Peter Dawes is an author of urban fantasy, native to the Philadelphia, PA area. The stories he writes often focus on the paranormal, with real life people being thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The clash of good vs evil and hero vs villain is a staple of his work, though he is never content to leave the hero unscathed by the end of the day. There is always a trial experienced and a lesson learned, even if it’s learned the hard way. Far from being an archetypal author, though, Peter Dawes recognizes that what is black and white is often painted with shades of gray and even the heroes fall while the villains rise above. To Peter, the classic struggle epitomizes something within all of us that digs deep for the last mile, doggedly holds on to love, and sometimes ignores the safe path for the road less traveled.
Our Anthology Authors
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world. She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly. Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.
Jessica Fortunato is an author of Urban Fantasy. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA where she lives with her family and menagerie. Although supernaturally based, a primary theme in her books is that of family. Jessica strives to give even the most paranormal character the strongest human emotions. She frequently tackles the importance of having faith in yourself and your beliefs. She often poses the question to her readers, ‘what would you stand up and fight for?’
Kelley Frank is a professor of English at the University of West Georgia. She has never forgotten the ghosts she met as a child.
A writer masquerading as a law school grad masquerading as a musician masquerading as a literary scouting assistant. She’s not trying to be a jack of all trades, she just likes the creative side of life. Anya’s parents knew they were in trouble when, at the age of 5, she demanded a book just because it had a hard cover. As a result, her apartment is overflowing because he who dies with the most books wins. Now that love of reading and discovering new worlds has pushed her into the world of publishing… in every way possible. By day, Anya works for a prominent literary scouting firm in Manhattan and by night writes in coffee shops. To her, it’s not a bad life.
Viktor James Night
Viktor James Night is a speculative fiction writer from Calgary, Canada with an interest in all things supernatural and horrific. The primary focus of his fiction is on vampires; not vampires as disposable minions or faceless villains, but as the once human creatures falling prey, and sometimes giving in, to the curse of their dark existence. While he feels there is plenty of room in the realm of science for tales of terror, Viktor prefers to keep stories of classic monsters such as werewolves, vampires and zombies, rooted firmly in the occult. He believes the modern compulsion to provide scientific explanations to everything has drained much of the fear and mystery out of the genre, for if our supernatural creatures aren’t breaking the laws of physics with displays of monstrous power beyond our ability to comprehend, then how can we call even call them supernatural anymore? As such, one of the major goals of his works is to return vampires to their rightful role as fearsome predators of the night, and once again make them something to truly fear.
Dawn Nikithser has been writing since she could hold a crayon in her babyfat hand. She is pleased to say that both her handwriting and her ideas have improved since then, though she will still use a crayon if nothing else is available.
Zack Rewey grew up saddled with an abundance of names that he has since abandoned. A proud child of the island of Malta, he now lives in the upper mid-west with his wife Kirsten, who he acknowledges is smarter than he will ever be.
A writer who can turn his hand to most genres, Zack’s first love is, and will always be fantasy. Creating a world and all the many lives that live on it has been known to give one a god-complex, but he has accepted the role of benevolent deity willingly and has promised not to smite his characters too often, as long as they all promise to behave themselves.
Brendan is a lifelong beach bum who has turned from acting to poetry, as he find it a more remarkable muse. He also enjoys surfing, sailing and diving. His work has been published at Wordsmiths, The Missing Slate, Every Writer’s Resource, Gutter Eloquence, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, After Tournier, Bareback Magazine and Bare Hands.
Caroline Totten lives in Ohio and writes fiction and poetry. She is a member of the Greater Canton Writers’ Guild.