Heliotrope Issue 4 Contributors


Ian R MacLeod has been writing in and around the area of what he still likes to think of as speculative and fantastic fiction for many years. He’s published five novels and three short story collections, has been widely anthologised and translated, and has won or been up for most of the major awards. His latest novel, Song Of Time, is due out very shortly from PS Publishing, and he has new stories due out in several markets, including a couple upcoming in Asimov’s and in two new Steampunk anthologies. He lives in the riverside town of Bewdley in England, and he divides his time between writing, trying to write, and not writing at all. His website is at www.ianrmacleod.com.

Nick Mamatas is the author of two novels. The Lovecraftian Beat road novel Move Under Ground was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards in 2005. The satirical novel of neighborhood nuclear supremacy, Under My Roof was recently nominated for Germany’s Kurd Laßwitz Preis for translated science fiction. Much of his recent short fiction will be collected in You Might Sleep… in July 2008. Nick lives near, but not in, Boston Massachusetts.

Sandra Ruttan was born June 2, 1971 in Etobicoke, she grew up in Muskoka. As a child she devoured books, including Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, CS Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles, and had her first newspaper column at the age of 13.

After high school she spent time living overseas and witnessed the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Over the years she has traveled to over 25 countries on four continents.

She studied journalism at Loyalist College, took communication studies from Simon Fraser University and worked in special education. She also completed a creative writing diploma, which was when she began her first completed manuscript.

Sandra lives in western Canada.

Catherynne M. Valente is the author of the Orphan’s Tales series, as well as The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and four books of poetry, Music of a Proto-Suicide, Apocrypha, The Descent of Inanna, and Oracles. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award and the Million Writers Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling and Spectrum Awards, and the World Fantasy Award. She currently lives in Northeastern Ohio with her partner and two dogs.

Jeff VanderMeer is currently working on three stories sure to make him obscure: “Juan Mandible Sick-Eyes,” “The Quickening,” and “Mormeck.” For other news, visit his website at

Anna Tambour’s next novel is Crandolin.

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