Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, a re-imagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hungermade NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was named one of the 21 best horror novels written by a woman and was selected as a most-anticipated Spring 2018 pick by The Guardian, Bustle, Pop Sugar, io9, and many other media outlets. The Taker, her debut novel, has been compared to the early works of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for combining historical, the supernatural, and fantasy into one story. The Taker was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist, was nominated for a Goodreads Readers Choice award, and has been published in over 10 languages. It is the first in an award-winning trilogy that includes The Reckoning and The Descent. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies.
Alan Orloff’s debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead was published in 2010 with Midnight Ink and went on to be nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. He published two more novels with Midnight Ink, Killer Routine in 2011 and Deadly Campaign in 2012, a duology in his Last Laff Mystery Series. His suspense novel, Running From the Past (2015), an Amazon Kindle Scout selection, and his latest thriller, Pray for the Innocent (2018), are both published by Amazon’s new imprint, Kindle Press.
His story, “Rule Number One” (originally published in Snowbound, from Level Best Books), was selected for the 2018 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories anthology, edited by Louise Penny and Otto Penzler. His story, “Happy Birthday” (published on Shotgun Honey), was a 2018 Derringer Award Finalist in the Flash Fiction category. He’s been a guest editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, and has served on the editorial selection panel for Chesapeake Crimes’ collection, Homicidal Holidays. His recipe, KILLER TOFU, was included in The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook (ed. Kate White), published by Quirk Books.