Born in Taos and raised in Tucson, Andrea Gibbons got the hell out when she was 17. She misses it still. After a decade of work battling evil slumlords and building community in Los Angeles she now lives in England, trying not to be too civilized in the face of a little too much education. Despite her time as editor of PM Pressís Switchblade imprint she still hasnít published those SF novels, but you can find a handful of her stories at, and her book on L.A., Land, Privilege and Race, is forthcoming from Verso.

Jeff Kerr's story "Learning How To Die" appeared in a past issue ofPlots With Guns. His work has been published in Appalachian Heritage,Hardluck Stories, Now and Then, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Hardboiled and others. He can currently be tracked down to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also the author of the short story collection Hillbilly Rich as well as the CD Jeff Kerr and the Hard Ballad Medicine Show.

Nick Kolakowski lives and writes in NYC. His crime fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Crime Syndicate Magazine, Out of the Gutter, and other venues. He's also the author of Somebody's Trying to Kill Me, a book of noir short stories.

Joe Kraus teaches at the University of Scranton. His crime fiction has appeared, among other places, in Dark Corners, Akashic Press's Mondays are Murders series, and Pulp Modern. Of course he is working on a novel.

Donald McCarthy is a writer and teacher. He has written for multiple anthologies, has published essays on subjects ranging from Twin Peaks to economics, and has a story coming out in Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder series in May. He can be reached at his website:

Steven Nester is the longtime host of†Poets of the Tabloid Murder, a mystery-fiction author interview show which can be heard on the Public Radio Exchange [PRX]. In addition, he is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Rap Sheet,†January Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Yellow Mama, Mystery Scene, and†Firsts Magazine. Nester lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.†

James Pate grew up in Memphis and lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he teaches creative writing at Shepherd University. His stories have appeared in storySouth, New Delta Review, Blue Mesa, and Black Warrior Review, among other places. His book of micro-fiction, The Fassbinder Diaries, came out in 2013 from Civil Coping Mechanisms.

David Rachels has published short fiction in a wide variety of journals, ranging from Pulp Modern and Thuglit to Bombay Gin and The North American Review. As well, he has edited the first collection of noir master Gil Brewerís short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (UP of Florida, 2012).