JAMES CHAMBERS, Chapter Co-Coordinator:
Bram Stoker Award-winning author, James Chambers writes tales of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He is the author of The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published in 2011 by Dark Regions Press which Publisher’s Weekly described as “…chillingly evocative….” He is also the author of the short fiction collection Resurrection House (Dark Regions Press, 2009), the dark, urban fantasy novella, Three Chords of Chaos, as well as The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, volume one and two in his Corpse Fauna novella series. His stories have been published in the anthologies The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible, Bad-Ass Faeries, Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory, Bad Cop No Donut, Barbarians at the Jumpgate, Breach the Hull, By Other Means, Chiral Mad 2, Crypto-Critters (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Dark Furies, The Dead Walk, The Dead Walk Again, Deep Cuts, The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Dragon’s Lure, Fantastic Futures 13, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, Hear Them Roar, Hellfire Lounge, In An Iron Cage, Lost Worlds of Space and Time (Volume 1), Mermaids 13, New Blood, No Longer Dreams, Qualia Nous, Shadows Over Main Street, Sick: An Anthology of Illness, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, So It Begins, The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, To Hell in a Fast Car, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails, and Warfear; the chapbook Mooncat Jack; and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman.
He has also written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and most recently Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Poe Cases, a graphic novel for Moonstone Books, for which he received the Bram Stoker Award.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the current chairperson of its membership committee, and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award. His website is 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 has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Hell’s Heart, Needle Magazine, Psycho Holiday, Real American Horror, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, Thriller Magazine, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City.
She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com. Follow Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_grech.
ERIK T. JOHNSON (erik t [sic] johnson) has published over 50 stories and counting, in magazines ranging from such high-caliber dark fantasy periodicals Electric Velocipede, the British Fantasy Society Journal, Space & Time Magazine, and Tales of the Unanticipated—to high falutin’ venues including Clarion Review, New York Stories, The Ampersand Review, and Structo. He’s been featured in anthologies including You, Human; Qualia Nous; Dead But Dreaming 2, Darker than Noir; and all three award-winning volumes of the Chiral Mad series. Erik was also one of the five contributors to the five-novella collection I Can Taste the Blood (with Josh Malerman, John F.D. Taff, J. Daniel Stone, and Joe Schwartz). In his review of this book at This is Horror, Shane Douglas Keene called Erik a “master of weird fiction.”
Erik published his own collection of short stories, Yes Trespassing, in mid-2017. Among accolades to-date, Unnerving Magazine said “The stories read with an acidic note something akin to Chuck Palahniuk mixed with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle” and added they were “impressed wholly with Yes Trespassing.” Colleague John F.D. Taff, author of Bram-Stoker nominated The End in All Beginnings wrote that “No one writes a line like Erik T. Johnson.”
You never know what Erik’s going to write next, but chances are its unpleasant and potty-mouthed. He’s an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association, PEN America, and the-few-and-not-sure-if-they’re-proud-Brooklyn-Born-and-Bred. Visit www.eriktjohnson.net for more information and news, and follow him on Twitter @YES_TRESPASSING.
CHARIE D. LaMARR is a third generation author on her mother’s side and distantly related to Mary Godwin Shelley on her father’s side. Until now, most of her work has been as a ghostwriter for sports stars, primarily in the world of baseball. At least two of the books she ghosted went to #1 in its category on Amazon and the NY Times Bestseller List. An animated film was made based on those stories. She is most proud of her work with a translator in Teheran, translating Booker Man Award winner Vernon God Little into Persian, assisting the translator in understanding the colloquialisms and “American” aspects of the book, which went to #1 in Iran, where a symposium held at the University of Teheran on the translation.
Her short stories have appeared in more than fifty anthologies, and she has won Editor’s Choice Awards for some of them. She was also the recipient of the New Pulp Award for Best Collection in 2013 and the Preditors and Editors Award for Best Short Story in 2015. A former professional clown, she coined the phrase “Circuspunk” published Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie. The term “Circuspunk” is now on Urban Dictionary. She is currently working on a Circuspunk novella based on Dante’s Inferno. She has written six novels—two of which are in development now—and has another two in various stages of completion. Being bi-polar, she is a part time horror writer and a part time satirist—alternating her work. Her novel Laugh to Death is a horror novel, written for Morbidbooks, and her novel Everybody Wants a Piece of Candi is a satire, written for Wicked Twins Press. Her satire novel The Squid Whores of the Fulton Fish Market was published by JWK.
A New Yorker with a degree in Interior Architecture, she lives with her son Travis, a Shih Tzu named Bailey Corwin and puppy mill rescue Casey Daniel Tibetan Spaniel. Recently feral kitten Gabrielle de Lioncourt joined the family.
N.R. (Nancy) Lambert is a speculative fiction author from New York City. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Fireside, Cast of Wonders, PseudoPod, Lovecraft Mythos, and Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, among others. 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.