Contributors

Over the years Boomtron has had many contributors, from readers who wanted to share their thoughts to award winning and best selling authors. Below are some of them.

Hal Duncan is the author of VELLUM, INK, TESTAMENT, and numerous short stories, poems, essays, and even some musicals.

Matthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016.

His work has been published by Conjunctions, English Journal, One Story, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Best Gay Stories 2016, Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is the former series editor for the Best American Fantasy anthologies, and the co-editor, with Eric Schaller, of the occasional online magazine The Revelator.

Sam Sykes is the author of the acclaimed Tome of the Undergates, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. He lives with two hounds in a small, drab apartment and has eaten at least one of every animal on earth.

Jacqueline Carey is a New York Times bestselling author of Kushiel’s Legacy, The Sundering, Santitos, Agent of Hel… and more to come!

Chris Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning debut novel, One for Sorrow, and the new novel-in-stories, The Love We Share Without Knowing. His short stories have appeared in Interfictions, Trampoline, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Nerve, and other venues. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University. You can visit his journal, Meditations in an Emergency for more information.

Jay Tomio is the co-owner of Boomtron. Sorry.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Margaret Weis is a fantasy and science fiction writer and author of dozens of novels and short stories. Along with Tracy Hickman, Weis is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world, who has sold more than 30 million books

Rachel – I’m a co-founder of @geekgirlbrunch and host on @fireandlunch (GoT) and @rtfbpodcast (books!) I talk a lot about Star Wars and costuming. aaand Space!

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is the author of the Horus Heresy novels The Master of Mankind, Betrayer and The First Heretic, as well as the novella Aurelian and the audio drama Butcher’s Nails, for the same series. He has also written the popular Night Lords series, the Space Marine Battles book Helsreach, the novels The Talon of Horus and Black Legion, the Grey Knights novel The Emperor’s Gift and numerous short stories. He lives and works in Northern Ireland.

Damon Cap is Co-Owner of Boomtron. If he wants a sweet profile write-up, he can do it himself.

Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author. Named to Order of Canada in 2014. 13 novels in 30 languages.

Jonathan McCalmont is a critic whose work has been published at Strange Horizons, The SF Site, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Vector and The Escapist. He maintains a film and literary blog entitled Ruthless Culture and he writes a monthly gaming column at Futurismic entitled Blasphemous Geometries.

Jimmy Callaway rules over Criminal Complex with an iron fist in a Playtex glove. He lives in San Diego, California.

Brian Lindenmuth loves both kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction. He is an all around book john and reviewing roustabout.

Phillip Sobel is an Existential Psychotherapist and Teacher by day and a writer, gamer and all round geek in the hours of darkness. He claims to be enjoying the creative process enormously and secretly harbours the hope of publishing a novel one day…

Craig Gidney is the author of SEA, SWALLOW ME (2008), BEREFT (2013) & SKINDEEPMAGIC (Summer 2014). Lammy Finalist, Moonbeam Bronze Award, Silver IPPY Award.

Matt Denault has never lost the seriousness of a child at play—especially when it comes to reading. He lives just outside Boston.

Victoria Hoyle is a reader, feminist, archivist, vegan & part time PhD student at Uni of York. Research associate at @UCLDIS on information rights for care leavers (she/her).

Matthew Funk is a social media consultant, professional marketing copywriter and writing mentor. He is the editor of the Genre section of the critically acclaimed zine, FictionDaily and Full Stop. Winner of the Spinetingler award for Best Short Story on the Web 2010, M. C. Funk has been published at numerous sites online, indexed at his Web site, and in print with Needle Magazine, Howl, 6S and Crime Factory. He is represented by Stacia J. N. Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Liam José is the name given to a highly sophisticated system of pullies and levers that edits and designs Crime Factory. Upgrades have included a random text generator, the output of which has appeared in places like A Twist of Noir, Powder Burn Flash, Flash Fiction Offensive, and as one of the winning entries of the 2010 WGI at Drowning Pool. It is serviced irregularly in Melbourne, Australia.

Ryan K Lindsay is an Australian writer who finds time in nearly every day to get words of some description down. He was published by Marvel once, in a back matter essay in Criminal, but he can more regularly be found penning reviews and op/ed pieces on comic news website The Weekly Crisis. His favourites are; character, Matt Murdock; story, Y: The Last Man; novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; movie, Chasing Amy; and woman, his wife.

Josh Converse work has appeared in Crime Factory, Plots with Guns, Black Heart Magazine, Out Of the Gutter, and A Twist of Noir. He is the only person to have ever simultaneously held the WBO and WBC middleweight and welterweight titles without any witnesses. Josh can talk his way out of any situation, particularly when on the cusp of runaway success. In 2010, he was the recipient of Nick Tosches’ final apology. He lives and works and eats cereal in Chicago.

Cameron Ashley lives and works in Brunswick, Australia. Aside from the local bar staff who know him too well, he toils away in obscurity on numerous pulpy projects, including Crime Factory. He lived in Japan from 2003-2006 and still works through his bizarre bi-polar love/hate (mainly love these days) for the place through his column at this site. Join him as he works it all out.

Simone Boyce is the entertainment anchor at FOX 5 NY. Watch her weeknights at 5 and 10 PM ET.

Ben Thompson graduated from Florida State University in 2002 with degrees in History and Political Science. He has run the popular website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. His first book, BADASS: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live was published worldwide by HarperCollins in October 2009. A second book, titled BADASS: Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Beings Ever Envisioned, was released by the same publisher in March 2011.

David Weber is the author of the New York Times-bestselling “Honor Harrington” novels. Solo or in collaboration, he is one of the bestselling writers of science fiction alive. He lives in South Carolina.

Paul Smith is a lifelong lover of fantastic literature and sequential art, Paul Smith is a post graduate philosophy student and the man behind the up and coming literary criticism blog, Empty Your Heart of its Mortal Dream. If he could be any comic book superhero, he would be Blackagar Boltagon.

Jesse Bullington spent the bulk of his formative years in rural Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, and Tallahassee, Florida. He is a folklore enthusiast who holds a bachelor’s degree in History and English Literature from Florida State University. He currently resides in Colorado and can be found online at www.jessebullington.com.

His novel, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, was published by Orbit.

Wes Craig is best known for being the co-creator and artist of Deadly Class and the owner of Blackhand Comics.

John Markley is a writer from Illinois. He writes the video game commentary/humor site Pointless Side Quest and also blogs about science fiction and fantasy at Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic. His other interests include history, science, heavy metal, anime, movies, and speaking of himself in the third person.

Tobias McGuffin is a writer and a ranger and a young boy bearing arms. He thinks Game of Thrones will be the Best Thing Ever, and may throw himself (or an enemy) off a building if it proves no better than Legend of the Seeker. His past body of employment includes dog-walking, lawn-mowing, private investigating, script reading, coffee-fetching, cold-calling, and a stint in the United States Air Force which included even more dog-walking and an “interesting” encounter with a three-toed sloth. He was once paid to be a dungeon master and readily adds that to his résumé. He has lived in more places than your mother would approve, is a serial monogamist, pro-death advocate, prog-rock nerd, and ASoIaF enthusiast. He currently lives in southern California and says “Dude” preceding any statement he sees as even moderately important. He considers World of Warcraft a disease, not a cure.

Brendan Connell was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1970. He has had fiction published in numerous places, including McSweeney’s, AdbustersFast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books, 2008), and the World Fantasy Award winning anthologies Leviathan 3 (The Ministry of Whimsy, 2002), and Strange Tales (Tartarus Press, 2003).

Elisabeth Rappe was once an aspiring medievalist, now a writer for Film.com. A movie & video game loving bowl of awesome. Screw the cereal, I’m the prize inside!

Chrissie Zullo got her start in comics after being picked in a talent search at San Diego Comic-Con. She’s done cover work for Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and Hack/Slash, interior work for Madame Xanadu, and Star Wars Sketch Cards for Topps. She enjoys reading comics and has a strange liking for yetis.

Eric Schlelein is a Denver based freelance writer and science fiction enthusiast who proudly holds a Creative Writing degree from the University of Arizona.

Scottish author Gary Gibson is the author of several science fiction novels for Tor UK, including the first two books of the Shoal Sequence featuring Dakota Merrick. The majority of his published work most assuredly contains both spaceships and talking squid.

Rhys Hughes was born in Wales in 1966. His grand plan of writing exactly 1000 stories and linking them all together is now at the halfway stage, a process that has taken exactly twenty years. Mostly known for comical, absurdist works, his range in fact encompasses styles as diverse as gothic, experimental, science fiction, magic realism, fantasy and realism. The author of many books and even more uncollected short stories, you can find him at his blog. He enjoys the outdoors life, stargazing and eating raw chillies, but dislikes sarcasm, violins and butter.

Ian R. MacLeod’s fiction has won World Fantasy, Locus and Sidewise Awards, and has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula. He is the author of 5 novels: The Great Wheel, The Light Ages, The House of Storms, The Summer Isles, and Song of Time. His short fiction can be found in three of his collections: Voyages by Starlight, Breathmoss and Other Exhalations, and Past Magic. You can visit Mr. MacLeod at his website Ianrmacleod.com.

Erin M. Evans got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis–and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She is the author of The God Catcher, and she lives in Washington State.

Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his novels DOVE SEASON, BIG MARIA, and the upcoming PLASTER CITY. He has won both the Spotted Owl Award and the Anthony Award.

His shorter work has appeared in Plots With Guns, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, and numerous anthologies.

Riley Rossmo is the illustrator and co-creator of Proof and Cowboy Ninja Viking from IMAGE Comics.

Sharon Shinn has written 19 science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Twelve Houses books, the Samaria series of angel books, and four young adult novels. In October, she will publish Gateway, a young adult book that takes place in an alternate St. Louis, and Quatrain, a collection of four novellas set in four of her created worlds. She will also have a novella, “The Wrong Bridegroom,” appear in the anthology Never After.