Tom De Haven is the author of eighteen books, including the Derby Dugan Trilogy (Funny Papers,Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies, Dugan Under Ground), the King’s Tramp Trilogy (Walker of Worlds, The End-of-Everything Man, The Last Human), Freaks’ Amour, Jersey Luck, Sunburn Lake, and It’s Superman! His most recent works, Richmond Noir (co-edited with Andrew Blossom and Brian Castleberry) and Our Hero: Superman on Earth, were published in early 2010. Tom is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and lectures and writes frequently on American cartoonists and comic strips. Since 1990, Tom has taught in the MFA creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he co-founded the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, now in its eleventh year.

Phil Ford

Phil Ford is the co-editor and a contributing author of Richmond Macabre: Nightmares from the River City and Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares. A writer, columnist, and musician, Phil’s work has also appeared in ThroTTle,Richmond Magazine, and Carbon 14. He also DJs the Friday Breakfast Blend show from 6 to 8 a.m. on WRIR 97.3, Richmond Independent Radio. You can visit his website,, for more information.

Jo Lord


Jo loves words. She always has. For her, a career rolling around in them all day was a given. After she earned her degree in mass communications, Jo left Richmond for a decade to travel and learn from the school of life. She came home, reestablished herself in the city’s creative community, and eventually opened her own freelance writing business. Today, Jo writes marketing copy and editorial copy for magazines and newspapers. Her most recent claim to fame? Interviewing actress-turned-artist Eve Plumb—Jan Brady of The Brady Bunch—for an article about an art show Plumb brought to town. (Helpful note to other writers: Eve is over the TV show. Like, way over. She does not want you to gush breathlessly about your Brady Bunch love, okay?)

Bird Cox


Outside of her much-beloved work as programs director for Richmond Young Writers, Bird Cox is a screenwriter and former art and food columnist. Her short film entry It’s Nice To Meet You won Best in Genre at 2010’s 48-Hour Film Festival, and her feature-length screenplay Dirt was a top-five finalist in the Virginia Film Office’s screenwriting competition in 2011. She is currently working on a second feature, and a television pilot to be produced in the fall of 2012. Bird’s dreams frequently feature a massively tall surge of ocean rushing towards her.

Sarah Vogelsong


Sarah Vogelsong is a freelance writer and editor living in Richmond. Originally from the Washington, DC, area, her editorial work has largely dealt with textbooks and scholarly journals, including a previous stint managing PS: Political Science and Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association. As a senior editor for the Neworld Review, a literary and culture magazine based in New York and Los Angeles, she writes a monthly column on the publishing industry. Her articles have also appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Style Weekly, Lines + Stars, and Pleasant Living. Her story "Darkroom" is included in the upcoming Vol. II of Richmond Macabre: Nightmares from the River City.

Meriah Crawford

Meriah Crawford is a writer, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a private investigator. She has also been a horseback riding instructor, library page, programmer, prepress tech, graphic designer, technical editor, software tester, systems analyst, program manager, and has even been paid to put M&Ms into little baggies for bingo. Meriah’s published writing includes short stories, a variety of non-fiction work, and a poem about semi-colons. For more information, visit Or, if you buy her a glass of port, she’ll tell you some of the stories she can’t put into writing.

Kate McKean


Kate McKean studied under Padgett Powell as an undergraduate in creative writing at the University of Florida, and earned her Master's in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi under Frederick and Steven Barthelme and Mary Robison. She is currently a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, in Brooklyn, NY. She recently completed her first novel.

Dave Alluisi


Dave Alluisi is a freelance developmental and copy editor, and the owner of Green Ink Edits ( His work has been published inGently Read Literature, Outbound, and Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

Michael Gray Baughan


Michael Gray Baughan earned a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Wagenheim Prize for Best Work of Short Fiction. He has authored six books of biography and literary criticism and helped design, composite, or edit many more. Other recently published works featuring his stories include Richmond Macabre: Nightmares from the River City, No Rest for the Wicked, and Remapping Hallowed Ground. When he isn’t writing fiction, growing food, brewing beer, or tinkering in his woodshop, Michael likes to forage for oddities and curiosities, and blog about new specimens at

Rebecca Snow


Rebecca Snow is a native Virginian who spends her time crafting monsters in her mind and juggling her cats. She scavenges the world for intriguing objects, much like the ones found in the evidence boxes. Her short fiction has been published by a number of small presses and websites. You can find her online at and on Twitter @cemeteryflower.

Terri L. Jones


When Terri was a kid, she would climb into a tree and read while her friends played kickball and rode bikes below. She started writing her own stories in elementary school, and from that point on never veered from wanting to “be a writer when I grow up.” Decades later (no need to be specific!), she’s still writing. Terri writes marketing materials for a variety of businesses, edits the VMFA website, and pens articles on everything from the human body forNational Geographic Explorer to urban living for Boomer. Terri won a Certificate of Merit from the Virginia Press Association for her article “The Sizzle of Downtown Urban Living,” and the Edith Thompson Award for Juvenile Fiction for “Sylvester Was a Weird Kid,” a short story about a boy with a glass eye.

R.C. Allen Jr.


R.C. Allen Jr. has enjoyed writing for various audiences for decades. A native of Kenbridge, Virginia, he’s a former reporter/editor who has worked at newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina. He is also a former Navy Mass Communications Specialist. Allen’s first book, The Funeral Writer, was published earlier this year by Tate Publishing. His short story “The Preacher” was also featured in the Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares anthology. He is married with two sons, and the family resides in Norfolk, Virginia.

Valley Haggard



Valley Haggard is the director of Richmond Young Writers and teaches creative nonfiction to adults at the Black Swan Bookstore and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In a former life, Valley was a cabin girl in Colorado, a hotel maid in Arkansas, a stewardess in Alaska, a waitress at Waffle House, a board member of the James River Writers, and the book editor for Style Weekly. She has a black thumb, a postcard collection, two left feet, and a monthly first-person column in Belle magazine. Visit her online at &

Julie Green



Julie Geen writes for Style Weekly and Belle magazine. She has essays in several books, but is most excited about her zombie story in the Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares anthology. A mother of two with a husband, a dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a hermit crab, Julie also teaches creative writing to adults and children. She attributes her fascination with crime to going to work with her cop father, and to her own mostly-untapped criminal mind.

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