About the Authors

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson graduated from the University of Iowa (English & Journalism) and earned a Master's degree from Western Illinois University (English & Education), with additional study at Northern Illinois, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. She's taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges, and wrote for five newspapers, and five blogs, (including her own blog - www.weeklywilson.com).

An active member of the Horror Writers Association, her stories have appeared online and in print. Her work has won prizes from "Whim's Place Flash Fiction" and "Writer's Digest," and she has published two books, with 3 upcoming.

She's reviewed films and books for the Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years, taught for 36 years, founded 2 businesses, functioned as their CEO, and wrote humor columns, as well as conducting interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch, and three other newspapers.

Connie's interviews with writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., William F. Nolan, David Morrell, Anne Perry, Joe Hill and John Irving have appeared in "SciFi Weekly," "Reflection's Edge," "The Brutarian," and a variety of other online and print magazines.

Mike McCarty has been a professional writer since 1983, and he is the author of over 10 books (fiction and nonfiction), plus several hundred articles, short stories, and poems.

He is the 2008 David R. Collins' Literary Achievement Award winner, from the Midwest Writing Center. In 2005, he also became a Bram Stoker Finalist, for the Nonfiction Book of The Year, More Giants of the Genre.

He lives in Rock Island, Illinois, and is a former stand-up comedian, tried his hand as a musician, and once worked as managing editor of a music magazine. Currently, Mike is a staff writer for "Science Fiction Weekly," the official website of the SCI FI Channel.