Experts in the genres of mythic and speculative fiction, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have edited numerous anthologies for readers of all ages. Together and individually they have won abundant honors, including multiple World Fantasy, Hugo, and Bram Stoker Awards.
Ellen Datlow has also received the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for outstanding contribution to the genre. She lives in New York City.
Terri Windling is the recipient of the Science Fiction Writers Association's Solstice Award for outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field. She lives in Devon, England.
Meredith Mitchell is an actress who has performed in such films as Mona Lisa Smile and The Reunion, on stage with Shakespeare & Company and the New Repertory Theatre, and on television on Good Morning America. She received her BA in psychology from Emory University and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University.
Rebecca Mitchell is a performance artist and classically trained vocalist, as well as a professional host, emcee, and personality. Her natural flare for the dramatic, coupled with her love of being in the studio, brought her to the world of narrating in 2013.
Michael Healy has appeared off Broadway and on national television, most notably on Saturday Night Live for three years, as well as in several national commercials. He continues to hone his craft in Rhode Island, where he has won awards for acting. His audiobook recordings include Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat, The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page, and The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Stephen R. Thorne is a professional actor and a member of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He has played Hamlet, Henry V, and Tom Joad, among many other roles. Stephen has narrated over fifty audiobooks.
Charlie Thurston, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is an actor who has appeared on stages across the country. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep.
Originally from England, actor Lindy Nettleton trained both in England and the United States. She has appeared numerous times on stage, film, TV, and radio, and she thoroughly enjoys narrating audiobooks. Lindy is now an American citizen and is happy to make Newport, Rhode Island, her home.
Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915-2000) was a writer for more than fifty years and was the author of more than twenty children's books. She has won many honors and awards for her books, including the Newbery Honor for her books Moccasin Trail, The Golden Goblet, and The Moorchild.
Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.
Angela Brazil (30 November 1868 - 13 March 1947) was one of the first British writers of modern schoolgirls' stories, written from the characters' point of view and intended primarily as entertainment rather than moral instruction. In the first half of the 20th century she published nearly 50 books of girls' fiction, the vast majority being boarding school stories. She also published numerous short stories in magazines. Her books were commercially successful, widely read by pre-adolescent girls, and influenced them. Though interest in girls' school stories waned after World War II, her books remained popular until the 1960s. They were seen as disruptive and a negative influence on moral standards by some figures in authority during the height of their popularity, and in some cases were banned, or indeed burned, by headmistresses in British girls' schools. While her stories have been much imitated in more recent decades, and many of her motifs and plot elements have since become clichés or the subject of parody, they were innovative when they first appeared. Brazil made a major contribution to changing the nature of fiction for girls. She presented a young female point of view which was active, aware of current issues and independent-minded; she recognised adolescence as a time of transition, and accepted girls as having common interests and concerns which could be shared and acted upon.
Fred Sullivan is an actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has played over one hundred roles as an award-winning resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He is resident director at Gamm Theatre and teaches acting at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Simon Bestwick lives and writes in Liverpool and is described as a well respected member of the horror community having published stand-out short stories with several acclaimed indie presses by Solaris Books, who also publish his signature take on suburban horror with a fantasy twist including Redman's Hill in 2016.
Laird Barron: Laird Barron is the author of two collections: The Imago
Sequence, and Occultation. His work has appeared in
many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan,
Barron currently resides in the wilds of Upstate New York.
David Nickle is an award-winning Toronto-based author and journalist. He has written several novels and numerous short stories. Nickle's most recent book is Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination (2017).
Priya Sharma is a doctor who lives in the UK. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including Black Static, Interzone, Albedo One, and On Spec. She's been reprinted in Paula Guran's Best Dark Fantasy and Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror Volume 4.
Margo Lanagan has been publishing stories for children, young adults and adult readers for twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, including four World Fantasy Awards. Two of her books have been Michael L. Printz Honor books and she has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the young adult division. Visit Margo at her blog, AmongAmidWhile.Blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter at @MargoLanagan.
Called "a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts" by no less than Peter Straub, Brian Hodge is one of those people who always has to be making something. So far, he's made thirteen novels, around 130 shorter works, five full-length collections, and, for Whom the Gods Would Destroy, a book soundtrack of cinematic ambient and space music. One recent novella of cosmic horror has been optioned for development as a TV series. He lives in Colorado, where he also likes to make music and photographs; loves everything about organic gardening except the thieving squirrels; and trains in Krav Maga and kickboxing, which are of no use at all against the squirrels.
The short stories of A. C. Wise have appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Apex, Shimmer, Uncanny Magazine and many others. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Wise has two collections of stories, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again and Kissing Booth Girl. She lives near Philadelphia.
Chet Williamson is an award-winning writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Over eighty of his short stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has been a final nominee for the World Fantasy Award, the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, and the Horror Writers Stoker Award. Williamson, who is also a trained actor, lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. This is his first children's book.
GLEN HIRSHBERG received his B.A. from Columbia University, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize for Best Fiction, and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His first novel, The Snowman's Children, was a Literary Guild Featured Selection. His collection, The Two Sams, won three International Horror Guild Awards and was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Hirshberg has won the Shirley Jackson Award and been a finalist for the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker Awards.
John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College for more than 25 years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing instructive materials that are clear and lively. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that "is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously." While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and conveying to nonreaders the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit "Townsend Library"--a collection of more than 100 new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.
Anna Taborska's short stories have appeared in over thirty anthologies, including Best New Writing 2011, The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four, Best British Horror 2014, Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume 1 and Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror. She has written and directed two short fiction films, two documentaries and an award-winning TV drama. She has also worked on twenty other films, with actors such as Rutger Hauer, Scott Wilson, Noah Taylor and Jenny Agutter, and was involved in the making of two major BBC television series: Auschwitz: the Nazis and the Final Solution and World War Two behind Closed Doors - Stalin, the Nazis and the West.
Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA from Columbia University.
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Leah Bobet is a bookseller, publisher, and editor as well as a Pushcart-Prize nominated author. She lives in Toronto. www.leahbobet.com