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Rose Keating is a columnist for the Waterford News and Star. She is the winner of the Hot Press Write Here,Write Now Award 2015 and 2016, and a Sean Dunne Young Writers Award 2014. She has been published in 'Not One of Us' magazine and has a story in the next issue of 'The Incubator'. She is attending UCC on a Quercus creative writing scholarship, where she is studying for an undergraduate degree in English literature.

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor.com. He has also written for the popular Chuck Palahniuk. He is the author of ‘Kanye West—Reanimator.’ His short fiction has appeared in Zetetic, Motherboard, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Dark Moon Digest, Pantheon Magazine, Fabula Argentea, and multiple print anthologies . More info at joshuachaplinsky.com.

MP Johnson is the Wonderland Book Award-winning author of Dungeons & Drag Queens, Berzerkoids, Nails and more. Her short fiction has appeared in The Dark, Dark Discoveries, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror and many other publications. She has created a variety of zines, including fifteen issues of Freak Tension. She is the founder of Weirdpunk books, a press devoted to merging punk rock and genre fiction. Learn more at www.freaktension.com.

Thursday Simpson is from rural Illinois. She is like a heavy metal Lou Reed and believes in feline satan & ebooks & garlic & onions. Ask her to do an impression of King Diamond & she will probably smile.

Kyle Owens lives in the Appalachian Mountains and his work has appeared in Eastern Iowa Review, Odyssa Magazine and Aberrant Literature among others.

Brian E. Langston is a poet, fiction writer, and part-time jangoleer living in Seattle, Washington, USA. His fiction has appeared in the Hamilton Stone Review, JMWW, and (forthcoming) the Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal; his poetry in Gargoyle, Poems Against War, the Loch Raven Review, and other online and print publications. I recently received honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. He is an Assistant Editor for the literary magazine POPLORISH from Old Growth Northwest as well as an Internet application developer during (mostly) weekday daylight hours.

Paul Beckman’s had over 300 stories published online, in print and via audio. A few magazines include Litro, Playboy,, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Matter Press, Jellyfish Magazine, Thrice Fiction, and Literary Orphans. His latest collection, "Peek", is available on his blog www.pincusb.com

Casey Cooke has published with Dime Show Review, Little Patuxent Review, 365tomorrows, the Muse and 20Something Magazine.

Tim Frank is an up and coming writer, specializing in the comic and the surreal. He has been published in magazines such as Bourbon Penn, Bartleby Snopes and BlazeVox. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and a semi-autobiographical novel.

Simon Lee-Price lives and writes in the UK. His short stories appear in Prole, Interpreter’s House, Sein und Werden, Sirens Call, and in an anthology of speculative fiction, Restless, by Frith Books. He has forthcoming publications in daCunha Fiction and Five to One Magazine.

Andrew Davie received an MFA in creative writing from Adelphi University. He taught English in Macau on a Fulbright Grant. Currently, he teaches in Virginia. His work can be read in Bartleby Snopes, Necessary Fiction, The South Dakota Review, among others. His website: asdavie.wordpress.com

Megan Arkenberg's work has appeared in over fifty magazines and anthologies, including Lightspeed, Asimov's, Shimmer, and Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year. She has edited the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance since 2008 and was recently the nonfiction editor for Queers Destroy Horror!, a special issue of Nightmare Magazine. She lives in Northern California, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature.

Dallas Woodburn, a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, has published fiction and nonfiction in Zyzzyva, Modern Loss, Fourth River, The Nashville Review, The Los Angeles Times, North Dakota Quarterly, and Monkeybicycle, among many others. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she won first place in the international Glass Woman Prize and second place in the American Fiction Prize. Her short story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Augury Books Prose Award, and the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. She is the founder of Write On! Books, an organization that empowers young people through reading and writing endeavors: www.writeonbooks.org.

Ben Blattberg is a software developer, improviser, and writer currently living in Austin, TX, as long as there are no follow-up questions on any of those facts. He loves roleplaying games and sestinas, but has conflicted feelings about Batman, which he tweets about often at @inCatastrophe.

Hugo Esteban Rodríguez is a citizen of the former Republic of the Rio Grande and received his undergraduate degrees in Mass Communication and History from the University Texas at Brownsville and his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is an assistant editor for Bartleby Snopes and work has been published in The Airgonaut, Spirit's Tincture, Picaroon Poetry, and Donut Factory. He loves sports, tacos, metal, and spending time with his girlfriend and furchildren. He also blogs about writing and mental health at www.dosaguilas.org. And yes, he is a total taco snob.

Rudy Koshar is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee and a former Guggenheim Fellow whose work is published in Guernica, Corium, Riptide Journal, Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, blogs at rudykoshar.net, and is an invited blogger at Huffington Post.

Angela Enos has been published in FLAPPERHOUSE, Disturbed Digest, New Myths, The Sockdolager, Visibility Fiction, Nonbinary Review's Alphanumeric, and Body Parts Magazine. When not writing, she makes art and theatre across the US.

Amos J. Hunt is editor of Grub Street Grackle, and the founder and executive director of Imagine Dallas Literary Arts, Inc. His writing has appeared in The Shandean and Moreana. He lives with his family in Irving, TX.

Andrada Coos is a graduate of Brunel University's Creative Writing program in the UK where she had the opportunity to study under the excellent Fay Weldon. Originally from Romania, she has been studying and working abroad, in Europe and Asia, for over 7 years now. She enjoys writing in both English and Romanian and aims to one day have books published in both. Her short stories have been featured in the Pins & Needles Literary Journal and Suspense Magazine, on the Juke Pop Serials and Short Bread stories websites and read at Liars' League Hong Kong events. You can find more from Andrada at her website: www.andradacoos.com/en

Jeff Suwak is a writer based in the Pacific Northwest. His website is at www.beyondthetempestgate.com.

When Jeremy Ryan isn't filtering his language at his real job he likes to read and write fiction. His work has appeared in Alien Skin Magazine, Cemetery Moon, Big Pulp and Murky Depths.

Paul Beckman was one of the winners in Queen's Ferry Best of the Small Fictions (2016). Some publishing credits: Literary Orphans, Thrice Fiction, Connotation Press, Existere, F(r)iction, Matter Press, Molotov Cocktail, Pure Slush, Jellyfish Review, Opium, Playboy, The Connecticut Review, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. His new flash story collection, “Peek” from Big Table Publishing.

Scott D. Pomfret is author of The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story, The Hunger Man and Only Say the Word, and a collection of short stories You Are the One. Past published works include Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir, the Romentics-brand gay romance novels, the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and dozens of short stories published in, among other venues, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills. Scott is lucky to be able to write from his tiny Boston apartment and even tinier Provincetown beach shack, which he shares with his partner of fifteen years, Scott Whittier. For more information, www.scottpomfret.com or @Bostonseanachie on Twitter.

Joy Kennedy-O’Neill teaches English at a small college on the Texas Gulf Coast. Her speculative fiction can be found in Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and in collections by Prime Books and Paper Golem Press.

In "Mercy," a man with a blurred past and a questionable grip on the present gathers roadkill from the highway; along the way, he picks up something that isn't quite dead.

Philip A. Suggars is a British writer with a single yellow eye in the middle of his head and a collection of vintage binoculars. His work has appeared in the Guardian, BFS' New Horizons anthology, Starship Sofa and Interzone. He was winner of the 2011 short story award at the Ilkley Literature Festival, (judged by Man Booker long-lister Jane Rogers) and his story Automatic Diamanté was runner up in the 2012 James White Award.

Timothy Day is a pun enthusiast and upcoming MFA student at Portland State. His fiction has appeared in several online magazines and you can find links to all of his other stories on his website, frogsmirkles.wordpress.com.

An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has been published in On Spec, Nonlocal Science Fiction and other markets. He was a Semi-Finalist in the 4th quarter of Writers of the Future 32. You can find Brandon at brandoncrilly.wordpress.com or on Twitter: @B_Crilly.

John Eiger lives on a steady diet of old VHS tapes, crumpled monster magazines, and Mountain Dew. He is an emerging writer whose stories, like the mating rituals of the North American Sasquatch, remain largely unknown.

Keith Frady is a short story writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. You can find his work at Bewildering Stories, Drunk Monkeys, Literally Stories, Yellow Chair Review and Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, and follow him on twitter @Keith_Frady.

Jonathan Cardew's stories, interviews, and reviews appear or are forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly, JMWW, The Forge, Jellyfish Review, and People Holding, among others. He was a finalist in this year's Best Small Fictions. Originally from England, he resides now in Milwaukee.

Chelsea Eckert is currently attending UNC Greensboro for her MFA in creative writing. Her fiction and poetry, both literary and genre, have appeared or will appear in over twenty-five print and online venues. Stalk her like a hungry catamount at http://chelseaeckert.me.

Joel Enos has written comics (Sonic the Hedgehog) and graphic novels (Ben 10) and published short fiction in Whispers from the Abyss, Visibility Fiction, Theme of Absence and FLAPPERHOUSE. His comics adaptation of Anais Nin’s “Under a Glass Bell” with artist Fiona Meng, was published in A Café in Space.

Scott Lee Williams lives, writes, and makes music in Brooklyn with his wife, a cat, and a dog. He grew up in Arizona where he got his bachelor's in Music, Theater, and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. He's happier in Brooklyn, though. The weather's better. You can find short pieces by him as part of an ongoing project called Four Each Day at http://foureachday.blogspot.com.

Trevor Boelter is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has been published in Chilling Ghost Stories, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, The Altar Collective, Crimson Streets and the Indiana Crime Review. His short story, "The Elixir" will be featured in the inaugural issue of Peachfish Magazine.

Ian Kappos's short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online periodicals. He serves as co-editor of Milkfist, plays in the hardcore punk band Cross Class, and can't sleep. A lifelong native of Northern California, he is pursuing a BA in English at California State University, Sacramento.

Gwendolyn Kiste is a horror and fantasy writer based in Pennsylvania. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies including Strangely Funny II and Whispers from the Past: Fright and Fear as well as online at Sirens Call Publications, Danse Macabre and Dark Fire Fiction.

Zoltán Komor is from Hungary. He writes surreal short stories which have been published in several literary magazines (Caliban Online, Drabblecast, The Phantom Drift, Bizarro Central Gone Lawn, etc.). His first English book, titled Flamingos in the Ashtray: 25 Bizarro Short Stories, was released by Burning Bulb Publishing in 2014. His second collection of stories, Tumour-djinn, was released by MorbidBooks in 2015.

Hugo Esteban Rodríguez is a citizen of the former Republic of the Rio Grande and received his undergraduate degrees in Mass Communication and History from the University Texas at Brownsville and his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is an assistant editor for Bartleby Snopes and work has been published in The Airgonaut, Spirit's Tincture, Picaroon Poetry, and Donut Factory. He loves sports, tacos, metal, and spending time with his girlfriend and furchildren. He also blogs about writing and mental health at www.dosaguilas.org. And yes, he is a total taco snob.

Amelia Gray is the author of four books: Gutshot, THREATS, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.

Barratt Warner's stories have been published at Berkeley Fiction, Phoebe, Baltimore Review, Quarter After Eight, Oxford Magazine, Amaranth Review, Yemassee, and elsewhere.

Alex is a grad student studying English at Northern Kentucky University. He is from Cincinnati, but loves to travel when he actually has money. He likes to write in the speculative genre when he's not working, having fun, or boring young people with stories about his days fighting in WWI.

Timmy Reed is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He has recently published or has work forthcoming from a number of places including Akashic Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius, Necessary Fiction, and Atticus Review. He also published a collection of stories, Tell God I Don’t Exist. He has a novel, The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, forthcoming from Dig That Book Co. in 2015 and another, Miraculous Fauna, from Underground Voices in 2016

J.S.Watts is a British writer. Her poetry, short stories and book reviews appear in a wide variety of publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and the States and have been broadcast on BBC and independent radio. To date she has published three books: Cats and Other Myths, a full poetry collection, and Songs of Steelyard Sue, a multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet, are both published by Lapwing Publications. A dark fiction novel, A Darker Moon, is published in the UK and the US by Vagabondage Press. A second novel (and J.S.’s fourth book), Witchlight, is due out from Vagabondage Press in Spring 2015.