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Editor Beth Tabler

Beth Tabler, editor of the quarterly issues of Grimdark Magazine and resident cat-herder/jello-nailer for the supremely excellent Before We Go Blog, lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she takes long-bubble baths while planning her next move to conquer the fantasy and sci-fi review world. She enjoys whiskey and sticking up for the marginalized with deadly precision. She is on her third SPFBO, and can’t wait for more.

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 Dani Finn

Dani Finn (they/them) is a nonbinary fantasy romance author who occasionally writes fantasy without romance as well. They favor high-steam love stories that crisscross the gender spectrum, from swords and sorcery to sword-free fantasy with meditation magic and everything in between.

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.

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, author, sometimes editor/coach, adjunct English professor, and yoga instructor. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and believes every person has at least one story to tell. Her first novel, Saving Eva, is a southern gothic family saga set against the backdrop of Alabama in the turbulent 1960’s. She lives (for now) in West Virginia with the world’s smartest man and two bougie Siberian Huskies. Her short works can be found on,  Humans of the World, and Fleas on the Dog. Saving Eva is available through all major booksellers although she encourages you to order your copy from your favorite local, independent bookstore.


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

Esmay Rosalyne

I am a self-proclaimed professional book devourer from The Netherlands. My main hobbies include reading books, reviewing books, talking about books, and watching videos of other people talking about books. An obsession with books, you say? Maybe, though I’d like to say that I just have an undying love of exploring stranger worlds.

Fantasy will forever be my true love, but my tastes are honestly quite eclectic and I will probably read anything if the premise sounds even slightly intriguing… or if the cover is really gorgeous. And bonus points if the story will cause emotional destruction, because I am apparently weird that way.
I am also a big indie/self-pub enthusiast and do everything I can to support the wonderful indie community!

Whenever I am not doing something book related, I am probably going on a dog walk, practicing yoga or daydreaming about all the travel plans I have.
Though most of the time, I really am just busy destroying everyone’s TBRs by recommending all the hidden gems.


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’


Assistant Editor 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 Hugh Westenra

Steve is a trans author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (basically, if it’s weird he writes it).

He grew up on the eldritch shores of Newfoundland, Canada, and currently lives and works in (the slightly less eldritch) Montreal. He holds advanced degrees in Russian Literature, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies.

As a reader, Steve’s tastes are eclectic. He enjoys anything that could be called speculative, including fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, but has been known to enjoy a good mystery as well as literary fiction. He’s always excited to try something new or that pushes boundaries, particularly from marginalized authors.

Steve is passionate about queer representation, Late Antiquity, and spiders.


Steve Westenra, Fantasy Author
Check out my queer epic fantasy The Wings of Ashtaroth on Goodreads , or purchase the eBook from the following retailers.

Twitter: @SteveWestenra

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

Assistant Editor John Mauro

John Mauro lives in a world of glass amongst the hills of central Pennsylvania. When not indulging in his passion for literature or enjoying time with family, John is training the next generation of materials scientists at Penn State University, where he teaches glass science and materials kinetics. John also loves cooking international cuisine and kayaking the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.


John Mauro

Thiago Abdalla

Thiago is the author of the Ashes of Avarin series that includes a prequel novella (A Prelude to Ashes), two published novels (A Touch of Light, A Shade of Madness) and two upcoming novels (A Twist of Faith, A Promise of Dawn).

His debut novel, A Touch of Light, won SFF Addict’s best indie novel award of 2022 and is also a SPFBO 8 finalist.

The prequel novella, A Prelude to Ashes, was one of  two novellas that inspired prominent booktuber Petrik Leo to do a top 10 novellas video. Thiago holds that as a special accomplishment.

Thiago was born in Brazil but grew up in the fantasy worlds from the stories he kept in his mind. He has inhabited everywhere from Middle-earth and Azeroth to the planes of Dominaria, Ravnica and Tarkir. No matter the medium, what kept him coming back was always his love for story.

He could never wait for the next world to dive into, so, after being (indirectly) urged on by the (printed) words of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, Patrick Rothfuss, N. K. Jemisin and many, many others, decided to create his own.


twitter @tabdalla

Nathan’s Fantasy Reviews

Nathan is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology where he specializes in death rituals of the Ice Age in Europe and queer theory. Originally from Ohio, he currently lives in Kansas where he teaches college anthropology, watches too much TV, and attempts to make the perfect macarons in a humid climate. He is also the co-host of The Dragonfire podcast with James Lloyd Dulin. He reads widely in fantasy and sci-fi and is always looking for new favorites!


The Nerd Book Review – Cameron Scaggs

I was a farm kid who developed a love of reading at a very young age. Redwall was my original poison followed by the Wheel of Time in high school. I went to college and got several degrees trying to avoid the agricultural industry and then promptly ended up back there shortly after college. These days I do most of my reading while sitting in a large tractor moving along at a quarter of a mile per hour while I make compost.

I am a huge Indie Fantasy fan and at least ⅔ of the books I read each year come from the Indie realm. I love Grimdark and Epic fantasy but will certainly dip my toes into Sci-Fi or other sub-genres of fantasy. I spend most of my time reading or moving my kids from one sporting event or another.


I post most of my new content on my YouTube channel The Nerd Book Review,

 There you will find spoiler free book reviews along with the occasional Best Of or Top something or other videos.

Boe Kelley

By day, Boe is a seasoned Platforms Engineer, wielding his technical prowess and problem-solving acumen to tackle complex challenges. After the sun sets, he transforms into an avid reader, perpetually embarking on literary journeys to far-flung corners of the imagination. When he’s not traversing fictional realms, Boe channels his creativity and pushes his physical and mental limits through his passions for cars, music, and martial arts.

Boe’s infectious positivity and cheerful demeanor infuse everything he does, making him a beacon of enthusiasm and expertise. His unwavering support for Indie Authors has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a champion of the literary underdog.


Burt’s Library

Hi, I am Burt

I have always been an avid reader since I was a kid. Most people do not leave their houses without their phones, I do not leave my house without my kindle.

I am an introvert unless you want to talk about books, once I get going I will not stop. I love roaming bookstores and helping people pick out books and sharing my thoughts.

I am a huge fan of Boston sports teams, Redsox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. Living in New York makes that even better when they have winning seasons.

I am not a book hoarder, I am a book rescuer