Christian Jacq is the author of the international bestselling four-volume Rames series, which sold over 11 million copies in 29 countries. He is the founder and director of the Rames Institute, which is dedicated to preserving the endangered archaeological sites of Egypt. Jacq lives in Switzerland.
Al Sarrantonio, Al Sarrantonio has written 28 novels and has had his short stories appear in publications such as, "Heavy Metal," Twilight Zone," "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" and "Realms of Fantasy." He has also had his work appear in such anthologies as "The Year's Best Horror Stories," Visions of Fantasies: Tales from the Masters," "Great Ghost Stories" and "The Best of Shadows." Sarrantonio writes a host of genres, including, science fiction, fantasy, horror and western. His novels include, "Exile," "Moonbane," "October," "West Texas" and "Campbell Wood." He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writer's Association and the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award. Sarrantonio has edited three volumes of humor as well as co-edited "100 Hair Raising Little Horror Stories."
Neil Gaiman, 1960 - Neil Gaiman was born in 1960 in Portchester, England. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as "Time Out," "The Sunday Times," "Punch" and "The Observer." Gaiman's first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series "The Sandman." It is what Gaiman is most famous for and the series has won every major industry award, including the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to win a literary award. "The Sandman" series has outsold both "Batman" and "Superman" comics, selling over a million copies a year. The collections have sold over 750,000 copies in both paperback and hardcover and Warner Bothers has optioned the rights to Sandman. Gaiman is the co-originator and co-editor of The Utterly Comic Relief, an organization which raises money to maintain First Amendment Rights for comic book creators. In 1991, the organization raised over 45,000 pounds for the Comic Relief Charity. Gaiman has also co-authored a book with Terry Pratchet called "Good Omens" and wrote "Ghastly Beyond Belief" in 1985 and "Don't Panic" in 1987. He has edited a book of poetry entitled "Now We Are Sick" and his essays have appeared in such publications as "Horror: 100 Best Books and 100 Great Detectives." Gaiman's latest project has been the development of "Neverwhere," originally a television series for the BBC, it has now been expanded into a novel and is being made into a movie created by Jim Henson Productions. He has also delved into children's books, writing "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish" which was selected by "Newsweek" as one of the Best Children's Book of 1997. His last publications have been "Smoke and Mirrors" in 1998 and "Stardust," an anthology of short stories in, 1999. When not writing, Gaiman is constantly involved in fighting for the rights of literary writers of all kinds so that the First Amendment shall always be allowed for those who choose to write.