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Randi Flanagan

Not not licking toads.

Randi Flanagan is a weird Canadian, writer of dark comedy, and co-founder of This Dark Matter. A fan/geek culture aficionado, she’s a contributor in the pop-culture book Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World, and she was interviewed about her fan-writing by the Wall Street Journal. Randi watches zombie movies to relax and spends far too much time musing about vampire sex.

She can be found on Twitter and her fanfiction is archived online.



Nicole Wolverton

Not thinking of spiders.

Nicole Wolverton, co-founder of This Dark Matter, is inordinately interested in the things that make normal people uncomfortable. Originally from a small, rural town in northeast Pennsylvania, she fled the deep, dark woods and terrifyingly tall fields of corn to attend Temple University in Philadelphia. She firmly denies ever riding the subway late at night in search of The Midnight Meat Train. Now a freelance writer and nonprofit grant writer, Nicole writes horror and dark thrillers for adults and young adults.

Her first novel, an adult psychological thriller titled THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS, was released in March 2013 (Bitingduck Press, ISBN 978-1938463440). Her short fiction has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, The Molotov Cocktail, and Black Heart Magazine, among others. She is represented by Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Literary Management, and she is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit her online at nicolewolverton.com, Facebook, or Twitter.


p.s.w. gear

p.s.w. gear

p.s.w. gear is a former economist who has run away from home to try his hand at full time writing. His Welsh father gave him his sarcasm, his Californian mother gave him his passion and his Michigan partner gives him his grounding.

Find him online at his website or on Twitter.




Valerie Noble

Valerie Noble

Valerie Noble is fascinated with end of the world scenarios like those presented in Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. She became a food scientist in order to have a marketable skill in the aftermath of an apocalypse. She might be a doomsday prepper.

Her first novel, The Energy Crusades, is book one of a trilogy which imagines life on Earth after the Great Oil Wars have destroyed most of the planet. It was released in May 2014. Valerie is currently working as an intern for a literary agency and hopes to become an agent in the near future. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group. You can find her online at her website, Facebook, or Twitter.



Wendy Strain

Wendy Strain

Wendy Strain loves great stories–living them, writing them, revising them, polishing them, even ghostwriting them! Today, she’s living her passion as a ghostwriter, editor, story coach and freelance writer, completely dedicated to the written word in all its many wonderful forms. She hosts the #WOW555 weekly writing challenge on her blog and is publishing an experimental series entitled Shaded in Indigo on Wattpad. She can also be found on all your favorite social media channels!





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