Staff

Geoff Brown – Co-director and Acquisitions Editor
Geoff is an award-winning 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).
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 owns Cohesion Press, an award-winning Australian publishing house focused on fast-paced military horror, and currently works with Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, as a senior story consultant.
He is also the owner of Asylum Ghost Tours.

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Amanda J Spedding – Editor-in-Chief
Amanda is a professional editor and award-winning author whose stories have been published in local and international markets earning honourable mentions and recommended reads.
She won the 2016 Australian Shadows Award (written work in a comic/graphic novel) for The Road to Golgotha (with GN Braun), and the 2011 Australian Shadows Award (short fiction) for her steampunk-horror, Shovel-Man Joe. She is the editor-in-chief for all Cohesion Press publications and co-editor of the highly-acclaimed SNAFU series.
Amanda holds a Diploma of Publishing (Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing), Certificate in Editing, and has been working in the industry for over six years, specialising in genre fiction. Amanda lives in Sydney with her sarcastically-gifted husband and two very cool kids.

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Dawn Roach – Co-director, Manuscript Assessor and Beta Reader
Dawn has completed her BA in Humanities and Social Sciences, with a major in English Literature. She has begun her Masters in Creative Writing, and holds a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing full of Distinctions and High Distinctions.

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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.

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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.

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Matthew Summers – Marketer, Proofreader, Slushpile Assassin
Matthew is an editor, reviewer, and blogger.
He has edited for authors such as Greig Beck and Mitchell Hogan, and also provided beta-reading services to a whole host of others. He graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Graduate Diploma of Education in 2006, before deciding to return a few years later to complete his Masters.
His blog Smash Dragons (smashdragons.blogspot.com.au) has featured everything from news and reviews right through to interviews and opinion pieces.
Matthew is very passionate about military horror and military science fiction, and is constantly on the hunt for new writers to read. When he doesn’t have his head stuck in a book he spends his time writing, gaming, and raising his daughter alongside his partner in rural New South Wales. He is also partial to coffee, whiskey, and all things Warhammer 40k.

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N. X. Sharps – Social Media Content Manager/Marketing Guru
N.X. Sharps is the co-editor of Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters and MECH: Age of Steel. His short fiction has appeared in Manifesto UF, That Hoodoo Voodoo That You Do, SNAFU: Hunters, and SNAFU: Black Ops. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations and he works as the Membership Development Manager for a Chamber of Commerce.

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Tristan Waldron – Social Media Content Manager/Guru (2015-17)
Tristan holds a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, having studied editing under Geoff Brown at Bendigo TAFE. His editing appeared in SNAFU: Future Warfare in 2016. As for his credentials he is a fan of the game series Gears Of War and his favourite film of all time is Aliens.

Outside of Cohesion his poetry has appeared in the Bendigo TAFE 2015 Class Anthology under the name C.L Penrose. In his spare time he runs his own blog (themoviereviewdude.wordpress.com) and twitter account (twitter.com/moviedudewp), writing film reviews as The Movie Review Dude. His reviews have also appeared on http://www.cultjer.com.
Currently he’s working a hard-boiled detective series and a collection of science-fiction short stories.

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