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In a past life MARY MUSSELMAN taught English, speech and creative writing at the high school level. However, she found she preferred writing rather than teaching. "When my students wrote," says Mary, "I also followed my assignments and discovered that I was my best student!" Mary has been writing short stories and personal essays for several years. Her short story “An Ageless Kiss” will appear soon in Haunts. “The Never Ending Game” will be published in Mausoleum in October 2001, and “A Change of Heart” will appear in Waxing & Waning. Mary adds that in her spare time "I work as an account clerk at Purdue University, read mystery novels, and take care of my pet chinchilla."

Over the past few  years, CAROL MacALLISTER has  had over150 short stories and poems published. She has won numerous writing awards and has been published in several anthologies.

VIVIAN LEE MARSDEN has been writing on paper since her mother told her to stop writing on the walls. That was in her childhood house on Admiral Grove, Liverpool, England. An interesting child full of imagination, she believed she saw fairies in her backyard and tried to take photographs of them. Nobody believed they were hiding in the mushrooms. Especially since there weren't any mushrooms in the picture (obviously just in her head). Her M.O. for writing seems to be centered around a lyric of a song, a song title or anything musical. She loves writing the bizarre and unusual because she herself is bizarre and unusual. Other times though, she just writes whatever comes out of her brain. "If I were an artist, I'd draw or paint, but since I can't seem to do that, I write whatever comes out of my head."

SARAH JACOBS is 17 years old and lives in Maine.  She has only recently begun submitting work for publication and looks forward to attending her freshman year of college in the fall.  Inspirations include Malcolm McDowell, Shirley Jackson, Charles Bukowski, Nietzsche, and Sartre.  She passes the doldrums of high school by experimenting with her camcorder and struggling with the electric guitar.

MARGARET BALLIF SIMON teaches art in Florida and freelances writer-poet-illustrator assignments for genre and mainstream publications such as THE EDGE, EXTREMES, Frisson, Space & Time, Dark Regions, Edgar, The Urbanite, Fantasy Magazine, Millenium, and more. She is current president of the SF Poetry Association, edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, "Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side", is HWA Membership Chairman, and contributes a column to Scavenger's Newsletter, "The Art Bin". In short, she's still alive and kickin'!

ERIC SHAWN has been a freelance artist and designer for over 20 years, and an art instructor with the local Cultural Association for 3 of them. Eric is an expert in MetaCreations Painter, the innovative Natural Media painting program that imitates real paint and art materials. He's also darn good with Adobe Photoshop. Using these tools, as well as traditional media, Eric has created everything from book and album covers to web sites and fine art. To see  more of his work, The Gallery of Eric Shawn.

BRUCE BOSTON is the author of 25 books and chapbooks, including the novel "Stained Glass Rain" and the forthcoming fiction/poetry collection "The Complete Accursed Wives". His stories and poems have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Asimov's SF, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, The Twilight Zone, Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and five Nebula Awards anthologies. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and won the Best of Soft Sf Award. His poetry has received many awards, including the  Asimov  Readers Award, the Aboriginal SF Boomerang Award, and a record six Rhysling Awards. In 1999 the Science Fiction Poetry Association honored him with the only Grand Master Award in its 22-year history. His webpage is at Bruce Boston.

PAUL LUCAS. "I've been a freelance writer and artist for about eight years.  My work has seen the light of day in print publications such as Shadis, Challenge, Hadrosaur Tales,  Star Anthology and others, and on-line at sites such as The Grey Archives and The Fifth Di.  "Sword of Memory" in EOTU Ezine marks the 70th time one of my works has been published.  Wahoo!"

A.M. MUFFAZ is an 18 year old writer from Malaysia, whose work has previously appeared in The Blue Review, Recursive Angel, Under Shadowed Wings and 12th Planet among others.

THANDI  is an art agent, university staffer and former radio professional who resides in Clarksville, TN  Tendencies toward the lyrical were kindled by a childhood introduction to the book of Psalms.  Her works have been published by Limestone Circle, Tourist 2000, Muse It, Ancient Paths Literary Magazine, and the Canadian jazz ezine, doobop.

LADY MORTUARY lives in New Britain, Connecticut. While not at school, she spends her time as a disc jockey at the local college station. Her greatest passion, besides music and writing, is photography. This is her first collection of short fiction. Forward any queries to More of her work is available at NEMESIS

E.S. MILLER is a student studying screenwriting and interactive multimedia in Los Angeles, and has few credentials worth mentioning, except for unprecedented culinary skill with a rice cooker.

NANCY BENNETT  while not weaving her mystic verse, lives on Vancouver Island where the trees are lovely and the winter is Lonnnngg. Hi! to Dale Sproule, one of my mentors and who also appears on occasion in these electric pages.

JONATHON EARL BOWSER is a Canadian artist of English, Scottish, French, and Sioux Indian ancestry, was born in 1962. He began drawing obsessively at age 8, painting at age 18, and graduated on the President's Honor Roll from the Alberta College of Art in 1984. His limited-edition prints and collector's plates are now represented by many galleries internationally, and his original paintings are in public and private collections across North America, Europe, and Asia - including the government collections of China and Taiwan. His work can be seen at The Goddess Art of Jonathon Earl Bowser.

s.c. virtes says that, ironically, his short story "Another Blank Space" is rather biographical, from round about the time his first story appeared in the printed EOTU (4/88 issue).  "I was all messed up," says s.c. "But, guided by the right specters, things have improved a lot since then." Look for SCV works in ANALOG (Jan 97), BEYOND,  OTHER WORLDS, SPACE & TIME, PLANET, and many more. Visit SCV Tales for more of his fiction, art, software and games.

SARAH LANGAN has an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Astoria, Queens.  She admits that she took some historical license with the story, "Heat," and hopes that nobody's feathers are ruffled.  She has recently finished writing a horror novel and is now at work on her next book, set in New York City.  She'd like to say hello to her roommates, Maura Maloney and Marianna McGillicuddy, whose friendship is much appreciated.

Canadian artist CATHY BUBURUZ has worked as an illustrator for exactly a dozen years.  She's designed cover art for such fine publications as "Ballymoon" (UK), "Nasty Piece of Work" (UK), "Winedark Sea" (Australia), "Northern Fusion" (Canada), and "Space and Time" USA). Cathy's art is currently sold on mousepads, greeting cards and stationery by Ellen Million Graphics, an on-line company in Alaska. Her original art and limited edition prints can be purchased via the Project Pulp Website. In 2001, watch for Cathy's horror stories in "Tenebres" (France), "Probe" (Africa), "Black October Magazine" (USA), and "Space and Time Magazine" (USA). Cathy welcomes comments, both negative and positive. Cathy's e-mail

R. DeLAURELL says that his story "Dive of the Ray" is based  his days as graduate student at the University of Iowa. He has since gone on to become a professor, but graduate school memories remain. Some of R. DeLaurell's critical writing can be found at R. DeLaurell.

JOHN R. PLATT has published short stories and poetry in numerous anthologies and magazines, including, Not One of Us, CRAFTY CAT CRIMES (Barnes & Noble Books) and BELL BOOK & BEYOND (Design Image Group). More of John's work can be found at The Plattcave.

SANDY DELUCA has had her artwork and poetry published in a variety of places, both on-line and in print. She recently illustrated the stories in THE RED, RED ROBIN PROJECT an anthology consisting of 17 stories and the efforts of sixty writers. Also, her poetry chapbook, "A BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS" has been released from THIEVIN  KITTY PUBLICATIONS and has already received several recommendations for the BRAM STOKER FOR POETRY AWARD. More of Sandy's art can be seen at Sandy DeLuca Illustrations.

STEPHEN A. AMAN  "As a writer I always watch for the arrival of a story idea.  In this case it came in the middle of a rock concert in form of a strange girl that kept appearing. The event was so striking that I had to write about it the following day. As a writer I have been published only a few times, but each is a stone and I am building my own path. Someday the destination will be more than a spot on the horizon."

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