Our Authors

Peter Atkins

Author/Screenwriter


Author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder and Moontown, and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster. His short fiction has appeared in such best-selling anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark Delicacies II, and Hellbound Hearts, and magazines he's contributed to include Weird Tales, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Postscripts and Cemetery Dance. "Peter Atkins is one of the smartest, sharpest writers around." - Neil Gaiman

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Brenda Bakke

Author/Actress


Brenda Bakke has been a professional actress since 1985, and published this book to help other people, particularly young people to not make the mistakes she did, or just to give them some encouragement in life. Many in her industry thought is would be a mistake to publish the truth about her past, but as Brenda likes to say "Everybody poops!"

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Wayne Barlowe

Author/Illustrator


Wayne Barlowe is an author and illustrator who has created images for books, film and galleries. After attending Cooper Union he started his career painting hundreds of paperback covers for all of the major publishers and magazine illustrations for LIFE, TIME and NEWSWEEK. After completing a STAR WARS pop-up book for Random House (his first solo book project) he went on to write and illustrate BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO EXTRATERRESTRIALS, EXPEDITION, BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO FANTASY, BARLOWE’S INFERNO, BRUSHFIRE: Illuminations from the Inferno, THE ALIEN LIFE OF WAYNE BARLOWE. His paleontological paintings can be found in THE HORNED DINOSAURS and the children’s book, AN ALPHABET OF DINOSAURS, both written by Dr. Peter Dodson. Barlowe’s character and environment designs can be seen in the multi-platform games, PROTOTYPE, DANTE’S INFERNO, SHADOW OF MORDOR andSHADOW OF WAR. His film designs can be seen in many movies and TV shows including BLADE2, GALAXY QUEST, HELLBOY, HELLBOY 2, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKHABAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, AVATAR, PACIFIC RIM, PETE’S DRAGON, BLACK MIRROR and ALIEN PLANET, a 2005 Discovery Channel special based on EXPEDITION for which Barlowe was executive producer. His first novel, GOD’S DEMON, was released by Tor Books in 2007. Zenpunk, aChinese based collectibles company, is releasing its first 1/6th figure, based on his infernal paintings, imminently. Two of Barlowe’s scripts, THE BLACKNESS and EPILOGUE are in development for theatrical release. A compendium of his Hell artwork entitled PSYCHOPOMP, will be releasedlater this year. Barlowe is currently at work on his third novel, LUCIFER’S SOUL"

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Gary Brandner

Author/Shark Fighter/Fire Fighter


Gary Brandner is the prolific writer of at least 30 published books, over 250 short stories, and several screenplays. His best known novel, The Howling, published in 1977, established him as a horror writer of exceptional merit. In 1980 it was made into a movie, a favorite among the genre's fans. His novel inspired seven "Howling” film sequels. Another novel, Cameron’s Closet, was also made into an award winning feature film of the same name. His book, Walkers, served as the basis for the NBC miniseries In the Dead of Night, first aired in 1989 and again in 1992. When Brandner graduated from the University of Washington, in 1955 with a B.A. in journalism, and a devotion to the Huskies, he had ambitions of becoming a sports writer. Instead, he wrote scripts for live TV and comedy for nightclub acts in Portland, Oregon. Having been encouraged by a high school English teacher, Gary decided to write fiction. He sold his first story, A Lesson in Larceny, to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 1969. Often a contributor to other periodicals, like Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Brandner created several detectives, who were either hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police or adventure-seeking. His favorite was the private eye, Stonebreaker. For over 50 years Gary Brandner maintained a regimented work routine, which he abbreviated, sometimes drastically, during football season. He was a member on several literary and film panels, taught writing classes and even tried his hand at acting in a video as a suicidal clown in the cult classic Satan's Storybook. In writing bios about himself, Brandner loved to include mention of his shark fighting in the Great Coral Reef and how he helped to put out oil fires in the Middle East. No one ever called him on it.

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Monty Cox

Exotic Animal Trainer/2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator/Stuntman


Monty has owned and trained the only Liberty Lion in the world—The Giant. His award winning exotic animal work includes action scenes, fights, and stunt-attacks with exotics: Apocolypse Now; Gambler 2; Bird on a Wire; Gentle Ben; Daktari, & Cowboy in Africa. His career also included live shows, most notably Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. He owned/trained the Exxon Tigers, creating the commercial branding for the company, and has created numerous memorable animal commercials including Kal-Kan, Lincoln-Mercury, Faberge, and Subway. Monty continues to work in the entertainment business and is still involved with animals. He resides in Sunland, California.

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Torsten Dewi

Author/Screenwriter


Torsten lives in Baden-Baden, Germany, and has been a professional writer for the last twenty years. Alongside his co-writing credit for Empire of the ‘B’s, he has written numerous successful novels, genre screenplays for the international market (Lost City Raiders, Post Impact, and Sumuru), and hundreds of articles for a broad selection of magazines including Playboy and TV Zone. His non-fiction work includes a guide to the Babylon 5 universe, a Dune photobook and three annual guides to science fiction on TV.

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Preston Fassel

Author/Journalist/Screenwriter


Preston Fassel is a Rondo Award nominated journalist, author, and screenwriter whose work has appeared in Rue Morgue Magazine, Screem Magazine, and on Cinedump.com. He was born in Houston, Texas and grew up between St. Charles, Missouri and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In 2004, he was a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, for work conducted with the Broken Arrow Police Department evidence room. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lone Star College-Montgomery with an AA in 2009 and Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University with a BS in 2011. He is the author of Remembering Vanessa, the first published biography of British horror star Vanessa Howard, printed in the Spring 2014 issue of Screem Magazine. From 2015 to 2017, he served as the assistant editor of Cinedump.com; in 2017, he joined Cinestate as story editor and staff writer for FANGORIA magazine. This is his first novel.

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Mick Garris

Author/Screenwriter/Director/Producer


Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris began writing fiction at the age of twelve. By the time he was in high school, he was writing music and film journalism for various local and national publications, and during college, edited and published his own pop culture magazine. He spent seven years as lead vocalist with the acclaimed tongue-in-cheek progressive art-rock band, HORSEFEATHERS.
His first movie business job was as a receptionist for George Lucas’s Star Wars Corporation, where he worked his way up to running the remote-controlled R2-D2 robot at personal appearances, including that year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Garris hosted and produced “The Fantasy Film Festival” for nearly three years on Los Angeles television, and later began work in film publicity at Avco Embassy and Universal Pictures. It was there that he created “Making of…” documentaries for various feature films. Steven Spielberg hired Garris as story editor on the AMAZING STORIES series for NBC, where he wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 44 episodes. Since then, he has written or co-authored several feature films (NIGHTMARE CINEMA, RIDING THE BULLET, *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, THE FLY II, HOCUS POCUS, CRITTERS 2, RIDING THE BULLET) and teleplays (AMAZING STORIES, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, THE OTHERS, DESPERATION, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF), as well as directing and producing in many media: cable (PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, MASTERS OF HORROR, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, its spinoff, RAVENSWOOD, WITCHES OF EAST END, SHADOWHUNTERS, DEAD OF SUMMER, ONCE UPON A TIME), features (CRITTERS 2, SLEEPWALKERS, RIDING THE BULLET, NIGHTMARE CINEMA), television films (QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, DESPERATION), series pilots (THE OTHERS, LOST IN OZ), network miniseries (THE STAND, THE SHINING, STEVE MARTINI’S THE JUDGE, BAG OF BONES), and series (SHE-WOLF OF LONDON, MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF).
He is Creator and Executive Producer of Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series, as well as creator of the NBC series, FEAR ITSELF, both anthology series of one-hour horror films written and directed by the most famous names in the fear-film genre: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, John Landis, Dario Argento, and several others. Garris also is a writer and director on both series. Garris was also Executive Producer and Director of Stephen King’s BAG OF BONES miniseries for A&E. He is currently developing three series.
Garris is also Executive Producer of the Universal feature, UNBROKEN, based on the life of Louis Zamperini and the book by Laura Hillenbrand. It was directed by Angelina Jolie, and has proven to be an international box office hit. His new film as producer, NIGHTMARE CINEMA, featuring five stories by five internationally renowned horror filmmakers—Ryuhei Kitamura from Japan, Alejandro Brugués from Cuba, David Slade from the UK, and Joe Dante and Garris from the USA—will soon hit theater screens. Mick is also known for his FEARnet television interview series POST-MORTEM, where he sits down with some of the most revered filmmakers in the horror and fantasy genre for one-on-one discussions. It has since become the popular POST MORTEM with Mick Garris podcast.
A LIFE IN THE CINEMA, his first book, was a collection of short stories and a screenplay based on one of the included stories, published by Gauntlet Press. Garris’ first novel, DEVELOPMENT HELL, was published by Cemetery Dance, who also are also publishers of his novellas, SNOW SHADOWS and TYLER’S THIRD ACT, his second novel, SALOME, and this year’s novella, UGLY. He has also had many works of short fiction published in numerous books and magazines.

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Dave Jay

Author/Journalist/Musician/Producer


Dave Jay is a London-based writer. He is the principal author of Empire of the ‘B’s (published by Hemlock Books) and has contributed articles for cult film magazines such as Fangoria, Gorezone, Delirium, and Horrorhound. He previously worked as a music writer/producer, having had music featured in film and television such as Driven, The Last Castle, Six Feet Under, and the soundtrack album for Austin Powers in Goldmember.

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Eileen Jones

Author/Film Critic/Podcaster


Eileen Jones is a film critic at Jacobin magazine and has recently retired from teaching in the Department of Film & Media at UC Berkeley in order to write full-time. She also hosts a podcast called Filmsuck.

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Jill Killington

Writer/Director


Jill Killington is a killer writer/director with a heart of gold. She writes fiction that explores the strange nature of human existence and the choices we make to survive as individuals and as a species. You might know her as a tv and film producer, reality show producer, editor, advertising campaign creator, actor-- or you might have seen her undercover work as a pageant reporter in the movie Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. She's currently writing and producing a limited event series adaptation of her favorite novel, Stephen King's The Stand for CBS All Access.

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Richard A. Kirk

Author/Illustrator/Visual Artist


Richard's fiction includes the short fantasy novel The Lost Machine (Radiolaria Studios, 2010), and Necessary Monsers (Arche Press, Resurrection House, 2017). In addition to his own work, Richard has illustrated many works by others, such as Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, and the rock band Korn. He exhibits his personal artwork internationally. Richard’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of stories and drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes.

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Joe R. Lansdale

Author


Joe R. Lansdale is the author of forty-five novels and four hundred shorter works, including stories, essays, reviews, film and TV scripts, introductions and magazine articles. His work has been made into films, Bubba Ho Tep, Cold in July, as well as the acclaimed TV show, Hap & Leonard. He has also had works adapted to Masters of Horror on Showtime, and wrote scripts for Batman the Animated Series, and Superman the Animated Series. He scripted a special Jonah Hex animated short, as well as the animated Batman film, Son of Batman. He has also written scripts for John Irvin, John Wells, and Ridley Scott, as well as the Sundance TV show based on his work, Hap & Leonard. His works have been optioned for film multiple times, and many continue to be under option at the moment. He has received numerous recognitions for his work. Among them The Edgar, for his crime novel The Bottoms, The Spur, for his historical western Paradise Sky, as well as ten Bram Stokers for his horror works. He has also received The Grandmaster Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Horror Writer's Association. He has been recognized for his contributions to comics with the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received the British Fantasy Award, and has had two New York Times Notable Books. He has been honored with the Italian Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Sugar Pulp Prize for Fiction, and the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award. The Edge of Dark Water was listed by Booklist as an Editor's Choice, and The American Library Association Chose The Thicket, for Adult Books for Young Readers. Library Journal voted The Thicket, as one of the best historical novels of the year. He has also received an American Mystery Award, The Horror Critics Award, and the Shit in the Dark International crime Writer's Award. He was recognized for his contributions to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs with The Golden Lion award. He is a member of The Texas Institute of Literature and has been inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and is Writer in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. His work has also been nominated multiple times for the World Fantasy Award, and numerous Bram Stoker Awards, the McCavity Award, as well as The Dashiell Hammet Award, and others. He has been inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame, as well as the United StatesMartial Arts Hall of Fame and is the founder of the Shen Chuan martial arts system. His books and stories have been translated into a number of languages. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, Karen, pit bull, and a cranky cat.

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Rena Mason

Author


Rena Mason is an American author of horror fiction and a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Her literary debut, The Evolutionist, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2013, while her novella East End Girls was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction.

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Dustin McNeill

Author


"His enthusiasm and attention to detail are obsessive in the best possible way." - J. Michael Roddy

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Mark Miller

Author/Producer/Ghost Writer/Editor


Mark has been working as a writer since 2005 when he started as a columnist for OCWeekly. It was this that landed him the position of assistant editor on the novel Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker, he subsequently edited the New York Times best belling book The Scarlet Gospels. Mark's work is not limited to horror, however, and in early 2014 he produced a series of animated shorts with the comedy troupe Superego for Nerdist Channel. He can also be heard on various Nerdist channel podcasts, including The Nerdist, Bizarre States, The Dork Forest, The Nerdist Writers Panel, and The Todd Glass Show. His comic writing can be seen in the bestselling Boom! Studios comic books, Hellraiser, Hellraiser: Bestiary, and the critically acclaimed Next Testament, as well as Seraphim Comics' Hellraiser: Anthology Vol 1 & 2, and The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down released by Dark Horse from a story by Joe R. Lansdale. He has released two books, Next Testament published by Earthling, and Hellraiser: The Toll, narrated by Horror Icon Tom Holland.

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David Morrell

Author


David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Lisa Morton

Author/Screenwriter


Lisa is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and award-winning prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”. She is the author of four novels and nearly 150 short stories, a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, and a world-class Halloween. Her most recent book, Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense (co-edited with Leslie Klinger) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, who called it “a work of art”. Lisa lives in the San Fernando Valley and online at www.lisamorton.com.

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Steve Niles

Author


Steve Niles is a writer, best known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, Frankenstein Alive Alive, Monster & Madman and Batman: Gotham County Line. He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence. Steve got his start back in Washington DC through his own Arcane Comix, writing and publishing comics and anthologies since the mid-80's.
Coming from IDW, Steve is writing "The October Faction", a new series of the ongoing adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family. Cal McDonald continues in the Criminal Macabre series "The Third Child", from Dark Horse, and the Criminal Macabre Casebook #1 has also just been released, as well as in stories currently being published by Steve's own Bloody Pulp Books. Steve has just finished with his 12 part run of Ash & the Army of Darkness for Dynamite, the long-awaited sequel to the movie in comic form.
30 Days of Night sparked renewed interest in the horror genre, released in 2007 as a major motion picture. Other comics he has written have been optioned for films, including Criminal Macabre and Freaks of the Heartland. Currently, Steve's "Breath of Bones, The Tale of the Golem" is set to be directed by Andrew Adamson. Recently, Niles' zombie comic, Remains, was released as part of Chiller Network's "Chiller Presents" series.
Steve has just released "Ghosts of Krypton" in the new Adventures of Superman. Niles is also working on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! with the legendary Bernie Wrightson. Wrightson has also illustrated Niles' Doc Macabre, The Ghoul and Dead She Said series, all published by IDW. Just released, Monster and Madman with artist Damien Worm, as well as his anthology series, Edge of Doom, with Kelley Jones.
Steve was raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, developing his interests in music, writing, and making amateur films. He worked in several comic book stores and played in the bands Gray Matter and Three during the heyday of the Washington harDCore punk scene, both of which released records on Dischord Records label.
Steve resides outside of Los Angeles with his wife, Monica, two dogs, five cats and Gil the tortoise. While there's no crawlspace, there is a questionable closet in one corner and no one is quite sure what is hidden in there... but we have an idea.

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Chauncey G. Parker III

Author


Chauncey G. Parker III had a lifelong passion for English and writing, but he was also a witness to history in his 30s, working as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Security Council during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After serving in the Marine Corps, Parker worked as an aide to former U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson. His first book, “The Visitor,” was based on harrowing first-hand experience. The novel was published by NAL/Signet in 1981 and was subsequently the basis for the feature-length film, “Of Unknown Origin.” Not many first-time novelists find their book adapted for the big screen, so it serves as a testament to the power of Parker’s command over the written word.

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John Penney

Author/Screenwriter/Producer/Lecturer


Award winning screenwriter John Penney has had 15 feature films produced from his screenplays over the course of his career to date. In addition to his screenplays, John has written short stories that have won him an award from the Adelphi Academy in New York, and have been published in the "Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction." In 2012 John wrote his first novel “Truck Stop” and followed that up in 2013 with his second novel, “Killing Time.” In 2011 John wrote and directed the supernatural thriller “Hellgate” starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes. The film was awarded Best Film at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival as well as the Best Horror Film from the Fantasy Horror Awards in Italy, sponsored by Syfy Europe Universal. Prior writer-director credits include the thriller “Zyzzyx Road” starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore, and the family film “Magic” with Robert Davi and Christopher Lloyd. Among the other many films that John has written are: "The Enemy" starring Roger Moore, Luke Perry, Olivia D’abo; “Contaminated Man” starring Peter Weller and William Hurt; "A Breed Apart" with Robert Patrick, Andrew McCarthy; "In Pursuit" with Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Schiffer , "Matter of Trust" with C. Thomas Howell. “The Kindred” with Rod Steiger, "Return of the Living Dead 3" with Mindy Clarke, "Past Perfect" with Eric Roberts, Laurie Holden and “Amphibious 3D” with Michael Pare. John also served as a producer on his films “Zyzzyx Rd” ,"A Breed Apart", "Matter of Trust" and "In Pursuit” and is currently Executive Producing the feature “Reborn” (2018) with Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Pare, Chaz Bono and Peter Bogdanovich which is in post-production. He is also featured in the newly released book on screenwriting by Jose Prendes, “The High Concept Massacre” along with fellow screenwriters Carl Gottlieb (“Jaws”) Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza” “Indecent Proposal”) and Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys” “Die Hard 2”) John currently teaches writing and directing at the Los Angeles Film School as well as the Directing Certificate Course and Pitching Certificate Course at Raindance, Los Angeles.

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Anthony Pignataro

Author/Journalist


Anthony Pignataro is an author and journalist in Southern California who has been working as a writer since 1996. Most recently, he was the Editor of MauiTime, an alt-weekly newspaper based on Maui. His series of noirish novels - also set on Maui - are "Small Island," "The Dead Season," and "Pau Hana Time". His collection of non-fiction articles that gather together his most important journalistic essays is called "Stealing Cars With The Pros." He currently writes for OC Weekly and Long Beach Post, and has written for Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento News & Review, Honolulu Weekly, and CalWatchdog. He lives in Orange County with his girlfriend Angie and their two cats.

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Nicholas Schou

Author/Journalist


Nicholas Schou is an investigative journalist and award winning author. His 2006 book, Kill the Messenger, was made into a feature film starring Jeremy Renner as the journalist Gary Webb. His next book, in 2010, Orange Sunshine, an expose on the legendary Brotherhood of Eternal Love was an LA Times bestseller. He is also the author of the 2016 book Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood

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Patrick Sheane Duncan

Author


A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale Charter Township, Michigan, Duncan's career has been influenced by his Vietnam War experiences, which inspired the television mini-series Vietnam War Story (1987) and its sequel Vietnam War Story: The Last Days (1989) and the films 84C MoPic (1989) and Courage Under Fire (1996). Additional writing credits include A Home of Our Own (1993), The Pornographer (1994), Nick of Time (1995), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), and the television movies A Painted House (2003), Elvis (2005), and the Little Red Wagon.
Duncan is a winner of the CableACE Award for Writing for a Dramatic Series for Vietnam War Story: The Last Days and a Christopher Award for Mr. Holland's Opus, which also garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. He was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for 84C MoPic and The Pornographer and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay for 84C MoPic.
Duncan's play, Souls on Fire was produced by Danny Glover's theatre company, Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

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John Shirley

Author/Lyricist


Bram Stoker Award winner John Shirley is the author of numerous novels, including Demons, Crawlers, Wetbones, Cellars, Bleak History, City Come A-Walkin’ Bioshock: Rapture, and the A Song Called Youth cyberpunk trilogy. His story collections include Black Butterflies which won the Bram Stoker Award. His new novel STORMLAND is coming out in 2020 from Blackstone Books. He is co-screenwriter of The Crow and has written teleplays—eg, for Deep Space Nine--and animation scripts. He also writes rock lyrics professionally, including numerous songs for the Blue Oyster Cult.

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Zac Thompson

Author


Zac Thompson is a writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. He's written comics such as Age of X-Man, Marvelous X-Men, Cable, and X-Men: Black for Marvel Comics. Along with indie titles such as Her Infernal Descent, Relay, and Come Into Me. He is best known for his critically acclaimed miniseries, The Dregs. His debut novel, Weaponized, was the winner of the 2016 CryptTV horror fiction contest. Zac is an avid cyclist and overly excitable weirdo.

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Alice Vachss

Attorney, Author, Consultant and Lecturer


Alice Vachss, JD, is the former Chief of the Special Victims Bureau of the Queens (NYC) District Attorney's Office. During her tenure in Queens, she tried more than 100 felony cases to verdict, including rape, child sexual assault, elder abuse, domestic violence, cult abuse, and homicide. Under her leadership, the Special Victims Bureau innovated new approaches and techniques in sex-crimes prosecution which ranged from trail-blazing the use of DNA evidence in New York courts, to firing the first shots in the still-current battle to modernize statutes of limitations for sexual assault.
When she became a casualty of the politics of prosecution, Ms. Vachss authored "Sex Crimes" (Random House, 1993), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. That book coined the term "collaborator" to describe those within the criminal-justice system who provide aid and comfort to perpetrators. Now book one of this two-part set, "Sex Crimes" ends with a promise to find another ring. It took her nearly twenty years but she kept that promise, becoming special prosecutor for sex crimes in a rural county on the other side of the country. Her second stint, as incendiary and revolutionary as her first, lead to book two.
Before assuming leadership of the Special Victims Bureau, Ms. Vachss was a VISTA volunteer, a counselor in a maximum-security prison for violent youth, and a trial attorney in New York City's Legal Aid Criminal Defense Division. Between books she specialized in such areas as campus sexual assault, elder sexual abuse, and civil legal response to violence against women. Ms. Vachss continues to lecture and consult, nationally and internationally, and is the author of numerous articles, including "All Rape Is Real Rape" (New York Times Op-Ed).

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Mike Watt

Author/Journalist/Screenwriter


Mike Watt is a writer, journalist and screenwriter. He has written for such publications as Fangoria, Film Threat, The Dark Side, the late Frederick Clarke's Cinefantastique, Femme Fatales and served as editor for the RAK Media Group's resurrection of Sirens of Cinema. Through the production company, Happy Cloud Pictures, he has written and produced or directed the award-winning feature film The Resurrection Game, as well as Splatter Movie: The Director's Cut, A Feast of Flesh, Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation and the award-winning Razor Days. He is the author of the short fiction collection, Phobophobia, the novels The Resurrection Game and Suicide Machine, and from McFarland Publishing: Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint. In 2014, he launched the acclaimed Movie Outlaw book series, focusing on "underseen cinema". He is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Exploitation Nation. Through Happy Cloud Media, LLC, he edits and publishes 42nd Street Pete's Grindhouse Purgatory Magazine, as well as Pete's autobiography, "A Whole Bag of Crazy". In 2017, he edited the 40th Anniversary printing of Paul Schrader's TAXI DRIVER screenplay, featuring a new interview with Robert De Niro, published in 2018 by Gauntlet Press.

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William S. Wilson

Author/Journalist


Wilson resides in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has written articles for genre magazines Fangoria and Deep Red. He has also contributed to a number of film guides including Hidden Horror, BFI's 100 European Horror Films and the 101 film book series edited by Steven Jay Schneider (Paranormal Activity).

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Don Winston

Author


Don grew up in Nashville and graduated from Princeton University. After a stint at Ralph Lauren headquarters in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to work in entertainment. S’wanee: A Paranoid Thriller was his debut novel and hit #3 in Kindle Suspense Fiction. It was followed by The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller and The Gristmill Playhouse: A Nightmare in Three Acts. His latest novel— Our Family Trouble: A Domestic Thriller —is a psychological thriller set against one of America’s most infamous hauntings. He lives in Hollywood and is not nearly as twisted as his books.

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