SCOTT K. ANDREWS (Apocalypse, Town) has written episode guides, magazine articles, film and book reviews, comics, audio plays for Big Finish, far too many blogs, some poems you will never read, and three novels for Abaddon. He was recently thrown out of his secret base, which was hidden within the grounds of an elite public school and served as a front for his nefarious schemes to take over the world. He is currently in search of a new secret base. A cave would be nice. Or a volcano, perhaps.
@scottkandrews | blog | books
MAGNUS ANDERSON (Apocalypse) lives and writes in London. He has made numerous appearances on Lollards of Pop on Resonance FM, discussing gaming and pop culture, and devised a cryptic treasure hunt which was published by Big Finish as part of a Bernice Summerfield anthology. He is currently working on a book due for publication in 2012.
TIFFANI ANGUS (Irregularity)
MARC APLIN (1853) won British titles in Mixed Martial Arts, by both submission and knockout inside a cage. He was forced to retire in 2010 with a serious back injury. Since then he has picked up a pen and decided to try his hand at this writing malarkey. He still questions which is easier.
@fantasyfaction | website
JANINE ASHBLESS ("Reading Between the Lines") is best known for her dark fantasy erotica, with nine novels and short story collections published by HarperCollins, Random House and others. She is co-editor of the Geek Love anthology.
CHRYSANTHY BALIS (Apocalypse, Town) is an award-winning screenwriter, best known for her adaptation of Asylum, starring Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen. A graduate of USC's Master in Writing program, she has taught screenwriting for Baselevs Studio in Moscow and continues to teach at UCLA's Writers' Program. Her first script, "The Wheat Field" won the Diane Thomas Award for Best Screenplay in 1995.
ROBERT JACKSON BENNETT (Thy Kingdom Come) won the Shirley Jackson award for his debut, Mr/ Shivers as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence for the Philip K. Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His third and fourth novels, The Troupe and American Elsewhere are out now to wide acclaim.
@robertjbennett | website
LAUREN BEUKES (Apocalypse) is an author, TV script writer, comics writer, documentary maker and recovering journalist who occasionally falls off the wagon. She is the author of The Shining Girls,Moxyland and Zoo City, as well as one of the writers of Fairest, the Fables spin-off series from Vertigo. Zoo City won the Red Tentacle on its way to picking up the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award. The Shining Girls was a Richard & Judy Book Club choice, and the winner of the British Fantasy Award, as well as a finalist for the Romantic Times' Book of the Year, GoodReads' Readers Choice Award and the CWA's Golden Dagger.
@laurenbeukes | blog | books
ROSE BIGGIN (Rite of Spring, Irregularity, Stocking Stuffer 2014) writes stories and plays, and once won a poetry slam by accident. A wild peacock lives on her street and eats out of her hand sometimes.
ARCHIE BLACK (Apocalypse, Smoke, The Lowest Heaven, Stocking Stuffer 2011, Town, Stocking Stuffer 2012, "Uncle Smoke", Big Jim's Shadow, Irregularity) lives and works in London.Her published fiction includes stories about pigeons, bugs, fearsome maiden aunts, secret agents, Lovecraftian monsters and serial killers.
@archnoir | blog
ALIETTE DE BODARD (Smoke) is a computer engineer who lives in Paris--in her spare time, she indulges in her love of mythology and history by writing speculative fiction. She is the author of the Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, published by Angry Robot. Her short fiction has garnered her a BSFA Award in addition to a Hugo and Nebula nomination.
@aliettedb | blog | books
MAURICE BROADDUS (Book of the Dead) was originally born in London, England, but has lived in America most of his life. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Purdue University in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) and comes from a family that includes several practicing obeah (think: Jamaican voodoo) people. He whiles away his days as a freelance writer (including as a senior writer for HollywoodJesus.com) and ministry worker. He is the author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy (Angry Robot Books) and the editor of the Dark Faith anthologies for Apex.
@MauriceBroaddus | blog | books
DAVID BRYHER (Apocalypse, Lost Souls, The Lowest Heaven, Book of the Dead) David Bryher makes his living surfing in the wake of the greatest television programme ever made. As well as being a regular writer for Doctor Who Magazine, he's written a Doctor Who chapter book and co-written The Brilliant Books of Doctor Who 2011 and 2012. His earlier work includes editing an anthology for Big Finish's Short Trips series, and contributing stories to several others. He is currently working on several projects, all of them secret. So hush.
@davidbryher | blog
JESSE BULLINGTON (Book of the Dead) spent his childhood exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania and reading everything he could lay his grubby mitts across. He is possessed of an excitable, ferret-like temperament, and is fond of good food, quality cinema, enjoyable books, pleasant music, scenic constitutionals, and an occasional spot of your favorite beverage. Jesse is the author of The Brothers Grossbart, The Enterprise of Death and The Folly of the World.
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GAIL CARRIGER (Book of the Dead) writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage.
@gailcarriger | blog | books
BECKY CHAMBERS (Stocking Stuffer 2014) writes science fiction, essays, and anything she's hired for. Her debut novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, is available now in ebook and paperback. Like most internet people, she has a website.
@backysaysrawr | blog
PAUL CORNELL (Book of the Dead) a writer of SF and fantasy in prose, comics and television, and one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media. He wrote three episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman & Robin and Superman in Action Comics for DC, and a mature readers series for Vertigo, Saucer Country. His first urban fantasy novel, London Falling, about a modern undercover police unit in London accidentally becoming able to see dark magic and monsters, is now out from Tor in the US and UK.
@paul_cornell | blog | work
KIM CURRAN (Glaze, Irregularity) was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. She got her first typewriter at eight, and it was all downhill from there. Her young adult trilogy: Shift, Control and Delete is out now from Angry Robot Books.
@kimecurran | blog
JOSEPH D'LACEY (Town) was born in London and has spent most of his life in the midlands. He is the author of Meat, Garbage Man, The Kill Crew and Snake Eyes. Meat earned Joseph The British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009. By day he runs an acupuncture practice - sticking needles into people and making little dolls scream. Between victims he writes all manner of disturbing fiction. He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and daughter.
@JosephDLacey | blog | books
RICHARD DE NOOY (Ash, Irregularity, Stocking Stuffer 2014) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for more than 25 years. He worked as a crockery salesman, data typist, lab assistant, bouncer, cartoonist and translator, all of which prepared him for his career as a novelist. He writes in both English and Dutch. His first novel, Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot, won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book in 2008. He has published two further acclaimed novels (in English and Dutch) since then.
@richarddenooy | blog | website
NERINE DORMAN (Ash) currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers with whom she has worked include Lyrical Press, Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). She has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, and print production management within a below-the-line marketing environment. Her book reviews, as well as travel, entertainment and lifestyle editorial regularly appear in national newspapers. A few of her interests include music, travel, history, Egypt, art, photography, psychology, philosophy, magic and the natural world.
@nerinedorman | blog
PAUL M FORD (Stocking Stuffer 2014) spent far too long chained to the corporate treadmill trying to ‘sex-up’ mortgages and over-complicated savings schemes. Having broken free, he writes magazine articles, plays and stories when he’s not copywriting and fills his spare time (hah!) acting, singing, directing and occasionally being looked after by his 9 year old daughter. Still hasn’t quite worked out what he wants to be when he grows up...
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER (Smoke) was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi award-winning author of thirty novels and ten short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was Roofworld. Subsequent novels include Spanky, Disturbia, Psychoville and Calabash. He has released a terrible Christmas pop single, become a male model, written a stage show, posed as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, run a night club, appeared in the Pan Books of Horror, and stood in for James Bond.
@peculiar | blog | books
CHRISTIAN FOX (Crossroads) is a regular poetry reviewer for Assent and his stories can also be found at SWAMP. Christian loves fairy tales, body horror, black comedy and science fiction and does his best to stick all of these together in his works. He is currently working on a novel about family, memory, regret and mad scientists.
MICHELLE GOLDSMITH (Smoke) is a science graduate residing in Melbourne, Australia, who works as an editorial assistant and is currently completing a Masters degree in writing and publishing. She is also a writer (mostly of short fiction) whose work often inhabits the shady borderlands between genres. All in all, this makes her a confused and contrary individual, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
@vilutheril | blog | more blog
LAURA GRAHAM (1853) is a Japanese graduate, tuba player, and dabbler in all things writing. She has a habit of putting pirates in everything, and is a bit of a history nut. She is also a proud Scot.
@lorgraham | blog
JONATHAN GREEN (Smoke, Book of the Dead, 1853) has more than fifty books to his name. Well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks, and numerous Black Library publications, he has also written fiction for such diverse properties as Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Sonic the Hedgehog and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jonathan is the creator of the Pax Britannia series for Abaddon Books and has written eight novels set within this alternative steampunk universe, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver.
@jonathangreen | blog | books
LOUIS GREENBERG (Book of the Dead) is a freelance editor and writer. After a childhood focussed on staying out of trouble, he studied English and History and qualified with a Master's degree on sex and family in vampire fiction. Later he returned to university for a doctorate on the post-religious apocalyptic fiction of Douglas Coupland. His first novel, The Beggars' Signwriters (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He compiled and edited Home Away (2010), a collaboration by 24 writers set in a single, global day. His dystopian thriller, Dark Windows, will be published in 2014. Under the name S.L. Grey, he co-writes horror-thrillers with Sarah Lotz, zombie queen of the south.
@louisgreenberg | blog | books
S.L. GREY (Apocalypse, The Lowest Heaven) is a South African duo writing thriller novels under a pseudonym. One half of S.L. Grey worked in a bookselling chain for 13 years, and gained an MA in Vampire Fiction. The other has animated horror films, won an award for South African fiction and written a love poem to a zombie. Their first book, The Mall was published by Corvus in 2011, followed by The Ward (2012) and The New Girl (2013).
@slgreyauthor | blog
JON COURTENAY GRIMWOOD (Apocalypse, The Lowest Heaven) as born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Felaheen, the third of his novels featuring Asraf Bey, a half-Berber detective, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. So did End of the World Blues, about a British sniper on the run from Iraq and running an Irish bar in Tokyo. The Fallen Blade, the first of three novels set in an alternate 15th-century Venice was published in US in January 2011 & UK and Australia in February 2011. The Outcast Blade, his second book in the sequence, was released in April 2012 and the series concludes in 2013 with with The Exiled Blade. His latest novel is The Last Banquet (Canongate, 2013).
@joncg_novelist | blog | books
SIMON GUERRIER (Irregularity) created and wrote the science-fiction series Graceless, broadcast on Radio 4 Extra. He's also written Blake's 7 (again for Radio 4 Extra) and over 40 audio plays for Big Finish Productions, including Doctor Who. He's currently producing a documentary for Radio 3 about Oliver Cromwell's wife and writing poo jokes for Horrible Histories magazine.
NICK HARKAWAY (Irregularity) won the Oxfam Emerging Writers Prize at the Hay Festival in 2012. He was also awarded The Kitschies' Red Tentacle (for the year's most intelligent, interesting and progressive novel with speculative elements). He is the author of three novels - Tigerman, Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World - and a non-fiction book about technology and human social and political agency called The Blind Giant. Before he began writing novels he was a notably unsuccessful screenwriter and a truly hopeless martial artist. He likes red wine, deckled edges and most of Italy, and lives in London with his wife and two children.
@harkaway | website
MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY (The Lowest Heaven, Book of the Dead) is the Nebula-nominated author of the dark fantasy/alt-history novel Queen of Kings as well as the internationally bestselling memoir The Year of Yes. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Subterranean, Glitter and Mayhem and more, and in the 2013 editions of The Year's Best Fantasy & Science Fiction and The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror. Most recently, with Neil Gaiman, she co-edited the young adult monster anthology Unnatural Creatures.
@MARIADAHVANA | website
WILL HILL (Town, Book of the Dead, "Deakins Boys") is an author. Which means he spends long periods of time staring out of windows, playing computer games, checking emails, Tweeting and generally inventing new and unusual ways to actually avoid typing any words.
@WillHillAuthor | blog | books
ERIN HORÁKOVÁ (Stocking Stuffer 2014) is a southern American writer who lives in London with her partner. She's working towards her literature PhD at Queen Mary. It describes how 'charm' evolves over time. Erin reviews for Strange Horizons, and her journalistic and academic writing has also appeared in a variety of other venues.
@ehorakova | blog
CHARLIE HUMAN (Apocalypse, Ash) is a writer from Cape Town. His first novel, Apocalypse Now Now (Century) featured a porn-peddling teenager, a disturbed military veteran and an ancient mantis exoskeleton with the power to rend dimensions. Yes, it's true what they say; the first novel is always autobiographical. (And the second novel, Kill Baxter, is even weirder.)
TOM HUNTER (Apocalypse) is the current director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature. As such he saw this whole apocalypse thing coming ages ago, which is why he borrowed Sir Arthur's genius satellite idea and is now safely watching the world end from orbit. Wait, hang on, there's a problem with the pod bay doors... Be right back.
@clarkeaward | facebook
KAMERON HURLEY (The Lowest Heaven) is an award-winning, Nebula nominated writer currently living in Ohio. She is the author of the Bel Dame Apocrypha, comprising the books God's War, Infidel and Rapture, and The Mirror Empire. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and EscapePod.
@kameronhurley | blog
MATT JONES (The Lowest Heaven) has written for several BBC drama series including Doctor Who, Torchwood and Dirk Gently. He is the author of two novels, several short stories and has been a columnist for Doctor Who Magazine and Gay Times. He was a television producer for over a decade, producingShameless for the first four series, as well as crossing the Atlantic to produce the American version ofSkins for MTV. he lives in Clapham and writes full time.
JOHN J. JOHNSTON (The Book of the Dead, Unearthed, The Good Shabti) is Vice-Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society. He is currently undertaking research on Ptolemaic mortuary beliefs and practices for his PhD at UCL, although his research interests encompass the reception of ancient Egypt in popular culture, sexuality in the ancient world and the history of Egyptology. He has lectured extensively on all of these topics throughout the UK and abroad and has contributed to the DVD/BD releases of two gloriously restored Hammer mummy films. In addition writing to a number of reception-based articles, he is co-editor of Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Literary Linguistic Approaches (Peeters, 2011) and A Good Scribe and an Exceedingly Wise Man: studies in honour of W.J. Tait (Golden House, In press).
DAMIEN KELLY (Big Jim's Shadow) is a writer and psychology lecturer living in the untamed wilderness of the northwest of Ireland. Married to a beautiful pathologist, and with two precocious children to fret over, the horror practically writes itself. Season of the Macabre, a collection of wintery chillers, is published by Monico, an imprint of Clarion Publishing. You can read a selection of stories at http://damosays.com or a long line of expletives on Twitter at @damosays.
ALEXIS KENNEDY (Smoke) is Chief Narrative Officer of Failbetter Games, a little indie developer that builds delicious little digital fiction projects. That means he doesn't get as much time to write as he'd like.
@alexiskennedy | blog
KIM LAKIN-SMITH (Apocalypse) wrote Tourniquet, the first book in her 'Tales From The Renegade City' series and was delighted to find a home for it with Immanion Press. Cyber Circus, was released in September 2011 from NewCon Press and is a finalist for the BSFA and British Fantasy awards. Her latest book, Queen Rat, is a steampunk young adult adventure, and came out in March 2012. Kim lives on the first floor of a Victorian gothic mansion house with her mini demon of a daughter and dark lord of a husband.
@kimlakinsmith | blog | books
SARAH ANNE LANGTON (Smoke) draws things, writes and scribbles a lot about comics. Qualified Astronaut. Part time archaeologist. Full time geek. Sarah has worked as an Illustrator for Hodder & Stoughton, Forbidden Planet, EA Games, The Cartoon Network, Sony, Marvel Comics and a wide variety of music events. Written and illustrated for Jurassic London, Fox Spirit, NewCon Press, Anachron Press and ‘The Fizzy Pop Vampire‘ series. Daylights as Web Mistress for the worlds largest sci-fi and fantasy website. Her work has featured on io9, Clutter Magazine, Laughing Squid and Creative Review.
@xhellosarahx | blog
REBECCA LEVENE (Smoke) has been a writer and editor for fifteen years. In that time she has storylined Emmerdale, written children's books, science fiction, horror, a beginner's guide to poker and the epic fantasy series beginning with Smiler's Fair (2014). She has also edited a range of media tie-in books.
TOM LOOCK (Fire) may have been a writer, book editor, translator, bookshop owner, national newspaper editor, publisher of RPGs based on the works of Tolkien, Lovecraft & Moorcock, and Lieutenant Commander in the 3rd Liechtenstein Space Corps at one time or no other.
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SARAH LOTZ (Smoke) is a screenwriter with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. She's also the 'S' part of horror writer persona S.L. Grey - author Louis Greenberg making up the other, better behaved half - and has published a young adult zombie series, Deadlands, written with her daughter Savannah, under the name Lily Herne. When she's not hiding behind pseudonyms she writes a comedic legal thriller series for Penguin SA and her novel The Three is out now from Hodder & Stoughton. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.
ROGER LUCKHURST (Book of the Dead, Irregularity) is usually found crouching over a laptop writing cultural histories of supernatural things, such as The Invention of Telepathy and The Mummy's Curse: A True History of a Dark Fantasy. He comes out at night, mostly, to teach Gothic literature at Birkbeck College, University of London.
HARRY MARKOV (Fire) has no difficulty is devouring written words, only to sit down and create some himself. He is a former child-author wannabe, who has settled for patience in order to gain at least a moderate understanding of the secret lives of novels and short stories. When not writing fiction, Harry Markov reviews and writes articles for Pornokitsch, The Portal, Beyond Victoriana, Innsmouth Free Pressand World SF Blog among others.
@HarryMarkov | blog
SOPHIA MCDOUGALL (Apocalypse, "Not the End of the World", The Lowest Heaven) is the author of the Romanitas trilogy, published by Orion and Gollancz. The final volume, Savage City, was released in May 2011. Her short stories have been published by Jurassic London, Solaris and NewCon. Her first novel for children, Mars Evacuees, will be published by Egmont and HarperCollins in 2014.
@McDougallSophia | blog
MARTIN MCGRATH (Big Jim's Shadow) grew up in Northern Ireland back in the days when the only regular tourists wore khaki and went everywhere in armoured cars. He has published about twenty stories in various magazines and anthologies, including Albedo One and Solaris Rising 2. He has spent most of his career working for various British trade unions as a journalist and editor but is now a part-time lecturer. He writes a bit about sf and other stuff at www.mmcgrath.co.uk, tweets as @martinmcgrath and he is the administrator of the James White Award short story competition. He lives in St Albans where he spends his days annoying his daughter by singing loudly. He has a beautiful singing voice, despite what she says.
GLEN MEHN (Smoke, Book of the Dead, Stocking Stuffer 2012) still gets funny looks at the Brixton Library when taking out a comic, something from the sci-fi shelf, and a Booker short-lister. Originally from New Orleans, he now lives in London (after living in San Francisco, Kampala, and Lusaka), running a nonprofit in East London that helps people start and grow new ventures that use technology to create social impact. This doesn't give him nearly enough time to read or write, but we're working on that. One of these days, he's going to do a PhD.
@gmehn | blog
Born in the Colonies, DAVID THOMAS MOORE (Smoke, Book of the Dead) overcame the natural deficiencies of his condition to rise to a mediocre station in life in the Capital, and then, upon marrying, to a small artisan's cottage in the Counties. He is a tall, sturdy man of unexceptional bearing, but keeps his person tolerably tidy. He has two suits of his own, and will not accept a position that requires him to handle laundry.
@abaddondave | blog
SIMON MORDEN (Thy Kingdom Come, The Lowest Heaven) is the author of five published novels, two short story collections and a novella. The Lovecraftian-tinged Another War (Telos) was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award, The Lost Art (David Fickling Books) was shortlisted for the Catalyst Award, and the Metrozone trilogy - Equations of Life, <Theories of Flight and Degrees of Freedom (Orbit) - won the 2011 Philip K Dick Award. He was also part of the winning team for the Rolls Royce Science Prize in 2009.
LOU MORGAN (Apocalypse, Book of the Dead) has plenty of experience when it comes to making things up: just ask her son about the Plughole Monsters who live under the bathroom sink. Her short stories have been published by the British Fantasy Society, Morpheus Tales and Hub Magazine. Her debut novel, Blood and Feathers, was published by Solaris Books in 2012. She lives in Brighton, and probably won't mind the arrival of the apocalypse too much - as long as it wipes its feet on the way in.
@LouMorgan | blog
MARK CHARAN NEWTON (The Lowest Heaven, The Reef) is a geek, environmentalist and whisky blogger. He's also the author of the four book Legends of the Red Sun series and the upcoming Drakenfeld mysteries from Pan Macmillan.
@MarkCN | site
SARAH NEWTON (Book of the Dead) is a writer of science-fiction and fantasy roleplaying games and fiction, including Monsters & Magic, the upcoming old-school fantasy roleplaying game, Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth and Burn Shift, the post-apocalyptic setting for Fate Core. She's also the author of the Mindjammer transhuman space opera novel and numerous short stories. Sarah lives in rural France with her legendarily patient husband, an out-of-tune piano and numerous farmyard animals.
@SarahJNewton | blog | work
CLAIRE NORTH (Irregularity) is a pseudonym for Kate Griffin, who is actually Catherine Webb. All of these people are a London-based, fantasy and science fiction writer with a fondness for urban wonders and Thai food, who also works as a theatre lighting designer.
JONATHAN OLIVER (Apocalypse, Town) is the editor-in-chief of Solaris and Abaddon books and the author of Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos and The Wrath of Kerberos. He is the editor of the The End of The Line and House of Fear anthologies.
@JonOlivereditor | blog
S.A. PARTRIDGE (Rite of Spring) lives in Cape Town and is the author of the award-winning The Goblet Cup, Fuse, Dark Poppy's Demise, and, most recently, Sharp Edges. She also does awesome things with Lego.
@sapartridge | blog | books
DEN PATRICK (Apocalypse, Book of the Dead, Stocking Stuffer 2011, Town, Stocking Stuffer 2012) was born in Dorset in 1975. He has at various times been a comics editor and letterer, a book seller, a burlesque reviewer and freelance writer. Den's fantasy series will be coming out in late 2013, published by Gollancz.
@Den_Patrick | blog
MARTIN PETTO (Rite of Spring) is a poacher turned gamekeeper. He lives in London and has never engaged in this kind of thing before.
TOM POLLOCK (Apocalypse) has been making up monsters for years, the fact that his debut urban fantasy novel, The City's Son (Jo Fletcher Books) is out just means he now gets to do it for money. The creatures he's shamelessly prevaricated about include ghosts, angels and teenagers, so when he was asked by the editors to write about the end of the world it seemed like a natural fit. He lives and writes in London.
@tomhpollock | blog
ANDY REMIC (Apocalypse) is the author of many fantasy and SF novels, currently - Spiral, Quake, Warhead,War Machine, Biohell, Hardcore, Kell's Legend, Soul Stealers, Cloneworld, Serial Killers, Incorporated andVampire Warlords. He has an unhealthy love of chainsaws and has sometimes been accused of literature.
@andyremic | blog
ALASTAIR REYNOLDS (The Lowest Heaven) was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap, Diamond Dogs andCentury Rain were shortlisted for the BSFA and Chasm City won the BSFA.
@AquilaRift | blog
ADAM ROBERTS (Smoke, "A voyage from World to World, 1726", The Lowest Heaven, The Book of the Dead, The Brick Moon, Irregularity) was born two-thirds of the way through the last century. He is a writer of science fiction, and a professor of nineteenth-century literature, and he lives a little way west of London. His most recent novels are By Light Alone and Jack Glass.
@arrroberts | blog | books
HENRIETTA ROSE-INNES (Irregularity) is a writer based in Cape Town. Her most recent novel, Nineveh, was published in South Africa in 2011, following a short-story collection, Homing (2010), and two earlier novels: Shark's Egg (2000) and The Rock Alphabet (2004). A new novel, Green Lion,
which deals partially with species loss, will be published in early 2015. Henrietta is the recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing and the South African PEN Literary Award, and in 2012, her short story 'Sanctuary' took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition.
ESTHER SAXEY (Smoke, The Lowest Heaven, Rite of Spring) moved to London for the queer nightlife and stayed for the wildlife (foxes, parakeets and Tube Mice). Esther's nonfiction publications have tackled Victorian ghosts and contemporary vampires.
ROBERT SHARP (Crossroads, The Good Shabti) lives in London, where he spends his days campaigning for the free speech charity English PEN. In his spare time he teaches bad habits to his kids, and runs an unfocused and under-read blog.
@robertsharp59 | blog
JAMES SMYTHE (The Lowest Heaven, Irregularity) is the author of The Testimony, The Explorer, The Echo, No Harm Can Come to a Good Man and The Machine. The Testimony was the winner of the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Award and The Machine was a finalist for both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and The Kitschies. He has written narratives for video games and teaches Creative Writing.
M. SUDDAIN (Irregularity) is a journalist and author who has written for Sunday, The Guardian, McSweeney's, Vice, Five Dials, Opium, BBQ Aficionado, Popular Tree, The Singular Gentleman, Caravan & UFO, Fancier Financier and The Onion. Several of these publications do not exist. His first novel, Theatre of the Gods, was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2013.
STUART SUFFEL (Big Jim's Shadow) also writes under the name David Dulkse. He lives in the heart of nowhere, a place he has always felt at home. Having finished his first potentially publishable novel last autumn he decided to take up short story writing, mostly to quieten the accusatory stares of his long suffering (and imaginary) better half. Part one of his first novel will be published soon.
E.J. SWIFT (The Lowest Heaven, Irregularity) - E. J. Swift's debut novel Osiris was published by Night Shade Books and Del Rey UK, and is the first in a trilogy: The Osiris Project. Her short story "The Complex" published by Interzone magazine, was included in the anthology The Best British Fantasy 2013. When not writing, she is kept busy as a slave to cats and an afficionado of the trapeze.
@Catamaroon | blog
SAM SYKES (Town) currently lives in the United States with his two hounds and, at any given time, is probably yelling at something inanimate. The Aeon's Gate is his first series, but far from his last. At 25, Sam Sykes is in an excellent position to provide entertainment while other authors are dying from various infections and stress-related illnesses. Sam Sykes looks forward to being one of the sole providers of fantasy entertainment, assuming no other authors are actually discovered in the next forty years.
@SamSykesSwears | blog | books
MOLLY TANZER (Book of the Dead) lives in Boulder, Colorado along the front range of the Mountains of Madness, or maybe just the Flatirons. A writer and editor, her work has appeared in Future Lovecraft,Strange Horizons, Runnning with the Pack, The Lion and the Aardvark and many other anthologies and magazines. Her debut collection, A Pretty Mouth is out now from Lazy Fascist Press.
@molly_the_tanz | blog | work
ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY ("Reading Between the Lines") was born in Lincolnshire, studied and trained in Reading and now lives in Leeds. He is known for the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, starting withEmpire in Black and Gold. His hobbies include stage-fighting and tabletop, live and online role-playing.
LAVIE TIDHAR (Smoke, The Lowest Heaven, Ash) is the author of the Bookman Histories trilogy of steampunk novels and the ground-breaking alternative history novels Osama and The Violent Century, as well as novellas Jesus & The Eightfold Path, Cloud Permutations and others, and many short stories. He currently lives in London.
@lavietidhar | blog books
JENNI VAN DER MERWE (Smoke) is a South African freelance writer, bookworm and self-taught Vogon poetry expert. Jenni's love of fiction stems from a childhood filled with classic novels and incredible literature, coupled with an imagination not often understood by modern medicine. Jenni has spent six years working in various forms of media, including radio, television and print.
@jennivdmerwe | @momo_ink | blog
JAMES WALLIS (Smoke) has written fifteen books and more short stories than he cares to remember for publishers including Penguin, Puffin, Virgin and the Black Library. He's a former Sunday Times journalist, TV presenter and film publicist, and was managing editor of Bizarre magazine for its first two years. James is also an award-winning designer and publisher of tabletop and role-playing games including the card game Once Upon A Time (Atlas Games) and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen(Magnum Opus Press), named as one of the "millennium's best games" by Pyramid Magazine. He lives in London with his wife and 1D4-1 children
@jameswallis | blog
KAARON WARREN (Smoke, The Lowest Heaven) is an award-winning author with seven works of fiction in print. Her three short story collections are The Grinding House, The Glass Woman, Through Splintered andDead Sea Fruit. Her novels are Slights, Walking the Tree and Mistification. She's lived in Melbourne, Sydney and Fiji and now lives in Canberra, Australia, with her family.
@KaaronWarren | blog | books
MICHAEL E. WEST (Book of the Dead) is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the Legacy of the Gods series. A member of the Horror Writers Association and Indiana Horror Writers, where he serves as President, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory from Indiana University, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications.
@byMichaelWest | blog | books
IAN WHATES (Crossroads) lives in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village with his long-suffering partner Helen and assorted pets. He is the author of two novel series: the City of 100 Rows via Angry Robot and the Noise books via Solaris, and more than 40 published short stories, two of which have been shortlisted for 'Best Short Story' in the BSFA Awards. His second collection, Growing Pains, will be released by PS Publishing in early 2013. Ian has served a term as Overseas Regional Director of SFWA and, in his spare time, runs award-winning independent publisher NewCon Press, which he founded by accident.
website | NewCon
SAM WILSON (Apocalypse, Town) is a television writer, producer and director. He has written movie scripts, books, children's stories, TV shows, plays, and computer games, performed stand-up comedy, hosted podcasts, edited TV shows and short movies, won awards for his cellphone-based short fiction, and at one point ran a web-based service where he would scream people's messages off the top of Table Mountain. He recently finished his first novel Commedia about slacker actors in Roman Britain, and was named one of the Mail and Guardian's Top Young South Africans for 2011.
@wombatsam | blog