Queer Haunts Contributors

Kathryn Bell was born in Glasgow and now lives in east London. She has been writing short stories for about twenty-five years, and has been published in Sappho, Capital Gay, Gazebo, and The Green Queen. She would like to write a novel but lacks the stamina. She enjoys folk music, chocolate, and arguing.

Jeffrey Doorn's previous work has appeared in Gawp and Gaze, Queer Words, Gazebo, and Mandate. Jeff was born and educated in New Jersey, USA. For the past 25 years he has lived in South London with his partner Stephen. Jeff's other activities include acting and directing plays, besides organising art shows and cultural events. He is also co-editor of Paradise Press's collection of poems by gay men and women, Slivers of Silver.

Michael Ewers has been writing for pleasure for over ten years; firstly science-fiction fantasy novels, then a series of novellas, followed by short stories. More recently, he contributes a regular column, articles and reviews for Out & Proud, a quarterly publication produced by Flag Powys. While he has had a novel-size sci-fi adventure available electronically online for over a year, this is his first book publication.

Martin Foreman is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. His most recent title is First and Fiftieth from Paradise Press, and fact, fiction and opinion appear weekly on his widely-read site: www.martinforeman.com. Born in Scotland, Martin has lived in several countries, returning every so often to spend a couple of years in London. He currently lives in Bangkok. 

Michael Harth has read fantasy fiction all his life, but only recently taken to writing it. He has a volume coming out this year, The Physent and Other Stories, and if he keeps on in the same way another collection will follow. Two volumes of more general short stories, The Picnic and A Little Chat are also available. His affections are largely centred on four cats, and his spare time taken up by heterophobic pursuits, but he also enjoys attacking sacred cows, especially political correctness.

Alan Keslian is the author of a full-length novel Goodmans Hotel, published by Paradise Press, in which a City high-flier leaves his well-paid job to set up a gay bed-and-breakfast with his lover, a jack of all trades. The book was described by television's Ned Sherrin as 'a cautionary and amusing tale.' Keslian also writes the humorous Journal of Richard Jones for Gay Authors Workshop and his work appears in Slivers of Silver.. He was a Gay Liberation Front activist in the seventies, and now lives with his long-term partner in West London.

Miles Martlett spent most of his life trying to find a job that he could at least partly enjoy, while earning a modest stipend. His eventual solution would not have received parental approval, but it taught him a lot about human nature. This led to a brief period as a guru, but when his disciples proved, for some incomprehensible reason, unwilling to take his every utterance as gospel, he decided to make his wisdom available to all in the form of a novel, which he hopes to finish this year. No doubt, in the approved manner, a workbook will follow.

Gail Morris, when not writing short stories, is given up to domesticity:  gardening, cooking, and sewing but NOT cleaning!   She is interested in the paranormal, UFOs, birds and Elvis Presley, not necessarily in that order.   She lives in London and hopes never to leave it.

Anne Stanesby lives in South London. She is a solicitor who now works part-time as an Advice and Information worker. She has written various published handbooks in the field of legal advice, while in 1989 her short story Non-custodial Sentence was included in an anthology of original crime stories published by the Women's Press, Reader, I murdered him. In recent years she has spent a lot of time pursuing her interest in horticulture, and the ideas for the two stories in this collection reflect that aspect of her life experiences.

Frank Storm was born in 1940 in Batavia, the then capital of the Dutch East Indies, now called Jakarta. Went into Japanese internment camps at age 1 and came out at age 5. While there noticed that he seemed different from other children. Lived and went to school in Indonesia, Holland and Australia and then studied acting in England and Germany. Has always wanted to write, even had one short story published in Germany many, many moons ago, but never seemed to have the time until now that he has retired to Spain.

Elsa Wallace, the author of A Short History of Lord Hyaena and the forthcoming Merle, lived in Africa for the first 30 years of her life, and has been writing for 40 years, mostly short stories. Her favourite authors are Ivy Compton Burnett and Dickens. Interests are human and animal welfare, veganism, ghosts, and tapestry. She works with a number of lesbian and gay groups.

Alice Windsor was born in 1969, travelling and working in the Middle East and Africa before settling down to a desk job in London, where she lives with her girlfriend and cat in a small house not unlike the one in the story, but without the ghost. She has been writing off and on as long as she can remember, but this is her first published story.

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