The Underlords

 

ELIZABETH DONALD is a dark fiction writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is a three-time winner of the Darrell Award for speculative fiction and author of the Nocturne vampire mystery series and Blackfire zombie series, as well as other novels and short stories in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. She is the founder of the Literary Underworld author cooperative; an award-winning journalist and teacher of journalism ethics; a nature and art photographer; freelance writer, editor and writing coach. She is married to author Jim Gillentine, and their family lives in a haunted house in Illinois. In her spare time, she… has no spare time. Find out more about her at elizabethdonald.com.

JIMMY GILLENTINE grew up with a fondness for horror, science fiction and fantasy flavored with the southern tang of his native Memphis. His debut novella, “Of Blood and the Moon,” was first published in 2009 and was the first runner-up for the Darrell Award. Other publications include a short story titled “Fifteen-Minute Break” in the annual anthology Cover of Darkness and a novella titled “A Night at Death’s Door.” His novel The Beast Within begins a bittersweet love story between a woman and a beast, which continues in Crossroads, published by Inkstained Succubus Press. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Jimmy is a member of the Literary Underworld, Imagicopter and the Eville Writers, and is married to author Elizabeth Donald. Find out more about him at www.jimmygillentine.com.

SARA M. HARVEY lives and writes fantasy and horror in (and sometimes about) Nashville, Tenn. She is also a costume historian, theatrical costume designer, and art history teacher. She has three spoiled rotten dogs and one awesome daughter; her husband falls somewhere in between. She tweets @saraphina_marie, wastes too much time on facebook.com/saramharvey, and needs to update her website at saramharvey.com


Nick Rowan is a bus driver who lives quietly in the mid-south. He writes and crafts to support his yarn habit, You can follow him on Facebook (NickRowan) or Patreon (NickRowan) or Twitter (@NickRowan16) or Tumblr (nicholasrowan) or blogger (NicholasRowanSp) or Etsy (thecarpenterswyfe). Nick has been writing professionally since 2004 as Angelia Sparrow.

At seventeen COLE GIBSEN found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives. Her website is www.colegibsen.com

JOHN MCFARLAND’S first novel, The Black Garden, was published in 2010. His work has appeared in The Twilight Zone Magazine, Eldritch Tales, National Lampoon, River Styx, Tornado Alley and the anthology A Treasury of American Horror Stories, which also included stories by Stephen King, Richard Matheson and H.P. Lovecraft. He has written extensively on historical and arts-related subjects and has been a guest lecturer in fiction at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a lifelong Bigfoot enthusiast, and Annette: A Big Hairy Mom is his first novel for young readers. The sequel, Annette: A Big Hairy Grandma, will be published by New Babel Books in 2016.

GEORGIA L. JONES, born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21, 1968, is the author of the urban fantasy series, Remnants of Life as well as the comedic parody, The Official 2012 Survivalist Handbook, under pen name Smarty Mic Smartypants. While attending Missouri State University, she studied psychology but found an unquenchable thirst for Greek mythology and philosophy. She has lived in Lebanon, Missouri since 1992, and enjoys spending time with her family, growing her business, and writing. Her site can be found here.

A California native born in Hollywood, California, J.L. MULVIHILL wanted to be a rock star. After several years of modeling, acting, and singing, she decided to marry, have a family, and moved to a quieter life in Mississippi where she has lived for the past twenty years. Finding she has a gift for story telling she began to write young adult books, including the Steel Roots series and The Lost Daughter of Easa. She is very active in the writing community, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Gulf Coast Writers Association, Imagicopter, the Mississippi Writers Guild and Clinton Ink-slingers Writing Group. She continues to write fantasy, steampunk, poetry and essays inspired by her life in the South.

DENNIS R. UPKINS is a proud Atlanta, Ga. native. A voracious reader, a lifelong geek and a hopeless comic book addict, he knew at an early age that storytelling was his calling. In 2011, his debut novel, Hollowstone, was released by Parker Publishing. His sophomore title, West of Sunset, was also released by Parker Publishing in 2014. Upkins has also worked as a freelance artist and a digital photographer. His artwork and short stories have appeared in Drops of Crimson, Sniplits, and a number of other publications. Upkins regularly critiques and analyzes the representation and portrayal of minorities in comics and media and has served as a contributor for Ars Marginal, Black Girl Dangerous, Prism Comics, Nashville Geek Life, and Comicbook.com. In an effort to help enlighten society about the cultures of the African diaspora and promote a more accurate and positive image , Upkins launched the Black Folks Being Awesome initiative in 2013. When he’s not out saving the world and/or taking it over in his spare time, Upkins’s hobbies include drawing, modeling, acting, photography, cosplay, rollerblading, martial arts and of course writing. His website can be found here.

T.W. FENDLEY is a freelance author and former journalist with 20 years of experience in corporate communications. A graduate of the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, her first novel, Zero Time, was published in 2011. Other titles include The Labyrinth of Time, The Mother Serpent’s Daughter, Jaguar Hope and others. Find out more at  www.twfendley.com.

ANDREA JONES is the author of Hook and Jill, a serious parody of J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale, Peter & Wendy. This book won five literary awards, among them the Gold Award for Adult Fiction and Literature in the 2010 Mom’s Choice Awards®, and Best New Fiction in the 2010 International Book Awards. Other Oceans is Book Two of the Hook & Jill Saga, winning seven more awards. Five books are planned in this series. Jones graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied oral interpretation of literature with a literature minor. In her career in television production, she worked for CBS, PBS, and corporate studios, also performing as on-camera and voice-over talent. Andrea Jones is known around the world as Capitana Red-Hand of the international web-based brotherhood, Under the Black Flag. She is also a member of the reenactment troupe, the Brethren of the Great Lakes. Find out more here.

BETSY PHILLIPS lives just outside of Nashville in Whites Creek, TN. She has seen a ghost in her back yard. Her fiction has been featured in Apex, Betwixt, Beyond Borderlands, and Qarrtsiluni. She has short stories forthcoming in Apex and Fantasy and Science Fiction. The Wolf's Bane, an artist book she did in collaboration with Brown Dog Bindery and the Platetone collective, came out in spring 2015. Her website is betsyphillips.net.