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Colleen Anderson is multiple nominated and award-winning author with works widely published in seven countries in such venues as Weird Tales, Andromeda Spaceways, and the award-winning Shadow Atlas. Her Rhysling winning poem “Machine (r)Evolution” is in Tenebrous Press’s Brave New Weird. Colleen lives in Vancouver, BC, and her poetry collections, The Lore of Inscrutable Dreams and I Dreamed a World, and fiction collections, A Body of Work and Embers Amongst the Fallen, are available online. Weird House will be publishing her new poetry collection, Weird Worlds in 2024.

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Joel Bisaillon of Umbra Ludus (shadow play) focuses on illustrating dark, dramatic, bold, and colourful imagery with a flair for the fantastical. With years of tabletop gaming and delving into Hitchcock, Baum, and Lovecraft at an early age, he led his creative focus towards the dark fantasy, cosmic and American gothic horror genres.

He has years of experience creating for several renowned roleplaying, tabletop gaming, and publishing companies like New Comet Games, Vermin Games, Blasphemy Press, Jester’s Hand Publishing, Kelestia Games, Alternate Realities Studios, Lostlorn Games, and Legendary Games.

His art has also graced the pages of Aurealis Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, BYU’s Leading Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, New Myths E-Zine, Electric Spec Magazine, Expanded Horizons Speculative Fiction Magazine, Hyphenpunk and now Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine.

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Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian, living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had 198 stories and poems accepted by paying markets including Third Flatiron, Water Dragon Publishing, The First Line and many others. She was nominated for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize and in 2019 Hiraeth Books published an anthology of her stories, Whispers of Magic. They plan to publish an anthology of her poetry in the near future. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies and her husband has performed them in folk music clubs throughout the UK. She loves her family and friends, rock ‘n’ roll, Shakespeare, and cats.

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Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of A Thousand Recipes for Revenge and A Feast for Starving Stone from 47North plus two fantasy series from Harper Voyager. She’s a Hanford, California, native now moored in the Driftless Area. She usually has one or two cats in close orbit. Follow her at BethCato.com, X/Twitter at @BethCato, Instagram as @catocatsandcheese, and BlueSky as @BethCato.

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Anton Cancre is waaaaaay too obsessed with all of the Silent Hill games, weirdo italian movies and poop. Hence, the poetry collections This Story Doesn’t End the Way We Want All the Time, Meaningless Cycles in a Vicious Glass Prison and Haipoo: 7 Poospectives in Pooetry and the nonfiction book Nightmares of Blood and Flesh. antoncancre.blogspot.com is not riddled with viruses, they promise.

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Shikhar Dixit’s stuff has appeared in such venues as Weird Horror, Space & Time, Dark Regions, Journ-E, Strange Horizons and Not One of Us. His fiction has been printed in several anthologies, including The Darker Side, Songs From Dead Singers, and Barnes & Noble’s 365 Scary Stories. He lives with his wife somewhere in the deep, dark heart of New Jersey. To learn more, visit his website at SlipOfThePen.com.

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Phil Emery’s work has been published in the UK, USA,    Europe and Canada since the seventies.  The novel, Necromantra,    published in 2005 by Immanion Press, and reissued in a revised second edition in 2015. Various stories have been published in US and UK fantasy anthologies.   Another fantasy,  The Shadow Cycles, was published in 2011.  His PhD thesis on the genre is entitled ‘Revivifying the Ur-text’. Latest publications include the S&S tales ‘Seven Thrones’ and ‘Demonic’ in the recent ‘Swords & Sorceries’ Parallel Universe anthologies. The absurdist cyberpunk graphic novel Razor’s Edge drawn by Toe Keen is now out from Android Press.

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John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in New World Writing, North Dakota Quarterly, and Lost Pilots. Latest books, Between Two Fires, Covert, and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in California Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, La Presa, and Shot Glass Journal.

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Debbie Haddow is a Thai lesbian poet and author writing in the vicinity of the Cygnus constellation. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she obtained her BFA in Creative Writing and MFA in Poetry. Her work appears in The Santa Fe Literary Review, Haiku Journal, The Quarter(ly), Corvid Queen, Silver Blade, and Soul Ink: Vol. 1 (Dragon Soul Press). Two pieces of hers can also be found on The Tribal College Journal–Student website as honorable mentions in its 2020 and 2021 Student Writing Competitions.

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Tim Hildebrandt is a writer in Indianapolis, Indiana. His short stories have appeared in Consequence Forum, the Boston Literary Magazine, Pandemic Magazine, Bending Genres, Corvus Review, and others. You can see his work at: https://www.instagram.com/ax_beckett

Tim has a bootless BFA, he lived in San Francisco in '68, traveled Europe from Amsterdam to Africa, and survived combat in Vietnam. hildebrandt343@icloud.com

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Gerri Leen is a Pushcart-, Rhysling-, and Dwarf Star-nominated poet from Northern Virginia who's into horse racing, tea, and collecting encaustic art and raku pottery. She has poetry published by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Dark Matter, The HWA Poetry Showcase, Dreams & Nightmares and others and has just published her first poetry collection, Unwilling: Poems of Horror and Darkness. Visit gerrileen.com to see what she's been up to.

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Monica Louzon (she/her) is a queer writer, translator, and editor. Her stories, translations, poems, and essays have appeared in over 25 publications across 6 countries, and her story "9 Dystopias" was a Best Microfiction 2023 winner. Visit https://linktr.ee/molowrites to learn more about Monica and her work.

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Marcus Ten Low @antibreeder1m is an imaginative artist and eco-ethicist who aspires to be "kind to all beings." He supports the rights of underrepresented groups, such as commodified animals and First Nations peoples, and also envisions a world in which idealism is manifested in reality through a concept he created called "livingmodelling." He has been published numerous times in Quadrant, in The Big Issue (Australia) and by the Animal Justice Party in Australia.

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Paul Magnan writes stories that veer from the straight and narrow. His work has appeared in many publications, most recently in the anthology We Are Providence. His dark fantasy series "Kyu, The Unknown" and his short story collection Veering From the Straight and Narrow are available on Amazon. He lives with his family in the wilds of Rhode Island.

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Ned Marcus lives in East Asia. He writes fantasy and science fiction, both short stories and novels. https://www.nedmarcus.com



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Angela Patera is a published writer and artist, and an emerging poet. Her short stories have appeared in Livina Press, Myth & Lore Zine, and more. Her art has appeared in numerous publications, as well as on the cover of Selenite Press, Penumbra Online, Monster Mag, and Apothecary Journal. When Angela isn't creating, she likes to spend time outside in nature.

You can find her on both Twitter/X and Instagram @angela_art13

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Brian Malachy Quinn uses watercolors, pen and ink, digital media, block prints, and etchings. As an artist he has won 23 international juried awards in last 26 months and sold 45 illustrations to date. He has always created art since early childhood. His style can be surreal for speculative fiction or literary fiction, or realistic for his fallback of lion paintings. He is compelled to create art and does so every day and finds it as a way to put aside his worries and stresses and produce "good brain chemicals".

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Hira Rashid is an illustrator and sequential artist from New Jersey. Their work explores folklore and horror. Hira's work can be found at spookyfolklore.tumblr.com.

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A freelance journalist and photographer, Sonali Roy wears several other hats including painter, 3-D art designer, music composer, and singer though the sudden demise of her 8-yr old canine friend Fuchoo baffled her. Devoted to vegan diet, Sonali enjoys brainstorming healthy recipes in the kitchen. She also loves creative writing.

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Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 175+ journals selecting his writing or art. Carl has published three poetry books and his latest book, Ebb Tide Reflections, features poetry, short stories and photography (World Inkers, NYC.) Carl has four photography books, published by Praxis and CreatiVingenuitiy. His photography was exhibited in the Mount Dora and The Leesburg Centers for the Arts. Carl is currently a co-editor with ILA Magazine, art editor at Glitterati and former editor for Minute Magazine. He was nominated for three The Best of the Net Awards (2021-23,)and a 2023 Pushcart Nomination for work in Ebb Tide Reflections.

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Lorraine Schein is a New York writer and poet. Her work has appeared in VICE Terraform, Strange Horizons, Scientific American, NewMyths and Michigan Quarterly, and in the anthologies Wild Women and Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath. Her book, The Lady Anarchist Cafe, is out now from Autonomedia. https://autonomedia.org/product/the-lady-anarchist-cafe/

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At 19 Dagny Sellorin decided she had to be an artist; got an MFA from Reed College and spent her life moving around the world, taking part in group and solo shows on the West coast, USA, Grenada, WI, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and private shows in Cambodia. A small number of pieces are in private collections of discerning collectors around the world.

End game goal: Drop dead while making a fantastic piece of art, with a smile on her face.

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Marge Simon is a writer/poet/illustrator living in Ocala, FL, USA. A multiple Stoker winner, HWA Lifetime Achievement awardee and Grand Master of SFPA, her works appear in Asimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, Silver Blade, Penumbric, Magazine of F&SF, more, as well as anthologies such as Chiral Mad, Qualia Nous, Spectral Realms. Instagram: margesimonwrites

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Ed Teja is a lifelong writer and denizen of the margins of the world. A martial artist, former magazine editor, and Caribbean boat bum, he loves to write stories about the people he meets and places he goes—stories that reach deep into the odd corners of the world that often disappear into the margins.

His recent publications include short fiction in Ellipsis Zine, Millennial Pulp Literary Magazine, Frontier Tales, and (in translation) in Nova Fantasia.

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Luke Walker has been writing horror and dark thrillers for most of his life after finding a copy of Lovecraft’s stories that his eldest brother left in the bathroom. From there, he went on to his dad’s collection of Stephen King books and hasn’t looked back since. His novels include the new horror The Ninth Circle as well as The Kindred, Pandemonium, The Dead Room, The Unredeemed, Ascent, Die Laughing, Dead Sun and Winter Graves. Several of his short stories have been published online and in magazines/books. While writing, he has worked in a library, a hospital (disposing of severed legs) and a record shop (back in the distant past). He has recently branched out into speculative thrillers under the name Rob Harrison.

Luke is (too) active on Twitter/X and Bluesky and loves to hear from people who want to talk about books.

He is forty-seven and lives in England with his wife, cats, too many bad films and not enough books.

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rob lane wilder is a musician, author, and spirit world traveler. wilder stamps the outer edges of surrealism with a uniquely humorous and iconoclastic flavor.

wilder pulls away from the mundane and in the process, transforms it. Cleaving to spiritual attainment, wilder invites everyone to join in. In spite of so much falling apart these days, wilder holds open doors to something better!

It’s a mystical zone. Shades of Van Gogh in a grassy field, Hart Cane jumping off the bridge, Emily Dickinson poised in a Timeless room. Characters of every shape and size, roaming unexpected corners of an airy Universe.

wilder also loves to channel monsters. Spooky phantoms. Violin playing penguins slouching on the bus. Tin cans expounding philosophy. Space aliens from greasy space ships disguised as policemen sitting in a donut shop, planning worldwide colonization. Funny, surreal, surprising, wilder’s forthcoming book is about to reach its tentacles into thousands of unnamed, unknown destinations.

wilder’s publishing credits include The Feathertale Review, Poetry New Zealand, Saw, Twilight of the Idols, Second Guess, The Pacific Review, Chronogram, The Seattle Review, The Boston Literary Review, The Libretto Review, Cordite Review, Hot Flashes, Satellite Fiction, Liquid Imagination, Silver Blade.

This writer has an unusual story and background. This is highlighted by a cause célèbre that culminated with a landmark legal victory, that opened up and expanded freedom of speech for many thousands of artists.

(The drawing of rob lane wilder is by the artist Rich Rethorn (rethornart.com)).

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