Founder, Editor-In-Chief: Laramore Black founded the site in 2011. In 2013 he launched SYW Press. He is a dark fiction writer and the author of the upcoming crime novella, BONDAGE. Plus a memoir called Cutter: A Suicide Memoir and a literary novel called Autophonomania, however he only likes to talk these things up. He is also a blogger for the Imperial Youth Review. He’s been published by places such as ThunderDome Magazine, Solarcide, The Shwibly, Out of the Gutter Online, Shotgun Honey, and Dark Media. He wrote this crappy self-promotional biography himself and hates third person, but he does hope you enjoy this magazine.
Co-Editor & Reviewer – Dakota Taylor is his name and co-editing is his game. His fiction has appeared online and in print from such journals as Solarcide, Blink Ink, Surreal Grotesque, and Insomnia Press. He co-hosts a literary podcast titled Books and Booze and has received a Pushcart nomination.
Co-Editor & Columnist – Max Booth III is the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the Assistant Editor of Dark Moon Digest: the Horror Quarterly. When not handling drunk guests at the hotel he works at overnight, he serves as a committee member for the Horror Writers Association. He is the editor of numerous anthologies and the author of True Stories Told By a Liar, They Might Be Demons, and Black Cadillacs.
Columnist – Renee Asher Pickup is a fiction writer who has been published in places like Alliterati Magazine and Solarcide. She’s one third the Books And Booze podcast, a mellowed out punk, a daughter of Eve, and a chick you don’t want to fuck with. She’s here to teach you what she learned in the punk scene and tell you why Cosmo magazine is full of shit.
Columnist – Mckay Williams lives and writes in Oakland, California. He is the author of the much panned When Seven Ate Nine and a multitude of short stories that have appeared in many places. He has been a featured reader at San Francisco’s LitQuake and Oakland’s Beast Crawl. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter for updates on current projects.
Columnist – Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian journalist, musician, photographer, DJ, artist, some-time filmmaker, writer, wayward graphic designer, and ad hoc beer and sake connoisseur who’s been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 11 years.
He wrote the novels Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and One Hundred Years of Vicissitude.
Under the alias of Industrial Form, he dabbled with graf, then moved on to audio/visual art installations for events put on by pioneering Melbourne experimental electronic music label IF? Records. He currently creates music under the pseudonyms Little Nobody and Funk Gadget.
Andrez has written for the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper in Japan, The Age newspaper, and VICE Magazine in Australia, American mags Anime Insider and Geek Monthly (ex-Cinefantastique), Impact and Mixmag in the UK, and various other publications, on movies, music, anime, culture, travel, food, etc, etc.
Columnist – Alex S. Johnson is the author of the novel Death Moon (Black Flame Press 2005) and the poetry/short fiction collection The Death Jazz (Shwibly Press 2012), has worked as an English professor, magazine editor and medical transcriber, and for the past 18 years has been a music journalist with hundreds of articles appearing in such venues as Metal Hammer, Juggernaut, Zero Tolerance, Experience Hendrix, Metal Maniacs and blueblood.net. His short fiction has appeared in Cthulhu Sex, Bloodsongs and the anthologies Master/slave and Noirotica III. His current novel is Bad Sunset: A Bizarro Western. More of his work can be seen on Imperial Youth Review blogsite and his webzine The Shwibly, at shwibly.com.
Columnist/Interviewer – Sean Leonard was rumored to have been raised by wolves. In 1987, after hearing Poison’s “Look What the Cat Dragged In” for the first time, Sean decided he wanted to play drums. After realizing all rock stars wore leather pants, he traded in his dreams of fortune and fame for 80’s sitcoms, horror movies, and punk rock. Sean has spent his recent years trying to recover from Catholic guilt while searching for an idea worth writing.
Columnist – Jessica is the writer of stories about people and the things they do. She likes it fine, but plans to keep her day job. She’s the mother of an outstanding little boy and plans to keep him as well. Most days you can find her looking skeptically at her surroundings and being negative, but in a charming way.
Columnist – W. P. Johnson graduated Temple University with a degree in English Literature. He is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and is a writer of horror and weird fiction. He is currently living and working in Philadelphia where he is researching his first novel, a horror story about stand up comedians. You can follow him via the moniker americantypo on twitter, wordpress, and you can read his column series on performing stand up, “Standing Up To Die”, at www.manarchymag.com.
Columnist – Eli Wilde has the same name on the front cover of his first adult novel – Cruel. Some of you might also know him as Frank Lambert, author of Napoleon Xylophone. He is a UK based author who likes to write (and read) poetry, short stories, movie scripts, novels and shopping lists. Maybe he doesn’t like to read shopping lists. Anyway, mostly you will find him listening to music, drinking whiskey and contemplating rainfall. You can contact him here firstname.lastname@example.org or maybe in the street where he is soon be seen photographing homeless people and maybe trying to coax their stories out of them.
Featured Reviewer – Caleb J. Ross has a degree in English with a minor in creative writing from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. While attending ESU he won the Kay Alden Creative Writing Scholarship for Excellence in Writing for his short story “Car Dodging.”
Based on his writing merit, ESU funded his attendance to the Tin House Writer’s Workshop in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2004 where he had the opportunity to study with novelist Peter Rock.
In 2007 he studied with Craig Clevenger, author of the novels The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria, in a six week writing intensive called The Contortionist’s Hotseat.
He’s been to a couple Association of Writer’s and Writing Programs (AWP) conferences which have allowed him the opportunity to embarrass himself in front of many important people.
Photographer: Fliss Vicious is a photographer with her fingers on the pulse of the music industry. She is typically found lurking in dark corners, gathering photographic intel on whatever’s going on around her. She’s a bad ass Aussie with an eye for the artistic and a voice that will bring you to your knees.