Red Tash is a writer, avid reader, former rollergirl and Future World Power. As a professional journalist, she learned how to build stories around facts that conveyed the often gritty emotions of the human experience, from the joys of achievement to the gut-punching drama of tragic loss. The same arc of story has been the focus of her fiction since publishing the best-selling dark fantasy titles Troll Or Derby and This Brilliant Darkness over the past two years.
Red loves social media, roller skating, hanging out with her best friend & partner Tim, and their four ridiculously amusing children. She would do just about anything to live at Hogwarts and has her fingers crossed for Portal 3. In a previous life, Red wrote the nationally syndicated column on parenting and family life called Guerilla Mothering. Now she writes novels, short fiction, comic books, and a lot of grocery lists. She crams in all her work in between homeschooling and soccer mommin’ it around town.
Red is always swearing off Facebook, but ironically, it’s the best place to catch her. Be sure to pester her about sequels to her books there!
Red can be found on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/RedTashBooks
At her website is http://RedTash.com
Nick Furi is a comic nerd, marketing enthusiast, degree holder, hopeless romantic and enjoyer of all good things. When Nick isn’t reading comics and contributing to IMJ Comic Book Review and IMJ Odds & Ends with Nick Furi columns, he is doing one of 3 things: 1) Watching Netflix 2) Enjoying a tasty pint or 3) Writing poems, songs and stories that no one has heard or read. Note: He can possibly be found doing all of these things at once. Nick has been a regular commenter on IMJ and is excited to become a contributor.
P.S. Furi is pronounced Fury… So, yeah… He’s a superhero!
Nick can be found on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/nickjfuri
At his website: http://furiousthoughts.wordpress.com/
Simon J. O’Connor was born in Ireland but bred in France– and graduated from a Business School in Bordeaux. Simon is currently living in Paris. where he is only getting started with his adult life. When he is not wandering the Parisian streets looking for trouble (like the badass he is), Simon fills his life with a huge amount of books, comics, music & movies. He’s a huge fan of Arcade Fire & The Pixies… Fell in love with Russian authors (especially Tolstoï and Dostoïevsky) a long time ago, and has a profound love for Terrence Malick films. He also adores Monet and used to spend hours at the MoMA staring at Water Lilies when he was living in NYC.
When he’s not being a geek, he likes having crazy parties in classy apartments, and he never says no to a good adventure– ask him to run aimlessly across the globe with you, or to simply do something stupid and childish, and he’ll do it happily. After all, do you really think there will ever be enough madness in one’s life? Allons-y Alonso! As a helpless dreamer, he still believes he’ll finish (surely tomorrow, or the day after!) the collection of short stories he started writing a while ago. One of his dearest projects is to publish this book someday. Here’s to hope!
Besides his weekly comic book review for IMJ, look for Simon’s monthly column debuting soon!
Simon can be found on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Simon_J_OConnor
MSpot is heavily involved in film and video making. His professional works include everything from music videos, documentaries to sports broadcasts—and even wedding videos (when he needed the money). He has been operating on YouTube under the username TheMSpot since March 2009. The anonymity allows him to speak his mind without his reviews or views affecting him professionally.
He originally planned to use his YouTube Channel as a place to post video reviews of comic books, graphic novels and movies. Before jumping into the fray, he decided to check who was out there doing what—which eventually lead to the creation of his own Blog and this “spot” as regular contributor to the Inveterate Media Junkies site.
MSpot can be found on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/TheMSpot
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-M-Spot
On his blog at: http://themspot1313.wordpress.com/
On DC Universe Online as: Racer M
On the Inveterate Media Junkies website in the comments section
What can you say about Ed… Other than he wastes money he can’t afford on comics nobody reads, movies nobody likes, and rock bands that broke up ten years ago… Or that ghetto beer he drinks is destroying his brain and that questionable food he eats is clogging his chest? Hopefully he’ll get his act together before it’s too late! A BIG PLUS: In person (and in emails) he’s very polite.
Ed can be found on his website at: http://ed2962.wordpress.com/
On YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/edward2962?feature=mhee
Jonathan is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.
His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD MAN’S SONG (2007) and BAD MOON RISING (2008); the Joe Ledger series of action thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin: PATIENT ZERO (2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Novel), THE DRAGON FACTORY (2010; now available), THE KING OF PLAGUES (March 2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (March 2012), VISITORS (2013); THE WOLFMAN (NY Times bestseller from Tor, based on the Universal Pictures film starring Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Sir Anthony Hopkins); the forthcoming standalone zombie thriller DEAD OF NIGHT (Summer 2011); and the Benny Imura series of Young Adult dystopian zombie thrillers from Simon & Schuster: ROT & RUIN (2011; Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee; winner of the Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards), DUST & DECAY (2011), FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (2013).
He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE. All of Jonathan’s comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.
When asked if he would join Inveterate Media Junkies as a regular monthly contributor, Jonathan’s response was straight and to the point, “I’d love to do this… Sounds like wicked fun!”
Jonathan can be found on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/jonathanmaberry
On Facebook at: www.facebook.com/jonathanmaberry
On his website at: www.jonathanmaberry.com
Lliana Bird has established herself as a diverse and eclectic presenter, having worked across a variety of entertainment mediums from Radio and TV, presenting documentaries, culture shows and music shows. Not only a talented presenter, Lliana also writes, produces and pitches her own shows for Radio and Television. She currently hosts the Saturday & Sunday 4pm – 8pm shows on Xfm 104.9 in London.
Besides her extremely popular work as a Radio Presenter for Xfm, Lliana has worked extensively for the BBC. Shew has now graciously agreed to lend her talent to the IMJ Podcasts and become “THE VOICE” of the Inveterate Media Junkies Network… As a new SURGE of activity begins with at least TWO entertainment related PODCASTS planned per month! IMJ is very lucky to have Lliana– and we hope to continue to utilize her fabulous talent even more as IMJ continues to grow!
Jon Runyan is a swiss army knife of creativity, affectionately calling himself a Jon of all trades. Runyan serves as a co-host alongside fellow comic book enthusiast Tom Devine on A Comic Book Look. When he’s not on the set of A Comic Book Look– Runyan is either at work,
doing homework or designing random images in Photoshop. At the start
of the show, Runyan was a guilty (MCA) Marvel Comics Addict. However after
many an episode of being schooled by Devine, Runyan now enjoys DC Comics,
Image and IDW titles as well.
Jon can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/acomicbooklook
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/171257686275482/
Tom Devine is a family man with two daughters and a beautiful wife. He works in the Financial Crimes Division of a Giant(Evil) Bank– but that’s just to fund his life full of Comics, Traveling, Film, Music, Art and Football (Handegg). He currently resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota– where has lived for most of his life. He loves Comics and likes to follow what’s happening in the Comic Book industry. He also does his part to add to the Intelligent Geek™ discussion as co-host of the weekly TV show A Comic Book Look.
Tom can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/acomicbooklook
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/171257686275482/
Irene L. Pynn writes fantasy and light science fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Her work spans novels, plays, transmedia events, and more. Most of her work focuses on internal conflicts told through speculative metaphors: From Light to Dark is a high fantasy that features a Romeo and Juliet theme. In it, two teens from opposing worlds come together to resolve the conflicts of their ancestors. For the release of that novel, Irene also wrote and produced a transmedia event called Creepy Luny Inn’s Radio Adventure Show, aka Myth of the Seeker with her alternate reality group, Pistolsniffer Industries. This was an interactive radio drama and treasure hunt that allowed listeners to vote on the outcome of each episode.
Irene has served as a writer and video editor for Pistolsniffer since the group was founded, and she has worked on other alternate reality games such as Man of the People, Purity Towers, and LARP Hard. She also works as the creator and main writer for the email-based text adventure game, Transition Village. Irene is currently a student in University of Central Florida’s Texts and Technology PhD program, which basically means fewer people give her funny looks for reading her text books on Kindle. For the most part, Irene writes what she likes to read, which are character-driven stories of alternate realities. She likes to throw her characters into alternate worlds to see how they live their “normal” lives in the midst of magical or technological changes.
Irene can be found on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/irenelpynn
At her website: http://irenelpynn.wordpress.com/
Known as just “D” in most circles, Deanna Sjolander is a jack-of-all-trades, writer/editor extraordinaire, and artsy-fartsy entrepreneur. After attending Seton Hill University and attaining her degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she spent a few years researching different pursuits (also known as reclaiming a life post grad work!).
Her current focus is on developing her next adventure romance while working on her current work in progress, Unfathomable. Deanna was a contributing writer and co-editor to the Hazard Yet Forward Anthology. When she’s not writing, she’s sewing, modeling, tweeting and of course, brewing and tasting beer.