HEROES, THE SECOND PROTECTORS ANTHOLOGY, WILL BRING EVEN MORE GREAT WORK TO YOU. THIS ANTHOLOGY INCLUDES NEARLY 60 WORKS OF ART, FICTION, & POETRY.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS BY VISITING THEIR WEBSITES.

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist, and dapper sir. She’s written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and more. Rachael lives in Houston with her two furry little bastards, where she twirls her mustache, watches movies, and bikes.

Scott Adlerberg lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of the Martinique-set crime novel Spiders and Flies and the genre-blending noir/fantasy novella Jungle Horses, from Broken River Books.

Gwyndyn Alexander was born in San Francisco, but moved to New Orleans and never looked back. In 2005, she lost her house and job and her library to the Great Levee Failure. She survived her abusive childhood, Katrina, and ten years in exile in Texas. Back home in New Orleans, she lives happily with her husband and her feline overlord, Scout.

New York Times Best Selling author of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, Allison Arngrim is best known to viewers world-wide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty “Nellie Oleson” on the much loved, long running hit television series Little House On The Prairie, and continues to amuse audiences through her many film, television, stage and multi-media appearances. She currently serves as California Chair, National Spokesperson and Founding Board Member on the National Advisory Board of The National Association to Protect Children, aka PROTECT.

Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The Croning, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in upstate New York.

Michael A. Black is a retired cop and the author of 25 books and many short stories and articles. He has a BA in English, an MFA in Fiction Writing, and writes the Executioner series as Don Pendleton (Dragon Key, Desert Falcons, and Uncut Terror). Black’s latest novel is Chimes at Midnight.

A transplanted Kentuckian, Jerry Bloomfield lives on the east coast of Canada with his wife and children, some of the feline persuasion. When not writing, Jerry is losing at video games and ferrying kids around. He has previously been published at Beat To A Pulp and Beat To A Pulp: Superhero.

Dennis Calero is an award-winning writer and artist who helped developed “X-Men Noir” for Marvel Comics, as well as having worked on DC and Dark Horse Comics. Calero has also worked on entertainment projects for CBS Films and Weed Road Pictures and famed horror writer Stephen King. He also adapted The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury as a graphic novel for Hill & Wang as well as “The Tell Tale Heart” for Stonearch books.

Joelle Charbonneau has performed in theatrical productions across Chicagoland. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling THE TESTING trilogy as well as two adult mystery series. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as state reading lists across the country. Her social media thriller, Need, will hit shelves Nov. 3rd 2015.

Reed Farrel Coleman is the New York Times Bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series and of the Gus Murphy series debuting in January 2016. He is a three-time winner of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year and a three-time Edgar Award nominee.

Angel Luis Colón’s fiction has appeared in multiple publications. He writes book reviews for My Bookish Ways and is an editor for Shotgun Honey. He’s been nominated for the Derringer Award and has won a writing contest or two. His debut novella, The Fury of Blacky Jaguar, is out now.

After years of online RPGs and community writing, Karina Cooper eventually decided that she’d take her real life and make it all about fiction. She is the author of the award winning The St. Croix Chronicles, an avowed gamer, a borderline hermit and occasional Outer God.

John A. Curley was born in Staten Island, New York. He began training in martial arts in 1980 and teaching martial arts in 1985. He has worked in varying capacities as a private investigator and security agent since 1987. He is currently the president of J. Curley & Associates, LLC. The dedicated website is jcurleyandassociates.com. “Reprisals” is his first available work, a short story. Due out shortly will be the Anthology: Reprisals: Provenance. Also due shortly is a horror novel, Emissary.

Laura K. Curtis has always done everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. Published in crime fiction, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, she lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and a pack of wild Irish Terriers, which has taught her how easily love can coexist with the desire to kill.

Andrew D’Apice is an unrepentant crap artist. He is proudly from New Jersey (which may explain some things) where he lives with his wife, son, their five cats, and too many books and bad thoughts for his own good.This is his first publication.

Currently living in Tree Frog Farm with his wife and two children in a Florida wood, and formerly chairman of the West Cork Writers, 66 year old, Tim Daly started out as a political performance poet who found himself with a very active career as a lyricist cum lyric doctor throughout the 80s. Nowadays he just writes whenever the words dance too loud.

Hilary Davidson has won the Anthony Award, the Derringer Award, the Crimespree Award, and two Ellery Queen Reader’s Choice Awards. Toronto-born and NYC-based, Hilary uses her background as a travel journalist in her Lily Moore mystery series, setting stories in places such as Peru and Mexico. Her latest book is the hardboiled Blood Always Tells, her first non-series novel. She is also the author of 18 nonfiction books.

Rios de la Luz is the author of The Pulse Between Dimension and the Desert and she is an editor for Redfez.net and Ladyblog. Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Entropy. She currently lives in Portland with her Partner and beautiful beast dog.

Charles de Lint is a full-time writer and musician who makes his home in Ottawa, Canada. This renowned author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books has won the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library’s Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint’s books among the top 100. De Lint is also a poet, artist, songwriter, performer and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Suzanne Dell’Orto (print designer) earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Studio Art from New York University’s Venice Program. She has been exhibiting her work since 1995. She had her first solo exhibition at the Molloy College Art Gallery in 2004, and in 2006 she curated the show Stuck: The Influence of Collage on 21st Century there, which was reviewed in the New York Times. She has exhibited at Galeria AAB, Brescia, Italy; the Dryfoos Gallery at Kean University in Union, NJ; the Hunter College Gallery in New York, NY; Artists Space in New York, NY; Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, Redsaw Gallery in Newark, NJ, and Tinku Gallery in Toronto, Canada. She is a practicing artist, curator, and designer, and she is a design educator at Baruch College in New York City.

Dionysios Dionou was born in Greece, orphaned, sold in a black market,and raised in a nest of pythons. He has worked as a day laborer, bus boy, waiter, chef, high school teacher, college adjunct lecturer, real estate developer, and property manager. He is the author of the gripping memoir Twentieth Century Janissary: An Orphan’s Search for Freedom, Family, and Heritage, and the novel Daniel’s Message. This year Dionou will release a collection of shorts stories, a cookbook, and a co-authored book on martial arts. He is a proud member of PROTECT and the Greek Adoption Reunion Registry www.seasyp.gr.

A former delinquent wrangler, Neliza Drew grew up as a boring southern girl who still hates sweet tea. She has spent way too many hours entertaining herself because everyone else assumed she’d crash-landed from Mars. Her stories have appeared in Needle, Noir Nation and Feeding Kate. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry minions (okay, they’re cats).

Wayne Dundee lives in the once-notorious old cowtown of Ogallala, on the hinge of Nebraska’s panhandle. To date, he has had over two dozen novels and nearly thirty short stories published. Most of his early work featured his PI protagonist, Joe Hannibal, whose appearances in stories and novels comprise one of the longest-running, still-active series (over 30 years) on the fictional PI scene. Titles in the Hannibal series have been translated into several languages and nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, and six Shamus Awards. Dundee is also the founder and original editor of Hardboiled Magazine. In recent years Dundee has branched into the Western genre and has gained a growing following there. He is the recipient of three Peacemaker Awards from Western Fictioneers: Dismal River (best first Western novel 2011); “This Old Star” (best Western short story 2010); and “Adeline” (best Western short story 2012).

Chad Eagleton is a hardboiled writer and unrepentant leftist working on the style of his soul. He is a Spinetingler Award nominee and a two-time Watery Grave Invitational finalist with work available in print, e-book, and online. An obsessive Shane Stevens fan, he’s spent the last several years compiling a biographical portrait of this forgotten master. He’s also busy plotting more Coffin Boy Occult Investigations.

Harlan Ellison® was recently characterized by The New York Times Book Review as having “the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” The Los Angeles Times suggested, “It’s long past time for Harlan Ellison to be awarded the title: 20th century Lewis Carroll.” And the Washington Post Book World said simply, “One of the great living American short story writers.” He has written or edited 75 books; more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays, for which he received the Writers Guild of America most outstanding teleplay award for solo work an unprecedented four times; and a dozen movies. He won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award twice, the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Nebula three times, the Hugo 8½ times, and received the Silver Pen for Journalism from P.E.N. Not to mention The World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, two Audie Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award, and a Grammy nomination for Spoken Word recordings. In 1990, Ellison was honored by P.E.N. for his continuing commitment to artistic freedom and the battle against censorship. He lives with his wife, Susan, inside the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars, in Los Angeles.

Allison Glasgow is a bookseller and longtime editor of the magazine ThugLit. Her stories have been published in Shotgun Honey, Literary Orphans, New World Writing, Brev Spread and The Red Line, and occasionally under the pen name Nellie Aberdeen.

Teel James Glenn has been a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, illustrator, bodyguard, actor and haunted house barker. His stories have been in Weird Tales, Mad, Black Belt, Fantasy Tales, Sixgun Western, Tales of Old, Another Realm, Blazing Adventures, and other publications. He has over thirty books and anthologies in print in many genres.

Will Graham is the pseudonym of a professional investigator specializing in computer forensics and electronic evidence exclusively. His musical tastes pretty much stopped with The Rat Pack, and he still reads Leslie Charteris, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, and Ellery Queen.

Gill Hoffs is the author of Wild: a collection (Pure Slush, 2012), The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic’ (Pen & Sword, 2014, 2015), and numerous articles and short stories.

Jyl Anais Ion is an artist and writer who works within the intersections of a variety of media. Originally from the Caribbean, she currently resides in the United States where she nurtures orchids and faces the blank page. You may connect with her on Facebook or on Twitter @jylanaision

Chris Irvin has traded all hope of a good night’s sleep for the chance to spend his mornings writing dark and noir fiction. He is the author of Federales and Burn Cards, as well as short stories featured in several publications, including ThugLit, Beat to a Pulp, Needle, and Shotgun Honey. He lives with his wife and son in Boston, Massachusetts.

C.R. Jahn is a hookhanded biker who provides security and investigative services to the private sector in the Denver metro area. He is the author of The Outrider and FTW Self Defense. He rode with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse for two years and supports their mission to empower abused children to feel safe in the world in which they live.

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of numerous novels and short stories, screenplays and comic scripts. He has written for Batman the Animated series, and his story Bubba Hotep became a film of the same name. He has won numerous recognitions for his works, among them the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association, The Edgar Award, and nine Bram Stokers and the Grandmaster Award from HWA. His latest novel is Paradise Sky.

Elizabeth Amber Love is the author of comic stories published by Red Stylo Media and Northwest Press and a prose short story in the Dark Horse Sequential Pulp Athena Voltaire anthology. Her podcast Vodka O’Clock and website are intended for mature audiences.

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a criminal and civil trial attorney. His short fiction has appeared in Shotgun Honey, LampLight, Beat to a Pulp, Splatterpunk, and Shock Totem Magazine. He is the author of Mountain Home, White Knight, and his next book, tentatively titled Stranded, is coming soon from Tor/Forge. You can follow him on twitter at @BrackenMacLeod

Terrence McCauley‘s new acclaimed techno-thriller SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is published by Polis Books. Polis is also republishing e-book versions of his other two award winning crime novels: PROHIBITION and SLOW BURN. A proud native of The Bronx, NY, he is currently working on his next work of fiction. He is represented by the Doug Grad Literary Agency.

Jaye W. Manus [ebook designer and copy editor]

David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization.

Zak Mucha, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice. He is the consultant for the Protect H.E.R.O. Corps as well as a mentor at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

Errick Nunnally was raised in Boston, served in the Marine Corps, and graduated from art school. Blood for the Sun is his first published novel and he has several short stories in anthologies and magazines.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of the memoirs A Widow’s Story and The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age. Her most recent novel is The Sacrifice and her most recent story collection is High-Crime Area. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.

KL Pereira‘s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in Shimmer Zine, Lightning Cake, The Golden Key, Innsmouth Free Press, Innsmouth Magazine, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine and other publications. Her chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013.

Gary Phillips‘s crime novels include The Jook, Bangers and Warlord of Willow Ridge. He also writes other stuff including graphic novels such as The Rinse, about a money launderer, which was optioned for TV. Occupied Earth, a hardboiled sci-fi anthology he co-edited, is out now.

Thomas Pluck is the author of the action thriller Blade of Dishonor, several story collections, and the editor of the Protectors anthologies to benefit PROTECT. When not writing, he trains in mixed martial arts and powerlifting, and hosts Noir at the Bar in Manhattan. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Dark City Lights, edited by Lawrence Block.

After growing up on a Nebraska farm, Richard Prosch worked as a professional writer and artist in Wyoming, South Carolina, and Missouri. His western crime fiction captures the fleeting history and lonely frontier stories of his youth where characters aren’t always what they seem, and the windburned landscapes are filled with swift, deadly
danger.

Linda Rodriguez’s Skeet Bannion mystery novels, Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret, and books of poetry, Skin Hunger and Heart’s Migration, have received many awards, such as St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Best First Novel, Latina Book Club Best Books 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions Award, Thorpe Menn Award, Ragdale and Macondo fellowships, among others. She is Chair of the AWP Indigenous/ Aboriginal American Writers Caucus.

New York native SJ Rozan has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and Japanese Maltese Falcon. She’s written fifteen novels and fifty short stories. Her newest book is Skin of the Wolf, written with Carlos Dews as the writing team of Sam Cabot.

Linda Sarah wanted to be a firefighter, but being massively short-sighted and claustrophobic, ended up inventing stuff with words and pictures instead. Her children’s books Mi and Museum City and On Sudden Hill came out in 2014, with more to follow. Other illustrated story-poem things can be found here: travelandsing.com. Oh, also, she adores pigeons and all negative myths about them are completely untrue!

Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Miami crime novel Silent City, the first in a series featuring Pete Fernandez. Silent City and its sequel, Down the Darkest Street, will be out via Polis Books in 2016. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets KISS storyline. He lives in New York with his wife. He is a Miami native.

Susan Schorn writes “Bitchslap: A Column About Women” and “Fighting for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.” Her work also appears on such websites as Jezebel, the Hairpin, and The Rumpus; her memoir Smile at Strangers and Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.

S.A. Solomon has published crime fiction and poetry in New Jersey Noir (Akashic Books), Grand Central Noir (Metropolitan Crime), and the 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly, and has fiction forthcoming in Jewish Noir (PM Press). She is a regional board member for the Mystery Writers of America, New York chapter. You can find her on twitter @sa_solomon

Josh Stallings grew up in the shadows of NorCali, down where the lamps have all been shot out with pellet guns and no one asks questions they don’t want to hear the answers to. Author of the multiple award winning Moses McGuire crime novels, and the Anthony Award nominated memoir, All The Wild Children. His ‘70’s glitter-rock disco heist novel Young Americans will be published fall 2015.

Clare Toohey is a story junkie who’ll bogart anyone’s stash. She’s the Executive Editor of CriminalElement.com and The M.O., an award-winning collection of short crime fiction, as well as other anthologies. Having presidented, programmed, and been empaneled for various writers’ organizations, now, she mostly writes, works freelance, indulges her taste for the uncanny, and blogs for WomenofMystery.net. Tweet her @clare2e.

Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than sixty short stories in such venues as ThugLit, Shotgun Honey, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Diana’s first longer case, the novella The Same Mistake Twice, was published in 2013 by Untreed Reads. Albert Tucher’s colleagues at the Newark Public Library talk a lot about retirement—whose, he’s not sure.

Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, and a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for “aggressive-violent” youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youths exclusively. His many works of fiction include the Burke series and two collections of short stories (with a third to be published in 2013). His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, the New York Times, and many other forums. A native New Yorker, he now divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest. His latest novel, Signwave, is the third in the Aftershock series.

Martyn Waites is the author of ten crime novels under his own name, eight thrillers as Tania Carver, and Great Lost Albums, a comedy music book. He’s been nominated for lots of awards, won one, had a Guardian book of the year, and been a bestseller. He lives in South London with a famous cat.

P.J. Ward is from the Midwest and writes stories about climate change. She enjoys reading works of speculative fiction and magical realism, as well as the obituary columns and the opinions of people she disagrees with. She is from Washington State, and she occasionally misses the ocean.

Holly West is the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in 17th century London and featuring Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. Her debut, Mistress of Fortune, was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel. When Holly’s not wandering the captivating streets of 17th century England, she lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California with her husband and dog.

A writer of bleakly noirish tales with a bit of grim humour, Graham Wynd can be found in Dundee but would prefer you didn¹t come looking. An English professor by day, Wynd grinds out darkly noir prose between trips to the local pub. Wynd¹s novella of murder and obsessive love, Extricate, is out now from Fox Spirit Books; the print edition also includes the novella Throw the Bones and a dozen short stories that first appeared in places like Otto Penzler¹s Kwik Krimes, Noir Nation, Spinetingler, Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine and more.