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Writer: Rob Smales

ROB SMALES spends his days working as a mailman in a small, coastal New England town. Over the past twenty years, he’s done everything from delivering a Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog to the short, rotund Mother Superior of a small convent, to being completely dusted with human ashes when the seal failed on an urn he was delivering to a mortuary. We believe the deceased was named “Harvey.”

Is it any wonder he spends the dark hours pounding the keys, writing creepy stories and watching movies about things that go bump in the night?

Rob’s fiction has appeared (among other places) in DARK MOON DIGEST and DARK ECLIPSE, the WICKED SEASONS anthology from New England Horror Writers, and ANTHOLOGY: YEAR THREE, DISTANT DYING EMBER from Four Horsemen Press. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s YEAR’S BEST HORROR. Just to break things up, he has narrated stories for the podcasts CRIME CITY CENTRAL, PROTECTING PROJECT PULP, TALES TO TERRIFY, and STARSHIP SOFA. His most recent endeavor was as editor for the fifth book in the DEMONIC VISIONS anthology series.

He writes the column MONSTER MOVIE MADNESS for this site.


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Writer: Steve Van Samson

Steve is a graphic designer/dad by trade, but also a part time pod-caster, wannabe rock star and a great lover of all things GEEK.  Previously, he started and was the sole writer for “Humpday Horror Grabs” on Facebook, where he released micro horror reviews every Wednesday.  Currently Steve is shopping around his first novel, BROKEN GUARDIAN, which is intended to be book one in a proposed YA fantasy/adventure series called “Shatterscale“.  A related blog to the project exists atwww.shatteredscribblings.com which contains various  thoughts on the creative process as well as a smattering of concept art.

His column, MONOCHROME MANOR, focuses on various black and white horror, mystery and science fiction films of the 1920s through the 1950s.


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Writer: Spencer Seams

SPENCER SEAMS is a writer, podcaster, and blogger. He graduated from college with a degree in Human Services. Initially, he never wanted to be a writer. In fact, three different English teachers told him that he should be a writer. Each time he said to them, “Eh, probably not.” His influences are Anthony Burgess, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Philip K. Dick. Aside from CKF, he writes for Rhymes With Nerdy and has appeared on various podcasts including ‘The Cast Next Door,’ ‘A Talking Cast,’ and ‘Rhymes With Nerdy.’ He collects foreign language dictionaries, Moon Knight comics, decks of playing cards, and other things most people don’t care about it. He’s on Twitter, @matt_seams.

His column, SPENCER’S SANCTORUM, looks at specific episodes of classic science fiction, mystery and horror anthology TV shows.


staceyauthorphoto2015 (1) our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF staceyauthorphoto2015 1Writer: Stacey Longo

STACEY LONGO is an author, editor, and rumored to be a former runway model. Her books include the Pushcart-nominated ORDINARY BOY, a dark fiction novel, and SECRET THINGS: TWELVE TALES TO TERRIFY, a short story collection, among other titles. Her next book, MY SISTER THE ZOMBIE, is due out in 2016. Longo’s short stories have been published in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including Shroud magazine and Shock Totem. Her non-fiction pieces have appeared in the Litchfield Literary Review and The Works magazine. Longo is a former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, and writes a weekly humor blog at www.staceylongo.com.

Her column, TRASHTERPIECE THEATER, looks at the good, the bad, and the awful recent B-movies.


William Carl_400 our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF William Carl 400 1Writer: William D. Carl

WILLIAM D. CARL is the author of BESTIAL:WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE, THE SCHOOL THAT SCREAMED, OUT OF THE WOODS,  and PRIMEVAL.  His short stories have been featured in anthologies as varied as THE MANY FACES OF VAN HELSING, IN LAYMON’S TERMS, SKIN & INK, and THE WORLD IS DEAD.  He lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he battles ennui with his faithful dog Shamus and his partner of twenty-five years, Don.  It is a losing battle.  He has worked as a bookseller, retail manager, repo man, ice cream scooper, and gaffer.  He was the entire art department for an episode of RESCUE 911, and he got to blow up a bunch of stuff.  He spends his nights lost in novels or his favorite movies.  His man cave is glorious.  He is a son of the South Side Drive-In, and he still can recall that glorious night when the double feature was HOWLING 2 : YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF and TOMBOY.”

He writes the column BILL’S BIZARRE BIJOU, which appears every other Thursday on this site.



Writer: Paul McMahon

PAUL MCMAHON (aka “The Distracted Critic”) sits amid the clutter and chaos of four kids and a busy home life, trying to remember what he’s doing from moment to moment. His love for all things scary began with being terrorized by James Earl Jones reciting the alphabet on SESAME STREET (Aaaaa… Beeeee…  Ceeeee….). From there he spent his formative years watching CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE on Channel 56 every Saturday and begging his parents to take him to the theater to see horror movies. Everything from CARRIE to THE OMEN and THE LEGACY to THE SHINING were deemed inappropriate, so he started writing his own scary stories to relieve the boredom. Since then, his work has appeared in the anthologies THE DARKEST THIRST, DAMNED NATION, and the three New England Horror Writers (NEHW) anthologies, EPITAPHS, WICKED SEASONS, and WICKED TALES. He has more stories in the anthologies FLESH LIKE SMOKE and CAPED, AN ANTHOLOGIES OF SUPERPOWERED TALES. He can be found writing at all hours of the day and remains in the middle of many projects, with new works both forthcoming and under construction.

His “DISTRACTED CRITIC” and REASSESSMENT FILES columns appear every other Wednesday on this site.


BarryDejasu_400 our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF BarryDejasu 400 1Writer: Barry Lee Dejasu

BARRY LEE DEJASU is a former staff writer for the magazine Modern Fix (currently on hiatus), where he’d interviewed a number of bands, including Opeth, Exodus, and Devin Townsend. He has stories published in Shock Totem‘s Halloween 2014 issue and ANTHOLOGY, YEAR THREE: DISTANT DYING EMBER (ed. by Tim Deal, 2014 Four Horsemen LLC).

A lifelong movie fan, he has been a dedicated fan of the horror genre since his formative years, watching films such as DRACULA (1931) and ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948). For his columns SCORING HORROR and SCORING ACTION, he interviews composers of various movies about their work, their professional (and sometimes personal) history, and their overall thoughts on film music.


NickPieces our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF NickPiecesWriter: Nick Cato

NICK CATO writes the column SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE MEMORIES for CKF. He is the author of one novel, six novellas, and a forthcoming nonfiction book on grindhouse cinema. He spends way too much time seeing midnight movies and retro screenings around NYC.


Jenny Orosel_400 our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF Jenny Orosel 400Writer: Jenny Orosel

JENNY OROSEL has worked in pubic education, as a photographer, radio news monitor, frozen desert specialist (scooping ice cream at Baskin & Robbins) and game show contestant.  A lifelong movie fanatic, she has been on the crew of two feature films, and animated two short films herself (both of which won awards).  She has also written numerous fiction and nonfiction pieces (many of which have actually been published).

She is currently a student of cooking, specializing in candy making.  Sometimes her experiments are epically successful.  Other times it involves caustic capsaicin clouds in the kitchen.  However, she has no problem with people learning from her toxic mistakes.

She writes the columns MEALS FOR MONSTERS (featuring reviews and recipes!) and AND NOW THE STREAMING STARTS for this site.


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Writer: Peter N. Dudar

PETER N. DUDAR is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel A REQUIEM FOR DEAD FLIES, The Solstice Award winning novella WHERE SPIDERS FEAR TO SPIN, and several other books and published short stories.  He is a proud member of the New England Horror Writers, Horror Writers of Maine, and is a founding member of the Tuesday Mayhem Society; a writers group based in his hometown of Lisbon Falls.  His Cinema Knife Fight column ME AND LIL’ STEVIE deals exclusively with film adaptations of the literary works of Stephen King.  Peter also maintains a blog called “Dead By Friday” at WordPress.com.  In his spare time, he plays guitar for the Sleepy Hollow Jug Band.


DanKeohane_400 our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF DanKeohane 400Writer: Dan Keohane

A rabid movie junkie, DANIEL G. KEOHANE is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of SOLOMON’S GRAVEMARGARET’S ARK and PLAGUE OF DARKNESS, as well as DESTROYER OF WORLDS and NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT (with L.L Soares) under his pseudonym G. DANIEL GUNN. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery DanceApex DigestShroud MagazineFantastic Stories and Coach’s Midnight Diner, to name a few. Some have received Honorable Mentions in the annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror / Best Horror of the Year anthologies. He and his family live in New England.

Dan reviews science fiction films for our site.


Colleen_Samurai_400 our talented staff OUR TALENTED STAFF Colleen Samurai 400 1Writer: Colleen Wanglund

COLLEEN WANGLUND (our very own GEISHA OF GORE) is a self-described bookwhore, gorehound and metalhead.  She is obsessed with Asian horror movies. Really obsessed.   She has watched so many movies, particularly from Japan and Korea, that she’s lost count.  Some of her favorite directors include Takashi Miike, Takashi Shimizu, and Chan-wook Park.  Colleen also loves horror and bizarro lit and her book reviews can be found at The Horror Fiction Review and Monster Libriarian.

Some of her favorite authors include Stephen King, Gina Ranalli, Kim Paffenroth and Anne Rice.  Colleen is a fan of horror in general, especially zombies.  She loves metal and rock music (her favorite band is Metallica), the New York Rangers, Adult Swim, comic books, and Japanese anime and manga.  She is a mother of two girls, has a dog and a cat, owns way too many CDs, and is a natural redhead.

Colleen’s column, THE GEISHA OF GORE, reviews Asian horror films for this site.


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Writer: Craig Shaw Gardner

CRAIG SHAW GARDNER was born and raised in Rochester, New York, home of the Eastman Kodak Company, the Rochester Red Wings, red hots and white hots, and a whole bunch of snow. He attended Boston University in 1967, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film. On the strength of this degree and the recession of 1971, he immediately got a job as a shipper/receiver for a men’s suit manufacturer. Other jobs Craig has held include working in hospital public relations, running a stat camera, and managing a pair of bookstores in Harvard Square (in Cambridge, Mass.): The Million Year Picnic and the late, lamented Science Fantasy Bookstore.

Craig sold his first short story in 1977, and began writing full-time in 1987. While most of his early novels are humorous fantasy, the majority of his short stories have been sold to original horror anthologies such as SHADOWS, MIDNIGHT, DOOM CITY and other cheerful names. His novelization of BATMAN spent something like 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, changing his name on book covers to “New York Times Best-selling Author Craig Shaw Gardner” forevermore. His last few books have wandered over into the “epic fantasy” realm; the last three have been written under the pseudonym “Peter Garrison,” which will show up right next to Craig Shaw Gardner on those bookshelves. Craig was both president and trustee of the Horror Writers Association.

His column, POPCORN OF THE DAMNED,  focuses on “old, peculiar and forgotten films showing up on DVD.”


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Webmaster and Hand Model

Jerrod is the guy who created our new website, and those are his hands holding the knives for our new ratings graphics. Thanks for all your help, Jerrod. Now you’re hands will be immortalized forever.



Michael Louis Calvillo (August 9, 1974 – April 30, 2012)

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Writer: Michael Louis Calvillo

Michael reviewed video games for this site, and was taken from us too soon.

Back when the Cinema Knife Fight website first began, MICHAEL LOUIS CALVILLO wrote video game reviews for us, and you could tell he had a real passion for his subject matter. His game reviews were a lot of fun (and can be found in our archives).

His novels included the Stoker Award-nominated I WILL RISE and the Black Quill Award winner, AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT (a personal favorite of mine). His other books included the story collection, BLOOD AND GRISTLE, the novella BLEED FOR YOU and the books LAMBS and DEATH AND DESIRE IN THE AGE OF WOMEN. All of his writing is well worth checking out.

To learn more about Michael, go to his website at: http://michaellouiscalvillo.com/

Here’s the bio Michael wrote for the CKF site:

“MICHAEL LOUIS CALVILLO is eighty percent blood & gristle, nineteen percent love, and one percent evil. He likes to write and sometimes he does it well. When not staring at a computer screen, he loves his family, likes his job (but wishes he could sleep in), plays video games, and worries himself sick about stupid stuff. His books, Stoker finalist, I WILL RISE, Black Quill Award winner, AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, and short story collection, BLOOD & GRISTLE……Google him and see what you can find!”

  • Peter

    Wish I was here. 🙁

  • Your wish has been granted.