Brian Keene writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres.
His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Laterfilm) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies.
Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more.
In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Alien.
Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Naughty List, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions.
Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books.
Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show,, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine.
He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 World Horror Grandmaster Award, 2001 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction, 2003 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, 2004 Shocker Award for Book of the Year, and Honors from United States Army International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) 509th Logistics Fuels Flight.
A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.
The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.
Edward Lee is an American novelist specializing in the field of horror, and has authored 40 books, more than half of which have been published by mass-market New York paperback companies such as Leisure/Dorchester, Berkley, and Zebra/Kensington. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee for his story "Mr. Torso," and his short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket's HOT BLOOD series, and the award-wining 999. Several of his novels have sold translation rights to Germany, Greece, and Romania. He also publishes quite actively in the small-press/limited-edition hardcover market; many of his books in this category have become collector's items. While a number of Lee's projects have been optioned for film, only one has been made, HEADER, which was released on DVD to mixed reviews in June, 2009, by Synapse Films.
Lee is particularly known for over-the-top occult concepts and an accelerated treatment of erotic and/or morbid sexual imagery and visceral violence. He was born on May 25, 1957 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. In the late-70s he served in the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division, in Erlangen, West Germany, then, for a short time, was a municipal police officer in Cottage City, Maryland. Lee also attended the University of Maryland as an English major but quit in his last semester to pursue his dream of being a horror novelist. For over 15 years, he worked as the night manager for a security company in Annapolis, Maryland, while writing in his spare time. In 1997, however, he became a full-time writer, first spending several years in Seattle and then moving to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he currently resides.
Lucy Taylor is the author of seven novels and over one hundred short stories. Her short story “In the Cave of the Delicate Singers” and her novelette “Sweetlings” were published in 2015 and 2017 respectively by More of her recent work has appeared in the anthologies Peel Back the Skin, Fright Mares, Into the Heart of Painfreak, and in The Five Senses of Fear as well as numerous stories available on Great Jones Street. An illustrated edition of her Stoker Award-winning novel The Safety of Unknown Cities was recently published by Overlook Connection Press. She lives in the high desert outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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 Matt Shaw is the published author of over 180 publications. Known primarily for his extreme horror, he has also written in other genres too - including thrillers, romance, children’s stories and even erotica. His work has been translated into German, Korean, French and Japanese with a couple of graphic novel adaptations in poroduction too. Speaking of productions - a number of his books have had their film options secured by various companies. With regards to films, in January 2018, Shaw begins his feature-length directorial debut with the filming of his number one best-seller MONSTER, co-written with Michael Bray, having successfully funded it via Kickstarter. A regular on the convention run, Shaw can be found on the circuits signing both in America and the United Kingdom.

“There is a ferocity about Matt Shaw's writing that is both welcome and also necessary when it comes to horror.” - Shaun Hutson, author of ‘Slugs'

Monica J. O’Rourke is a freelance editor and book coach and has worked with hundreds of authors through the years, including Jack Ketchum, Wrath James White, Brian Keene, Edward Lee, and many others. Additionally, she has published more than one hundred short stories in magazines such as Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J. F. Gonzalez, Postscripts, Nasty Piece of Work, Fangoria, and Brutarian, and anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of the Kama Sutra and The Beauty of Death. She is the author of Poisoning Eros (1 and 2), written with Wrath James White, Suffer the Flesh, What Happens in the Darkness, and the collection In the End, Only Darkness. Her books and stories have been translated and published in Germany, Greece, and Russia. Find her on