Laurel and Lucy met at the SciFi Weekender, and bonded whilst shivering in a caravan and verbally writing a graphic novel series under the working title of 'The Lucky Strikes' (as both of their initials are LS). 'The Lucky Strikes' were a crime fighting duo in which Lucy's alter ego was a kung-fu fighting Mary Poppins, and Laurel's was a world-weary, whisky-drinking, braces-wearing brawler. In real life, Lucy is a film archivist who loves Star Trek: TNG and Laurel writes fantasy and dreams about befriending a talking fox. After leaving the altered state of consciousness that February in a caravan in Wales surrounded by SciFi fans induced, they decided that 'The Lucky Strikes' was probably better left behind. But such a partnership could not be wasted! This magazine is a testament to a friendship sparked in a cold, dank, terrifying caravan.
Author of The Water Museum in issue#8
Eliza Chan writes about East Asian mythology, British folklore, and madwomen in the attic, but preferably all three at once. Her work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, the British Fantasy Society's New Horizons and forthcoming in Fox Spirit's Winter Tales. "The Water Museum" is the first in a series of linked short stories about seafolk in a submerged UK. Currently Eliza lives in Manchester with her husband, a growing collection of board games and a large collection of (toy and real) weapons. Follow her on Twitter: @elizawchan
Emma Whitehall is a writer and spoken word performer based in the North East of England. She specialises in supernatural and horror fiction, often with a sensual twist. Her work has been featured in print on both sides of the Atlantic, in both English and Spanish, in publications such as The Ofi Press and Kind of a Hurricane Press (where she was also featured in their Best of 2014 anthology). Emma has released two self-published collections of stories and poetry. Her most recent, "Dust Motes and Faded Green Velvet" can be purchased, along with her other work, from Amazon. You can learn more about her at emmawhitehallwrites.weebly.com.
Author of Where The People Are issue#8
Faye McNulty is a freelance printmaker and textile designer. She has worked with innovative textile design centers –including the Textile Futures Research Centre and the London Printworks Trust – and as technical support to award-winning designer Linda Florence for the past seven years on handprinted wallpapers and on projects featured at Kaunas Textiles Biennial and the V&A Museum. She has printed and consulted for internationally renowned artists, cultural institutions and fashion designers such as Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Preen, Victoria Beckham and The Foundling Museum. She has over five years experience teaching textile and wallpaper printing, most recently leading short courses at Chelsea College, UAL. Currently Faye is developing new interior products with upholsterer Emma Meadows under the name Hatcham Studio.
Holdfast logo and issues #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8 header illustrations, Anthology cover
Samuel Hickson is an award-winning freelance illustrator (with a first class BA Hons degree) based in Manchester, UK. his work is inspired by satire, horror, sci-fi and psychedelia. You can find out more at his website.
Lucy Smee and Laurel Sills
Author of the regular Rendezvous with Rare Books column: The Long Way Back by Margot Bennett in issue#4, John Aubrey in issue#5, A View of the Island in issue#6, Chronolysis in issue#7 and Sibyl Sue Blue in issue#8.
Sonia Mullett is an archive footage researcher living in London and sometimes wishing she didn't.
Author of Sleeping Beauty in issue#8
Ian McHugh's first success as a speculative fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian national SF convention. Since then his stories have appeared in publications including Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies. His stories have won grand prize in the Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted five times at Australia's Aurealis Awards (winning Best Fantasy Short Story in 2010). He graduated from the Clarion West writers' workshop in 2006. His debut collection of short stories, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Collection in 2015
Experimental Subjects image for issue#8.
Elliot Norwood is an amateur photographer and digital artist. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Llilian, two dogs, and three cats.
Kirsty is a geeky, tea-loving illustrator and graphic designer from South London. She graduated in 2014 from The University for Creative Arts with a BA(Hons) in Illustration and has since been working as a freelance and in-house illustrator and graphic designer. See more at her website.
Joanne Hall is the same age as Star Wars, and has been a full-time author since 2003. Her titles include fantasy trilogy New Kingdom which was a finalist in both the PLUTO and EPPIE awards, and The Art of Forgetting, which has been released in two volumes, Rider and Nomad, by Kristell Ink. Rider made the longlist for the 2014 Tiptree Award. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, both print and online, including Afterburn SF, Quantum Muse, and The Harrow. Joanne has also been the Chair of Bristolcon for the last five years. Joanne’s latest novel, Spark and Carousel came out in September.
Author of If We Can Imagine in issue#8
Luke Spooner a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ and ‘Hoodwink House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full time illustrator and writer for just about any project that peaks his interest. Despite regular forays into children's books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love is anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.
Tui image issue#3, Antlers image issue#4, Atlantic Gateway image issue#5, Flash Point anthology image, Dear Mr Way image issue#7, Falling Spider image issue#7, The Water Museum image issue#8 and Career Day image in Brexit Fiction Supplement
Author of There's More to Me than Crisis and Tragedy in issue#4 , Experimental Subjects in issue#8 and On the Radio in the Brexit Fiction Supplement.
Cheryl Morgan is a writer, editor, publisher and radio presenter. She was the first openly trans person to win a Hugo Award. She blogs regularly at Cheryl's Mewsings, and you can follow her on Twitter at @CherylMorgan.
Martin Robinson is Reviews and Features Editor for Eurogamer, where his specialism is racing games. He is also the author of a number of coffee table video game art books, including Halo: the Great Journey - the Art of Building Worlds and collects boards for his Astro City arcade cabinet that takes up an unreasonable amount of space in the living room.
Evy Samuelsson is a freelance illustrator based in East London. Having grown up in the Swedish countryside, her work often features animals and she's also inspired by Scandinavian art and folklore. She is currently writing and illustrating her first picture book. See her website for more.
Author of Pulse in issue#8
David Hartley is a short story writer and performer based in Manchester. He writes peculiar tales about odd people and weird animals and performs them with excessive theatricality at various spoken word events in the North West. Some of his longer fiction can be found in a variety of places including Structo Magazine, Foxhole Magazine, Shooter Magazine and The Alarmist. His shiny new collection of twisted flash fictions 'Spiderseed' is out now with Sleepy House Press. He can be tweeted at @DHartleyWriter and more of his writings can be discovered on davidhartleywriter.com.
With the advantage of an illustrative mind-set, Kirsty is motivated by ephemeral visual misunderstanding, transient half-light, ocular strangeness, nightmares, dreams and fleeting glimpses of unreality. Inspired by Faerie tales, myths and legends, ailuroanthropy, science, Alice-syndrome and transformation, childhood memories, ghost stories, naiveté, music, antique cultures, Quixotism and true romanticism; her idiosyncratic work often has its roots in dreamlike non-realities to create Art contained by the renovating of influences and ideas into images which often convey feelings of otherworldly states. Favouring pencil and ink, mixing with photography and print, Greenwood likes to work intricately to produce detailed phantasmagorias, unusual scenarios and creatures. For further examples or to commission work please visit this site.
Homecoming image issue#1, In the Skin of a Goat image issue#2, Gita's Talisman image issue#3, White Noise image issue#4, anthology image for Lemon Sandals, P99 image issue#5, Myth image issue#6, Re-writing the Book image issue#7, Speed of Love image issue#8.
Author of Speed of Love in issue#8
Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog. Her stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction and The Year's Best SF 18 and have been translated into a dozen languages.
Michaela earns book vouchers, which she understands most people know simply as "money", by working for a social care charity in London. She is possibly the only person alive to enjoy commuting, purely for the valuable reading time.
Michaela is a freelance writer who writes reviews, features and blogs for such websites as GeekPlanetOnline, Geek Syndicate and Sidekickcast. She also tweets far too much under the handle @bookiesnacksize.
Guest editor for the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Author of Career Day in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Nisha Vyas-Myall is a self-published young adult author, a dancer and dance teacher, a workshop leader on paganism, blogger and general geek. She lives in Bedford in the UK and most of the rest of her meagre free-time she has is taken up by her cat
Author of The Day of Destiny in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Ever since she was little Chloe has wanted to be either a writer or a knight, so she now combines a bit of both. Chloe's work is inspired by myths and legends, especially King Arthur, medieval history, and the British landscape. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel as well as other short stories. In her spare time, Chloe practises Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and can regularly be found fighting people twice her size with swords.
Author of House of Exit in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Kavitha Rath writes poetry and prose in the vein of magical realism, and her work has appeared in publications including Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, and Through the Gate. She can be found at kavitharath.wordpress.com and on Twitter @WrathofKavi.
Author of NUCA: Beginnings in vivo in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Sean works full time as a lecturer in media production at Bucks New University, High Wycombe. He comes from Liverpool but now lives in the southwest. As an aspiring narrative fiction writer he has had pieces published by Thursday Online (@thursdayid).
Sean is currently studying part-time for a PhD in creative writing at the University of Winchester. His practice research explores the writing of genetic science–inspired fiction in contemporary society. The project comprises a body of creative work consisting of short, long and novella-length fiction. NUCA: Beginnings in vivo is one of the pieces of this work.
Author of The Encounter in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Silvia Carrus is an Italian illustrator and cartoonist that works mostly in digital media, producing colourful or black and white digital illustrations and comics. She's a big fan of trees, penguins and comedy.
The Day of Destiny image in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Currently based in High Wycombe, I am an illustrator with a strong interest in graphic design, particularly in layout and publishing. I'm very fond of snail mail, printmaking, zine making, and submerging myself in graphic novels. One day I hope that I am able to buy myself a Risograph printer and own many, many bunnies.
Feel free to contact me for both small and large scale commissions, postcard swaps or if you just have any questions!
NUCA: Beginnings in Vivo in the Brexit Fiction Supplement
Kieran Nee lives in Cork, Ireland. He works in public engagement and outreach and is studying for a PhD in English literature. His inspirations include the illustrations of Harry Clarke and Eleni Kalorkoti.