Alasdair Stuart is a professional enthusiast, pop culture analyst, writer and voice actor. He is a multiple Hugo Award finalist including Best Fan Writer, a British Fantasy Society Best Non-fiction finalist for his weekly pop culture newsletter The Full Lid, and won the 2021 Audioverse Award for his voice work in The Magnus Archives.
His nonfiction can be found at numerous genre and pop culture venues, including regular columns at the Hugo Award-winning Ditch Diggers and Fox Spirit Books. His game writing includes ENie-nominated work on the Doctor Who RPG, and After The War co-created with Genesis of Legend.
He co-owns the Escape Artists podcasts and hosts their horror podcast, PseudoPod, along with the Hugo Award nominated science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. He is a frequent guest and presenter on podcasts, with voice acting credits including The Magnus Archives and the upcoming Secret of St. Kilda.
Alasdair’s most recent work is THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, the 50th instalment in the Black Archive collection of academic Doctor Who treatises by Obverse Books. He has two volumes of expanded essays from PseudoPod — as well as multiple short stories — available from Fox Spirit Books.
Marguerite Kenner (she/her) – Co-Owner/Publisher
Marguerite Kenner is a California transplant living in the UK city named after her favorite pastime.
With her partner Alasdair Stuart, she runs Escape Artists and practices as a technology lawyer in London. She loves to narrate for podcasts and audiobooks, and is always on the lookout for an exciting new project.
Her contributions to genre fiction include editing Cast of Wonders from 2013 to 2019, project groups for SFWA, WSFS and the BFS, community organising, and teaching business skills to artists.
Darusha Wehm (they/them) – Original Fiction Manager
M. Darusha Wehm is the Nebula Award-nominated and Sir Julius Vogel Award winning author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as thirteen novels, several poems, and many short stories. Originally from Canada, Darusha lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years sailing the Pacific.
Somto Ihezue (he/him) – Original Fiction Manager
Somto Ihezue is a Nigerian–Igbo writer/editor. He lives in Lagos with his sister, their dog River, and their cats Ify and Salem. He is a big movie geek, a runner, and a wildlife enthusiast. He likes white-soled shoes and heavy rainfall.
Somto was awarded the 2021 African Youth Network Movement Fiction Prize. A Nommo Award-nominee and finalist for the 2022 Afritondo Prize, his works have appeared in Tordotcom, Fireside Magazine, POETRY Magazine, Cossmass Infinities, Flash Fiction Online, Flame Tree Press, OnSpec Magazine, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @somto_Ihezue where he tweets about his bi-monthly quarter-life crisis, among other things.
Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and is a dice-collecting gremlin. Currently, Tierney is Associate Poetry Editor with Sundress Publications, a copyeditor at Strange Horizons, Associate Editor with PodCastle, and a freelance graphic designer. She has earned a BA from the University of Indianapolis and a Masters Degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Tierney is most easily found screaming into the void on Twitter as @ergotierney.
Devin Martin (he/they) – Publishing Assistant
Devin is a colony of uncooperative cells with a voracious appetite for cheesecake. After studying psychology and computer science, he almost fell into a career teaching robots how to kill, but escaped at the last moment. A number of arcane arts have vied for his attention, including programming and game design (both board and video), but writing has sung the sweetest. He lives with his brilliant scientist of a spouse and they call Cardiff their home. He almost never tweets @devinxmartin and he has a wide range of disturbing cackles.
Sri is a recent university graduate, hailing from near Toronto, Ontario, who is (metaphorically) wandering the world, searching for purpose. She is deeply fond of reading and writing speculative fiction, especially fantasy, and is working on several stories to hopefully publish one day. Outside of writing, she is learning how to play the guitar, practicing the violin, daydreaming, and trying to motivate herself to finish any of the numerous projects she has going. You can find her on Twitter at @sriative, where she rarely tweets but lurks in the shadows, casting her judgmental yet benevolent eye over the world.
Dave Robison is an avid Literary and Vocal Alchemist who pursues a wide range of creative explorations. A Brainstormer, Keeper of the Buttery Man-Voice, and Eternal Optimist, Dave’s creative ADHD ensures that he’ll have a half-dozen projects going at any given time. His dulcet tones have narrated dozens of stories for Escape Artists, Inc. and he’s currently shepherding several projects including a story mapping and presentation tool, and a zombie-themed coffee company. His decade-long pursuit of vocal adventures have invested him with audio production superpowers that he wields cheerfully on behalf of Escape Artists Inc.
Wilson Fowlie (he/him) – Production Custodian
Wilson became familiar with audio mixing and production while creating custom rehearsal tracks while directing a community choir.
Summer Brooks is a story addict who watches way too much television. She enjoys putting her encyclopedic knowledge to the test during discussions and interviews about scifi, horror and comics, and does so as the longtime host and producer of Slice of SciFi, and as co-host of The Babylon Podcast.
Summer also does voiceovers & narrations for Tales to Terrify, StarShipSofa and Escape Pod, among others, and is an avid reader and writer of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, with a handful of publishing credits to her name. Next on her agenda is writing an urban fantasy tale, and a monster movie creature feature or two. Find her online or on Twitter.
Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. A village elder once told him the scar on his arm marked him for greatness, but he’s not so sure. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and still struggles to express his delight in this wonderful arrangement. Although his surname rhymes with “Dopey”, any other similarities to the dwarf are coincidental. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place: keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or find him timewasting on Twitter as @mattdoveywriter.
Beth is, basically, a raccoon with more complicated emotions. She lives near the Mississippi River in the north-central United States with her beloved person and their two cats. She often braves freezing cold winters and scorching hot summers in search of the tiny joys of nature – like shells, rocks, and bones. A musician by training and an accountant by trade, she enjoys most sci-fi & fantasy media (Star Trek fan born & raised) as well as science-based podcasts and almost anything featuring a solid debunking. She is the keeper of a mind-boggling amount of facts and holder of an Always Right card.
Justin Radick (he/him) – Accounting Team
Scarlett is a passionate Virtual Assistant/Professional human in development and all around hard worker, blending skills from all areas of her life as an English teacher, published author, executive support staff, Domestic Goddess, educator, event coordinator, project manager, mime, editor, and stage crew together with her deepest wish – to make my corner of the universe a little better. She has won awards, been on TV, and served in community volunteer work, but is most proud that she is creating the world she wants to live in through choice and all things crafting. She enjoys spending time with the family of her heart – dogs, cats, and horses, oh my!
Jennifer Hunt (she/her) – Assistant Producer (Twitch); Community Moderator
Jennifer lives in south Wales, where she spends her time attempting to befriend the local dogs and making dice, in the hopes that once she amasses a large enough hoard, she will be able to assume her true draconic form and be free of retail forever. She also enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and podcasts, and sploshing through the edge of the sea in waterproof boots.
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Ciaran Roberts (she/they) – Lead Community Moderator
Ciaran lives in the not-so-wilds of Yorkshire with a very yappy dog. She works as a professional zombie wrangler/producer for a video game company, which is hilarious because she is deathly afraid of zombies. In her free time, she plays video games, embarks on various creative projects (look, she will totally finish a project eventually), and writes fiction. Likes decorating cakes to look like things from whatever piece of media she’s into at the moment.
Wendy Reynolds (she/her) – Community Moderator
Wendy Reynolds lives in York UK with her husband and a varying complement of guinea pigs. She works as a Further Education funding and data consultant (which mostly involves rummaging around in databases and complaining bitterly about the mess) to fund her hobbies of reading, sinking thousands of hours into computer games, and crocheting cunning little outfits for sourdough starters. She only recently discovered the exciting world of podcasts, Twitch streaming, and red-stringing on Discord servers, and has gleefully plunged feet-first into all three. She lurks on Twitter as @Wendles1967.