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Hex Publishers is an independent publishing house proudly specializing in genre fiction: horror, science fiction, crime, dark fantasy, comics, and any other form that explores the imagination. Founded by writers, Hex values both the author and the reader, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, and voices often overlooked by the mainstream.

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Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He contributed two stories for the award-winning horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, by Hex Publishers. His novel, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. Top
Saladin Ahmed's first novel Throne of the Crescent Moon was nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. He lives near Detroit. Top
Bill D. Allen is an Oklahoma red dirt-born and bred writer. The first book in his science fiction series involving the vagabond space trader Hank Jensen is Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (With Gary Jonas.) His Reluctant War God series highlights the adventures of Carl, a war god who wants to quit the family business. The first title in that series is Duty Calls. Bill is also a proud member of the Iron Butt Association which means he has been foolish enough to travel at least 1000 miles in 24 hours on a motorcycle. His website is billdallen.com. Sign up for his preferred readers group and enjoy a free book. Top
Nationally bestselling Quincy J. Allen, is a cross-genre author with numerous short stories, including his most recent, “Sons of the Father,” appearing in Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter: Files from Baen. Chemical Burn, his first novel, was a finalist in RMFW’s 2011 Colorado Gold Contest, and Blood Curse, the latest installment in the Blood War Chronicles, is an action-packed western steampunk epic fantasy. His first media tie-in novel in the Aradio brothers’ Colt the Outlander universe, Shadow of Ruin, is expected out in February of 2018. He is the publisher and editor of Penny Dread Tales and runs RuneWright, LLC - a marketing and book design business based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Top
Paul Goat Allen has been a genre fiction book reviewer for the last twenty years, working for companies like BN.com, PW, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus, Goodreads, and BlueInk, to name a few. He has written more than 8,000 reviews and interviewed hundreds of writers. He has published stories in a variety of genres and works as an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program. Top
Steve Alten is a New York Times and International bestselling author, most known for his MEG series (a major motion picture soon to be released by Warner Bros.) about a giant, prehistoric shark. Top
Sam W. Anderson lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, two kids and the most expensive rescue mutt in history. He's the author of over forty published short stories and collaborative novels, and two short-story collections: Postcards from Purgatory, and American Gomorrah: The Money Run Omnibus. The latter will be updated and reissued from Rothco Press. The Nines is his first solo novel. He likes pie. Top
Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty series from Angry Robot Books, and the forthcoming novel Company Town from Tor Books. She has created science fiction prototypes for the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, the WorldBank, and others. She also has a regular column in the Ottawa Citizen. You can find on Twitter @MadelineAshby. Top
Jedidiah Ayres is the author of Peckerwood. He’s never heard of you either. Top
Paolo Bacigalupi is a National Book Award Finalist, and a Hugo, Nebula, Michael L Printz. and John W. Campbell Award Winner. He currently lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son, where he is working on a new novel. Top
Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott mystery series from Midnight Ink. A fast-paced mix of Hopi Indian mysticism, environmental issues, and murder. Shannon is an itinerant writer, which is a nice way of saying she's confused. She never knows what time zone she's in, Timbuck-Three, Nebraska, Denver, or Tucson. Nora Abbott has picked up that location schizophrenia and travels from Flagstaff in Tainted Mountain, to Boulder in Broken Trust and then to Moab in Tattered Legacy. Shannon is proud to have been chosen Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2014 Writer of the Year. Top
Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France’s biggest crime fiction award. Three of his novels, Corrosion, The Incurables, and The Disassembled Man have been adapted for the big screen. For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels. Top
Branden Bendert was born in Colorado and raised in suburban mediocrity. When he can break away from the daily grind, he likes to create images that feed his imagination. He's been fortunate to work on projects for Sony, Warner Bros, Hanna Barbera, Capcom, FiXT, Leviathan Games, and Hex Publishers. You might find him hanging around the art museum, Clyfford Still Museum, I Want More Comics, or stuck in traffic on I-25 (He's usually stuck in traffic). Top
Patrick Berry is an author and professional puzzle constructor whose work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. He's written several puzzle books, including a how-to book on crossword construction, and he has regular puzzle columns in The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Top
Lauren Beukes is an award-winning writer from South Africa. Famous for her bestsellers Moxyland, Zoo City, The Shining Girls and more recently Broken Monsters, Beukes is a writer with many facets. Her novels have achieved huge success in many countries including South Africa, the UK and the USA. Find out more at www.laurenbeukes.com. Top
Darin Bradley is the author of three novels: Noise, Chimpanzee, and Totem. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Theory and has taught courses on writing and literature at several universities. Top
Maurice Broaddus is a community organizer and teacher. His work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, and the (upcoming) middle grade detective novel series, The Usual Suspects. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror, and Apex Magazine. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com. Top
Edward Bryant is a Nebula award-winning author that helped bolster The New Wave movement of science fiction. The ongoing theory that it was a severe neuro–chemical event that switched him from writing sizzling science fiction to mildly unsettling horror still hasn’t been overturned. Ed's written a few decades' worth of short fiction, non fiction, Hollywood stuff, and the occasional novel. He lives in Denver, where he's preparing, On the Road to Cinnabar, a huge retrospective of his life's work. Top
Jesse Bullington is the author of three weird historical novels: The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, The Enterprise of Death, and The Folly of the World. Under the pen name Alex Marshall he recently completed the Crimson Empire trilogy; the first book, A Crown for Cold Silver, was shortlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. He’s also the editor of the Shirley Jackson Award nominated Letters to Lovecraft, and co-editor (with Molly Tanzer) of Swords v. Cthulhu. His short fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in such diverse publications as the LA Review of Books, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 13, and VICE. News of his latest projects can be found at www.jessebullington.com. Top
Dustin Carpenter is an author, cinematographer, and IronMan Triathlete, but feels most at home in a good story. Currently, he is working on the second book in the Apollo Pentalogy series, The Mask of Andrean, as well as laying the groundwork for Natrola, a transmedia experience. Dustin works as a creative media generalist, and has been typesetting for just over a decade. He is the author of Azimuth Falls. Top
Selena Chambers writes fiction and non-fiction from the swampy depths of North Florida. Her most recent work has appeared in such publications as Literary Hub, Luna Luna Magazine, and Beautiful Bizarre, all with an emphasis on women creatives. She’s been nominated for several awards including the Hugo and two World Fantasy awards. Her most recent book includes the mostly Historical Weird short story collection, Calls for Submission (Pelekinesis). Learn more at: www.selenachamebrs.com, on Twitter at @basbleuzombie. Top
Merit Clark writes the Jack Fariel detective series set in Denver. Killing Streak, the first book in the series, won the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) EVVY Book Award and was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Killing Innocence, book two in the series, is scheduled for a 2018 release. Top
Catherine Dilts made her first fiction sale by murdering an annoying coworker in the short story “The Jolly Fat Man.” She found it such a satisfying experience, she went on to kill again. A 2017 Derringer Award finalist, Catherine is better known for lighter fare, including her Rock Shop Mystery series, and two books in the Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library series. In a recent Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine appearance, she tested the waters on the dark side of fiction with “Unrepentant Sinner.” Catherine’s day job in a factory as an environmental compliance specialist provides inspiration to keep writing, with the hope of eventual escape. Top
Michael Cisco published these novels: The Divinity Student, The Golem, The Traitor, The Tyrant, The Great Lover, The Narrator, CELEBRANT, MEMBER, ANIMAL MONEY, and UNLANGUAGE...a short story collection called Secret Hours....and a novella called THE KNIFE DANCE. His short fiction has appeared in: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, Lovecraft Unbound, Black Wings, Blood and Other Cravings, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, THE WEIRD, The Grimscribe's Puppets, LACKINGTON'S, Postscripts to Darkness, Penumbrae, and Aickman's Heirs, among others. His scholarly work has appeared in Lovecraft Studies, The Weird Fiction Review, Iranian Studies, Lovecraft and Influence, and The Lovecraftian Poe. He has translated stories by Julio Cortazar, Marcel Bealu, and Alfonso Reyes. Top
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Recent works include the Dominion of the Fallen series, set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, which comprises The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award, Locus Award finalist), and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns (Ace, Gollancz). Visit www.aliettedebodard.com" for more information. Top
Betsy Dornbusch is the author of over a dozen short stories, three novellas, and four novels. Her most recent trilogy is The Books of the Seven Eyes. She lives in Colorado with her family. Top
Sean Eads is a reference librarian living in Denver, Colorado. His first novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His second novel, Lord Byron's Prophecy, will be released in October 2015 from Lethe Press. His short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, including Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (Prime Books), Kaleidoscope (12th Planet Press), and Equilibrium Overturned (Grey Matter Press). Besides writing, he enjoys playing golf and watching University of Kentucky basketball games. His favorite writers and influences include Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury, and William Faulkner. Top
Les Edgerton is an ex-con, matriculating at Pendleton Reformatory in the sixties for burglary (plea-bargained down from multiple counts of burglary, armed robbery, strong-armed robbery and possession with intent). He was an outlaw for many years and was involved in shootouts, knifings, robberies, high-speed car chases, dealt and used drugs, was a pimp, worked for an escort service, starred in porn movies, was a gambler, served four years in the Navy, and had other misadventures. He’s since taken a vow of poverty (became a writer) with 21 books in print. Work of his has been nominated for or won: the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award (short story category), Derringer Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Jesse Jones Book Award, Spinetingler Magazine Award for Best Novel (Legends category), and the Violet Crown Book Award, among others. Screenplays of his have placed as a semifinalist in the Nicholl’s and as a finalist in the Best of Austin and Writer’s Guild’s competitions. He holds a B.A. from I.U. and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Top
Minister Faust is an award-winning novelist and an award-winning radio broadcaster. His novels include the cult-hit The Coyote Kings (2004) which helped drive the new wave of Africentric science fiction and fantasy, Shrinking the Heroes (originally published as From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain) that won the Kindred Award, and the celebrated book The Alchemists of Kush. He’s written for television, radio, advertising, education, the stage, and video games (Mass Effect 2 and Darkspore), and he’s currently writing and illustrating a graphic novel about Canada’s most famous cowboy. His podcast MF GALAXY(mfgalaxy.org) features interviews with writers in every form about the craft and business of writing. Top
Keith Ferrell is the author of close to twenty books, fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Passing Judgment and the NYT Nonfiction Bestseller History Decoded (co-written with Brad Meltzer). His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Black Mist, Millennium 3,000, Nightmares Unhinged, and other publications, under his own name and pseudonymously. He has published more than 2,000 articles, essays, and reviews in magazines, encyclopedias, and journals. As a speaker, Ferrell often addresses the relationship between technology and culture. He has appeared frequently on television and radio. Keith Ferrell currently lives, writes and farms on 35 acres in the hills of southern Virginia, and is engaged with an immense new novel as well as a large nonfiction project. From 1990-1996 Ferrell was Editor-in-Chief of OMNI Magazine. Top
Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and communications specialist. She's had work published in Kaiju Rising, Heroes!, By Faerie Light, Goldfish Grimm, and more. She's also edited the anthologies War Stories, Genius Loci, Eclipse Phase: After the Fall, and Broken Time Blues. In her 'spare' time, she trains horses and practices Systema. She can be found on Twitter as @JaymGates. Top
Warren Hammond is a Denver-based author known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series. By taking the best of classic detective noir, and reinventing it on a destitute colony world, Warren has created these uniquely dark tales of murder, corruption and redemption. KOP Killer won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, released in December of 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world. Always eager to see new places, Warren has traveled extensively. Whether it’s wildlife viewing in exotic locales like Botswana and the Galapagos Islands, or trekking in the Himalayas, he's always up for a new adventure. Top
Sarah Hans is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher. Her short stories have appeared in over twenty publications, but she's best known for the multicultural steampunk anthology Steampunk World, which appeared on io9, Boing Boing, Entertainment Weekly Online, and Humble Bundle, and also won the 2015 Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Award for Best Fiction. You can read more of Sarah’s short stories in the collection Dead Girls Don’t Love, published by Dragon’s Roost Press, or on her Patreon for just $1/month at https://www.patreon.com/sarahhans. You can also find her on twitter at https://twitter.com/steampunkpanda. Top
Dion Harris was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is a self-taught artist and a member of the Crimson Daggers art community. His work has been seen in the comic book and gaming industries for several years and featured by Kingdom Games and Paizo. He strives to improve his skills with each image he creates. Top
Jason Heller is a Hugo Award-winning editor (formerly of Clarkesworld Magazine) and the author of the nonfiction book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded (Melville House). He has also written about popular culture for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, and NPR. With Josh Viola, he's the co-editor of the Hex Publishers anthology Cyber World. When not buried in words, Jason plays guitar in the post-punk band Weathered Statues. He lives in Denver. Top
Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of Death Wind, The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online. Top
Angie Hodapp has worked in language-arts education, publishing, professional writing, and editing for the better part of the last two decades. After completing her master’s thesis, a work of creative nonfiction, and leaving academia, she gave herself permission to write what she really wanted to write: speculative fiction and romance. Angie is currently the contracts and royalties manager at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver. She and her husband live in a renovated 1930s carriage house near the heart of the city and love collecting stamps in their passports. Top
Chris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, THE KILLING KIND, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine’s #1 Book of 2015. It won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. His second Hendricks novel, RED RIGHT HAND, is now available. Chris lives in Portland, Maine.Top
Kat Howard is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror who lives and writes in New Hampshire. Her novella, The End of the Sentence, co-written with Maria Dahvana Headley, was one of NPR's best books of 2014, and her debut novel, Roses and Rot was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel. An Unkindness of Magicians was named a best book of 2017 by NPR, and won a 2018 Alex Award. Her short fiction collection, A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, will be released in September 2018, and collects work that has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, performed as part of Selected Shorts, and anthologized in year’s best and best of volumes, as well as new pieces original to the collection. She is currently writing Books of Magic for Vertigo Comics' Sandman Universe. Top
Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, TX. He’s the author of Zero Saints, Hungry Darkness, and Gutmouth. He is the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine, the TV/film editor for Entropy magazine, and a columnist for LitReactor and CLASH Media. His reviews have appeared in Electric Literature, The Rumpus, 3AM Magazine, Marginalia, The Collagist, Heavy Feather Review, Crimespree, Out of the Gutter, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, HorrorTalk, Verbicide, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other print and online venues. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias. Top
Robert Jeschonek is an award-winning author whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and poetry have been published around the world. His work has appeared in publications including Galaxy’s Edge, Escape Pod, Fiction River, and StarShip Sofa. He has written official Star Trek and Doctor Who fiction, as well as comics for DC Comics and others. Robert has won an International Book Award, a Scribe Award for Best Original Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and grand prize in Pocket Books' nationwide Strange New Worlds contest. Visit him online at www.piepresspublishing.com and www.thefictioneer.com. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him as @TheFictioneer on Twitter. Top
Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade fantasy series, which includes the novels Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate, Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, and Wizard's Nocturne. His other novels include One-Way Ticket to Midnight, and Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (co-authored with Bill D. Allen). He created the Night Marshal western vampire series, and wrote the first volume before turning it over to other authors. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Robert Bloch's Psychos, It Came from the Drive-In, Prom Night, 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories, Sword and Sorceress VII, and many others. The best of his short fiction is collected in Quick Shots. As if that's not enough, he's also written screenplays, and has had a couple of them optioned in Hollywood. Top
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels, six story collections, and, so far, one comic book. Stephen’s been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award a few times. He’s also made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. Top
Trevor Jones was a writer and herpetologist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An expert in venomous snakes, Trevor did academic research as well as consulting work for the FBI. He enjoyed writing as a hobby but never took it seriously until his late twenties, when he began co-writing stories with noted children's author Nikki Barringer. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2016. "Straight to the Top" is his first published work. Top
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. His books include The Perdition Score, The Everything Box, Metrophage, Butcher Bird, Dead Set, and the graphic novel ACCELERATE. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime” and is in development as a feature film. Top
Brian Keene writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Alien. Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Naughty List, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions. The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania. Top
Tessa Kum used to work for the government, but got out. She still lives with fibromyalgia, and while hers is thankfully quite mild, her horizons are closer and the infrastructure of social support and welfare are not utopian. Her publication history is sporadic at best. She studies horticulture, keeps ornery little plants, and lives in Melbourne, Australia with a small, angry bird. Top
J.V. Kyle is the pen name for Keith Ferrell and Joshua Viola. Top
Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel King of Shards, was hailed as "majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness" from NPR Books. The second book in the Worldmender Trilogy, Queen of Static, will appear in Fall of 2016. His short fiction has appeared in many publications including Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, io9.com, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Interzone, the anthologies Naked City, People of the Book, After, and many other markets. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan with Ellen Datlow, is a long-time member of Altered Fluid, a Manhattan-based critique group, and is an amateur student of Yiddish. He can recite Blade Runner in its entirety from memory. Find him online at @mattkressel. Top
Mike Libby is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes sculptures, collages, and drawings using diverse materials, conceptual curiosity, and diligent craftsmanship. His work explores subjects of time, nature, memory, ecology, and autobiography via various hands-on fabrication methods specific to the pursuit of each work. He is largely known for INSECT LAB started in 1999, a sculptural series exploring natural history themes through the scale and subject of insects-gracefully retrofitting preserved specimens with mechanical hardware. Mike graduated from RISD with a degree in Sculpture in 1999, and has since attended the Vermont Studio Center, been artist-in-residence at the University of Maine at Orono, has exhibited through the Peabody Essex Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows, Smithsonian and Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, in private European galleries, at Robot Kingdom in Japan and in Australia through horticultural shop owners. Through Insect Lab he has worked with Neiman Marcus, Hasbro, Anthropologie, Edmund Scientific and Louis Vuitton as well as contributing content to The Steampunk Bible and book cover designs for Tachyon Publications, Hachette Publishing, Chronicle Books and an ongoing trophy design for the Science Fiction Writers of America, among other projects. His work is in collections worldwide. He works and lives in Southern Maine, biking, recycling and always making. You can view his work at: www.mikeplibby.com & www.insectlabstudio.com. Top
Aaron Lovett's work has been featured by Dark Horse and published in Spectrum 22. His art can also be found in various video games, books and comics. He paints from a dark corner in Denver, Colorado. Top.
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other venues. Nick is also an anthologist; he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow, the Locus Award nominee Hanzi Japan with Masumi Washington, and the hybrid cocktail recipe/fiction title Mixed Up with Molly Tanzer. Top.
Jennifer Melzer is a speculative fiction author, poet and editor from Northeast Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing or drawing blood from manuscripts with a red pen, she can be found vicariously heroing through pixelated avatars in a variety of different universes–because if she can’t save the world she lives in, why not practice saving others? Top
Michael McKibben is a diverse artist with a passion for bringing still art to life. He was the art lead for Leviathan Games, working on such titles as The Bane of Yoto. He is also president of Killbot Entertainment, specializing in PlayStation 4 Themes. Top
Jeremy Aaron Moore's artwork depicts impressions of the imagination. It spans multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, historical, sub-pop culture and fashion. His work is published in a variety of media, including books, games, comics, and music. It continues to garner recognition and has been accepted into highly prestigious publications such as Spectrum and Prime. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he spends his time painting in pixels from a quiet studio on Capitol Hill. Top
Jess Nevins is the author of numerous reference works on genre literature, including The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (2005), The Pulps (2012), The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4,000 Year History of the Superhero (2017), The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (2017), Horror Needs No Passport: The History of International Horror Literature in the 20th Century (2018), and A Chilling Age of Horror: How 20th Century Horror Changed The Genre (2020). When he pauses to catch his breath from writing, he is an academic librarian in suburban Houston. Top
Chinelo Onwualu is a writer, editor and journalist living in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop, which she attended as the recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship. She is editor and co-founder of Omenana.com, a magazine of African speculative fiction. Follow her on twitter @chineloonwualu. Top
An (pronounce it "On") Owomoyela is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in a number of venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and a handful of Year's Bests. An's interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. An can be found online at an.owomoyela.net. Top
Gary Phillips has family roots in Texas near the Guadalupe River and in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, which is why he must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads – and that’s why he churns out novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels and other stuff. He has essays upcoming in the nonfiction books Anatomy of Innocence, about exonerated prisoners, and in Radical and Backlash Pulp and Popular Fiction on forgotten writer Roosevelt Mallory of the infamous Holloway House. Top
Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Award winning story, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," and her short fiction has been nominated for Nebula Awards for three consecutive years. Her stories have appeared in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Uncanny, Apex, and Lightspeed, and in anthologies including Long Hidden and Accessing the Future. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels. A fourth is forthcoming. She lives with her wife and dog in Baltimore, Maryland. Find her on Twitter @sarahpinsker. Top
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and won the Shirley Jackson Award (The Grimscribe’s Puppets 2013; editor for Superior Work in an Anthology). He was the 2017 recipient of the Robert Bloch Award at NecronomiCon Providence. His editorial work includes, Walk on the Weird Side, A Season in Carcosa, The Grimscribe’s Puppets, Cassilda’s Song, and The Madness of Dr. Caligari (which was nominated in 2017 for the Shirley Jackson Award, as editor). He has released four mixed-genre collections, a collection of King in Yellow tales, and two weird fiction novels. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many notable anthologies, including Autumn Cthulhu, The Children of Old Leech, Ellen Datlow’s The Year’s Best Horror, and Best Weird Fiction of the Year. His work has been praised by Thomas Ligotti, Laird Barron, Michael Cisco, Livia Llewellyn, Jeffery Thomas, Anna Tambour, and many other writers and editors. Joe can be found at: https://thisyellowmadness.wordpress.com. Top
Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200-plus fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee, and her first novel, Beasts of Tabat, is a Compton Crook Award finalist. Her 2016 fictions include Hearts of Tabat (novel, WordFire Press), Neither Here Nor Here (collection, Hydra House) and the updated edition of Creating an Online Presence for Writers. Top
Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of eight published novels. His fiction has won the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, three Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards, and others. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993), was a finalist for the Edgar® award from the Mystery Writers of America and won the Colorado Book Award in the Fiction category. His published works include Desperado: A Mile High Noir (2013), winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the Mystery category, several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in a sixth edition. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga, an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion. His short story collection, The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories, was published in 2015. Top
Paul Graham Raven is, at time of writing, a postgraduate researcher in infrastructure futures and theory at the University of Sheffield, UK. He's also a writer, science fiction critic and essayist—with bylines at MIT Technology Review, ARC, BBC Science Focus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others—and a consulting critical futurist. He lives a stone's throw from the site of the Battle of Orgreave in the company of a duplicitous cat, three guitars he can barely play, and sufficient books to constitute an insurance-invalidating fire hazard. Top
Alistair Rennie is author of the novel, BleakWarrior, and has published fantasy, horror and SF fiction, essays and poetry in The New Weird anthology, Weird Tales magazine, Electric Velocipede, Mythic Delirium, Pevnost, Weird Fiction Review, DOA III and more. He was born and grew up in the North of Scotland, has lived for ten years in Italy, and now lives in Edinburgh in the South of Scotland. He holds a first class Honours Degree in Literature from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He is a time-served Painter and Decorator and a veteran climber of numerous hills and mountains in the Western Highlands, the Cairngorms and the Italian Dolomites. He is also the creator of the dark arcane music project, Ruptured World. Top
Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 37 nominations), plus other major awards in the USA, France, Poland, Croatia, Catalonia, Spain, and Japan. Mike is the author of 78 novels, 10 books of non-fiction about science fiction, close to 300 stories, and 3 screenplays. He has edited 42 anthologies, and is currently the editor of Galaxy's Edge Magazine and the Stellar Guild line of books. He was Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon. Top
Kat Richardson is the bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective series, as well as a small tantrum of short fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories. She lives in Western Washington, and is an accomplished feeder of crows. Top
Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer and Long Live the Suicide King, both winners in various contests. His latest novel, Elizabeth’s Midnight, is now available through Staccato Publishing. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was recommended for a Hugo. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two ancient goddesses of chaos posing as his daughters. Top
Matthew Wayne Selznick is an author, creator, and creative services provider living in Long Beach, California with the best girl in the world and too many pets. Top
Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and was nominated for that year’s World Fantasy Award. “The Mighty Phin” is a sequel to stories published in the anthologies So Long Been Dreaming and The Other Half of the Sky. Shawl is coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, and co-editor of Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. She also co-edited Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, to which she contributed a collaboration with Nalo Hopkinson, “Jamaica Ginger.” Her Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair was published by Tor in September 2016. Top
Delia Sherman’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares, on Tor.com and in Uncanny Magazine. A collection of her early short fiction, Young Woman in a Garden, was published by Small Beer Press. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching, editing, knitting, and cooking. She is currently spending a year in Paris, working on a Huge Historical Novel, but her home base is a rambling apartment in New York City with spouse Ellen Kushner and far too many pieces of paper. Top
Jeanne C. Stein wears two writing hats. Under her own name, she writes the national bestselling Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, and as S. J. Harper, she writes The Fallen Siren Series. Top
Mark Stevens is the son of two librarians and was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in the suburbs of Boston and from Principia College in Illinois. He worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles; as a City Hall reporter for The Rocky Mountain News in Denver; as a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (PBS) and as an education reporter for The Denver Post. After journalism, he worked in school public relations before starting his own public relations and strategic communications business. He lives in Denver with his wife and has two grown daughters. He is a Colorado Book Award finalist and the author of the Allison Coil Mystery series. Top
Molly Tanzer is the author of Creatures of Will and Temper and the forthcoming Creatures of Want and Ruin, out November 13, 2018. For more information about her critically acclaimed novels and short fiction, sign up for her newsletter at mollytanzer.com, or follow her @molly_the_tanz on Twitter or @molly_tanzer on Instagram. Top
Steve Rasnic Tem has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Awards for his work. Steve's new novel Blood Kin is a Southern Gothic/Horror blend of snake handling, ghosts, granny women, kudzu, and Melungeons. His previous novels are Deadfall Hotel, The Man On The Ceiling (with Melanie Tem), The Book of Days, Daughters (with Melanie Tem), and Excavation. His next novel, Ubo, a dark SF meditation on violence, will appear from Solaris in the Spring of 2016. Steve has published over 400 short stories. They've been collected in Ombres sur la Route, City Fishing, The Far Side of the Lake, In Concert (collaborations with Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior, Onion Songs, Celestial Inventories, Twember, and this year's Here With The Shadows, a collection of traditionally-inspired ghostly fiction from Ireland's Swan River Press. In 2015 Centipede will publish a giant collection of the best of his uncollected horror: Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors. Top
James R. Tuck has written many books and some even as Levi Black. He used to throw people out of bars for money and people buy his bullshit because he is charming. Top
Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her latest novels include a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com. Top
Joshua Viola is a Denver Post bestselling author, Colorado Book Award finalist and the owner of Hex Publishers. His next novel, Denver Moon, is a gritty cyberpunk mystery co-written by Warren Hammond. Learn more at www.DenverMoon.net. Top
Carter Wilson is a USA Today best-selling author. He explores the personal depths of psychological tension and paranoia in his dark thrillers. His novels have received critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Carter's third novel, The Comfort of Black, is the winner of three literary awards, including the 2016 Colorado Book Award (Thriller). His fourth novel, Revelation, will be released in December 2016 by Oceanview. Carter lives outside of Boulder, Colorado, with his two children. Top
Alyssa Wong is a Nebula-, Shirley Jackson-, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author, shark aficionado, and 2013 graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static, among others. She is an MFA candidate at North Carolina State University and a member of the Manhattan-based writing group Altered Fluid. Alyssa can be found on Twitter as @crashwong. Top
Dean Wyant is a forty-year resident of Colorado with a decade of retail bookselling experience and a deep network of author contacts. Nightmares Unhinged marks Dean's short fiction debut. Top
Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California, Tokyo, and London. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared on Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Interfictions Online, and Nightmare Magazine, among other places. She is @visyap on Twitter. Top
Caroline Yoachim is the author of over a hundred published short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny, among other places. A Hugo and three time Nebula Award finalist, her work has been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Czech. Caroline’s debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016. For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com. Top
Adrian Van Young is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, and Shadows in Summerland, a novel. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as Lumina, The Collagist, Black Warrior Review, Conjunctions, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Slate, VICE, The Believer, and The New Yorker online. He received a Henfield Foundation Prize and has twice been nominated for the Puschart. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia, Boston College, and Grub Street Writers, among others. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Tulane. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Darcy and son Sebastian. . Top
E. Lily Yu received the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards and can be found in a variety of publications, from Clarkesworld to McSweeney's Quarterly. Recent works appear in F&SF and Uncanny. Top
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro is co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When the Blue Shift Comes and Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg. Alvaro’s fiction, Rhysling-nominated poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in markets like Asimov’s, Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Nature, Strange Horizons, Galaxy’s Edge, Lackington’s, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. Top