One of the most exhilarating things about editing an anthology is finding those stories that excite you – those tales that are not just well written but are really special. Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you in more detail to some of our fantastic contributors. As a teaser, we thought it might be fun to begin with short bios of our first five authors:
Calie Voorhis is a life-long fanatic of the fantastic, with stories in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – Issue 51 and the anthologies Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology, Space Sirens, Farspace 2, DOA – Tales of Extreme Terror, and Anywhere but Earth. She holds a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is an Odyssey workshop alumna.
Bruce Pratt’s novel, The Serpents of Blissfull, Mountain State Press, was published in April, 2011. In 2008, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction, and his poetry collection Boreal is available from Antrim House Books. His fiction, poetry, essays, and plays have appeared in more than forty literary magazines and journals in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Wales. In addition to working as an assistant editor with American Fiction, Pratt serves on the editorial board of Hawk and Handsaw. He is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA at The University of Southern Maine, where he teaches undergraduate creative writing. Pratt lives with his wife, Janet, in Eddington, Maine.
Stephen McQuiggan spent the first twenty years of his life in a chicken coop before being rescued by a kindly Quaker family who shaved his hands and taught him how to speak. He has been published in Prole, Gold Dust, Debut and AWR amongst others, and features in the latest anthologies from Mirador and Grist. He lives in Northern Ireland and still has an aversion to eggs.
Thomas Livingston has published two novels: Paper Walls of Innocence, Bantam Books, New York; and The Tower is Down, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London; and has stories in mass circulation magazines including Playboy, literary magazines such as Nothing Doing in London, The Ledge, and Main Street Rag, poetry in Two Cities, The Ledge, and the new renaissance. His latest non-fiction, in the Summer 2010 edition of Gastronomica, is included in Best Food Writing, 2011, edited by Holly Hughes.
D.G. Bracey is a shadow-chaser, sand-scribbler, and freelance writer from the coast of South Carolina. Since graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Journalism, D.G. has managed hotels, peddled retail, and contributed columns to any publication with an audience larger than two. He is currently finishing his first novel and searching the shadows for inspiration, because there is a whole lot of sand yet to be scribbled.
Stay tuned for more details on our First Five, and other great authors!