.tripod.com.

Deb Hoag has been writing professionally for going on 20 years, starting at a weekly alternative newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, The Metro Times. In the early ’90s, Deb went back to school and was awarded a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Since embarking on her new career, Deb’s worked on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in a variety of mental health positions, as in-patient therapist at the psychiatric hospital in Show Low, Arizona , and now lives and works in Flagstaff . Dog Horn Publishing published her novel Crashin' the Real in 2009. Her novel Dr. Gonzo is coming out at Burning Man, first week of September, from Unlikely Books, and she is hard at work on a second novel for Dog Horn, Queer and Loathing on the Yellow Brick Road.


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