STAFF is first and foremost created by and for fans of horror.
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Emerian Rich
San Francisco, CA
Creator, Horror Hostess, Publisher

Emerian Rich created as a place for horror addicts, by horror addicts, glorifying every aspect of the horror lifestyle. Emerian is the author of Night’s Knights Vampire Series, the Sweet Dreams Novel Series, and has been involved in dozens of podcast and story projects. She was the editor of the horror ‘zine DarkLives for ten years starting in the mid-nineties. To find out more about Emerian, visit her site at:

Naching T. Kassa
Washington State
Head of Publishing
Writer, Interviewer

Naching is a wife, mother, and horror writer. She’s created 17 short stories, two novellas, a poem, and co-created two children. She lives in Eastern Washington State with Dan Kassa, her husband and biggest supporter. Naching is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series. She took second place in’s Next Great Horror Writer Contest and one of her poems was included in The Horror Writers Association’s Poetry Showcase Vol. IV.

San Francisco, CA
Blog Editor

Send me your spooky, creepy, tales!

Cedar George
Washington State
Publishing PA

Cedar is an aspiring writer and horror fan attending Western Washington University, where he is currently pursuing a major in East Asian Culture.

Kbatz (Kristin Battestella)
New Jersey
HOW Con DirectorWriter,
Horror TV/Movies

When other kids were playing with dolls and teddy bears, this South Jersey born and bred addict KBatz was watching Price, Lee, Hitchcock, Dark Shadows, Alien, anything and everything in analysis of what was scary and why. Be it vamps, scares, or weres, you name it-freaky or macabre and she is there-regardless of how you pronounce macabre. For more bent paranormal fiction and horror film, television, and literature reviews, find Kbatz’ insanity on the web at:

Lionel Green
Writer /Interviewer

Lionel Ray Green is a horror and fantasy writer, an award-winning newspaper journalist, and a U.S. Army gulf war veteran living in Alabama. Lionel writes a column for titled The Bigfoot Files. His short stories have appeared in a dozen anthologies, including Divinity: An Iron Faerie Publishing AnthologyHalloween Horror: Volume 1;  America’s Emerging Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers: Deep South; and Alabama’s Emerging WritersHis short story “Scarecrow Road” won the Writer 2018 International Halloween Themed Writing Competition All Hallows’ Prose. Visit and say hi.

Jesse Orr
Washington State
Fiction Columnist

Jesse Orr was born and raised in Alaska and has no idea, nor do his parents, when or how he began reading and writing; as is the case with so many things, they just are. Moving to Seattle in 2007, he settled down to a life of recording and performing music as well as writing whatever caught his fancy. He has a dog named Mr. Dog and lives in West Seattle.

Crystal Connor
Washington State
Reviewer Movies, Books, Music

Washington State native Crystal Connor loves anything that has to do with monsters, bad guys, and villains. Connor grew up telling spooky little campfire-style stories at slumber parties. Living on a steady literary diet of horror novels and healthy doses of horror cinema, it surprised no one that she ended up writing horror novels! When she’s not reviewing horror films she is busy terrorizing readers with tales of blood and woe. Find out more at:

Daphne Strasert
Writer, Reviewer, Gaming

“To be honest, I’m a coward. Yet, I adore putting my fear on paper. I love to transform words into a reality that slithers off the page and claws inside you. I write so you feel my terror crawl up your spine and turn you into a coward like me.”

Kieran Judge

Kieran Judge is a student of Creative Writing & Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, beginning a Masters in Creative Writing in September 2018. He lives in the peaceful surroundings of rural mid-Wales. Besides books and films, he enjoys filling his spare time with music, motorsport, and is a keen chess player.

R.L. Merrill
San Francisco, CA
Music Writer, Reviewer

Once upon a time… A teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ‘n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. Several contemporary, paranormal, and historical horror works later—with more tucked away in her evil lair—R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. You can find her lurking on social media where she loves connecting with readers, watching horror movies with her brilliant and creepy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance.

Mark Orr
Horror Historian

Mark Orr was born during the year that the first issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine was published, the year that Steve McQueen vanquished The Blob, and the year that Christopher Lee first donned Dracula’s cape and nuzzled the neck of a voluptuous British actress. In the intervening six decades plus, he has acquired a wife, three daughters, four grandchildren, a series of cats currently numbering two, a couple of dozen short story sales to various online and small press magazines and anthologies, the publication of two novels, and thousands of horror-related books, magazines, films, television and radio programs, songs, symphonies and operas, along with a wide variety of other spooky artifacts. And a university degree in history, which he intends to use to entertain, educate, and enlighten the denizens herein regarding the storied past of their favorite genre

Christopher Fink
New York

Chris Fink was born and raised on Long Island, NY and from an early age, 3 years old as he is told, he has been a glutton for ghouls! He began with a Nightmare on Elm Street and has evolved to a much more critical edge towards what makes things scary today. Originality, that’s what Chris is always looking for in films, books, as well as his own works. Chris spends his time writing fiction and screenplays, looking to eventually turn his love of the genre into a fully fleshed out career.


D.J. Pitsiladis
North Dakota
Writer, Voice Actor, Reviewer

DJ Pitsiladis is an author, voice actor, and lover of anything strange, weird, and horror-related. After taking a much needed break, he is back and raring to inspire horror writers with more Nightmare Fuel, book reviews, and plenty more story-related mayhem.

Chantal Boudreau

Chantal Boudreau is a speculative fiction writer from Sambro, Nova Scotia with a focus in horror and fantasy. She has published in Canada in the anthologies Tesseracts 20, Dead North, Clockwork Canada and Chillers from the Rock, amongst others. Outside of Canada, she has published more than fifty stories.

Writer / Reviewer

Mimielle is a singular and secretive being who divides her time between the wilds of Arkansas, haunting likely swamps and takes her place occasionally in the Kansas City Goths nightlife festivities. Always down for Absinthe and Poetry Readings, she reports on ghostly happenings, pop culture trends and alternative fashion as a full-time Gothic Lolita. She lives in a c.1892 Queen Anne Victorian on the Mississippi River Delta in a little town that got lost in time where she frequently sings to her resident ghosts and the cat.

San Francisco, CA

I work behind the scenes so this horror goodness can continue!

Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie Ellis writes dark speculative fiction, finding success in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her own collection of short stories has been published in The Reckoning and her dark verse has been gathered in Dark is my Playground. She is co-editor and contributor to The Infernal Clock, a fledgling press which has produced two anthologies to-date. She is also also co-editor of Trembling With Fear,’s online magazine.

She can be found at

Courtney Mroch
Writer / Haunt Jaunts

Courtney Mroch is the Ambassador of Dark & Paranormal Tourism for Haunt Jaunts. When she’s not traveling or writing, she’s usually wrangling cats and skeletons or watching a horror movie.

Russell Holbrook

Russell Holbrook is a Wonderland Award-nominated author, as well as an accomplished musician and visual artist. He is the author of the bizarro-horror novellas Joy and The Water Babies, the bizarro-erotica/comedy-horror mash-up novella Crust, and the ultra bizarro-splatter novel, Lucy Furr. He is currently at work on his next novel at his home in Mableton, GA.