Melissa Rose Rogers writes speculative fiction and is a recent transplant to the Mile High City with her husband, daughters, and fur-babies. Board games, making ice cream and scuba diving make her happy. On Twitter she retweets and shares memes excessively as @MRogersWrites

Graham Robert Scott grew up in California, resides in Texas, and owns neither surfboard nor cowboy hat. A former reporter and news editor, he now teaches writing at Texas Woman's University. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse Online, X-R-A-Y, Orca, Pulp Literature, and others. 

Michael James spent his formative years writing, and when he wasn't writing, he was writing. A mistaken belief that a "real" job would be more satisfying led him down a dark path that did not involve writing but did involve meetings. Fortunately, he has since course-corrected and is back on the right (write? Ha!) path. He lives in Canada with his family. When he's not writing, he does Canadian things - saying sorry a lot, being polite, talking about the weather, you know how it goes.


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Mel/M.K. Wilson is a longtime student, former photography major, and avid collector of mugs. She kills every plant she touches, but can make pretty good scrambled eggs. Her poetry has been published in Patchwork Lit Mag and Yours, Poetically Lit Mag. Twitter: @Anything_M_.

Hammond Diehl was a reporter for more than 20 years. As a journalist, Hamm has investigated a supposedly haunted box deep in the American Midwest, and has interviewed at least two “actors” who have “played” vampires. Hamm lives in Los Angeles.

 Nicks Walker is a queer trans Scottish poet, currently locked down on the Southern English coast.  His allies include yellow, and his enemies include the sun.  You can find some of his objects in Sludgelit, The Speculative Book 2021, Anti-Heroin Chic and The Daily Drunk Mag.  Others will be washing up in Not Deer Magazine and the upcoming anthologies, Summer Anywhere (Dreich) and A Drunken Midsommar (The Daily Drunk). He has four rats and autism and tweets @nickserobus

Rosie Garland - I am based in Manchester UK, I’m an LGBT+ writer of fiction, poetry and things that fall between & outside. I have a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, and a firm belief in the power of persistence.


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Alex Woodroe was raised--possibly by wolves--in Romania, on the outskirts of Transylvania. She found her way into weird, transgressive fiction through a gateway in the woods and made a career out of doing terrible things to words in multiple languages. Her favourite horror story is "Alice in Wonderland". She is a member of the Horror Writers Association. You can chat with her on Twitter @AlexWoodroe.

Coleman Bomar is a sleepless student, neurotic writer, and messy artist who resides in Tennessee. He counts his OCD as an advantage. His written works have been featured by Blink-Ink, SOFTBLOW, Eunoia Review, Misery Tourism, Maudlin House, and many more. His work is archived at Yale’s Beinecke Library.

Karter Mycroft has been described as "talented" and "not allowed in this aquarium anymore." Karter writes weird fiction about sea creatures including humans. Find Karter on Twitter @kartermycroft or at

Samuel Milligan is a 6th grade English teacher in Washington, D.C. He loves the Process Sixers and low-quality cookbooks he rescues from little free libraries all around the city. He wants to remind everyone to dip their delivery drivers, even in the rain, even if you realized you ordered something shitty, even if your yard is full of quiet rabbits, and especially if you threaten them with a firearm because you forgot you ordered delivery. He is @sawmilligan on Twitter.

Jack Owens is a writer moving about the pacific northwest with his partner and their dog and cat. He has fiction published in Expat Press, Misery Tourism, and Nauseated Drive.

Clio Velentza is a Greek writer. She is a winner of Best Microfiction 2020, Wigleaf’s Top 50 2019 and The Best Small Fictions 2016, and her novel "The Piano Room" is forthcoming in 2021 by Fairlight Books. You can find her on twitter at @clio_v

Gabriel Hart, author of riot-noir novelette A Return to Spring and dipso-pocalyptic twin-novel Virgins in Reverse/The Intrusion. His debut poetry collection Unsongs Vol. 1 (Close to the Bone, U.K.) will be released April 2021 — by then, we can only hope we've also acquired more evidence with help from Bear Creek Police.   

Matt Hiebert is a writer stranded in the center of the United States, He spends most of his days tweeting about old television shows and writing horror, sci fi and fantasy stories. He is the author of Blackhand, a dark sword and sorcery fantasy novel published by New Babel Books. His superhero fiction prose has appeared in Cyber Age Adventure and iHero Magazine. His SF and F work has been published in Nuketown and Silverblade.

Goward Tulk is an Independent Researcher and Zoocryptologist whose life is fully and entirely dedicated to advance a scientific understanding of Goward’s Nocorn and the other mysterious creatures of Bear Creek who are out there to give us purpose and show us that life is bigger than it seems, and there’s more there and that anybody can be a hero. Please contact Goward for any information about magical sightings, you can find him at the Bear Creek Elementary Library computer lab on Wednesday afternoons.

Michelle Dickins is a midwife living in Geelong, Australia. She has seen things that will make your eyes pop and your heart sing. She writes with all digits intact. 

Mark Blickley hails from the Bronx, New York, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His videos, Speaking in Bootongue and Widow’s Peek: The Kiss of Death, represented the United States in the 2020 year-long international world tour of Time Is Love: Universal Feelings: Myths & Conjunctions, organized by esteemed African curator, Kisito Assangni. As a war veteran, he no longer believes in the bearshit propaganda that the military makes a man out of you because it turned him into a dependent teenaged bitch sucking on the government tit that ordered him what to eat, how to dress, what to think, where to go.

James C. Holland is a perfectly normal human being and definitely NOT the facsimile of a man created by an invading plant species.
So that’s one less thing to worry about. 
He has written and performed two solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival:
Choose Your Own Edventure (interactive storytelling) and Shoegazing (introverted stand-up), collaborated with artist Chris Hagan in Brighton: The Graphic Novel (Queenspark Books) and written various fourth-wall-breaking short plays and sketches for Cast Iron Theatre. 
Fellow non-muderous-sentient-plants can find him on Twitter at @james_c_holland and read his under-updated blog at

Tiffany is writing in the Midwest. Her work is published or forthcoming in Back Patio Press, Q/A Poetry, Muskeg Magazine, Rabid Oak and The Mantle among others. She loves tea and cats and can be found @tiffobot on Twitter

"Born with a decidedly different name and assigned gender near Saint Louis, Missouri, Sarah picked up a pen at the age of eight and drew her first comic book, and–despite the world’s valiant attempts to stop her–that’s more or less what she’s been doing since. When she’s not busy plowing away at her drawing board, singing dirges in the moonlight, or wandering throughout the United States, she can often be found tending to her flowers, cooking, working out, painting, or floating above the coast at midnight, waiting for the tide to wrap her in its loving embrace and take her away. She currently resides in Colorado with her partner Autumn ████████ and her service dog Polyhymnia; although, as with everything else in life, this is subject to change."

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Amy Neufeld writes small distractions when she's avoiding working on bigger projects. These distractions fill her with joy. She's been published on Daily Drunk Magazine and wrote for CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show. You can find her on Twitter @AmyRNeufeld, and you can visit her blog here where she is (slowly) chronicling her attempt to become a River Phoenix Movie Completist. She hopes to retire to Bear Creek, if she makes it that long.

Isla O’Neill is a writer studying a Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh. She had a countryside childhood filled with nettles and woodlice, which explains how she is now. Her favourite mythical creature is the selkie, and her favourite flavour is lemon. She has work published in a number of journals, and forthcoming with the Interstellar Literary Review. She posts silly little remarks on Twitter @isla_oneill and silly little poems on Instagram @lambrinisocialist

Noa Covo's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Jellyfish Review, Okay Donkey, and Passages North. She may or may not be full of wasps, and can be found on Twitter @covo_noa

AJ Maiorana is lost in the woods, and can't come to the phone right now. You can find his work in The Daily Drunk, or follow along on twitter @ExtraSauce_

Tyler Dempsey is the author of a book of poems called, Newspaper Drumsticks. His work appears in Heavy Feather Review, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, trampset, Bending Genres, and the like. He's a fiction reader at X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine. Find him on Twitter @tylercdempsey.

Charles Hermesmann grew up in a rural part of southern New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. He now lives in Chicagoland. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Sublunary Review, Carpe Bloom, The Chiron Review, with work forthcoming in Jam & Sand Arts Journal. 

KKUURRTT is glad you read his thing. His novel Good at Drugs is forthcoming on Back Patio Press. He can be found on twitter at @wwwkurtcom

James Knight is a writer and visual poet. Recent publications include Chimera (Penteract Press), Machine (Trickhouse Press), Rites & Passages (Salò Press) and The Murderer Threatened (Paper View Books). Twitter: @badbadpoet. Website:

 'Interpreter for the clincally insane and resident loon on release from the local asylum returning once in a while to say hello and enjoy the free meals. He prefers deserts.' - Jacob Browne 'Jrasta111'

STEVE NEAL is an English-born writer currently surviving the summers of Florida with his supportive wife and less supportive cats. As a lifelong horror fanatic, he enjoys poking at the unknown and seeing what comes crawling out, as long as it isn't spiders. Follow him on Twitter @SteveNealWrites.

 Kirsten Reneau is a summer resident of Bear Creek, usual resident of New Orleans. Her work can also be seen in Hobart After Dark, The Threepenny Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and others. She’s on Twitter: @Reneauglow. 

Lauren Suchenski has a difficult relationship with punctuation and currently lives in Yardley, PA. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, four times for The Best of the Net and her chapbook “Full of Ears and Eyes Am I” is available from Finishing Line Press. You can find more of her writing on Instagram @lauren_suchenski or on Twitter @laurensuchenski.

Fahad Rahmat is a performer and writer from Western Massachusetts. He’s lived around the world including Dubai and Toronto, but is finding the speed of life in Bear Creek manageable, rewarding, and utterly inescapable

Autumn ████████ tries to sleep and instead writes. She claims to be Sarah Allen Reed's slightly better half, but the jury is (literally?) still out. Twitter: @AutumnRedacted