|The Persian Box – Gerald Costlow is a middle-aged man living a middle-class life in Michigan. He did a bit of traveling in his youth and eventually picked up Buddhism in Korea and a wife in Ohio. His short stories have appeared in the November 2004 issue of Flytrap magazine, the Fall 2004 Fantasque anthology, and several webzines now defunct. His novels have yet to find a publisher.|
|The Goldsmith – Ian Creasey was born in 1969 and lives in Yorkshire, England. He began writing when rock & roll stardom failed to return his calls. His fiction has appeared in various publications including Oceans of the Mind, Gothic.Net, Paradox, On Spec, and The Mammoth Book Of Legal Thrillers. His spare time interests include hiking, gardening, and environmental conservation work — anything to get him outdoors and away from the computer screen.|
|Interview with Ellen Datlow – Ellen Datlow was editor of SCIFICTION, the multi award-winning fiction area of SCIFI.COM, for almost six years. She was fiction editor of OMNI for over seventeen years. During those years she has worked with and published many of the most important writers in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror field including Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Bruce Sterling, Peter Straub, Stephen King, Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates, William Burroughs, and others.
She has edited several original science fiction and horror anthologies plus, with Terri Windling, edited the adult fairy tale series, a children’s fairy tale series, and a young adult series of fantasy anthologies. In addition, she has edited the horror half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies for nineteen years.
Datlow has won the World Fantasy Award seven times, two Bram Stoker Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, the 2002 and 2005 Hugo Award, and the 2005 Locus Award, for her work as an editor. SCIFICTION won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Website.
|Route Nine – Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California with her family and increasing numbers of corgis and rabbits. Her work has been published in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, The Fortean Bureau, Abyss and Apex, Lone Star Stories, and Sybil’s Garage. Her website is here: www.samanthahenderson.com.|
|The Black Back-Lands – Jay Lake lives and works in Portland, Oregon, within sight of an 11,000 foot volcano. He is the author of dozens of short stories, three collections, a chapbook, and the novel Rocket Science from Fairwood Press. Jay is also the co-editor with Deborah Layne of the critically-acclaimed Polyphony anthology series from Wheatland Press, twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 2004, Jay won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has also been a Hugo nominee for his short fiction. Jay can be reached via his Web site at http://www.jlake.com/ or by email at email@example.com.|
|Neighbor – Jason A. D. MacDonaldcan’t really say how he ended up at this party but intends to make the most of the buffet table. He earned his Masters Degree in English Literature from Carleton University and proceeded to fame and fortune as a graveyard-shift security guard at Canada Post Corporation. When not dreaming of a cushy public service cubicle, he loses himself in exploring other fantasy worlds, such as the works of George R. R. Martin, and by inventing his own with a focus on strong characters and non-rationalized magic. A handful of his poems have appeared in Yield Magazine. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his partner and pet rat.|
|Music in D Minor – Erynn Miles writes plays as well as prose. She resides in Chicago with her paramour Cory, an actor, as well as her two cats Nija and Boopstie, who are also actors.|
| One-Leaf-Two – Edo Mor is an Israeli-American who now calls Pennyslvania home, at least for eight months of the year. He resides in Argentina for the remainder, because being a glass artist permits such nomadic indulgences, and because his wife is from there and prefers it over the US, and perhaps because in a past life he was a migrating bird. Edo is a graduate of ClarionWest 2005. Visit his day job at http://www.momoglass.com.
One-Leaf-Two was conceived at the very tip of southern Spain, where the waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean mingle together and winds can exceed fifty mph for days on end.
|Sell Your Soul to the Devil Blues – Tom Pendergrass is a former intelligence officer who now makes his home in Hunstville, Alabama with his wife and two sons. In addition to writing, he also grows bonsai. Tom won a Writers of the Future award in 2004 and his stories have been published in a number of speculative fiction magazines. He is a member of Codex Writers.|
| Action Team-Ups Number Thirty-Seven – Ken Scholes started writing stories in the first grade. He started submitting stories in the tenth grade and then, after a long break, started selling some of them. He has work appearing in Talebones, Fortean Bureau, Aeon Speculative Fiction, Son and Foe and the anthologies Best of the Rest 3: Best Unknown Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2001, TEL : Stories, 44 Clowns and L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Writers of the Future, Volume XXI. His speculative fiction has won honorable mention in several venues including Year’s Best Science Fiction and he is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest for 2004. Ken is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Codex writers group.
Ken’s background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in history, a brief stint as a clergyman, an even briefer stint as a label-gun repairman and over ten years experience managing nonprofit organizations. Originally from the Puget Sound area, Ken currently lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his amazing wonder-wife Jen, two cats, five guitars and more books than you’d ever want to help him move.
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