Our Authors

C.S. Alleyne


C.S. Alleyne grew up in Australia and originally trained as a hotel manager in the UK. After several postings in the Caribbean she changed tack and completed her MBA followed several years later by a PhD in Information Systems. She is a management consultant and also lectures in several universities. With a lifelong love of reading, anything historical and a fascination with the supernatural and death, her vacations usually include visits to such places as the Pere La Chaise cemetery and the catacombs in Paris, the tombs in Egypt, the Popes’ crypts in the Vatican and any church yard with gravestones – you get the picture… C.S. was inspired to write Belle Vue by her daily journey past a block of luxury apartments that had been converted from an old asylum. Like her protagonist, Alex Palmer, she started to investigate its past and learnt that one of the inmates was murdered there in the late 19th century. The victim’s sister was hung for the crime. C.S. was also thrilled to discover the asylum’s overgrown cemetery in her explorations of the area! Her novelette, POWEЯ, tale of horror and revenge, was published in December, 2019.

Lucas Amann


Lucas Amann is a writer, film director, and visual artist from Austin, TX.

Robert Ashcroft


Robert Ashcroft has worked as a State Department contractor and was recently mobilized to serve abroad with the U.S. Army Reserve. A lifelong fan of science fiction, Ashcroft spent nearly a decade after college staying up late to write novels, at one point going so far as to quit his job and rent an apartment in Mexico City. Trained as a cryptologic linguist (with experience in Korean and Spanish), the study of foreign cultures, languages and belief systems has been a lifelong priority and his main goal for the foreseeable future is to be able to travel and encounter interesting people and ideas.

Peter Atkins


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

Brenda Bakke


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!"

Wayne Barlowe


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, a Chinese 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.

David Bergantino


David Bergantino is the author of 11 novels, including Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and the Bard’s Blood Shakespeare-themed YA horror series. He’s also an award-winning, multi-platform content creator and producer with over 30 years of experience working with the top studios, publishers and talent in both traditional and interactive entertainment.
Besides novels, Bergantino has written dozens of video games, and even wrote the story and script for the original Mummy theme park ride at Universal Studios Florida, among other projects. He’s currently writing content for the highly anticipated zombie-parkour game, Dying Light 2.

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.

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.

Torsten Dewi


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.

Preston Fassel


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.

Dave Fitzgerald


Dave is a writer living and working in Athens, Georgia, where he received degrees in English and Film Studies from UGA. He has written several stage plays, and was shortlisted for the dramatic writing MFA program at Carnegie Mellon. He has also written for the local alt-weekly Flagpole, the (now-defunct) film website Cinespect.com, and is a current contributor to both DailyGrindhouse.com and Cinedump.com. He tweets about books, film, music, and whatever all else. Troll is his first novel.

Christian Francis

Not anything

Christian does not like bios or self-promotion.

Brian Freeman


Brian James Freeman is the author of Walking With Ghosts, The Painted Darkness, Blue November Storms, The Halloween Children (with Norman Prentiss), Darkness Whispers (with Richard Chizmar), and four mini-collections of his short fiction. He is also the editor of Midnight Under the Big Top, Dark Screams (with Richard Chizmar), Detours, Reading Stephen King, and the Halloween Carnival anthology series. His second children’s book, The Girl Who Builds Monsters, features artwork by award-winning artist Vincent Chong.

Mick Garris


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.

Owl Goingback


Owl Goingback has been writing professionally for over thirty years, and is the author of numerous novels, children’s book, screenplays, magazine articles, and short stories. He is a Bram Stoker Award Lifetime Achievement Recipient, a Bram Stoker Award Winner for Best Novel and Best First Novel, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift. Owl’s short story collection, Tribal Screams, was published in 2018. The Coffee Shop of Horrors created an Owl Goingback’s Tribal Screams roasted chestnut flavored coffee to tie-in with the collection.
In addition to writing under his own name, Owl has ghostwritten several books for Hollywood celebrities. He has also lectured across the country on the customs and folklore of the American Indians, served in the military, owned a restaurant/lounge, and worked as a cemetery caretaker. He is a member of the Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Jess Hagemann


Experimental novelist Jess Hagemann has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her work has previously appeared in PANK Magazine and the Southwest Review, and is forthcoming in Castle of Horror's Femme Fatale anthology (October 2021). Her debut novel, Headcheese, won the 2019 IPPY Bronze Medal for Horror. Photo credit: Alicia Leigh Photography

Tom Holland


Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates. Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director. His directorial debut was the popular 1980s vampire film, Fright Night (1985) which, at the time, was said to have been responsible for redefining the sub-genre, influencing later films like The Lost Boys (1987) and Near Dark (1987). The film was a box office hit and garnered three Saturn Awards and one Dario Argento Award. For his next project, Child's Play (1988), Tom again cast Chris Sarandon. The film was a Number One box-office hit in America and a worldwide success, despite controversy over its thematic content. It, like Fright Night (1985) has since gathered a cult following amongst horror fans. Tom then went onto direct two films based upon adaptations of Stephen King's novels: The Langoliers (1995) and Thinner (1996). He also took a cameo role in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand (1994). Most recently Tom has completed his first novel, The Notch, published by Cemetery Dance.

Del Howison


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.

Thommy Hutson


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.

Dave Jay


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.

KW Jeter


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.

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.

Stephen Jones


Stephen lives in London, England. A Hugo Award nominee, he is the winner of four World Fantasy Awards, three International Horror Guild Awards, five Bram Stoker Awards, twenty-one British Fantasy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. One of Britain’s most acclaimed horror and dark fantasy writers and editors, he has more than 155 books to his credit, including the acclaimed illustrated histories The Art of Horror, The Art of Horror Movies and The Art of Pulp Horror, the film books of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Stardust, The Illustrated Monster Movie Guide and The Hellraiser Chronicles; the non-fiction studies Horror: 100 Best Books and Horror: Another 100 Best Books (both with Kim Newman); the single-author collections Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales by H. P. Lovecraft, The Complete Chronicles of Conan and Conan’s Brethren by Robert E. Howard, and Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M. R. James; plus such anthologies as Terrifying Tales to Tell at Night: 10 Scary Stories to Give You Nightmares!, The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories, The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories, The Lovecraft Squad and Zombie Apocalypse! series, and thirty volumes of Best New Horror. You can visit his web site at stephenjoneseditor.com or follow him on Facebook.
(Photo © Peter Colreborn)

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.

Jill Killington


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.

Garry Kilworth


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.

Richard A. Kirk

Author/Illustrator/Visual Artist

Richard's fiction includes the short fantasy novel The Lost Machine (Radiolaria Studios, 2010), and Necessary Monsters (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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