Author of “Coyote’s Ballad”
Jacob Gillam is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction who lives and works in Northeastern Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University and Ohio University, Jacob is a voracious reader of histories, with interests as varied as the Ottoman Empire to the trade and production of cacao to the natural history of the American black bear. You can find his story “Medusa” online at White Whale Review. Follow him on twitter @JacobEGillam.
Author of “The Secret Keeper”
Despite the degrees in creative writing from the small Lycoming College and the larger Miami University, Bryan finds himself focusing less on narrative fiction and more on thoughts and postulations about the inane nature of daily life via texts, postcards, and emails. He calls it a “transitional period to find himself”; friends call it “a clutter in my inbox” but “surprisingly readable.” Though he grew up in a funeral home, he has been quoted in the local student paper as saying that “Life is far too short to be so damn serious all the time,” and finds joyful self-amusement in seeing how far his people will go with him on a joke or an idea. The only criticism that has been levied against him (as of late) is that, at times, he can stretch a sentence and word limit to it’s maximum, but he doubts he’ll ever be able to fully mastered the art of being concise and arriving quickly to the point. He consciously avoids social media because he is not sure if a) anyone would listen, b) he could remain appropriate, and c) he knows what a hashtag is, but if you give him your mailing address, he would love to send you a unique, personalized mailing in his never-ending attempt to single-handedly keep the United States Postal Service in business.
Author of “The Gloom Chronicles: Morbid Atrocities”
Brandon Salkil is a part-time writer and a full-time dreamer. In a constant pursuit to one day reverse the roles of writer and dreamer, Brandon spends his days crafting worlds and characters he’s always wanted to read. Ones which haphazardly teeter the fine line of absurdity and cohesion, like his favorite cartoons Earthworm Jim, Sam & Max: Freelance Police, and Street Sharks. When he’s not warping his brain by unhinged animation, he’s finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Southern New Hampshire University Online in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. You can find his early, flash-fiction work at 101words.org. He currently has a few projects on the horizon including a comic, a novel, and an audio drama.
Brandon has been married to his wife Sherriah for nine years. She helps keep his ideas in check and recently helmed the role of illustrator to their upcoming joint project, Judy Comet. You can follow him on Facebook at Brandon M. Salkil. And on Twitter @bsalkil1990.
Author of “Whisper”
Bret Nye’s fiction and creative nonfiction tends towards the grotesque and the supernatural, the horrible and the fantastic. He’s preferred these kinds of stories ever since he was a young kid, and prefers them still as a young(ish) man for the horror genre’s greater possibility of working against the grain of contemporary fiction. Bret is just as influenced by horror films as he is literature, and enjoys them in his spare time. He promises that he doesstill love to read, though, particularly the autobiographical fiction of W.G. Sebald and the disappeared centers of Roberto Bolano’s novels.
Bret did an MA in Fiction at Miami University in Ohio and an MFA at Notre Dame, and developed a love for teaching writing through those programs. This is very probably his calling in life, in addition to spending inordinate amounts of time playing Dark Soulsand pretending he knows what David Lynch was trying to do with Twin Peaks. You can follow Bret’s fledgling writing career on Twitter @BretNye1.
Haley C. Malin
Author of “Dust Boy”
Haley Malin’s writing journey started at age twelve, when Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith inspired her to write her first patently terrible fanfiction. Since then, she’s found profound joy working in a variety of styles, genres, and mediums. She knows this is terrible for her branding, but above all else, she appreciates the power of a good story in any form, and can be found working on a novel, a game script, a short story, and her extensive tabletop GM notes simultaneously at any given time. That all being said, her work often includes strong themes of family, and the occasional Byronic hero, because who doesn’t love those. Find her on Twitter @haleycmalin