Who We Are
We couldn’t exist without our amazing, dedicated, volunteer staff. Here’s where you can learn about them.
Dylan Kowalewski aka The Monster Librarian
Dylan founded Monster Librarian in 2005. He obtained a Master’s in Library Science after catching the library bug working as reference assistant at an academic library, then worked part-time at the reference desk of a small branch library. He was a reader of horror fiction and lover of horror movies for as long as he could remember. His interest in the field of library science was in using horror fiction as a tool to attract reluctant readers to the joy of reading. Dylan passed away on April 17, 2014 at the age of 40. The continuation of Monster Librarian is his legacy.
Kirsten Kowalewski, Editor/Reviewer
Kirsten Kowalewski has a Master’s degree in library science and is certified to teach school library media. She has worked as a children’s librarian in a large public library and as a school library media specialist at the elementary level and has a strong interest in reading engagement (link). She was recently published in Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children’s Literature and Culture, edited by Jessica McCort. She’s had kids of all ages ask her “Where are the scary books?”
Michele Lee, Reading Bites Editor/Reviewer
Michele Lee has been a friend and supporter of libraries and librarians since middle school when she discovered the first in a wonderful line of book lovers who would pull her from classes and indulge her love of roaming the stacks. Now she’s a writer and a reviewer trying to share her love of books and stories with anyone who will listen. She keeps a web site (www.michelelee.net) and a personal book review blog (micheleleebooklove.blogspot.com) where she reviews everything from romantic erotica to unflinching horror.
Sheila Shedd, Contributing Editor/Reviewer
Sheila Shedd earned her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She’s a reviewer for Fangoria Magazine, an assistant editor at Capitol City Books, and her fiction is published at Sink/Swim Press. A California native, Sheila’s into surf-punk, comedic gore, and playing wildly competitive rounds of Munchkin with her family.
David Agranoff, Reviewer
David Agranoff is a Science Fiction and Horror author who spent time in prison for the first amendment and eats massive amounts of vegan food at his home in California. He is the author of the collection Screams from a Dying World and co-author of The Gutter Limits, both available from Punk Horror press. 2008 will see the release of his first novel Hunting the Moon Tribe, and he is currently working on a dystopian cyberpunk novel. He blogs book reviews and points of view on a regular basis at www.davidagranoff.blogspot.com
Bob Freeman, Reviewer
Bob Freeman is the author of Shadows Over Somerset, as well as numerous comics and short stories. Bob majored in anthropology and ancient studies at Ball State University with a primary focus on witchcraft, magic, and religion. He is married with children and resides in rural Indiana. He can be found online at www.cairnwood.net
Colleen Wanglund, Reviewer
Colleen Wanglund is a mother of two twenty-somethings, as well as a metalhead, a gorehound, and most importantly, a reader. She has been a horror fan since her first horror movie (THE OMEN) when she was 10, and her first horror novel (THE SENTINEL) when she was 12. When not reading or writing reviews, she’s either knitting or working in her garden….and ALWAYS listening to music.
Benjamin Franz, Reviewer
Benjamin Franz is a filmmaker, librarian, scriptwriter, scriptreader, butcher, and occasional baker, but has yet to do any candlestick making. He started reading at an early age, although his first love was definitely science fiction. He has since migrated to reading all genres in the library, especially horror. Benjamin currently serves as a librarian in the greater CUNY (City University of New York) network of colleges. He resides in East Orange, NJ with his partner Liz and their dog, Adom. He has resolved to determine what the platypus was up to the night of December 8th, 1974….
Patricia O. Mathews, Reviewer
Patricia Mathews is a professional librarian in a public library and the author of the reader’s advisory guide Fang-Tastic Fiction: Twenty-First Century Paranormal Reads, published by ALA Editions in 2011. In addition to reviewing for MonsterLibrarian.com, she reviews massive quantities of paranormal fiction at the Fang-tastic Fiction companion blog, fangfiction.blogspot.com.
David Simms, Reviewer
David has his Master’s in educational psychology & works as a special education teacher, therapist, psychologist, and professor while playing in the Slushpile charity band (with F. Paul Wilson, Heather Graham, David Morrell, etc) & co-founded the Killer Thriller Band (the OTHER big writers’ band). His first novel, DARK MUSE, a YA dark fantasy, was released in 2013 and his second, FEAR THE REAPER will hopefully be hitting the shelves in 2016.
Moving to the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia freed the muse after being strangled in New Jersey for 40 years. He lives atop a mountain with a wife, toddler demon son, two furballs and travels anywhere he can afford for Walden-esque escapes – and to relive his youth at hard rock & blues shows.
Hannah Kate, Reviewer
Based in the UK, Hannah is a poet, writer, and editor, and also runs a small press, Hic Dragones, which publishes “intelligent but weird” dark fiction, holds conferences and events related to dark and horror fiction, and markets a series of murder mystery games. She has authored the poetry collection Variant Spelling (Hic Dragones 2012) and a number of short stories and edited the anthologies Impossible Spaces (Hic Dragones 2013) and Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws, and Lycogeny (Hic Dragones 2012). As Dr. Hannah Priest, she is also a researcher at the University of Manchester, where she writes academic works and lectures on medieval romance, contemporary fiction, and monsters (especially werewolves). Luckily for us, in addition to all this, Hannah also makes time to review books for Monster Librarian.
Lucy Lockley, Reviewer
Lucy is the Collection Development Manager for the St Charles City-County Library District in St. Peters, Missouri. As the RAT Queen,she blogs about general reader’s advisory topics at http://ratqueentales.blogspot.com/
W. E. Zazo-Philips, Reviewer
W.E. Zazo-Phillips read Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King in fifth grade and has been a fan of horror and paranormal fiction ever since. She has been a professional exam writer for the several years, which means that while thousands of people have read her work, no one knows her name. Part of her responsibilities involve interviewing and working with librarians from all over to develop test material for library jobs. She is the author of Demons Among Us.
Tina Mockmore, Reviewer
Tina has been employed in public libraries for over twenty years and has worn many hats; she’s been an assistant children’s librarian, a reference librarian, a circulation clerk, a PR librarian and even a library page. She has also been a freelance writer for over twenty years, and currently writes and publishes two blogs– HorrorDigest.com and SpookyCelebs.com.
Heather Hurley, Reviewer
Heather has a degree in journalism and 15 years’ experience in the publishing industry writing back cover copy (unfortunately, not in the science fiction or horror genre, which would be her preference). She also has 40+ years’ experience soaking up ghost stories and has passed that passion on to her 9 year old daughter, who spent almost a full year carrying Coraline everywhere.
Jenna Rockett, Reviewer
Jenna is new to libraries but has long been a fan all things weird and wonderful. A University of Virginia graduate, she earned her bachelor’s degree in archaeology with a concentration in funerary customs and forensic archaeology. She works as a youth associate at a large public library and volunteers her spare time conserving historic cemeteries. One day, Jenna hopes to realize her lifelong dream of becoming Morticia Addams.
Lizzy Walker, Reviewer
Lizzy earned her MLS at the University of North Texas, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as a Minor in Early European History from Boise State University. She is the Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wichita State University Ablah Library, and works closely with Special Collections & University Archives. She attributes her avid (almost rabid) interest in horror from her grandmother, Phyllis. In addition to her library work, she is primary editor for her husband who is an independent game developer and writes post-apocalyptic literature.
Alyssa Renee Hunt, Reviewer
Robert D. Yee, Reviewer
Bob is a retired neuro-ophthalmologist, who lives in an empty-nester neighborhood in Carmel, Indiana. Beginning in elementary school, he read every science fiction book in a branch library in San Francisco, California, launching his career as a wonk. One of the first books was Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. However, Bob is a book-reading omnivore who also enjoys horror, fantasy, mystery, fiction, history, historical fiction, spy, action and popular science. He recently invaded a women’s book club in his neighborhood, as the first male member. Bob has read hundreds of eBooks with his Kindle, leaving room on his bookshelves for medical textbooks that he will never read again.
Aaron Fletcher, Reviewer
Diana Lord, Reviewer