The strength of any collection is due largely to the contributors whose works appear within its pages. Across each of the anthologies we’ve published since 2017, DPP has been fortunate to have received submissions from many talented authors from across the globe. Here are a few of the brilliant writers whose works have graced the pages of our books…
A prolific author residing in Egypt, Amirah Al Wassif is a freelance writer, poet, and novelist. Five of her books were written in Arabic, and many of her English works have been published in various international literary and cultural magazines around the globe such as Praxis Magazine, The Gathering of Tribes, Credo Espoir, Reach Poetry, Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal, Cannon’s Mouth, Mediterranean Poetry, The BeZine, Spill Words, Merak Magazine, Writers Resist, Bosphorus Review of Books, Writer NewSletter, Call and Response Journal, Echoes Literary Magazine, Better Than Starbucks, Envision Arts, Women of Strength Strong Courage Magazine, Chorion Review, and The Conclusion Magazine. Al Wassif is the author of the poetry collection For Those Who Don’t Know Chocolate and the children’s book, The Cocoa Boy and Other Stories, both of which are published in English. Her works have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, and Kurdish. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
The son of a diplomat, Noel Alcoba grew up on three continents. This exposure to diverse landscapes, accents, and cultures forged his eclectic world view. It also made him an equal-opportunity heckler, which is reflected in most of his writing. Professionally, he wears a uniform and works in the local sheriff’s office evidence unit. When not sorting through guns, drugs, counterfeit cash (or the occasional samurai sword), he writes short and long fiction. Alcoba’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? He is currently completing two novels that have nothing to do with police work, but do involve genetic editing, bright yellow spandex, and mechanical butterflies. Alcoba resides in the Pacific Northwest with his lovely wife, Alison, and their twenty-pound Maine coon, Gritty Malone. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Dan Allen is Canadian and enjoys spending time off the grid in Northern Ontario. His story “Above the Ceiling” (originally published in 2018 in Home Sweet Home [Millhaven Press]) is featured in Bards and Sages 2019 Anthology of The Year’s Best Speculative Fiction. Allen’s most popular publication to date, “Sympathy for the Zingara,” can be found in the March 2019 edition of ParABnormal Magazine. Other recent and upcoming works include “The Basement” (Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories), “Where Only the Mosquitoes Sing” (Monsters We Forgot), “Footprints” (Through Death’s Door), “Become the Beast” (Erie Tales), and “Corn Stalker” (Fears of a Clown). Allen’s work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Allen is currently completing his first novel, an epic tale spanning the decade before and after a devastating disaster that alters the lives of the people in Joshua Ridge. It’s a nostalgic tale of young love and heart-break, loaded with both real and supernatural horrors.
More at danallenhorror.com.
Alberto Ambard (Venezuela, 1970) divides his time between writing and practicing maxillofacial prosthodontics. He coauthored the novel High Treason in 2012. His forthcoming novel, Dogma, a Red Door, and a Birthday, is scheduled for publication in 2020. His short stories have also appeared in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal and Adelaide Magazine. Ambard’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Like H. Murakami, Ambard’s love of music is often exposed in his writing. Likewise, his work is a reflection of his diverse background. A descendant of French, Spanish, and Venezuelan families, he has lived or spent significant time in the remote Afro-Caribbean coastal town Caracas, the Amazon, Tokyo, Chicago, and Birmingham, Alabama. Ambard currently resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.
Monte R. Anderson has published several e-books on Smashwords and Amazon. He also writes a humorous blog. He served as an Army officer in the Infantry for 22 years. He is a Vietnam veteran and a disabled veteran. After the service, he was a financial adviser for 2 years and then became a facility maintenance manager from 1993 until his retirement in 2011. Anderson holds a BS from the Military Academy at West Point and an MS from Indiana University at Bloomington. He resides in Elmira, NY, with his wife, Kathryn, and between them they have six children and eleven grandchildren. Anderson’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers. More at
Bill Ayres is the son of a United Methodist minister. Ayres teaches a kindergarten Sunday school class. His poems have recently appeared in Commonweal, The Windhover, and The Anglican Theological Review.
Tom Barlow is an Ohio-based author whose works straddle the literary, crime, and science fiction markets. Over 80 stories of his may be found in anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Best of Ohio Short Stories #2, and Best New Writing 2011, and many periodicals including Hobart, Temenos, Redivider, The Intergalactic Medicine Show, Crossed Genres, Mystery Weekly, Red Room, and Switchblade. He is also the author of the science fiction novel, I’ll Meet You Yesterday. Barlow’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Sharon Berg writes poetry, story, and nonfiction focused on First Nations history and education. Her stories have appeared in Fiddlehead, Quarry, Big Pond Rumours, Eunoia Review, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Naming the Shadows, a collection of short fiction, will be published by Porcupine’s Quill in Fall 2019. Her poetry has appeared in periodicals across Canada and in the UK, The Netherlands, the United States, and Australia. Her poetry books were released in 1979 (Borealis Press) and 1984 (Coach House Press); she had two audio cassette releases (Gallery 101, 1985) and (Public Energies, 1986) and she has three chapbooks with Big Pond Rumours. She won second-prize for Poetry in the 2016 GritLit Contest and her work appears in several 2018 poetry anthologies.
In academic writing, her chapter on Wandering Spirit Survival School is in Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017). Berg is the founder of Big Pond Rumours, an International Literary E-Zine & Micro-Press, which has focused on publishing chapbooks of Canadian authors since 2006. Berg’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Bernie Brown is an Iowa farm girl transplanted to Raleigh, North Carolina. She has published nearly 40 short stories and essays, sews well, and plays the harmonica badly. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is a Writer-In-Residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2019, her short story, “The Best Shot,” set in Iowa, was published as one of the contest winners of the Grateful Steps Publishing contest. Brown’s debut novel, I Never Told You, will be released in October 2019 by Moonshine Cove Publishing. Her Iowa childhood, travels in the States and Europe, and her contemporary life in Raleigh influence Brown’s writing. Brown’s work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
More at berniebrownwriter.com.
Howard Brown resides in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. His poetry has appeared in Tuck Magazine, Burningword Literary Journal, Blue Collar Review, The Beautiful Space, Pure Slush Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, Old Hickory Review, and Lone Stars Magazine and Printed Words. In 2012, he published a collection of poems entitled The Gossamer Nature of Random Things. Brown’s poem, “Pariah,” placed first in the poetry division of the 2015 William Faulkner Literary Competition sponsored by the Union County Mississippi Heritage Museum and Tallahatchie Riverfest. He has published short fiction in Louisiana Literature, F**k Fiction, Crack the Spine, Pulpwood Fiction, Extract(s), and Gloom Cupboard. Brown’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
A native of the UK, Rachel Brown now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, Ethan. She works as an attorney for the City of Lowell, an old mill town north of Boston, and switched to law after a former career as a college professor in philosophy. Her short stories can be found in the anthology Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (Level Best Books). Brown has been working on creative writing for several years, and has a complete novel draft (psychological suspense), as well as other short stories. She has also won two flash fiction contests at the New England Crime Bake annual mystery conference. Brown’s work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
V.L. Brunskill is the award-winning author of the Savannah novel, and the forthcoming memoir, The Killing Closet. She is a blogger at adoptionfind, where she shares lessons learned from her (pre-internet) adoption search, and her journey toward spiritual healing. In addition to her personal blog, Brunskill blogs about business management for C4CM’s The Human Blog and Law Practice Management Advisor Blog. Long before penning her first novel, Brunskill was putting pen to paper as a freelance music journalist at Metronome Magazine, North Shore Magazine, CREEM, SPIN, and the Boston Phoenix. From rock stars to rocking ions, she went on to become senior editor of an IT magazine, and a technical writer in the ion implantation field. Brunskill’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Having found her birth family in 1991, Brunskill’s reunion journey entailed a daunting seven-year-search for her birth mother, and another five-year search for her birth father. She moved South to be closer to both.
Author William Butler is “Southern born, with all the influences that encompasses.” He resides in Memphis, home of the blues, birthplace of rockabilly and rock’n roll. He has been a writer since 1957 and has “just been watching the River flow.”
Linda B. Callan is a member of the Florida Writers Association and has been a member of the Arcadia Writers Group since 2007. She is the author of four published books, numerous short stories, and several poems. A former antique shop owner and manager of a retirement community, Callan began her writing hobby after retiring and says each day can be as adventurous as she wants it to be, which is the advantage of being a writer.
Luanne Castle’s Kin Types (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award. Her first poetry collection, Doll God, winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was published by Aldrich Press. A Pushcart nominee, Castle studied at the University of California, Riverside (PhD); Western Michigan University (MFA); and Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in Copper Nickel, TAB, The American Journal of Poetry, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Verse Daily, Broad Street, Lunch Ticket, Grist, River Teeth, and other journals. Castle’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Catharine Clark-Sayles is a recently retired doctor who has been practicing internal medicine and geriatrics in Northern California. She completed an MFA in poetry and narrative medicine at Dominican University of California in 2019. The child of a career Air Force officer, Clark-Sayles also served in the Army which sent her to medical school and then to San Francisco for her internship and residency. Her plan to get out before an earthquake knocked the whole state into the Pacific was upended by falling in love with California and by the novel experience of living in one spot for more than three years. After 40 years she is still living in California. She has published poems in many journals and anthologies. Tebot Bach Press has published two full collections of her poetry: One Breath and Lifeboat. A chapbook of narrative poems from her military childhood, Brats, was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2018. Clark-Sayles’ work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Terri Clifton is a writer, photographer, and Delaware coast native who was awarded a fellowship in 2013 for Emerging Artist in literature by the Delaware Division of Arts. Her short stories and poetry have been published in several anthologies and journals and she has recently completed two novels. Her nonfiction book, A Random Soldier, was published in 2007. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthologies, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019. Passionate about nature, art, and dance, Clifton resides with her husband, a wildlife artist, on a historic farm along the Delaware Bay.
Find her on FACEBOOK.
Carolyn Colburn writes creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She holds an MFA in Writing from Goddard College and has been awarded a Loft-McKnight Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Colburn has worked as a musician, teacher, typesetter, and contract writer. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Amethyst and Agate, One Minute of Knowing, Onion River Review” Screed, and occasionally makes the short/long list elsewhere. Colburn’s novel, Minimum Maintenance, was published in 2010. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Colburn divides her time between a one hundred-year-old house in Duluth, Minnesota, and a cabin on Lake Superior near the Canadian border.
Cortney Collins holds a BA in Religious Studies and a law degree, both from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her poems have been published by South Broadway Ghost Society and the Naropa Vagina Monologues Zine. Collins’ work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She was a March 2019 Tupelo Press 30/30 volunteer poet, and cofacilitates a weekly poetry workshop for persons on probation in conjunction with Speakout! at Colorado State University. A Nebraska native, Collins resides in Northern Colorado with her beloved cat, Pablo. She loves the sight of Orion hanging low in the night sky in the winter, and Rocky Mountain thunderstorms in the summer.
Ellie Cooper’s passion has always been the written word–-as a teenager, folk
songs and the poetry of Leonard Cohen, and, later, the Southern Gothic
writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. She has
written secretly throughout her life—mostly in the early morning
hours or late at night—in between the demands of work and family.
After being laid-off as an executive assistant a few years ago, Cooper
retired, dusted off old pages and tried to hone new skills. She took
creative writing classes at a local college and has since been published
in the Rio Review, Mused Literary Review, and 2 Elizabeths. Most of
Cooper’s work centers around women and their relationships which
are often flawed, sometimes dysfunctional and occasionally dangerous.
A native Texan. Cooper and her husband reside in Austin. Besides
writing, Cooper enjoys gardening with xeric plants, hiking the greenbelt,
ballroom dancing, and exploring state and national parks in a
small Casita RV. Cooper’s work can be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Fighting a dirty war as a rifle platoon leader and then marching for peace afterward gave William F. Crandell a bone-deep understanding of why honor and integrity are life-and-death concerns. Crandell returned home from Vietnam with a zest for adventure, a skeptic’s eye, and a hundred thousand stories. He quickly acquired both an FBI file of his own and a doctorate in American history, but oddly enough, it was the years of spiritual retreat in the mountains that set his infantryman’s feet back on solid ground. The writing came naturally–he’d been a foreign correspondent for an Ohio newspaper before college, and wrote fiction to stay awake in some of the jobs he held. Still, the years on Capitol Hill and in Federal law enforcement agencies gave him a player’s knowledge of how crime and power operate, along with an appreciation of the dedication and the slime beneath the skin of America’s capital. Awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for his private detective novel, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl (arriving 2021 from Hawkshaw Press), Crandell has published short stories, book reviews, scholarly articles, journalism, state and federal reports, political analyses, and congressional testimony that he presented in Washington hearings.
Crandell’s short story, The Last Lootenant Wins His Fuckin’ Medal was awarded 1st Place (Short Stories, Single Story) by the NFPW in 2020. An Ohio native, Crandell received all his degrees at Ohio State University, completing his doctorate in American History with a study of the interaction of McCarthyism and Republican politics. After “The Faith-Based Diet” won PRIZM’s Mark Twain Award for Humor/Social Commentary in 2012, Crandell and his writer wife, Judith Speizer Crandell, relocated to Delaware so they could write at the ocean’s edge. Crandell’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, and WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Shutta Crum’s poems have appeared in numerous publications since
the 1970s. Her first chapbook, When You Get Here, will be published in
2020 with Kelsay Press. She also has published several children’s books
written in verse including Thunder-Boomer!, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable
Book, and an American Library Association Notable Book.
More at shutta.com.
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Anthony Crutcher is the husband of one wife and the father of two children. He discovered poetry as a form of self-expression while in high school. Following a career as an economist, Crutcher now concentrates his efforts on writing poetry and teaching yoga. His work can be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? In addition to writing, Crutcher is part of the Southern Lit Alliance in Chattanooga. His latest concentration is on creating his first book of poetry for publication.
John Davis is the author of Gigs (Sol Books) and a chapbook, The Reservist.
His work has appeared recently in DMQ Review, Harpur Palate,
Iron Horse Literary Review, One, and at terrain.org. He moonlights in a local
blues band. Davis’ work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
David W. Dutton is a semi-retired residential designer who was born and raised in Milton, DE. He has written two novels, several short stories, and eleven plays. His musical comedy, oh! Maggie, in collaboration with Martin Dusbiber, was produced by the Possum Point Players and the Lake Forest Drama Club. He wrote two musical reviews for the Possum Point Players: An Evening With Cole Porter, in collaboration with Marcia Faulkner, and With a Song in My Heart. He also wrote the one-act play, Why the Chicken Crossed the Road, commissioned and produced by the Delmarva Chicken Festival.
In 1997, Dutton was awarded a fellowship as an established writer by the Delaware Arts Council. In 1998, he received a first-place award for his creative nonfiction by the Delaware Literary Connection. His piece, “Who is Nahnu Dugeye?” was subsequently published in the literary anthology, Terrains. Dutton has contributed short fiction for the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY 2017, SOLSTICE (for which he also wrote the Preface), EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?, and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019. Dutton’s third novel, ONE OF THE MADDING CROWD, was published in October by DPP and is available for purchase now on the DPP store, Amazon, and via other book sellers. In October 2018 Dutton was a featured guest on WBOC-TV’s Delmarva Life. He is currently at work on a new novel, and a collection of Dutton’s short stories is in development for late 2020.
Dutton, his wife, Marilyn, and their Rottweiler, Molly, currently reside in Milton.
Kari Ann Ebert is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Dover, DE. Her work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, cahoodaloodaling, and Gargoyle. She writes poetry because it squeezes out the real parts of her that she may not even know exist. She tries to sculpt the poem so that it resonates with the reader and creates a much-needed connection in the world. Ebert believes poetry is a world changer that starts in one’s inmost worlds. She is currently gathering her poems into a first collection entitled Alphabet of Mo(u)rning.
Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in MER, The TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, Wildness, Triggerfish Critical Review, and The American Journal of Poetry. Elliott has been a driving force in bringing poetry to the Eastern Shore of Maryland community, where she lives with her son and husband and teaches English.
As founder and director of Salisbury, Maryland’s Poetry Week, her community outreach includes her service as a facilitator for Salisbury University’s Lighthouse Literary Guild and her co-chairmanship for the 2019 Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association. As the recipient of The Light of Literacy Award, and The Maryland Humanities’ Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award, she has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to education. Elliott’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at taraaelliott.com
The circuitous path of Linda Federman’s life has led her from a career as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor; through marriage, raising two sons, and full domestic immersion; into the floral business; and back again to writing. She will soon be fully retired in coastal Delaware with her husband Evan. Federman is a proud member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild. Federman’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Lisa Fox is a pharmaceutical market researcher by day and fiction writer by night. She enjoys crafting short stories and short screenplays across genres, but her passion is for sci-fi/drama hybrids. Fox thrives on the thrill of creating something out of nothing, in transforming life’s “what ifs” to prose that flashes a mirror on the human condition. As a writer, nothing makes Fox happier than having readers say that her work made them feel something or look at the world in a different way.
Fox won the 2018 NYC Midnight Short Screenplay competition and placed third out of over 3,000 writers in the 2018 NYC Midnight Flash Fiction contest. Her work is featured in various publications, including Cleaning Up Glitter, The Satirist, Theme of Absence, Credo Espoir, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Ellipsis Zine, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others. Fox’s DPP work includes contributions to the anthologies SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
A resident of northern New Jersey, Fox relishes the chaos of everyday suburban life. She and her husband Dan are kept busy by the comings and goings of their two sons and by the demands of their couch-dwelling golden retriever. Fox hopes to begin working on a novel in the foreseeable future–she just needs to get those first few words on the page. Find her on FACEBOOK.
R. David Fulcher is an author of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Major literary influences include H.P. Lovecraft, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, Fritz Lieber, and Stephen King. Fulcher’s first novel, a historical drama set in World War II, Trains to Nowhere, and his second novel, a collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories, Blood Spiders and Dark Moon, are both available from authorhouse.com and Amazon. Fulcher’s work has appeared in numerous small press publications including Lovecraft’s Mystery Magazine, Black Satellite, The Martian Wave, Burning Sky, Shadowlands, Twilight Showcase, Heliocentric Net, Gateways, Weird Times, Freaky Frights and the anthologies Dimensions and Silken Ropes. Fulcher’s work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. A passion for the written word has also inspired Fulcher to edit and publish the literary magazine, Samsara (samsaramagazine.net), which has showcased writers and poets for over a decade. Fulcher resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife Lisa, and their rambunctious cats.
Carolyn Geduld is an author and mental health professional residing in Bloomington, Indiana. Her fiction has appeared in numerous publications including The Writing Disorder, Pennsylvania Literary Review, Persimmon Tree, Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, Dime Store Review, Duel Coasts, and Otherwise Engaged. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Born and raised in the Bronx and now located in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, James Goodridge has been writing speculative fiction since 2004. After ten years as an artist representative and paralegal, he decided in 2013 to make a better commitment to writing. Goodridge is currently at work on The Passage of Time Saga, a series of short stories in the occult detective genre featuring Madison Cavendish and Seneca Sue, living vampire and werewolf occult detectives. He has written a series of Twilight Zone-style short stories entitled The Artwork (I to V), and runs the Facebook writers’ page: Who gives you the Write. His work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. Goodridge also pens an annual series of blogs for Black Horror His-tory Month at horroraddicts.net He is a member of the Black Science Fiction Society.
Andrea Goyan is a writer, actress, and Master Pilates Teacher. Her short story, “My Neighbor’s a Fucking Monster,” appears in the Devil’s Party Press anthology WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Other recent stories can be found in On Loss: An Anthology, Dirty Girls Magazine (May 2019), and Newfound Journal (October 2018). Andrea was shortlisted for the 2019 Anton Chekhov Award for Very Short Fiction. She’s an accomplished playwright who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a dog, and two cats.
More at andreagoyan.com
Andrew Paul Grell resides in a park in Manhattan with Melody, his wife of 30 years, and their Malti-poo puppy, Cyrus King of Persia. At fifty-nine, he is an “emerging writer,” having been anthologized in American Writers Review and Surprised by Joy as well as the online journals Writers Newsletter and Ugly Writers. He is the author of recently released science fiction novel SCAPEGOATS: The Goat Protocols (Golden Fleece Press). His work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? By day, Grell uses mathematical models to ferret out fraud, and he gets around by bicycle.
Aurelio Grisanty has won numerous awards for his stage and cos-tume design and individual artwork. Notable career achievements include winning the Special Jury Prize at the Santo Domingo Art Biennial in 1976. He was granted US citizenship as an “Exceptional Individual of International Renown” in 1997. Grisanty is the owner of beachtownposters.com. Grisanty’s work can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, (he contributed both the cover art as well as an original prose story) available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Desiree Harvey holds an MA in English and currently teaches academic writing in the greater Philadelphia region. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She and her beloved husband reside in Wilmington, Delaware.
Philippa Hawley loves to write about relationships and families, in all their strange and varied forms. Much of her inspiration comes from working for over 30 years as a medical doctor, specializing in family medicine and women’s health. She often weaves health issues into her writing. Philippa resides with her husband in Wivenhoe, a beautiful, if somewhat quirky, English riverside town, where she is a member of two local writing groups. Now retired, Hawley enjoys travelling and travel writing, as well as short stories. In 2011 Hawley completed the Open University course Start Writing Fiction as a confidence builder before joining local writing classes. She has since self-published three novels of contemporary romance fiction, the most recent of which is Lawn House Blues (2018). Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
More at philippahawley.com
Author Mark Hein started writing poetry on his dad’s portable Underwood 60 years ago, in a study overlooking a grove of eucalyptus on the southern edge of San Francisco. Today, the grove and typewriter are gone. But the poems now number more than a thousand. However, except for a couple of years in grad school, Hein notes that he never sought to publish any of them. “I was busy growing a family, being a journalist, and then a psychotherapist, and working in theatre. Now all that changes.” Hein’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Scottish-American author and poet, Robert Lewis Heron, is an architect and accomplished artist (traditional and digital) living in Maryland. His unique voice for storytelling captivates his readers by twisting and tormenting their imagination. By sprinkling a dry sense of humor throughout his writing, he makes any harshness a wee bit more palatable. Expect the unexpected on entering his world of woe and wonderment. His writing has been compared to Tartan Noir author, Christopher Brookmyre. Heron’s publications include Artful Deception, an 80,000-word work of fiction (available in print and electronic formats on Amazon and Kindle) and the poetry collection, Poetry Rhymes Sometimes (available on Amazon). Forthcoming from Heron are two works: Montmartre Vignettes (a short story collection) and The Typewriter Murders (a novel). Heron’s work can also be found in the DPP anthologies SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019.
Heidi J. Hewett writes mysteries and romance. Her Sherlock Holmes novella, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Doll, was published in a contest by 18th Wall Productions. She has self-published two works, The Adulteries of Rachel, and a children’s book, Crazy Grandma Genuis Baby & Me, available on Amazon. Lexi, a sci-fi romance, was published in November 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing. In 2019, the romantic comedies, Fly Away Home and No Fool are scheduled to be published.
Hewett’s short story, “Puzzle Box No. 1,” was awarded first-prize in the SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY anthology competition. A nail biter in the purest sense of the word, this fast-paced futuristic drama will keep you breathless until the very end.
Hewett is a member of Romance Writers of America.
More at heidijhewett.com.
For 20 years, Robin Hill-Page Glanden worked as a professional actor, musician, and writer/editor in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles. Glanden edited books for Los Angeles public relations guru, Michael Levine, and several of her nonfiction articles were featured in two Los Angeles magazines. Family matters brought her back to her home state of Delaware, and she’s now working as a freelance writer, editor, and performance artist. Her short stories have been published in several Rehoboth Beach Reads anthologies, and she has won awards for her fiction from the Delaware Press Association. Her poem, “Change Your Feng Shui, Change Your Life,” was published this year in the Dreamstreets literary magazine. Another poem, “Worry and Wisdom,” was published recently in the anthology, Delaware Bards Poetry Review. Glanden is a regular contributor to two of the Guideposts magazines, Mysterious Ways, and Angels on Earth, where she writes true accounts of curious “coincidences” that have occurred in her life. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. Glanden also conducts workshops for writers, produces cabaret shows, and performs her poetry and original music with her husband, Kenny.
Storyteller Phyllis Humby resides in rural Ontario where she indulges her passion for creating wicked suspense. Though obsessed with writing crime novels, it is her short stories, often scheming, twisted, or spooky, that have received the most attention, appearing in anthologies and journals in Canada, the United States, and the UK. A 2018 anthology publication entitled Our Plan to Save the World, featuring Canadian and US authors, includes four of Humby’s stories. In addition, for the past 7 years she has penned a humorous monthly opinion column, “Up Close and Personal,” for First Monday magazine. Humby’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at phyllishumby.blogspot.com.
Eric Machan Howd of Ithaca, New York, is a poet and musician who supports his arts as an assistant professor of professional and technical writing at Ithaca College. His poems have appeared in Nimrod, River City, Yankee Magazine, and The Healing Muse. His poem, “Mycology,” won the 2018 Switchback Poetry Award from the University of San Francisco’s Switchback Journal. In 2019, Howd was invited to the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) as a guest poet and lecturer at a conference on Slovenian and American poetry. Howd recently returned to graduate school to receive his second graduate degree, an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Howd’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Doyle Weldon Knight is a novelist, short story author, occasional poet, and subsea engineering consultant who lives in central Louisiana. A life-long reader, with a preference for the macabre and supernatural, in 2016, he discovered a passion for writing. His work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. After 36-years of life with a beautiful southern belle, a 40-year career in the oilfield industry, residences in Scotland and Brazil, two daughters, one son, and three Yorkies, he finally found his calling in life. He is Pap-Pap to two year-old grandsons.
Mark Kodama is a trial attorney and former newspaper reporter who resides in Washington, DC. His short stories and poems have been published in Commuter Lit, Dastaan World Magazine, Dissident Voice Magazine, Literary Yard, Mercurial Stories, Spillwords, Tuck Magazine, and World of Myth Magazine. Kodama’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Sarah Leamy is a writer, cartoonist, and auto-journalist based in New Mexico. Born in England, she has spent most of her life in the Southwestern United States after exploring Europe in her early twenties and the States in her thirties. Two of her novels have won Best Gay Fiction in the NM/AZ Book Awards. Van Life, Leamy’s travelogue, was named Grand Winner in the Northwest Book Contest of 2017. She is the founder, CEO and managing editor of Wanderlust Journal (wanderlust-journal.com), an online sharing platform for travel writing from across the globe.
Leamy’s work (a mix shorts, book reviews, and poems) has been recently published in Hunger Mountain, Santa Fe Project Quarterly, National Book Review Circle, and Bunbury Magazine, and was a finalist and honorable mention with Glimmer Train twice in 2018. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
More at sarahleamy.com.
TJ Lewes hails from Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania, with degrees from Lebanon Valley College, El Colegio de España, and Delaware State University in Spanish, Philosophy of Religion, and Education. Before writing, Lewes pursued a seventeen-year teaching career in High School, College, and Medical Spanish, English Literature and Effective Communications, English as a Second Language, Aquatic Fitness, and Immigrant Citizenship. She was honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Biltmore’s Who’s Who, and Covington’s Who’s Who. An adventurer at heart, Lewes has traveled extensively through Central and South America studying pre-Colombian civilizations. She has taught and traveled in China, is certified under the AFF in skydiving, is resort-certified in Scuba, and is now embracing her biggest adventure: raising her two children in Sussex County.
More at tjlewes.com.
Heidi Lobecker writes short fiction about weird and wonderful characters in uncommon and unusual situations. She majored in English and takes some of her inspiration from her love of Shakespeare. Living in rural New Jersey, she spends her free time outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, and sailing with her husband and two sons. She works as an IT Product Manager. Her go-to question is, “Did you test it?” Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Claire McCabe divides her time between homes in Delaware and Maryland, living with three cats, two dogs, and a life partner. She teaches writing at the University of Delaware and writes poetry with both online and local writing groups, “loving every minute of it.” McCabe holds an MFA in poetry from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College. McCabe’s work can be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
After a career in law enforcement, Jan returned to school late in life and now teaches English at an alternative high school in the Omaha area. Forever a late bloomer, she completed her Master’s in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2018. McGuire was a finalist for the John J. McKenna Graduate Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction in 2017 and 2018. McGuire returned to writing when her teenage daughters felt she needed a hobby. In 2017, McGuire’s “I’m Not Hovering, I’m Writing” was published in Brevity Magazine’s Nonfiction Blog. In 2018, “The Dancer” was published in River Teeth’s online publication, Beautiful Things. Her work can also be found in the 2019 Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Maureen McVeigh’s essays and short stories recently appeared in Cold Noon, Mothers Always Write, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Calyx. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She was a runner-up in the Philadelphia City Paper fiction writing contest. McVeigh teaches creative writing at West Chester University and has taught for the University of New Orleans MFA program in Cork, Ireland. She holds an MFA from Rosemont College. McVeigh resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, son, and daughter.
Paul Milenski works on assignment as a Care and Protection Investigator for the Massachusetts Trial Court and writes fiction and poetry full time. In addition to the United States, Milenski’s work has been published in the Commonwealth Countries, China, Singapore, Chile, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, Iran, South Africa, and Poland. His work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthologies, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019. Milenski resides with his wife, B-Mile (a local television celebrity), in Dalton, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Janna Miller has worked in libraries since she was sixteen. “I find that this setting often makes its way into my stories, being the nexus of stories themselves.” Miller writes mostly lyrical fantasy, science-fiction, and dark fairy-tales. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She is currently writing a book of eco-science fiction and inter-connectivity “with some other various drips and drops.” Miller loves to be with her family, explore unusual crafts, and read.
Alice Morris holds an MS in counseling from Johns Hopkins. She comes to writing with a background in art–published in The New York Art Review, and a West Virginia textbook. Her poetry appears in such places as The White Space-Selected Poems, Delaware Beach Life, The Broadkill Review, Silver Birch Press, Rat’s Ass Review, and in several anthologies, most recently, Sanctuary, endorsed by Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Freedman. In 2018 she placed fifth in a Clutch-themed fiction contest, received the Florence C. Coltman Award for Creative Writing, was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize–then nominated by the Pushcart Board of Contributing Editors to be considered for the Pushcart Prize. In 2019 a single poem and a single short story won second and third places, respectively, in the Delaware Press Association’s Communications Contest. Her poem, “Watercress,” is presently a finalist in the Art of Stewardship contest. Work is forthcoming in Backbone Mountain Review, Paterson Literary Review, Gargoyle, and several anthologies. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthologies, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019.Morris, a member of both the Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild and Coastal Writers, is presently completing her first full-length poetry collection.
By day, Laura Nelson works as a labor and employment specialist for the State of Colorado. In the evenings and on weekends, she works on her writing career. Nelson’s work has appeared various publications including Paranormal Underground, Birdy Magazine, A Tall Ship, A Star, and Plunder, and Potter’s Field 6. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Nelson also writes nonfiction articles about pirates, and she has published a book featuring several of them called The Whydah Pirates Speak. She is currently completing a second volume. When not working or working at writing, Nelson enjoys reading, playing with her cats, and attending Tai Chi class.
Following a successful career in the insurance industry, Bayne Northern transitioned from business writing to penning works of nonfiction and fiction. She is currently completing her first novel, The Bitch Seat, situated in the financial services industry. An avid short story author, Northern is also an active volunteer with the Village Improvement Association and a resident of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Northern has contributed to the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY, SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019.
Felix Pire is a character actor who has appeared in the films 12 Monkeys, Phat Girlz, Dear God, and It’s My Party. Television credits include Prison Break (FOX) and NYPD Blue (ABC). Onstage he received the 1997 New York Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for the Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown, an off-Broadway play by Guillermo Reyes, which also won Best Play in a Smaller Theatre at 1995 Los Angeles Ovation Awards. The Origins of Happiness in Latin, a solo play Pire wrote at the Mark Taper Forum’s Latino Theatre Initiative, won the California Community Foundation’s Brody Arts Grant and the Arizona Theatre Company’s 2001 National Latino Playwriting Award. In 2003, Pire was awarded the ABC Entertainment Television Development Group’s “Certificate in Recognition of Creative Excellence” for the screenplay, Hurricane Nena. Pire taught solo performance and improvisation at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for over a decade, and has taught film acting, improvisation, acting, and solo performance at UCLA and UCLA Extension. His work can be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? He is the creator/producer of the webisode series LosTiteresTV on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
More at felixpire.com.
When not writing, Mark Alan Polo works as an interior designer. He is President and Owner of The Urban Dweller/Polo M.A. Inc., with offices in Northern New Jersey and a satellite office in Delaware. Mark has resided in Delaware since 2014.
Polo’s published stories include “Fifty-Five” (Beach Nights, Cat and Mouse Press). He has contributed to the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY, SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019. His debut novel, MOSQUITOES AND MEN, was published in early 2019. Polo is presently at work on a second novel.
Patsy Pratt-Herzog is an emerging freelance writer from Southwestern Ohio. Her favorite genres to write are sci-fi and fantasy. When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting and riding roller coasters. She shares her house in the burbs with her husband, Tim, and three chunky cats. Pratt-Herzog’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthologies, SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019.
More at patsyprattherzog.wordpress.com.
Josephine Queen grew up in England and moved to the US in her early twenties. She now resides in the northeast with her husband and daughter, writing flash fiction and short stories in a variety of genres, though a disturbing number end up as scary stories. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. Queen is currently working on a middle-grade fantasy novel and a collection of ghost/ horror tales. Queen’s writing has been published online at 101 Words, Nutshell Narratives, and Christopher Fielden’s 81 Word Challenges.
More at josephinewrites.home.blog.
J.C. Raye’s stories are found in anthologies with Scary Dairy Press,Books & Boos, Franklin/Kerr, C.M. Muller, HellBound Books, and Death’s Head Press. Other publications are on the way in 2019 with Belanger Books, Rooster Republic, and Jolly Horror. For 18 years, she’s been a professor at a small community college, teaching the most feared course on the planet: public speaking. Witnessing grown people weep, beg, scream, freak out, and collapse is just another delightful day on the job for her, and seats in her classes sell quicker than tickets to a Rolling Stones concert. She also loves goats of any kind, even the ones that faint. Her work can be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Russell Reece’s poems, stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Blueline, The 3288 Review, Memoir Journal, Crimespree Magazine, Edify Fiction, Under the Gum Tree, The Broadkill Review and others. Reece has received fellowships in literature from The Delaware Division of the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His stories and poetry have received Best of the Net nominations, and awards from the Delaware Press Association and the Faulkner-Wisdom competition. He recently won the Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Prize in Chester River Art’s 2019 Art of Stewardship contest. Reece lives in rural Sussex County near Bethel, Delaware, on the beautiful Broad Creek. His work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
More at russellreece.com.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is a musician who went to law school. He practices as an entertainment attorney in Philadelphia, PA. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale/Hubbell; a “Pennsylvania Superlawyer” by Thompson/Reuters; and has been named one of Main Line Today’s “Top Lawyers.” His law firm, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., has earned over 100 gold, platinum, Billboard #1 and other music industry awards for deals negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm’s clients, representing sales of over 170 million records.
He plays double bass in the Main Line Symphony Orchestra, teaches Entertainment Law at Villanova Law School, and votes for the Grammy Awards. He plays a little poker and runs a few 5k races every year. As an author, Resnick has written numerous academic papers and has contributed chapters to several textbooks, and he has published the nonfiction disaster-planning book The Big List. He occasionally writes pop, heavy metal, and rap songs. Resnick’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Linda Rumney started writing after a painful break-up, a near-miss nervous breakdown, and a discovery that she’d spent a lot of time mak-ing others happy while being miserable herself. She has written nine feature film scripts, seven short film scripts (two that she directed and produced were inducted into the National Screen Institute of Canada), two novels (one that took her to the Squaw Valley Writer’s Community in 2018), and a collection of short stories since 2011. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. She has found her joy! Rumney currently works as a palliative nurse clinician, guiding and supporting patients and their families toward a “good death.”
Born in the Philippines and raised on Guam, Roberto Sabas imbues his literary and visual art works with the color and vibrant imagery of the tropics. A trained illustrator, he cites his father’s influence in art and poetry. Roberto’s art is published by Human Kinetics, Digital Graphics, the YMCA, and the USTA. His short fiction and poems have appeared in The Alchemist Review and in a previous incarnation of the Weird Tales social media page. His wife and children share in his passion for creativity and truth. Sabas’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthologies AURORA and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Following service in the US Marines, Michael Sarabia attained degrees
in Political Science and Education from Cal State Los Angeles. Sarabia
also holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from USC, and
has taught English and History at Garfield High School in East Los
Angeles. Currently retired, he and his wife live in Guadalupe, CA. Sarabia’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Rémi Savard grew up in what is probably the francophonest part of Quebec, Canada. In his early twenties, Savard moved to Ottawa to teach French. He notes that “because language has its way around barriers, I ended up learning more than I taught.” Savard’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?
Whether it was getting lost in a book as a child, writing a term paper in college, or editing a legal brief as a paralegal, Krystina Schuler has always loved the written word. A few years ago, she tried her hand at fiction and hasn’t been able to stop tapping at the keys since. She self-published her first romance novel, The Girl in the Gallery, in 2015, and is currently working on a second novel. In 2018, her short story, “Afternoon Showers,” appeared in the anthology, Beach Fun. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She is the facilitator for the Write Touch Writers Group and served as a juror for the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the Delaware District. A New England native, Schuler grew up in Connecticut and is now a Mid-Atlantic transplant where she lives with her husband and son. When not writing, she can often be found teaching herself to play piano and ukulele, or listening to a range of eclectic music. She also enjoys long bike rides with her family and enjoys dying her hair purple. She cannot whistle, and she don’t like the taste of honey. Find her on FACEBOOK and at krystinaschuler.com.
John Sheirer lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wonderful wife, Betsy, and happy dog, Libby. He has taught writing and communications for 26 years at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where he also serves as editor and faculty advisor for the Freshwater Literary Journal. Sheirer writes a monthly column on current events for his hometown newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette. His work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Sheirer’s books include memoir, fiction, poetry, essays, political satire, and photography.
More at johnsheirer.com.
James Michael Shoberg is a director, designer, and award-winning ac-tor and playwright. His writing credits include numerous fringe plays and collections of both monologues and poems. Shoberg is also the Co-Executive Producer, Artistic Director, and Resident Playwright of The Rage of the Stage Players, a fringe theatre company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2011, he received the permission of The Butcher Brothers and Lionsgate Films to write, produce, and direct a world premiere stage adaptation of their award-winning independent horror film, The Hamiltons, for The Rage of the Stage Players. Shoberg’s unique brand of twisted theatre has attracted both national and international attention. In 2016, iconic horror writer and director, Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Stephen King’s Thinner), tapped him to write, produce, de-sign, and direct an official stage adaptation of the 1985 vampire film Fright Night, which celebrated its world premiere on October 5, 2018. Shoberg’s most recent endeavor is a book of horror poetry. His work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Dante J. Silicato lives in Milton, Delaware, with his beautiful wife, Gwendolyn, and mischievous dog, Frank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Delaware, and a master’s degree in early American history from West Chester Univer-sity of Pennsylvania. An avid traveler, poet, and observer, Silicato cur-rently spends much of his time as a ranch hand on a small sustainability farm and as a craft beer tender at a local brewery. Silicato’s work can be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Having resided on both coasts and in between, Judith Speizer Crandell has happily landed in Milton, Delaware. Solitary walks along the Atlantic beaches soothe her soul. Shared beach walks with her husband, Bill, a fellow writer, and their rescue dog, Windsor, enliven her soul. Proximity to the ocean fuels her creativity. An award-winning writer and teacher of fiction and nonfiction, she’s received residencies at Yaddo, A Room of One’s Own (AROHO), as well as selection as a semi-finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Competition. She attended writers’ conferences at San Miguel Allende, the Joiner Center/University of Massachusetts, Mendocino and Byrdcliffe. The Maryland State Arts Council granted her their Individual Artist Fellowship for her novel, The Resurrection of Hundreds Feldman. Most recently, her new home state chose her to attend the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Arts Council 2018 Seashore Writers Retreat. Speizer Crandell’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?, and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and other booksellers. The Woman Puzzle, one of her novels, is scheduled for 2019 publication.
More at judithsca.wordpress.com
Lola Steel is a storyteller at heart. She is happiest when crafting homes for the words that find their way out of her mind. With a penchant for exploring what makes us tick, her poems, short stories, and novellas are as varied, and often as dark as her imagination. A believer in the adage that we all live many lives in this one, her path of being a writer has been the one constant throughout her own journey, and she enjoys creating escapes in which others can indulge. Steel’s dreams of living on an island with goats someday has been partly achieved as she writes from her home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Steel has been published in the DASH Literary Journal and online at Writing in A Woman’s Voice. Steel’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Her debut novel, Trip the Road Fantastic, is due for publication in 2019.
David Sturm, a Baltimore native, was a retired newspaper reporter who resided in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland and graduated from Towson University with an English degree. From 1976 to 1996, Mr. Sturm worked as a reporter and editor for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, PA. There, he covered the Three Mile Island nuclear accident among many other news events. He worked at the Prague Post, Czech Republic, and at Baltimore Sun weeklies in the Baltimore suburbs. Mr. Sturm retired in 2016. He is the author of three movie screenplays, and the novel WELCOME TO BREEZEWOOD (published in June 2019 by DPP). Mr. Sturm’s short story, “Don’t Be a Bitch,” was published posthumously in the DPP anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Mr. Sturm died on July 3, 2019.
Carrie Sz Keane studied journalism and English at the University of Maryland. She later apprenticed as a midwife in rural Appalachia in Kentucky before studying nurse-midwifery at Yale University. While at Yale, Keane was awarded a humanities honor in creative writing for her piece entitled “Modern Nurse Nancy,” a story about working night shifts as a new nurse on a postpartum unit, which was later published in a Canadian nursing textbook. Upon graduating in 2004, Keane began journaling and writing the stories of her work as a midwife. She is actively writing a journalistic memoir of her career. Keane works at an active obstetrics and gynecology practice in Delaware as a sexual health clinician providing prenatal care, contraception, annual examinations, STD screenings, and birth support for females. Her stories and essays, which have been published in anthologies by Devil’s Party Press, focus on maternal health in America and her role as a witness on the front lines of female healthcare. Keane’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?, and HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Paulene Turner is an Australian writer of novels, short stories, and short plays. A former Sydney journalist, she wrote her first novel as a nanowrimo exercise. Since then, she has drafted three more books with the same characters and is now planning the fifth, and final, installment in her YA series. Her love of writing began with screenplays. SPACE CADET, her animation feature, was nominated by the Australian Writers Guild as best unproduced feature nationally. But as the film industry is tough to crack, she eventually crossed over to the “dark side”–writing narrative fiction. Her writing style still features a lot of dialogue and quite “filmic” visual scenes.
Her short stories have appeared in anthologies in the US and Australia. Turner also writes ten-minute theatre plays, many of which she has directed for Short and Sweet, Sydney–the biggest little play festival in the world. Turner’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthologies SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY and WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at pauleneturnerwrites.com.
Sarah Van Goethem is a Canadian author who spent a short time as a realtor, until she realized she more thoroughly enjoyed trespassing at abandoned (and haunted?) houses. Van Goethem has won awards for her short stories and has several floating around in other anthologies. Her novels have been in Pitch Wars and longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award. Van Goethem is a self-described nature lover, a wanderer of dark forests, and a gatherer of things vintage. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Author K.T. Vanderlaag is a self-described “displaced North Easterner residing in south Florida with my incredibly supportive husband, three dogs, a hateful parrot, and two of my three grown sons.” Vanderlaag began writing poetry in her teens but only began submitting her work for publication in 2019. Her recent work can be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? She writes freestyle and particularly enjoys writing in structured poems stating that she “likes the challenge of the constraints.” Vanderlaag is a history freak and a textile artist. “I live in a very messy house as I have some kind of project going on everywhere and little time for much else.”
Elizabeth Vegvary studied creative writing at California State University, Sacramento before dropping out to manage the import section of a famous record store and misspend her youth. Years passed and now she lives in a small enclave in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. When she’s not taking long walks in the dark woods with her husband and her dogs, she’s far too often wandering alone with her thoughts. She’s been writing for most of her life, absent a two-decade sojourn to raise her babies, become a certified lactation educator and hang a professional photographer shingle. Currently life is smaller, but the words are bigger. She manages her husband’s business and edits a monthly parenting magazine. Her work has been published by Zoetic Press, Rozlyn Press, and Oberon Poetry Magazine. Her work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store.
Leslie Wibberley is a slightly maddened mother to two outstanding young women and one slightly insane Cocker Spaniel, and wife to a loving and extremely tolerant husband. She holds a BSc in physiotherapy with a minor in psychology, but states that writing has always been her passion. Wibberley’s short stories and narrative nonfiction pieces can be found online and in print literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul where three of her works appear. Her work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? Wibberley’s work has placed five times in four years in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition, including a first place award in the genre category in 2018. She’s also placed first in several flash fiction contests.
Liliana Widocks is a Romanian living in UK. She describes herself as “a writer, when that doesn’t bother anyone, and a blogger, when I feel suddenly opinionated.” Most of her work, which can be found at her website, is in Romanian. Some of her articles and stories are published on two popular Romanians online platforms/sites: Republica.ro and catchy.ro. She recently started a blog written in English, which she describes as “just few poems now, tiny baby steps.” She is planning to publish a book of poems in her hometown, Suceava, in Romania in 2019. Widocks adds: “I am somebody exactly like yourself; when today is too lazy to come up with a story, I write down one of my own. We were given life, we just need to love.” Widocks ‘s short fiction can be found in the DPP anthologies AURORA, SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, and WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at lilianawidocks.com
Wendel Young grew up in Philadelphia, one of four children. He graduated from West Philly High in 1978 and joined the United States Marine Corps. During his eight years in the Corps, Young was deployed twice. After his military service, he worked in the aerospace industry. Young began writing poetry as a teenager after being inspired by Langston Hughes. His poetry often reflects on his military service. Young moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2016. Young’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Les Zig is the author of THE SHADOW IN THE WIND (Pinion Press), AUGUST FALLING, JUST ANOTHER WEEK IN SUBURBIA (Pantera Press), and PRIDE (Busybird Publishing). Zig’s work can also be found in the Devil’s Party Press anthology, WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? He’s had three screenplays optioned, and stories and articles published in various print and digital journals. Zig blogs, often yelling at clouds.
More at leszig.com.