Our Authors

Joe R. Lansdale


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 States Martial 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.

Johnny Mains


Johnny Mains is a British Fantasy Award-winning editor, author and genre historian.
His first book as editor was Back From The Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories (2010) which led to him being made the Project Manager for the 50th Anniversary reissue of The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959). He created the best-selling series Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians, has edited the Best British Horror series and wrote the introduction for the 30th anniversary edition of Stephen King’s Thinner. He is author of three collections and one novel, and has spent the last four years researching ‘lost’ supernatural short stories by Victorian women, the latest book being Our Lady Of Hate: The Short Stories of Catherine Lord (2020).

Rena Mason


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.

Dustin McNeill


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

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.

David Morrell


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.

Lisa Morton


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.

Bret Nelson


Bret Nelson is an Emmy-award-winning creator. He’s worked with Kermit the Frog and John Crichton. Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear, too. He makes TV programs, movies, and stage shows. Plus video and tabletop games. And TOYS. Right now he’s working on things he can’t talk about (that’s what the contracts say).

Steve Niles


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 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.

Chauncey G. Parker III


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.

John Penney


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.

Anthony Pignataro


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.

Norman Prentiss


Norman Prentiss is the author of Odd Adventures with your Other Father, Life in a Haunted House, and The Apocalypse-a-Day Desk Calendar. He won a Bram Stoker Award for his first book, Invisible Fences. Other publications include The Book of Baby Names, Four Legs in the Morning, The Fleshless Man, The Halloween Children (with Brian James Freeman) and The Narrator (with Michael McBride), with story appearances in Dark Screams, Postscripts, Black Static, Four Halloweens, Blood Lite 3, Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and five editions of the Shivers anthology series.

William Schoell


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.

Michael J. Seidlinger


Michael is a Filipino American author of Runaways: A Writer's Dilemma (Future Tense Books, 2021) and other books. He has written for, among others, Wired, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Goodreads, The Observer, Polygon, The Believer, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches at Portland State University and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence.

Matt Serafini


Matt Serafini is a screenwriter and the author of Rites of Extinction, Under the Blade, Feral and more. He also co-authored a collection of short stories with Adam Cesare called All-Night Terror. He has written extensively on the subjects of film and literature for numerous websites including Dread Central and Shock Till You Drop. His nonfiction has appeared in Fangoria and HorrorHound magazines. He spends a significant portion of his free time tracking down obscure slasher films, and hopes one day to parlay that knowledge into a definitive history book on the subject. His novels are available in ebook and paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other fine retailers.
Matt lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

John Shirley


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.

Zac Thompson


Zac Thompson is a writer born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He's written titles like Marvelous X-Men, Cable, and X-Men: Black for Marvel Comics. Along with indie books such as Her Infernal Descent, Relay, and The Replacer. In 2019, Zac became the showrunner of the Age of X-Man universe at Marvel Comics. His critically acclaimed miniseries, Come Into Me, was called the best horror comic of 2018 by HorrorDNA. His debut comic series, The Dregs, was called "lowbrow brilliant" by New York Magazine. His novel, Weaponized, was the winner of the 2016 CryptTV horror fiction contest.

Alice Vachss


Alice Vachss, JD, is the former Chief of the Special Victims Bureau of the Queens (NYC) District Attorney's Office. During her tenure, 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. Ms. Vachss is the author of 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. 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. After publication of her book she specialized in such areas as campus sexual assault, elder sexual abuse, civil legal response to violence against women and, more recently, she returned to sex crimes prosecution. Her latter experiences lead her to write a sequel to her book. Both the original and the sequel have been released as an e-book entitled Sex Crimes: Then and Now. 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). She now heads Pay What It Costs Publishing, LLC, a small press specializing in non-fiction solutions to violence e-books.

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Mike Watt


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.

William S. Wilson


William S. 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).

Don Winston


Don Winston 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, 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—a psychological thriller set against one of America's most infamous hauntings—came out in paperback in April 2017. He lives in Hollywood and is not nearly as twisted as his books.

Ron Wolfe


Ron Wolfe is the co-writer of Old Fears with John Wooley. Their collaborations include two other horror novels, Death’s Door and Full Moon, a tale of lunacy under the pseudonym Mick Winters, and a failed try as greeting card writers. Wolfe is a retired newspaper feature writer and cartoonist, turned freelance writer and illustrator. His work includes the graphic novel of zombies in Camelot, Knights of the Living Dead (illustrated by Dusty Higgins); Nebula-nominated fantasy novella Our Friend Electricity, and cartoon-illustrated book of state history, Arkansas in Ink: Gunslingers, Ghosts and Other Graphic Tales. He wrote for the original comic book series of Hellraiser, creating the Cenobite sisters Bright Eyes and The Voice. His most recent work is a children’s picture book, Otto the Otter and the Great Arkansas Mystery — but still, there’s something in the woods.

John Wooley


John Wooley has written, co-written, or edited some 50 books, including Old Fears and two more novels with Ron Wolfe. Others include the new 1930’s-set epistolary horror trilogy The Cleansing (consisting of Seventh Sense, Satan's Swine, and Sinister Serpent), with Robert A. Brown; the critically acclaimed biography of moviemaker Wes Craven, The Man and His Nightmares; and Shot in Oklahoma, a look at Sooner State-lensed pictures that was named Best Book on Oklahoma History by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2011.
Wooley has scripted a number of documentaries, including the Learning Channel special Hauntings across America. He also wrote the made-for-TV feature Dan Turner — Hollywood Detective, starring Marc Singer, Tracy Scoggins, and Arte Johnson, as well as the award-winning independent movie Cafe Purgatory. His scripting extends to comic books and graphic novels, including Plan Nine from Outer Space, Grateful Dead Comix, and Death Rattle, along with The Twilight Avenger and Miracle Squad series, which he co-created with artist Terry Tidwell.
He currently co-hosts The Forgotten Horrors Podcast with Michael H. Price and the public-television program Film Noir Theatre.