Donna Scott [Editor]
from Keele University in 1995 with a joint honours degree
in English and French, which I've put to use over the years
in careers as diverse as teaching and running a pub.
I now work in export, but I also work as an editor for Immanion
Press, the publishing company established by Storm
As I am heavily involved with several writing groups in
the West Midlands, I find myself talked into doing crazy
literary things like performance poetry and storytelling.
My short fiction has been published in several print and
online magazines including Bloodlust-UK
Jamie Spracklen [Editor]
masquerading as a poet in deepest Essex, Jamie occasionally
remembers he has also had a career in archaeology, and has
been writing and editing magazines since the early 90’s.
When not deep in studies of obscure medieval tyrants, he
likes to totter round his garden and talk to himself in
Latin. Most recently he has been co-founder and organiser
of a regular open mic poetry and multimedia evening called
which aims to bring all arts form together into a regular
evening that everybody can enjoy, be they poet, artist,
writer, musician or audience.
For more information on
Jamie click here.
Powder Monki [Web
aka Sarah Louise Hicks graduated with a
Fine Art Degree in 1997 and is a multi-media artist working
in textiles, drawing, graphic & web design and photography.
She has both organised and shown work in several exhibitions
and most recently was a co-organiser of Sundown,
a regular open mic poetry and multimedia evening. Other
interests include genealogy, gardening, cooking and music.
For more information on
Sarah click here.
Mia Hart-Allison [Reviewer]
has always been desperately in love with literature and
aspires to contribute to it something meaningful and beautiful.
She now lives in the outer recesses of London with her husband
and girlfriend. She has a degree in Politics and has studied
creative writing at Birkbeck and with the Open University.
Her influences include: Sylvia Plath, Jane Austen, Emily
Bronte, Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, George Orwell,
Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and Hunter S.Thompson.
She has published various poems, articles and reviews in
such magazines as Staple, Poetry
Express, Open Wide and Black
She finds reading and writing to be two of the very few
things that distract her from the nihilistic horror of an
entirely meaningless universe.
Photo by Yasmin Tehrani.
drawing from her imagination long before she could or indeed
would talk. And that's the way she prefers it, communicating
to the world using images rather than words. Still heavily
influenced by the fantasy novels, traditional fairy tales
and world myths and legends absorbed from her childhood
reading - Ruby has grown-up into a multimedia illustrator
interested in exploring the darkly sensual, symbolic and
surreal undercurrents of life (some of which are based in
fact but mostly - sadly, often the best - are only possible
in fiction). Pulled towards works by writers such as Storm
Constantine who create sublime worlds populated by bewitching
characters, Ruby has found an adult source of fuel for her
Ruby has been told that
her illustrations 'blend perfectly the mythological, the
classical and the future fantastic' (thanks V.P). And if
that wasn't praise enough, that they are also 'evocative
of both Beardsley and Mucha'. This is an idea that makes
her blush and stutter at the thought. Her first love has
always been the simple complexity of a black ink line on
a piece of white paper, crossing over another. Her belief
that it might just slightly (even remotely vaguely) be possible
to make a career out of drawing came in the mid-nineties
when Ruby's already distinctive line art, found a natural
home within the pages of alternative small press publications.
She figured that if there were people out there that liked
and understood her stuff, that one day someone might pay
money for it. A surprise nomination in the 'Best Artist'
category in the BSFA awards in 1997 made her smile non-stop
for a week. This was mainly because she was safe in the
knowledge that she would never win it and therefore not
have to make an acceptance speech.
For more information of Ruby click here.