Duane Swierczynski is the author of the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date. Prior entries in the Charlie Hardie series have won the Shamus Award and been nominated for Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards; the series is now being developed by Sony Pictures Television. He currently writes the monthly comics series Judge Dredd for IDW and Bloodshot for Valiant and has written various bestselling comics series for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse.
Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of six novels, including the bestselling thriller KIN. His latest book is the horror collection WE LIVE INSIDE YOUR EYES. You can find him on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com, or on Twitter @kealanburke, where he thinks he's hilarious. An Irish expat who does not believe in ghosts, he nevertheless currently haunts a house in Ohio.
Frank Tieri has written comics for Marvel, DC, and Image, and is well known for his gritty portrayal of criminals and lowlifes. Some of his titles include New Excalibur, Iron Man, Wolverine, Weapon X, Underworld, X-Men: Dracula vs. Apocalypse, Civil War: War Crimes, and World War Hulk: Gamma Corps.
Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Andy Price is Principle Lecturer in Politics at Sheffield Hallam University, UK
David J. Schow was born in Marburg, Germany and was adopted by American parents then living in Middlesex, England. After publishing non-fiction book and film criticism in newspapers and magazines, his first professionally published fiction was a novelette in Galileo Magazine in 1978. He spent the next decade honing his skills in the short fiction form. He won a Dimension Award from Twilight Zone Magazine (for most popular short story) in 1985 and a World Fantasy Award (best short fiction) in 1987. He commenced screenwriting in 1989 with an uncredited dialogue polish on A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child, after which both his first teleplay and first screenplay were bought and produced (the Freddy's Nightmares episode Safe Sex and the feature Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III respectively). After inventing the rubric stalk-and-slash in 1977 to describe the genre later simplified as slasher films, Schow similarly coined the notorious neologism splatterpunk in 1986. To reflect the shifting climate of the horror aesthetic during the early 1990s, he logged 41 installments of his popular Raving & Drooling column for Fangoria Magazine. This and other non-fiction op-ed material was collected in the book Wild Hairs (2000), which won the International Horror Guild's award for best nonfiction in 2001. Schow is the world's foremost authority on the 1963-65 television series The Outer Limits. The revised, updated 1998 edition of his Outer Limits Companion contains everything anyone would ever care to know about this cult classic. As editor, Schow's works include the three-volume Lost Bloch series (1999-2000-2002; exploring the pulp work of Psycho author Robert Bloch), the John Farris short story collection Elvisland (2004), and The Art of Drew Struzan (2010). Schow's published canon includes eight novels, seven collections of his short stories, and a number of pseudonymously published series and tie-in paperbacks done earlier in his career. Schow's television work includes The Outer Limits (1995), Perversions of Science (1997, a Tales from the Crypt spinoff), The Hunger (five episodes,1997-2000), and Masters of Horror (two episodes, 2006-2007). In the early 1990s he screenwrote the cult classic The Crow (1994) and most recently has worked on Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) and The Hills Run Red from Warner Premiere and Dark Castle Entertainment (2009). He wrote large text supplements for such DVDs as Reservoir Dogs and From Hell, contributed to several British documentaries for BBC4 both on- and off-camera, and appears as expert witness on DVD supplements for such movies as The Dirty Dozen, The Green Mile, Incubus and Creature from the Black Lagoon. He co-produced and filmed much of the on-location supplemental material seen on the discs for I, Robot (2004) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005). He also makes sneaky cameo appearances (credited and uncredited) in his own films as well as those of friends. Upgunned is the latest novel in what Schow calls his "blue steel" phase of modern hardboiled writing jacked up with "horror perceptions," which commenced with the Hard Case Crime novel Gun Work (2008) and continued in the Thomas Dunne-published Internecine (2010), which Publisher's Weekly called "a smart new thriller ... hip, hardboiled entertainment." Schow lives in the Hollywood Hills (right under the sign) in a 1926 house christened Ravenseye.
Sara Richard is an Eisner and Ringo Award-nominated artist from New Hampshire. She has worked in the comic book industry for eight years, mainly as a cover artist. Before that, she was a toy sculptor at Hasbro, specializing in making tiny dinosaurs. Sara's inspiration comes from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 1980s fashion, and Victorian-era design. When not making art or writing, she's watching horror movies, cleaning forgotten gravestones, and collecting possibly haunted curios from the 19th century. Her online gallery can be found at SaraRichard.com.
Steve Niles is a writer, best known for works such as 30 Days of Night, October Faction, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Frankenstein Alive! Alive! and Batman: Gotham County Line.?The success of 30 Days of Night sparked renewed interest in the horror genre; Steve's comic was released as a major motion picture in 2007. His ongoing IDW series, The October Faction, was made into a Netlix TV show. Steve was raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, developing his interests in music, writing, and making amateur films. He worked in several comic book stores and played in the bands Gray Matter and Three during the heyday of the Washington DC punk scene, both of which released albums on Dischord Records label. Steve resides outside Los Angeles with his wife, Monica, four dogs, three cats and Gil the tortoise.
Jason Felix was born in 1973 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has been creating artwork as long as he can remember. A self-taught artist, Jason has become known for his digitally manipulated paintings, which have appeared in Expose, Spectrum, and most recently on the covers of Star Wars 'Legacy of the Force' novels. Jason currently works in the video game industry and has created artwork for such high profile video game franchises as Hellgate, StarCraft, and Prince of Persia. Jason resides with his wife and two naughty cats in San Francisco. He keeps busy creating concept artwork for video games, exhibiting work at galleries and traveling internationally.
Andres Esparza has been a graphic designer, colorist, and illustrator for many different companies and agencies. Andres now works as a full-time artist for Graphikslava studio in Monterrey, Mexico. In his spare time, Andres loves to play basketball, hang out with family and friends, and listen to good music.