Geoff Brown – Editor-in-Chief
Geoff is an Australian writer and Australian Shadows Award finalist-editor raised in Melbourne’s gritty Western Suburbs. He is a trained nurse, and holds a Cert. IV in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a Dip. Arts (Professional Writing and Editing). At graduation, Geoff was awarded ‘Vocational Student of the Year’ and ’2012 Student of the Year’ by his college. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Publishing.
Geoff writes fiction across various genres, and is the author of many published short stories. He has had numerous articles published in newspapers, both regional and metropolitan. He is the past president of the Australian Horror Writers Association (2011-2013), as well as the past director of the Australian Shadows Awards. He is also an editor and columnist for UK site This is Horror, and was the guest editor for Midnight Echo #9.
His memoir, Hammered, was released in early 2012 by Legumeman Books and has been extensively reviewed.
He is the owner of Cohesion Editing and Proofreading.
Amanda J Spedding – SNAFU series co-editor
Amanda is a professional editor, proofreader and award-winning author whose stories have been published in local and international markets earning honourable mentions and recommended reads. She won the 2011 Australian Shadows Award (short fiction) for her steampunk-horror, ‘Shovel-Man Joe’.
Amanda is the owner of Phoenix Editing and Proofreading, and also works with Cohesion Press as co-editor of their SNAFU series. Between bouts of editing, she is writing (and rewriting) her first novel. Her horror comic ‘The Road’ will be launched at Oz ComicCon in Melbourne – this doesn’t terrify at all (and if she keeps telling herself this, it will become truth). She lives in Sydney with her sarcastically-gifted husband and two very cool kids.
Dawn Roach – Manuscript Assessor and Beta Reader
Dawn has completed her BA in Humanities and Social Sciences, with a major in English Literature. She is currently undertaking Honours in English, as well as studying for a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.
Sarah Bentvelzen – Proofreader
Sarah resides in the sublime Hawkesbury area of NSW. She has recently completed a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing with Curtin University. Currently, she works as sub-editor of regional newspaper The Land and, in her spare time, actually finds joy in editing and proofreading for former classmates (definitely NOT collusion, lol!). Sarah is working on her own novels, but is her own worst critic, as she self-edits relentlessly.
Dean Samed – Cover Designer
Dean aka Conzpiracy Digital Arts is a UK-based Illustrator, cover artist and specialist in the horror genre. His notable works include covers for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Darkwatch (BOOM Studios), Stephen King’s Dark Tower Saga (J’ai Lu), and Jay Bonansinga’s (The Walking Dead) Lucid.
A multi award-winning digital artist and cover designer, his accolades include The Book Cover Designer Gold Award and AusRom Today’s ‘Cover of the Year’. He holds a First Class degree in Digital Media, and is currently undertaking his Masters in Fine Art.
Dean likes to explore horror, occult, sci-fi and cyberpunk themes in his personal and commercial work, but takes great pride in rising to a creative challenge, whatever the genre.
J. R. Jackson – Military Technical Advisor
James is a former US Navy chief petty officer. He has spent almost two decades in military service, with a large portion of that as a tactical instructor.
During his years in service, he has been part of fielding teams, mobile training teams, and has interacted with other branches of the US Military as well as foreign military units.
Since leaving the Navy, he has served as an advisor for diplomatic security and as a private military contractor.
He is an author, an outdoor survival instructor, serves as a disaster mitigation consultant, and is a military technical advisor for several published authors.
Find out more, and secure his services for your own press or self-published works, here: The Ward Room