Our EDITORS are a dedicated team of inkslingers consisting of Eris Young, Rachel Geddes, Callum McSorley and Margaret Graton, each with a range of sub-genre interests.
RACHEL is a huge fan of fairytale retellings and re-inventions, clever plots and Pratchett-style wordplay. She loves all things dragon and the small, everyday details that go to make a world. Rachel also has qualifications in Proofreading and Copy-editing from Publishing Scotland and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
MARGARET loves all sword and sorcery, secondary world fantasy. She enjoys created languages, detailed settings, and map creation as well.
CALLUM likes urban fantasy and magical realism in both contemporary and historic settings. A big Garth Marenghi fan, a touch of humour and horror is good too.
We welcome submissions across the entire spectrum: if you can convince us it’s fantasy, we’ll consider it. We will match your submission to the editor who is the most qualified to work on it.
Our AUTHORS come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders and hail from across the globe, from Czech Republic to Egypt to the United States and the UK. Here they are:
KEVIN STADT is an English teacher with a master’s degree in teaching writing and a doctorate in American literature. Hisstories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lazarus Risen,Enter the Aftermath, Issues of Tomorrow, Under the Bed,Nebula Rift, Bewildering Stories, Fiction on the Web,Phantaxis and Kzine. Although he hails from a small town in Illinois, he now lives in South Korea with his wife and sons, who are interdimensional cyborg pirates wanted in a dozen star systems.
JAMES BELL is a Scot who now lives in France where he contributes non-fiction and photography to an English language journal. He has lately revived his interest in short fiction, which has so far been published in Tears In The Fence, Scrittura, Thief, Bare Fiction, Lalldy and Cyclamen and Swords. He is also a poet with two collections so far and twenty years of publication in magazines online and terrestrially.
CALLUM DOUGAN: When people discover that Callum Dougan is a writer, they always assume he is a successful one. He does have a website now, so…
CAROLINE GREBBELL: I am a Belfast-born writer based in Edinburgh. I worked in the T.V. and film industry for many years before taking a year out in 2015 to complete a Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University. Since then I have been nominated for BSFA Short Fiction Award. (‘Model Organisms’ – Shoreline Of Infinity). Find out more about Caroline on twitter.
RICK BROOKS writes feverishly every Sunday morning for four hours (or until he’s had so much caffeine he can no longer focus) at his favorite coffee joint in San Antonio, TX. Inspired by his muses (his beautiful wife, wonderful daughters and friends in recovery), he continues to write his 20-year novel, for which the deadline is still many, many years away.
APOSTOLOS GIANNARAS: I am a Greek fantasy writer, artist, architect and tabletop RPG game enthusiast developing my own fantasy setting. I am based in Edinburgh, where I am worldbuilding and also getting feedback from the university as part of a research degree proposal that I made to the Edinburgh College of Art.
DAPHNE MILNE is a member of, among others, Falmouth Poetry Group and OOTA, Fremantle, WA. She writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories. Her work is published in various magazines and she runs occasional workshops in St Ives, gives readings at various local litfests. Daphne’s work has been commended, placed or won various competitions, as well as appearing in anthologies already in print and due to appear in 2017/2018.
ANDY DEAN: I am a little-published writer who resides in Liverpool. I attended Aberystwyth University were I got a few poems somehow sneaked into the university English Department magazine, and got my very own degree in English and Creative Writing. When not planning ways to grow my own food somewhere in the countryside I currently work in social care and try and write stories and poetry in my (limited) free time!
ED AHERN resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over a hundred thirty stories and poems published so far, and two books.
STEVEN CARR began his writing career as a military journalist and has had short stories published in Gathering Storm Magazine, Midnight Circus Magazine, Double Feature, Tigershark Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, and many others. His plays have been produced in several states including Arizona, Missouri and Ohio. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. You can find out more about Steven on facebook and twitter.
T RIOS: I’m a writer of non-fiction and speculative fiction. I have an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and am a First Reader for Strange Horizons magazine. My work has previously appeared in venues such as #thesideshow, Corner Bar Magazine, and Rabble Lit. You can find me on Twitter at @InSetsofThree.
NICK MUZEKARI: I enjoy exploring beauty, darkness, and mystery through story. My work has been published in Typehouse and on Story Warren, and is forthcoming in The Fable Online. I am also the author of, “A Gift for Matthew,” a picture book about the ancient art of Christian iconography, published by Ancient Faith Publishing.
DANIEL PIETERSEN is a writer of horror fiction and weird poetry whose short piece, The Left Hand of Aux-Çevoires, has recently been published in The Audient Void. His essay on the use of sonic repetition as a source of horror in Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape is soon to be published in Wyrd Harvest’s collection, Harvest Hymns, and a piece on the use of the limit experience in Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart is out soon in Thinking Horror, the journal of horror theory. Much of Daniel’s shorter works are published online at constantuniversity.wordpress.com. Daniel lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and dog, both of whom have an obsession for bones.
J D BYRNE was born and raised around Charleston, West Virginia, before spending seven years in Morgantown getting degrees in history and law from West Virginia University. He’s practiced law for more than 15 years, writing briefs where he has to stick to real facts and real law. In his fiction, he gets to make up the facts, take or leave the law, and let his imagination run wild. He lives outside Charleston with his wife and one-eyed dog. You can read more about J D and his work here, or on twitter.
HAMILTON PEREZ is a writer and freelance editor living in Sacramento, California. When he’s not writing, he can usually be found chasing squirrels with the dog. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Between Worlds, and Metaphorosis. You can read more of his work on his website and on twitter.
JOSE RECIO was born and raised in Spain, where he studied medicine. Later he immigrated to the USA, where he has practiced medicine. Currently, he lives with his wife in Southern California, and lately, he finds more time to dedicate to creative writing. You can read more of Jose’s work here.
KATHRYN ROSS is an LA native and first year grad student whose work has appeared in Split Lip Magazine, Uppagus, and Whale Road Review. When she is not writing, she enjoys long baths, watching Daniel Radcliffe films, and painting. Keep up with her at speakthewritelanguage.com, as well as on facebook and twitter.
HOPE SILVER (1977, Tomsk) started her writing career as a journalist in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her first novel, Born Against All Odds, winner of several international writing competitions, was published in the original Russian in 2013. Based in Berkeley, California, since 2013, Hope (real name – Nadezhda Serebrennikova) is now an active blogger and fiction writer. Hope’s work can be read here and here.
HELEN SLAVIN has written ten novels and currently writing The Witch Ways, a series of books for Ipso, the latest of which is Crooked Daylight. She hails from Lancashire near Pendle Witch country and now lives in Wiltshire, home of stone circles and cunning. She can be found on twitter and at helenslavin.com
JOHNNY MURRAY mostly writes short fiction and political articles. His first play is currently being produced in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was born in London, but lived in Belfast most of his life. You can find him on twitter.
B.H. FINDLEY: I am a medieval studies professor who moonlights as a fiction writer. My hope is to bring some of the vitality and relevance of lesser-known medieval stories to a modern audience. My short story “The Shoe” appeared last fall in Quantum Fairy Tales, and I recently signed with an agent who will help me seek a publisher for my young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Heirs of Perceforest. There’s more about me on my website, bhfindley.com, and you can also find me on twitter.
CALLUM MCSORLEY is a writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde where he studied English, Journalism & Creative Writing. Formerly a journalist working for the International Network of Street papers, he has published stories in street papers (magazines sold by the homeless) all over the world from The Big Issue Japan to The Contributor (USA), covering a wide variety of topics from homelessness and human rights issues to celebrity interviews with the likes of The Pixies, Sebastian Vettel and Irvine Welsh.
His short stories have been published in genre fiction anthologies by Dead Guns Press and The Singularity as well as prestigious Scots literary journal, Gutter. His first short story collection, Beaten to a Pulp!, is out now. He can also be found on facebook and wordpress.
LYDIA PAULY is a Creative Writing student at the University of Essex, UK. She writes anything from science fiction to oulipo, and has a deep-seated love for House of Leaves. She hopes to move to Japan next year to learn the language and expand her writing.
RACHEL COHEN is a lawyer practicing in the field of international criminal law. Since she has to stick to the truth in her day job, when she writes fiction, she lies. Find out more about Rachel and her work here.
IRENE ELLIOT writes from the endless depth of cornfields in South Dakota. She currently has one book (Lucid) published and is working on her next. Irene and her work can be found on facebook, twitter and amazon, as well as her website.
COLUMBKILL NOONAN has an M.S. in Biology, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Maryland. She writes historical fiction with a supernatural slant.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, aerial yoga, and riding her horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill, and to hear breaking news about her latest works, please feel free to visit her facebook page or find her on twitter.
ROBERT BEVERIDGE makes noise and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Chiron Review, Riverrun, and Third Wednesday, among others.
SHALEN LOWELL is a transgender writer and poet from Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in fiction that represents the intersection of the fantasy and postmodern genres. They hold a degree in English Literature from Stonehill College, and their work also focuses on the crises of environmental degradation as figured through fantasy media. Shalen can be found on twitter, and you can read more of their writing at their blog.
SÁŠA NEUMAN has been told that he was born smack dab in the middle of Europe. As his first memories are of a small sidewalkless mining town in Moravia, this seems a likely story. Mistaking the sunlit walks of Los Angeles for streets paved with gold he became a willing California transplant, with roots so deep that Chinese waiters now treat him as one of their own. He is mostly of interest to mycologists as he thrives on bullshit and darkness, a talent which allows him to stay mostly in his house, with only occasional nocturnal trips into what some refer to as the real world. For those who want to know what it is that has gone wrong in his life to make him the person he is now, you can visit his Facebook account which is open to all, and where, in the notes section, he keeps more of his soporific tales.
FAHMY HADY: I’m from Cairo, Egypt, a student in the faculty of Engineering at Cairo University. English literature might seem like the farthest thing from me given my origins and choice of education, but it feels the closest. I’ve found that I have a passion for writing and reading English literature much more than my own language. I like reading poetry and short stories, but novels also have a place in my heart, and I much prefer fiction and fantasy, a preference which is reflected in my work. Find Fahmy on facebook.
KEVIN STADT is an English teacher with a master’s degree in teaching writing and a doctorate in American literature. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lazarus Risen, Enter the Aftermath, Issues of Tomorrow, Under the Bed, Nebula Rift, Bewildering Stories, Fiction on the Web, Phantaxis and Kzine. Although he hails from a small town in Illinois, he now lives in South Korea with his wife and sons, who are interdimensional cyborg pirates wanted in a dozen star systems.