Meet the diverse and talented group of creators bringing this project to life!
A.C. Wise is the author of the novella Catfish Lullaby and the collections The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Both Girl and Other Stories. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice being a finalist for the award, and being a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her short stories can be found in places such as Shimmer, Tor.com, and Uncanny. In addition to her fiction, she contributes the Women to Read, and Non-Binary Authors to Read review columns to The Book Smugglers, and reviews short fiction on her own website (www.acwise.net) in the semi-regular Shiny Shorts column, as well as sporadically posting other reviews and author interviews.
Alix E. Harrow
A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. In 2019, she won a Hugo Award for her short fiction and published her first novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, with Orbit/Redhook Books. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.
Andi C. Buchanan
Andi C. Buchanan lives among streams and fault lines just north of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Winner of a Sir Julius Vogel Award for their short story “Girls Who Do Not Drown” (Apex Magazine, 2018), their fiction is also published or forthcoming in Fireside, Kaleidotrope, Glittership, and more. Their 2019 novella, From a Shadow Grave (Paper Road Press), uses a historical murder as a launching point into narratives of multiple possible futures, deploying urban fantasy, historical fiction, time travel and more. You can find Andi on Twitter @andicbuchanan or at www.andicbuchanan.org.
Beth Dawkins lives in Northeast GA with her husband and two dogs. Her fiction has appeared in Flame Tree’s Heroic Fantasy Short Stories, Apex Magazine, and the anthology If This Goes On. She can be found on Twitter @BethDawkins.
Chesya Burke is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She has written and published nearly a hundred fiction works and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, noir and horror. Her story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the country and her novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa, debuted in December, 2015. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison and Samuel Delany called her “a formidable new master of the macabre.”
Chesya received her Master’s degree in African American Studies from Georgia State University.
Damien Angelica Walters
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of The Dead Girls Club, Cry Your Way Home, Paper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s Song, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls. Find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or on her website at http://damienangelicawalters.com.
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, its sequels Cloudbound, and Horizon, her double-starred debut middle grade novel Riverland, and the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary. Her short stories and nonfiction essays appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Nature, and The Washington Post and The New York Times. Fran is Director of the MFA for Genre Writing at Western Colorado University.
Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future in 2003 and has since written everything from celebrity memoirs to techno thrillers. His first YA novel, Project Cain, was nominated for a Stoker Award in 2013. Recent projects include Mary Rose (a ghost story based on an unfinished Hitchcock project) and African Samurai (nonfiction set in feudal Japan), both books optioned for film. Conceived in Venice, born in Germany, and shaped in New Jersey. Geoffrey currently writes and teaches in Ohio.
Jordan Kurella is a queer and disabled author who has lived all over the world (including Moscow and Manhattan). In their past lives, they were a barista, radio DJ, and social worker. Their work has been featured in Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons Magazines. Find them on Twitter at @jskurella.
A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in magazines like 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. His books include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk novella, Buffalo Soldier, the steampunk novel, Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects. 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. Learn more at MauriceBroaddus.com.
Merc Fenn Wolfmoor
Merc Fenn Wolfmoor is a queer non-binary writer who lives in Minnesota. Merc is a Nebula Awards finalist, and their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Uncanny, Nightmare, and several Year’s Best anthologies. You can find Merc on Twitter @Merc_Wolfmoor or their website mercfennwolfmoor.com.
Their debut short story collection, So You Want To Be A Robot, was published by Lethe Press (2017).
Michael Wehunt lives in the woods of Atlanta with his partner and dog. His stories have appeared in multiple best-of anthologies and other well-known haunts. His debut fiction collection, Greener Pastures, shortlisted for the Crawford Award, a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and the winner of Spain’s Premio Amaltea for Foreign Translation, is available from Apex Book Company.
Sabrina Vourvoulias is an award-winning Latina journalist whose work has appeared at PRI’s The World, The Guardian US, Philly.com and Philadelphia Magazine, among others. Her short fiction has appeared at Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, GUD Magazine, Crossed Genres, and Apex Magazine, among others, as well as in numerous anthologies. She is also the author of Ink, a near-future, immigration-centered dystopia which draws on her memories of Guatemala’s armed internal conflict, and of the Latinx experience in the United States. It was named to Latinidad’s Best Books of 2012, and was reissued by Rosarium Publishing in September 2018.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and a dog who believes she is the one ring to rule them all. Follow her on Twitter @followthelede.
Stephanie Malia Morris
Stephanie Malia Morris is a graduate of the 2017 Clarion West Writers Workshop, recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Award, and a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in FIYAH, Apex Magazine, Nightmare, and Pseudopod. She has narrated short fiction for the Escape Artists podcasts, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons. You can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.
There’s a clue in the number of names ZZ Claybourne uses (C.E. Young, C. Young, Zig Zag Claybourne, Thor MF Jones) that ZZ believes writers should have the same privileges as actors to inhabit a delightful variety of roles. He grew up watching The Twilight Zone and considers himself a better person for it. Science fiction, however, is where he calls home. Claybourne lives in Detroit, where he fine tunes a plot for world literary domination. Find him on the web at www.writeonrighton.com.
agnes-cecile (Silvia Pelissero) was born in Rome, Italy, in 1991. She started to draw when she was a child.
When she published her earliest watercolor paintings online, she signed them as “agnes-cecile” for the first time. After attending a fine arts high school, she kept on following her vocation, experimenting with different painting techniques and discovering how to express herself through her images. She soon became popular on social networks, which allowed her to reach a large public globally.
After several solo exhibitions in Rome she joined events, held workshops and took collaborations in different worldwide locations in US, Canada and Europe.
In 2018 she released her first art book, a collection of ten years of work. Find her online at agnescecile.com.
Makaylah Fazzari is a Bay Area based artist specializing in a mix of ink wash and digital. She graduated from California College of the Arts, and her work tends toward figures and portraits with a shadowy, often surreal edge, drawing heavily from film noir, horror, and science fiction. You can find more of her work at makaylahfazzari.com
Justin Stewart is a graphic designer and illustrator who’s done work for Disney, Marvel, Sony, Image Comics, and Graphitti Designs. He’s also the Art Director for the South’s largest-growing show, The Lexington Comic & Toy Convention. Justin’s latest book, Bleed Leaders was successfully funded via Kickstarter and was released in December of 2018. His previous book, Kentucky Kaiju, published by Apex Book Company in 2016, is an illustrated field guide to giant monsters that roam the Bluegrass. Justin has worked as a colorist and designer with artist Jim Mahfood for over 10 years, coloring his art most recently on Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks from Image Comics. He also worked with Jim on IDW’s Miami Vice: Remix, Marvel’s Howard the Human, and Image Comics Marijuanaman with musician Ziggy Marley. Justin also runs and organizes the liveart crew ‘Six Bomb Boards’. Visit him online at justin3000.com.
Lesley Conner is a writer/editor, managing editor of Apex Book Company, and a Girl Scout leader. When she isn’t handling her editorial or Girl Scout leader responsibilities, she’s researching fascinating historical figures, rare demons, and new ways to dispose of bodies, interweaving the three into strange and horrifying tales. Her short fiction can be found in Mountain Dead, Dark Tales of Terror, A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre, as well as other places. Her first novel, The Weight of Chains, was published by Sinister Grin Press in September, 2015. She is the co-editor of two anthologies: Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 and Do Not Go Quietly, both of which she edited with Jason Sizemore. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and is currently working on a new novel. To find out all her secrets, you can follow her on Twitter at @LesleyConner.
Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeast Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He is the author of a collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts titled Irredeemable and the tell-all creative nonfiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. Jason co-edited the successful Do Not Go Quietly anthology with Lesley Conner. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. For more information visit www.jason-sizemore.com or you can find him on Twitter @apexjason.