Leanna Renee Hieber
Introduction to DeadSteam
Leanna Renee Hieber is the author of Gothic, Dreadpunk, Gaslamp Fantasy for Tor Books, Kensington, and other publishers. Her Strangely Beautiful saga (Tor Books) has been hailed as a foundation work of Gaslamp Fantasy, won numerous genre awards, and was a Barnes & Noble and Borders bestseller. Her Magic Most Foul saga, beginning with Darker Still, hit the Indie Next List and was a Scholastic Book Club “Recommended Read”. Her Eterna Files saga is now complete with Tor Books and she launches The Spectral City (Kensington) this fall. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous notable anthologies such as Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (Datlow, Windling for Tor Books), Willful Impropriety and the Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance. She is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker at conventions and institutions around the country and her books have been translated into many languages. A classically trained professional actress, she is a proud member of performer unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA, is a ghost tour guide in Manhattan, and works often in film and television in New York City, having been featured in shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. She is active across social media and has free reads, resources and more at leannareneehieber.com
Bryce Raffle (Editor, Cover Designer)
Burke Street Station
Bryce Raffle writes steampunk, horror, and fantasy. He worked as lead writer on Ironclad Games’ Sins of a Dark Age, a multiplayer online game, and is currently working on his debut novel, Dead London. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Denizens of Steam and Den of Antiquity. His short story, The Complications of Avery Vane, was awarded Best Steampunk Short in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll in 2017. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where he works in the film industry.
Agony In Red
Jen loves to read and that passion came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except, maybe, the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She has been writing since grade school, and has over 10 books published, plus numerous short stories in various anthologies. She lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska with her boys, her cats, her dog, her fish, her crab, and a large supply of books that helps insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.
Jonah Buck wanted to learn eldritch knowledge and commune with pale, unspeakable beings that flit across the sunless landscape to terrorize the living, so he became an attorney in Oregon. His interests include history, professional stage magic, paleontology, and exotic poultry.
Author Site: http://www.jonahbuck.com
David Lee Summers
A Specter in the Light
David Lee Summers is the author of eleven novels and over one hundred short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror. David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, The Astronomer’s Crypt, which is a horror novel inspired by his work at an astronomical observatory, and The Brazen Shark, which was voted best steampunk novel in the 2017 Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll. His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and the bestselling Straight Outta Tombstone. In 2010 and 2016, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award and in 2017, he was nominated for SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award. In addition to writing, David has edited five science fiction anthologies including A Kepler’s Dozen, Kepler’s Cowboys and Maximum Velocity: The Best of the Full-Throttle Space Tales. When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Learn more about David at davidleesummers.com
Read his Author Interview here.
Karen J Carlisle
The Case of the Murderous Migraine
Karen J Carlisle is an imagineer and writer of speculative fiction – steampunk, Victorian mystery and fantasy.
She graduated in 1986, from Queensland Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry and lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.
Karen first fell in love with science fiction when she saw Doctor Who as a four-year old (she can’t remember if she hid behind the couch). This was reinforced when, at the age of twelve, she saw her first Star Destroyer. She started various other long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order.
She has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and Cockatrice (Arts and Sciences magazine). Her short story, An Eye for Detail, was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Karen’s short story, Hunted, featured in the ‘A Trail of Tales’ exhibition in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.
She writes full-time and can often be found plotting fantastical, piratical or airship adventures.
Karen has always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.
She is not keen on the South Australian summers.
Sanity Slips Through Your Fingers
London native C. C. Adams is the horror/dark fiction author whose work appears in publications such as Turn To Ash and Weirdbook Magazine. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he also holds a 2015 Honourable Mention from the Australian Horror Writers Association for short fiction.
Still living in London, he lifts weights, cooks – and looks for the perfect quote to set off the next dark delicacy.
Visit him at www.ccadams.com
Read his Author Interview here.
Ross Smeltzer is a social studies teacher and dabbler in dark fiction living in Dallas, Texas. His first book, a collection of dark fantasy and Gothic horror novellas titled The Mark of the Shadow Grove, appeared in print in January of 2016. Ross’s fiction has appeared in Sanitarium Magazine and Body Parts Magazine. His short fiction has also appeared in anthologies by Egaeus Press, Dragon’s Roost Press, and Hic Dragones.
The Book of Futures
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and elsewhere. Her time travel novella, The Continuum, is forthcoming from World Weaver Press in January 2018.
For more info, visit wendynikel.com
The Velvet Ribbon
After Jay read a few stories to his parents, they booted him out of the house. Undaunted, he continues to write everything from humor to the erotic to the macabre, and is especially keen on transcending genre pigeonholing. His tales span the gulf from Horror Novel Review’s Best Short Fiction Award to Chicken Soup for the Soul. They may be told with hardcore realism or fantasy, bringing to life the most quirky of characters. Novels include Valley of Tears, Tears for the Departed, And the Heavens Wept, and Paranormal Liaisons. His story collections are Carnival of Nightmares, Midway of Fear, Sex in Bloom, and A Baker’s Dozen.
James Dorr’s latest book is a novel-in-stories published in June 2017 by Elder Signs Press, Tombs: A Chronicle of Latter-Day Times of Earth. Born in Florida, raised in the New York City area, in college in Boston, and currently living in the Midwest, Dorr is a short story writer and poet specializing in dark fantasy and horror, with forays into mystery and science fiction. His The Tears of Isis was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance, Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, and his all poetry Vamps (A Retrospective). He has also been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician, and currently harbors a goth cat named Triana. He welcomes readers to visit his blog at http://jamesdorrwriter.wordpress.com .
A Visitor At Sultana’s Castle
Rob Francis is an academic ecologist and writer based in London. He started writing fantasy and horror in 2014, and since then has had over twenty short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. Recent sales have been to Metaphorosis Magazine, You Are Here: Tales of Cartographic Wonders, Syntax & Salt and Tales of Blood and Squalor by Dark Cloud Press.
He lurks on Twitter @RAFurbaneco
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Tales of the Black Arts (Hazardous Press), Amok!, Stomping Grounds and Ill-considered Expeditions (all April Moon Books), Altered States II (Indie Authors Press), Destroy All Robots (Dynatox Ministries), and Sorcery & Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen (Hieroglyphics Press), and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor).
DJ Tyrer’s website is at http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/
The Atlantean Publishing website is at http://atlanteanpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/
Steve Carr, who lives in Richmond, Va., began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over a hundred short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. His plays have been produced in several states. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee.
He is on Facebook
and Twitter @carrsteven960.
Read his Author Interview here.
Alice E Keyes
Eira Alba and the Septum Scientists
Alice E. Keyes grew up with one foot in Montana Rockies and the other foot in New England. Living in two different worlds gave Alice wonder lust. She now lives in Port Au Prince, Haiti with her husband, two children, and two Brittanys. She will move to Helsinki, Finland for her next adventure. When she is not writing, she enjoys getting out into nature by either bicycling or hiking.
twitter – @aliceEkeyes
instagram – aliceekeyes
E. Seneca is a freelance speculative fiction author with a strong affinity for urban and soft fantasy, as well as mild horror and soft science fiction. She has written original fiction since 2008, and has worked on novels, novellas, and short stories. She lives in the United States.