MATT BETTS is a pop culture junkie - sometimes to levels that are considered unhealthy by the Surgeon General. He grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, and horror novels, all of which creep into his own work. Matt's speculative poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, and he is the author of seven novels.
MICHAEL DITTMAN is a professor of English and Creative Writing who lives and writes near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, surrounded by the palimpsest of the Appalachian Rust Belt. He is the author of Jack Kerouac: A Biography, Masterpieces of the Beat Generation, Small Brutal Incidents and Who Holds the Devil.
JOSEPH J. DOWLING always knew he would write seriously one day. In 2020, with his hospitality business temporarily shuttered, he became a keen student of the craft. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines. Mandate: THIRTEEN is his first published novel. He lives in London with his wife and their Scotty dog.
TIM JEFFREYS' short fiction has appeared in Supernatural Tales, Not One of Us, The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 & 3, Stories We Tell After Midnight 2 & 3, Nightscript, and many more publications too numerous to list here. His co-written science fiction novella, Voids, was published in 2016. He hails from the north of England, but now lives in Bristol with his partner and two children. He is currently at work on several novels.
MARY CARROLL LEOSON is a Pushcart Nominee and Member of the Horror Writers Association who specializes in literary and historical horror fiction. Her fiction has been featured in numerous publications. She holds a Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy & Literature, an MFA in Fiction, an MA in English, and an MS in Psychology. When she's not writing about ghosts or co-hosting the podcast, Exhuming the Bones, Leoson teaches at the college level. She lives on the shores of Lake Erie with her husband and two very spoiled dogs.
TIM McWHORTER was born under a waning crescent moon, and while he has no idea what the significance is, he thinks it sounds like a very horror writer thing to say. A graduate of Otterbein College, he is the author of the horror-thrillers, The Opening, Shadows Remain, Bone White, its sequel, Blackened, and a collection of short stories, Let There Be Dark. He lives just outside of Columbus, OH, with his wife, a dwindling number of children and a few obligatory 'family' pets that have somehow become solely his responsibility.
DONNA MARIE WEST is an educator, translator, author, and freelance editor. She has published close to 500 drabbles, short stories, and non-fiction articles in a wide variety of Canadian and American magazines, web sites, and anthologies. She loves the unusual and unexplained, and often finds ways to weave these themes into her stories. In 2019, she co-authored a collection of horror-themed short stories and poems entitled HAUNTED HORROR. Her first novel, NEXT IN LINE, was published in September 2020. Donna spends her precious free time reading, writing, and doing research for her current projects. She lives in Québec, Canada, with her long-time partner and two beloved kitties. The Mud Man is her third book.