Meljean Brook is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including the Guardian paranormal romance series and the Iron Sea steampunk series. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. Visit her at meljeanbrook.com.
has been writing comics since 2003, when she co-wrote Wild Girl
for Wildstorm Comics with her husband John Reppion. Since then she has co-written Albion
, for DC, three original Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and feminist fairy-tale Damsels
for Dynamite Comics. She has co-written adaptations of Bram Stokers Dracula,
two volumes of M R James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
, and HP Lovecraft's Shadow Over Innsmouth
. For Dark Horse Comics, she and John wrote all-ages supernatural mystery Conspiracy of Ravens
drawn by Sally Jane Thompson.
She has loved The Doors since she ransacked her parents vinyl, aged thirteen, and tried to turn her bedroom into the vampire-infested sea cave from The Lost Boys. While on a school field trip to Paris, even though it was raining heavily, she made her class divert to visit Jim Morrison's grave in Pere Lachaise cemetery. The Doors are, at least partly
responsible for her misspent youth in rock clubs in the nineties, so she thanks them for that.
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Engendered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and The Phoenix Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.
Gail Simone is an American writer of comic books. Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, her other notable works include Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool, and Wonder Woman.
Nancy A. Collins has authored more than 20 novels and novellas and numerous short stories. She has also worked on several comic books, including a 2-year run on the Swamp Thing series. She is a recipient of the Bram Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John W. Campbell Memorial, and International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her groundbreaking vampire series Sonja Blue, which heralded the rise of the popular urban fantasy genre, Collins is the author of the bestselling Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles and Tales, and the Vamps series for young adults. Her most recent novel is Left Hand Magic, the second installment in the critically acclaimed Golgotham urban fantasy series. She currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia, with a Boston terrier.
Cassandra James is a Senior Research Scientist and Vegetation Ecologist with the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research at James Cook University. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of natural and man-made factors on vegetation of riverine ecosystems.
Douglas Holgate is a freelance illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. His work has been published all around the world by Random House, Simon and Schuster, the "New Yorker" magazine, and Image Comics. His award-winning comic "Laika" appears in the acclaimed comic collection "Flight, Volume Two".