Mara Hodges — Sci-Fi Lead Editor
Aside from acting as a Lead Editor at Montag Press, Mara is a manager with the Eden Area Reciprocity Network, and is Five Star Copywriter with Interact Media. She regularly judges the annual Odyssey of the Mind regional and state tournaments, and is writing a field guide to natural, undeveloped hot springs in the Eastern Sierra region. Past experiences include editing publications for an environmental publishing company and environmental reporting for Green Answers.
Mara is a patron of all sciences, especially environmental science and psychology. Mara likes encouraging authors to think outside the box and break the mold to produce thought-provoking literature. She loves authors who are brave enough to say what they really think rather than what they have been indoctrinated to think.
Mara is the Project Editor for J.E Gurley’s Oracle of Delphi, Paul Bussard’s Stinger Stars, Trevor Richardson’s Dystopia Boy and Carl Alves’ Reclamation Mother Earth.
Mara can be reached at happy<at>montagpress.com
Alexandra Paskulin — Experimental Fiction Lead Editor
Alexandra has written and edited for The Mystic Mixtape. She has worked as an online news writer for Collective Clicks , and written elementary school curriculum for international non-profit organization Vishwa Nirmala Dharma’s Vancouver education program. Alexandra loves all things weird, experimental, and existential. She has a BA in English from UCLA and specializes in speculative fiction with a strong metaphysical element. She gravitates toward writing that questions perception, reality, and the limits of human consciousness. When she’s not delving in mysteries, Alexandra works with authors to expand and perfect their individual visions. She currently lives in Sacramento.
Alex is the Project Editor on M against M by Declan Tan and Hooks and Slaughterhouse by Alana Capria.
Alex can be reached at alex<at>montagpress.com
Allie Polubiec – Stagework Lead Editor
Allie, an experienced dramaturge, has reviewed scripts for UrbanStages/Playwrights Previews Productions in New York, NY and for Guna Nua Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. She studied adaptation, dramaturgy and composition (of words and music both) at Bennington College. She has worked as assistant director and dramaturge with Acme Theatre Company and Barnyard Theatre Company in Davis, CA.
Allie is fascinated by the role of myth in science fiction, and the analysis of our current culture through the medium of science fiction. In addition, her experience as a dramaturge has taught her to approach a play or novel on its own terms, and accept what it is attempting to be. She is eager to work with playwrights and authors to actualize their ideas, worlds and people, and to share them with readers.
Allie is the Project Editor for the collection of plays by John Victor & Meghan Brown.
Allie can be reached at allie<at>montagpress.com
Michael Duncan — Fantasy & Spiritualism Lead Editor
The police in full riot gear stand in blatant intimidation. The San Francisco Streets glimmer in the sun as the vibrant beat of drums fill the air with enchantment. The cry of free people with one voice chanting against war and oppression marvelously proclaims liberty to the captives. I breathe in the aura and am inspired to courageous action. A vigil is set in the middle of a busy street. It does not block traffic but simply reaches out to those passing by with the intimidating message of truth. The ministers of oppression cannot allow such blatant proclamation of truth. To hell with the fact that the protesters are well within their constitutional rights. Inspired, I go to join them. A few minutes after I join the noble vigil, the ministers of oppression come to stop it. Most flee. I have a choice. I choose to stay and soon end up in handcuffs. I enter the cathedral with as much reverence as I can muster. I am appalled by the mobs of tourists who storm in. They snap millions of pictures in two seconds. My camera hands idle but ready at my side. I approach the altar slowly, and carefully. I ask permission of the resident Holy spirits. When my heart confirms their permission I take a few careful pictures. I back away slowly, refreshed and renewed.
Michael’s passion as an editor is to help writers create influential literature that combines the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Spiritual Development. Previously Michael was the lead editor at Lorber Publications. He is inspired by Bob Marley, C.S. Lewis., JRR Tolkein, Ron Paul, Abraham Lincoln, and Ghandi. Michael agrees with Emily Dickinson saying: “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” In his personal life, Michael is the extremely blessed husband of a lovely Filipino wife named Chenkay and father of a three year old daughter named Havilah Zoe.
Sam Cowan — Head Designer
Sam is a professional graphic designer and layout artist with over 15 years of experience. Amongst hundreds of design, production, and documentation projects, he performed layout and production duties on a statistical math textbook, designed and produced a book of essays by computer security expert Bruce Schneier, and served as Senior Graphic Designer and Production Manager for a medical trade magazine.
A life-long book lover, Sam favors small press horror and dark fantasy. He is a cryptozoology enthusiast, and one of the presumably few people who have seen both Black Flag and The Beach Boys in concert. So far, Sam’s favorite place in the world is The House on the Rock. Sam can be followed at Nothing is Imminent and at @graphickal on twitter.
Sam can be reached at sam<at>montagpress.com
Badger – Book Designer
Badger has been doing book design and layout for over ten years. A longstanding fan of roleplaying games and horror, Badger began working for Chaosium, Inc., publishers of the RPG Call of Cthulhu (based upon the writing of H.P. Lovecraft), and now has more than twenty titles to his credit. One of his most recent works, Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd edition, won two ENnie awards in 2012. In addition to Chaosium, Badger has done layout and book design for Pagan Publishing, and is on staff at Miskatonic River Press where he’s been project lead, editor, and art director on several book projects.
Badger strives to find a balance between readability and design that’s aesthetically pleasing, and his critical eye is ever scanning for missing commas or horrid uses of “your”. A lifelong geek, Badger still is an avid gamer, and is in the midst of designing his first Lovecraftian-themed card game. He’s also a musician, playing bass for a local alternative metal band called Unbecome.
Somewhere in there, he manages to find time to sleep and eat occasionally.
Badger’s company, Squamous Studios, has a home on the intarwebs.
Royal Torres — Book Designer
As a trained professional graphic designer, Royal explore typography, color and pattern in its two-dimensional form. His graphic design work includes projects ranging from brochures, flyers and book design to promotional material. In addition to having his BS in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Royal obtained a BFA in Painting from Puerto Rico’s School of Visual Arts in 2003.
Royal’s life as an artist is rooted in his multi-cultural childhood. Raised in Puerto Rico by parents of French and Spanish descent, Royal’s fascination with art began at the age of five when he was introduced to American comic books. From the very beginning he was most intrigued by the shapes, drawings and color of the comics that my father got for him. During a formative trip to Mexico when he was 12, Royal encountered ancient stone mosaics of hieroglyphic designs and Aztec alphabet. It was an eye-opening discovery of the hypnotic beauty of pattern and comic book-like storytelling. Other influences from his formative years that inspire his work include the work of Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco, Wolfgang Weingart and Barbara Kruger.
David Ball — Transmedia Lead
David studied art at San Francisco State University. David has worked in animation, and illustration and now works as a transmedia developer and graphic designer. In addition to his transmedia work with Montag Press titles, David works with Edible East Bay magazine and illustrates for clients.
David is married to a beautiful wife and a proud father of two boys growing up in Oakland. Together they have a large extended family with their roots deep in the city and they will be there for a long time. David loves to sketch his wife, sons and family, capturing their character in the moment. David’s blog is at Shape Up Sketch.
Michael ‘Words’ Benson — Editor at Large
Michael enjoys the art of storytelling‒from the building of characters and worlds to choosing the perfect words to evoke the same‒just as much as he enjoys the story itself. He is such a stickler for detail that he made sure to use the proper en dashes in the previous sentence.
Michael can be reached at michael<at>montagpress.com
Charlie Franco — Night Manager
Charlie is a graduate in Computer Design from George Brown College and he has graduate degrees in Design & Screenwriting from the UCLA. Charlie has worked as a Production Manager at Bruce Mau Design and as an Art Director at Revolver and Black Walk.
At Montag Press, Charlie stays up late into the night managing the demon words and subversive ideas that keep the chauvinists and zealots warm and their book fires stoked. Charlie can be reached at submit<at>montagpress.com
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