The Twisted Book of Shadows is honored to showcase the work of the following amazing authors. To learn more about them, please read below!
Andrew Bourelle is the author of the novel Heavy Metal and coauthor with James Patterson of Texas Ranger. His short stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories, E Is for Evil, Polterguests, and Swords & Steam Short Stories. For more information, visit his website (www.AndrewBourelle.com) or follow him on Twitter (@AndrewBourelle).
Novels in Jeffrey B. Burton‘s Agent Drew Cady mystery series include The Chessman, The Lynchpin, and The Eulogist. His short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines. Jeff is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Horror Writers Association. Jeff lives in St. Paul with his wife, daughter, and an irate Pomeranian named Lucy.
The winner of both a Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award for short fiction, P.D. Cacek has published over a hundred short stories, three collections and four novels, including Visitation Rites and a reprinting of her e-novel, The Selkie, from Crossroad Press, and Second Lives, from Flame Tree Publishing.
A past Guest Lecturer at the Odyssey Writing Camp, Cacek’s horror, fantasy and science fiction stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since “going professional” in the late 90’s. Among her personal favorites are “Forced Perspective” (Night Visions 12), “Dust Motes” (Gothic Ghosts and winner of the 1999 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction), “Just a Little Bug” (David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible), “Fireflies,” (Whitney Strieber’s Aliens), “A Book By Its Cover,” (Shelf Life) and “The Net” (written with Jack Ketchum, Masques V and currently rereleased in Shining in the Dark, ed. Hans-Åke Lilja). She is also proud of the book she co-edited with Laura J. Hickman, the charity anthology Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep from Necon E-Books (www.campnecon.com), with all proceeds going to The Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Cacek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing Option from the University of California at Long Beach and has taught both adult and young adult writing workshops. She is a certified Wilderness Survival Instructor with experience in both desert and woodland settings.
A native Westerner, Cacek divides her time between Arvada, CO — which looks down on the Mile High city — and Phoenixville, PA — only a short walk from The Colonial Theater where the famous “Run Screaming From Theater” scene in THE BLOB was filmed.
When not writing, she can often been found with THE PATIENT CREATURES (www.creatureseast.com). a group of costumed storytellers, or on the pod-cast series WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF.
An avid collector of cookbooks and ghosts, Cacek is currently gathering material on haunted B&Bs and Inns to appear in what will be a combination history/cookbook/ haunters guidebook entitled Fine Food & Restless Spirits.
Kristi DeMeester is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde Publications, and Everything That’s Underneath, a short fiction collection from Apex Books. Her short fiction has appeared in approximately forty magazines, including Ellen Datlow’s The Year’s Best Horror Volume 9, Stephen Jones’ Best New Horror,Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volumes 1, 3, and 5 in addition to publications such as Pseudopod, Black Static, Fairy Tale Review, and several others. In her spare time, she alternates between telling people how to pronounce her last name and how to spell her first. Find her online at www.kristidemeester.com.
M. M. De Voe once ran away with a group of jugglers, but now she lives in Manhattan with spouse, kids, an urban rabbit, and an MFA from Columbia. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in various upmarket literary magazines, free daily newspapers, online science fiction journals, Books For Dummies, fantasy and erotica print anthologies. She tends to win awards for short fiction; her first horror story was one of 20 winners of Black Static’s international Campaign for Real Fear. In her free time, she is the Founding Director of Pen Parentis, a literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after starting a family. You’ll find her on Twitter @mmdevoe.
John Linwood Grant is a professional writer/editor from Yorkshire, UK, who lives with a pack of lurchers and a beard. He may also have a family. Widely published in magazines and anthologies such as Lackington’s, Vastarien and Weirdbook, he writes both contemporary weird fiction and dark period stories, including the ‘Tales of the Last Edwardian’ series. His latest novel is The Assassin’s Coin, from IFD Publishing, 2018, featuring Mr Edwin Dry, the inexorable Deptford Assassin. He is also editor of Occult Detective Quarterly, plus anthologies such as ODQ Presents and Hell’s Empire. News of his projects can be found on his popular website greydogtales.com, which explores weird fiction and weird art. And lurchers.
Amanda Helms is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose fiction has appeared in The Cackle of Cthulhu anthology, Daily Science Fiction, Cast of Wonders, and elsewhere. Amanda blogs infrequently at amandahelms.com and tweets with a smidgen more frequency @amandaghelms. She and her husband live in Colorado with their increasingly lazy Boxer mix.
Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award winning London based writer. His short story “Ana”, appears in Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (NewCon Press) and his twisted fantasy collection, “Happy Ending Not Guaranteed”, is published by Arachne Press. Find him online at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan
Sarah L. Johnson is an ultramarathoner, curly hair gladiator, and indie bookstore events wrangler. Her horror fiction has appeared in Shock Totem, Crossed Genres, Evil Girlfriend Media, and the Bram Stoker Award nominated Dark Visions 1 (Grey Matter Press). She’s the author of Suicide Stitch: Eleven Tales (EMP Publishing) and Infractus (Coffin Hop Press).
Eóin Murphy is a writer from Northern Ireland, where he lives with his fantastic wife and Pokemon obsessed son. Eóin has been writing ever since he wasn’t allowed to go see The Monster Squad in the cinema so he wrote his own version. Since then, he has been published in a number of small publications, including The Incubator Journal and Phantasmagoria. Eóin is currently finishing his first novel, The Rot and planning his next, a supernatural thriller set in a Post-Brexit Northern Ireland.
Cindy O’Quinn is an Appalachian writer who grew up in the mountains of West Virginia.
In 2016 Cindy, along with her husband and sons, made the move from Virginia to the northern woods of Maine and started homesteading.
She has had a longtime love of everything horror, thanks to her mom who started her at a very young age. They spent many a weekend in the 70’s going to the local drive in theaters.
Cindy is the author of Dark Cloud on Naked Creek, and the dark poetry collection, Return to Graveyard Dust, which made it to the 2017 HWA Bram Stoker preliminary ballot.
Her work has been published in the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol V, Nothing’s Sacred Vol 4, Sanitarium Magazine, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Lycan Valley Press, Deadman’s Tome, Bewildering Stories, Rat’s Ass Review, Black Petals, Rag Queen Periodical, Moonchild Magazine, The Paragon Journal, Star*Line, SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading 2018, and The 2017 Rhysling Anthology.
Member of HWA, NESW, NEHW, SFPA, Horror Writers of Maine, and Weird Poets Society.
You can follow Cindy for updates on Facebook @CindyOQuinnWriter, Instagram cindy.oquinn, and Twitter @COQuinnWrites.
Rohit Sawant’s fiction has appeared in Weirdbook, CultureCult Magazine and can be found in Transcendent, On Fire, Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells and other anthologies. He lives in Mumbai, India. Enjoys sketching, films, and his favorite Batman is Kevin Conroy. You can find him at rohitsawantfiction.wordpress.com
Melissa Swensen is a horror writer from Sacramento, California. At present she finds herself in a state of metamorphoses, some old, rotten pieces of her have fallen away, strange new appendages are growing. Impossible to say how she’ll end up. Or where. Her work has appeared in The Molotov Cocktail, The Literary Hatchet, and in the anthology Strange California. You can connect with her on Twitter @honeygloom.
Sara Tantlinger resides outside of Pittsburgh on a hill in the woods. Her dark poetry collections Love for Slaughter and The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes are published with Strangehouse books. She is a poetry editor for the Oddville Press, a graduate of Seton Hill’s MFA program, a member of the SFPA, and an active member of the HWA. She embraces all things strange and can be found lurking in graveyards or on Twitter @SaraJane524 and at saratantlinger.com
Sara’s poetry, flash fiction, and short stories can be found in several magazines and anthologies, including the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. II and V, the Horror Zine, Unnerving, Abyss & Apex, the 2018 Rhysling Anthology, 100 Word Horrors, Trembling with Fear, and the Sunlight Press. Currently, Sara is editing Not All Monsters, an anthology that will be comprised entirely of women who write speculative fiction. The anthology is set for a 2020 release with Strangehouse Books.
Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories, novellas, novels, articles, and poetry about bad-ass faeries, carnivorous horses, social justice witches, vengeful spirits — and mundane stuff like food, hay-eating horses, social justice debates, writer advice, and alcoholic spirits. Her recent work includes stories and poems in Gothic Fantasy Supernatural Horror, Dark Luminous Wings, Wicked Haunted, Darkling’s Beasts and Brews, Nothing’s Sacred Volume 4, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Volume 5. She’s recently joined The Writer’s Ally and has edited over sixty novels and four anthologies. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s published poetry, three spooky children’s novels, and will be part of HWA’s upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. She’s a member of SCBWI, HWA, New England Horror Writers, New England Speculative Writers, and Broad Universe. She spends rare moments of mystical “free time” with a very patient Husband-of-Awesome, a calico horse, and a bratty tabby cat. Join her adventures at www.anovelfriend.com.
Jason A. Wyckoff is the author of two short story collections published by Tartarus Press, Black Horse and other Strange Stories (2012) and The Hidden Back Room (2016). His work has appeared in anthologies from Plutonian Press and Siren’s Call Publications, as well as the journals Nightscript, Weirdbook, and Turn to Ash. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA.