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Editor Elizabeth Tabler

Elizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is a lead on Grimdark Magazine. She was at one time an architect but now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and was on Team Qwillery as a judge for SPFBO5, and is a judge for SPFBO7.

You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other.

Where to Find Her





Grimdark Magazine

Assistant Editor P.L. Stuart

I’m an experienced writer, in that I’ve been writing stories all my life, yet never thought to publish them. I’ve written informally – short stories – to entertain friends and family, for community newspapers, volunteer organization magazines, and of course formal papers for University. Now, later in life, I’ve published what I believe is a great fantasy novel, and definitely worth reading, called A Drowned Kingdom. My target audience is those who enjoy “high fantasy”. A Drowned Kingdom is not “dark fantasy”. It’s written in a more idealized and grandiose style that I hope isn’t too preachy, and not too grim. Still, I’m hoping my book has appeal to those who don’t typically read this type of work – those who don’t read fantasy of any kind – because of the “every-person” themes permeating the novel: dysfunctional familial relationships, extramarital temptation, racism, misogyny, catastrophic loss, religion, crisis of faith, elitism, self-confidence, PTSD, and more.

Many of these themes I have either personal experience with, or have friends or family who have dealt with such issues. I’ve had a long professional law enforcement career, undergone traumatic events, yet been buoyed by family, faith, and positivity. I’m a racialized middle-aged man. I’ve seen a lot of life. Ultimately I want the planned series, of which A Drowned Kingdom will be the introduction, to be one of hope, and overcoming obstacles to succeed, which I believe is my story as well. My protagonist, Othrun, will undergo a journey where he’ll evolve, change, and shape a continent. He’s not always likeable. He’s a snob, bigot, is vain, yet struggles with confidence. He’s patriarchal. Overall, he’s flawed. But even ordinary flawed people can change. We’re all redeemable.

Ordinary people can make a difference, not just fictional Princes. I want that message to shine through my work.


Twitter – @plstuartwrites

Facebook – @plstuartwrites

Assistant Editor Ryan Howse

I’m funnier without context.

Okay, you want context.

I’m a mid-30s nerd, married, with two kids. Also two cats–Cathulhu and Necronomicat.

I like, in no particular order, tabletop gaming, board games, arguing over books, ancient history and religion, and puns.


Reddit – unconundrum

Twitter –  RyanHowse

Goodreads – Author Page

Amazon Buy Links

Assistant Editor Dan Fitzgerald

Fantasy author of the Maer Cycle trilogy (low-magic fantasy) and the Weirdwater Confluence duology (sword-free fantasy).

I write non-epic fantasy books in which you will find:

Mystery. Darkness. Wonder. Action. Romance. Otherness examined and deconstructed. Queer and straight characters living and fighting side by side. Imaginary creatures and magic with a realistic touch.

What you won’t find in my books:

Wholesale slaughter. Sexual assault. Unquestioned sexism or discrimination. Evil races. Irredeemable villains. Predestined heroes. An ancient darkness that threatens to overspread the land.

Catch me on Twitter or Instagram as danfitzwrites.

Assistant Editor Taylor From Maed Between the Pages

I have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. I grew up on stories being read to me and as soon as I could read them for myself, there was no stopping me. Fantasy will always be my first love, but I also dabble in other genres as well such as sci-fi, thrillers/horror, literary fiction, & classics.
I currently live in Japan with my husband and post most of my bookish content (and the occasional life vlog) to my youtube channel: Maed Between the Pages. Connecting with others who understand the magic of stories is one of the greatest joys in my life, so I often spend my time doing just that, but when I have free time, you can find me hiking, weightlifting, whipping up some cocktails at home, or studying Japanese

G.M. Nair

G.M. Nair is a crazy person who should never be taken seriously. Despite possessing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a job as an Aviation and Aerospace Consultant, he writes comedy for the stage and screen, and maintains the blog MakeMomMarvel.Com. Now he is making the leap into the highly un-lucrative field of independent book publishing.

Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire is his first novel, and in a world with a fair and loving god, it would be his last. Alas, he tends to continue.

G.M. Nair lives in New York City and in a constant state of delusion.



Twitter –

Goodreads – Author Page

Amazon Buy Links

Brianna Sinder

I’m a homeschooling milspouse mom that likes to end the night in a made-up world so that I can forget my responsibilities for a little while. I also try to make up my own worlds and convince others that they’re not that bad. Currently located in Utah with two kiddos, my soldier and a rescued great dane mix. I enjoy dad jokes, kayaking, eating all the baked goods and sometimes making artsy things.


You can find her on Twitter at @BriannaSinder.

Steve Caldwell

I have literally been a fan of fantasy/magic my whole life, with some of the earliest memories I have being my mother stories of brujas and spirits in the town in Puerto Rico where she was born. What really flipped the fantasy switch on full, though, was discovering a battered copy of the Sword of Shannara that cost me 25 cents at the local used book store when I was 11. Its been a long journey since that day almost 40 years ago, and thousands of books later, here we are. Living with my wife, our two non-adult kids, four cats and a vicious attack beast Chihuahua about an hour south of Seattle, I’m glad to be able to share my love of fantasy and science fiction, especially Indie and small press, with anyone who’s interested.




Eleni A.E.

Eleni is a Greek book nerd who grew up in Italy, and got her BA Honours degree in Literature from a Scottish university! She can be found reading all the SFF she can get her hands on, and reviewing it for fun when inspiration strikes and she just needs to share her passion. Alternatively, she will definitely be with a needy Westie in her arms watching series, anime, or movies. You can find her other writing on or on her personal blog where there are also posts about other literary genres. Feel free to follow her day to day ramblings on Twitter


or Instagram @the_words_we_read .






I like to talk, read, and write.

I talk with my lifelong friend, Charles, on the Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast. I discuss fantasy content on social media quite a bit too.

I read a lot of speculative fiction—mostly fantasy novels.

I write for Before We Go Blog. I’m also a graduate student in a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program. I write a lot for that as well. Most of that writing focuses on research I conduct on sense of calling and the experience of meaningfulness; I’m an author on several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on these topics.

I also like playing tennis.

Where to find him

Personal Twitter: @DylanRMarsh

Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast Accounts

Twitter: @TheFTFPodcast1

Instagram: @TheFTFPodcast

Facebook: @TheFTFPodcast


Thomas Howard Riley

Thomas Howard Riley is a purveyor of thicc Rated R Epic Fantasy books. He currently resides in a secluded grotto in the wasteland metropolis, where he reads ancient books, plays ancient games, watches ancient movies, jams on ancient guitars, and writes furiously day and night. He sometimes appears on clear nights when the moon is gibbous, and he has often been seen in the presence of cats.

He always wanted to make up his own worlds, tell his own stories, invent his own people, and explore both the light and the darkness of human nature. With a few swords thrown in for good measure. And some magick. Awesome magick.


He can be found digitally at THOMASHOWARDRILEY.COM

On Twitter he is @ornithopteryx, where he is sometimes funny, always clever, and never mean.

On Instagram he is ThomasHowardRiley, where you will see books, and cats, and mayhem. Amazon US link Amazon UK link                   Paperback/Hardcover link    Goodreads link  Author Website

Sofia Mauro

Sofia is a lifelong lover of literature, especially fantasy and other speculative fiction. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing board games, baking, listening to music, playing violin and piano, and watching birds.WHERE TO FIND HIM

Maria Blackrane

Maria Blackrane was born in upstate NY. She discovered a passion for writing when she was six years old and started writing stories about the adventures of people and their pets before she moved on to more twisted subjects later in life.

She studied history and anthropology and took creative writing classes as electives. Her favorite genres to read and write are horror, darkfantasy, and grimdark. She works in social services during the day and in her spare time loves foreign shows and movies, she’s a horse rider, wine witch, sushi gobbler, sometimes-yoga enthusiast, and collects dead things.

Her first novel, girl power dark fantasy Blood, Fire, and Death is currently in the editing and polishing stage. She also has a bunch of short stories floating around searching for homes. Feel free to send a message for a request for review, preferably indie or self-published grimdark, horror, or fantasy and sci-fi on the darker, grittier, more extreme side.


Twitter: @Mblackrane
Instagram: @maria_blackrane
Readerly: @maria_blackrane

Whitney Reinhart

Whitney Reinhart is a reader, writer, sometimes editor/coach currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing because she believes every one has at least one story to tell. She lives (for now) in eastern Arkansas with the world’s smartest man and two Siberian Huskies posing as study buddies. Her work can be found on and Fleas on the Dog. .


Visit her website,, for links, book reviews, writing tips, and sign up for her monthly newsletter, Wanderings


They call him Lashaan. A reader. A reviewer. A researcher. He’s a Ph.D. candidate in criminology and works full-time in a North American police organization. He has an eclectic reading taste but primarily focuses on science-fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels. He might seem busy by day, but he chases after stories, whatever form they are in, by night.

His Links


Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in the second half of the 1900s, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself.

Before becoming a multi-genre author, Bjørn obtained a degree in mathematics and has worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, a music producer/remixer, and a blacksmith (not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. Despite his advanced age, he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.


Storytellers – historical fiction set in Iceland
Children – dark Norse mythology retelling
Why Odin Drinks – humorous Norse mythology retelling

Queer Indie Award Winner
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal – ’Storytellers’
2020 Stabby Award Nominee – ‘Children’


Krystal Matar

Krystle Matar has been writing for a long time, and reading for even longer. While her first true love was fantasy, she is artistically polyamorous and wanders around in historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries, true crime, literary fiction, and non-fiction pertaining to things to eat, things to drink, things to consume, and interesting people (obligatory plug for Anthony Bourdain).When she isn’t arguing with the voices in her head (she calls this “writing”) or reading, or binge watching things on Netflix, she parents and farms. She has a lot of children and even more animals and one very excellent husband.

Steve from Steve Talks Books

I enjoy reading and having interesting conversations on my booktube channel. Normally I opt for dark fantasy, grimdark, horror and anything dark and brooding. Because I hate to spoil any plot points, I try to be short and to the point with my thoughts and reviews.  When I’m not reading I’m working, spending time with my wife and kids, recording YouTube videos or riding a mountain bike.


YouTube: https://www.creepingdeath.orgTwitter: @thatonemfer

C.T. Phipps

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular reviewer on Booknest.EU and for Grimdark Magazine.

He’s written the Agent G series, Cthulhu Armageddon, the Red Room Trilogy, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer’s Star, Psycho Killers in Love, Straight Outta Fangton, The Supervillainy Saga, and Wraith Knight.





Just your local nonbinary bookworm who decided to pick up a camera one day and ramble about her passion for books.⠀
I love to read a little bit of anything and everything and am forever just blown away about the amount of talent there is in the book community. ⠀
I’m a mom of one awesome 3 year old boy and the wife of the funniest man in the world. Also a cat mom to my two-man bois Parmesan and Cheddar. ⠀
My other hobbies besides reading include gaming, cooking, and drinking copious amounts of coffee

Jodie from Witty & Sarcastic Book Club

I’m a homeschool mom and book blogger. I tend to talk in movie quotes and I’m happily weird. Find me on WordPress

Rogier Caprino

Hi, Rogier here  I’m a Black / Lokono ( Indigenous) demi guy. I have been in the book blogging sphere on and off again since 2012. I primarily read SFF, but I’ll read anything if the cover is pretty. I’m such a cover lover   Tropes I hunt for are: second chance romance,  found family,  friends to lovers, and big friend dynamics


Twitter @rocapri