Freaks and Weirdos

We’re all hanging out together in our own weird way around here.
Look at all you twisted folks out there — aka The Contributor’s Page

A HEAD’S UP FOLKS — THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, AND WE’LL BE ADDING TO IT AS WE GO. Right now we have some catching up to do, so please bear with us. (This means you probably won’t see your name or work listed yet — don’t worry, we have it around here somewhere.)


Twisted Sister


S.S. Anderson is a writer lurking in the dark shadows of the internet, always ready to pounce with a well-placed word. Contributions include:

Columbus Always Was An Asshole

Hot Air Balloon Ride From Hell

You can connect with S.S. Sanderson on Twitter @SSSanderson2


Madeline Anthes is a Clevelander living on the east coast with her husband and two dachshunds. She’s been published in various literary journals and is the acquisitions editor for Hypertrophic Literary. Her contributions include:


You can see her work on, or find her on Twitter @maddieanthes


Michael Anthony is a writer and artist living in New Jersey. His contributions around Twisted Sister include many photos, as well as:

The Conroys of Monroe

Flyby Girl

Michael has published fiction, poetry and illustrations in multiple literary journals and commercial magazines. Most recently these include Jonah Magazine, the Indiana Voice Journal, The Copperfield Review, Cowboy Jamboree, The Visitant, and Ink In Thirds. The American Labor Museum exhibited Michael’s photojournalism essay on the waning of Paterson New Jersey’s textile industry. Michael can be found at


Meg Baird lives her life in a poetic kind of steam pot. Poems come to her as life moves her to protect her feelings and thoughts in words. She’s been writing in this way since her early 30’s, and we’re very please to have to following contributions:

city without you

the ringing rhyme

Meg has been published in a couple of hard copy books: Spring Pulse (2009), CV2: Poetry Only (2011) and in several ezines, including Yellow Mama, Apollo’s Lyre, Open Heart Forgery, Anemone Sidecare, Pracha Review as well as some dedicated artists compiled specialities such as Fluidity and Fourth Floor Images.


Linda Barrett is a writer from the Philadelphia area who can really make the grotesque shine. Her contributions include:

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Ever since she was young, Linda Barrett always strove to be a writer. Her work has been featured in: New Directions — The Compass, Night To Dawn, BellaOnLine Literary Magazine. Her poems are published locally, and she’s also won several prizes in local writing contests.


Brookelynn Berry is a dead sexy writer (not that kind of dead, sexy writer — you sickos) who brings the heat and horror to everything she touches. A huge help behind the scenes of Twisted Sister, Brookelynn’s many contributions include:

Devil’s Night


First Kiss

Frogs n’ Shit



Strike n’ Smash

Brookelynn’s work includes book reviews and author interviews and with Matt Holgate, Rosanna Leo, Kelley Armstrong, Stephen King’s On Writing, and her review of Stranger Things and a dead sexy article (but not really dead, just sexy). You can connect with Brookelynn through


Gary Clifton pulls some serious punches and takes shit from nobody. His contributions include:

A Matter of Taste

Dead Ringer

Gary Clifton, forty years a cop, has been shot at, shot, stabbed, sued, lied to and about, and frequently misunderstood. With a hundred short pieces published in various venues, a novel: Burn Sugar Burn published in national paperback, and an anthology of short stories on Biggest Balls in Sanderson County, he is now retired to a dusty North Texas ranch where he doesn’t much give a damn if school keeps or not. Clifton blogs at http://www.


Anthony Crowley is an award-winning author, poet, screenwriter, actor, activist, and naturist. His contributions include:

The Fallen Angel

Anthony’s Libro De Lumine (The Book of the Light) is now available and Stripped Verses will be available in 2017. He is currently completing Stripped Verses, a naturism and body positivity poetry collection.


Kenneth James Crist is a retired police officer who shoots first, and asks questions later. He’s also one of the editors of Black Petals, a classic online horror /sci fi zine. His contributions at Twisted Sister include:

The Dream Machine

Kenneth James Crist is one of the editors of Black Petals and has been a published writer since 1998, having had nearly a hundred short stories and poems in venues ranging from Skin and Bones and The Edge-Tales of Suspense to Kudzu Monthly. He is particularly fond of supernatural biker stories. He reads everything he can get his hands on, not just in horror or sci-fi, but in mystery, hardboiled, biographies, westerns and adventure tales. He retired from the Wichita, Kansas police department in 1992 and from the security department at Wesley medical center in Wichita in 2016. Now 72, he is an avid motorcyclist and handgun shooter. He is active in the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard, helping to honor and look after our military. He is also the owner of Fossil Publications, a desktop publishing venture that seems incapable of making any money at all.


Ruth Deming is a writer and poet who meets the strange and bizarre with great gusto and enthusiasm. Her work on Twisted Sister includes the following poems and pieces of fiction and creative nonfiction.


Ode to a Painful Foot

The Root Beer Float

The Runner

The Hot Tub

The Woman Who Loved Too Much

Walking Scott to the Train Station

White Adirondack Chairs

Ruth Z. Deming, a psychotherapist, has had her work published in lit mags including The Legendary, Literary Yard, Mad Swirl and Writing Disorder. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She runs New Directions Support Group for people with depression, bipolar disorder and their loved ones. Her blog is


Rob Dominelli is a Canadian writer from a small town in Ontario. His work appears in Latitude 46 publications, and his contributions to Twisted Sister include:

Advice on Writing

Where the Spirits Take Them


Caleb Echterling is a man of many talents, cracking the literary world up using the mysterious handle @CalebEchterling. His contributions include:

Have a Crappy Birthday

The Trojan Pumpkin

On the Use and Misuse of the Queen’s English (Ed. Note — it’s smurftastic)

Letter to the Editor (Ed. Note — this still cracks me up)

You can find more of Caleb’s writing scattered around the web and over at  — with fine features such as ‘Cheesy Squiddogs’ and a story about a villain who can change American English spellings to British English spellings (which might be a crappy super power, but it sure is funny).


Thomas Fillion is the author of The Dream Mechanic, Giuseppe’s Award, When The Moon Is In The Seventh House, New England Book Of The Dead, and a collection of poems, Archipelago Of Myself. His contributions include:

Single White Slice

You can connect with him at or!/dreammechanic or on Twitter @dream_mechanic


GJ Hart is sharp, smart, British writer. His contributions include:

A Shave Too Close

GJ Hart currently lives and works in Brixton, London and has had stories published in The Jersey Devil Press, The Harpoon Review, 99 Pine Street, The Jellyfish Review, Foliate Oak, The Eunoia Review and others. He can be found arguing with himself over @gj_hart.


Kyle Hemmings is a photographer and contributor around here, featuring street scenes and nightlife. Kyle has art work in The Stray Branch, Euphemism, Uppagus, South 85 Journal, Black Market Lit, Sonic Boom, Snapping Twigs, Convergence and elsewhere. He loves pre-punk garage bands of the 60s, Manga comics, urban photography and French Impressionism. His latest collection of poems and prose is Future Wars from Another New Calligraphy.

You can find Kyle at http://upatberggasse19.


JJ (aka jfx mcloughlin) came to our rescue in the face of holiday seasonal apocalypse, after a previous rescue attempt during a serious Halloween-induced zombie-crisis, and then again during a severe poetry shortage. We’re starting to really dig this guy.

A Man’s Castle

Safe House

Survivors of the Dead

And to really take your breath away, be sure to check out his two poems — Still, She Swept and To Breathe

JJ is the mysterious force behind deadsurvivors and jimmy junk. Be sure to check out Survivors of the Dead and look for JJ waving an AR-15 and booking it out of town.


Neil James lives in Stoke-on-Trent, England and writes a weekly column for The Oatcake football fanzine. Many years ago he was the winner of ITV’s Shoot the Writers comedy competition, but eventually stopped being funny and so started to write short stories. His contributions include:


He can be found on Twitter @neil_james1


Anna Kahn is a member of the Roundhouse Collective and is in her second year as a Barbican Young Poet. Anna’s contributions include:



Anna lives in London with two cats and one human. By day she works in tech doing something largely inexplicable. She blogs at and tweets at @AnnaCarlaKahn


Donna Krause is a writer and poet who touches on heartfelt issues and feelings. Her work on Twisted Sister includes the following poems:

Black Moon

Carry My Heart

The Circle of Life

Marial’s Flight

Donna Krause lives in  a suburb of Philadelphia with her pipe-smoking boyfriend and her cat, Onyx. She has a BA in sociology from Gwynned Mercy College and  three children. Donna writes from the heart and about what she lives; she is an advocate for mental illness, having had bipolar disorder since age 21. Donna has worked as a therapist and is an active participant in a weekly writing group. Her publishing credits include Transcendent Visions and Idea Gems.


Tom Leins is a disgraced ex-film critic from Paignton, UK who writes killer noir. His contributions include:

Meat Whiplash

Tom’s short stories have been published by the likes of Akashic Books, Shotgun Honey, Spelk Fiction, Near to the Knuckle and the Flash Fiction Offensive. He is currently working on a novella entitled Boneyard Dogs. Get your pound of flesh at


Matthew Lyons is probably taller than you, not that it’s a competition or anything. His contributions include:

The Year of Loathing

Matthew’s work has most recently been published in Out of the Gutter, The Molotov Cocktail, Animal, Abstract Jam, Yellow Mama and more. Complaints can be filed on Twitter at @reverendlyons


L.L. Madrid lives in Tucson where the rain smells like creosote. She resides with her daughter and a mysterious cat. Her contributions include:

A Happy Meal Ending

When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading for and editing a peculiar little journal called Speculative 66. Links to L.L. Madrid’s works can be found at She tweets @LLMadridWriter


Kate Murdoch exhibited widely as a painter before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction. Her contributions include:

The Duke of Duntsall

Joachim and the Vortex

Kate’s stories have appeared in Eunoia Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Flash Fiction Press, Spelk Fiction, Sick Lit Magazine, Ink In Thirds magazine, Visible Ink and Firefly Magazine. You can find Kate at or on Twitter @Kabiba73


Vanessa Levin-Pompetzki is a writer who favors fantasy over reason and darkness over light — and we love her for it. Her contributions include:

The Drowning of Elizabeth Walker

News at Five (an excerpt from Tinder Sacrifices)

A Bump in the Night (an excerpt from Tinder Sacrifices)

Yadra (an excerpt from Tinder Sacrifices)

Tinder Sacrifices (the first part of the series)

Vanessa Levin-Pompetzki’s favorite thing to do is weave together imaginary worlds (often with magic), but she also frequents used bookstores and enjoys a good cup of tea. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and a very inconsiderate cat. You can find her on Twitter at @vanessalevpom


Kim Matheson is a Canadian writer from northern British Columbia with a taste for crime and dark humour. Her contributions include:

Oven-baked Musings

Kim Matheson is a wife, momma, doula, baker, and promoter of nifty (often local) things with a penchant for urban fantasy, blues rock, coffee, and ice cream. You can find Kim on Twitter at @foxyouverymuch


Remington Murphy is a writer with a sense of the ridiculous and the sublime, and sometimes the two come together in brilliant ways.


Only Love is Real

Poem Involving a Goose

Where You’re At

Remington Murphy received his B.A. in 1980, and his M.A. in 1983, both in English from Temple University, where you can’t major in English anymore. In the 80’s he edited the Magic Bullet Science Fiction Anthology, then in the late 80’s/early 90’s he ran R.E.M. Press, which gave him an opportunity to publish some fine poets he met in graduate school, such as Sylan Esh and Michael Graves. In 1990 he published his own poetry chapbook, “Courting the Black Widow,” and then in 1993 he had a full length book of poems published, “Fear of Vision” (Arkada-Arch, New York). He has also published a collection of masques (e.g. short dramatic pieces written in verse), “Boogaloo” (Mellen Poetry Press, 2004).


Marc Nash is a writer who favours dark humour and serial killers. His contributions include:

Miso Soup

No Dumping

Marc Nash has published four novels and five collections of flash fiction. He lives and works in London. You can find Marc just about anywhere, including on his YouTube channel, Twitter, his Amazon page, and over at


Madhuri Pavamani is a writer of dark and erotic fiction and poetry and we’re thrilled that she’s sharing them with us. Her poems include:

On Women Who Run With Wolves



Madhuri’s novel ‘Dutch’ has been called ‘unapologetically smutty’ and ‘dark and sexy and bloody’ — and you bet we’re looking forward to reading it! Madhuri can be found at or you can follow her on Twitter @MadhuriWrites


Long walks on the beach, romantic sunsets, and a heavy dose of noir are Mandi Rose’s thing. Mandi’s contributions include:

HOT Fireman



Another Jersey girl, Mandi Rose is a single mother mom who does good things for lots of people, and has a soft spot for kids. Her work has appeared in Yellow Mama and around Twisted Sister. Mandi lives to write and have her voice heard.


Cindy Rosmus the amazing editor of Yellow Mama sure helps us out around here. Her kick-ass contributions include:


Karaoke Queen

The Christmas that Cracked

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife and talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out a lot, so needs no excuse to do whatever she wants. She hates shopping and shoes, chick lit and chick flicks. She’s been published in the usual places, such as Hardboiled; Shotgun Honey, A Twist of Noir; Beat to a Pulp; Pulp Metal; Thrillers, Killers, n’ Chillers; Mysterical-E; and Powder Burn Flash. She is the editor of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s also a Gemini, an animal rights activist, and a Christian.


Melinda Roy is a fisherwoman, birdwatcher, poet and storyteller from northern British Columbia. She has been published in Untethered, The Quilliad and Skirt Quarterly. She tweets @defnotapoet Melinda’s contributions include:

Spider Eyes



Joshua Scully is an American History teacher from Pennsylvania who is coming to the dark side. His contributions include:

A Christmas Tree to Die For


Early American Bankers

The Fountain

Larissa is Coming

Looking for Fun on All Hallows’ Eve

Sleeping at the Rum Cherry Motel

Joshua’s flash fiction and other writing can be found @jojascully or at


Tina Seigel is a Canadian writer hailing from Sudbury, Ontario (look it up). Her work appears in Latitude 46 Publications. Her contributions include:

Advice On Writing where she discusses her influences and having a unique voice

You can connect with Tina through https://writerchicktj. and on Twitter @writer_chick_tj


Tanya Simone Simpson is a writer and photographer living in Scotland and on the internet. Her contributions include

To Mother’s Farm

Fuelled by coffee and an obsessive nature, Tanya writes poetry, fiction and autobiographical over-share. You can connect with Tanya on Twitter @TanyaSSimpson and through


Christopher Stanley lives in a madhouse on a hill with three sons who share the same birthday but aren’t triplets. He is contributions include

The Worry Dragons

Find out more about Christopher’s writing in his blog and follow him on Twitter @allthosestrings


A long-time fan of mysteries and sci-fi, Steve Tillman pulls some serious punches (of the literary kind, of course).



Steve Tillman is an emeritus professor of Mathematics at Wilkes University, where he taught for forty-two years. Wilkes is a small, private college located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  As an avid reader of mysteries and science fiction, his short stories appear in Mysterical-E and have been accepted for publication by Vinculinc, Inc.


Carolyn Ward is our kinda gal, with stories featuring a healthy dose of bloodiness and chocolate (but not together, yet). Carolyn’s contributions include:

The Appointment

The Bath

The Chocoholic

The Corpse Grinder

The Perfect Man

Carolyn Ward is working on her first novel, fuelled by biscuits and generally in agony from standing on Lego.  She lives in Wolverhampton in the UK and is @Viking_Ma because a dentist informed her that she was once a Viking. Yes, it was literally that weird.


Carly Zee is a reader and writer who spends far too much time with Katherine Mansfield, Anne Rice, and Tanith Lee; and sometimes they all come together in weird and wonderful ways. Carly’s contributions include:

Bloodied Knuckles

For Her, with Love

French Restaurant

A Good Student: The Tale of Yvonique

Her Thighs

Marriage of the Eldritch Tales

Overwhelmed in the Feminine Hygiene Aisle



The Spirits Become Her

True Love

Waiting for Flies (or Godot)

Carly Zee is a lover of fine dining and finer erotica, and sometimes the two come together in unusual ways. You can find Carly all over, including around Twisted Sister and over at


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