As a child growing up in the South with cerebral palsy, Benji Carr developed an eye for the bizarre and quirky, which provided all of the stories he told his friends and family with a bit of flavor. Working as a journalist, storyteller and playwright, his work has been featured in The Guardian, ArtsATL and Pembroke Magazine. Onstage, his pieces have been presented at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Alliance Theatre, and as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in Manhattan. He lives in Atlanta and helps run the online literary magazine, Gutwrench Journal. Impacted is his first novel, coming May 2021 from The Story Plant.
Andy Davidson’s debut novel, In the Valley of the Sun, was a finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, This is Horror’s Novel of the Year, a 2018 Silver Falchion Award, and the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award. His second novel, The Boatman’s Daughter is currently available from MCD x FSG Originals. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi. Born and raised in Arkansas, he makes his home in Georgia, where he teaches college English. He lives with his wife and a bunch of cats.
Crystal O’Leary-Davidson is an English Professor and writing teacher at Middle Georgia State University. She regularly writes, presents, and publishes on horror films, graphic novels in horror, and role playing games for writing and educational purposes. She co-edited Monsters in Film, Fiction, and Fable: The Cultural Links Between the Human and Inhuman (Cambridge Press). A proud Hufflepuff, she still plays Dungeons & Dragons until 2 a.m. She’s married to novelist Andy Davidson, and they have many cats.
Kelley M. Frank is a horror artist and author. She also writes film reviews for Dead, Buried, and Back. She specializes in creepy illustration, as well as abstract work expressing her emotional states. She’s also an asexual witch and an outspoken advocate for the strange and unusual. You can find her online at: MorbidSmile.com
Marlena Frank has always been fascinated with monsters, and now gets to write about them. She has been writing horror and fantasy short stories since 2010 and has had her work published in a number of anthologies, from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly to The Sirens Call. Her YA Dark Fantasy novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, was released in April 2018 from Aurelia Leo. Her debut novel, Stolen, came out January 2019 from The Parliament House Press, and on release day became an Amazon Bestseller in a YA category.
Venessa Giunta is a writer of weird things, an editrix extraordinaire, and a little bit of a nerd. She is a published author, with non-fiction essays, short stories, and the urban fantasy Soul Cavern Series. She is a dedicated viewer of the show Supernatural and was devastated when Sense8 was cancelled (Damn you, Netflix!). She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband — also known as her muse — and three cats who basically rule the house, but won’t pay the mortgage. She’s been called the kind of evil that inspires hugs.
Vicki Greer is an editor who specializes in horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction and romantic suspense. She welcomes new, unpublished and self-published authors as well as more experienced writers! Target ages include YA to adult. In her spare time, she also edits technical articles, primarily in computer science and related disciplines. She’s a Microsoft Word geek, and is always happy to help with formatting issues as well. She’s a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association as well as the HWA. When she’s not editing, she reads (naturally), builds websites, does cross-stitch, and attempts to herd her four cats.
Jamie is a writer, editor, document designer, occasional English professor, and full-time
curmudgeon. He holds a MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University, where he also wrangles cats and occasionally provides information systems support. He lives with his far superior wife, his indefatigable kid, and the platonic ideal of dog.
Lynne Hansen is a horror artist who specializes in book covers. She enjoys using her 20 years of book marketing and promotion experience to create art that tells a story and helps publishers and authors reach the audiences they deserve. Her clients include Cemetery Dance Publications, Thunderstorm Books and Bloodshot Books, as well as folks like New York Times bestselling authors Christopher Golden, Rick Hautala, and Thomas E. Sniegoski. For samples of her work and information on how to commission her, visit LynneHansenArt.com.
Alex Hofelich is Co-Editor of Pseudopod, a weekly horror podcast magazine. It is part of the pro-paying Escape Artists network, which has been delivering weekly short fiction in multiple genres since 2005. He has been involved with PseudoPod since 2009, and edited the anthology For Mortal Things Unsung, which celebrated the first decade of PseudoPod.
Brian Kirk is an author of surreal and psychological horror. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. And his short fiction has been published in several notable magazines and anthologies, such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology, Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders. His latest novel is a work of surreal horror titled Will Haunt You. He wrote the prequel as a creepy-pasta story, titled Obsideo, which you can read for free on his website, briankirkfiction.com.
Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh, and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, and, under pen names Anita Ensal, G.J. Koch, A.E. Stanton, and Jemma Chase, she writes a whole lot more in all the genres out there and in all lengths imaginable. Gini is scared by horror stories but, as J.C. Koch, writes them anyway. In addition to writing about scary things, she also likes to do scary things like pay attention to politics, keep up with the Kardashians, and play the stock market. With hobbies like those, though, she tends to stay hidden under the bed, letting more of the terrors of the mind bleed onto the page, both metaphorically and literally. Due to this, and the plot bunnies hiding there with her, she has scary stories published in a variety of fine e-zines and anthologies, making the terror somewhat worth it. Gini is the Past President of the Atlanta HWA chapter.
Dawn Major received her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Etowah Valley Writing Program at Reinhardt University, a Creative Writing Certification from Emory Continuing Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kennesaw State University. In 2020, she completed a mentorship through the Horror Writers Association with Tim Waggoner. She was previously awarded a fellowship as the assistant literary editor of the James Dickey Review. In 2019, her nonfiction piece “White Trash” won the Dr. Robert Driscoll Award for Excellence in Writing on Regional Themes and her short story “Nativity” won the Faculty Choice Award from her MFA program also for Excellence in Writing. Her published work may be found in Five Points-A Journal of Literature and Art, James Dickey Review, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Sanctuary Journal, and Family Life Publications. She recently finished her first novel, titled The Bystanders.
Nathan “Nate” McCullough
Nathan McCullough is a veteran journalist, editor and writer who has worked in the Atlanta area for more than 20 years. As a newspaper columnist, he is the winner of both the Georgia Press Association’s Joe Parham Trophy for Humor and the Otis A. Brumby Trophy. His first fiction story appeared in the Mini Anthology from Alban Lake Publishing in 2019, his novella/short story collection, Drag You Down, debuted in 2020, and he serves on the staff of Ginger Nuts of Horror. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and lives in Stone Mountain.
Jessica Nettles decided to be a writer at age 12 not knowing that this choice would take her on a lifelong, but amazing journey to find voice and learn craft. When you’re a kid, you don’t know much. She has written many short stories, some of which can be found on the Internet if you are strong in the way of Google-Fu. Her first novel, Children of Menlo Park, will be released in 2021 by Falstaff Books, and her second novel, Kudzu Ridge, will be finished by then as well (she hopes). Jessica has two wonderful adult children who share her love of the fantastic and D&D, and two black cats who will be so glad when her first novel is published because it will mean more food for them. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. She is also on the board of the Broadleaf Writers Association and serves as the volunteer coordinator for the association’s annual writing conference. When she’s not writing, knitting, or playing D&D, she teaches English Composition at a local technical college.
D.C. Phillips is the author of Frightful Fables, the tales that leave you screaming for more! He has received praise for his dynamic and darkly ironic style, which has been described as “Flannery O’Connor meets ‘Tales From the Crypt.'” As a native of Atlanta, Georgia, D.C. cites Southern culture and classic horror as two of his major influences.
David Powell’s day jobs have run the gamut from studio musician to farmhand to theatre director, but the fuel he runs on is always storytelling. He seeks out the little pockets where things whimsical, dreadful, or pitch-black hide. You can read his work in such places as Close 2 the Bone, Yellow Mama, Black Petals, Shotgun Honey, Calliope, and HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. 6.
Mathew W. Quinn
Matthew W. Quinn grew up in Marietta, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a dual degree in magazine journalism and history, he had an extensive career in Atlanta media before moving onto social-studies education. Throughout all of this, he has written science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His first sale was the short horror tale “I am the Wendigo” to the webzine Chimaera Serials and he later wrote licensed fiction for the BattleTech science fiction universe. 2017 saw the publication of his horror novel The Thing in the Woods, while 2019 saw the publication of his horror-comedy novella Little People, Big Guns and his military fantasy novel Battle For the Wastelands.
Vanessa Reid is an English teacher who may encourage the minds of tomorrow to embrace horror in order to start an army of tiny speculative fiction writers. When she is not making her 6th graders watch The Twilight Zone, she writes dark fiction about female-identifying characters struggling with the existential angst of being women. She is also the author of “Sonny Boy” which was featured in Read By Dawn: Volume III. Reid lives in Atlanta with an adorably macabre family, an evil cat named Moreland, and a dog who is just trying to avoid his wrath.
Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon’s second novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for Young Adult fiction. His poem ‘Electricity and Language and Me’ appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop. He founded both National Dark Poetry Day (Oct. 7) and the Horror Poetry Showcase for the HWA and was the Editor for the first poetry collections released by the HWA.
Kitty Sarkozy is a speculative fiction writer, actor and robot girlfriend. She is Associate Editor of Pseudopod, an award-winning weekly horror podcast in the Escape Artists network. Kitty is an alumnus of Superstars Writing Seminar and a member of David Farland’s Apex Writers Group. Several large cats allow her to live with them in Marietta GA, She enjoys tending the extensive gardens, where she hides the bodies. For a list of her publications, acting credits or to engage her services on your next project go to kittysarkozy.com.
Tony Sarrecchia is a storyteller whose tales include the award-winning Harry Strange Radio Drama, Lady Sherlock Holmes (in preproduction), and Scarlett Hood (in preproduction); all full-cast radio productions. He’s also written TV pilots, feature films, novellas, and short stories. In 2017 he was hired to write radio-drama adaptations of Jeremiah Willstone in A Choir of Demons, an Anthony Francis short story, as well as The Probability Broach, based on L. Niel Smith’s novel The Probability Broach. During the same time, he has had two short stories published and performed in audio format.
David Simpson is a multi award winning writer with ten #1 best sellers on Amazon. He’s an Army veteran, former repoman and a car guy that has held world records for endurance racing. During the Covid pandemic he started trucking again to haul medical supplies into the hardest hit areas on the east coast. He’s married, has a bunch of great kids and has just finished principal shooting for a Zombie Road film trailer that will hopefully be picked up by one of the networks to be developed into a TV series.
Jeff Strand is a four-time nominee (and zero-time winner, but c’mon, he lost to Stephen King TWICE!) of the Bram Stoker Award. He is a two-time nominee and one-time WINNER!!!! of the Splatterpunk Award. His novels are usually classified as horror, but they’re really all over the place, almost always with a great big dose of humor. He’s written five young adult novels that all fall into the “really goofy comedy” category.
Can Wiggins keeps folk and fairy tales close and mythology closer, side by side with horror and SF from the Golden Age to the Digital Days. She was first published in noir zine “Hardluck Stories”; followed by stories in anthos from Planet X Publications, including “Test Patterns, Vol. I”, “Caravans Awry!”; “The Phantasmagorical Promenade”; “32 Horses On a Vermilion Hill, Vol. 2”; “Strange Stories From the Sea”; and “Test Patterns: Weird Westerns”. She has a Weird tale in Duane Pesice’s anthology tribute to the late Joe Pulver, “Nightmares in Yellow, Vol. 2.,” and a story in folk horror anthology “A Walk In A Darker Wood.” She has worked in film and stage in Georgia. A proofreader/editor, she has had stints at CNN/TBS, Reuters, Greenville News, and alternative publications since the 90s.
Jessica Ann York
Jessica Ann York is a horror writer whose debut short story is forthcoming in Vastarien: A Literary Journal. She currently serves as the Content Editor of the official Text Request blog and as an Associate Editor at PseudoPod. Her fiction centers around women who take comfort in using the macabre as a window to understanding their daily anxieties. Through writing and research, she’s come to love the things that used to scare her (like the three baby tarantulas she’s raising).