She Never Slept (and neither do they)
Editorial and Reviewing Staff
Columnist/Reporter/Monthly Movie Tweet-a-thon Co-host
She grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, where her love for reading and writing science-fiction, strange tales and horror began. She was only 10 years old when she wrote her first scary story.
She lived in Portland, Oregon for a decade, where her love for the strange and unusual was fostered. Sarah’s interest in the unusual has landed her many fascinating opportunities. In addition to several published poems and articles for online publications, she also created an expansive mythos for an alien culture featured in a sci-fi board game entitled “You ‘N’ IT“.
Sarah has even worked in film and television. She was Second Assistant Director for a zombie feature film called “Flesh Of My Flesh“. Later, she worked as the Associate Producer of the local public access program “Northwest Artist Spotlight”, and has contributed her talents to a smattering of short films. For several years she collaborated with Lurker Films, coordinating the “H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival” and “Zompire: The Undead Film Festival“. Now she is here to bring you the latest news and reviews in the Science-Fiction, Strange Tales and Horror genres here at SNS. She also has an exciting new project – Double Feature Press! And as if that wasn't enough, Sarah added more to her plate recently and joined the staff of ConCarolinas as Film Festival Manager. With all of that on her plate, it is no wonder she never sleeps!
“Someone once asked what it was that first drew me to horror, science-fiction and strange tales. That’s easy – Drive-In Theater Double Features. As a child my family and I would regularly go to the drive-in (back when they were far more prevalent). Usually they would play a “kid friendly” movie as the opener and a more adult movie later in the evening when the kids should have been sleeping. I never slept.” – Sarah L. Covert
Sean Levin was born in Chicago, IL, and has lived there most of his life. A lifelong love for comic books served as the gateway drug that led to his latter-day obsessions with literature and film. A student at Truman College, he is majoring in English, with the goal of one day making a career out of writing fiction and/or pop cultural criticism.
Sean has extensive collections of books, comics, and DVDs, encompassing works from any and all genres. He is co-moderator of the Wold Newton Family group on Yahoo! (a group owned by his close friend and Minion, Henry Zeo Covert) and another group that has fallen by the wayside as his personality and views have changed. He is extremely opinionated, and no more so than when it has to do with his hobbies. His favorite authors are Philip José Farmer, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Alan Moore.
Sean is a voracious reader who usually has at least five books going at once. He watches at least one film a week, and often more. He is proud to have provided information for two of his friends that aided them in their published works, and even prouder to have been acknowledged for his contributions. Sean is constantly on the lookout for works of fiction that respect his intelligence and expand his horizons.
Her taste in general has a wide range but things that give her the shivers are always her favorite. In the last 8 years or so, Heather has discovered comic books and the rest of the world opened up to her.
It was shortly there after that Heather was introduced to our Overlord, Sarah and the rest is history. Heather, when not working hard at making eyeglasses, can be found lounging around on the couch checking the various websites she loves, reading a book or a stack of comics, or goofing off. Said couch is located in Saint Augustine Florida, along with Heather’s husband Mike, and cat Stitch.
Patrick J. Kennedy has been a comics fan since before he could read and still remembers the first time he saw The Blob, peering around the corner of the couch while his older brothers watched the 4:30 Movie. Cinema, particularly the phantasmagorical, is a lifelong passion, as filmmaking runs in Patrick’s blood. His father and grandfather were both accomplished cinematographers – the younger having worked on such films as Goldfinger & The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, and the elder having documented the Hindenburg disaster.
A classically trained actor and stage-combatant, Patrick has performed off-Broadway and toured nationally. Patrick recently produced the world premier of Edgar Award winning author Joe R. Lansdale‘s play “By Bizarre Hands” and his production company, BellMojo Productions, is developing a musical based upon Mr. Lansdale’s cult novella, Bubba Ho-Tep.
Alanna Quinn is probably the only reviewer for SNS that does not embrace writing as a medium for expression as the other Minions do, however she does have a life-long love for the written word.
By the time she reached grade school, she possessed a library card and discovered Universal Studios monsters and how to create monster makeup effects (good thing the title was free for purchase, she had to have it).
Over the years she has enjoyed the works of Poe and Romero, Barker and Corman, Lovecraft and Carpenter with the lists ever expanding thanks in large part to her volunteering at The HP Lovecraft Film Festival and Zompire: The Undead Film Festival . She endeavors to absorb as many genres available while balancing out her other “hobbies” i.e. dressing up as the King In Yellow and building Kilted Cthulhu figures.
Floyd Brigdon is a writer, a college English and Theater teacher, and a musician.
His earliest memory involving both writing and his early love for genre movies came from watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon when he was about 9 or 10 and, after being very upset with the way that the movie ended, trying to write his own version of the story (which unfortunately never attracted the attention of Hollywood). Floyd developed an early appreciation and love for horror, strange tales, and genre fiction in general. Though he has a very tough time with phrases like “favorite writer”, a brief examination of his books reveals that names like Lovecraft, Stephen King, Joe Hill, James Branch Cabell, Robert Anton Wilson, Stan Sakai, Alan Moore, Rachel Caine and E. R. Burroughs are among the more frequent to appear. Some of Floyd’s favorite memories as a kid growing up in East Texas are of the Saturday afternoon Creature Feature which would always be followed by a chapter from a serial… Flash Gordon and King of the Rocket Men being among his favorite (and many was the night that he dreamed of building a jetpack of his own).
Aside from reading and watching movies (oh, if he had only been born in the era of the DVD!), another of Floyd’s favorite pastimes growing up was music, especially when he turned 15 and started learning to play the guitar, a passion which helped him develop an almost schizophrenic love of music, giving him a passion for everything from punk and heavy metal to folk and traditional music.
Floyd was fortunate enough (the second time around) to marry someone who shares his love for traditional Irish and medieval music and the two of them (along with one of their best fiends..uh, friends) formed a trio, Triskelion, in 2008 to perform at various Renaissance faires and other venues. Floyd teaches at a community college right outside of Dallas, Texas where he considers himself lucky to have not only a job that he seriously loves but also one that gives him the opportunity to still indulge in the other activities that have helped throughout his lifetime to define who he is.
Trevor Curtis is a freelance writer living in the Charlotte, NC suburbs. He remains an unrepentant Midwesterner, with a fondness for loud music, conspiracy theorists, and obscure b-movies.
A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, his work has appeared in such disparate places as Dorkgasm, The Juggler, and Cabarrus Now magazine. His latest semi-lucid ramblings appear on his website, Keep Passing the Open Windows.
Henry Zeo Covert is a writer of comix, fiction, non-fiction & metafiction; an artist; musician; and collector living in North Carolina. His lifelong love for scifi, strange tales, and horror began at a young age. He was a voracious reader and grew up watching genre films. This led him to his career, writing both fiction and non-fiction genre related work.
His articles, reviews, columns & illustrations have been published in Dark Discoveries, Shock Cinema, Video Eyeball, EYE Magazine, Farmerphile, Terminal Brain Rot, Indie File, Creative Loafing, Musicomet, Zineith, Astonishing Adventures Magazine, & Slam-Bang Comics. He is a member of the Philip Jose Farmer-inspired Wold Newton community online & he created the web’s most trafficked PJF/ WN-themed public forum.
He’s written & recorded music solo; as a member of Chiaroscuro; & with his own band Entropie Frograt & The Apocalypse Flowers. His music video for ‘Lady O’ by occult-rock legends Coven was authorized by Coven singer Jinx Dawson.
His comic story, “Snow Leopard”, appears in With Honor – a manga-style comic anthology. With a new art team, he will soon be continuing the “Snow Leopard” saga. Henry is currently developing several original comic book series (some as web comics). Henry reviews comix for The Comics Forge in addition to contributing here on She Never Slept.
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., a life-long fan of pulp horror, fantasy, and science fiction, found himself exiled from a happy anonymity as of 1999 when Chaosium, Inc. published his highly acclaimed Cthulhu Mythos novel Nightmare’s Disciple. His effectively chilling fiction and verse has appeared in collections including The Book of Eibon,Black Wings, Nameless Cults, The Tindalos Cycle, Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak Supernatural Sleuth, Rehearsals for Oblivion – Act 1, and many others. He has had nearly one hundred stories and poems appear in venues like “Strange Aeons Magazine” and “Crypt of Cthulhu”. He has received many “Honorable Mentions” in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror and Best Horror of the Year. Joe also edited Ann K. Schwader’s verse collection The Worms Remember (2001).
Hippocampus Press released Blood Will Have Its Season, Joe’s first collection of short work, to much acclaim in 2009. It was edited by S.T. Joshi. His second collection of short work, SIN & ashes, was published by Hippocampus Press this year. Joe has new tales upcoming in S.T. Joshi’s Spawn of the Green Abyss (Mythos Books), and several other anthologies. He is currently working on several new tales and his next novel, and has many new stories coming in anthologies, journals, and magazines in the last part of 2011 and 2012.
Minion (Reviewer/Monthly Movie Tweet-a-thon Co-host)
Paul Weir is an artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. Originally from the South, he moved to Portland a decade ago.
In 2010 he launched a website starring his original creation Mr. Clown. Originally updated monthly or bimonthly, Paul has been posting one comic starring the serial killer lesson clown weekly since May 2011.
After an accidental viewing of the 70’s Nazi zombie shocker “Shock Waves” at a very early age left him terrified, Paul was forbidden to watch horror movies and that was all right by him. At least until his love of the dark and macabre was born during the summer of 1980. That he was fascinated by his mother’s shiny silver paperback copy of the Shining (which he was told to not flip through because it was far too scary).. That was also the summer his uncles had the snot scared out of them by “Friday the 13th” and related the story of Mrs. Voorhees and her vengeance against unlucky teens to him over a campfire in the country. A few years later when he finally was able to start watching and reading scary movies, VHS and cable made those forbidden films available to him. At the same time he started reading Stephen King and pretty much any horror fiction he could get his hands on. He also digs comic books and “Star Wars”. A lot.