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Author Bios – SoI issue 1

RJ Astruc“Sunshine on the Class”

RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand. Her fiction has appeared in like a bajillion magazines including Strange Horizons, Abyss & Apex, Aurealis and Midnight Echo. She has met Kirsty three times in Real Life, one of which she doesn’t remember. Her new novel is A Festival of Skeletons, which comes out in December.

Matthew S. Dent“In King Midas’ Court”

Matthew S. Dent is an aspiring writer of Science-fiction and Horror, who lives in the city of Brighton, on the south coast of England. He writes in his spare time whilst studying for a law degree, and his work has been published in several anthologies from Pill Hill Press, and is forthcoming in an issue of Twisted Tongue Magazine, and an anthology from Wicked East Press. More about him can be found at his blog, at

Margaret Karmazin“Chocolate”

Margaret Karmazin’s credits include over one hundred stories published in literary and national magazines, including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader, North Atlantic Review, Confrontation, Mobius, Absent Willow Review, Pennsylvania Review and Wild Violet. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine, Licking River Review and Words of Wisdom were nominated for Pushcart awards and Piper’s Ash, Ltd. published a chapbook of her sci-fi, COSMIC WOMEN. Her story, “The Manly Thing,” was nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award. She has stories included in STILL GOING STRONG, TEN TWISTED TALES, MOTA 9, ZERO GRAVITY and CIRCLING URANUS and a novel, REPLACING FIONA, published by

K.A. Laity“A Plea on Behalf of the Small Hat League”

K.A. Laity writes so much that she had to create some pseudonyms to keep her colleagues from thoughts of murder. A tenured medievalist at a small liberal arts college, she mostly tries to find ways to avoid work in order to write more. Her latest novel, Pelzmantel (Immanion Press), reimagines a Grimm fairytale and features an introduction by Elizabeth Hand. Her comic gothic novel The Mangrove Legacy (Tease Publications) will appear this December under the nom de plume Kit Marlowe. Visit her at or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

Kirsty Lock“Sunshine on the Class”

Kirsty Lock lives in Melbourne, surrounded by many other aspiring writers – it’s a bit crowded. She has met RJ three times in real life, and remembers all three occasions. This is her first prose publication.

Michael A. Kechula“The Invisible Man”

Michael A. Kechula is a retired tech writer. His stories have been published by 133 magazines and 40 anthologies. He’s won first place in 11 contests and placed in 8 others. He’s authored three books of flash fiction, micro-fiction, and short stories: The Area 51 Option and 70 More Speculative Fiction Tales; A Full Deck of Zombies–61 Speculative Fiction Tales; I Never Kissed Judy Garland and Other Tales of Romance. eBook versions available at and Paperbacks available at

Sandy Parsons –“Cattle Farcy”

Sandy Parsons has degrees in Physics, Math, Biophysics and Medical Science. She works as an anesthetist in Georgia, where she lives with her family and plays video games, reads, and watches TV. And she writes. Her work has been published in Tabard Inn, Amazing Journeys, Nth Degree and the anthology Unparalleled Journeys.

Ripley Patton – “Broken Water”

Ripley Patton is an American happily living on the South Island of New Zealand where she writes short speculative fiction, flash and whatever else strikes her fancy. She is a three-time nominee of the Sir Julius Vogel Award, and her story “Corrigan’s Exchange” won an SJV for Best Short Story 2009. She is also the founder and President of SpecFicNZ, the national writers association for speculative fiction writers in and from New Zealand. Ripley is currently working on her first novel, a YA contemporary fantasy. To read more of her work check out her blog, or her website.

Robert E. Petras “Whitman Meets the Grassman”

Petras is a graduate of West Liberty University. His most recently published short stories have appeared in NAUGHTY GIRLX, HOWLS AND PUSHYCATS and YESTERYEAR FICTION.

Stephen V. Ramey – “Dog Days”

Stephen V. Ramey lives and writes in The New Castle, leash laws are strictly observed. He blogs at

Ash Scott-Lockyer“Interface”

Ash Scott-Lockyer is an equestrian photographer, writer and horse rider. His work ranges from horror to fantasy and include Archolus, a full length, dark, rural fantasy novel. He is in his fifties, married, lives in East London but rides horses in the Essex countryside. His influences range from pulp fifties sci-fi to English folklore and legend. His website is


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