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Amy Yolanda Castillo lives and works in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Augustana College (SD) and the University of Minnesota Law School. Her stories have previously appeared in Emrys Journal, J Journal, Midwestern Gothic, the Grey Sparrow, and Third Coast, among others. She wrote this story in memory of her Tia Carmen, a lifelong fan of creepy stories.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Lisa Nohealani Morton is a writer and computer programmer living in Washington, DC. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Lightspeed Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and the anthology Heiresses of Russ 2012. She can be found on Twitter as @lnmorton.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai'i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College . Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

People mistake Sean Craven for all kinds of things. He's been taken for a military man by people who have served, a telescope operator once asked him where he got his degree in astrophysics, an art historian once said, "You're the only one in the room worth listening to; where did you get your degree?" (He has no degree.) He gets taken for Asian or Native American from time to time (Mom drank), and at one point a member of a prominent motorcycle club known for its attachment to violent recreation thought he was a deaf-mute vessel of Satan. Mistaken Sean lives a pretty interesting life.

Shana Graham texts you: “Hello sweetpea. I have to tell you I’ve been thinking about you A LOT. What are you up to Saturday?” No one has ever called you sweetpea before. Shana’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Los Angeles Review, The Utne Reader, and Passionfruit. She lives in Seattle.

Gene Hines lives in Tennessee. He publishes mainstream and horror. One story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He attended the Borderlands Press writers' boot camp and Thomas F. Monteleone, Douglas Clegg, and Thomas Tessier said nice things about his writing. Being they are honest men, Mr. Hines believes they meant them.

Stephen McQuiggan is allergic to politeness; one kind word could kill him. He lives in Northern Ireland for the sake of his health.

Rob Pierce writes and publishes genre fiction that he considers literary, because he fails to see the difference. His writing can be found in various dark places. As can he. His fiction has been or will be published in Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey, Yellow Mama, Swill, Bicycle Review, The Literary Underground, Zygote in My Coffee, The Doctor T.J. Ecklesburg Review, and Monday Night.

Tom Hoisington is a journalist living in Eugene, OR, with his daughter.

William J Fedigan writes about who he is, what he knows, and where he’s been. His work appears in Metal Scratches, Kerouac’s Dog, Muscle & Blood, Yellow Mama, Horror-Sleaze-Trash, Bastards & Whores, Short, Fast and Deadly, Heavy Hands Ink.

Shawna Yang Ryan's debut novel, WATER GHOSTS--which brings together brothels, Chinese ghosts, and the Sacramento Delta--was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and the Northern California Book Award, as well as the winner of the Maurice Prize. She is currently the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Charity Ankrum contains multitudes but most of them are jerks. When she isn't pretending to be a grownup, she is lying in bed late at night having grandiose fantasies about making historical figures cry. She would play roller derby more often if she could only give hits and never receive them.

Don Jennings lives alone in a tiny apartment stuffed with books in Richmond, Kentucky. He apologizes for being a stereotype. His stories have been featured in Fried Chicken and Coffee, A Minor, and other low-rent dives. He blogs at

Craig Hartglass is a fiction writer. He lives in a partially refurbished cottage in Big Sur, California, along with six chickens and a movie actress. (The chickens stay outside.) Each morning, he wakes to the sounds of French whispers and giggles and surf crashing on the rocks. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hardboiled, One Story, The Potomac Review, Quarterly West, The South Carolina Review, and other fine journals. He can be reached at

Keith Rutledge is a delightful fellow living and working in Austin with his wife, two cats, and a great big bushy beard. He was pretty good at racquetball when he was in college, but fencing was more his bailiwick. Bailiwicks were also his bailiwick. You can find more of Keith's work at his website,

Robin Eagleton was born in Austin, Texas but has lived all over Texas, Colorado and for a while in Canada when very young. He attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he majored in Advertising Art with a minor in Studio Art. He was a graphic designer for 7 years and currently does tech support for a major internet service provider. When not solving computer problems or raising his family, he does freelance illustration work on the side. He currently lives in Austin with his better half and little son.

George Galuschak is a speculative fiction writer who lives in Northern New Jersey. His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Ideomancer and The Big Book of Bizarro anthology. br>
Steve Young lives in Phoenix, AZ and works construction. His work has been published in numerous on-line and print magazines, but nobody gives a damn about that. He spends his free time procrastinating and flipping-off small children in school buses. They really get a kick out of it. Try it some time. If you see him please pretend that you don't recognize him, he is trying to stay humble.

Max Dunbar was born in London in 1981. He recently finished a full-length novel and his short fiction has appeared in various print and web journals. He also writes criticism for 3:AM and Butterflies and Wheels. He blogs at and tweets at Max Dunbar lives in Manchester and can be contacted on

A garbage truck ran over Warren Lutz when he was five, triggering an uncanny ability later in life to collect both children and jobs like flies to shit. He writes to escape this lunacy, iffn' he's not too drunk. Watch him bang against the cage at .

Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the novel Bone Worship. Her work has appeared in over a dozen publications, including Bat City Review, Minnesota Review, Crab Orchard Review, Matador, and The Millions, and she is a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and their big, black dog.

Sean Beaudoin is the author of Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue, and You Killed Wesley Payne. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Narrative, Glimmer Train, the Onion, The San Francisco Chronicle, Barrelhouse, and The New Orleans Review.

Chia Evers woke one morning with a dozen words ringing in her head and the sure knowledge that Swill was the only fit home for them. She is a freelance writer and practicing attorney who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, and hopes her mother never reads this story.

Wendy Sumner Winter has been a chef, gallery owner, photographer, painter, curator, dancer, singer, and community organizer, among other things she has blocked out. She has served as an editor in various capacities, including managing editor, for The Pinch. Her nonfiction, poetry and fiction have appeared in flashquake, The Pinch, Word Riot, The Missouri Review, Fourth Genre, Switchback, and Monkeybicycle. She teaches writing at The University of Memphis, and cooking wherever invited.

By day, Catherine Schaff-Stump is an English professor at a community college. In the evening and on the weekends, not only does Catherine fight crime, but she also writes speculative fiction. You can find out more about Catherine and her work at her website Writer Tamago.

Allison Landa is a Berkeley, Calif.-based fiction and memoir writer whose work has been featured in CherryBleeds, CleanSheets, Word Riot, Defenestration and Pindeldyboz. A MacDowell Colony resident, she has also held residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony. She received her MFA in creative writing from St. Mary's College of California. Stalk her at

Z.Z. Boone holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and teaches at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared (or is scheduled) in Smokelong Quarterly, Annalemma, The MacGuffin, Third Wednesday, FRiGG, Wigleaf, decomP, Word Riot, Pank, and other terrific places.

Jasmine Paul is the author of the novel A Girl, in Parts and co-author of the poetry book The Ghosts of Anne & Sylvia. She has far too many degrees to be of any use to anyone and too few dogs to ever be truly happy. To learn more, visit

John Shirley is the author of numerous novels and collections of short stories including the seminal cyberpunk work City Come A-Walkin', the popular allegorical horror novel Demons, and the Bram Stoker Award winning story collection Living Shadows. He is a screenwriter (eg, The Crow), and songwriter as well, having written lyrics for himself and the Blue Oyster Cult. His newest story collection is Living Shadows; his newest novels are Bleak History from Simon and Schuster and Black Glass: The lost Cyberpunk Novel from Elder Signs Press. Blog at

W.G. Kelly is a former rock climbing bum who lives in Olympia, Washington. He is currently studying literature at the Evergreen State College and, as of last week, he is the proud owner of a thirty year old sailboat of uncertain virtue. He believes that when the dust settles and the great American novel is finally chosen, it will be noir.

Brian Haycock lives in Austin, Texas, where he has worked mainly for nonprofit organizations. He enjoys running (especially in the summer heat), hiking and reading stories of all kinds. His stories have appeared in Thuglit, Nefarious, Yellow Mama, Crime and Suspense, Blazing Adventures, Pulp Pusher and other publications. Unlike the people he writes about, he is law-abiding and reasonably sane. Really.

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared in numerous zines, anthologies, and print and online literary journals. He lives in the Bronx with his partner of six years. Visit him at, or drop him a line at

William Peacock’s poetry and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, ESC! Magazine, Diet Soap, and elsewhere. A Louisiana native, he was recently released from detention in Leavenworth, Kansas, for biting two 13-year-old girls at a bat mitzvah to which he was not invited. “Damn it, those little custard pies were begging for it!” Peacock maintains.

Ben Cheetham lives in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, and his fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The London Magazine, Dream Catcher, Transmission, Escape Velocity, Skive Magazine, Volume, Espresso Fiction and Cause & Effect.

Ross Cavins is 36, twice divorced and lives with his cat. He writes because his cat is whiny and can't hold a decent conversation. His goal in life is to become a household name like Oreos, Liquid Drano and Tampax. He strives to be as famous a writer as Stephen Kingsley, his neighbor down the street that edits the Obituaries column on Sundays. He likes long walks in the woods, preferably with mosquito repellent and a crooked walking cane made from a broken branch. He adores oatmeal creme pies, is fascinated by cleavage, and is easily amused by kittens playing and traffic snarls. And more importantly, he is currently single in every way, without an agent, a publisher or a significant other.

Robert N. Jennings moved all over the country growing up, but landed in North Carolina in 1995 after graduating high school and never left. After earning a bachelor's degree from UNC-Wilmington and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he got a job and moved to a little town called Mebane, where he lives with his wife, his son and one dog.

Mark Vanner is 29 yrs old and wakes up most mornings to find he is still in the same city in which he fell asleep. Nottingham. He survives on a strict diet of cheap lager, cigarettes and filthy pot noodles. His poems and stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and ezines worldwide, including Thieves Jargon, 3:AM, Laura Hird's Showcase, Dogmatika, Poetry Monthly, Anchor Books, Remark, The Truth Magazine and Zygote In My Coffee. In 2004 his poem 'It Only Hurts When You Walk Away' was short listed for the Forward Top 100 award. Website:

Andrew Killmeier was raised in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he works in the motion picture industry. Recent work has been accepted by: Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Midnight Times, Swill Magazine, Zygote in My Coffee. Anthology of Concert Stories, Dark Reveries. Andrew's story "Death's Janitor" was nominated for BEST OF 2007 ANTHOLOGY on Sundress.

Jen Michalski lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a BA in English in 1994 and received her MS in Professional Writing from Towson University in 1999. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, Failbetter, storysouth, The Summerset Review, Word Riot, Pindeldyboz, The Pedestal, The Potomac, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Fringe, The Houston Review, Zygote in My Coffee, Split Shot, Swill Magazine, Ink Pot, Unlikely Stories 2.0, Apt, 55 Stories, The Swamp, Fiction Warehouse, Lily, Gold Dust Magazine, Thieves Jargon, Litvision, SubtleTea, 13th Warrior Review, The Harrow, Conte Online, Rokovoko, Bending Spoons, and Scrivener's Pen. Her collection of short stories, Close Encounters, is available from So New Media. This is her first attempt at respectability.

Nina Alvarez works as a freelance copywriter, copy editor and designer in Philadelphia, currently focusing on Web copy and nonprofit grant writing. Nina’s short stories have been published in 21 Stars Review, Twisted Tongue, Dark Reveries, and Swill. Her poetry will be published in Grasslimb Literary Journal and Contemporary Rhyme. She runs the small publishing company Inconnue Press (formerly Inconundrum) and its new imprint for Buddhist literature Phantom City Press. Her master’s thesis engages the third space of culture in South Africa and South African literature.

Doug Draime was born in Vincennes, Indiana in 1943. He started writing in his early teens, but didn't publish anything until the late 1960's, while living in Los Angeles. Current works in print include: Slaves Of The Harvest (Indian Heritage Publishing, 2002), Unoccupied Zone (Pitchfork Press, 2004), Spleen, an ebook, (Poetic Inhalation, 2004) and Spiders And Madmen (Scintillating Publications, 2005). His writing has appeared in hundreds of print and online magazines. He currently lives in Oregon, with his wife Carol.

Owen Roberts lives in Toronto/Canada with his wife and three children. Bottle of Smoke Press published a collection of his poems in 2003: My Best Years are Probably Behind Me. He just finished assembling a new anthology, AGGRESSIVEBEHAVIOR, all copies handmade and for sale through It features A.D. Winans, Justin Barrett, Neeli Cherkovski, Henry Denander and many others. He has started a new press publishing anthologies, broadsides. If you are a writer and interested in submitting, please check out... Compulsive Press.

Giano Cromley has published his writing in The Threepenny Review, Literal Latte, the German edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, The Externalist, and Swill Magazine. He is a graduate of the fiction MFA program at the University of Montana. He teaches English at Kennedy-King College in Chicago.

Sam Roman is married to illustration but writing will always be her dirty little mistress. She covets sarcasm, intelligence, and big orange cats. Sam is 23, lives in Connecticut, and writes/draws comics as both a passion and a career.

Corey Mesler’s novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston Press in 2002. Raves from Lee Smith, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Stern, Debra Spark, Suzanne Kingsbury, Frederick Barthelme and John Grisham. His new novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is also from Livingston Press. Kind words this time from George Singleton, Marshall Chapman, Marshall Boswell and others.

Bucky Sinister is a poet and comedian. He is the author of King of the Roadkills (Manic D Press, 1995) and Whiskey and Robots (Gorsky Press, 2004) and All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go (Gorsky Press). His debut CD, What Happens In Narnia Stays In Narnia, came out in 2007 on the Talent Moat label.

my name's Delphine Lecompte,i'm 30 (born 22nd january 1981),i'm an expat,i was born in east london,but i moved to belgium when i fell in love with a flemish singer/songwriter (we are no longer together),i'm an orphan,i was brought up by wolves,i stack milk bottles for a living,before that i worked in a seedy coastal pub,and before the seedy coastal pub i was a hooker;i write eight hours a day,i have no creative writing degree (and no other degree for that matter),i do have a restraining order.

A retired library information specialist, Mark Scheel now writes full time and helps edit Kansas City Voices magazine. His stories, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines, and his most recent book, A BACKWARD VIEW: STORIES AND POEMS, won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.

Dan Donche was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1979, but he doesn't remember any of it. He attended high school in Casper, Wyoming, where he also attended Casper College twice for about three weeks each time. He is a loser in a major way. He joined the United States Air Force in 2002 and is now serving time at Fort Drum, which is in Watertown, New York, for anyone who is interested.

Russell Bittner lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Some of his poems have been published on paper; many more, on the Net. Ditto for his prose. If what you’ve read here piques your curiosity, just give a little Google. If not, no sweat. It’s just fiction and a little poetry.

Chicago-based writer and critic Spencer Dew is the author of Songs of Insurgency, editor of the web-based publication Religion and Culture Web Forum, a regular reviewer for Rain Taxi Review of Books, a frequent contributor to Chicago Artists' News, and a member of the fiction staff of the Chicago Review. His fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in scores of publications.

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