Raymond J. Barry’s career began during the sixties and seventies when he became a member of three of New York City’s major, avant-garde theater companies: the Living Theater, the Open Theater, and the Wooster Group. He also performed in numerous productions both Off Broadway and Broadway, including two dozen productions at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. After twenty-three years of New York theater, he embarked upon his film career, performing approximately fifty major films and dozens of television roles, including Michael Cimino’s Year of the Dragon; Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July; Neil Burger’s Interview with the Assassin; Falling Down; Flubber, and, of course Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, directed by Jake Kasden, among many others. He also played roles in dozens of television series, highlighted by his six-season role as Arlo on the FX Series, Justified. He is the author of a memoir, Never a Viable Alternative, and a volume of plays, Mother’s Son and Other Plays, and his paintings can be viewed on his website, raymondjbarry.org.
James Blakey lives in the Shenandoah Valley where he writes mostly full-time. His story “The Bicycle Thief” won a Derringer Award. When James isn’t writing, he can be found on the hiking trail—he’s climbed forty of the fifty US state high points—or bike-camping his way up and down the East Coast. Find him at JamesBlakeyWrites.com.
Richard Butner’s story “Holderhaven” was first published in Crimewave and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist. His first collection, The Adventurists: Stories will be published in early 2022. He has written for and performed with the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Aggregate Theatre, Bare Theatre, the Nickel Shakespeare Girls, and Urban Garden Performing Arts. His nonfiction, on topics ranging from computers to cocktails to architecture, has appeared in IBM Think Research, Wired, PC Magazine, The News & Observer, Triangle Alternative, and Southern Lifestyle. He lives in North Carolina, where he runs the annual Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference. He and Harry Houdini have used the same trapdoor.
Kate Francia is a writer in the New York area. Her stories have appeared in Electric Lit, Fireside Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in Speculative Fiction. You can find her at katefrancia.com.
Nicole Kimberling has only just now started cooking dinner for guests again after almost two years without offering anyone except her wife a plate of food. She’s barely able to contain her excitement about it long enough to function in her day job as editor of Blind Eye Books. She also written several novels and even an audio drama podcast called “Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” which, like her column in this zine, is also about food and cooking—just on the supernatural level.
Too restless for his own good, Laurie McCrae is a Canadian immigrant to Scotland by way of England and Ireland. He lives by the sea with his partner and their young son.
James Moran is a professional astrologer and author who regularly publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. His published work can be found at jamesmoran.org and he can be found on instagram @astrologyjames.
ArLynn Leiber Presser comes from a long line of writers, including notable science fiction and fantasy writer Fritz Leiber who devised the first modern Dungeons & Dragons game. She is the author of thirty-seven books, almost all romances. The most recent is This One Last Palmer’s Kiss which combines elements of true love, phlebotomy, guns, and otherworldly murderous intentions.
Brady Rhoades’ work has appeared in Best New Poets 2008, Antioch Review, Faultline, Georgetown Review, Notre Dame Review, William & Mary Review, and other publications. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. Rhoades is a journalist who works and lives in Fullerton, California.
Jen Sexton-Riley’s short fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, on Cape Noir Radio Theater, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 graduate of the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop, and she writes a monthly comedy/horror advice column, Dear Agony, for the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. She can be found at jensextonriley.com, on Twitter @sextonfleur, and on Instagram @jensextonriley.