We’re very proud of every single author and artist we’ve worked with and published; so proud, in fact, that we’ve prepared this page all about them. On here, you’ll find a short bio for almost every author and artist we’ve published. If you love any of the work we’ve published, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the creative minds behind those works.
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Matt Appleby is an interpreter. He works and writes in English, French, and Spanish. He was born in Manchester in 1993 and lives there still.
Matt’s story Babble appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
John D. Ashton
John D. Ashton published his first novel, Crystal Castle, a fantasy adventure, on paperback and Kindle on Amazon in October 2016. His second novel, a dark thriller with supernatural elements called Hunter, was published the following November. He has had several short stories published and writes and plays by his own rules.
John’s story A Bug’s Life appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
C E Aylett
– British author living in France.
– Progeny of 1990s UK dance and festi scene.
– Travelled some of the world (but not nearly enough).
– Settled in France to renovate a crumbling farmhouse and start a family.
– Hit by a brick and thought it a good idea amid the dust, noise and unending sleepless nights to start writing a novel set amid the rise of rave into mainstream club culture. One book became three. TBP.
– Not known for making sage decisions.
Facebook: @C E Aylett
C E’s stories Magpie Road and After They Fall Asleep appear in Issue Six.
Natalia works as a graphic designer from 9am to 6pm while taking any chance she can to work as an illustrator on the side. She loves creating small worlds through her art, and losing herself in books. She’s a romantic, a lover of stories.
Natalia has created the cover artwork for Issue Two: Underdog, artwork for Old Blue and NAGEZ-VOUS!
Maria Alejandra Barrios
Born in Frimley and raised in Fleet, Hampshire, Samuel Boyce-Mills completed an M.A in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. After spending time wandering across the majestic Dartmoor, he moved to Birmingham over a year ago. His writing is inspired by the time he spent in Devon, drawing upon the folk-law and local legends that surround Dartmoor.
Samuel’s story Crazywell appears in Issue Five.
Samantha’s story Long Distance Relationship appears in Issue Three.
Valentine’s story Lone Star Song appears in Issue Three.
Bryn’s story Old Blue appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Si Lin Chen
Si Lin’s story The Yellow Rose and Her Boy appears in Issue Four: New Writers and Editors’ Picks: Year One.
Callum Colback is a Scottish born writer based in Bedfordshire, UK. He writes across all genres, although Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror are closest to his heart. When not writing he can be found sketching, playing guitar, and chipping away at the ever growing to-be-read pile of books stacked around the house.
Callum’s story Immolation appears in Issue Three and Editors’ Picks: Year One.
Lynne Couzins took part in a free writing workshop in 2017 and found her voice. Writing brings to life all the people and places she has collected in her imagination over a lifetime. It is an exploration, and she wishes she had found it much earlier. She also enjoy photographing nature and art journaling. She believes finding ways to creatively express yourself helps to combat stress and gives you confidence in your own abilities.
Lynne’s story The Music Box appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Sarah’s story Fly Away Home appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Alex De Cesare
Jason Shan Deechland
Jason has taught at schools in Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, and Shanghai. He loves forests, waterfalls, coastlines, and music. He has previously been shortlisted for the Guardian/4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize (2018) and the Bristol Short Story Prize (2019).
Jason’s story Tangyuan When Rare Snow Falls appears in Issue Six.
Hannah is currently studying art history, but dreams of being an artist herself. She spends her time reading books and whenever possible, wandering about outdoors, making sketches and watercolours.
Hannah has created the cover artwork for Issue One and Editors’ Picks: Year One, and the artwork for You Get There and The Yellow Rose and Her Boy.
Dot’s story Butter Chicken appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Kyle J. Durrant
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Laurence’s story Centre of Attention appears in Issue Five.
Hannah’s story Honey and Home appears in Issue Three.
R.J.’s story Saddleworth appears in the Pamphlet.
Joe Gibbs graduated from The University of Portsmouth in 2013 with a first-class degree in English and Creative Writing, but has been making up stories for as long as he can remember. He has had short fiction published by Earlyworks Press, Writers Forum magazine and Pugwash student magazine, as well as being shortlisted in several competitions including The 1000 Word Challenge. He is currently writing a collection in which all the stories unveil the nightmarish folklore of a single, strange town.
Joe’s story The Jaguar appears in Issue Five.
Tom’s story Carp In A Bathtub appears in Issue Six.
Gab’s story The Bottle appears in Issue Four: New Writers, and his story White Wall of Fishkill appears in Issue Five.
Lily’s story Mother appears in Issue Three.
Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Alliterati, Stepaway, Poets Speak (whilst they still can), Three Drops from the Cauldron, Obsessed with Pipework, Picaroon, Amaryllis, Algebra of Owls, Write to be Counted, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Riggwelter, with work coming up in Prole and Atrium. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in December 2017. She believes everyone’s voice counts.
Cariad’s story Succubus in Print appears in Issue One.
Geoffrey Heptonstall is the author of a novel, Heaven’s Invention, published by Black Wolf. Other fiction includes recent stories for Between the Lines and Scarlet Leaf Review. His poetry has appeared in many magazines, most recently Penwood Review and Poetry Pacific. He has also written a number of plays published/and or performed. He writes regularly for The London Magazine.
Geoffrey’s story Pacific Littoral appears in the Pamphlet.
Alisdair Hodgson is a Scottish writer of poetry and prose. He is currently based in the city of Stirling, where he is concluding an MLitt in Creative Writing. His writing subjects extend between the everyday and the abstract, whether dark, humourous or melodramatically melancholic. This year, he is also publishing with Adjacent Pineapple, BONSAI Journal (13 Alphabet) and Stryvling Press.
Alisdair’s story Family Heirlooms appears in Issue Three.
Alex Hubbard is a Londoner hoping between his hometown and Wales. He recently completed his BA at Aberystwyth University. He writes fiction and poetry. He has previously been published in the magazine Aber Ink and the anthologies Before, Behind and Now and Wandrian. His influences include James Joyce, Ali Smith and David Mitchell.
Alex’s story The Doctor appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Patrick Hutchinson lives in Greater Manchester. He currently works in the healthcare sector, having previously been a high school science teacher. He also studied Physics at Lancaster University. Patrick loves reading fiction of all genres; as well as writing his own fiction, long and short, in his spare time. This will be his first ever published work of fiction, and hopes that it certainly won’t be the last!
Patrick’s story An Unhappy Marriage appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Gloria has created the cover artwork for Issue Five.
Jason’s story Confusion appears in the Pamphlet.
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Bryan’s story Stairwells and Stairways appears in Issue Three and Editors’ Picks: Year One.
K. Lorraine Kiidumae
K. Lorraine Kiidumae is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, fiction cohort, and the Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Emerge 2011 and Emerge 2012, and her award-winning story The Girl In the Grey Dress was published in the anthology Emails From India (Seraphim Editions). She shares her time between Vancouver and Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, where she recently completed her first book of short stories and is working on a novel.
K. Lorraine’s story The Burning Ember appears in Issue Three.
Jon’s story Knocked Out of Time appears in Issue Five.
A.J.’s story Human Safari appears in Issue One.
Sophie’s story The Butterfly Wing appears in Issue Five.
I’m an Irish writer living in London. I’ve had many plays produced in different countries over the past 20 years and have just started writing fiction.
Chris’s story Karen’s Art appears in Issue Six.
Connor Leggat is a MA student at Queen’s University, Belfast. He spends the vast majority of his time in his own head and would kindly ask you to knock before entering. When he isn’t writing he is a mediocre guitarist and a slightly above average gamer. Connor writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, or a mash of all three. He is currently shaking the first draft of his novel and seeing if anything good falls out.
Connor’s story Monsters appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Robert’s story Bonabot appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Emma’s story NAGEZ-VOUS! appears in Issue Three.
Talia’s story The Yellow Caps appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Eren’s story Archangel Robin appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Gwenda’s story appears in the Pamphlet.
Simon’s story Fundamentally Flawed appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Kevin’s story The Elder appears in Issue Six.
Laura is a teacher, writer and silversmith who lives in Glasgow. She writes short stories and has been published in journals such as The International Literary Quarterly and From Glasgow to Saturn; her story, ‘Anna on the Wing’, was highly commended in The Federation of Writers Scotland Competition 2018. She also writes dystopian young adult fiction and her novel, Perfect Memory, was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s Young Adult Novel Contest.
Laura’s story Sunbeams appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Andrew’s story The Great Leap Forward appears in Issue One.
Jessica O. Neill
Jessica’s story Sonoma appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Mike’s story Art for Art’s Sake appears in Issue Five.
Andrew Newall lives near Falkirk in Scotland and writes fiction in his spare time. In the past ten years, his short stories have placed in various competitions and been published in print or online. His work can be found in anthologies from Dark Tales, The Writer’s Notebook and Earlyworks Press. This year, in addition to appearing in Bandit Fiction, he has been published online by Black Petals, Friday Flash Fiction and, more recently Soft Cartel.
Andrew’s story Wild Voices appears in Issue Three.
Luke’s story Shoelaces appears in Issue One.
David’s story William’s Birthday appears in Issue One.
As an after dinner speaker in Cork, Ireland, Eamon (aka The Gannet) has been telling stories for years. After retiring from the day job in finance, writing instead of playing more bad golf seemed like a good idea. With a number of stories published to date and readings scheduled for this summer, it has worked out well. Stories cover all genres, but the target is to finish a collection of humorous semi-autobiographical tales of growing up in the 60/70’s.
Eamon’s story St. Bernard Spoiled The Party appears in Issue Two: Underdog.
Dominika’s story Wolves appears in Issue Three and Editors’ Picks: Year One.
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Rik Powell is studying for his MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University. He’s had short stories published and performed in Hong Kong, long listed for the Bedford International Writing Competition in 2018, and recently featured in Brunel University’s compilation ‘Letter to my Younger Self’. When not writing, he and his partner can be found walking with their two dogs through the woods near their home.
Rik’s story Lure appears in Issue Six.
Matt has been writing for 2 years, he is fascinated by psychology, cooking and all things nerdy. He currently lives in London and writes science fiction and horror in the form of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. His writing explores the darker side of human nature and takes a step outside the comfort of every day situations to find out what could be happening behind closed doors.
Matt’s story Household Chores appears in Issue One.
Jamie’s story See It. Say It. Sorted appears in Issue One.
Thomas’s story Homecoming appears in Issue Three.
Rebecca Sandeman is a trainee teacher at the University of Sheffield. She is editor at @CicatriceJournal and her work has appeared in Route 57, Edinburgh Inkwell, Hedgehog Poetry Press, Llady and Prole. She was recently Ink, Sweat and Tears July 2018 pick of month.
Rebecca’s story The Fateful 28 appears in Issue Three.
Jemma’s story Swings and Roundabouts appears in Issue Five.
Chris’s story Optophobia appears in Issue Six.
Harriet’s story Pigeon appears in the Pamphlet.
David Turton is an author of horror and dark fiction, with his work appearing in several magazines, websites, podcasts and anthologies. Described as ‘A new voice for horror fans everywhere’ by the Gehenna Post, Turton has already reached several readers, with his anthology The Gull and Other Short Tales of Terror, downloaded hundreds of times by fans of the horror genre. His debut novel, The Malaise, will be published in December by Cosmic Egg Books.
David’s story My Father’s Hands appears in Issue Three and Editors’ Picks: Year One.
Jill Vance is from Northern Ireland, although she currently lives in Donegal. Jill lived in Italy for many years, first in Como, (where she met her Italian song writing partner, Lou Pizzi), then in Sestri Levante, Liguria. She also spent a number of years in Africa. Jill worked as a ghost-writer for many years, not only writing books, but also articles for magazines and newspapers. Jill has published two collections of short stories: The first two are published, The Other Side of the Door and Dark Between Shadows. The third, Nothing in the Mirror, is in the process of being published.
Jill’s story Write Me A Lie appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Joe’s story One of Those Dreams appears in Issue One.
Eleanor Winterbottom is a Literature and Creative Writing student at the University of Gloucestershire. She has previously been published in the Shadows: New Writing VI anthology, and has showcased her work at both the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Cheltenham Poetry Festival
Eleanor’s story Little One appears in Issue Four: New Writers.
Donald Zagardo is a former Professor of Modern World History at St. John’ University. He has a life-long passion for literature and has studied writing at NYC’s Gotham Writers Workshop. In the past few years he has directed his writing efforts toward short stories. He is presently assembling a collection of his own work and is truly grateful to have his Madman out there, for the first time. Donald lives and writes in New York City. He enjoys international travel, foreign languages and photography.
Donald’s story Madman in Blueberry Running Flats appears in Issue Three.