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emzhalloweenEmerian Rich / San Francisco / 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:

Nox /Nox San Francisco / Blog Editor

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Daphne StrasertDaphne Strasert / Texas / Review Coordinator / Writer, Reviewer

“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.”

Naching2Naching T. Kassa / Washington State / 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.


LionelLionel Green / Alabama / 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.

blarghJesse 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.

Wordsmith Crystal ConnorCrystal 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:

KieranKieran Judge / Cardiff, UK / Writer

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.

roR.L. Merrill / San Francisco / 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.

markorrMark Orr / Tennessee / Historian of Horror

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. Ccntact Mark at: Mark Orr, Historian of Horror.

djD.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.


IMG_20180401_084532Russell Holbrook / Georgia /Writer

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.


Renata PavreyRenata Pavrey / India / Writer, Reviewer

Renata Pavrey is a nutritionist and Pilates teacher. When not talking about food and fitness, she runs a book blog at, and is a contributing writer at several publications on Medium. She reads across genres and languages, and loves the world of horror – in both, books and movies. Her short stories, essays, poetry and artwork have featured in multiple anthologies from Ghost Orchid Press, Black Ink Fiction, Ravens Quoth Press, and Crow’s Feet Journal, among others. She has a poetry collection titled Eunoia. You can find her @writerlylegacy on Twitter.

jsJ.S. O’Connor / Iowa / Writer

J.S. O’Connor is a writer, fiction author, and overall horror fan. He’s currently a captive in Iowa, where he lives with his fiancee, three devious cats, and a spoiled dog. He works in education during the week and channels evil spirits on the weekends – only for writing purposes, of course. 


cmlucasCM “Spookus” Lucas / Ontario, CD / Writer, Reviewer

CM Lucas is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Specializing in the horror/Sci-fi genre, he is a creative graduate out of Fleming College (Ontario, Canada.) His goal is to fuse Horror and Sci-fi in a Philip K. Dick meets Junji Ito sort of blend.


stephanie ellisStephanie Ellis / Wrexham, UK / Reviewer

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

courtCourtney Mroch / Tennessee / 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.


ha-tagNightshade / San Francisco / PA 
Wolfbane / San Francisco / Publishing PA

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