Steve Byrne is the author of Phoenix, a dark horror adventure novel set during the Vietnam War (available from Amazon). Steve has recently returned to writing after a grueling tour of duty in the urban wilderness of the West Midlands. He lives on a run-down housing estate peopled by drugs dealers, prostitutes, street gangs and the disenfranchised poor. A police helicopter circles overhead on most nights.
Gary Couzens has had stories published in F & SF, Interzone, The Third Alternative, Black Static, Crimewave, Midnight Street and elsewhere, and had a collection, Second Contact and Other Stories, published in 2003 by Elastic Press. He edited the anthology Extended Play: The Elastic Book of Music (Elastic Press, 2006) which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, and he served as Chair of the British Fantasy Society 2000-2003. He is working on YA novels, more short fiction and far more DVD and Blu-ray reviews than are good for him.
Frank Duffy is the author of the collection The Signal Block and Other Tales (Sideshow Press/Gallows Press), Mountains of Smoke, a novelette (Sideshow Press) and Photographs Showing Terrible Things, a limited edition chapbook. He has been published in magazines as diverse as Estronomicon, Pulp Metal Magazine and Dark Valentine and has had numerous stories published in anthologies such as Drunk On The Moon and the Devil's Music series. This year will see the publication of his novel Resurrection, the novella The Evolved and a second collection Country X. Frank lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. He teaches English by day and writes fiction by night. He is heavily indebted to his wife Ewa for buying him a 'writing machine' and to their two dogs, Mr. Mole and B for their invaluable editorial input, and explanation of what constitutes a literary relative clause.
Robin Wyatt Dunn
Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, in Echo Park. He is
33 years old, and an Associate Member of the Horror Writers
Association. You can find him at www.robindunn.com.
Martin has written short stories, novels, comics and screenplays – one or two have even been published or dramatised. A former journalist, he escaped a dying world (also known as English provincial newspapers) in search of a new identity. He's still searching.
John Forth's short fiction has appeared in various acclaimed anthologies, including The Monster Book for Girls, The 13 Ghosts of Christmas and The Ninth Black Book of Horror, as well as magazines such as Midnight Street, Estronomicon, and previous editions of
Wordland. Further info is available at: http://johnrforth.wordpress.com/
Jane Hertenstein’s current obsession is flash. She is the author of over 30 published stories, a combination of fiction, creative non-fiction, and blurred genre both micro and macro. In addition she has published a YA novel, Beyond Paradise and a non-fiction project, Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady, which garnered national reviews. Jane is the recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Word Riot, Flashquake, Fiction Fix, Frostwriting, and several themed anthologies. She can also be found at http://memoirouswrite.blogspot.com/
Rhys Hughes estas verkisto kiu iam provis lerni Esperanton. Li trovis tre malfacila sed li ne rezignis ankoraŭ. Unu tagon li planas skribi romanon rekte en tiu ĉi lingvo. Li ne scias, kion la libro estos pri ankoraŭ. Eble ĝi estos pri vi. Eble ĝi estos pri ĉokolado. Ni devas atendi kaj vidi.
Mark Howard Jones
Mark Howard Jones lives in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. His novella The Garden Of Doubt On The Island Of Shadows drew praise from Ray Bradbury. He is the author of Songs From Spider Street (Screaming Dreams, 2010) and is currently editing the anthology Cthulhu Cymraeg: Lovecraftian Tales From Wales.
A J Kirby
The only time AJ Kirby speaks in the third person is in biographies. He's the award-winning author of five published novels (Sharkways, 2012; Paint this Town Red, 2012 - shortlisted for the Guardian's
Not the Booker Prize 2012; Perfect World, 2011; Bully, 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008), two collections of short stories (The Art of Ventriloquism, a collection of crime shorts, which was released August 2012, and Mix Tape 2010), three novellas (The Haunting of Annie Nicol, 2012; The Black Book, 2011; Call of the Sea, 2010), and over fifty published short stories, which can be found widely in print anthologies, magazines and journals and across the web in zines writing sites and more. He is also a sportswriter for the Professional Footballers' Association and a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books. AJ Kirby lives in Leeds, UK and is currently writing a full-length work about foorball.
Our excellent cover artist, Tony has had stories in All Hallows, Supernatural Tales, The Monster Book for Girls and in several Des Lewis edited anthologies. His cover art includes the Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies, and Busy Blood by Stuart Hughes and D. F Lewis.
Terry Martin is probably best known as the publishing editor of the quarterly anthology magazine Murky Depths and as head honcho of The House of Murky Depths and the YA imprint Murkee, publishing science fiction, horror and fantasy in prose and comics, but he’s also a writer and an artist. His writings can be found in various publications, and he takes commissions for paintings, at very reasonable rates too, so we’re told. His woefully neglected website is www.terrymartin.me.uk, and of course there’s his blog at lucifal.wordpress.com and you can catch up with Murky business at www.murkydepths.com.
Mangal is a semi retired Director of Information Technology (IT) and a Governor, Director & Trustee of a Girls’ school. She lives in London, is married and has twins. Mangal has recently embarked on a quest to
discover her hidden talents. In addition to the Lightening Force publication she has a short story, Thunder Smoke published by Little Gold Pencil at http://littlegoldpencil.com/thunder-smoke-by-mangal-patel/and a London Underground station Flash Story Dramatic Encounters shortly to be published by The Casket at
J J Steinfeld
J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America.
I have been in the previous issue of your magazine Wordland. I have also had stories and poems in Unspoken Water, BFS Journal and The Crab Line. I am still fairly new to the writing game, having been a genre fan for more years than I would like to reveal!
Entanglement (Elsewhen, 2012), and Freasdal and Volwys due in late 2013/early 2014 from Acair and Dog Horn Publishing respectively. Douglas Thompson is the author of seven books: Ultrameta (Eibonvale, 2009), Sylvow (Eibonvale, 2010), Apoidea (The Exaggerated Press, 2011), Mechagnosis (Dog Horn, 2012), http://douglasthompson.wordpress.com.
John Travis has had over 70 stories published and currently has three books in print - a short story collection, Mostly Monochrome Stories, and two novels, The Terror and the Tortoiseshell and The Designated Coconut. He is currenly looking for homes for two collections of stories.
Having taught English for many years and being an avid reader but an
intermittent writer of fiction, I recently joined a writing group. Since then, I find I am writing more and more and enjoying different forms and challenges enormously.
Samuel K Wilkes
Samuel Wilkes is a thirty-year old attorney, writer, and musician living on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay with his wife, Libba, and plump wiener dog, Gus. His short fiction has been published in the Steel
Toe Review, Crack The Spine (Issue #59), and Mod Mobilian Press’ print anthology Tributaries 2012. His short story Missing the Point is scheduled to appear in the WhiskeyPaper round August of 2013.
ALLEN ASHLEY is a prize-winning poet who has been a guest at The Torbay Poetry festival as well as other venues such as Torriano, Ware, Ver and Salisbury House Poets. Along with Sarah Doyle, he co-hosts “the Sunday Edition” jazz and poetry event at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield – www.dugdalecentre.co.uk Away from poetry, he is a successful writing tutor and is also editing Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac for Alchemy Press – www.alchemypress.blogspot.com – due out later this year.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I'm Wrong About the World. You can find her here http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com
I am completing my MFA in Poetry at the University of Nebraska in the U.S. My current mentor in the program is Kate Gale of Red Hen
Press. My poetry has appeared in Yellow Medicine Magazine, The Iowa Laurel, Encore, and soon, Wordland from the UK. I am a native Iowan with deep roots in my state; I am proudly of Blackfoot descent. I enjoy the art and magic of storytelling and attempt to capture this wonder in my poetry.
Sarah Doyle’s poetry has appeared in publications such as Unspoken Water, Orbis, Dark Horizons, The Dawntreader and The Poetry
Society’sPoetry News, as well as various anthologies.She has been placed in many poetry competitions including Poetry on the Lake (twice), Ware Open Poetry Competition andCannon Poets’ Sonnet or Not.Sarah is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence, and co-organises/co-hosts a regular jazz-poetry night in North London called The Sunday Edition. Please see www.sarahdoyle.co.uk for further information.
A J Huffman
A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry all available on Amazon.com. She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals.Most recently, she has accepted the position as editor for six online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press ( www.kindofahurricanepress.com ). Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191382454 and https://twitter.com/#!/poetess222.
Michael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner of custom imprinted promotional products and apparel: www.promoman.us, from Itasca, Illinois. He is heavily influenced by: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Herman Hesse, Krishnamurti, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg. His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/promomanusa. The original version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom, can be found at: http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-46091-7. New Chapbook: Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems, by Michael Lee Johnson: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/challenge-of-night-and-day-and-chicago-poems-%28night%29/12443733?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/2. Michael has been published in over 25 countries. He is also editor/publisher of seven poetry sites, all open for submission, which can be found at his Web site: http://poetryman.mysite.com. All of his books are now available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=michael+lee+johnson. Borders: http://www.borders.com.au/book/lost-american-from-exile-to-freedom/1566571/. Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s?store=ALLPRODUCTS&keyword=Michael+Lee+Johnson
Grove Koger works as an adjunct reference librarian at Albertsons Library, Boise State University, Idaho. He is the author of a survey of travel literature, When the Going Was Good(Scarecrow Press, 2002), and has published short fiction in Death Head Grin, Phantasmacore, Bewildering Stories, Eternal Haunted Summer,Lacuna, and Scareship.
Ron. Lavalette is primarily a poet living in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, land of the fur-bearing lake trout and the bilingual stop
sign. From his front yard, he could easily throw a stone into Canada but has learned, from bitter experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, that doing so is considered a hostile action. A reasonable sample of his published work can be found at EGGS OVER TOKYO. Like most folks with an abundance of time on their hands, Ron. blogs; and because he likes to keep things eggish, he calls his blog SCRAMBLED, NOT FRIED.
Jessica Lawrence, born in the USA and currently residing in London, has been writing poetry for over thirty years and she has been published in numerous periodicals including: Poetry Life; Ragged Raven Press ; Cinnamon Press; Peer Poetry International; Poetry on the Lake and The Sunday Times Magazine. She reads her work regularly and emphasizes the oratory aspects of poetry as an art form. Jessica Lawrence has taught creative writing in various schools and universities and has also pioneered programmes in health education for young people in the UK and in the USA.She is currently completing a thesis on literary pilgrimage and working on a multi-media retrospective of her life entitled Semi-Colon.
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction appear in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html
James B Nicola
James B. Nicola has had 300 poems published in periodicals including Atlanta Review, Tar River, Texas Review, Lyric, and Nimrod. A Yale grad and stage director by profession, his book Playing the Audience won a Choice Award. As a poet, he also won the Dana Literary Award and a People's Choice award (from Storyteller); was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award; and was featured poet at New Formalist. His children’s musical Chimes: A Christmas Vaudeville premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska—with Santa Claus in attendance opening night.