SCRIBES OF THE STRANGE
Despite the fun of last minute revelations, people like to know what they’re getting in an anthology. So today we’re going to give you the initial lowdown on the authors you’ll find in ODQ Presents – though we might still keep a surprise or two in store for later in the campaign...
True to our aims with the regular Occult Detective Quarterly magazine, we deliberately looked for authors who could provide us with a wide variety of takes on the occult detective theme. And they surely delivered, as you’ll find out when you support us.
We’ll have more about the individual tales in a later update, but here are the great names who came on board, each with a novella or novelette which offers something very different.
BEV ALLEN is an English writer who combines the wry with the fantastical, as in her collection ‘A Solemn Curfew’, which draws on the appetites and folklore of England, but who then defies expectations by writing SF/fantasy adventures liberally laced with soldiers. She describes herself as “a crazy old woman who writes weird short stories about things like a bloke having sex with his garden pond”.
ADRIAN COLE is an inhabitant of Southwest England. He has had over twenty novels published, and is known to science fiction/fantasy readers for his “Dreamlords” trilogy and other books. His latest gritty collection “Tough Guys” was released last year. A prolific short story writer, his Nick Nightmare series already has many occult detective fans in its grip, and he is also writing classic weird fantasy for publications such as Skelos Magazine.
AMANDA DEWEES is an American author who received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by announcing that her dissertation topic was vampire literature. She is already known for her stylish dark romances and thrillers, such as “With This Curse” which won the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award in historical mystery/suspense. Her most recent novel “The Last Serenade” features the same Sybil Ingram as her story in this issue.
SAM L EDWARDS is a writer who likes dark poetry, dark fiction and darker beer. Though a Texan by nature, he is currently residing in California, from where he explores horror and weird themes in both prose and poetry, including his ‘Joe Bartred’ series of contemporary occult detective tales.
WILLIAM MEIKLE is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty novels published in the genre press and more than 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. His work includes all manner of speculative, supernatural and adventure fiction, with a sideline in continuing the Carnacki stories of William Hope Hodgson. When he's not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.
ROBERT POHLE is originally from the Delaware Valley, and is a veteran writer of Westerns, historical and speculative fiction, as well as Holmesian fiction and his work on the films of Christopher Lee.
CHARLES R RUTLEDGE is the co-author of three books in the Griffin and Price Crime/Horror series, Blind Shadows, Congregations of the Dead, and A Hell Within, all written with James A. Moore, and his short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Charles lives in the Atlanta area with a cat named Bruce and far too many books.
And remember, if you're also a writer yourself, part of the purpose of the campaign is to prove that there's a market for longer fiction in this area. If we're successful, then we might be able to open up an ODQ Presents Volume Two - or more.