The Storytellers of
The Misbehaving Dead
Adrian Ludens is the author of the dark fiction collection Ant Farm Necropolis, published by A Murder of Storytellers. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association with Active status. Adrian has contributed stories to the A Murder of Storytellers anthologies: The Book of Blasphemous Words, Now Playing in Theater B, Broken Worlds, and Beyond the Nightlight. Other recent appearances include: DOA 3 (Blood Bound Books), Blood in the Rain 3 (Cwtch Press), Zippered Flesh 3 (Smart Rhino), and Hinnom Magazine issue 3. (The number 3 has been good to him recently.) Adrian enjoys exploring abandoned buildings, watching hockey, swimming, listening to music and writing. Visit him at www.adrianludens.com or find him on Facebook.
"She Comes Calling"
Lisa Finch lives and writes in Forest, Ontario. Her short stories have been published by A Murder of Storytellers, Page and Spine, Every Day Fiction, Alfie Dog Fiction, Mash Stories, Digital Fiction Pub and many others. She likes to people-watch, and go for long walks with her husband and children (sometimes through cemeteries).
"Girls from Jumbo"
John Biggs describes himself as a regional writer whose region is somewhere west of the Twilight Zone. His work blends speculative fiction with a literary style and frequently includes Native American mysticism. Sixty of John’s short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies that vary from literary to young adult speculative fiction and everything in between. His books include: Owl Dreams, Popsicle Styx, Sacred Alarm Clock, Cherokee Ice, Shiners, and Books I and II of the Clementine apocalypse series.
"Cloves and Orchids"
Leigh Harlen is a speculative fiction writer whose work often has a dark bent. Their work has been published in Aurealis, Dark Moon Digest, and Shoreline of Infinity. They live in Seattle with their partner and an adopted family of rats and rabbits. When not writing, they can typically be found petting strangers’ dogs and enthusing about how awesome bats are. Follow them on Twitter @leighharlen for updates on future publications and bat pictures.
"Stay Down, Rusty"
Deb Jannerson's first book of poetry, Rabbit Rabbit (Finishing Line Press, 2016), received accolades from Autostraddle and award-winning slam poet Franny Choi. Jannerson won the 2017 So to Speak Nonfiction Contest for her essay, “Scarring,” about intimacy and PTSD. Her fiction, poems, and social commentary have appeared in six anthologies and more than twenty magazines. She lives with her wife and pets in New Orleans, the most haunted city in the world.
"The Edge of the Dock"
Award-winning author Shannon Iwanski is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Inkubus Publishing, an editor for A Murder of Storytellers, and a founding member of the critique group Nevermore Edits. In 2014, he realized his childhood dream when his debut novel Ride the Train was published. Since then, Shannon has published another novel, multiple short stories, four novellas, and three anthologies. When not alternating between cursing and thanking his overactive muse, he enjoys reading comic books and collecting way too much geeky memorabilia. Shannon lives in Tulsa, OK, with his husband, four dogs, two cats, and a bird.
"Sisters of Midnight"
Kim Munsamy resides in the eternal sunshine city of Durban, South Africa. She favours science fiction, horror, and mystery. Whisky, puzzles, and taking long walks in her dreams comprise her hobbies. Currently, she believes her dog is involved in a plot for world domination. She does not know how she feels about it.
"The Stray Bones Trap"
Chris Kuriata lives in St. Catharines, Ontario. As well as editing documentaries about murderers, faith healers, and hockey, his short fiction about elderly poisoners, whale-hunting clowns, and translating the dead have appeared in many fine publications such as Gamut, Diabolical Plots, Pseudopod, and The Book of Blasphemous Words.
"Mercy Brown and Me"
Christine Lajewski is a writer, retired alternative high school teacher, a naturalist at Mass Audubon and a haunt actor. Her first novel, Jhator, was published in 2014. Her horror novel, Bonebelly, will be published in October, 2017. She has had horror short stories published in Dark Tales, Sanitarium, and The Flash Fiction Press. She lives in Norton, MA
"The Naked Woman"
"Death Is but a Text Away"
Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. In real life she lives with an engineer and lazy cat, and fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.
Eddie Generous is a Canadian living on the Pacific coast with his wife and their cats. He operates a fledgling literary horror outfit aptly named Unnerving. An anthology he's compiled and edited, Hardened Hearts, is due out in December. In 2018, Hellbound Books is releasing a collection of his novelettes titled Dead is Dead, but Not Always.
"Until There's Nothing Left"
J.A.W. McCarthy goes by Jen when she is not writing. She lives with her husband and assistant cat in Seattle, WA, where she needs music as much as her laptop to get the words out. Her most recent work can also be found in Unfading Daydream.
Donna A. Leahey
As a child in school, Donna Leahey turned her vocabulary homework into short stories. Years later, she is still crafting stories. Geek, gamer, writer, mother, procrastinator, and pet lover, Donna is a practicing veterinarian and free-lance writer as well as an active creator of podcasts. You can hear her and her friends on Beyond the Cabin in the Woods: A Good Ghouls Guide to Horror, Collective Snark, and Once More With Feeling: A 20th Anniversary Fancast as well as her soon-to-be-released 4th podcast, The Family Business: A Supernatural Fancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @soonerdvm.
"The Glorious Dead"
Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and non-fiction. Her academic background is in history, so it's not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe and an associate member of SFWA. Her first novel, Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering, is available from Razorgirl Press. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats. Visit her at historythatneverwas.com.
"The Red Lady"
Joni Chng is a writer and photographer by profession. In her spare time, she reads and draws. But in between writing scripts for choose-your-own-adventure online games, doing photo shoots, urban sketching and interviewing some professional for magazine articles, she continues building and expanding her own imaginary universe – one story at a time. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle jonichng.
"Dead Men Don't Count"
Lynda Clark is a writer of fiction that is very often labelled "strange." This is not always an insult. Her work has appeared in previous Murder of Storytellers collection Faed and others, including Don't Open Till Doomsday by Punks Write Poems Press and various issues of Beyond Science Fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine and The New Accelerator. She once won an award from the BBC for a radio script about talking kitchen appliances. She's currently working on a PhD in interactive fiction at Nottingham Trent University.
Michelle Ann King
"The World Doesn't End, Even When It Should"
Michelle Ann King was born in East London and now lives in Essex. Her stories have appeared in over seventy different venues, including Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Black Static. Her favourite author is Stephen King (sadly, no relation), and she also loves zombies, Las Vegas, and good Scotch whisky. Her first short story collection, Transient Tales, is available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online retailers.
"You Must Not Be Yourself"
Jeremy Megargee has always loved dark fiction. He cut his teeth on R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series as a child and a fascination with Stephen King’s work followed later in life. Jeremy weaves his tales of personal horror from Martinsburg, West Virginia with his cat Lazarus acting as his muse/familiar.