Sabledrake Magazine

November, 2004

 

 

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Laura Ackerman
Danielle Ackly-McPhail
Jay Alverson
Jennifer Anderson

Charlene Austin

Lawrence Barker
John Barnes
Thomas Barnes
David Bateman
Derek Bessette
Amanda Blessing

Mark Bolin

Jason Bolton
Tessie Bonilla
Shonney Booth

Robin Buehler

Kim Bundy
Katheryn Christy
Constance Cochran
Brandon Cope
J. "Kythera" Contreras
Steve Corbett
Julie Ann Dawson
Royce Day
Douglas Defa
Denis De Plaen
Anthony Docimo
Warpmind de InzanE
Kirk Dougal
Sherry Ellison
Emambu
Salvatore "Sam" Falco
Jessie Feff
Zaak Fresh
Fabian Fucci
GAK
David Goodner
Shoshana Harris (Dirce)
Janna Heino
Lindy Hensley
Peta Hewitt
Harry C. Henze III
Steven Hill
Carl Horne
Eric P. Isaacson and Travis L. Sparkman
Jaguiler
Adam Janus
Barrie Jones
Rik Kershaw-Moore
David Kessel
Cindy "Eden" Kinnard
Cathy Kirk
Lewis Korn
Kythera
Tom Lavelle
Noel Leas
Courtney LeBlanc
Heather Lee
Krista A. Leemhuis (aka Artemis)
D.F. Lewis
Mary Lewys
Cia Littlefox
Eric Lofgren

SC Lofton

Stephanie Lostimolo
Lynz
Stephen MacNeil
Jeremy MacNicol

Alex McVey

Crystal Madison
Mahspider
Marta
Phil Masters
Matthew McKinnon-Gray
Jeff Meyers
Tristan Miller
Mark Milliken
Ken Mitchell
Christine Morgan
Kristy Morgan
Tim Morgan
Lesley Muir
Shannon Muir

Anthony Ori

Pedro
Maelan Peredhil
R. T. Phillips
Nick Polotta
Allen Posz
Matthew Rees
Revel
Rina
S. John Ross
RPG
Kara Senecal
Sarah Skinner

Stephanie Smith

Christi Smith-Hayden
Stephen Sobotka, Jr.
Pernille Soegaard
Donald W. Stephens
Margaret Demona May Stephens
Michael L Straus
Tana

Thorne

Kimberly T.
Chad Underkoffler
Michael Vance
Andy Vetromile
Brian Vigue
Cecil Washington
Greg Weisman
Werner Wejp-Olsen
Terry RK Whisenant
Clint Wilson
John Henry Wilson
Dara Williamson

Laura Ackerman

Laura Ackerman, otherwise known as "Ad Astra," otherwise known as several other things, is an insomniac artist who cannot stop doodling. By the time you read this statement, she hopes to be gainfully employed.

 


 

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The youngest of five children, Danielle Ackley-McPhail began devouring books at a very young age and eventually developed the talent for telling tales of her own. This love of the written word has followed her throughout her life.

With her first novel, Yesterday's Dreams, she explores the rich mythology of her Celtic heritage and her own longtime fascination with fantasy. Danielle lives in New York with Mike, her husband of ten years, mother-in-law Teresa, and four extremely spoiled cats.

She has finished the sequel to Yesterday's Dreams, entitled Tomorrow's Memories, and has several upcoming appearances at signings and conventions.

She has received the Word Weaving Award of Excellence, and her official website has been launched at www.sidhenadaire.com. Danielle has also recently taken on a regular column at www.fictionauts.com.

 


Jay Alversen

Gadrin -- is a pseudonym for Jay Alverson, a new writer, in his mid-forties, who does computer and software support for a health care firm based in California. He's been writing (well, mostly re-writing) stories based in various settings, including fantasy and sci-fi.

E-mail: gadrin@space.com

 


Jennifer Anderson

"Well Regis, our next contestant is a mother of four from Filmore, California, whose hobbies include collecting Disney memorabilia, running sci-fi cons, and stuffing dollars down hunks' pants while wearing wings and a tail."

She also has a website.

 


Charlene Austin

 

 

Charlene Austin reads and reviews as herself, changes hats, and writes fiction as Carrie Lynn Lyons. Her first novel, Dream Pictures, will be released by Mundania Press in 2005. She is busy working on the sequel, Dream Shadows, and building the growing Writing Road and Writers and Readers Network Groups.

 

E-mail: clyons55@earthlink.net
 
http://home.earthlink.net/~jacey2000

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~clyons55

 

 


Lawrence Barker

Lawrence Barker lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where he writes disturbing fiction, plays old-time banjo, and keeps up with a house overrun with cats. His novel, Renfield, will soon be published by Marietta Publishing. Renfield is a revisionist retelling of Dracula, from Renfield's point of view. Lawrence's work can be found in such anthologies as Dead Winter, Grave Possessions, Strange News, and others.

E-mail: SQRT2PI@aol.com

 


John Barnes

John Barnes holds a PhD. in Business Administration from Arizona State University (1992). He is currently on the Marketing faculty at the Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business Administration, Loyola University, New Orleans. A former professional musician, Dr. Barnes also holds an undergraduate degree in music composition, and has composed 40 musical works in various genre (string quartet, concert band, etc.).

Dr. Barnes is the author of 26 poems, including a 12-poem set ("Astrological Poems") for each of the Zodiac signs. He has been a practicing (albeit part-time) astrologer for 20 years. Other interests include history, religions, the occult, and a burgeoning interest in Internet marketing. Dr. Barnes is Director of Marketing and part-owner of Far Horizons Computer Solutions (www.fhpc.com) in Mandeville, Louisiana. Web sites can be found at www.cba.loyno.edu/faculty/Barnes and www.fhpc.com/barns (currently under construction).

 


Thomas Barnes

Thomas Barnes is a former computer tech support geek who has returned to college for another try at an employability certificate. He procrastinates by writing, roleplaying, cooking, making armor, reading, and tending to the needs of a fluctuating number of cats. He and his ever-so-patient wife currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

E-mail: tbarnes@inebraska.com

 

 


David Bateman

Dave has been an avid roleplayer since the mid-eighties.  He attended Humboldt State University in Northern California . . . until it began to interfere with his gaming schedule.  He joined the Marines in 1989, but arranged for an early discharge after he discovered that the required drinking was interfering with his gaming.  A cancer survivor, he has recently celebrated his one year anniversary of being free from the disease.

He now lives in the wooded expanses of Washington with his wife, Kim, and a huge collection of miniatures. 

E-mail:  Kanaada@aol.com

 


Derek Bessette

My name is Derek Bessette, and Iím currently in my last year of college to become a high school history teacher. Iím thirty-three, and Iíve been gaming and writing since I was ten years old. Iíve had science fiction and fantasy stories published in two small press magazines (Area Of Operations and Shadow Sword), but that was 7-8 years ago. My writing slowed after that, but Iíve picked it up again.

E-mail:  naya@ccis.com

 


 

Amanda Blessing

Amanda Blessing is a 25 year old red-headed college student who lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, David. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Art Degree at the University of Texas at Dallas and works as a Marketing Specialist in downtown Dallas. They have an assortment of exotic pets, including 3 ferrets. In her free time, Amanda enjoys role-playing games, (like Vampire & Shadowrun) and painting.

 


Mark Bolin

 

 

I'm an eighteen year old English major at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I have been writing for about four years now pseudo-seriously. I'm from a small city called Crossville and afterwards I came to UTK where I am now and I should graduate with a Bachelors degree in 2008. I am an aspiring writer and it is the career I want to one day pursue, at least in some form of a capacity.

E-mail: mbolin2@utk.edu

 


 

Jason Bolton  

 

I'm a 30 year old sci-fi enthusiast whose biggest influences have been Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons. I wrote my first story when I was 14 and I first saw my writing in print in the Carpathian Quarterly a vampire magazine that wanted a new twist to the same ol' stories. I was born and raised in Southern California and I have been living In Tucson AZ for about 14 years now. I play games online avidly when I'm not writing. I work as the VP of sales and marketing for a national publishing company. When I need a vacation from these things I spend my time with my dog Buddy, my 2 kids Ryan 6 and Sibreanna 3 my loving girlfriend Shelley and her two kids David 10 and Arianna 6.

 

E-Mail:   darkrogue31@yahoo.com

 


 

Tessie Bonilla

My name is Tessie Bonilla.  My hobbies include various forms of art, camping, fishing, singing, writing science fiction/fantasy and poetry.  I started drawing characters for my stories, and continued despite losing my writings to a bad disk and cats that enjoy eating paper.  I hope to use my hobbies to teach art, possibly poetry. 

When I am not on campus, I share a home with my parents, my brother, three cats, a dog, a bird, and fish.  Growing up with animals has given me figures to study for my illustrations and sculptures. 

 


Shonney Booth

DOB:7-28-83
talents: pencils inks, colors, writing,
hobbies: drawing, painting, church, eating... a lot
hometown: Margate, Florida

E-mail: troncomics@lycos.com

 


 

Robin Buehler

 

Robin M. Buehler is a photojournalist in southern New Jersey.  She has had nearly two dozen poems and haiku published in a variety of print and online publications and anthologies as well as four short stories in anthologies and online magazines.  She's also had photos exhibited in various exhibits throughout South Jersey and North Carolina, to which she has earned two third place earnings and an honorable mention.  She has recently sold six of her photos, and has participated in an art walk in Ocean City, NJ.  She is a member of the Ocean Fine Arts League, Ocean City Arts League and Galloway Cultural Arts.  This is her first time having one of her book reviews published.  She lives in southern New Jersey with her two Boston Terriers, Buttons and Bows, calico cat, Nana

 

E-mail: rbueh5672aol.com

 


Kim Bundy

I am a writer of fantasy, though occasionally write science fiction and horror. I write weekly reviews of the television show, Roswell, for cinescape.com They gave me the job because I was born on the air force base and graduated from Roswell High.  I'm planning to publish my novel with iuniverse.com towards the end of this year. It is a fantasy world with science fiction origins.

I have been a roleplayer since 1980, as is my husband and two teen-aged sons. I have been actively involved in the live action role play organization, Amtgard, since 1990.

My email address is KBundy@sff.net

 


Katheryn Christy

I am a fifteen year old female who loves to write. When not reading or playing D&D, I enjoy listening to Renaissance and Medieval music as well as playing it on my flute. I write for our high-school newspaper and hope to secure an editorial post next year. This is my first publishing and I was thrilled to be accepted into Sabledrake. I'll welcome any comments at my e-mail address, starling_86@TreeWay.zzn.com.

 

 


Constance Cochran

By day, Constance Cochran is a mild-mannered editorial assistant. By nights and weekends she is a fanfic author and aspiring fantasy writer with delusions of grandeur. In the spare 30 seconds she has free a day, she's also a wingnut, rookery sib, x-phile, and gaper-at-others'-pretty-artwork.

 


 

J. "Kythera" Contreras

Kythera is a fantasy artist, and a graduate from Arizona State University. Born in California, raised in Arizona, she has found herself back in California and misses everything about Arizona but the heat.

Homepage and portfolio: http://anevern.artchicks.org/

 

 


Brandon Cope

I'm a non-graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where I dabbled in mathematics, computer science, English and teaching. I currently reside at the local library, trying to keep our Internet computers working despite the concerted efforts of the local school kids. I blame all my oddities on my mother making me watch "Dark Shadows" while she did her ironing. 

Interests include baseball, roleplaying (when I get the chance), reading (fantasy, science fiction, horror and mysteries) and watching reruns of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I've previously been published in Pyramid, Pyramid Online and Shadis, but I'm still looking for someone actually willing to give me money for a short story.

 


Steve Corbett

aka Iron Badger

 

Steve Corbett lives in Southern California, where he enjoys what he refers to as "small-time pro" status as a comic artist and frequent con-goer. A selection of his work can be found in the Anthropomorphic Image Archives of the Vixen Controlled Library

Website: http://velar.ctrl-c.liu.se/vcl/Artists/

E-mail:  ironbadger@yahoo.com


 

Julie Ann Dawson

My work has previously appeared in Demonground.org, Thistledownhall.com, and DnDadventures.com. I am also a game reviewer for Gaming Frontiers.

E-mail:  jdawson@rocktenn.com

 


 

Royce Day 

Royce Day is a 32 year old office drone living in Columbia, MD. He and his wife Tracy are expecting their first child, after six years of marriage. They live with their friend Steven Hill, two Caique parrots, and three obligatory cats.

 


 

Douglas Defa

NAME: DOUGLAS C. DEFA

DOB: DECEMBER 28, 1977

PLACE OF BIRTH: SAN FRANCISCO, CA

OCCUPATION: MILITARY POLICEMAN

I, like most artists, have been drawing since before I can remember. I have taken art classes in high school, but they where just an excuse for me to draw in school. I usually received D's as my grade for art class, only because I would rarely work on assigned work. And if I did the assigned work I would always find a way to add a dragon or a few demons to it. Because I did paint and draw in class, I never failed. However, after three years, my teacher (Mrs. Gibson) finally accepted my fantasy art for credit.

Since then I have had drawings hang in Springville Museum of Art, and have received awards from Brian Durfee (Magic: The Gathering) and Leonard Parkin. I am still working on getting published in some nationwide fantasy magazines.  (Anyone out there that can help pull some strings, please email me.  : ) !!) After high school I enlisted in the U.S. ARMY as an MP and am now living in Tennessee with my wife KayLee. I have less than 24 months until my enlistment is up. During this time I am getting some college and improve my artistic abilities. When my enlistment is complete I plan to move back to Utah and finish school.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my original art, prints, or want to commission a piece; or if you just have a question Email me at defa@defadesign.com

Website:  http://www.defadesign.com/


Denis De Plaen

Hello, guys!

The name's Denis. I'm from Brussels, Belgium (for those who slept during the geography class, it's in Europe). I love to write stories, to explore roads left untouched by others authors, or go further when they didn't go far enough. I'm not too bad as a drawer either, though still learning. You'll tell me, one never stop to learn. I'm alos a RPG gamer, mostly in the supernatural style in general, and the World of Darkness, Lovecraft-lore (Call of Cthulhu games) and Kult in particular. All feedback are welcome, whether in English or French.

Sincerely,

Denis "Malkavien" De Plaen

 


Anthony Docimo

As Anthony Docimo, I sometimes speak in the 3rd-Person, like now. {humor}. Most days, Iím pretty sure I was born in either the wrong time or the wrong timeline, which would probably explain my interest in some areas of history, as well as creating Alternate Histories. I live in the Neutral Bloc of America, aka, the Eastern Shore of said nation. Anthony can be reached for
comment at Babnol@hotmail.com. Please, no flames.


 

Warpmind de InzanE

I am a Norseman, with love for literature, good movies, and games.
I am a loner, spending hours in solitude in front of a computer.
I am a walker, walking at least three miles almost every day.
I am a weirdo, usually choosing solutions that others would not consider.
My handle? Warpmind de InzanE
My designation? To increase the weirdness factor of the planet Earth, so that the fine line between fantasy and reality may one day be null.

My e-mail? warpmind@hotmail.com

 


 

Kirk B. Dougal

 

Kirk owns and operates his own business consulting firm by day and struggles mightily to help raise his twin two-year old daughters by night. During the scant few minutes of free time he can grab each day, he is an avid reader and writer of science fiction and fantasy. He is currently awaiting the release of his high fantasy series, "The D'Alikar Tales", in the first quarter of 2002.

Kirk can be reached at kdog@im3.com


 

Sherry Ellison

Sherry Schmidt Ellison is a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been writing since she was a child, and has a passion for dragons. At present she has three novels written and several short stories. One of the novels crosses the line between romance and fantasy, while the other two are fantasy/adventure. She has three children and her own law firm, so finding the time to write is quite a challenge. You may e-mail her at: sher.mike@worldnet.att.net.

 


Emambu

My full name is Erik Mambu. I have several hobbies (soccer, singing, programming to name three), but one of the ones I truly enjoy is writing. I've done several short stories set in the universes of Star Wars, Battletech, etc. In the works (although recently it's been suspended due to writer's block) is a full length story set in the universe of the game Total Annihilation. I have this delusional dream that it will be good enough for publication one day but that will never happen. :) Recently, I've also finished an outline for a "Gargoyles" fanfiction piece. With any luck, the finished product of that story will be my best story yet.

Also, I'm a big fan of Star Wars. I write reviews of user-made levels for the computer game Dark Forces series. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.commandchamber.net

If you like the site be sure to leave feedback. We love feedback. :)

e-mail:  emambu@commandchamber.net


Salvatore "Sam" Falco

About me: I have been gaming since 1981, having played a variety of RPGs including Champions, Fantasy Hero, Villains and Vigilantes, Shadowrun, GURPS, and every incarnation of D&D. In 1997, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Literature at the University of South Florida. Currently, I work as a technical writer for a software development company. A list of my free-lance publications and editing work can be found at <http://www.salvatorefalco.com/support/cv.htm>.

 


 

Jessie Feff

"Jessie Fleischfresser is a 22 year old college student from MN. She is currently a senior with a double major in Studio Art and English. Jessie has been writing stories for as long as she can remember and drawing for almost as long. She has previously been published in the "Chronicle Alternative," a local magazine, but this is her first web-published fiction. You can send her e-mail at feff@hotmail.com ."


 

Zaak Fresh

 

Bowling Green Univ. -- English & economics
Freelance writer
163 E. Main St. #134, Little Falls, New Jersey...
Single...No kids
laker@crisp.net

 


 

Fabian Fucci

I am a 34-yr-old animation filmmaker, currently working on commercial assignments for Walt Disney Video and Cartoon Network, through an animation studio based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After coming back home from work, I like to doodle on my own animation projects and illustrations. I hope to have the time in the near future to work on them full-time.

I have been an amateur animator since kid, and went professional in 1997. From then on and up to date, I have been working in animated serials, features, shorts, and bumpers, for TV, cinema, and the internet. I have been a serious lecturer on animation in advertising schools for some time, too.

The thing I enjoy most is getting to know people around the world working in arts, to (hopefully) work in common projects. So please, check my artwork and drop me a line for critiques and comments.  :-)

E-mail: zz_32@hotmail.com
Website: http://ar.geocities.com/fabianfucci/

 


 

GAK

Like some demented god of an elder race, GAK is spreading his tentacles planet-wide in his bid for world domination. With cutting edge illustration that mothers have warned children could put your eye out, he quietly gathers a legion of fans ready to fulfill his every whim...waaaaahhhahahahah!!!

Actually GAK is some dopey guy, spending too much time on the beaches of Southern California when he should really be sitting at his drawing table churning out illustrations. His work has literally been seen planet-wide in such far flung lands as Australia, Germany, Finland and of all places, Slovenia...go figure.

GAKART regularly appears in the magazines Terra Incognita, TransVersions and many others, along with a number of books including S.P. Somtows, "Tagging the Moon:Fairytales from L.A. and "Bad News", edited by Richard Laymon, Dead Cat Bounce by Gerard Houarner and the upcoming "Mondo Zombie".

With work also appearing all over the web, television and cd covers...world domination can only be a matter of time.

You can see GAKART online at http://www.gakart.com or write him at gakart@earthlink.net for a complete listing of what books, cd's t-shirts and other stuff he has available.

 


 

David Goodner

David Goodner was born in Arlington, Texas in 1971. After that, details become sketchy. One account places him in the mythical realm of Camelot, where he was one of the Knights of the Round table, and briefly accompanied Pelenore on the hunt for the questing beast. An alternate version of events states that he grew up in Texas in relative obscurity, developed a love of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Role-Playing games, and became obscenely good at Tetris.

Reliable witnesses claim that he later graduated from Navarro College with a degree in Broadcasting, and from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in English. He currently lives in Arlington, pursuing a career that has nothing to do with either degree (like most people).

He can be reached at david_goodner@yahoo.com

 


Shoshana Harris (Dirce)

Dirce lives in California with her mom, her brother Dave, and several cats. Her interests include Gargoyles and Elfquest, her hobbies are drawing, filking, and poetry. Her goal is to major in English and become a teacher.

e-mail: dirce_garg@hotmail.com

website: http://msnhomepages.talkcity.com/HobbyCt/dirce_garg/main_page.html

 


Jaana Heino

Jaana Heino holds a medical degree from the University of Helsinki. She studies for a second Master's degree in the same university, this time in computer science and mathematics, and works full-time for the National Public Health Institute. Since this is not enough to fill her days, she also writes short stories, plays role-playing and computer games, practices medieval swordsmanship and takes dancing lessons, reads and posts to the Usenet News, hangs at various insider IRC channels, and reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy. She lives in Espoo, Finland (that's in Europe), in a house by the sea, with six other people and four cats. There is a man living in her bedroom, but no children in the house.

Email: janka@iki.fi

On the web: http://www.iki.fi/janka/


Lindy Hensley

Lindy Hensley is a long-time fan of Fantasy, Sci-fi and gaming. Her writing experience is just as varied, but little of it is public. It wasn't until she discovered fandom and fanfic with Disney's Gargoyles that the bug really bit her. She realized she could write just as good as some and better than others and took the plunge. Hooked, she has been writing on and off since 1994. Besides Gargoyles' fanfic, she is a member of the Third Rainbow, a writing group that is published online at http://www.firefox.org/. Her personal webspace is at http://home.carolina.rr.com/lindy and she can be reached at stonehermit@hotmail.com. She lives in Charlotte, NC with six cats, three dogs and a 47 year old little boy.

 


 

Harry C. Henze III

I was born on November 28th, 1976, in Windham, New York. My childhood was spent in North Carolina; a small town near Charlotte called Cornelius. My teenage years were spent in another small town, about an hour east of Utica, New York, called Saint Johnsville. This is where I came to love writing. 

During my junior year, my English teacher was very open-minded. We read a wide variety of books and broke them down to study each detail. The writing assignments have me so much creative freedom, and we had group discussions every day. This is about the same time I was introduced to a book by Stephen King called The Tommyknockers. My parents gave me a Brother word processor for Christmas my senior year in high school. I began writing on it that afternoon. My college application required an essay, so I wrote a short story to submit instead. I attended SUNY Oswego and took some creative writing courses while I was there. I also spent some time at the college newspaper, where I did some writing and learned some graphic manipulation. Using my love for writing and graphic knowledge, I began making small gifts for my friends and family. I used manipulated pictures or clipart and a specialized quote or poem to make it very special. 

I graduated college in 1999. I now have a wife and two children. I work in a hospital laboratory as a medical technician. I spend a lot of my free time with my family, but I also try to read and write a few hours a day. My poems are romantic and sentimental, but the short stories can be put into the horror or science fiction genre. For queries about specialized gifts or any of my other works, send an e-mail to HHENZE@htoamil.com

If you made it this far I just want to let you know that "9 Lives" is the longest work I have written that doesn't include demons, death, aliens, or just plain run-of-the-mill supernatural. 

I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it. Thank you.

 


 

Peta Hewitt

AKA ChayPeta

E-mail: peta@terinu.com

Website:  http://www.terinu.com

Website:  http://chaypeta.deviantart.com

A short blue eyed blonde living in Australia with a passionate obsession for drawing fantasy/sci-fi related art. I am married with three kids... no I don't know when I find the time either! I am a member of a gaming group which meet every fortnight for D&D. (Couldn't get out of it even if I wanted to, which I don't... my husband's the DM!)

I also write an on going Sci Fi action adventure comic called 'Terinu' which is regularly updated on my web page.

 


Steven Hill

Steven Hill, age 31, works for a major hotel franchising company when not otherwise engaged as miscreant roommate to the author and his wife. The rest of his free time is consumed by his pet project, The Post Conlegium, a Play By E-email role-playing campaign that has run since 1993, and his near obsessive tendency to writing -- be it in his personal correspondence, journals, or otherwise.


Carl Horne

Carl Horne lives in Beaumont, TX and is a poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction.  He has several short stories circulating in search of a home and is currently collaborating on a mystery novel set in a fantasy world.  This novel, tentatively titled Hostile Shadows (until an editor changes it), is nearing completion.  Look for it on your book shelves sometime before the next millennium!

Web site: www.authorsden.com/carlhorne
E-mail: carlhorne@hotmail.com

 


Eric P. Isaacson and Travis L. Sparkman

Eric P. Isaacson claims heís a writer of superhero and dark fiction who enjoys living vicariously through his modem.

Travis L. Sparkman lives in a purple shoe box in Clarkston, Washington, and one day hopes to make a living selling maps to the stars.

 


 

Jaguiler

ďJaguilerĒ is the pen name of Jacqueline Aguilera, a literary artiste living in Texas who enjoys spinning tales of the dark. She is also a poet whose work has been a part of one of the exhibits displayed at FotoFest 2002 and published through Houston Womenís Works Project 2001. She created and directed a poetry performance group for the Charnele Brown Acting Academy, published a vampire series entitled ďTeeth Bite,Ē and is a regular reader at Voices Breaking Boundaries Open Mic, Nuestra Palabra Open Mic and radio show, the After Hours radio show, and at the Bardís Banquet of Fright. From being the only female member of a Dungeons & Dragons club while in her teens to giving life to the undead through her mindís eye, she has enjoyed challenging people to journey to the place where fantasy and reality become a blur. She can reached at jaguiler9@yahoo.com .

 


Adam Janus

Adam and his wife Donna, currently live in the Pocono mountains of north eastern Pennsylvania, with their eleven year old son, Devan, and two year old daughter, Lauryn. Along with two cats, (Mr. Chubby & Meow), and two snakes, (big snake and little snake).


Other works by Adam have appeared on the web in: Sabledrake magazine, the Silven Trumpeter, Tales from the Alehouse, High Fantasy Online and Krysti's Crypt. And print magazines: Ambitions, Les Ghoul, and the upcoming issue of Nthzine.

E-mail: nazgul1031@yahoo.com


Barrie Jones

I was born in 1958 into a working class family of seven. My father was a former coal mineworker, my Mother also work most of her life. I left school at sixteen with no qualifications and joined the royal navy. I was in the navy for five years some of that time was spent on Polaris submarines, which at the time were part of the nuclear deterrent. On leaving the navy I met my wife and subsequently had two children.

MY PAINTINGS

It was after leaving the Navy that I first began painting. You have to understand that the community I come form the kind of painting I do is seen a very strange. Art is not something you do in our area unless you do nice picture postcard, so for many years no one saw my work although I did try some local galleries but they only seemed interested in wallpaper. However, I have always believed that my work has something to say and I still believe that to this day, but you the audience must be the judge of that.

INFLUENCES

It was only in later life that I began to appreciate the work of artist like Dali & Picasso. I actually believe that most of my influence come for music such as David Bowie & Pink Floyd, I have a love of sci/fi which some times come through in my work. I donít have a formula I just start to work and when Iím reasonably happy with it I stop. What you some times get is very honest view of the soul.

You can see my work at http://www.artmajeur.com/barriejones/

 

 


Rik Kershaw-Moore

Rik Kershaw-Moore is a UK based gamer, whose published works include contributions to Pagan Publishing's DELTA GREEN: Countdown, Pyramid and The Whisperer magazine. His favorite system is without doubt Call of Cthulhu but he still finds time to write and run adventures for Paranoia, GURPS, Ghostbusters, Forgotten Futures and Toon.

E-mail:  rkm@tsiolkovsky.co.uk 

 


David Kessel

I am a US citizen presently working overseas. I paint in acrylics on Internet-related topics, and you may want to see my art at:
www.ArtAboutTheWeb.com or http://www.art-bazaar.com/dk_home.htm

I have recently exhibited in Manhattan at Jadite Galleries: http://www.jadite.com/Artists.asp?CurrentPage=2
And also in Greece: http://www.omma.gr/future%20exhibitions.htm
and London: www.ickenoxartshop.co.uk/gallery27.htm

E-mail: davidgkessel@yahoo.com

 


Cindy "Eden" Kinnard

Cindy Kinnard is a graduate from San Francisco State University, receiving her Bachelors degree in theater design and a long deserved rest in December of 2000. The little redhead enjoys spending her time designing and constructing costumes, and drawing fantasy/cartoon art. You can find examples of her work on the small art website- Eden's Island (http://www.miniclan.org/eden/). Her birthday is Feb.27th, she s a Pisces, born in the year of the dragon, has green eyes, likes the color orange, wears a size 12... she likes gifts..*hint hint*


When she's not drawing or costume designing, Cindy usually can be found performing on stage in musicals or parked in front of her Imac chatting like a receptionist on crack. She's happy to be contributing to Sabledrake magazine for the first time and hopes to continue in the future.


Cathy "Cat" Kirk

Author Bio: Presently a first year student in university, Catherine "Cat" Kirk enjoys writing in her spare time. This particular story was one she wrote as an assignment for her grade 13 English writing class. (yes grade 13, I'm Canadian)

homepage: http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/gotocatsplace

 


Lewis D. Korn

I spend most of my time writing and playing the bass guitar since graduating U.T. El Paso. I call Cthulhu with 10-10-220 for advice on how to give my readers that extra allure they are looking for. He's always been a great help. I like C.S. Lewis, Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood. Shadowrun is my game of choice these days. Don't smoke crack. Keep writing.

E-mail:  nixonforpresident@yahoo.com

Website:  http://www.dflewis.redsine.com/

 


 

Tom Lavelle

Greetings fellow fantasy dwellers,

My name is Tom Lavelle, I 'am from the Boston, MA area, I have been drawing as far back as I can remember. My art interests were always in fantasy/gothic horror and comics. I work in most mediums, but favor pencil, acrylic paint and digital. I use them individually or all together. My favorite artists are Frazzetta, Boris, and Royo. You can view my artwork at http://tlfantasyart.cjb.net

E-mail: tlfantasyart@aol.com

 

 


Noel Leas

My artistic specialties include wildlife, animals in general, landscapes, science fiction, anime, gothic fantasy, gothic punk, and especially fantasy. I got my training in high school and at Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Since then, I have gained many skills in desktop publishing, freelance painting, theater props, fabric art, and murals. I am also a huge fan of such shows as "Gargoyles", "X-Men", "The Tick", "Dragon Ball Z", and "Star Trek: Voyager".

 


Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney currently resides in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has just finished college, and is now making her way in the world as a Graphic Designer.

E-mail: conscious_entity@hotmail.com

 


Heather Lee

I am a mural painter, and studio art student at Capilano College. I constantly dabble in all forms of artwork. I truly love created dragons (I'm sure you're shocked) and other fantasy creatures in clay, paint, and paper mache. My gallery here will hopefully come to reflect that, eventually. My only real goals at this point are to finish college and, with any luck, end up working in the art industry. I also enjoy doing murals or other artwork aimed at children.

E-Mail:  cind_rella@hotmail.com

 


Krista A. Leemhuis (aka Artemis)

I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil--or so Mom tells me. :) I started with horses (which I still draw on occasion) and later moved to the Ninja Turtles--my childhood obsession--at least until Gargoyles came out. They were (and still are) my obsession. :)) I sketched them for a long time before I ever got started in digital artwork. Finally I did move to digital stuff, and began by drawing Apollo (one of my Greek Gargoyles Clan characters) pixel-by-pixel in PC Paintbrush. You can just imagine how well that turned out... Heh.

THAT was back in the day! Anyway, I've been doing my digital art ever since, along side my non-digital stuff. I taught myself HTML and began designing my own webpages soon after taking up the comp as an art tool. My original site was Artemis' Gargoyles Clan (perhaps some of you have seen it...), which focused on my little spin-off of the Gargoyles show: the Greek Clan. Since then I moved to Wyvernweb and changed the name of my site to Surrealia. I took a liking to all sorts of fantasy characters though I mostly enjoy creating dragons, faeries, and gargoyles, and devoted much of my time to on my Atlantis storyline (which can be seen at http://surrealia.wyvernweb.com/atlantis).

 


D.F. Lewis

D.F. Lewis - recipient of the British Fantasy Society Karl Edward Wagner Award 1998.

Over 1300 DF Lewis stories have been published in printed books and magazines Ė and many more on websites.

DF Lewis was born 1948 in Walton-on-Naze, Essex. 1966-69 Lancaster University where he formed the Zeroist Group. Loves listening to 20th century 'classical' music and walking along Clacton seafront. Married with two grown up children.

Five consecutive years in YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES. Stories in many prestigious literary journals such as STAND, ORBIS, IRON, PANURGE and LONDON MAGAZINE. In THE BEST NEW HORROR Vols. One, Two & Eight. Several 'honourable mentions' in YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR. Many stories in professional book anthologies.

http://www.dflewis.redsine.com/

 


 

Mary Lewys

The last bio written by Mary Lewys for herself included such delightful phrases as "parachuting orchids" and "basket weaving." Fortunately, she's out-grown her pretentious period and has moved on to interviewing and reviewing all things based in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She hopes to continue collecting experiences and writing them down until she's out exploring the other side.

Website:  The Bronze Shelter

E-mail:  mlewys@bronzeshelter.com

 


 

Cia Littlefox

Lady Cia Littlefox, also known to her son and husband as Regina LaGrone, is currently a free-lance artist out of Oklahoma specializing in inks dealing with a wide variety of subjects, generally people or animals. Her training under Baron William Blackfox of the SCA, also known as Mark Wallace to those of Furry Fandom, included anthropomorphic art and character art. Her current web residence is located at http://matrix.crosswinds.net/~ladylittlefox/den_page.htm and she can be reached through email via LadyLittlefox@bigfoot.com.

 


Eric Lofgren

Eric Lofgren is a full-time student, aspiring writer and game designer, as well as statistically likely to have the most number of transistors on his body than anyone else in the room. He can be contacted at: lofgren@panzerstudios.com

 


 

SC Lofton

SC Lofton tells us that when he's not trying pick up prostitutes, he enjoys smoking crack and playing Magic: The Gathering card game.

Currently, he is not running from the law . . . 

You can find his freaky fiction in Not One of Us, Space&Time [current issue], and will be appearing in the up coming 7Skulls magazine. He wants Tim Emswiler, editor of Weird Times, to email him (we don't know why. SCL didn't say). You can also email him with your reviews of "Gene Cops" at scspacer@yahoo.com.

 


Stephanie Lostimolo

Stephanie Lostimolo is an extremely busy art student and freelance illustrator who is currently too busy to remember her own phone number and address right now; in fact, the only reason she can remember her name is because she wrote it on the back of her hand a few days ago and it still hasnít washed off yet.

Website: http://www.nethersphere.com/

 

 


Stephen MacNeil

My name is Stephen MacNeil. I'm from Nova Scotia Canada. As of right now I am 22 years of age and am attending college in a Graphic Arts program.  I have done some illustration work for vanguard games and am always interested in doing more freelance work for other companies. Most of my work is done either in pencil or pen and ink but I can use a wide range of mediums. I can be contacted at sjmacneil@ns.sympatico.ca.  

I did some work for Vanguard Games, the makers of a sci-fi roleplaying game. You can download a free version of their site.

He has also been doing work for gggames.com and Hex Games.

 


 

Jeremy MacNicol

 

Lifelong gamer, avid sci-fi / fantasy buff, and comic book aficionado (oops,
sorry...'graphique novelles'), recently returned to the world of higher education at Westwood School of Technology , pursuing a degree in Game Software Development (yes, kids...playing video games pays!) with hopes of creating a career out of scripting games and designing levels...not unlike being a professional Dungeon Master.

He lives, works, and dreams in Denver, CO with his wife, Kendra, who weathers all of the fantasy / sci-fi obsessions with the grace of a ballerina.

E-mail: macalicious@jazzandjava.com

 


 

Crystal Madison

My name is Madison, and I am a 20-something student in Manhattan, finishing my teaching degree in Special Education.

Likes: Anything Salinger, and not seeing "Insufficient Funds" flash across the screen when I use my ATM card.

Dislikes: Celebrities who use their fame as a political platform. They should choose a career IN politics. The pay is about the same, and the public won't have to stomach listening to the Matt Damons and Jane Fondas ranting about the poverty and inhumanity of Palestinian hospitals as they drive off in their Bentleys. Seriously, how is that helping?

E-mail: madison_c71@hotmail.com 

 

 


Mahspider

Mahspider has been an avid gamer since the mid-70's. The first tried game was an early version of D&D called Chain Mail. As new games came on the market, characters were created and played for various amounts of time, until the game system was shelved or another game was introduced. Now remembering back to all of the time spent traipsing around various places and times, Mahspider recalls the best of times and some of the worst.

E-mail: mahspider@hotmail.com

 


Marta

Marta is 19 years old and hails from Poland. She is studying graphics.

E-mail:  misakii@kki.net.pl

 


 

Phil Masters

I was born in 1959, and I've been playing RPGs since 1978. I spent some years in the (inevitable) programming jobs, but these days I seem to spend most of my time writing role-playing material, primarily for SJG but also for White Wolf and others. And I'm married, and I live in the UK.


Matthew McKinnon-Gray

Like most people I drew pictures for my parents' refrigerator. Unlike most people my drawings tended to be about cyborg waffles and samurai dinosaurs. While in recent years I've become interested in life model drawing I still enjoy sketching the strange and bizarre. My artistic
influences are far too numerous to name but they are mostly comic book artists. Currently I'm on summer break but will be entering my second year of university where I study History and English for the most part.


 

Alex McVey

 

 

Alex McVey is an internationally published illustrator whose work has been featured in publications such as Weird Tales, Cemetery Dance, Flesh & Blood, and The Horror Express.  He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife and two children.

Web site: www.alexmcvey.com

 


 

Jeff Meyers

I'm a self taught writer and artist who, like everyone else here, has been drawing or painting all my life. It is only in the last few years that I started taking my artwork more seriously and only very recently that I decided to try my hand at fantasy work. I am drawn to this genre for two reasons. First, it is a departure from a lot of the stuff I have done so far. Second, I believe the art form truly challenges one's skills. I use a variety of mediums, but I primarily work in pencil, colored pencil and acrylic paints. I hope to learn and develop as an artist so that I might do more freelance work.

http://members.aol.com/tlbosenian/index.html
http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/lothlorien/artists/meyers/meyers.html

 


 

Tristan Miller

I have work in 3 upcoming releases in the next couple of months, all b&w.  These would be the "Hero System Bestiary" by Hero Games -out now , "Spaceship Zero" out in September by Green Ronin, and a weapons book out in hopefully October.  Umm I'm always open for work, I've got ideas for some children's books brewing in my head. I will hopefully put some work towards those in September. I'm currently finishing a 2 1/2 ft by 3 Ĺ ft piece to show in town here. It has the same amount of detail as my small drawings so needless to say it's been a long haul doing it. You can find some of my work on the following gallery <http://www.johneric.org/nightsky.htm> as John Eric was kind enough to put some of it up, many thanks to he and also Jimmy Johns both on the same site with some great work too. That's really all I can think of. If you were wanting personal info I'm 26 I've only been in the industry a couple of months.  I otherwise work in a used book store (best in the Lower mainland darn it!!!) I read quite a bit, mountain bike, go running (knees permitting) see the girlfriend and draw like crazy.

E-mail:  poldark@telus.net

 


Mark Milliken

I'm on my fourth year at Penn State Harrisburg. My major is Finance so don't expect my writing to be awesome.:) I wrote a bit of fanfic and decided to try my luck at this. I read probably more fantasy novels by now than many people do in their whole lifetime. I hear my plots are strong and creative, but I still have to work on my grammar and wording. I hope this magazine will help me with my writing skills by getting feedback.

mam434@psu.edu

 


Ken Mitchell

Ken Mitchell was born in California, and has never been able to truly hide from that shame. He was raised a military brat on bases in the orient whose names are impossible to pronounce without making cricket-like noises. He can remember when he first heard about the original DMG; how excited the gamers were that all the rules that one needed to play D&D were finally going to be in a book. Ken was graduated from college in 1984 with a journalism degree, and toiled for many years as the editor of a small town newspaper. He resigned from that post after finding he could no longer cope with lying to people for a living, and is currently working as a system administrator at an insurance company. He is married to the greatest woman to ever live, and is currently involved in several manic activities which include the operation of his observatory ( http://www.midnightsky.org ), a Mobile DJ service, a weight loss program which has seen him lose 100 pounds in the last year, learning to !! play the drums, as well as the creation of ponderous run on sentences which use horrible grammar and include words of questionable parentage.


 

Christine Morgan

Christine has been a gamer since 1981 and a writer for even longer; she's also been happily married since 1992 and in 1994 became the proud mother of Rebecca Jaenyth Morgan, a third-generation gamer-in-training.

She started off with AD&D (practically the only game in town back then), played some V&V, ElfQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade, Champions, and even a bit of Traveller 2300. But her main game of choice is GURPS, which she's been playing almost exclusively since it first came out. A better GM than PC, she likes to be in charge and know all the secrets. She has a few GURPS playtest credits and an article in Pyramid Magazine's Jan/Feb 1996 issue.

Her first novel, Curse of the Shadow Beasts, came out in 1999, the sequels, Dark of the Elvenwood and Archmage of the Universe are also available. She is currently at work on more novels, including continuations of her fantasy series and an occasional foray into the horror genre.  Information on all of her works can be found at http://www.christine-morgan.org.

Christine is well-known (THE Christine Morgan) among the Gargoyles fandom, especially for her 60+ series of fanfiction stories and editing a quarterly 'zine called Avalon Mists. More of her writing can be found at http://www.sabledrake.com, and she can be reached by e-mail at vecna@eskimo.com or christine@sabledrake.com

 


 

Kristy Morgan

No biography available.

E-mail: kristyleann_111@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.geocities.com/twizted_toy3

 


Tim Morgan    

Tim has been a gamer since 1981 and a games retailer since 1990.  He has playtested for Steve Jackson Games and is a member of their volunteer promotion staff, the MiBs.  He is an active Freemason and webmaster for his lodge's website.  His hobbies include game collecting (big surprise!), medieval research and tinkering with his computers.  He lives outside of Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter.  He and his wife are the owners of Sabledrake Enterprises and editors of this magazine. 

The Morgans' website

Items (mostly games) for sale 


 

Lesley Muir


Lesley Muir (also known as Lesley Aeschliman and Lesley Muir Aeschliman) began writing at the age of 8, when she attempted to write her first novel.  During junior high, she was involved in the school's gifted program (called Mentor Studies), where she learned how to write scripts for animated television.  Lesley is now a freelance writer, who has done news reporting for Digital Media FX (http://www.digitalmediafx.com), and is also working on writing her own live-action scripts and co-developing animation series ideas.

Lesley briefly did some play-by-mail gaming in the early 1990's, playing CTF2187 from Advanced Gaming Enterprises; however, college (and married life shortly after) got in the way of gaming.

Lesley is married with two children, and lives in Enumclaw, Washington.

Personal website:
http://members.tripod.com/~ljaesch

E-mail: ldaesch@tx3.net

 


 

 

Shannon Muir


Daughter of PBM legend John C. Muir (who's noted for over 25 years of gaming and fair, honest game reviews), Shannon began playing when she joined her father in Schubel and Sons' PBM game Tribes of Crane at age ten. She insisted on building a city where barbarians could go to be educated called JAVIN, which stood for years after she left. Though she's dabbled in various other PBM games over the years, she's best known for her longstanding involvement in the PBM game CTF 2187 from Advanced Gaming Enterprises, where she created the first team devoted solely to female pilots (the Sisters of Silicon) to successfully lobby for a Gender option in character creation.

Shannon's written gaming fiction and reviews off and on for the last ten years, largely for the now-folded magazine Paper Mayhem. She credits the magazine and its late editor, Dave Webber, for being instrumental in her discovering the joys of gaming fiction. Currently, she writes a monthly column on Animation Writing and Production at Suite101.com (at http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/animation_writing_production.htm), and co-authors the webcomic  Flying Glory and The Hounds of Glory at http://www.flying-glory.com.

Shannon's working toward becoming a produced scriptwriter, and spent some time in animation production on the Jumanji and Extreme Ghostbusters series at Sony Animation. After taking some time off to study scriptwriting, she returned to animation production in 2001 as a Production Coordinator on Invader Zim  Shannon also enjoys computer games such as Tomb Raider and Civilization, and card and board games like Castle and Magi-Nation. She has been known to RPG when the opportunity presents itself. She can be reached at shan@dm.net, and her full resume of credits is available at http://www.dm.net/~shan.


 

Anthony Ori

 

 

I am 24 years old, a graduate of the State University College at Fredonia where I majored in communications and majored in Art with a Bachelor of Science degree. I've always been fascinated in art and continue to draw so as to improve continuously. I'm a big fan of the comics and heroes, but open-minded to any and all types of illustration.

E-mail: aori@twcny.rr.com


 

Pedro

Pedro has been a fan of fantasy and science fiction for a long time. He is currently residing in sunny Florida where he enjoys the warm weather and never ending rain. From here, he studies CAD, 3D Art, and tinkers with computers. His web site can be found at www.elephantsoft.com and contacted by e-mail at bluenavigator@prodigy.net.

 


 

Maelan Peredhil

Maelan (yes, not the real name, but hey) is a high school student near Chicago, though she was born in Neuilly, France. She likes almost all epic fantasy, particularly 'The Lord of the Rings', the Nightrunner books by Lynn Flewelling, and books by Janny Wurts. In her spare time (between school, playing the violin, and fencing) she likes to read and especially to write (all fantasy, of course). She has written one complete book so far and is working on a second. She also has a great interest in the Western Middle Ages, particularly in the 11-12th centuries.

E-Mail:  unyieldingvulture@yahoo.com

 


R.T. Phillips

Winner of the Congressional Art Award in 1996 and graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Art, R.T. Phillips specializes in the human form and offers a lyrical view into the art of high fantasy. Whether he uses oils, photography, or digital paint, he delivers professional illustrations with an emphasis on color, composition, and form.

E-mail: contact@rtphillips.com

Website: http://www.rtphillips.com/

 

 


 

Nick Polotta

Nick Pollotta has written over a dozen RPG novels for: TSR, FASA, WoTC, and TriTac Games. His "Bureau 13" trilogy of novels, based upon the TriTac RPG, have been translated into several languages, and have sold over two million copies worldwide. The long-awaited fourth Bureau 13 novel, "Damned Nation" is scheduled to be released April 2004.

For more information, visit his web site: www.NickPollotta.com

 

 


 

Allen Posz

I (Allen Posz) am a residential care worker for teens with bad attitudes. Since I work nightshift I am guaranteed long boring hours which I fill using art, reruns, and lots of video games. I try and convert gang members by modeling geeky behavior (which is only mildly successful). My very patient wife encourages me to do more art since it is one of my few attractive pastimes. If anyone has requests for pictures by all means email me since I'm usually looking for stuff to do anyway.

E-mail:  aposz@webtv.net

 


 

Matthew Rees

Matthew Rees is a missionary kid from Hong Kong, currently in the graduate 
school of zoology at Michigan State University. He loves sci-fi and 
fantasy, and although he has never actually managed to play an RPG (for 
various reasons), he enjoys reading, collecting and analyzing them, and is 
even working on a rules system of his own (which will most likely never get 
finished). He also likes to read what others have written about RPGs, and 
he sometimes lurks in the forums on WebRPG and RPGnet, where he sporadically 
posts under the name "Wyvern". His favorite game settings are Planescape, 
Mage and Shadowrun, and his favorite rules system is Fading Suns. His other 
interests are creative writing, music and dinosaurs. His career goal is to 
teach college-level biology.


Revel

My real name is William Anson and I'm from Houston currently attending the University of North Texas as a Communication Design major. That's just a fancy way of saying Comercial & Graphic Art. I've been drawing and creating characters since I was ten and I got into writing stories when I was fourteen. My first was a pathetic 42 pages, but you have to start somewhere.

When I'm sleeping I'm usually drawing or writing because I feel doing both makes the other easier. I hope to someday quit being lazy and type these stacks of handwritten stories before they deteriorate and to design their covers and perhaps more.

The nickname Revel came from when I was in high school football because I was the crazy one and described by my coaches as a reveler so it just kind of stuck.

Samrx5@cs.com

 


Rina

To be original, I will start off with my name, Rina*-*. It's not my real name, but a sort of pen name that I use. I'm eighteen and live in Virginia, only an hour away from Washington, D.C. My interests include the show Gargoyles, which I've written a few fanfictions for, as well as X-Men and Metallica (Hetfield rocks!) I also like to write original sci-fi.

email: rina560@hotmail.com
webpage: http://www.geocities.com/rinagoyle


 

S. John Ross

I'm a writer, game designer, editor, and graphic artist, commonly known for my work for Last Unicorn, SJ Games and other publishers of adventure roleplaying games (RPGs). I've written books for the Star Trek family of RPGs, GURPS and Derek Pearcy's In Nomine. I've also been known to roam the halls (in a metaphorical, freelance kind of way) of White Wolf, West End Games, Flying Buffalo and others. I've done work for several magazines, including: Autoduel Quarterly, White Wolf, Roleplayer, Shadis, and Dragon. I also served a three-month stint as Editor of Pyramid magazine. Using my Bookshop Page, you can purchase some of my work online via Amazon.

I used to be part of the Tales From the Floating Vagabond team at The Avalon Hill Game Company (before the game vanished, the editor was fired and the department shut down), and I'm a contributor to the CityBook series from Flying Buffalo (as of CityBook VII: King's River Bridge). I used to be Associate Editor in charge of Wargames and Flight Sims at a CD-ROM magazine called Interactive Entertainment (where I also did work for IE's sister magazine, Strategy Plus). I also do freelance graphic and production work, including lots of logos for Pyramid and even floorplan designs for In Nomine. During my run as an SJ Games staffer, I was responsible for projects like the Silicon Valley Tarot and the second edition of Murphy's Rules.

I was born on July 15th, 1971. Growing up the son of the U.S. Marine meant living all over the States, and in Japan (I currently reside in Austin, Texas with Sandra Ross, my wife). I'm a cook, iconoclast, and general layabout. I love my friends dearly, and Sandra even more dearly, and I suppose I'm defined mostly by that, and my chow.

I love to get email. Any letters, including correspondence about The Blue Room and questions about my freelance work, should be addressed to sjohn@io.com

 


RPG

I'm 19 years old Goth guy, borned & livin' in Poland, RPG & CG player, gargoyle fan, historician,
militarist and possibly mechanised infantry trooper (September?), animata-wannabe, Hero of the Soviet Union ;)

 


 

Kara Senecal

 

Kara Senecal is a nineteen-year-old college student studying fiction, mythology and womenís history at Regis College in Massachusetts. She has written several articles that have been published in magazines such as Teen Ink, several unpublished books in dire need of rewrites, and has a sizeable stack of fan fiction on the internet, ranging from Gargoyles to Legend of Zelda, and X-Men to X-Files, among others.

Eagerly anticipating her twentieth birthday this February, Kara is currently planning to take over the world through writing X-Men comics Ö not really. She can be reached at lamiacarna@cs.com.

 


Sarah Skinner

Sarah Skinner is a predominately self taught artist with formal training in Graphic Illustration and Visual Communications. Her range of disciplines include interior design, advertising, jewelry design, sculpting, photography, costuming, portraiture, textile design, merchandising, floral design, and just about everything in-between. While she primarily works in pencils and pastels, she is adept at several other mediums including charcoals, pen & ink, scratchboards, watercolors and acrylics.

Web page: http://www.sasart.homestead.com/home.html

 


Stephanie Smith

 

Stephanie Smith is an Author and Artist in Sardis, Tennessee. She grew up in the Monterey Bay Area of California and has traveled extensively. She is wife to Dwain Smith and a mother of four children, Kaitlyn, Michelle, Jade and Emerald.
 

Currently, she is forwarding her writing career through submissions and her new art studio, Starfire Studios, which can be found on E-bay.
  

She has three poems published in print anthologies. One in Noble House's 'Colours of the Heart'. One each in 'Eternal Portraits' and 'The Best Poems and Poets of 2003,' both published by the International Library of Poetry.

 

E-mail:  stephanieannsmith@tds.net

 

 


Christi Smith-Hayden

Christi Smith Hayden is a freelance commercial artist from Texas, specializing in fantasy illustration. She is a collector of dragons and small boys (limited edition set, only two in existance. Thank goodness.) A writer as well as an artist, Christi hopes to be published one day.

 


Stephen Sobotka, Jr.

Mr. Sobotka is a commercial/graphic artist from Springfield, Missouri. He writes fiction - both
fantasy & sci-fi - from a strong storytelling base, while maintaining a firm sense of "quality over
quantity". He has been well established as a writer of fantasy fiction and fan-fiction. Particularly notable is his work with "The Gargoyles Saga" (based on the animated show "Gargoyles"), and his various crossover stories on Fanfiction.net.

Mr. Sobotka was first published online with the stories "Open Eyes" in Twilight Times, and 
"Riverdaughter's Bent" in the pages of Sabledrake Magazine - in which he also writes book reviews for the column "Off The Shelf". His most recent stories are "Icarus"(a sci-fi tale of nanotechnology) and "In The Bonekeep", the latest installment of his "Moray & Co." fantasy series.

Currently, he resides in Tampa Bay, Florida where he continues to write science fiction and fantasy short stories while working on a novel: an anthromorphic tale of pirates and romance entitled "For Love of The Bloody Vixen".


Pernille Soegaard

I am Pernille, a 22 year old girl from Denmark, now living in England. I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I have been to Art School and to a College of Arts and Crafts. I have always known that I wanted to be an artist.

I have always been drawing fantasy images, since that is what appeals to me most. I mostly do pencil drawings, but I occasionally do coloured pictures. I find my inspiration in fantasy books, such as 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Dragonlance' novels. A lot of my inspiration also comes from music.

I have had some of my pictures printed in a magazine before, a Danish role playing magazine to be exact.

http://www.btinternet.com/~Solas.Wayland/

 


Donald W. Stephens

Born in northern California in 1949, which makes me kind of old. Moved to southern California in 1977 and have lived in the High Desert, about an hour out of L.A. ever since. Got married in 1967 to Miss Pat and we have been married forever. Went through a tour of Vietnam and have worked for the past 25 years or so as an auto mechanic. I was retrained last year to work on computers because my left hand underwent surgery.

I got into roll playing in the late 70's and met Christine Morgan and her mom Laurie in about 1980 I believe. My wife and two boys were already roll playing with me and the following year Chrissy and her mom joined us along with a couple of other people. I was Christine's first GM and got her into Tarot cards. In other words, I helped wrap her into the woman she is today, LOL. After she went off to college at Humboldt the rest of us continued to play AD&D for awhile but eventually people just drifted away and could no longer find the time to play.

I have always loved to write, create, and plain just use my mind for all sorts of things but my love for writing has been with me since early high school. I have been into computers since the Vic-20 days but not until 1998 did we have a computer that could get us on the internet, or allow us to receive e-mail. After we were up and running I got into 4 or 5 online fantasy roll playing games and then I started my own called Jendanni.

Until last year I was a big Magic the Gathering fan, just couldn't afford to play anymore! I love the art of Luis Arroyo and playing just about any type of game that doesn't call for physical exertion! And I have a thing for maps. I love a good map, whether to just look at, or to draw! Maps are way cool!

I'm 6'0'' with brown hair and eyes, and have started to grow a pot-belly! <grin>.

Here are some links you might enjoy:

E-mail me if you'd like a list of URL's and E-mail addresses for about a half dozen games online that I think are very good. nodntap@rglobal.net . Most let you LURK, join the game to read the posts but not have to write yourself.

http://www.rglobal.net/user/nodntap/jendanni.html


Margaret Demona May Stephens

E-mail: realdemona@duesouth.net

 


 

Michael L Straus

When not plotting to take over the world, Michael L Straus can be found in a small apartment in North Hollywood slaving away in front of his Macintosh, and taking care of his Cat.

He also writes poetry, short stories and screenplays. Michael has been involved in the role-playing industry for over twenty years and has written and play tested for R. Talsorian games, Steve Jackson Games, Uni. Games and Wizards of the Coast.

Fans of the writing of Christine Morgan may recognize Michael as the original creator of that lovable lug of an orckin, Alphonse Bugbedead.

Michael's work has appeared in the Space Gamer, Game Mechanic, Dragon, Starlight Cafe, Along the Path, Mirage, Sabledrake, and on several web sites.

You can visit Michael on the web at www.rpghost.com/fbkproductions or e-mail him at mstraus@mac.com.

 


Tana

Well, if you haven't guessed, Tana McCarthy isn't actually my real name, but it's what I plan to go by in show business. And yep, I'm going to Academy of Art College in San Francisco to become an animator, so I will be working with movies or television. Or if not that, then I'll try my best to write and illustrate graphic novels (aka comic books).

I am about one-third Irish, of the Clan McCarthy, Half German, and the rest Aztec/Native Mexican. Great combination huh? But really I'm a true born Oregonian: I love the rain, despise the sun, and hardly ever have a tan.

I love anything dealing with the Medieval Era in both Western and Eastern culture. I am especially fascinated with dragons and other beings of the magic realm.

http://tana.mattwilson.org/

 


 

Thorne

 

Thorne (aka 'Kim') is a fantasy artist who spends her free time as an Assistant Domestic Engineer for the Turriff household. Other pursuits include reading, writing and flying stunt-kites with dragons on them.

 

Any spare time left over is devoted to updating her website, RPG games and her blog.

 

E-mail:  sylverthorne@comcast.net

Web site:  http://home.comcast.net/~sylverthorne/Gallery.html

 

 



Kimberly T.

 

Kimberly T. is a career sailor in the U.S. Navy, of which she says, "It's actually a fairly good life, once you've survived your first tour of duty.  In the Navy, after you learn how to follow orders, they teach you how to think for yourself as well."  She's also the proud mother of Fiona Bronwyn, a.k.a. The Cutest Little Girl in The World (as declared by her husband Andrew, and agreed on by virtually every complete stranger they meet.)  While Kimberly has been a writer of 'fan fiction' for years, published at various media-fan sites on the Internet, "A Love Foredoomed" is her first published work of original fiction.

 


Chad Underkoffler

Chad Underkoffler enjoys reading and writing a wide variety of things: RPG material, short fiction, and poetry head the list. His current favorite RPG is Unknown Armies, for which he's had material published in three books, as well as a handful of Pyramid articles. His webpage can be found below.

Unknown Armies: www.atlas-games.com

Pyramid: www.sjgames.com/pyramid/

Chad's Website: www.geocities.com/chadu/

 


 

Michael Vance

Michael Vance was first published in The Professor's Story Hour chapbook at the age of eleven and became a professional freelance writer in 1977. Vance has been published in dozens of regional magazines and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, "Forbidden Adventure: The History of the American Comics Group," has been called a "benchmark in comics history".

His magazine work has been published in seven countries, and includes articles for "Starlog," "Jack & Jill" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

He briefly wrote the comic strip, "Alley Oop" and his own strip for five years called "Holiday Out," that was reprinted as a comic book. Vance also wrote comic book titles including "Straw Men," "Angel of Death," "The Adventures of Captain Nemo," and "Bloodtide". His work has appeared in several comic book anthologies, and he is listed in the "Who's Who of American Comic Books" and "Comic Book Superstars".

His short stories about a fictional town called Light's End have been published in "Media Scene," "Holiday Out Comics," "Dreams and Visions", "Maelstrom Speculative Fiction" and "Infinity Press."

With novelists Mel Odom and R.A. Jones, he co-wrote "Global Star" a tabloid in a world where werewolves and babies born with bowling balls in their stomachs are reality, and the New York Times and Washington Post are "trash journalism".

In addition, he worked in newspapers for twenty-two years as an editor, writer and advertising manager, creating three successful newspaper magazines.

Michael Vance is currently communications director of a nonprofit agency, the Tulsa Boys' Home, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a Christian and Presbyterian.

http://www.starland.com/

miklvance@yahoo.com


 

 

Andy Vetromile

Andy Vetromile loves to write. When he doesn't find anyone willing to let him do so, which is far too often the case, he does editing and reviews of other people's work instead. Look for him (in any or all of these capacities) in Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade, Inner City Games Designs and Crunchy Frog Enterprises / Nightshift Games.

Dntpnc@aol.com

 


Brian Vigue

Hello, y'all! I'm Brian Vigue, a.k.a. Vig! I'm pleased to say that Sabledrake #1 features my artwork entitled "Metamorphosis" as its cover.

I've always liked fantasy, and I must say I was fortunate to realize my potential to create it as much as I admire it. Doodling has been a way of life for me, but it wasn't until the early 90's after graduating from high school when art became my calling.

A resident of Waterville, Maine, USA, my professional function is to draw cartoons and design promotional material for the state's tourism. Aside from being published in many statewide guides, I've had work shown in Boston Magazine. My presence on the web is rather new, but already people are getting familiar with my swanky pin-up style as well as my feature character Bluette.

You can find my gallery site at http://members.mint.net/vigistry

and I also enter the Monthly Gargoyles Contest regularly (http://myst.org/mgc)

I myself frequent Station 8 if you care to chat with me in person. That's http://s8.org/chat/gargs, ayuh!

--Vig


 

Cecil Washington

Cecil Washington writes science fiction, fantasy, horror and vampire stories that have an urban flair.  He has self-published his first book Badlands: An Underground Science Fiction Novel (ISBN 0-7596-6258-4) with 1stBooks Library (viewable at http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/8194). His stories have been published online at http://www.sffworld.com, http://www.talesfromthehood.net/ and http://www.scifinoir.com/gallery. His goal for 2002 is to break into print. You can read his other stories online at http://creativebrother.freehosting.net/scificindex.html.

Cecil lives with his wife, mother-in-law and two children in a small home on the east coast.

 


 

 

Greg Weisman

Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a story-teller all his life. His first professional work was as an Associate Editor and Freelance Writer for DC Comics, where he worked on the Captain Atom title, among others.

Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 until 1996. He rose through the ranks to become the Director of Series Development for the division, working on such diverse properties as Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Raw Toonage, Duck Tales the Movie, Aladdin the Series and The Mighty Ducks, among others.

In 1991, Greg and his development team created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES. Greg left his position as an executive to become the Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of the first 66 episodes of that series. In 1996, Greg left Disney for DreamWorks Television Animation, where he also developed numerous series.

In October of '98, Greg left DreamWorks to become a full-time Freelance Writer, Story Editor, Producer and Voice Director. He has written scripts for such diverse shows as Men In Black, Disney's Hercules, Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot, Max Steel, Starship Troopers and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. He has also voice directed the English dub of the Japanese anime video series 3X3 Eyes.

So far, nothing in his professional life has topped GARGOYLES.

Greg is blessed to have a wonderful wife, Beth, two great kids, Erin and Benjamin, a dog named Norman, and two cats, Iggy and Bigtime.

Greg regularly answers questions from his fans about GARGOYLES in Ask Greg at Station 8.

 


Werner Wejp-Olsen

Werner Wejp-Olsen runs an international general store in cartooning and writing. This includes gag cartoons, comic strips, advertising, children's books, newspaper illustrations and interactive animation for the Internet. His work appears worldwide from the States to the Far East and from Latin America to his former home turf, Scandinavia. Werner Wejp-Olsen lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Inge. They have three children.

 

 


Terry RW Whisenant

Terry RW Whisenant is a Huntsville, Alabama artist. He creates the comic strips "INVADED!" and "Splat", in addition to doing illustration and sculpture. At last years [2000] Chattacon (a Chattanooga science fiction convention) he won his first professional prize, for sculpture. He also writes fiction, games and poetry in what would otherwise be his spare time.

His website features a weblog and many pieces of his artwork and cartoon strips at http://www.terrywhisenant.com.


 

Dara Williamson

 

 

Dara Williamson loves to read, to write, and to draw, and does her best to break tradition while she's at it.  She's also quite fond of orcs.

E-Mail:  daradragon@ameritech.net

 

 


Clint Wilson

 

Clint Wilson has one of the most vivid imaginations of our time. His lifelike characters come from all walks of life, both real and surreal; as they act out their parts flawlessly on colourful stages, set in some of the wildest environments ever scribed on to paper. Once you sink your teeth into one of his tales, it is hard to stop chewing!

This young and budding author has the ability to dip his pen into the inks of several genres; tackling sci-fi, fantasy, horror- and even a collection of humorous poetry and childrenís stories.

Clint, a born and raised Canadian, owns a successful auto salvage business in his home province of British Columbia; where he resides with his wife Kristen, his two daughters, Haylee and Paige, and his son Morgan.

E-mail: clintw@telus.net

 


 

 

John Henry Wilson

John Henry Wilson is a Creative Writing major from the flat-lands of West Texas. A man of suspected frost giant descent, John spends most of his time writing, gaming, reading on line, reading, and going to church to talk about the important things, philosophy, God, and sex.

He has been an avid Amtgaurd player and student of Tae Kwon Do, with regards to which he comments, "The worst part about dabbling in the martial arts is knowing exactly how fast you'd go down in a real fight."

Formerly a special education major, John normally attends Texas Tech University. In fact, he grew up there, a veritable tasmanian devil dervishing through the halls of the music building. John is currently studying African American Literature in Baltimore, Maryland, where everyone and his raven has a novel and those "hill" thingimabobs make travel hazardous and time consuming. John writes as Muse Of Fire on the Gray and Golden Archives, mostly Forgotten Realms stories. 

When asked about his marital status John explains that he is saving himself for Lady Alustrial of Silverymoon.

 

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