The Instigators

Space Cocaine is provided by a rotating cast of authors, who are herded by Mark Teppo (publisher), Andrew McCollough (editor) and Jessie Kwak (editor).

Erik Grove is a writer, long distance runner, and little dog wrangler doing things in Portland, OR. He enjoys tacos, robots, and using italics for emphasis. You can find his work in ESCAPE POD, BUCKMAN JOURNAL, prior volumes of SPACE COCAINE and other esteemed places like his mom’s refrigerator.

Follow him on Twitter @erikgrove for dog glamor shots, marathon training nonsense, and sundry writerly shenanigans or check out his webpage www.erikgrove.com for fun and prizes! *

*There is no fun. There are no prizes. There are otter photos sometimes.


Jessie Kwak is a freelance writer and novelist living in Portland, Oregon. She writes sci-fi and fantasy with a liberal dose of explosions, gunfights, and dinner parties. She likes to make her readers laugh. She is the author of supernatural thriller From Earth and Bone, the Bulari Saga series of gangster sci-fi stories, and the Nanshe Chronicles series of space heist adventures. You can learn more about her at www.jessiekwak.com, or follow her on Twitter (@jkwak) or Instagram (@kwakjessie).


Grá Linnaea is an author, editor and musician living in Portland, Oregon. He’s the former editor of Shimmer Magazine. He’s won Writers of the Future and his story “Messages From Valerie Polichar” was nominated for the Stoker Award. Other of his fiction can be found in Apex and Daily Science Fiction. You can learn more about him at gralinnaea.com, or follow him on Twitter or Instagram (@gralinnaea).


Andrew McCollough writes science fiction, fantasy, and undecipherable scribbles. Mostly the latter. His work tends to describe unfortunate things happening to relatable protagonists and often involve magic or robots. He is the author of Mermaid’s Garden and other short stories and his work is available at Grievous Angel and Amazon. You can learn more about him at www.andrewmccollough.com.


Remy Nakamura is a writer of dark and weird fiction. You can find his stories in Escape PodPseudopod, and a number of anthologies. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and currently serves on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) Board as a Director at Large. Remy grew up in Greece, Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he spends as much time as possible getting cold, wet, and muddy.


Kate Ristau is the author of the middle grade series, Clockbreakers, and the young adult series, Shadow Girl. You can read her essays in The New York Times and The Washington PostIn her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in a house in Oregon, where they found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard. Learn more at www.kateristau.com.


Jeb Sherrill has an oddly disjointed background. Having stumbled through everything from performing stage magic and kinetic juggling on French television and in Las Vegas casinos, to teaching martial arts and circus techniques, to competitive sabre fencing, film and stage acting, dance, songwriting, and his ongoing stint as a popular YouTube personality, Jeb has the ADD of a 10 year old. Writing, however, has remained his greatest passion since early childhood, having also written a barrage of short stories and poetry.


Mark Teppo is the author of more than a dozen novels ranging across several genres. He is the author of the Stonebrook & The Judge series, the Sal Quagmire mysteries, and he contributed to the Foreworld Saga. His non-fiction includes the perennial favorite, Jumpstart Your Novel. He also writes Butch Bliss mysteries under the name Harry Bryant. 
When he isn’t writing, he’s producing books for Underland Press, an independent press in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, he’s a synthesist, a trouble-shooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon. Find him at www.markteppo.com.


Wendy N. Wagner’s short stories, essays, and poems run the gamut from horror to environmental literature. Her longer work includes the gothic novella The Secret Skin, the horror novel The Deer Kings, the Locus bestselling SF eco-thriller An Oath of Dogs, and two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game. She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family, two large cats, and a Muppet disguised as a dog. You can find her at winniewoohoo.com or on Twitter at wnwagner.


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