Author of Planet Dead
Sylvester Barzey is a best selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre.
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ROBERT JEFFREY II
Creator of Route 3
Robert Jeffrey II is a freelance writer based out of Atlanta, GA and his portfolio includes a multitude of work in the arenas of print/ web journalism, and comics. He’s written for such publications as J’Adore Magazine, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper, Black Sci-Fi.com, and Urban Voices in Comics.
His work with Atlanta based Terminus Media includes creator owned comics (Route 3, Daddy’s Little Girl) and other Terminus Media published books such as the Glyph Comic Award nominated Radio Free Amerika and Terminus Team Up.
His comics work includes contracted client work, including custom comics and animation scripting/editing duties for clients such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nitto Tires, the Soul of Suw comic book series, and HERO Comics’, The Messenger.
Robert is a recipient of the 2008 Miller Brewing Company A. Philip Randolph Messenger Award/ Journalism Award of Excellence in the field of AIDS/Health, and his creator owned series, Route 3, won the 2014 Glyph Comics Award for Best Cover.
He’s yet fulfilled his dream of pop-locking to save a community center.
Author of Birds Don't Swim In The Winter
Kenyata Garner is a self--published author, musician, and poet. She has written two novels in addition to Birds Don't Swim In The Winter and also has a collection of up and coming children's books which she hand illustrates and writes for her company, Blue Owl Children's books.
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GREG ANDERSON ELYSÉE
Creator of Is'nana the Were-Spider, Vol. 1: Forgotten Stories
Greg Anderson Elysée is a Brooklyn, NY born Haitian-American writer, educator, filmmaker, and model. He has been teaching various forms of filmmaking, including narrative and documentary, from elementary level to the elderly since 2012. A former journalist for theOuthousers.com, he also ran his own column, (Heard It Thru) The Griotvine, where he showcased independent creators of color and LGBTQ creators. He also wrote for the independent pop culture news website Bleeding Cool. He is known through the community for doing this on a broader scale, all while presenting his thoughts on diversity.
Is'nana: The Were-Spider was his first comic series, and is a multi award winner, including 2018 Fan Award, Rising Star, and Best Male Character, and 2019 Best Writer and Story of the Year (Glyph Awards).
Is’nana is based on Anansi the trickster god of the Akan people of Ghana, whose stories have spread for centuries throughout Africa as well as the Caribbean. The Gentleman: Darkness of the Void and Marassa, both published by Evoluzione Publishing, debuted in 2018. Elysée has also published work with Lion Forge via the nationally recognized project Puerto Rico Strong.
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FEBRUARY 2021 AUTHORS
Author of Move the Needle
Christian Cashelle's writing career started when she was just 8 years old. After writing a poem for her third grade class, she fell in love with the way words made her feel. After that, she never wanted to be anything other than a writer. Her poetic talent transformed into fictional characters and story lines. After the popularity of her fan-fiction novels in high school, Cashelle turned her long life hobby into a dream career and in 2009 she released that passion unto the world. Ava's Story was released under her publishing company, Dynamic Image Publications.
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Author of Intro: Laconic
Whysteria Rose is a young adult author whose lifelong passion is writing. She has been storytelling as long as she’s been able to speak, keeping her friends and family entertained with stories of faraway places and fantastical characters. She published her debut novel, Mythomania, in January of 2020 and continues to write impactful tales.
Whysteria would not be the author she is without the love and support of her wonderful parents.
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Creator of Renisha + CJay
As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a cartoonist. I’ve created comics ever since the age of 7 and making my comic ideas since the age of 12. All throughout grade school I would doodle on my school notes and create these fascinating characters of all different types. Middle school is where I discovered Anime. I remember just like it was yesterday, sketching images of Sailor Moon with Kirby-like eyes because I wasn’t bold enough to take on the challenge of drawing real Anime eyes. I began making my own comics and let kids my age read them, I knew my ideas were interesting when everyone would ask me for more when they finished reading. And this is what pushed me, I’ve drawn and creating stories on my own for 17 years and I doubt I’ll stop now!!!
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Creator of Okemus
TJ Sterling was born January 22nd, 1983 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At an early age he displayed a very keen and almost prodigious talent for art. In the late 1980’s Tj began to take a serious interest in drawing comic books and superheroes. He frequented numerous local comic shops where he began collect his first set of comics which would eventually inspire his signature 90’s comic style. Over the years Tj continued to hone his artistic ability by taking numerous art classes during school and summer periods. In 2001 he moved from Michigan to New York to attend art college. During college he worked for Marvel Entertainment in New York City in it’s famous Bullpen. After graduating college, working at Marvel and doing work for Dark Horse and Aspen Comics, Tj started his own comic book company..RAE Comics. The first comic book produced by Tj and his team of professional artisans was “Okemus”. Tj debuted Okemus issue 0 at San Diego Comic Con 2015 and sold out his first print run. He then would go onto sell out his second print run at New York Comic Con 2015. Currently Okemus is on the shelves of 10 different comic shops across the nation and has been a fan favorite for the past 5 years.
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JANUARY 2021 AUTHORS
Author of Certain Reprisal
Growing up in the Washington DC area, Kevin was a constant presence at the local libraries and book stores. As he got older, he became a fan of the thriller genre, but noticed the blaring lack of heroes who looked like him with a similar background. So, he decided to write that character. Then, the characters and their stories just kept coming. Kevin looks forward to introducing you to all of these characters soon.
CURTIS "SPECKS" THOMPSON
Creator of Legacy of The View
Curtis “Specks” Thompson born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Specks is a disc jockey turned comic book creator. He has put in almost a decade in the music industry.
Now he has switched lanes and started to create his own comic book universe. He began his comic book universe with his first superhero, The View, in his flagship comic book series "Legacy of The View”.
In Legacy of The View, Specks blends the culture of the urban music scene with the high flying world of superheroes.
Want to know more about Curtis? Check out his interview with Legion of Comics HERE!
DECEMBER 2020 AUTHORS
Author of To Astera, With Love
Amanda Ross is an indie author who writes speculative fiction. In her novels and short stories, Amanda addresses social issues through magical, witchy tales with a little bit of politics and a whole lot of campy humor.
Her first novel, To Astera, With Love tells the story of a Black witch named Mercury who embarks on a cross country roadtrip like no other, with four of his friends by his side. As the group flees Los Angeles for the safety of Astera, a gathering of all witchkind, they battle vampiric cops, evil witches, aggressive humans, and each other as they struggle to make it in one piece.
Amanda likes to think of herself as your neighborhood campy fantasy heaux. When she’s not writing she’s reading the works of other Black fantasy authors or baking her way through The Great British Bake-Off cookbook.
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NOVEMBER 2020 AUTHORS
L. C. ROGERS
Author of Pocketbook Diaries
L. C. Rogers is an award winning author, motivational speaker, poet, mom and wife.
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OCTOBER 2020 AUTHORS
Author of Black Water Tales: The Unwanted
Jean Nicole is a National Black Book Festival award-winner and author of two psychological horror novels, Black Water Tales: The Unwanted and Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers. She has also garnered awards for her screenplay, If I Die, from multiple film festivals including the Shivers International Film Festival (Canada).
Currently, she is working through the 3rd installment of her Black Water Tales series on a novel currently titled, To the Moon and Back.
In 2016, she launched the only novel writing software founded and owned by a black woman, Simple Stylus (www.SimplyStylus.com) and she teaches an online beginner writing course titled, Simply Writing: An Aspiring Author’s Guide to Developing A Solid Writing Process and FINALLY Writing Their Novel.
She writes because she loves words, she writes because she loves stories, she writes because she has a story to tell.
Creator of DayBlack
Growing up being influenced by Ralph Bakshi, Vaugn Bode', Wendy Pini, and Robert Crumb to name a few, really shaped my visual aesthetic, and my approach to creating my comic book, "DayBlack". I found that those underground comics of the 70's always had one foot in sexual raunchiness and drugs, and another foot in social commentary, a combination that fascinated me as a kid. Who knew that in those adult comics I hid from my mother, I would find my individual voice and style.
Working as a tattoo artist for 18 years and counting, was also a huge influence on my unique storytelling perspective. Aside from being a vampire, Merce is about 80% me, and I've found that writing through him has been a great way to air my gripes about my job, and life in general.
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SEPTEMBER 2020 AUTHORS
K. R. S. MCENTIRE
Author of Finding Eden
K. R. S. McEntire lives on a healthy diet of fiction and tea. She loves art, photography and travel because, like books, they allow her to explore new worlds. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and runs the Facebook page Diverse Fantasy and Sci-Finds, where she shares book recommendations with other bibliophiles.
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AUGUST 2020 AUTHORS
Author of They Came from the River
Lauren Jimerson is a speculative fiction writer and native Detroiter. Her book, They Came from the River, is the first installment in The Sarea Legends book series. She is currently working on the second book.
How Lauren feels about teaming up with Fifth House Collective's Monthly Book Box:
"Thanks so much for this opportunity! I'm about to cry. I'm a Scorpio so that's what I do when I'm happy and grateful."
You can follow Lauren on Instagram: @ljimerson.
ANTOINE GHOST MITCHELL
Creator of Sankofa's Eymbrace
How Antoine GHOST Mitchell feels about teaming up with Fifth House Collective's Monthly Book Box:
"It's an Honor that someone wants to share Our Afro-Fantasy Comic Book series, 'Sankofa's Eymbrace' with others. ThANKH You for choosing to #EymbraceTheMovement."
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