Pinckney Benedict, a West Virginia native, has published two collections of short fiction and a novel. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ontario Review, The O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, The Pushcart Prize, and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. He is a professor of English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) published fifty-nine books in his lifetime, twenty-four of them about Tarzan. He began writing seriously at age thirty-six and within two years had initiated three of his four most important series: the Barsoom series, the Pellucidar series, and the Tarzan series. Many of these titles were originally published in All-Story magazine.
Chitra Divakaruni was born in India. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Good Housekeeping, Chicago Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, ZYZZYVA, Indiana Review, Toronto Review, Calyx, and other publications. She has published four books of poetry: Dark Like the River, The Reasons for Nasturtiums, Black Candle, and Leaving Yuba City. Her fiction titles are Arranged Marriage, The Mistress of Spices, and Sister of My Heart. She lives in Houston with her husband and two children.
T. E. Holt lives in North Carolina, studying medicine and growing old. Sometimes he writes short stories, which have appeared in Triquarterly, The Georgia Review, and O. Henry Prize Stories, among other places. He is at present finishing a collection of fiction and starting work on a group of personal essays about things that happen in hospitals.
Rebecca Lee has published stories in The Atlantic Monthly and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
David Lida's short stories have appeared in Open City, Hopscotch, The Literary Review, and the Long Story. Travel Advisory, a collection of his stories set in contemporary Mexico, has just been published by William Morrow. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Interview, and Harper's Bazaar. Formerly a resident of Mexico City, he lives in New York City.
Francine Prose is the author of ten novels, including Hunters and Gatherers, Bigfoot Dreams, and Primitive People; two short-story collections; and a collection of novellas, Guided Tours of Hell. Her new novel, Blue Angel, will be published in April 2000. She is a fellow of the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, and writes regularly on art for the Wall Street Journal.
Frank M. Robinson was born in Chicago. He was a staff writer at Playboy and a speechwriter for San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. He has written several science-fiction novels, some of which have been made into films; published stories and articles in Cavalier, Rogue Magazine, Science Digest, and other publications; and is the co-author of Pulp Culture, a journey through the era of pulp fiction. His latest book, Science Fiction of the 20th Century, was released in October 1999. He lives in San Francisco.
Peter Rock is the author of the novels This Is the Place and Carnival Wolves. Originally from Utah, he now lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Ella. While they did honeymoon in a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Idaho, the character Melissa in "Stranger" bears no resemblance whatsoever to Ella.