Patrícia Machado (born February 9, 1988) was born in Coimbra and raised in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal. Studied Oriental Languages and Cultures at the University of Minho and holds a Master’s in Intercultural Studies in Portuguese and Chinese. She lived one year in the Chinese city of Tianjin and was a Volunteer for ten months in a small Romanian village named Hurezani, being awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Gorj County Municipality. Patrícia began writing short stories when she was eight years old and never stopped since then. The short sotry “A Lenda das Arcas”, selected for first prize in the Youth4Tomorrow/Almond Press Horror Writing Contest in Portugal, 2014, is her first published work.
Growing up in London’s Surrey suburbs, Kevin always found inspiration in art, particularly music and literature. After moving to Keele University to study Classical Studies and Philosophy, he embarked on a life dominated by wanderlust. He lived in 4 UK cities and working in a series of largely uninteresting office jobs for the best part of a decade, while focussing most of his energy into his role as singer and lyricist with different rock bands. With creating music taking a back seat in 2010, Kevin decided that he needed a change and to do something more satisfying, and so began his journey as an internationally-based English language teacher, moving first to Turkey, via Poland to Portugal. This clash of cultures and ways of life has broadened his pool of inspiration and has led his writing in the direction of blogging, as well as providing a much wider scope of characters and sceneries for his fiction. Kevin’s short story: “Death Imitating Art,” selected for second prize in the Youth4Tomorrow/Almond Press Horror Writing Contest in Portugal, 2014, is his first published work.
Born in Braga but currently living in Lisbon, Frederico Canongia Lopes finished Arts in “Escola Secundária Alves Martins” when he was still living in Viseu. In his early life he had a fascination, almost obsession, with horror themed books and movies alike from authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Alan Poe and Gen Urobuchi. Starting as a hobby he made several stories and poems related to steampunk, cyberpunk, mythological and tragic themes but none of them were published. Currently he is working in the Portuguese Army both as translator and driver. His short story “A Aranha de Pompalina” received third prize at the Youth4Tomorrow/Almond Press Horror Writing Contest and will be published in the bilingual collection “Visceral Portugal”.
Living in Mem-Martins, Portugal, life changed for André when as a kid he saw “Jurassic Park” at the age of six. From that moment on, he knew what he wanted to do in life: to tell stories and to scare the hell out of people. He spent a year in the United States, in the small town of Edgerton, WI, where he completed the last year of high school and had the chance, among other things, to play for the school band at Disneyworld Orlando and to participate in the plays “Jabberwock” and “The Music Man”. He has also written movie articles for several Portuguese publications, as well as done some translations from English to Portuguese. His short story “Killer App” has been selected as part of the Youth4Tomorrow/Almond Press Horror Writing Contest and will be published in the collection “Visceral Portugal”. He is currently working on other short stories, the novella “Red Line” and the full-length novel “The Bond”.
I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. And, shocking truth! Since my youth I hated dark twisted stories. I just hated how they would make my skin crawl before going to bed, and it would give me nightmares for months. And that’s where my love affair with horror stories began. Suddenly I would find myself immersed in writing the most horrid plot I could think of. Not many characters lived till the end I’m afraid to say (but, oh, well) it was for the sake of a good story. Nowadays I always write when I have spare time from my studies and I actually don’t have a preference when writing. It could either end up being a horror story or a romance. Who knows? (Just definitely not a science fiction book!) My short story ‘Rosa d’Ouro’ will be published in the ‘Visceral Portugal’ collection by Almond Press.