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Month: May 2017

Glen Cook

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Author, GLEN COOK

Author, GLEN COOK

Cook was born in New York City. His love of writing began in grade school, and in high school he wrote the occasional article for his school’s newspaper. After high school, Cook spent time in the United States Navy and later worked his way through college, leaving little time for his writing endeavors. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was “hard to learn, but involved almost no mental effort”, writing as many as three books per year. It was during this time that Cook wrote The Black Company, a novel published by Tor Fantasy in May 1984. It inaugurated a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company) that follows an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2014, it comprises 10 novels published in three subseries plus recent short fiction. It has become something of a cult classic, especially among current and former members of the military.

Cook is also well known for his Garrett P.I. series, which tells the haphazard adventures of hardboiled detective Garrett, and his Dread Empire series, which highlights Cook’s earlier published work. Cook is currently retired from his job at GM, living with his wife, Carol, in St. Louis, Missouri. Although he can now devote himself full-time to his writing career, he feels he was actually more productive while he was still employed at his old job.

Melissa Gay

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Melissa Gay is a critically-acclaimed, genre-spanning artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals, she later used those same skills to do black and white line art for roleplaying games, her true passion. Her award-winning work has since appeared on the covers and interiors of many games, books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, while her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. She loves featuring people of diverse genders, colors, sizes and ages in her illustrations. Whether depicting criminal masterminds, comic book heroes, historical fiction, eldritch horror, child mermaids or sentient bugs, she tries to imbue her scenes or subjects with a sense of dreamlike wonder. She has worked with publishers such as Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weiss Productions, Third Eye Games, Blackwyrm Press, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, Lone Wanderer Productions, and more.

Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons, Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as Dreamhounds of Paris and Soldiers of Pen and Ink, the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award nominated Mermaid Adventures and Camp Myth, Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks by Blackwyrm Press, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.