David Annandale has racked up a fictional body count in the untold billions in his Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy novels and short stories for the Black Library. He is also the author of the horror novel Gethsemane Hall and the Jen Blaylock thriller series. He is one of the co-hosts of the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show and, with his academic hat on, he is a senior instructor in the Department of English, Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba.
Jonathan Ball holds a PhD in English and is the author of five books. He also directed two short films, edited the journals dANDelion and The Maelstrom (which he founded), and writes the humour columns “Haiku Horoscopes” and “What Rappers Are Saying.” In 2014, he won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Visit him online at www.jonathanball.com, where he writes about writing the wrong way. He can also be found on twitter (@jonathanballcom), Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
Eric Bradshaw was born in Pennsylvania in 1990, later spending significant amounts of time in New Jersey, Winnipeg, and Toronto. He is a classicist and avid reader, with a strong familiarity with fantasy and early 20th-century literature.
Keith Cadieux’s 2010 novella Gaze was listed for a Manitoba Book Award and the ReLit award. His short fiction has most recently appeared in Prairie Fire, Grain, ELQ, and The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir. He lives in Winnipeg.
Nothing is known about Richard Crow. Jonathan Ball is the guardian of the Crow archives, which are online at http://www.TheCrowMurders.com.
Dustin Geeraert was born in Saskatoon, SK in 1983, and has lived in Winnipeg since 2007. He has a love-hate relationship with the prairies. He has studied Creative Writing, English literature and Icelandic literature at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba. His Master’s Thesis was on H. P. Lovecraft, and he is completing work on a dissertation about modern interpretations of medieval myths and legends.
Joanna Graham was born and raised in Winnipeg. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in literature and recently completed the Creative Writing MA in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia while spending a year living in Norwich, England. She is currently working on her first novel.
Christina Koblun is originally from Thompson, Manitoba (a place even colder and darker than Winnipeg), but moved to Winnipeg when she was 17 for university and has yet to escape. She has an MA in English from the University of Manitoba and spent two years after graduation working as an editor for a research company. She is now a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, and is expecting her next child any day. She enjoys reading both good and bad literature, marvelling at reality television shows, and attending church with her family. She credits her dark and twisted sense of humour to her parents and to growing up in a city where the snowbanks occasionally hid the houses from the street.
Zacharie Montreuil studies literature while cultivating an interest in computer science at the University of Manitoba. He has called Winnipeg his home, to his infinite terror, for the entirety of his life. The Shadow over Portage and Main marks his first entry into fiction. His academic interests revolve around cybernetics, new media, and early modern English literature. His non-academic interests include “good” fiction, “bad” movies, “strange” podcasts, and “interesting” people.
Josh Gerard Moore spent his childhood moving all over Canada but has lived in Winnipeg for the last 20 years. He received his Master’s degree in English in 2011, which he has since put to good use unloading cargo planes.
Daria Patrie is a delusion, agreed upon by society, that sometimes manifests during the process of reading. If you are reading this right now, you may be under the presumption that Daria exists. You would only be partially wrong. Some say Daria evolved from the leftover pasta sauce forgotten in the back of a second-year Physics student’s fridge, emerging fully formed and blinking from the crisper drawer one rainy afternoon. Others say Daria is one of several humans possessed by the long dead and quite angry spirit of a three-legged alley cat named Pickleface. Still others say that long ago, Daria arose from a failed poet’s recycle bin, the mountain of crumpled paper having gained sentience through a strange mutation of grammar, and that the fiction attributed to this “author” is in fact a misguided attempt by the abomination to locate its accidental creator. In addition to all of this, numerous rumours have been documented regarding several theories, all of which involve, in some way or other, the suspicion that Daria may sometimes update the Shadow Over Portage & Main website. At this time we cannot speculate as to the veracity of any of these claims.
Born in the Yukon but raised in Winnipeg, Brock Peters loves making connections between his Manitoban sensibilities and his multifarious experiences abroad. When not writing, he works in a bookstore, plays the double bass, and enjoys sitting on a bench in Munson Park looking out at the river as people amble past him with their dogs. He aspires to drink astounding quantities of coffee professionally. Find him online at brockpeters.ca.
Dr. Géza A. G. Reilly is originally from London, Ontario, and lived in Winnipeg for 15 years. He now lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Andrea and their cat, Mim. Géza completed his PhD dissertation on weird fiction in 2014, and its influence can be seen in his contribution to this volume. That story is his first non-academic publication in many years, and will shortly be followed by a novel-length project. In the interim, Géza works as an adjunct professor of English literature at a Florida university. When not writing or teaching, Géza thinks too much about cyberpunk science fiction, Lovecraftian horror, role-playing games, superheroes, and video games.
John Stintzi is a poet, fiction writer, book reviewer, and Winnipeg expatriate. Born and raised on a beef farm in northwestern Ontario, some of his John’s earliest memories of Winnipeg involve him and his brothers collecting golf balls in the grassy lot between the driving range and the Super 8 Motel they would always stay at during their yearly pilgrimage to the city. Later, John would wash these balls in a bathtub, sort, and sell them to people at church. After getting an Honours degree in English at the University of Manitoba, during which he also edited The Maelstrom (founded by Jonathan Ball), John sought asylum from the city through the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. His work can be found (or is forthcoming) in Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, rip/torn, Matrix Magazine, The Southampton Review, CV2, filling Station, The Winnipeg Review, Geez, and The Puritan. Living in New York, he is currently working on his first novel, which is set in Winnipeg. He is @Stintzi on Twitter.
Jeremy R. Strong is also the author of “The Wormwood Proxy”, a short SF-horror story forthcoming from Horrified Press (2016), and The Tethering, a post-apocalyptic novella forthcoming from Double Dragon Publications (2017). A prolific writer from the age of 12, Strong writes long fiction including novels, countless short stories, poetry and screenplays. Strong is also a PhD candidate in the department of English, Film and Theatre at The University of Manitoba, where he studies twentieth and twenty-first century SF literature and film in its intersections with public policy. With his academic hat on, Strong is keenly interested in the emerging field of critical posthumanism and has published three articles that investigate the zombie as significant cultural artefact. He is also the co-editor of Imagining The End: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On The Apocalypse (Inter-Disciplinary Press 2015). Strong resides in Winnipeg, where he lives with his wife Jessie and three children Samantha, Quin and Ora. Jeremy can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@writerjer) and also did a TedxUmanitoba talk: How Imagining The End of The World Could Help Us Save It
Elin Thordarson is a Winnipeg-born writer and translator, working in the Children’s Department of the city’s largest public library.