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Rose's top 5 fantasy picks (just in case you were wondering what we like):
1) "Tigana" by Guy Gavriel Kay
2) The "Elric" series by Michael Moorcock
3) The "Night Angel" Trilogy by Brent Weeks
4) The "Wraeththu" series by Storm Constantine
5) "Elantris" by Branden Sanderson
Bill's top 5 fantasy picks (in no particular order):
1) The "Roads of Heaven" series by Melissa Scott
2) The "Quarters" series by Tanya Huff
3) "The Mirror of Her Dreams" and "A Man Rides Through" by Stephen Donaldson
4) All the "True Game" stuff by Sheri Tepper
5) "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Coleridge
Josie's fave 5 genre novels:
1) "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell" by Susanna Clarke
2) "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
3) "Empire in Black and Gold" by Adrian Tchaikovsky
4) "Farenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
5) "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
Stacy's favorite genre novels:
1) "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt
2) "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Marier
3) "The Meaning of Night" by Michael Cox
4) "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
5) "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco
Heather Fowler is the author of the story collections Suspended Heart (Aqueous Books, 2010) and This Time, While We’re Awake (Aqueous Books, forthcoming 2013). She received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her work has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, and appeared in such venues as PANK, Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, JMWW, Prick of the Spindle, Short Story America, and others, as well as having been nominated for both the story South Million Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine and a Fiction Editor for the international refereed journal, Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures & Societies.
Please visit her website.
Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. Her first novel Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has earned several other awards.
In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned big ups by CNW/FFWA in 2008 and 2011 as well as by the Abilene Writers Guild in 2010. Krafton made her publishing debut in Spring 2009 when her poetry appeared in Poe Little Thing; her work has since appeared in several other journals including Niteblade, Ghostlight Magazine, The Absent Willow Review, and Silver Blade. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She's a Published Member of Pennwriters and is co-editor of her area's Wordpress blog. She also contributes to Query Tracker.
For more information, visit her blog.
A full time writer and editor living in East Yorkshire, England, Stuart Sharp was born in 1980. He studied at the University of Hull, finally earning a PhD in history in 2010, just in time to realise that he had very little interest in historical research. The time he doesn't spend writing these days is usually spent fencing, playing cricket, or trying to keep his cat from walking over his laptop.
At various points, he has contributed to more than twenty novels, only a few of which have his name on. This has, on occasion, allowed him the joy of winning awards while not being able to say which ones. His urban fantasy novels Searching and Witch Hunt were published by Double Dragon Publishing, before he switched to things with more jokes in. Several of his shrort stories have appeared in print, most notably in Rapunzel's Daughters and Semaphore Magazine's anthologies. There was even a point where he used to write poetry, though a tendency to laugh when thinking about spondees eventually put him off that.
For more information and bloggery, visit him at Stusplace.
Lyle Blake Smythers is an actor, writer and librarian in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 1976 he has performed in over 100 stage productions, including three appearances at the National Theatre. He has published fiction, poetry, satire and literary criticism in Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal and Children's Literature Review . He is a former children’s librarian and is currently providing cataloging support for an ongoing project at the Library of Congress.
Amy E. Yergen is a new Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Amy has lived all over North America including Maryland, Hawaii, California, Nebraska, Idaho, and Alberta, Canada.
In 2010, she received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She has worked as an online humor columnist, a feminist blogger, as well as a fiction reviewer and podcast voice.
currently lives in Riverside, CA with her family and two cats Mr.
Knightly and Mr. Darcy. Her motto is, “In for a penny, in for a
The Writers of Silence
Rev DiCerto is a modern-day Viking rock musician who masquerades by day as a medical editor. He is known for brewing some of the best mead in the North country. It is therefore unsurprising that elements of Norse lore can often be found in his fiction, including his foray into Silence with “Grotti’s New Song.”
DiCerto’s story “The Saga of Anund the Berserk” can be found in Elf Love , and his story “The Spyder” appears in Rapunzel’s Daughters.
While he hasn't lived in Silence itself, Jp LaFond grew up in New England and longs for the gothic horrors of a simpler, creepier world. He's a writer in the Boston area with an MFA from Emerson College. Look for his story "Agony Aunt" in our WTF?! anthology.
The Editors (Just in case you were wondering who you were dealing with...)
Rose Mambert, Editor in Chief
Rose Mambert started her editing career editing student papers at the University of Oregon nearly two decades ago. Since then, she has also worked as a translator and teacher of English and Italian, had a brief stint as a music reviewer for local newspaper "PDXS", completed two degrees in Italian literature, and is the author of a rock 'n' roll vampire novel The Muses. Read more about it at her website.
Dr. William A. Racicot, Editor
Bill Racicot is, among other things, a medievalist, a writer, and a dancing poet. As a writer, he has presented at conferences and published scholarly articles on topics such as Chaucer, Milton, Oscar Wilde, and the movie "Groundhog Day," as well as publishing poems in various places. He teaches college writing and gothic fiction, and in his spare time, he works as a technical writer.
Josie Brown, Editor
Josie Brown is a voracious reader, blogger, and all round sharp lady. Among many other things, she is currently at work on a PhD in political theory, which may explain her work as a political speechwriter and that one time she founded a successful Model United Nations non-profit organization and speakers' bureau before she finished college. She spends much of her free time using her voice, either as an opera singer or a foul-mouthed hockey fan. You can read her rather eclectic blog here.
Dr. Stacy Giufre, Editor
Stacy Giufre began her career as a writer and editor at Cornell University where she co-founded a literary and art magazine known as The Quad. Since then, she has lived in France, Italy, Costa Rica, and Cambridge and has maintained a love affair with language. Having recently earned a PhD from a little-known school called Harvard, Stacy teaches Italian in Worcester, MA, and spends way too much time writing various academic articles and conference presentations about authors that most people have never heard of. She is also currently working on a memoir.