Former film critic, teacher, and screenwriter Gemma Files won the 1999 International Horror Guild short fiction award for her story “The Emperor’s Old Bones,” which appears in her collection The Worm in Every Heart. Both it and her earlier collection, Kissing Carrion, feature stories that were adapted into episodes of The Hunger, an anthology TV show produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scot Free Productions. Her first novel, A Book of Tongues, was a Stoker first novel finalist. A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones completed the trilogy. We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven, a story-cycle of linked short fiction, was released in 2014. Her novel Experimental Film was released in 2015.
Stephen J. Barringer lives and writes in Toronto with his wife and writing partner Gemma Files. His first story, “Restoration”, was published in the Canadian SF magazine On Spec; he is also the author of several RPG products, as well as a radio-play adaptation of E.F. Benson’s “The Room In The Tower” for Canada’s Dark Echo Productions.