L.J. Engelmeier, granddaughter of a mortician and daughter of a death metal guitarist-cum-IT Administrator, was raised on stories of graphic autopsies, men who shot their wives at breakfast, and a homeless man whose head was kept in a fast food bag in the funeral home garage. In her free time, she’s jobless and gets rejected from literary magazines.
Underneath various pen names, she has received a Silver Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, was named runner-up for the 2016 SIU Carbondale Literary & Art Award in Poetry, was shortlisted for the March 2017 Creative Writing Ink competition in poetry, and has published both poetry and fiction in magazines such as Grassroots, Schlock! Webzine, and Aphotic Realm.
She has a very bare Amazon page, but if you would like to reach her personally, she makes the occasional blog post over at ofcropdustandshadows.wordpress.com and sometimes posts on Twitter about Hannibal (@LJEngelmeier). She also responds well to emails at email@example.com that refer to her as “Empress” or “Yo, Asshole.”
Mandi Jourdan has a passionate love for Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and cats. She has combined two of those things into a series of plays staged by SIUC (cats unfortunately not included). Her favorite characters of all time are Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, and she can almost always be found sporting some kind of Potter accessory.
Her prose has appeared in four anthologies by Sinister Saints Press, Coming Around Again by the Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers Group, Quickfic, Beyond Science Fiction Digital Magazine, 9Tales from Elsewhere, Theme of Absence, the 2015 and 2016 editions of Grassroots Literary Magazine, and the Kaskaskia College Scroll. She has stories forthcoming in 9Tales Told in the Dark, 9Tales from Elsewhere, Digital Science Fiction, and the 2017 edition of Grassroots Literary Magazine.
She can be found on Amazon and on Twitter (@MandiJourdan) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her blog is bloodandtalons.wordpress.com.
Both Jourdan and Engelmeier have received a B.A. in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There, they mentored underneath such writers and poets as Pinckney Benedict, Scott Blackwood, Judy Jordan, and Allison Joseph. Jourdan will return to the university for her MFA this fall while Engelmeier has tentative plans to join her in the future. She is, as evidenced, the more unaccomplished of the two.