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Neil Willcox has worked as a fruit picker, in the back office of an insurance office, as a teaching assistant, and as a maths tutor, a career path that has made him uniquely unsuited to writing this story. He can often be found improving documents in the town archives, maintaining the popcorn machine at the roller derby track, or welding heavy metal gates onto the storm drains. In his spare time he writes adventure fiction, most notably a series of Edwardian comedy-crime novels with outlandish titles such as The Inexplicable Affair Of The Mesmerising Russian Nobleman. He lives in Bear Creek sometimes, but mostly in south east England. He understands that merging his fictional Bear Creek biography with his real one and also attempting to promote his writing at the same time is a foolish endeavour, yet here we are anyway. Here we all are.

Troy James Weaver's books are Witchita Stories, Visions, Marigold, Temporal, and Selected Stories. His work has appeared in NY Tyrant Magazine, Juked, Funhouse Magazine, and many others. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife and dogs.

Jeff Parent was born in Montréal on a Monday. For several months in 1998, Jeff was paid actual, real money to strip the flesh from dead animals and prepare their bones for study. It was all perfectly legal. He’s got a story about a skunk, a scalpel, and fume hood that’d singe your nose hair. These days, Jeff is some kind of poet. His first collection, This Bygone Route, was published in 2020 by 845 Press.

Sofia Ezdina witnessed the fall of the Byzantine Empire yet no one believed her. She was friends with bugs that pollinated Ginkgoes before they went extinct, and both she and Ginkgoes feel rather lonely about it. Now she only tells lies and is a hater by trade. Don't search for her.

Mark Ward is a resident of Bear Creek who writes for the Bear Creek Gazette and is working on a book about Bear Creek. The version of him that lives inside his mirror appears to be Irish (?) and a poet (!?). That Mark insists he has written two chapbooks, Circumference (FLP, 2018), Carcass (7KP, 2020) and the forthcoming full-length collection, Nightlight (Salmon Poetry, 2022). Those books and that Mark however only exist in the mirror in which they are currently trapped

Sheldon Lee Compton is the author of eight books of fiction and poetry. His nonfiction book, The Orchard is Full of Sound, is due out next year from West Virginia University Press and Cowboy Jamboree will publish his Collected Stories this fall. He believes baseball is our purest form of truth and that there are countless universes just as there are countless galaxies. Why not? At one time in his life he disliked cats. Now he has three, including his one-year-old, Cleopatra, who nurses herself to sleep every night on his t-shirt. He lives in Kentucky in a house on a hill with a mailbox more than forty years old.

"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."

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

Gabriel Hart lives in Morongo Valley in California’s High Desert. He's the author of dispo-pocalyptic twin-novel Virgins In Reverse / The Intrusion (2019, Traveling Shoes Press), and his debut poetry collection Unsongs Vol. 1 (2021, Close To the Bone, U.K.). Other works can be found at ExPat Press, Misery Tourism, Joyless House, Shotgun Honey, Bristol Noir, Crime Poetry Weekly, and Punk Noir. He's a monthly columnist for Lit Reactor and a regular contributor to Los Angeles Review of Books and EconoClash Review.

Some say C.J. (Charles J. March III) was raised by wolves, but he was really reared by bears (Chicago Cubs). Less can be found at LinkedIn and SoundCloud.

Chandler Myer is a Boston hausfrau who communicates with dogs and squirrels. His writing is endorsed by the Critter Union of Boston Public Garden and can be found on the inside of litter bins citywide. He holds a degree from the Acme University College of Musical Arts and Public Sanitation where he was a darned good schlamoozelhorn player. Myer just completed his first book, Jayne and the Average North Dakotan, that will be published if he learns how to ask nicely.

Jeff Harvey’s fiction has recently appeared in MoonPark Review, Queerlings, and The Daily Drunk.

John O’Donovan is an emigrant from Ireland. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two dogs. He is retired from the construction industry where he ran his own business for twenty-five years. Writing was always something he wanted to do but didn’t have the time or make the time, until now. His short stories have appeared in Mason Street Review, Brief Wilderness and The Chamber Magazine.

Kayla Dunham is a thirty-seven year old woman working in the Pacific Northwest with four cats, one pig, two goats, and no children. She doesn’t wear Birkenstocks but is accepting of those who do. She could always use more friends. If you would like to invite her to join your secret society or do arts and crafts together or read more of her work, she lives at because she doesn’t know any better.

Josh Sippie is a foolish mortal who used to sell software to NASA while living in a tree. He has the exact same beard structure as Keanu Reeves. Check him out at, on the Tweets @sippenator101, or throwing dice in dark alleyways near you. 

Leigh Chadwick is the author of a chapbook, Daughters of the State (Bottlecap Press, 2021), a poetry coloring book, This Is How We Learn How to Pray (ELJ Editions, 2021) and the full-length poetry collection, Wound Channels (ELJ Editions, 2022). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander, Heavy Feather Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Indianapolis Review, ONE ART, and Bending Genres, among others. Find her on Twitter at @LeighChadwick5.

Sunny Ahmed is an emerging writer with short fiction in Waccamaw Journal and forthcoming in Peatsmoke Journal. You can contact them on Twitter at @sunnyaprilsunny or by whispering ancient incantations into your mirror at 3 AM.

Coleman Bomar (he/him) is a writer who is actually four raccoons in a skin suit. His written works have been featured by and/or are forthcoming in Blink-ink, SOFTBLOW, Eunoia Review, X-R-A-Y, Maudlin House, and many more. He enjoys 90's grunge music, and dogs who are too friendly.

Kyla Houbolt is building a secret lair of poems, dreams, pecan divinities, favorite cats, and starfire. The perimeter is guarded by land-dwelling invisible whales who'd as soon drown you as swim on by. She doesn't mean to be unfriendly but peace is hard won. Meanwhile for 10 bucks you can get Tuned (her latest chapbook) here: (5).gif

William H. Duryea is the editor-in-chief & co-founder of Misery Tourism. He writes sometimes, has no notable accomplishments, and is probably sad right now



Tex Gresham is no longer living.

Carol Parris Krauss is a mother, poet, and teacher from Hampton Roads. She was honored to be selected by the University of Virginia Press as a Best New Poet and picked to be a Pavement Poet by Norfolk Arts. Her chapbook, Just a Spit Down the Road, will be released in late 2021 by Kelsay Books. And she is pretty sure she attended high school with a Snake Preacher or two....

Bradley Flora forgot to write a bio, but if he had, it would say something clever about his website

Christy Brown is a hermit hiding somewhere in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She was born and raised in Southern California, but realized there were far too many people there, so she relocated after serving in the Navy. Christy has recently been published in a few anthologies with Black Hare Press. She currently spends her time begging high school students to put down their phones, pay attention, and read directions. In her free time she enjoys reading and writing while confined to her bedroom closet, which is the quietest place in a revolving door home of, soon to be, eight children.

John Banning dreams on dead lost beaches.

Ben Niespodziany is a Pushcart Prize nominee and Best Microfiction nominee. His work has appeared in Fence, Wigleaf, Fairy Tale Review, and various others. He works nights in a library in Chicago and runs the multimedia art blog [neonpajamas]. 

Spangle lives in Sheffield UK but has been to Bear Creek  and has got the t-shirt.

Michael Hammerle was born and raised just north of the armpit of North America. Florida runs deep in him: bats, owls, rattle snakes, moccasins, alligators, sharks, dolphins, stingrays, horseshoe crabs, and whales. Dead or alive (mostly alive) he's touched them all and, sadly, ate a few of them too. He calls Gainesville home. Read his work here: 

Michael Bettendorf's writing has appeared in a handful of places around the internet. He lives in Lincoln with his partner and dog where he tries to convince the world Nebraska is too strange to be a flyover state.

Nicola Kapron has previously been published by Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Rebel Mountain Press, Soteira Press, All Worlds Wayfarer, Mannison Press, and more. Nicola lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, with a hoard of books--mostly fantasy and horror--and an extremely fluffy cat.

John Waterfall is a writer living in Brooklyn and a graduate of the New School's creative writing MFA program. A proud father of two cats and one baby girl. His work can be found in Jersey Devil Press, Unnerving Magazine, Pseudopod and others. Twitter @JohnCWaterfall.

Evan Williams is a student at the University of Chicago. His work can be found or is forthcoming in HAD, DIAGRAM, and Elsewhere. He tweets @evansquilliams

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

Michael Farfel lives and writes out of Salt Lake City, Utah. His work has been published in a number of wonderful literary journals, all of which can be found on his website, He also has a novel coming out this year (2021) with Montag Press. Find him on twitter @onebillionmikes

Tim Frank’s short stories have been published over eighty times in journals including Able Muse, Bourbon Penn, Intrinsick, Menacing Hedge, Literally Stories, Eunoia Review, Maudlin House and The Fiction Pool. 

He has been nominated for The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2020. He is the associate fiction editor for Able Muse Literary Journal.

Martins Deep's poems have been published in several print and online publications, including Barren Magazine, FIYAH, Agbowó Magazine, Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World, The Sandy River Review, and FERAL.

Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise ( and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in In Parentheses, Grand Little Things, and Northern Appalachia Review, among others.

Animashaun Ameen is a poet and essayist. His writings are mostly centered on memory, sexuality, and identity. His works have appeared/forthcoming in  Roadrunner Review, Stone of Madness Press, Perhappened Magazine, TheDrinking Gourd, and elsewhere. He lives and writes from Lagos, Nigeria. An oddball. A butterfly. He tweets @AmeenAnimashaun

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


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