Mat Blackwell is a multi-award-winning writer and reclusive bearded troglodyte. He has written jokes for performers as varied as Waleed Aly, Paul McDermott, Corinne Grant, Amanda Keller, Sammy J, Wil Anderson, and Barry Humphries. He also co-created and co-wrote the hilariously grotesque sharehouse-convict-black-comedy BRUCE (brucetheseries.com), which was the 3rd-most awarded webseries of 2017. When he’s not cranking out the gags for TV, or penning satirical novels for discerning adults, Mat writes philosophical essays on music, art, humour, and morality. BEEF is a contemporary satire about love, meat, and infidelity, set in an Australia of the incredibly-near future. It is a multi-generational tale of unseen consequences, and the pressures of legacy. But most of all, it’s the tale of an awkward middle-aged sociophobe’s attempts to not have an affair with a wildly attractive psychic, who insists they are going to end up together, like it or not, because “it’s destiny”.
William Blackwell studied journalism at Calgary’s Mount Royal University and English literature at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. He worked as a print journalist for many years before becoming an author. He has written over seventeen novels, mainly in the horror genre. Currently living on an acreage in Prince Edward Island, Blackwell loves to travel and write dark fiction. Blackwell’s newest release is horror novel Freaky Franky, a dark tale about the terrifying consequences of worshiping Saint Death (or Santa Muerte) with evil intentions.
Leslie W P Garland
The Norwegian philosopher Arne Ness said, “The best aspect of a book is not the thoughts it contains, but the thoughts it unleashes.” So yes, my stories contain thoughts, but I hope they also unleash the thoughts of my readers. “The Red Grouse Tales” are four tales told in the Red Grouse Inn. They have similar themes running through them – good and evil, philosophy and religion, a sprinkling of fantasy and a good dash of mystery (something like; C S Lewis meets Jostein Gaarder and Henry James? – though comparisons are hard to make) – but are all very different and so should provide something for everyone who likes to think about what they are reading.
The four tales are:- The Little Dog – a story of good and evil, and retribution. The Crow – a poignant tale of misunderstanding, dying, blame and bitterness. The Golden Tup – a dreadful tale of paradise being cruelly taken by latent evil. The White Hart – a happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing! I usually say my stories are for adult readers because they do contain occasional references to sex, sometimes a tiny bit of bad language, and are not “all action” from page 1. However, they ought to be suitable for NA and quite possibly YA as well. Available from Amazon.
David Patneaude began writing seriously (more or less) in the 1980s. His first novel, SOMEONE WAS WATCHING, was published in 1993. His books have been named to dozens of state young readers’ lists and honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library’s “One Book, Two Villages” program, and the Washington State Public Library. His most recently published novel was EPITAPH ROAD, a nominee for the 2013-2014 Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award. When he’s not in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library or conference discussing writing, or on the trail thinking about writing, he’s home in Woodinville with his wife Judy, a junior high librarian. His twelfth book, FAST BACKWARD, is due out June 1, 2018.