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C. ROBERT CARGILL likes his coffee black, his hamburgers topped with fried eggs and his restaurants to be of the greasy spoon variety. His current writing includes Dreams and Shadows, Queen of Dark Things, We Are Where The Nightmares Go and Other Stories and the dystopian novel Sea of Rust.
Cargill began his career with Ain’t it Cool News under the pseudonym Massawyrm, writing there for over a decade, subsequently becoming a staff writer for film.com, hollywood.com and co-founding the animated movie review site Spill.com. In the meantime he appeared on countless podcasts, webshows and in the occasional local film. During a fateful drunken night in Vegas, Cargill pitched the idea for the film Sinister to friend and director Scott Derrickson, resulting in both the film and a screenwriting partnership between the two. Cargill co-wrote the screenplay for Doctor Strange with Derrickson.
Cargill lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and (as he is contractually obligated to tell you) his dog. And really, if you find yourself in Austin, in a diner, in the middle of the night, and someone is talking way too loud, there’s a good chance it’s him.
Grace Draven: Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.
Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her debut novel THE PREY OF GODS is set in a futuristic South Africa brimming with demigods, robots, and hallucinogenic hijinks. See more of her work at http://www.nickydrayden.com or catch her on twitter @nickydrayden.
Michael John Moorcock is an English writer and musician who lives in Texas and France. He is best known in the US for his novels about his characters The Eternal Champion & Elric of Melniboné, a seminal influence on the field of fantasy since the 1960s. Other significant works include the Jerry Cornelius series, Gloriana, the Pyat Quartet, Warlord of the Air, Dancers at the End of Time and Mother London. He is also a successful musician, contributing to the bands Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and his own project, The Deep Fix.
As editor and publisher of the British literary science fiction magazine New Worlds, intermittently from 1964 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the sf "New Wave". His publication of the novel Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad as a serial in the magazine was notorious. In Parliament British MPs condemned the Arts Council for funding the magazine.
Moorcock has received many literary awards including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2000), Prix Utopiales (2004), Bram Stoker Award (2005), SFWA Grand Master (2008). Also in 2008 The London Times newspaper named Moorcock as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Shea Serrano is a Mexican-American author, journalist, and former teacher. He is best known for his work with the sports and pop culture websites, The Ringer and Grantland, as well as his books, including The Rap Year Book and Basketball (and Other Things), both The New York Times best-sellers. Writing about Serrano for GQ, Chris Gayomali said: "If you were to draw a triple Venn diagram of hoops, trunk bangers, and jokes made at the expense of J. Cole, Grantland writer Shea Serrano would be smack-dab in the center, probably wearing a Tim Duncan jersey." Serrano's activity and humor on Twitter have earned him referrals from GQ and other publications.
Raymond A. Villareal is a practicing attorney in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law. His first novel, A People's History of the Vampire Uprising will be published on June 5, 2018. Film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps Entertainment.