Meet The Dark Scribe

Editorial Team...

Vince A. Liaguno / Editor-in-Chief

Vince Liaguno is a writer, award-winning editor, and publisher of dark fiction. His debut novel, 2006’s The Literary Six, was a tribute to the slasher films of the 80’s and won an Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) for Horror and was named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category. He also edited the LGBT/Horror anthology Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, which won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

He currently divides his time between Manhattan and the eastern end of Long Island, New York. He is a member – and current Secretary – of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC).

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Martel Sardina / Contributing Editor

Contributor%20Photo%20-%20Martel%20Sardina.jpgMartel Sardina blames her warped imagination on her addictions to Pepsi and chocolate as well as a chronic case of insomnia. She claims to have a high "freaky" people tolerance, which explains her fondness for artists, musicians, writers, tattooists and leather-clad biker types.

Martel is a firm believer in the advice "write what you know." Every story she has written has some element of truth to it. However, she wants you to know that despite her win in the 3rd Annual Drinking & Writing Festival's Two Drink Minimum Story Contest, she does not have a clown fetish.

Martel is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and the Persephone Writers Organization.

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Rick R. Reed / Columnist Scribe

Of Rick R. Reed, Unzipped magazine said, "You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." Reed has chronicled the sexual and horrific lives of the misbegotten in novels like IM, In the Blood, High Risk, A Face Without a Heart (which Fangoria magazine called "a rarity...a really well done update that's as good as its source material."), and several others. Reed's short fiction has appeared in nearly twenty anthologies; his short fiction was collected in 2006 in Twisted: Tales of Obsession and Terror.

In 2009, watch for Bashed, a dark suspense story about a hate crime and its repercussions (MLR Press). He lives in Seattle, WA with his partner.

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Blu Gilliand / Contributing Scribe

Bio2BWsmall.jpgBlu Gilliand is a freelance writer whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Dark Discoveries and Shroud. In addition to writing for Dark Scribe Magazine, Blu conducts new interviews every month at Horror World, and runs his own blog devoted to horror and crime fiction, October Country.

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Norman L. Rubenstein / Contributing Scribe

Norm is a former litigation attorney and judge from Illinois, who also organized and presented a number of rather large science fiction conventions in conjunction with the BBC for their Doctor Who television series, which was featured on a nationally televised segment of the Entertainment Tonight TV show, and who then went on to co-produce ten stage plays including one that ran upon London's famed West End for six months, and a world premiere of an A. R. Gurney play starring George Segal and Betty Buckley in Chicago.

Norm currently resides in the sunny Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, AZ with his Golden Retriever, Sunny. He is an Active Member of the Horror Writer's Association (HWA), and is also a member of the International Thriller Writer's, Inc (ITW).

Norm has authored over one hundred published Horror & Thriller Genre book reviews. Norm has written a regular column for Fear Zone "Macabre Musings," and also served a stretch as the reviewer for the Pod Of Horror podcast hosted by author and professional radio host, Mark Justice. Norm is a regular reviewer for Horror World, a regular columnist for Shroud Magazine, and also, is a, reviewer for Cemetery Dance Magazine and now Dark Scribe Magazine

Norm has had extensive experience working freelance as both a copy editor and Associate Editor for a number of Specialty Presses, including Bloodletting Press and Cargo Cult Press, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Black Voltage Series at Thunderstorm Books and is the Editor for Dark Regions Press. Norm is pleased to announce his first hardcover appearance as an author-contributor in the forthcoming Thrillers: 100 Must Reads coming from Oceanview Press in July, 2010. Norm is also currently working on two screenplay adaptations of horror novels as well as writing short fiction. 

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Daniel R. Robichaud / Contributing Scribe

Daniel R. Robichaud lives and writes in San Antonio, Texas.  He has degrees in physics and English lit.  When not reading, writing, or reviewing, he can be found slaving away as an Igor-For-Hire or indulging his many bad habits, including scotch snobbery and gaming.

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Paul G. Bens, Jr. / Contributing Scribe

Paul G. Bens, Jr., has spent the majority of his adult life in the entertainment industry as a casting director and producer. His short fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance, The Egg Box, Outsider Ink, Scared Naked, HeavyGlow, Bleeding Quill, Twisted Tongue, Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction, Chick Flicks and Dark Discoveries. His debut novel Kelland received a Black Quill Award for Best Small Press Chill (Editors' Choice). Currently, Bens works for an historic Hollywood film studio as a paralegal in the new media division.

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Derek Clendening / Contributing Scribe

Contributor%20Photo%20-%20Derek%20Clendening.jpgDerek Clendening lives in Fort Erie, Ontario. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and author of the chapbook Blood Verse: The Vampire As Poet (Sams Dot Publishing). His novel The Vampire Way is forthcoming from Naked Snake Press.

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Michele Lee / Contributing Scribe

micheleauthorpic.jpgMichele Lee is a writer, reviewer, and all around lover of good stories. Her work has appeared in Cthulhu Sex Magazine, From the Asylum magazine, Nocturnal Ooze, and Read by Dawn: Volume One, with forthcoming works in Black Ink Horror and Pseudopod. Michele adores reading and promoting great fiction.

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Joan Turner / Contributing Scribe

Joan Turner's poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in over 650 horror and non-genre publications worldwide, including Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, Strange Horizons, Surreal, Horror World and many others.

She is author of seven chapbooks of fiction and poetry.

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T.E. Lyons / Contributing Scribe

T.E. Lyons has published more than a thousand arts reviews, previews and features with newspapers in the Ohio Valley and Midatlantic regions — earning six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists along the way. In the last 15 years he's also sold several dozen short stories in speculative and erotic fiction to print and online publications. He's served as a panelist at Horrorfind Weekend and Conbust conventions, and contributed to three editions of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

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Anthony J. Rapino / Contributing Scribe

Anthony J. Rapino writes horror. His most recent work appears within the virtual pages of Dark Scribe Magazine. Currently, Anthony is seeking representation for his first novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World. When all else fails, he teaches.

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Beth Harrington / Contributing Scribe

Beth Harrington resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Her nonfiction has appeared in Bookslut, 3:AM Magazine, and Venus (online). Her fiction has appeared in Fifth Street Review (now-defunct), Kaleidoscope: Emmanuel College Magazine, and Cherry Bleeds: Literary Transgressions as well as its 2005 print anthology. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and was the 2007 recipient of the James T. and Ellen M. Hatfield Memorial Prize for a short story at Smith College.

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Contributing Scribe / I.E. Lester

I. E. Lester is a science fiction and horror addict who has amassed a collection of thousands of books and magazines over the past three decades.

He writes articles about genre fiction as well as related science and history topics.

When not writing or reading, he can often be found watching rugby or cricket, or wandering through the medieval streets of Italy and France.

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Chad Helder / Featured Scribe

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The Literary Renaissance of the Zombie

Chad Helder has been fascinated with the horror genre since the release of Michael Jackson's Thriller when he was in the fifth grade.

He is the author of two forthcoming comic book lines from Bluewater Productions – Bartholomew of the Scissors and Vincent Price Presents. He is also the author of The Pop-Up Book of Death, his first collection of poetry. Online versions of his poems can be read at his poetry website Queer Poetry. He is also the founder of Unspeakable Horror, a literary website about the horror genre with an emphasis on queer studies.

Chad holds two literary degrees: a BA in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of Northern Colorado and a MA in English from Western Washington University with an emphasis in critical studies. Chad's poetry mentors include James Doyle, Rita Kiefer, and Bruce Beasley. Dr. Janie Hinds was Chad's mentor and inspiration for pursuing literary criticism.

Chad currently teaches Composition and Literature at Whatcom Community College. He lives with his boyfriend Tshombe Brown in beautiful Bellingham, Washington.

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William I. Lengeman III / Featured Scribe

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William I. Lengeman III is an Arizona-based freelance journalist and publisher of the website, Tea Guy Speaks.

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John R. Little / Featured Scribe

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Live From Salt Lake City...It's the 2007 Stoker Awards!

John R. Little has been writing horror and dark fantasy short stories for more than 25 years. In 2007, he published his first two books. The Memory Tree - his first novel - was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Placeholders, a novella, was nominated for the Black Quill Award. He has several new books planned for publication in 2008.

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Richard Hipson / Featured Scribe

BioPic.jpgJack Ketchum Talks About the Horrors That Live 'Next Door'

Richard Hipson hails from Ontario, Canada, where he entertains his demons by convincing his girlfriend that this "writing thing" is just a hobby while simultaneously contributing his soul to the various online and print publications crazy and unsuspecting enough to let him fool around in their dark playgrounds when no one's watching.

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Lisa Morton / Featured Scribe

Singing the Blues with Del Howison

A reformed screenwriter, Lisa Morton is now the proud author of three books of nonfiction (The Cinema of Tsui Hark, The Halloween Encyclopedia and A Hallowe’en Anthology). Her short fiction has been published in numerous books and magazines; recent and forthcoming appearances include the anthologies Winter Frights, Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, The Living Dead and Midnight Premiere. Lisa won the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction, and she currently lives in North Hollywood.

More information at her official author website.

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Nicholas Kaufmann / Featured Scribe

But Is It Horror? A Critical Re-examination of Genre in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Nicholas Kaufmann is the critically acclaimed author of General Slocum's Gold (Burning Effigy Press) and the collection Walk in Shadows (Prime Books, out of print). His fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 3, City Slab, The Best American Erotica 2007, Playboy, X: The Erotic Treasury and others. In addition to writing the monthly "State of the Genre" column for FearZone, his non-fiction has appeared in On Writing Horror (Writers Digest Books), Annabelle Magazine, Fantastic Metropolis, Hellnotes and others. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Horror Writers Association.

Professionally immersed in books his whole life, he's been the Publicity Manager for a small literary press, a pitchman for a widely respected PR firm specializing in TV and radio author appearances, a bookstore clerk, an independent bookstore owner, and a manager for Barnes & Noble, as well as the manager for a small indie video store. Nick lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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