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Michael Marshall Smith


Michael Marshall Smith was born in England in 1965. He spent his early childhood in the United States, South Africa and Australia, returning to England with his family in 1973. He attended Chigwell School in Essex and then went to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Philosophy and Social and Political Science. He also became involved in the Cambridge Footlights, serving as a committee member and writing and performing many shows including the 1987 UK and 1988 US Tours. He subsequently co-wrote and performed two award-winning series of BBC Radio 4's AND NOW, IN COLOUR.

Smith worked for a number of years as a graphic designer and writer of corporate videos, while starting to write short fiction. These stories have been published in anthologies and magazines in the US, UK and Europe. He is a five-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, and a four-time World Fantasy Award nominee. Many stories have recently been collected in MORE TOMORROW AND OTHER STORIES, winner of the International Horror Guild Award in 2003. A previous collection, WHAT YOU MAKE IT, was published in the UK by HarperCollins. Eight of these stories are currently under option for film or television, and Michael is currently serving as a producer on a feature adaptation of HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF.

His first novel, ONLY FORWARD, won the August Derleth and Philip K. Dick awards. His second - SPARES was optioned for film by DreamWorks and translated into seventeen languages. His third, ONE OF US, was optioned by Warner Brothers. His fourth, THE STRAW MEN, was an international bestseller, as was his fifth - titled THE LONELY DEAD in the UK (HarperCollins), and THE UPRIGHT MAN in the US (Jove). His new novel - BLOOD OF ANGELS - is out in paperback now. THE STRAW MEN is currently being developed as a comic series.

Smith has also worked extensively as a screenwriter, writing for clients in LA and London. He is currently co-writing a feature film and a television pilot, and has recently completed his seventh novel. He lives in North London, with his wife Paula, a son and two cats.

Stephen Jones


Stephen Jones lives in London, England. He is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards as well as being a seventeen-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee.

A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant (the first three Hellraiser movies, Night Life, Nightbreed, Split Second, Mind Ripper, Last Gasp etc.), he is the co-editor of Horror: 100 Best Books and its sequel Horror: Another 100 Best Books, The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales, Gaslight & Ghosts, Now We Are Sick, H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror, The Anthology of Fantasy & the Supernatural, Secret City: Strange Tales of London and the Dark Terrors, Dark Voices and Fantasy Tales series. He has written Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide, The Essential Monster Movie Guide, The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide, The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide, The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide and The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide, and compiled The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series, The Mammoth Book of Terror, The Mammoth Books of Vampires, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, The Mammoth Book of Werewolves, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women, The Mammoth Book of New Terror, Shadows Over Innsmouth, Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth, Dark Detectives, Dancing With the Dark, Dark of the Night, White of the Moon, Keep Out the Night, By Moonlight Only, Don't Turn Out the Light, Exorcisms and Ecstasies by Karl Edward Wagner, The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Phantoms and Fiends and Frights and Fancies by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, James Herbert: By Horror Haunted, The Conan Chronicles by Robert E. Howard (two volumes), The Emperor of Dreams: The Lost Worlds of Clark Ashton Smith, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories by Leigh Brackett, Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror, Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden, Clive Barker's The Nightbreed Chronicles and the Hellraiser Chronicles. He was a Guest of Honour at the 2002 World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 2004 World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Terry Btooks

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"Terry Brooks has been a writer since high school and published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for more than five months. Since then, he has written more than two dozen international bestsellers, with over twenty million books in print worldwide.

A practising attorney for many years, Terry Brooks now writes full time and lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

For more information, visit www.terrybrooks.co.uk.

Pete Crowther


PETER CROWTHER is a prolific triple-threat award-winning author, respected anthologist and successful publisher. Although his fiction career dates back to the 1970s, for sixteen years he concentrated on a career as a freelance music and arts journalist (interviewing such luminaries as Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard and David Puttnam) and as Head of Corporate Communications for one of Britain's biggest financial institutions.

He eventually returned to the literary field via freelance review columns, interviews and articles. Assignments included interviewing Ramsey Campbell, Patrick McGrath and Jonathan Carroll in the horror/fantasy field; noted science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Ian Watson and Harlan Ellison; and, in the crime genre, Ed Gorman, Andrew Vachss and Robert B. Parker.

His first fiction for more than a decade appeared in 1990 in the British magazine FEAR, while his second and third new stories sold to DARK VOICES 4 and DARKLANDS 2, the latter tale being described by INTERZONE as "an object lesson in how to write a ghost story".

Since then, Peter Crowther has sold more than one hundred stories, novelettes and novellas to a variety of anthologies and magazines (primarily in America) and has had work reprinted in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR (three times), 25 FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES (twice one of the tales featuring his New York private eye, Koko Tate) and THE YEAR'S BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES. His short fiction has been translated into several languages and has frequently been nominated for Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild and British Fantasy Awards. Three tales have been adapted for British TV and two more have since been optioned for the movies.

He lives about five hundred yards from the sea in Hornsea, England, with his wife, Nicky their two sons (Oliver and Timothy) having "flown the coop" for solo adventures and several thousand books, magazines, comic books, graphic novels, vinyl records and CDs. He enjoys reading virtually anything, but also listens to a lot of music (again virtually anything . . . although he writes only to jazz) and loves watching old B&W; movies and re-runs of SGT. BILKO and THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

For three years he served on the Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers' Association and in 1998 was a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.


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