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Lyndsey Croal

Lyndsey is an Edinburgh-based writer of speculative and strange fiction. She is a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardee, and her work has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Mslexia's Best Women's Short Fiction 2021. Her debut audio drama 'Daughter of Fire and Water' was produced by Alternative Stories & Fake Realities in 2021 and is currently on the 2022 British Fantasy Awards shortlist for Best Audio. Find her on Twitter as @writerlynds or via

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Andrew James Greig

Andrew James Greig’s first book, Whirligig, was listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award and shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2020. The second in the series, A Devil's Cut, was released in 2021. In September, A Song of Winter will be published – an environmental thriller set in Scotland.

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Craig Aitchison

Craig Aitchison has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. His fiction has appeared in Lallans, Fictive Dream, Northwords Now, Southlight, Wyldblood and Pushing Out the Boat. He has won the Sangschaw award for short fiction in Scots and been shortlisted for the Wigtown Poetry Prize for Scots. He has had poetry published in Poetry Scotland and was commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library to write a poem celebrating 250 years of Sir Walter Scott. He was recently chosen as a Scottish Mountaineering Press Creative. In 2022 his work will feature in New Writing Scotland and the Fly on the Wall Press anthology, ‘Demos Rising.’

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Zachary Shiffman

Zachary Shiffman is a fiction writer from New Jersey. He has been published in Catfish Creek, RiverCraft, Variety Pack, and elsewhere. 

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Ross Alexander

Ross Alexander is a Scottish author who writes crime thriller novels and short stories. Procrastinating about writing until his mid-thirties, he started work on an idea and shared it with his friend (and now permanent test reader). Following startling positive feedback, he completed his debut novel 'Alive' which was self-published in 2016. Since then, he has written and published 2 further books. Ross has also had several short stories published by Darkstroke Books. Ross lives in East Lothian with his wife, two grown-up children and a rescued Lurcher. Find out more at

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Malcolm Timperley

Malcolm Timperley studied medicine at Liverpool University, and after more years than he likes to remember as a psychiatrist, is now a writer and heritage steam railway signalman, living in the Highlands of Scotland. He has published non-fiction (railway history), comedy (he was short-listed at the 2020 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Awards) and horror (lately in Horla, Frost Zone and "206 Word Stories: A Horror Anthology" by Bag of Bones Press, amongst other places). He also presents his tales live, most recently at the 2022 Edinburgh International Book Festival. He haunts Twitter @MalTimperley


Nina Patterson

Homecoming is the first story Nina has written, and she is delighted that it has been included in the magazine as ‘Tartan Noir’ is one of her very favourite genres.  Nina has always been an avid reader and loves stories that are unpredictable, psychologically compelling, mystical and a little off kilter!  She was born in Aberdeen but spent her childhood overseas (mainly Asia) before returning to Scotland aged 17 to attend Edinburgh University where she studied Psychology.  At this time Nina’s parents returned to live permanently in the Shetland Islands.  She has visited Shetland every summer holidays since childhood and worked for Shetland Health Board for several years in the late 90s.  She currently lives in Chester with her husband and two teenage children and is a Lecturer in Public Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North Wales.  Shetland is the place that most encapsulates ‘home’ for Nina and the places in the story hold many special memories for her (Hildasay was owned by her late Uncle).  The dramatic landscape and weather of the Islands created the perfect canvas for a story centred on the give and take between the land and the sea. 

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Rob McInroy

Rob McInroy is the author of CWA John Creasey First Blood Dagger-longlisted novel Cuddies Strip, based on true crimes in 1930s Scotland, and its follow-up, Barossa Street, both published by Ringwood Publishing. His short stories have won and been placed in over twenty competitions. A short story, Fresh Watter, was published in New Writing Scotland 39 in 2021. In 2018 he was a winner of the Bradford Literature Festival Northern Noir Crime Novel competition with Cuddies Strip and, in 2019, he won the Darling Axe Novel First Page Prize with another novel, Cloudland. He was born in Crieff, Perthshire and his writing is all based on the Perthshire area, from the 1920s to the 2010s. 


Lori D'Angelo

Lori D'Angelo's work has appeared in various literary journals including Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, Hawaii Pacific Review, Heavy Feather Review, Juked, Literary Mama, the Potomac Review, Reed Magazine and Word Riot. She is a fellow at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, a grant recipient from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives in Virginia with her dogs, cats, kids, and husband. You can find her on Twitter @sclly21


Heidi Marjamäki

Originally from Finland, Heidi Marjamäki studied English at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and then worked in Oxford and London before moving to Berlin, where most recently she’s worked at technology start-ups in product management roles. She won the Fall 2022 Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award, and the opening pages to her novel-in-progress were longlisted for the 2022 First Pages Prize.


David McVey

David McVey lectures at New College Lanarkshire. He has published over 120 short stories, a great deal of non-fiction that focuses on history and the outdoors and some poems. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly, and supporting his home-town football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC.


Don J Taylor

Don J Taylor lives in Central Scotland, an area that often features in his prose and poetry. 

His short and flash fiction has featured in New Writing Scotland in 2012 and 2020, AbstractMagazineTV ezine, Bath Flash Fiction Vol 4, and The Wild Word.  His work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.  His short story Blaetarn was published in Litro Online in May 2021, and his short story Driven appeared in No More Parties online magazine in autumn 2022.

His  short story City Break was placed first in the Federation of Writers Scotland (FWS) Autumn Equinox short story competition in 2022.

He is halfway through writing his first novel which is loosely based on his grandfather’s life. This work was supported by a bursary from Luminate. The novel covers his grandfather’s acting career in provincial Edwardian theatre, service as a sergeant in the Machine Gun Corps on the Western Front and Russia, and as a country schoolmaster in the Highlands and the Scottish Borders. 

You can find him at @DonJTaylor1

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Rob McClure

Rob McClure is a Scottish writer. His novel, The Scotsman, won the Black Springs Crime Fiction Prize and is forthcoming in 2023. 

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Gemma Church

Gemma Church is a speculative fiction writer and her stories have appeared in The Writer's Forum, Bag of Bones Press and Indie Bites. She lives and works in Cambridgeshire and recently received a Diploma in Creative Writing from Cambridge University. When she's not writing fiction, Gemma works as a freelance science writer and has a degree in physics.

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