Alasdair has worked as a journalist in genre criticism for a decade. In that time his work has appeared in newspapers like The Guardian, magazines like Neo, SciFi Now, Total Film and DeathRay and websites like Bleeding Cool, SF Bulletin and Film Divider. He's also been the host of Pseudopod, the weekly horror podcast for eight years.
In addition, Alasdair is a professional RPG writer, specializing in module design. The 6th Doctor Sourcebook for the official Doctor Who RPG written by him was released last year and the 10th Doctor book, also by him, is due at the end of 2016. He's also worked for game lines like Victoriana, Spark and All Flesh Must Be Eaten.
Bringing a deep academic understanding of narrative and thematic resonance to the table, along with a profound love for almost all pop culture, Alasdair is a fierce advocate for the best that the field can offer. He blogs (not enough) and tweets (too much) at the addresses above about pop culture, comics in particular and his deep love of cooking.
K. A. Laity is the award-winning author of Dream Book, White Rabbit, A Cut-Throat Business, Lush Situation, Owl Stretching, Unquiet Dreams, À la Mort Subite, The Claddagh Icon, Chastity Flame, and Pelzmantel, as well as editor of Weird Noir, Noir Carnival and Drag Noir (she also writes under other names).
Her bibliography is chock full of short stories, humor pieces, plays and essays, both scholarly and popular. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Galway, Ireland where she was a Fulbright Fellow in digital humanities at NUIG.
Dr. Laity teaches medieval literature, film, gender studies, social media and popular culture at the College of Saint Rose. She divides her time between upstate New York and Dundee.
A writer, podcaster, and software architect from Houston, Texas, Paul Elard Cooley has been writing since the age of 12. In 2009, he began producing free psychological thriller and horror podcasts, essays, and reviews available from Shadowpublications.com and iTunes.
His stories have been listened to by thousands and he has been a guest on such notable podcasts as Podioracket, John Mierau's "Podcast Teardown," Geek Out with Mainframe, Shadowcast Audio, and Vertigo Radio Live. In 2010, his short story Canvas and novella Tattoo were nominated for Parsec Awards. Tattoo became a Parsec Award finalist. He has collaborated with New York Times Bestselling author Scott Sigler on the series "The Crypt" and co-wrote the novella "The Rider" (projected release in 2015).
In addition to his writing, Paul has contributed his voice talents to a number of podiofiction productions. His best-selling novel, The Black, was released in 2014. The next novel in the series, The Black: Arrival, will be released on May 22nd, 2015. He is a co-host on the renowned Dead Robots' Society writing podcast and enjoys interacting with readers and other writers.
For more information about current and upcoming projects, please visit Shadowpublications.com.
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans Science Fiction, Fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varieties of stories. She is greedy and likes all the genres!
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com. For more information on her written work, please visit www.starlahuchton.com.
James Lafond Sutter is the Executive Editor for Paizo Publishing and a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He is the author of the novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine, the former of which was ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble's list of the Best Fantasy Releases of 2011, as well as a finalist for both the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel and a 2013 Origins Award. He's written numerous short stories for such publications as Escape Pod, PodCastle, Shattered Shields, Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the #1 Amazon best-seller Machine of Death. His anthology Before They Were Giants pairs the first published short stories of science fiction and fantasy luminaries with new interviews and writing advice from the authors themselves. In addition, he's published a wealth of award-winning gaming material for both Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
When not writing or editing, James has performed extensively with various bands and other musical projects ranging from punk and progressive metalcore to folk and musical theater. James lives in Seattle with his wife, a gaggle of roommates, and a fully functional death ray.
WHILE STAR WARS and STAR TREK seeded J. Daniel Sawyer's passion for the unknown, his childhood in academia gave him a deep love of history and an obsession with how the future emerges from the past.
This obsession led him through adventures in the film industry, the music industry, venture capital firms in the startup culture of Silicon Valley, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the worlds that assemble themselves in his head.
His travels with bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, and inventors led him eventually to a rural exile where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
Matt Wallace is the author of The Next Fix, The Failed Cities, and multiple novella series including Slingers and A Sin du Jour Affair. He’s also penned over one hundred short stories, a few of which have won awards and been nominated for others, in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time.
He now resides in Los Angeles with the love of his life, Nikki.