About My Friends

Nowhere is networking more important than in the humanities. It's a wide field, there's a lot of competition, and it's hard to be heard over the din. Then and again, a few people you met at a conference, a convention, or a local writers group meeting will grow from fellow networkers and colleagues into something else. They become friends, beta readers, motivators, and essential supports.

Nothing says gratitude in this field like advertising. This is where I spread some of both around on behalf of the most awesome authors I know.

Splatterhouse 5

Splatterhouse 5 is the home of Adrean Messmer, my best friend and an objectively exceptional writer. She is the editor-in-chief of A Murder of Storytellers, and she is the president and vice-president-elect of Nevermore Edits for 2015. No lie, and without an ounce of nepotism, Adrean is one of the best writers whose work I've read. I'd put her on the same level as Neil Gaiman, personally. She also has a two-year-old daughter, so she deserves extra props for successfully being both a driven writer and a good mom.

Adrean Messmer is a horror writer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a tiny human she put together from some spare parts and a technowizard husband. She has a cat named after a Batman villain, and a dog who’s really a magician.

When she was eight, she asked her mother to read Stephen King’s It to her as a bedtime story and her mother actually did it. So, that probably explains a lot.

Back in 2012, she started a critique group with some friends called A Murder of Storytellers. In 2014, They turned the group into a small indie publishing house. That’s been pretty fun. And the critique group, now called Nevermore Edits, meets every Friday at the Equality Center.

She is also a member of the Horror Writers Association and OWFI.

Shannon Iwanski

Shannon Iwanski is the vice-president and president-elect of Nevermore Edits for 2015. He is the author of Ride the Train and A Body to Die For. He is also an editor with A Murder of Storytellers, having put together the Faed anthology. Finally, he is the editor-in-chief of Inkubus Publishing. He's a passionate man with thoughtful stories to tell. And he's one of my favorite people.

Shannon Iwanski has been writing since he was a small child and forcing his family members to act out plays that portrayed them as woodland creatures. His dream of being an author was realized in 2014 with the publication of his debut novel, Ride the Train, which draws on a love of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley’s dystopian visions of the future.

Shannon is a founding member of A Murder of Storytellers (AMOS), a member of Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI), and currently serves as the president for the critique group Nevermore Edits. He serves as an editor for AMOS and is owner and editor-in-chief for the publishing company Inkubus Publishing.

CJ Miles IV

A talented new writer, CJ Miles IV is the secretary of Nevermore Edits for 2015. He's working on a few projects and is continually improving his motivation. He's a Lovecraft fan like me, so he loves to sprinkle some eldritch magic into his tales. When he's able to get some of his longer works out, you will find yourself a fan of this inimitably imaginative guy.

Writer! Mostly fantasy, with a slight eldritch horror bend. I also wear cool hats. Part of @murderofstories too!

Party Now, Apocalypse Later

Mac Boyle is the editor-in-chief of Party Now, Apocalypse Later, so the publishing company's website is also the home for his blog. Mac is the secretary-elect of Nevermore Edits for 2015. His writing is often satirical and always hilarious. He's incredibly clever, is very well-read, and is an incredibly nice individual. Mac's writing method is intricate and involves several draft runs past his adept alpha reader. She always ensures that Mac's first drafts are practically publication-ready. It's worthy of envy.

MAC BOYLE is a writer. With Bill Fisher, he is the co-creator of ‘The Adventures of Really Good Man.’ He has made it his life’s work to put the filmmaker Orson Welles in unusual situations. He is currently working on the third book in the series, where Welles will try to successfully run an Arby’s franchise in Toad Suck, Arkansas. In his spare time, Boyle works for an un-named federal agency that is one-hundred percent NOT a cover for the CIA. If the universe hadn’t seen fit to create pinball, he might have been a truly great man. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Lora.