Authors of the Damned

Active Members

lee_a_formanLee A. Forman – Thrasher / Administrator

Lee Forman is a writer and editor from the Hudson Valley, NY. His fascination with the macabre began in childhood, watching old movies and reading everything he could get his hands on. He’s a third-generation horror fanatic, starting with his grandfather who was a fan of the classic Hollywood Monsters. When he’s not crafting horrifying creatures and tales of terror, he spends his time playing guitar and writing music.

Blog: Lee A. Forman
Twitter: @leeandrewforman

Nina D’Arcangela – Dark Angel / Administrator / CoFounder

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She’s also an UrbEx adventurer who loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old graveyards. Nina is the co-founder of Pen of the Damned; the co-owner of Sirens Call Publications and Phrenic Press; and the resident nut-job and sole anarchist at Dark Angel Photography.

Blog: Sotet Angyal – The Dark Angel
Twitter: @Sotet_Angyal

JonOlsonJon Olson – Rotting Meat

On top of working full time as a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and still learning the ropes of being a father, Jon is also a writer of horror and dark fiction. While he writes predominantly about the dark and horrible, he will step out into other areas if the interest is there. He finds enjoyment in expressing his creativity through fiction, poetry, songwriting, painting and thrashing the crap out of his bass guitar.

Blog: Monster Lane
Twitter: @JonOlsonAuthor

A.F. Stewart – Madame of Mayhem

A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being horror and fantasy—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novels, novellas, and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry.

Blog: Welcome to Avalon
Twitter: @scribe77

Mark Steinwachs – Uncle Fester

Mark Steinwachs is a roadie who retired to shop life and is now GM at Bandit Lites in Nashville, TN. Over a decade traveling in tour buses plus time as a United States Marine, and a rave DJ/promoter has given him a unique outlook in his storytelling. He writes in the wee hours of the morning fueled by iced coffee.

Mark is also a seeker of rare and fine chocolates.

Facebook: Mark Steinwachs
Twitter: @AuthorMarkStein

Mercedes M. Yardley – The Wolf’s Bane

Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and Pretty Little Dead Girls. She recently won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her story Little Dead Red. Mercedes lives, creates, and crafts in Las Vegas with her family and menagerie of battle-scarred, rescued animal familiars. Mercedes is a member of the Horror Writers Association and co-chair of the Las Vegas HWA Chapter.

Blog: A Broken Laptop
Twitter: @MercedesMY

Lydia Prime – Soul Keeper

Lydia is that friendly monster under your bed just waiting for you to stick your limbs out from beneath the covers. She tends to frequent the nightmares others dare not tread. When she’s not trying to shred scraps of humanity from the unsuspecting, she writes stories and poems of the horror and dark fiction variety. She’s often found in the box office (fishbowl) of Levity Live, and behind dreaded 800 numbers collecting souls.

Facebook: Lydia Prime
Twitter: @LydiaPrime

Scarlett R. Algee – /awl’g/ – The Crimson OG 

Scarlett R. Algee lives in the wilds of Tennessee with a Hound of Tindalos cleverly disguised as a beagle. She discovered steampunk, H. P. Lovecraft, and Lovecraftian steampunk in a previous incarnation as a librarian, and hasn’t looked back since. When not writing horror or fulfilling her duties as an avatar of Nyarlathotep, Scarlett makes steampunk jewelry at her Etsy shop, Copperwalk Designs (

Facebook: Scarlett R. Algee
Twitter: @ScarlettRAlgee

Inactive Members

Magenta_NeroVeronica Magenta Nero – Tint of Madness

Veronica Magenta Nero is a fiction writer and poet. She loves to spin dark tales of fantasy, horror and erotica. She is fascinated and inspired by the metaphysical, occult and paranormal, the deviant and deranged, and all things that seethe deep within our subconsciousness.

Blog: Magenta Nero – Dark Fiction Author
Twitter: @Magenta_Nero

Christopher_A_LiccardiChristopher A. Liccardi – Maestro of Depravity

Christopher is a creator of worlds, destroyer of lives and yes, he sleeps well at night…mostly.  He is a fiction writer, poet, and scribe to a beautifully vengeful muse with a taste for horror, fantasy and the erotic. His insatiable imagination has no limit. If you happen to run across Christopher’s path and he seems distracted, it would most likely be prudent to glance over your shoulder – you never know what he may be plotting.

Blog: C.A.Liccardi Author
Twitter: @CLiccardiAuthor


Pen of the Damned Alumni 

April Denton, Jack WallenAdriana Noir, Daemonwulf, Dan DillardLeslie Moon, Blaze McRob, Craig McGray, Hunter SheaBrian Moreland, Joseph A. Pinto , Thomas Brown Tyr KieranZack Kullis

9 thoughts on “Authors of the Damned

  1. Hi Mary!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 The Damned’s ladies certainly do not mince words when it comes to dark prose. Not only do they sing it, but bring it each and every time as well! 😉


  2. We’re always on the prowl for talent. If you’d like to be considered if an opening becomes available, shoot a 1000 word or less sample out to Joseph or myself and we’ll happily hang onto it. We hope you enjoy what you find here from The Damned!


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