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 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.
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.
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.
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.