Neil Gaiman is the author of many bestsellers for readers of all ages, including Stardust (the basis for the blockbuster movie), Fragile Things, Anansi Boys, Interworld, and Coraline. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Robert Aickman was an English writer of supernatural fiction-which he described as strange stories-and co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association. In 1951 Aickman collaborated with Elizabeth Jane Howard on a volume of ghost stories entitled We Are for the Dark. He would publish seven more volumes of fiction; two novels; and two volumes of autobiography. Aickman also edited the first eight volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories. His grandfather was noted writer Richard Marsh. Robert Aickman was born in London, England, in 1914. He died in 1981.
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was an English writer who grew up in a poverty-stricken family. After multiple bad investments and the untimely deaths of both parents, the clan struggled to make ends meet. The young Jerome was forced to drop out of school and work to support himself. During his downtime, he enjoyed the theatre and joined a local repertory troupe. He branched out and began writing essays, satires and many short stories. One of his earliest successes was Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) but his most famous work is Three Men in a Boat (1889).
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was born in Berkshire, England, and educated at Cambridge. He worked in Athens for the British School of Archaeology and later in Egypt for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. Benson wrote fiction, reminiscences, and biographies, but is best remembered for his arch satirical novels and his urbane autobiographical studies of Edwardian and Georgian society.
Jenn Ashworth's first book, A Kind of Intimacy, won the U.K.'s Betty Trask Award. She lives in Preston, Lancashire, with her family and writes an award-winning blog at www.jennashworth.co.uk.