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brett alexander savoryEditor-in-Chief: Brett Alexander Savory

Brett Alexander Savory is the Bram Stoker Award-winning Editor-in-Chief of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words, Co-publisher of the World Fantasy Award-nominated ChiZine Publications, has had over 50 short stories published, and has written two novels. He is now at work on his third novel, Lake of Spaces, Wood of Nothing. He occasionally writes reviews for The National Post and The Globe and Mail.  He lives in Toronto with his wife, writer/editor/publisher Sandra Kasturi.

email sandra kasturiManaging Poetry Editor: Sandra Kasturi

Sandra Kasturi lives and writes in Toronto. Born in Estonia in 1966, to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she has also lived in Sri Lanka, Long Island (NY), Queens (NY), Montreal and Waterloo (Ont.). Her poetry has appeared in various magazines (including On Spec, TransVersions, Contemporary Verse 2 and Prairie Fire), anthologies (Tesseracts5, Tesseracts6, Tesseracts8, Northern Frights 4 and The Algonquin Square Table Anthology) and on-line publications (ChiZine and Lost Ages Chronicle). She was also Foreign Author of the Month for February, 1999 at Twilight Tales . Her first chapbook, Carnaval Perpetuel is currently available from Junction Books .

Sandra is a member of SF Canada , the Women's Horror On-line Reverence Ensemble and Chiaroscuro: Those Who Walk Alone. She is also co-founder of the infamous Algonquin Square Table Poetry Workshop. Winner of the Lydia Langstaff Memorial Prize for Writing in 1996 and placing third in the Rhysling Awards in 1997, Sandra has also received three Honourable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (1995).

Colleen AndersonPoetry Editor: Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson's fiction and poetry have appeared in over 100 publications such as On Spec, Black Quill winner Horror Library Vol. 4 (an honorable mention in Year's Best Horror) , Evolve and Shroud. She is assistant poetry editor at Chizine and slush editor at CZP. New work will be coming out in New Vampire Tales, Polluto and Polu Texni.

Carolyn ClinkPoetry Editor: Carolyn Clink

Carolyn Clink’s speculative poetry has appeared in the Canadian anthologies Northern Frights (all five volumes) and Tesseracts (volumes 4 and 7). Genre poems have also appeared in Analog, Weird Tales, On-Spec, TransVersions, Star*Line, Tales of the Unanticipated, and Gaslight.  She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop.

Carolyn co-edited Tesseracts 6 with her husband, Robert J. Sawyer. In 1994 and 1995, she was the poetry judge for Early Harvest, a young-adult writing contest sponsored by the Vaughan Public Library. In 2000, she and Phyllis Gotlieb co-edited the poetry portion of the TransVersions Anthology. Carolyn edited Herb Kauderer’s chapbook Ghosts Dream of Madmen, in 2002.

She has been poetry Guest-of-Honour at seven science-fiction conventions including: Eeriecon III in Niagara Falls, NY, Minicon 38 in Minneapolis, MN, and Context XII in Columbus, OH.

Nancy BakerFiction Editor: Nancy Baker

Nancy Baker blames her life-long love of horror and fantasy fiction on the first horror story she can remember: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. She dabbled in rock and roll (writing lyrics and singing in basement bands during her university years) before switching to writing fiction. She made her first professional sale in 1988, to Rod Serling's Twilight Zone magazine and has subsequently published 3 novels (The Night Inside, Blood and Chrysanthemums, and A Terrible Beauty) and a collection of short stories (Discovering Japan). She is at work (slowly, very slowly) on her fourth novel.

Robert BoyczukFiction Editor: Robert Boyczuk

Besides his space opera Nexus: Ascension, Robert Boyczuk is the author of Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, a critically acclaimed short story collection about love, grief, and loss, which is also available from ChiZine Publications. His website is located at:

Kurt DinanFiction Editor: Kurt Dinan

Kurt Dinan's fiction has appeared in several publications including ChiZine, PostScripts, and various anthologies. In 2007 he won the ChiZine Short Story Contest and his story "Nub Hut" appeared in 2010's Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. He lives with his wife and three sons in Cincinnati where he teaches high school English.

Brent HaywardFiction Editor: Brent Hayward

Brent Hayward's fiction has appeared in several publications and anthologies, including Horizons SF, On Spec, ChiZine, the Tesseracts series, and Chilling Tales. In 2006, his story "Phallex Comes Out" was nominated for the StorySouth Million Writers Award as best online story of that year; it received an honourable mention. Filaria, his first novel, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2008 and has since garnered solid acclaim. His second novel, The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, will be released by CZP in May 2011. Born in London, England, raised in Montreal, he currently he lives in Toronto with his family. He can be reached through his LiveJournal at:

Larry BrownFiction Editor: Larry Brown

Larry Brown was born in England and moved to Canada when he was twelve. In a long and distinguished career as a reader of speculative fiction, he has read contributions to Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, ChiZine, OMNI, Analog and Gent.

Larry lives in Waterloo with his partner and two cats, but he'd rather be living in Prague with his partner and two cats.

Managing Editor: Stephen Michell

Stephen Michell finds company in words; he has edited the work of Michael Marano, Tim Pratt, and Nick Mamatas, among others, as well as worked as a research assistant for author Michael Rowe. His own work has been published in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine. He recently completed the Innis College Editing course, and has studied Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. He owns a paperback dictionary (and actually uses it), and enjoys looking at faces upside down so that chins become noses. His favourite vegetable is asparagus.

Art Director: Sarah Ennals

Sarah Ennals graduated from U of T with a degree in English, and OCAD with a diploma in Drawing & Painting, She therefore makes comics, with occasional forays into writing (Supervillain) or illustration (the covers for Imaginary Beauties and Dust Radio).

Film/Book Reviewer: Gemma Files

A former film history teacher and film reviewer, Gemma Files' first novel, A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series (CZP, 2010) won the DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill award for Best Small Press Chill in both Editor's and Readers' Pick categories. It was followed by two other volumes of the series, A Rope of Thorns (2011) and by A Tree of Bones (2012, just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse). Files is also the author of two collections of short stories and two chapbooks of poetry.

email W. D. GaglianiBook Reviewer: W. D. Gagliani

W.D. Gagliani was born in Kenosha, WI, but grew up in Genova, Italy. He now lives and writes in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his Master's degree in English at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he also taught Composition and Creative Writing. Bill's first novel, Wolf's Trap, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004—and was published by Leisure Books in 2006. He is also the author of the novels Wolf's Gambit (2009), Wolf's Bluff (2010), and Wolf's Edge (October 2011 from Samhain Publishing, who will also reissue Wolf's Trap in a new edition in 2012). He is also responsible for the thriller Savage Nights, and the novellas Wolf's Deal (2011), and The Great Belzoni and the Gait of Anubis, as well as the collection Shadowplays (all of which are available in all the popular ebook formats). With collaborator David Benton, he has published Mysteries & Mayhem, as well as various short stories and the middle grade novel I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter (as A.G. Kent). Recently he has had nonfiction in On Writing Horror (WD Books), Thrillers: The 100 Must Reads (Oceanview), and the October 2011 issue of The Writer magazine.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13, Malpractice – An Anthology of Bedside Terror, the German anthology Masters of Unreality, and the ezine Dead Lines (all with David Benton), plus Undead Tales, Wicked Karnival Halloween Horror, Robert Bloch's Psychos, More Monsters From Memphis, Extremes 3: Terror on the High Seas, Extremes 4: Darkest Africa, The Asylum: The Violent Ward, Small Bites, The Black Spiral: Twisted Tales of Terror, and The Midnighters Club, among others. Fiction has also appeared in mostly now-defunct ezines such as Horrorfind, 1000 Delights, The Grimoire, and Dark Muse.

Besides ChiZine, his nonfiction articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, HorrorWorld, Paperback Parade, Flesh & Blood,, Bookpage,, BookLovers, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Science Fiction Chronicle, Bare Bones, The Scream Factory, Horror Magazine, Midnight Journeys, and various others.

Along with the Bram Stoker Award nomination for Wolf's Trap, he has had six Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and won the 1999 Darrell Award of the Memphis Science Fiction Association. He is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild. For more info: Find him on Facebook: and on Twitter @WDGagliani.

e-mail Chris HallockBook Reviewer: Chris Hallock

Born in the gorgeous hills of West Virginia, Chris Hallock moved to the Boston area to escape vicious unemployment and lack of a decent movie theater.

He currently writes for the site All Things Horror Online reviewing films, books, and comics where he likes to get to the meat of the work. He also helps program a monthly independent film screening series called All Things Horror Presents and is a firm supporter of true independent art.

When he's not writing, working on film productions, or lazing about in one of his four favorite indie movie theaters, he is working at a cat shelter with some of his best fuzzy buddies. On numerous occasions, he's been accused of being a George Romero apologist and is cool with that.

Check out his work at All Things Horror Online, IndiefFilmWV on youtube.

email Gabino IglesiasBook Reviewer: Gabino Iglesias

Gabino Iglesias was born in Puerto Rico, did a bit of growing up in Spain and somehow ended up in Austin, Texas. He is a writer, journalist, and PhD student, although most of his time is spent reading and reviewing books. His work has been published inThe New York Times, theAustin Post, Business Today, San Antonio Magazine, El Nuevo Día, Bizarro Central, Austin Vida, CultureMap Austin, Paragraph Line, Divergent Magazine, MicroHorror, The Horn, and Black Heart Magazine, where he is also the Poetry Editor. His fiction has also appeared in a few bizarro and horror anthologies. His book reviews have appeared in HorrorTalk, Zouch Magazine, Horrorphilia, the Lovecraft eZine, The Horror Review, and Buzzy Mag. He can be reached at or via Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.

email Michael MatthesonBook Reviewer: Michael Mattheson

A native of Toronto, Michael Matheson is a full time writer and editor, and a sometime lecturer. A submissions editor with Apex, and a book reviewer for ChiZine, Innsmouth Free Press and The Globe and Mail, he is also the editor of the Friends of the Merril Collection newsmagazine Sol Rising. Michael has work published or forthcoming in a number of venues including the Lovecraft eZine, One Buck Horror, the anthologies Future Lovecraft, Chilling Tales 2, and Mark of the Beast, as well as in multiple volumes of the Stupefying Stories anthology series.

email Ray WallaceBook Reviewer: Ray Wallace

Ray Wallace hails from Brandon, FL, a suburb of Tampa he affectionately refers to as "Satan's Spawning Ground." There he writes his fiction and reviews, runs a record label and a recording studio with his brother, and composes electronic music. His stories have appeared in a number of online and print 'zines, including Welcome to Nod, Cthulhu Cultus, Whispers From the Shattered Forum, Bloodfetish, Bloody Muse, Dark Muse, Delirium, and Errata. His madness-inducing tale, "One of the Six," took first place in ChiZine's second fiction contest. He also wrote a long-running book review column for Twilight Showcase webzine.

Don't let his boyish good looks fool you. Evil wears many faces.

Check out his work at ChiZine Book Reviews .

e-mail Lisa MortonFilm Reviewer: Lisa Morton

A rare Southern California native, Lisa Morton attributes much of her interest in horror to that fateful day when dad held her up to the porthole to see the Giant Squid in Disneyland's late lamented 20,000 Leagues attraction. Since then she has written feature films (Meet the Hollowheads), TV movies (Tornado Warning), animation (Van-pires, DragonFlyz), short stories (in Dark Terrors, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, After Shocks and The Museum of Horrors, to name a few), a regular column of movie and television reviews (Horror magazine), and two non-fiction books (The Cinema of Tsui Hark and The Halloween Encyclopedia). Her first horror film, the vampire-babes-who-run-a-rave thriller Thralls, will be released in 2004, and her shark film Blue Demon will be released later in the year. All the credits she's too embarrassed to mention here can actually be found at

Check out her work at Mike's and Lisa's Throw-down Review .

e-mail Barry KingWebmaster: Barry King

Barry King was born in Greece and wandered for much of his life from North Africa to Borneo before settling in his wife's hometown of Kingston and converting to Canadianism.

At some point on the way, he was shocked to discover that a degree in Philosophy condemns one to a career of washing dishes. To confound this fate, he created a doppelganger out of perl. It lives in his basement, speaking in an arcane tongue to whirring machines he has secreted in distant locations.

For amusement, he essays processes of lactic fermentation and autoclaves anaerobic clostridium. He still washes dishes.

There are always more dishes.