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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, Times 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, Shadows of Mordor and Shadows of War. His film designs can be seen in many movies and TV shows including Blade 2, 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 Expidition 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 Psychoromp, 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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Del Howison

Journalist/Writer/Editor


Del Howison is a journalist, writer, and a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of the anthology series Dark Delicacies. He has been nominated for over half a dozen awards including The Shirley Jackson Award and the Black Quill. His short western/horror story The Lost Herd, originally published in Hot Blood 11 in 2005 was turned into the premiere (and highest rated) episode, The Sacrifice, for the series Fear Itself on NBC. He is the co-founder and owner of Dark Delicacies, a book and gift store located in Burbank, California which won the El Posto Negro award from Italy for best specialty store. Dark Delicacies was also inducted into the Rondo Hatton Hall of Fame. His novel The Survival of Margaret Thomas was released in July of 2019 in hardback and ebook from Five Star Publishers and audio book from Blackstone.

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Thommy Hutson

Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Author


A graduate of UCLA, he launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for Chill Out, Scooby Doo!
His career took a thrilling turn writing and producing several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: Scream: The Inside Story, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th, More Brains! A Return To The Living Dead, And His Name Was Jason: 30 Years Of Friday The 13th, And Welcome To Hell: The Making Of Tales From The Hood.
He has also written or co-written feature films, television, and new media, such as Truth or Dare, Animal, Instafame, A Christmas For The Books, and The Morning After. As a producer he helped bring to life The Final Wish, The Trouble With The Truth, and Dreamworld.
He produced and made his feature directorial debut with The ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. The film won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”
As a best-selling author Thommy crafted a coffee table book and trade paperback detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. His debut novel, the teen thriller Jinxed, is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” The book reached #1 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia and was the winner for Best Horror at the International Book Awards and Best YA Horror in the Readers’ Choice Awards. He is currently hard at work on its sequel, Cursed.
A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.

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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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KW Jeter

Author


K. W. Jeter is the author of DR. ADDER (Bluejay Books, 1984), FAREWELL HORIZONTAL (St. Martin’s Press, 1985), IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD (New American Library, 1989), SOUL EATER (Tor Books, 1983), NOIR (Bantam Spectra, 1998), and numerous other novels; his most recent, GRIM EXPECTATIONS (Angry Robot/Penguin Random House, 2017), is the conclusion to his George Dower steampunk trilogy. Born in Los Angeles, and after residencies in England, Germany & Austria, and Ecuador, he now makes his home in Oklahoma City.

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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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Paul Kane

Author/Film Critic/Podcaster


Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over ninety books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and Pain Cages (an Amazon #1 bestseller). His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival and Off the Shelf in 2012, Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, Edge-Lit in 2014 and 2018, HorrorCon, HorrorFest and Grimm Up North in 2015, The Dublin Ghost Story Festival and Sledge-Lit in 2016, IMATS Olympia and Celluloid Screams in 2017, plus Black Library Live and the UK Ghost Story Festival in 2019, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention, and a fiction judge at the Sci-Fi London festival. A former British Fantasy Society Special Publications Editor, he is currently serving as co-chair for the UK chapter of The Horror Writers Association. His work has been optioned and adapted for the big and small screen, including for US network primetime television, and his novelette Men of the Cloth has just been turned into a feature by Loose Canon/Hydra Films, starring Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next). His audio work includes the full cast drama adaptation of The Hellbound Heart for Bafflegab, starring Tom Meeten (The Ghoul), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge), and the Robin of Sherwood adventure The Red Lord for Spiteful Puppet/ITV narrated by Ian Ogilvy (Return of the Saint). Paul’s latest novels are Lunar (set to be turned into a feature film), the Y.A. story The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane), the sequels to RED – Blood RED & Deep RED – the award-winning hit Sherlock Holmes & the Servants of Hell, Before (an Amazon Top 5 dark fantasy bestseller) and Arcana. He also writes thrillers for HQ Digital/HarperCollins as PL Kane, the first of which, Her Last Secret, came out in January. Paul lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife Marie O’Regan and his family.

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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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Garry Kilworth

Writer


Garry's books cover several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, historical novels and non-fiction. He is happiest writing short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, but so far have published 70 plus novels and one or two volumes of poetry. He also wrote the novelisation of the movie 'Highlander' and have been fortunate enough to have stories on BBC Radio and Television. His career spans 40 years of full time writing. Previous to that he was in telecommunications, both in the RAF and with Cable and Wireless. He's been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal twice and has won the Children's Book of the Year Award, as well as one or two awards for fantasy and science fiction. His novels and short stories have been translated into 22 different languages, including Japanese, Hebrew and Russian.

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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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William Schoell

Author


William Schoell is the author of over forty books, including horror-suspense novels; books on the performing arts and popular culture; fiction and non-fiction for young adults and children; and celebrity biographies. A native New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan.

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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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