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Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England in 1962, but has lived in Canada for most of his life. He exhibits throughout North America and Europe, and has works in many private collections throughout the world.
Richard has illustrated works numerous authors including, Clive Barker, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Miéville, and others. Richard also created the artwork for the eighth release by the international rock band Korn.
Most recently, Richard wrote and illustrated The Lost Machine, a dark fantasy novella. He is currently working on a follow-up novel called Necessary Monsters.
Richard was interested in drawing from an early age, frequently finding inspiration in nature, literature and the surrealist and symbolists artists, and illustrators of the 19th and 20th century. Richard is interested in the forms found in nature, the morphology of plants and animals, and the effect of time on materials. He works in a number of mediums including: pen and ink, silverpoint, watercolor, and oil. He also works with found materials.
Richard's work is composed of images that explore the liminal space between imagination and reality. His drawings create a space where protean forms challenge conventional aesthetic ideas. Recent works are concerned with the idea of worlds within worlds.
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Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English at Roosevelt University and a contributing editor for Locus magazine, is the author of dozens of essays and more than 1200 reviews, as well as many critical studies. His Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 (Beccon Publications, 2005) received the British Science Fiction Association Award for nonfiction, and was nominated for a Hugo Award.
She was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you're good at math, you'll have
deduced that she's currently twenty-nine. In fact, she's been twenty-nine for a while and has no
intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don't obey the laws of space and time, they invent
them. Don't argue, or she'll make up a dragon right behind you...
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