The Storytellers of
Beyond the Nightlight

John Biggs

Everything John Biggs writes has at least a taste of Oklahoma, even if the plot carries the reader to far off places. His Oklahoma-centric short stories published in genre and literary magazines out of India, Thailand, and the United Kingdom in addition to the United States. His first two novels, Owl Dreams and Popsicle Styx were published by Pen-L Publishing in 2013, and 2014. Two more novels and a short story collection are coming soon. You can visit John on Facebook or at his website.

Lisa Finch

Lisa Finch graduated from McMaster University with an Honours English B.A.  Since then she’s had her work (both fiction and non fiction) published online and in print.  Her most recent fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Inner Sins, and in the anthologies Robbed of Sleep Volume 2 (Troy Blackford Publications) and Beyond the Nightlight (A Murder of Storytellers).  She lives in a small town in Ontario with her wonderful husband and three great children.  You can visit her website.

Thomas Mead

Thomas Mead completed a degree in English & Creative Writing in May 2014, and since then he’s been trying to offload the heap of short stories that has accumulated on his desk. As of now, he’s back at university working on a Master’s Degree, and planning a dissertation on gothic novels. He lives in the UK where some of the many, many writers that line his sagging bookshelves include: Robert Aickman, M.R. James, Joyce Carol Oates, Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis. He spends most of his time writing, reading, watching old movies, then writing again. The Price is his first publication.

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 70 of his short stories have appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories releases on February 1, 2015. His website is

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Lisa Finch

Lisa Finch lives in Forest, Ontario with her husband and three children. Her fiction and non fiction have appeared in magazines such as Every Day Fiction, Page and Spine, The Literary Hatchet, Mash Stories, Alfie Dog Fiction, and many others. She's also had her stories published in anthologies such as Beyond the Nightlight (A Murder of Storytellers). You can visit her website at

Amanda C. Davis

Amanda C. Davis has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her work has appeared in Crossed Genres, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. Her collection of dark fairy-tale retellings with Megan Engelhardt, Wolves and Witches, came out from World Weaver Press in 2013. She tweets enthusiastically as @davisac1. You can find out more about her and read more of her work on her website.

Robin Kirk

Robin Kirk is the author of three books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America's War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey's Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). Her essay on Belfast, “City of Walls,” was featured in the 2014 Best Travel Writing collection edited by William T. Vollman. 

An award-winning poet, Kirk has published a number of short stories. Kirk’s essay, “Best Ever Dog,” was featured in the Summer 2010 Oxford American’s Best of the South” issue. Kirk also won the 2005 Glamour magazine non-fiction contest with her essay on the death penalty

She is the coeditor of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and helps edit Duke University Press’s World Readers series. For 12 years, Kirk was a researcher with Human Rights Watch and covered Colombia and Peru. She is at work on a young adult trilogy and completed an MFA in Children’s and Young Adult literature at Vermont College in January 2014.

Kurt Newton

Kurt Newton's short stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Dark Discoveries, Shock Totem, and Shroud. He was born and raised in rural Connecticut, where sometimes the winters can be never ending.

James Michael Shoberg

James Michael Shoberg is a director, designer, and award-winning actor and playwright. His writing credits include numerous fringe plays and collections of both monologues and poems. James 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. James’ unique brand of twisted theatre has already attracted attention both nationally and internationally. His most recent endeavor is a currently untitled book of horror poetry for young adults, excerpts of which have appeared inBeyond the Nightlight, Cellar Door III: Animals Anthology, Pavor Nocturnus Dark Fiction Anthology, Phobos Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine, and Under the Bed Magazine, to name a few.

Kristin J. Cooper

Kristin J. Cooper was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up in a number of Queensland towns. She gained a degree in Media Studies from the University of Southern Queensland and went on to work in advertising. In 2007 she tried her hand at film producing, and in 2008 wrote and co-produced the short film Carnies. She went on to write film scripts for development and production. 

Kristin now lives in Gartly, Aberdeenshire, and spends her spare time working on novels, short stories, and thanks to the encouragement and patience of her local writers' group, the odd poem. She finds inspiration in myths, legends, fairytales and the wild Scottish countryside, especially on cold dark nights by the fireside.


Adrian Ludens

Adrian Ludens is a mystery and horror author from Rapid City, SD. His debut collection, Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles, is available in a variety of formats from Amazon and Smashwords. Also on Amazon is a collaboration with two other South Dakota-based authors called Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places, a collection of horror and suspense. Pro sales include Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, Shadows Over Main Street, and The Mothman Files. For more information, updates, a cover gallery, and more visit

Adan Ramie

Adan Ramie has been published by or has work forthcoming from Skin to Skin, MicroHorror, and Paper Tape Magazine, and has stories featured in the Beyond the Nightlight and Strange Portals anthologies. In her spare time, she binges on true crime television, has dance parties with her kids, and spends a ridiculous amount of money on coffee with her wife-to-be. Find her at or @AdanRamie.

Michael Schutz-Ryan

Michael Schutz-Ryan was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. A lifelong diet of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King whet his appetite for the macabre. A lover of all things horror, he plumbs the depths of Netflix in search of scary movies. He lives in northern California with his husband and the enduring spirit of their cat, Catie.