Author Spotlight: Salon Style Writers

These emerging and established writers bring distinct voices to Salon Style. Our authors are masters of Horror, Gothic, Suspense, Madness, Americana, Science and Speculative Fiction. Their talents will impress.

Jack Bates
Jack Bates is an award winning writer. He has written for stage, screen, and local television. He’s also quite popular in the crime fiction arena.

Lucy Black
Lucy Black writes short stories that exist somewhere within the worlds of southern gothic and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Red Truck Review, Severest Inks, and New Lit Salon Press. She lives and works in Chattooga County, Georgia.

M.P. Diederich
M.P. Diederich was born somewhere in New England in 1985. Despite his interest in dangerous subjects, he is not currently under FBI surveillance. He studied English and Creative Writing at Fordham University in New York City while seriously considering joining the French Foreign Legion. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he’s trying to introduce more green vegetables into his diet and maybe go for a run every once in a while.

Casey Ellis
Casey Ellis was born April 1st, 1981 in Glen Cove, New York. He graduated from Manhattanville College in 2004, where he wrote a senior thesis on ethical issues in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. He received a Masters in English from the University at Buffalo in 2006, with a thesis on the language of the fool characters in Shakespeare’s major tragedies. He is currently an adjunct with the English departments of Westchester Community College and Berkeley College, and a verbal skills tutor with Huntington Learning Center. Whenever possible, Casey updates his literary blog “Tolle, lege!” ( In addition to this collection, Casey was the line editor of two previous New Lit Salon Press collections: Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South and Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness. He is the editor of the upcoming NLSP collection Startling Sci-Fi: New Tales of the Beyond. Casey would like to gratefully acknowledge his friend Samuel Ferri, for his editorial contributions to “The Creature from the Lake.”

Stefanie Freele
Stefanie Freele is the author of two short story collections, Feeding Strays, with Lost Horse Press and Surrounded by Water, with Press 53. Stefanie’s published and forthcoming work can be found in Witness, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, Wigleaf, Western Humanities Review, Sou’wester, Chattahoochee Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, and American Literary Review.

Dan Ress
Dan Ress lives in Colorado with his wife and his dog. When he’s not reading, writing, or teaching, he is often playing music, wandering in the mountains, traveling, or seeking to overcome the awkwardness of writing about himself in the third person. He is fascinated by non-violent revolutions, although he grants that they have fewer explosions. You can find some of Dan’s work published at Jersey Devil Press, Imaginaire, and Apocrypha and Abstractions. Also, feel free to visit his website at for more writing or just for greater insight into his odd philosophy and even odder sensibility.

John Rodzvilla
John Rodzvilla is an artist, writer, publisher and teacher. He currently teaches at Emerson College. His work has appeared in Harvard Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Verbatim and Bad Robot Poetry.

P.J. Schaefer
P.J. Schaefer earned her Ph.D. in American literature at Fordham University, New York and teaches at SUNY Westchester Community College. She is a published freelance writer and editor of long and short mainstream fiction and nonfiction, and her works have appeared in such publications as Troika, Dogsongs, Elements, Ink., Poor Katie’s Almanac, Offshore: Northeast Boating, Boston Parents’ Paper, Big Apple Parent, Children’s Writer, Family Times, Naturally Women Magazine, and Camping Today. Her academic publications include essays for The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Journal of Black Studies, A.T.Q.: 19th Century American Literature and Culture, The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story, Literary Themes for Students: War and Peace, The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

John Vicary
John Vicary began publishing poetry in the fifth grade and has been writing ever since. A contributor to many compendiums, his most recent credentials include short fiction in the collections Midnight Circus, We Were Heroes and Temporary Skeletons. He has stories in upcoming issues of Boktor Magazine and Halfway Down the Stairs. John enjoys playing piano and lives in rural Michigan with his family. You can read more of his work at

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