Max Dunbar is an literature and philosophy student from Manchester, England. He has published stories in various British magazines and webzines such as Monkey Kettle and Comrades, and is currently working on a novel. He can be reached at
(email address updated 04 Nov 2005).

Jenny de Groot, whose artwork "Queen of Spades" accompanies a story in this issue, is from the Netherlands and can be reached at You may visit her web site at

Soo J. Hong writes from Connecticut where she lives with her husband and dog, and can be reached at She grew up in Los Angeles and says, “'Quake' is the first short story I've written set in my hometown. Living in Southern California, you end up spending so much time in the car. Getting a driver’s license wasn't just an after-school thing but a whole school period, every day for a semester. A graduation requirement, no less. They called what we learned ‘defensive driving.’ I began the story with the car fishtailing, something that happened to me three days after getting my license. There was nothing ‘defensive’ about it. I will never forget how out of control and vulnerable I felt. This and a sense of ‘careening’ became the basis of the story.”

Rachel Belinda Kidder is a native Californian currently living in the Bay Area. Her first story was written at age eight, entitled "The Lion is Sideways." Her stories and poems appear in Tea Party magazine, and she is currently working in a variety of forms, having short stories, non-fiction, poetry, novels and screenplays under development. She may be contacted at

Michael Marisi's stage acting credits include creating the role of Louis Ironson in the 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." In 1996, he wrote, produced and directed "33," the first ever digital video feature film. His film acting credits include "Man of the Year," "Crossing Delancey," "Kansas City," and "Let It Snow" (opposite Bernadette Peters). Television acting credits include "Seinfeld," "Law & Order," "Another World," "Guiding Light," and a recurring role as Detective Bounaventura on "Homicide." His plays have been performed in New York City, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. His oil paintings are currently being exhibited online at You may contact him at

Ulf Wolf was born in Northern Sweden and raised by trolls. After some years in Africa and England he finally settled in Los Angeles, exchanging trolls for angels. He has been published in Recursive Angel, Locus Novus, Cafe Irreal, and other online magazines, has finished one novel and is now working on another. You can reach him at or visit his site at