Listing of Local Writers

BOOTH, MAX IIInew razorblade

Max Booth III is the author of Toxicity and The Mind is a Razorblade. He’s the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and an ongoing columnist at He works as a hotel night auditor in a small town outside San Antonio, TX. WEBTWITTER

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Victoria Champion is a writer of zombie, dark fantasy, paranormal an erotic horror. Her stories are about zombies, witches, vampires, shape shifters, incubi and regular people caught up in frightening paranormal adventures. Her character-driven fiction is about the struggle to survive and the endurance of love against borrowing odds. She currently lives in Austin and is also a hobbyist visual artist, illustrator and painter. WEB • FACEBOOK


Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. WEB • FACEBOOK


Acclaimed horror author, vampire genre/industry expert, indie songwriter and artist Gabrielle Faust is best known for her post-apocalyptic vampire series Eternal Vigilance. Her previous work has also included three collections of poetry, Before Icarus After Achilles, Crossroads and The Beginning Of Nights, the novella Regret, the novel The Lineage and the celebrated dark fantasy adventure novel Revenge. She was also the chief editor of the vampire anthology High Stakes and has contributed to a variety of publications and anthologies over the years. Her work has appeared in the sites SciFi Wire, Fatally Yours, Examiner, Doorways Magazine and Fear Zone, as well as various anthologies and magazines. Faust is currently a Staff Writer for Gothic Beauty Magazine, the owner of the Nightshade Vampire Boutique and a member of the Marketing department for Permuted Press. She is currently at work on the fourth novel in the Eternal Vigilance series and will be celebrating the re-release of the first three Eternal Vigilance novels in the fall of 2014 through Permuted Press. WEB • FACEBOOKTWITTER


Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant and is now a full-time writer. During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category. The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012. She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion Of The Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER




Rhodi Hawk has been fascinated by storytelling since her earliest memory, when her grandmother read to her from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Rhodi has been reading or writing ever since, and began her career as a transcription linguist in US Army intelligence. She later made a living as a technical writer during the Internet boom, working on her first novel in the early mornings and at night. Rhodi won the International Thriller Writers Scholarship for her first work of fiction, A Twisted Ladder. She is represented by Peter Miller of PMA Literary and Film Management. A compulsive traveler, she lives in Magnolia, TX with a host of critters, including her husband, Hank. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER


South Texas author Bowie V. Ibarra describes his books as ‘Tex-Mexploitation’, as they are all an artistic product of his cultural upbringing and life experiences in south Texas. His books range from Zombie Horror to Supernatural Horror to Superheroes to Action/Adventure to Combat Sports to Straight Horror Check out his site, Zombie Blood Fights. WEB


Gabino Iglesias was born somewhere, but then moved to a different place. He has worked as dog whisperer, witty communications professor, and ballerina assassin. Now he hides near a dumpster in Austin, Texas, where he works as a freelance journalist and impersonates a PhD student. His nonfiction has appeared in places like The New York Times, Z Magazine, El Nuevo Día, and others. The stuff that’s made up has been published in places like Flash Fiction Offensive, Drunk Monkeys, Bizarro Central, Paragraph Line, Divergent Magazine, Cease, Cows, and a few horror and bizarro anthologies. When not writing or fighting ninja squirrels, he devours books and spits out reviews that are published in places like Verbicide, The Rumpus, Word Riot, Electric Literature, Atticus Review, Entropy, HorrorTalk, Necessary Fiction, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, Out of the Gutter, Spinetingler Magazine, Buzzy Mag, and a few other print and online venues. He’s currently working on overcoming his crippling hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.  FACEBOOKTWITTER • BUY

KURTZ, EDrsz_dt

Ed Kurtz is the author of A Wind of KnivesControlDead Trash, and The Forty-Two. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies like ThuglitNeedle: A Magazine of NoirShotgun Honey, and Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane. Kurtz lives in Texas where he is at work on his next project. WEB • FACEBOOK • TWITTER

McKENZIE, SHANEblood_sex_slime_chinesefood

Shane McKenzie is the author of Infinity House, All You Can Eat, Bleed on Me, Jacked, Addicted to the Dead, Muerte Con Carne, Escape from Shit Town (co-authored with Sam W. Anderson and Erik Williams), Fat Off Sex and Violence, Fairy, The Bingo Hall, and many more to come. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER

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Joe McKinney is the San Antonio-based author of several horror, crime and science fiction novels. His longer works include the four part Dead World series, made up of Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead, Flesh Eaters and The Zombie King; the science fiction disaster tale, Quarantined, which was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009; and the crime novel, Dodging Bullets. His upcoming releases include the horror novels Lost Girl of the Lake, The Red Empire, The Charge and St. Rage. Joe has also worked as an editor, along with Michelle McCrary, on the zombie-themed anthology Dead Set, and with Mark Onspaugh on the abandoned building-themed anthology The Forsaken. His short stories and novellas have been published in more than thirty publications and anthologies. Joe is a sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department and lives and works in a small town north of San Antonio with his wife and children.  WEB



Corey Mitchell is a Los Angeles Times and Borders International Group bestselling author of several true crime books including Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead and Buried, Murdered Innocents, Evil Eyes, Strangler, Pure Murder and Savage Son. I was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog, a former blogger for the Discovery Channel’s Hollywood on Crime blog, a current contributor to MetalSucks, and the horror film festival blogger for Bloody Disgusting. Other projects include his eighth true crime book, Teach Me To Kill, about the murder of Diane Tilly, an autobiography on Philip H. Anselmo (ex-Pantera/Down) and is co-authoring a book with Tracey Damron, ex-wife of former Kentucky legislator Steve Nunn, who has been convicted of murdering his fiancee. Corey is also the co-founder of the annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin along with Philip Anselmo. BUY • TWITTER


spookynewcrookedmanshadow320x200Content Creator, Horror Writer, Film Critic. Heeding a macabre calling listening to “Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes” in kindergarten, Kevin started writing in grade school and filled countless notebooks with story ideas while touring the Mediterranean in the US Navy. He is the author of The Spooky Chronicles and the vampire thriller series The Matriarch, creator/critic for and “ghost writer” for horror host Grim D. Reaper. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER



Stephen Romano is an acclaimed multi-media artist, whose unique jack-of-all-trades approach to the genres of horror, crime fiction, sci-fi and exploitation has produced innovative, award-winning work. He is an accomplished author, screenwriter and illustrator. His short stories, novels and comic books have garnered critical acclaim and is the author of Resurrection Express, a high octane thriller novel from Gallery Books and Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster, now in development as a major motion picture.  Stephen is also the co-author of Black Light, a supernatural suspense novel from Mulholland Books at Little Brown and Company, on which he collaborated with top Hollywood screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of the billion dollar Saw franchise.  Stephen was also the writer of Incident On And Off A Mountain Road for Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning Masters Of Horror cable series. Romano’s well-documented passion for sleaze cinema and exploitation film culminated in the ground-breaking illustrated novel Shock Festival in 2008, and placed Romano highly in demand as an accomplished visual stylist in the mode of exploitation film art. Since the book’s release, Romano has designed film campaigns for theatrical releases, DVD covers and promotional artwork.  He lives in Austin, Texas. WEB


Hank Schwaeble is a thriller writer and attorney in Houston, Texas. His first novel, Damnable, was published by Penguin/Putnam in September 2009 under their Jove imprint. Hank’s first short story, Mugwumps, appeared in the anthology Alone on the Darkside in 2006. In 2007, he won a Bram Stoker Award for the anthology Five Strokes to Midnight, which he co-edited with Gary Braunbeck and which included three of his short stories. The book was highly regarded, winning two Bram Stoker Awards and a World Fantasy Award nomination. A graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, Hank is also a former Air Force officer and special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, graduated first in his class from the Defense Language Institute’s Japanese Language Course, and was an editor of the law review at Vanderbilt where he won four American Jurisprudence Awards. Hank is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association. In addition to reading and writing, Hank enjoys keeping in shape and playing guitar. He is currently working on his next novel. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER


Nate Southard’s books include Lights Out, Scavengers, Red Sky, Just Like Hell, Broken Skin, This Little Light of Mine, and He Stepped Through. His short fiction has appeared in such venues as Cemetery Dance, Black Static, Thuglit, and Supernatural Noir. A graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, Nate lives in Austin, Texas with his cat. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER

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Lee Thomas is the Bram Stoker Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The Dust of Wonderland, The German, and Torn. Forthcoming titles include the short story collection Like Light For Flies and Butcher’s Road. He lives in Austin, TX, where he is working on several projects. WEBFACEBOOKTWITTER


Wrath James White is a former world class heavyweight kickboxer, a professional kickboxing and mixed martial arts trainer, distance runner, performance artist, former street brawler and professional bad-ass who is now known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print. Wrath’s most recent books are Pure Hate, The Reaper, Skinzz, and Like Porno For Psychos. He is also the author of The Resurrectionist, Yaccub’s Curse, Succulent Prey, Everyone Dies Famous In A Small Town, The Book Of A Thousand Sins, His Pain, and Populations Zero. He is the co-author of Teratolgist co-written with the king of extreme horror, Edward Lee; Orgy Of Souls co-written with Maurice Broaddus; Hero co-written with J.F. Gonzalez; and Poisoning Eros co-written with Monica J. O’Rourke. Wrath lives and works in Austin, Texas. WEBTWITTER

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