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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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