JAMES CHAMBERS, Chapter Co-Coordinator:
James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, and other genres. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills.” Publisher’s Weekly gave his Lovecraftian novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, a starred review and described it as “…chillingly evocative.” He is the author of the short story collections On the Night Border, called “…a haunting exploration of the space where the real world and nightmares collide” by Booklist, as well as Resurrection House, the Corpse Fauna novellas, and the dark urban fantasy novella, Three Chords of Chaos.
His short stories have been published in numerous anthologies, including After Punk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife, The Averoigne Legacy, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, The Best of Defending the Future, Chiral Mad 2 and 4, Fantastic Futures 13, Footprints in the Stars, Gaslight and Grimm, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, Heroes of the Realm, In An Iron Cage, In Harm’s Way, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias, Qualia Nous, Shadows Over Main Street (1 and 2), The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, To Hell in a Fast Car, Truth or Dare, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman.
He co-edited the anthology, A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State, which received a Bram Stoker Award nomination and edited Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign.
He has also written and edited comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and The Midnight Hour with Jason Whitley.
Visit his website: http://www.jameschambersonline.com.
Carol Gyzander writes and edits horror, suspense, dark fiction, and sci-fi stories from her couch—with her black cat firmly Velcroed to her side.
ALLAN BURD writes imaginative thrillers in the horror and science fiction genre. He also writes children’s picture and chapter books.
His horror novels are: All Hell – an all out action thriller where a battle royale between a lone monster hunter, Silas Hill, and a pack of werewolves is only the beginning of much larger invasion. Blood Cold – Silas is back and on top of the world. Literally! Yetis, Minotaurs, Shaolin Monks, and a quest within a very famous castle.
His top selling sci-fi novel, The Roswell Protocols, features a second UFO crash, only this time it doesn’t land in the United States. The covert war between superpowers to recover the advanced technology begins. Yet none of them are prepared for what survives.
Allan’s other works include the children’s books, The Adventures of Little Al – The Lie and The Crazy Invisible Kid vs. The Eye Monster and numerous short stories, scripts, with more in the pipeline. For more information on Allan, please visit www.allanburd.com.
ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than sixty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters,Fearful Symmetries, Nightmare Carnival, The Cutting Room, and The Doll Collection. Forthcoming is The Monstrous.
She’s won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre,” was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.
She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar. More information can be found at www.datlow.com, on Facebook, and on twitter as @EllenDatlow.
TEEL JAMES GLENN has killed at least a score of people (on screen) and died hundreds more times than that. He was born in Brooklyn though he’s traveled the world for forty years as a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, book illustrator, storyteller, bodyguard, barker at a haunted house and actor. As an actor he has appeared on all the New York soap operas, Spenser for Hire and the Equalizer plus over 100 genre SF/horror films.
His stories have been printed in scores of magazines like Mad, Weird Tales, Black Belt, Tales of Old, Blazing Adventures!, Fantasy Tales as well as over two dozen books and anthologies in many genres including the Renfairies series, the Maxi/Moxie series and the Dr. Argent books. He was awarded Best Pulp Writer by the 2012 Pulp Ark, Best Steampunk short for 2013 and best fantasy collection for 2010 by Preditors and Editors.
His website it theurbanswashbuckler.com.
AMY GRECH as sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Dead Harvest, Flashes of Hope, Gorefest, Hell’s Heart, Hell’s Highway, Hell’s Mall, Needle Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Scare You To Sleep, Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, The One That Got Away, Thriller Magazine, and many others.
She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in New York. You can connect with Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_grech or visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com.
N.R. (Nancy) Lambert is a speculative fiction author from New York City. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Vastarien, Fireside, Cast of Wonders, PseudoPod, Lovecraft Mythos, and Don’t Turn Out the Lights. She’s also written for Entertainment Weekly, TIME, LIFE, and Tor.com. She was a 2019 U.S. National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at Fire Island National Seashore. In addition to her work as a pop culture author and freelance copywriter, she volunteers with Read Ahead and 826NYC, and teaches creative writing workshops for young writers at The Center for Fiction. Visit her website at www.nrlambert.com.
JONATHAN LEES, while realizing he will never get to read or watch all the desired books and films in his lifetime, is sure making an effort in doing so.
Though he regards himself a hobbyist in all fields, Jonathan is a writer, a photographer, a filmmaker, an animal lover and food eater.
In addition to his professional career as a Video Director, Producer and Editor working with media institutions such as Complex, Viacom, Sundance Channel, AMC and more, he has most enjoyed his side hustle of Director, Programmer, Co-Coordinator and glorified ticket taker at the legendary New York Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tribeca Film Festival and the TromaDance Film Festival. He is currently the Director of Film Programming for StokerCon and its new short film competition, Final Frame.
Although he has been writing since the days he could barely hold a pen, he is now determined to finish what he started and submit himself to a world of rejection slips, internet scorn and the dreaded Amazon review.
ROBERT MASTERSON is a Professor of English in Manhattan, New York City, New York, and divides his time between New York and his home in New Mexico.
His publication record stretches back to the 1970s. He’s had fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and nonfiction published in journals and magazines both in the USA and abroad beginning almost 40 years ago. He has written three books, Trial by Water (Dog Running Wild Press, 1980), Artificial Rats & Electric Cats (Camber Press, 2005), and Garnish Trouble (Finishing Line Press, 2008).
His first real job while still in high school in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was in a print shop and, in some form or another, he has worked in the literary arts as a printer, writer, editor, teacher, “investigative poet,” and investigative reporter. His work as a student, a professor, and a reporter has taken him all over the United States, Japan (to seek out and interview writers and artists who’d survived the atomic bombing in 1945), China (to study Chinese and work as an English Instructor at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, PRC), Ukraine (for a visit to the Chernobyl reactor and a six-week tour of pediatric hospitals to observe the long-term effects of radiation upon a population), and inside maximum security penal institutions in Colorado, New Mexico, and New York to lead creative writing workshops and to start a film series at the Bedford Hills Correctional Institute for Women, Bedford Hills, New York.
JOHN PEEL was born in Nottingham, England, but moved to New York to get married and has lived here happily ever after. He created middle reader horror series “Shockers” and “Foul Play,” as well as writing a number of young adult horror novels, including Shattered and Maniac. He also wrote a few books under the guise of Nicholas Adams. He has written fantasy (the “Diadem” and “Dragonhome” series) and a number of TV tie-ins for shows like Doctor Who, The Outer Limits, and Star Trek. He can be found at: www.john-peel.com or www.Facebook.com/JohnPeelAuthor
LOU RERA writes horror, supernatural crime and all subjects that delve into the darker side of humanity. His work takes a caustic look at the “seedier side of human existence.” He is the author of Sign, a supernatural thriller of deception and murder by Netherworld Books (2014). Lou is an Associate Professor of Communication at SUNY Buffalo State. His teaching expertise is in the area of script development and production for film and television. He is a professional designer, media producer, writer and musician. Lou worked as a producer and line producer for the 2012 short film, Maxed Out. Lou produced a video book trailer and audiobook for his novel, Sign. He has worked as an Art Director for WKBW-TV (ABC), other commercial television projects and corporate clients. He is an experienced music producer, working in studios in Western New York and Los Angeles.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Short Fiction Writers Guild and IMDB. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies, Group Hex Vol 1 and Vol 2. His collection of flash fiction: There are no doors on a cocoon, was published in 2008 by Createspace. His flash fiction has won awards in Art Voice Magazine. Other flash and short story work has been published in Queen City Flash and online publications in The Writer’s Eye, Twisted Dreams and The Flash Fiction Magazine. Lou writes occasional reviews for Horror Novel Reviews. Lou Rera can be found online at http://www.lrera.com.
Lou holds an M.A.H. in Information Design from the University at Buffalo. He lives in Westchester with his wife MaryRuth, a personal chef and their wire-hair fox terrier, Rudy.
KATHLEEN SCHEINER is a freelance writer, editor, copyeditor, and proofreader with a taste for horror and dark fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has done work for Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Pearson, Prometheus Global Media, etc. Her nonfiction has appeared in L’Ecran Fantastique, Toxic, Publishers Weekly, and Dance International, and her novel The Collectors was published in 2013. She’s also a mentor with Girls Write Now, helping high school girls become the next generation of horror writers. You can visit her site at horrorfeminista.com.
STEVEN VAN PATTEN is a celebrated writer and Brooklyn native. His Brookwater’s Curse trilogy features an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. His Killer Genius series is about a hyper intelligent black woman who uses high-end technology as a socially conscious serial killer. The first in the series, Killer Genius: She Kills Because She Cares, was nominated for Best Novel in 2016 in the category of Mystery/Suspense.
SVP’s short fiction includes contributions to horror anthologies like Hell’s Kitties and the Stoker Award nominated New York State of Fright. A collection of short horror and dark fiction stories entitled Hell At The Way Station, published by Laughing Black Vampire Productions and co-authored by acclaimed storyteller, Marc Abbott, is set to hit shelves in 2019. There’s also a children’s book, Rudy’s Night Out, based on the childhood of Rudy Brookwater, the all-too human son of vampire Christian Brookwater.
He can be found on Facebook by name and under @svpthinks on Twitter and Instagram. When he’s not creating macabre literature, he can be found stage managing television shows in New York City and across the USA. Along with being a member of the New York Chapter of The Horror Writer’s Association, he’s also a member of The Director’s Guild of America and professional arts fraternity Gamma Xi Phi. The website home is http://www.laughingblackvampire.com.