Contributors

Authors

Cliff Allen has spent the majority of his life living and working in California’s great Central Valley. He has had an interest in science and technology for as long as he can remember, and enjoys nothing better than sitting down with a good science text and learning something new. Cliff is a lifelong fan of the space program, and that has led to an avid interest in science fiction as a literary form. He is proud to have his short story “Strange Alliance” included in Occupied Earth.

Craig Faustus Buck is an LA-based writer for both print and screen. Among his dozens of television credits, including Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon, he was one of the writers on the seminal miniseries V: The Final Battle. His short story “Honeymoon Sweet” is a 2015 Anthony Award nominee. His novella Psycho Logic was published by Stark Raving Press in 2014. His first novel, Go Down Hard, was published by Brash Books this year and was First Runner Up for Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award. Among his nonfiction books, two were #1 NYT bestsellers. He wrote the Oscar-nominated short film Overnight Sensation. His indie feature, Smuggling for Gandhi, is slated for production in the fall. He is President of Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter, a member of the board of Sisters in Crime LA, and an active member of the Writers Guild of America and International Thriller Writers. He is also an unheralded pitmaster.

Matthew Clemens is a long-time co-conspirator with Max Allan Collins, the pair have collaborated on over twenty novels – including CSI and Criminal Minds TV tie-in books, more than fifteen short stories, several comic books, four graphic novels, a computer game, and a dozen mystery jigsaw puzzles. Their latest Thomas & Mercer thriller Supreme Justice, was published last year.

Hailing from Brooklyn, Adam Lance Garcia was raised on comic books, movie serials, and lightsabers. Best known for his Green Lama: Legacy series and his original graphic novel, Sons of Fire, Adam writes for a number of publishers, including Moonstone Books and Pro Se Productions, as well as working as a full-time television producer and a part-time screenwriter. Learn more at adamlancegarcia.com.

Howard Hendrix is the award-winning author of six novels (four from Ace Books, two from Del Rey), four short story collections, three book length works of nonfiction, many short stories, poems, reviews and essays published in a wide variety of venues. He also writes guest editorials for Analog Magazine, and is co-editor with his wife Laurel of an endless work, The Encyclopedia of Mars.

Rachel Howzell Hall is the author of the critically-acclaimed mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise Norton, who debuted in Land of Shadows with the second novel Skies of Ash, out in May, both from Forge. Rachel, a Los Angeles native, is currently a writer for City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment.

David Hall is the Design Director for the digital arm of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This is his first story collaboration with his wife writer Rachel Howzell Hall. David was born and raised in Los Angeles. A lover of science-fiction, he awaits their next project.

Rob Hart is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. His short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Thuglit, NEEDLE, Reloaded, Kwik Krimes, and Helix Literary Magazine. His debut novel, New Yorked, will be published by Polis Books in June 2015, with the sequel, City of Rose, to follow. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the City of New York.

Richard M. Johnson is a screenwriter, copywriter, playwright, and poet. His short stories can be found in several anthologies, including Meeting Across the River, The Story Salon’s Big Book of Stories, and 6S, volume 3. He is also a performer and photographer and uses both avocations as excuses to occasionally get out of the house and into the sun. And it’s always a treat to try and google his name, because there are somewhere near eight-million “Richard Johnson’s” on the internet.

Jessica Kaye is a partner at Kaye & Mills (www.kayemills.com), a law firm specializing in publishing and entertainment. She is an audiobook producer of hundreds of audiobooks, more than a few of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She is the founder and owner of Big Happy Family, LLC (www.bighappyfamilyaudio.com), a digital distributor of audiobooks and ebooks. Jessica created and co-edited the anthology Meeting Across the River (Bloomsbury, 2005). 

Adam Korenman has been dabbling in writing for most of his life, but only recently began spilling the crazy thoughts down on paper. He is the author of When the Stars Fade, the first book in The Gray Wars heptology, coming soon from California Cold Blood—a Rare Bird imprint. He is an editor for CC2KOnline, the nexus of pop culture fandom, and runs a weekly column for the Video Game section. Adam is a Captain with the Army National Guard, serving with a company of tankers in California. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, and is always happy to take the other half of a sandwich off your hands. 

Lisa Morton began her career in Hollywood, co-writing the cult favorite Meet the Hollowheads (on which she also served as associate producer), but soon made a successful transition into writing short works of horror. After appearing in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Dark Delicacies, The Museum of Horrors, and Cemetery Dance, in 2010 her first novel, The Castle of Los Angeles, was published to critical acclaim, appearing on numerous “Best of the Year” lists. She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, a recipient of the Black Quill Award, and winner of the 2012 Grand Prize from the Halloween Book Festival. (derived from her website)

Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written more than 60 novels between them, some of the most recent of which are The Shard Axe series and a trilogy based on Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice comic books (Rockwell, dark and urban fantasy) and Empty Rooms and Season of the Wolf (Mariotte, urban and supernatural thrillers). They’ve also written dozens of short stories, separately and together. Some of their solo stories are collected in Nine Frights (Mariotte) and Bridges of Longing (Rockwell). Their published or soon-to-be-published collaborations are “A Soul in the Hand,” “John Barleycorn Must Die,” “V-Wars: The Real HousewiVes of Scottsdale,” and “The Lottons Show.” Other miscellaneous projects include Rhysling Award-nominated poetry (Rockwell) and Bram Stoker Award-nominated comic books (Mariotte). You can find more complete bibliographies and news about upcoming projects, both collaborative and solo, at marsheilarockwell.com and jeffmariotte.com.

Nathan Walpow’s Joe Portugal mystery series includes four novels and a threatening-to-be-resurrected serial. His novella “Push,” from Fight Card Books, is set in the world of professional wrestling, and is an expansion of “Push Comes to Shove,” selected for the Best American Mystery Stories series. Nathan’s novella “Logan’s Young Guns,” available as a paperback and an e-book, details how Annie Kevorkian and Johnny P. Jones met, years before the Mahk-Ra showed up; his short story “A Good Day’s Work,” originally in Orange County Noir, has been optioned for a movie. Nathan is a past president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. Visit his website at www.walpow.com.

Editors

Richard J. Brewer, a native Californian, has always been a lover of stories and storytelling. He has worked as a writer, actor, bookseller, story editor, book reviewer, movie and television Development Executive, and audiobook narrator. He was co-editor of the critically acclaimed Bruce Springsteen inspired short story anthology Meeting Across the River. His most recent short story, Last to Die, was included in another anthology inspired by The Boss, Trouble in the Heartland, and was noted as one of the Distinguished Mystery Stories of the year in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015.

Born under a bad sign, with family roots in Texas and the Mississippi Delta, L.A. native Gary Phillips must keep writing to postpone his inevitable appointment at the crossroads.  He was editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir, wrote the retro cult classic Danger A-Go-Go graphic novel teaming up Captain Action, Honey West and Derek Flint, and one reviewer of his Astonishing Heroes collection wrote, “It’s a book for anyone who remains nostalgic for the golden age of Toei films, blaxploitation movies, and lusty grindhouse cinema.”  His graphic novel about a money launderer, The Rinse, has been optioned for television. His website is at www.gdphillips.com.