“Demons Hide Their Faces” by A.A. Attanasio
Winterset in Egypt beside the rotting canal at Sidi Bishr, with the little, ceramic hashish pipe in her freckled hand, a thin thread of palpitant smoke twisting in the air before her, the professor faced her student and informed him seriously and with hollow impersonality, “The most avid collectors of books are demons. But they want only the old texts. The oldest texts.”
The author of twenty-two novels and two story collections, A. A. Attanasio lives in Hawai’i and writes his fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near his Honolulu home. Visit http://www.aaattanasio.com/ for more details.
“The Pirate’s True Love” by Seana Graham
It was a fine spring morning as the pirate sat with his true love before sailing out to sea. She was wearing a long, purple dress, and her cheeks were red with crying.
After working for many years in an independent bookstore, Seana Graham has recently been devoting more time to various writing projects. In addition to writing several blogs of her own, she is also the book review editor for the arts and literature website Escape Into Life. Although more of a crime fiction reader than a crime fiction writer, she is happy to be considered a member of International Thriller Writers, thanks to the inclusion of her story “Gato” in a “fairytale crime” anthology called Grimm Tales. Her short stories can be found in a variety of places on the web, and links to many of them can be found on her blog Story Dump.
Mark Kilfoil and Fran Friel
Mark “the Encaffeinated ONE” Kilfoil loves fiction, so much so that he’s written some (such as the Parsec-nominated Tainted Roses), read quite a lot (a library of over a thousand half-read books and growing) and now narrates them (sometimes actually recorded for others). He’s found that volunteering for a dozen years in radio was a decent way to get a full-time job as a Program Director at a community radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, but not such a great way to finish his thesis, so he stopped at a Masters in Computer Science. He can be heard frequently on CHSRfm.ca, and two of his shows regularly appear as podcasts, and can be found at encaffeinated.ca and theweirdshow.com. He likes cats enough to pet them but not enough to own one, and computers enough to own several but pet none of them. He will someday write a million words, but at this rate, that will require life extension, so he eagerly awaits the ability to upload into a computer, if that hasn’t already happened and this is all only a simulation.
Fran Friel is a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist and the winner of the Black Quill Award. She enjoys life with her husband by the sea on the Central Coast of California. She also serves as full-time staff to Alice and Annie, the Cat Overlords. You can follow Fran’s latest antics at facebook, Twitter, and Fran Friel’s Yada Feast. For more info, please visit: www.franfriel.com.