Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a bestselling, award winning author. She’s won the Hugo twice, as well as many other sf awards. This year, she’s won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Reader’s Choice Award. She’s currently nominated for a Shamus and an Anthony award for two different mystery stories. And her story “G-Men” has appeared in both The Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois and The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 edited by Jeffrey Deaver. Her next novel is Diving into the Wreck from Pyr.
S. Craig Renfroe, Jr. teaches writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He is the author of the short story collection You Should Get That Looked At and his story “Stick” was a Million Writers Award Notable Story of 2008. Also, his work has appeared or will appear in Cemetery Dance, Flatmancrooked, storySouth, LITnIMAGE, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 3:AM Magazine, and others. He blogs at craigrenfroe.blogspot.com.
Damon Shaw is a writer and carpenter living in the Canary Isles with his husband and a menagerie of animals from peafowl to goats. When he can fit it in around puppet-making, classical singing, earning a living (ha! Remember that anyone?) and caring for ducklings, he writes. His first professionally published story was “The Door,” with Flash Fiction Online in 2009. One of his last published stories was “Widdershins Mine”, again here in Flash Fiction Online in November 2019. In the intervening ten years he has been published in various anthologies from Lethe Press, where Seven Lovers and the Sea was reprinted in best-of anthology, Wilde Stories, also in Daily Science Fiction. He has audio stories with the Drabblecast
and the Dunesteef and has a forthcoming story from the point of view of every housefly that ever lived with the Glittership podcast.
Adapted from Wikipedia:Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 — October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short-story writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre, and contributed to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone.
From Wikipedia: Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937), of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely “reason”, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has become a cult figure for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-invalidating entities, as well as the famed Necronomicon, a grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic, fabricating a mythos that challenged the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Christianity.
Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe in the tone of his writing style.
Flash Fiction Online’s Founding Editor Jake Freivald lives in New Jersey in a house teeming with life: a wife, nine kids (yes, all from said wife, no twins), two dogs, two cats, and twenty fish. Lack of qualifications never stopped Jake from taking a job, so when he saw the need for a professional flash-only ‘zine he created Flash Fiction Online. He was astounded when a team of volunteers rallied around the project, and he would like to shut up now so you can read about them.