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Ann K. Schwader is a Wyoming native exiled to suburban Colorado, USA.  She is the author of Twisted in Dream (Hippocampus Press, 2011), Bram Stoker Award finalist Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot, 2010), and four other collections of speculative  poetry.  Find out more from her LiveJournal ( ) or at

Andrew Penn Romine lives in Los Angeles where he works in the visual effects and animation industry. A graduate of the 2010 Clarion West workshop, his fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine and Crossed Genres as well as in the anthologies Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring 20s and Rigor AmortisHe’s also contributed articles to Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine and blogs at Inkpunks and at Functional Nerds (as the Booze Nerd). You can also find him online at

A. C. Wise was born and raised in Montreal, and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her work has appeared in publications such as Future LovecraftChiZine, Clarkesworld, and The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits the online ‘zine, the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, along with Bernie Mojzes. The author can be found online at

Camille Alexa is a dual Canadian /American author living near a Pacific Northwest volcano in an Edwardian home filled with fossils, broken shells, dried branches, and other very pretty dead things. Her poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling and the Dwarf Star awards, while her short fiction collection Push of the Sky earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was an Endeavour Award finalist. Complete bibliography and contact info at

Chadwick Ginther is a bookseller who lives in Winnipeg. His novel Thunder Road releases in Fall 2012. In addition to this anthology, his short fiction has appeared in On Spec and Tesseracts. He refuses to eat mushrooms.

Claude Lalumière ( is the author of two books from CZP: the collection Objects of Worship and the mosaic novella The Door to Lost Pages. He has edited numerous anthologies in various genres, the latest of which is Bibliotheca Fantastica, co-edited with Don Pizarro. Claude is the Fantastic Fiction columnist for The Montreal Gazette and, with Rupert Bottenberg, is the co-creator of Lost Myths, which is a collection of pop artefacts, a multimedia live show, and an online archive of cryptomythology (

Daniel Mills is the author of Revenants: A Dream of New England (Chomu Press, 2011), selected by Booklist as one of the Top 10 Historical Novels of 2011. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of venues, including Delicate Toxins (Side Real Press, 2011), Supernatural Tales 20 (Supernatural Tales Press, 2011), Dadaoism (Chomu Press, 2012), A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press, 2012), The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press, 2012) and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23 (Robinson, 2012). He lives in Vermont.

E. Catherine Tobler lives and writes in Colorado. She is the senior editor at Shimmer Magazine. For more visit

Ian Rogers is a writer, artist, and photographer. His short fiction has appeared in several publications, including Cemetery Dance, Supernatural Tales, and Shadows and Tall Trees. He is the author of the Felix Renn series of supernatural-noirs (“supernoirturals”), including “Temporary Monsters,” “The Ash Angels,” and “Black-Eyed Kids” from Burning Effigy Press. His most recent book, a collection of dark fiction called Every House Is Haunted, will be available in Fall 2012 from ChiZine Publications. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario. For more information, visit

Jane Hertenstein is the author of over 30 published stories both macro and micro: fiction, creative non-fiction, and blurred genre. In addition she has published a YA novel, Beyond Paradise and a non-fiction project, Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady, which garnered national reviews. Jane is the recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Word Riot, Flashquake, Fiction Fix, Frostwriting, and several themed anthologies. She teaches a workshop on Flash Memoir and can be contacted through her blog

Jeff VanderMeer is a two time winner of the World Fantasy Award whose stories have been published by, Clarkesworld, Conjunctions, Arc, Black Clock, and several year’s best anthologies. Recent books include the Nebula finalist novel Finch (2009), and the short story collection The Third Bear (2010). His The Steampunk Bible was featured on the CBS Morning Show and been named a finalist for the Hugo Award for best related book. He also recently co-edited the mega-anthology The Weird compendium with his wife Ann. A co-founder of Shared Worlds, a teen SF/F writing camp, VanderMeer has been a guest speaker at the Library of Congress and MIT, among others. He writes book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review,and the Washington Post. VanderMeer’s latest novel, just completed, is “Annihilation.”

Jesse Bullington  is the author of The Sad Tale of the Brothers GrossbartThe Enterprise of Death, and the forthcoming The Folly of the World, as well as assorted other fictions. A truly dedicated Brony, he could never pick his favorite My Little Pony, but he admires Pinkie Pie’s pluck, vim, and spirit. He also enjoys hoppy IPAs, Korean crime cinema, and playing with ferrets. His longtime rivalry with Molly Tanzer’s cat Lemmy provided the authors substantial inspiration for this piece. He lives in Boulder CO, but you can find him online at

Julio Toro San Martin resides and grew up in Toronto, Canada and has had short stories published online in Innsmouth Magazine and The Lovecraft Ezine, and also in the print anthologies Historical Lovecraft and Future Lovecraft.

John Langan’s most recent collection, Technicolor and Other Revelations, will be published by Hippocampus Press in 2012.  His previous books include a novel, House of Windows (Night Shade 2009), and collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime 2008).  With Paul Tremblay, he has co-edited Creatures:  Thirty Years of Monsters (Prime 2011).  His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and in anthologies including Blood and Other Cravings (Tor 2011), Ghosts by Gaslight (Harper Collins 2011), and Supernatural Noir (Dark Horse 2011).  He teaches courses in Creative Writing and the Gothic at SUNY New Paltz.  He lives in upstate New York with his family.

J. T. Glover has published short fiction, articles, and interviews in Beneath the Surface, Dark Recesses, Everyday Weirdness, and Lightspeed, among other venues. Diagnosed at the age of three with early-onset bibliophilia, he considers it a happy meeting of fate and constitution that he is an academic reference librarian by day, specializing in the humanities. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he currently lives in Virginia and can be found online at

Kris Reisz lives in Alabama. Along with a handful of short stories, he’s published two novels. One, Unleashed, is about werewolves who worship a fungal god or rot and ruin.

Laird Barron  is the author of several books, including The Imago Sequence, Occultation, and The Croning. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York.

Lavie Tidhar has been nominated for a BSFA, British Fantasy, Campbell, Sidewise, World Fantasy and Sturgeon Awards. He is the author of Osama, and of the Bookman Histories trilogy, as well as numerous short stories and several novellas.

Lisa M. Bradleys fiction has appeared in Cicada, Brutarian, Escape Pod, and other venues. Originally from South Texas, Lisa has now lived in Iowa for almost twenty years. She believes, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” She tells her impure, tangled truths at and tweets little white lies @cafenowhere.

Molly Tanzer burst onto the international scene of haute couture merkin making with her independent NetherFresh line, a bold fusion of classical lines, modern textures, and a decidedly post-modern sensibility. Following a meteoric rise to the upper echelons of naughty bits high fashion, she quickly solidified her reputation as a mons pubis perruquier par excellence with her frankly challenging Cuttlefish Nightmare exhibition. Rather than deigning to address the baseless rumors of rampant catmint abuse that have dogged both the designer and her models, Tanzer has instead turned her attention toward a writing career, publishing short fiction in venues such as The Book of CthulhuRunning with the Pack, and Innsmouth Free Press’ previous anthologies Historical Lovecraft and Future Lovecraft. In October of 2012, her debut tome A Pretty Mouth was published by Lazy Fascist Press, and while it is brimming with historical weirdness, unchecked degeneracy, bizarre transmogrifications, unexpected allusions, ribald humor, and copious puberty horror, it does not have any talking animals or merkins in it. Unfortunately. She wisely allowed her collaborator to pen this biography for her.

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Sensation and Bullettime, the author of more than eighty short stories, and the four-time loser and one-time winner of the Bram Stoker award. He writes about fungi because of his avid interest in altered states of consciousness. He writes at all for the same exact reason.

Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep, No Sleep Till Wonderland, and Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, and the short story collection In The Mean Time. His essays and short fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times,, and Best American Fantasy 3. He is the co-editor of four anthologies including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan). Paul is currently on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. He fears many things, including the return of his banished uvula.

Polenth Blake lives where the mushrooms bloom in autumn. She has two pet cockroaches, except on Fridays, when they get to be in charge. Her fiction has appeared in Nature and ChiZine. Her website lurks at

Richard Gavin has authored four acclaimed collections of eldritch Horror fiction: Charnel Wine(Rainfall Books, 2004), Omens (Mythos Books, 2007), The Darkly Splendid Realm (Dark Regions Press, 2009), and At Fear’s Altar (Hippocampus Press, 2012). He has also published non-fiction writings on the macabre and the esoteric. Richard lives in Ontario, Canada with his beloved wife and their brood. Visit him online at

Simon Strantzas is the critically acclaimed author of Nightingale Songs, Cold to the Touch, and Beneath the Surface — three collections of the strange and supernatural from Dark Regions Press. His award-nominated fiction has appeared previously in the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series, Postscripts, and Cemetery Dance. He still lives in Toronto, Canada, with his ever-patient wife and an unyielding hunger for the flesh of the living.

Steve Berman thinks that mushrooms look fascinating but has no urge to taste any. He is disappointed that Suillus bovinus is the Jersey Cow mushroom because he thinks New Jersey should be represented by a more fearsome fungus. He has sold around a hundred articles, essays and short stories and been a finalist numerous times for the Lambda Literary Award. He hopes to finish the Guide to Lost Gay Cinematic Characters before the end of 2013.

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian weird fiction since 1972, when he was serving as a Mormon missionary in Ireland.  His Lovecraftian obsession remains intense as he staggers toward senility.  His most recent sale is to S. T. Joshi’s Black Wings III, with a story written in collaboration with Jessica Amanda Salmonson.  His books include The Fungal Stain and Other Dreams, Encounters with Enoch Coffin (with Jeffrey Thomas) and Uncommon Places.  His best book, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, was entirely inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s monstrous growth, Fungi  from Yuggoth.


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