Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.
Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean Bennett, Manu's family relocated to Australia soon after his birth. During high school Manu played representative rugby and studied classical ballet and piano, before attending University of NSW to study Drama.
Manu is best known for his portrayal of powerful gladiator Crixus on Starz hit series Spartacus. Manu can also be seen in the CW network hit, Arrow, playing legendary comic book character, Slade Wilson.
On the big screen, Manu stars as Azog, king of the Orcs, in The Hobbit trilogy, a role which won him exceptional praise from Director Peter Jackson who stated that he was "the Breakout performance" of the film.
Manu appeared on various TV dramas before landing his first feature film, multiple award winning "Lantana," opposite Anthony La Paglia. His feature credits include major supporting roles in 20th Century Fox's "The Marine" opposite Robert Patrick, Sony's "30 Days of Night" opposite Josh Hartnett and produced by Sam Raimi; the Japanese film "Tomoko" opposite award-winning Japanese actress Rumiko Koyangi and a lead role in Lionsgate's "The Condemned" alongside Vinnie Jones and Stone Cold Steve Austen.
Previous TV credits include starring roles in successful New Zealand productions "Shortland Street," "Street Legal," "Mataku," "Creature Of Quest," "Going Straight," and as Marc Antony opposite his "Spartacus" co-star Lucy Lawless in Tapert and Raimi's hit series "Xena: Warrior Princess."
Mia Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, 1975, to Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a Bulgarian Jewish immigrant. Mia had a middle class upbringing and graduated from the prestigious McGill University with a degree in English Literature. She had a love for acting from her school days at the Jarvis Institute, and her parents helped find her a talent agent at the age of 12.
By the age of 15, Mia was acting professionally and made her film debut in 1993 in Denys Arcand's Love and Human remains. Kirshner won a Genie nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a supporting role for her part in the film. Mia's performance also brought her to the attention of Atom Egoyan, who cast her as the female lead in the 1996 film Exotica. Mia's depiction of a sexy stripper in the film, won her critical acclaim, and by 1996 she established herself with an equally inspiring performance in The Crow: City of Angels.
Having established herself in Hollywood as a leading and versatile performer, Mia also appeared in the first three episodes of 24 as the assassin Mandy in 2001. She would later reprise the role for the second season's finale and in the latter half of the show's fourth season. Also in 2001, Kirshner played Catherine Wyler, The Cruelest Girl in School, in Not Another Teen Movie. The character is primarily a spoof of Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Cruel Intentions, and was partially based on Mackenzie Siler (played by Anna Paquin) from She's All That. In Marilyn Manson's music video for "Tainted Love", which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, she made a cameo appearance as her character Catherine Wyler.
In 2004, Kirshner was cast as author Jenny Schecter, a main character in the drama series The L Word. She remained with the show for all of the show's six seasons through 2009. She won several awards for her role as Jenny Schecter, and a world-wide fan base which followed her character throughout the seasons of the L Word.
In 2006, Mia starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia in which she plays the young aspiring actress, Elizabeth Short, who was mysteriously mutilated and murdered in 1947. While the film itself was critically panned, many reviews singled out her performance for acclaim. In 2010, Kirshner co-starred in the film 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which began filming in the fall of 2009. In 2010, she was cast as Isobel Fleming, a guest role on The Vampire Diaries.
In 2011, she voiced the title character in Bear 71, a National Film Board of Canada web documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
On April 20, 2012, it was announced that Kirshner would join the new Syfy series Defiance.
Kirshner was ranked #43 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She and Beverly Polcyn were nominated for Best Kiss at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards for Not Another Teen Movie. In 2012 it was announced that Kirshner would be the face of Monica Rich Kosann's jewelry collection.
Already established as Canada's most decorated female performer, Mia is also a decorated writer, winning acclaim for her 2007 book I Live Here.
Jared Turner was born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand on April 12, 1978. His family moved to Sydney, Australia, in 1980. Jared grew up living in the western suburbs of Sydney.
Jared graduated from Theatre Nepean, University of Western Sydney in 2000 at the age of 22.
He went on to act in numerous theatre productions, both in Australia and abroad, as well as local TV drama, All Saints, before landing a lead role on the award-winning New Zealand feature film, Fracture.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Jared was guest cast in acclaimed NZ comedy-drama, Outrageous Fortune, followed by regular appearances in the TV series, Go Girls. Shortly after, Jared was cast in one of the lead roles for the international hit show, The Almighty Johnsons, playing "Ty Johnson", the human incarnation of Hod, the Nordic God of all things dark and cold. Jared has since become a well-known figure in New Zealand, appearing on numerous local film and television productions over the last several years.
Most recently, Jared was a member of the lead cast in the new Australian drama, The Secret Daughter, which also stars Australian Pop music sensation, Jessica Mauboy.
Jared has also appeared in numerous international productions including "30 Days of Night" (2007)", "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" (2009), Spartacus: War of the Damned, and as Slanter, the leader of the Gnome rebellion in MTV's hit fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles
Mark Rendall was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 10 he auditioned for Cameron Macintosh's Touring Musical Production of Oliver, and landed the role of "Spider", one of Fagin's pickpockets, as well as understudy for the character "Oliver", which he ended up playing a total of 26 times during its three month run.
Since his theatrical debut, he has gone on to perform in a long list of lead and supporting roles in both film, and television. Titles include: 30 Days of Night, My One and Only, Charlie Bartlett, The Exploding Girl, Transporter The Series, Hannibal, Year of the Carnivore, Algonquin, The Birder, and many more. Mark is also known in the voice over world for his performance as "Arthur" the aardvark in the animated series of the same name.
In 2010, Mark took a step back from acting to pursue another passion, taking two years off to complete an education in the art of fine woodworking and instrument building at OCAD U and The Canadian School of Lutherie.
Now residing in Toronto and Los Angeles, Mark continues to pursue both of his passions, finding the balance between acting and instrument building.
Born on October 2, in New Zealand, Patrick Kake would have no idea what positive repercussions would ensue from a chance entry into a modeling competition. From this humble point in 1993, Patrick began a career in modeling in the annual New Zealand fashion award shows. While at one of these events, a casting director spotted the 6'2", muscled model and selected him to be a double for Kevin Sorbo in the Hercules television series. Patrick himself admits this was generally the show that taught him a great deal about acting and also started his love for it. He started out standing in during the times, Kevin was off camera (due to a restriction by producers so that Kevin would not work himself ill as he had done in prior shoots). From 1995-1999, Patrick worked on Hercules and in 2000 he began appearing on the science fiction series Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001) (TV). 2005 would be a stand-out year as he won the role of the Centaur general Oreius in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). He has also appeared in the vampire horror/adventure flick 30 Days of Night (2007).
Actress, artist, and musician Megan Franich was born and raised in New Zealand. Megan learned her first guitar chords from a friend while sitting on her porch steps in Faraday Street in Napier, New Zealand. The first song Franich learned was "My Girl" by Kristin Hersh. Megan studied at the Victoria University of Wellington. She began her career in the entertainment industry as a sound technician. Franich made her film debut with two uncredited small parts in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Megan gave an especially strong, scary, and impressive performance as vicious and grotesque vampire Iris in the brutal and terrifying horror movie "30 Days of Night." Franich lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Nick and Siamese cat Cricket.
Kate Butler is an American actress who was born in Worcester, MA. She grew up in Annapolis, MD. In 1983, she attend The School of Visual Arts. After leaving school, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked for screen writer Steve Zaillian. She began her acting career in 1992 with a role in the Stephen Frears film Hero. From 2005 - 2008, Kate lived and worked in New Zealand acting in Fatal Contact, Bridge To Terabithia and 30 Days of Night and writing the screenplay Famous. Kate Butler currently lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband Brian D. Butler and son Thomas Butler.
Aaron Sims is one of the most innovative and versatile concept artists working in films today. To industry insiders, he is revered for his multi-faceted approach to creature development and design. To audiences, he is the genius behind many of today's most memorable movie monsters.
Sims' youth in Arlington, Texas was filled with animation and highly detailed pencil renderings of nature that his father produced professionally, motivating Sims to follow his interests in art and animation. As a teenager he began working for the renowned illustrator Don Ivan Punchatz. In the mid-80s, Sims moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a special effects makeup artist for the film industry. His work quickly attracted the attention of legendary Academy Award winner Rick Baker, with whom Sims collaborated for the next twelve years. During that time, Sims served as a leading special effects artist on some of the most popular, defining movies of the 1990s: Gremlins 2, Batman Forever, Mighty Joe Young, Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Men in Black.
A pivotal event in defining Sims' future occurred when Baker introduced him to a new digital imaging program called Adobe Photoshop. Sims embraced computer technology with enthusiasm and began to combine Softimage 3D animation software, Photoshop's painting capabilities and his knowledge and experience as a special effects artist.
In the late 1990s, Sims started working for another Academy Award winner, Stan Winston, who encouraged Sims' pioneering methods. With advanced computers and cutting-edge software, Sims altered forever the industry's process of design and development. In 2000, working through the Stan Winston Studio, Sims introduced his visionary design process to Steven Spielberg, and became the lead character designer for Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Sims created unprecedented designs for all of Spielberg's robot characters and, in doing so, validated his groundbreaking approach to character creation. Having thus raised the bar in the concept design industry, Sims took the Stan Winston Studio to the forefront of innovative film design. During this exciting time, Sims co-founded Stan Winston Digital and led the studio, as art director and head concept artist, on such films as Constantine, Fantastic Four, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Eight Below, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and Tim Burton's Big Fish.
Sims' creative approach to concept design using digital technology has had significant affects on the film industry. Softimage development teams have advanced aspects of their software from Sims creative use of their product. Sims has also inspired many of the current techniques used by top artists and designers in the entertainment industries. The demand for training in his methods has led to an ongoing partnership with Alex Alvarez and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects on a series of instructional DVDs.
With the same adventurous spirit that fueled his willingness to embrace digital technology, Sims decided to leave the Stan Winston Studio to work as an independent concept artist on 30 Days of Night, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. In 2007, he co-founded White Rock Lake Productions with business partner and long-time friend John Norris while also opening his own fully capable design studio, The Aaron Sims Company.
Michael McKiddy was seen at the age of 5 in his first television appearance on the "The Uncle Al TV Show" in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly after that his parents took him to see "Back to the Future," and from that moment on, he told everyone he met that he wanted to be an actor.
Growing up in Springboro, Ohio, Michael spent every spare moment of his teenage years writing and filming movies and skits with his childhood friends, stating this was "an incredible acting/filmmaking class in itself." But it took him 5 years after relocating with his family to Sterling Heights, Michigan, during his senior year at Utica High School, to gather enough nerve to audition for the school's Fall musical "Oklahoma!" He successfully landed a role, and was overwhelmed by the camaraderie involved in putting a show together.
Officially bitten by the acting bug, Michael spent the next 8 years studying acting and performing in front of sold out audiences in theaters throughout Southeastern Michigan, as he starred in over 40 plays and musicals. He won numerous awards, like the Gypsy Robe for his portrayal of Ellard Simms, a slow minded Southern boy, in Larry Shue's "The Foreigner." He also took home three different awards at Grosse Pointe Theatre for: Best Featured Male as Vinnie Bavasi in Neil Simon's "Proposals"; Best Supporting Male as Stanley in "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; and Best Leading Male as Nick in "Over the River and Through the Woods."
In addition to his onstage performances, Michael was involved in various local films in the Detroit area; having roles that would place him in front of and behind the camera, satisfying his eagerness to continue learning all aspects of filmmaking. At age 19, he landed the lead role of Patrick Hill, a recovering heroin addict who learns he has contracted AIDS, in the gritty feature film "After April."
After being cast in 4 additional local features, Michael was chosen to play the character Brad, a supporting role opposite Shanti Lowry ("The Game"), Melissa Schuman ("Love Don't Cost a Thing"), and Scott Vickaryous ("Get Real") in the film "Silent Scream", produced by Bob Brown (Jeff Daniel's partner at Purple Rose Films), which was picked up by Lionsgate, and can be found at all online retailers.
He can also be seen as the lead role in the hilarious feature film "Deadheads" (which was released in the US on March 6th, and can be seen all over the world as well; the film sold out two screenings at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival, a third show was even added; then also in July 2011 it sold out a 530 seat theater at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival; "DeadHeads" was screened to sold out audiences at the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival, then at UK's Film4 FrightFest in Liecester Square; Screamfest in LA; and then Toronto After Dark and the Austin Film Festival - where all three screenings sold out - among many other festivals).
Michael also starred in a short film called "Suck" (directed by Ben Ketai - "30 Days of Night: Dark Days") which screened at Screamfest 2007 at the Chinese Theatre in LA; Michael also played the lead in a pilot written and directed by Ketai titled "Infection Hour"; as well as written/acted in/produced/directed numerous short films (including "The Men's Room," which was a finalist in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" short film contest) and a web series called "Paranormal, Burbank" (a loose spoof of the hit Sci Fi channel show "Ghost Hunters"), which can be seen all over the Internet.
Also a writer, Michael watched his first full length play "The Scene with the Large Man" (which he also produced and directed), come to life when it premiered in Michigan in June 2005. Later in that same month, "Aisle Two" - a one act play he wrote - was produced off Broadway at the Sargent Theatre in New York City. In September 2011 his one act play "Evidence" was produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC.
He has completed the screenplays: "Reenactment," "Mulher," "In Between Fading," "Shooting Blanks" - which he co-wrote with USC grad and former FX's "Justified" writer Ryan Farley - and "Aurora" - also with Ryan Farley - which is repped by CAA; as well as the stage plays "Love(HATE)," "Fake," and "Hilarity Ensues."
Michael was also the producer of the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Keith Huff's (author of "A Steady Rain," which ran on Broadway and starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig) "Pursued By Happiness" at The Road Theatre Company from March-June 2011.
Outside of the film business, Michael is a singer/songwriter and has recorded his music with his band Right on Wagner (three ROW songs are featured in his film "DeadHeads," especially the song "Say Hi" which plays throughout the last ten minutes of the film and into the credits). ROW's music can be found on iTunes (including an LP that will be released Summer 2012).
Michael lives in Glendale, California; is a proud member of The Road Theatre Company, and an equally proud member of the Screen Actor's Guild, Actor's Equity, and AFTRA.
Steve Niles is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence. Currently writing "Wake the Dead", "Freaks of the Heartland", "Fused: Think Like a Machine" and "Love Me Tenderloin: A Cal Macdonald Mystery" for Dark Horse Comics and "Hyde" and "Dark Days" for IDW, Niles also recently released his third "Cal MacDonald" illustrated prose novel, "Dial M For Monster".
His "30 Days of Night" comic is also being developed as a major motion picture, with Spider-Man's Sam Raimi producing. Also in pre-production are adaptations of his "Wake The Dead" and "Hyde", and also a "Criminal Macabre" movie, for which he will write the screenplay as well.
Niles got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison. IDW recently released a hardcover collection of Niles' adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend".
Niles has completed a wide array of projects, including "Remains" and "Aleister Arcane" from IDW and "The Nail" (with Rob Zombie), "Fused: Dazed and Confused" and "Fused: Machinehead" from Dark Horse Comics. Additionally, he is hard at work on another "Cal MacDonald" novel, "Last Train To Deadsville" and a second "30 Days of Night" sequel entitled "Return To Barrow".
An award winning actor, director, writer, voice over artist, illustrator and musician, Jeffrey Henderson's career has included a wide-ranging assortment of comic book, video game, animation, advertising, feature film and television projects.
His latest is the short film, "Star Wars: The Sable Corsair," which won the "Audience Choice" at the 2016 LucasFilm Fan Film Awards in London, England. "The Sable Corsair" helmed this project taking on multiple roles as: co-director, lead actor, screenwriter, producer, storyboard artist, art director, and post-supervisor.
As an accomplished storyboard artist, some of Jeffrey Henderson's major film credits include: "Twilight: Eclipse" (2010), "30 Days of Night" (2007) with David Slade, "Inception" (2010) for Christopher Nolan, and "After Earth" (2013) with M. Night Shyamalan...to name just a few.
Henderson has also worked with Sam Raimi on a number of film projects, including "Spider-Man 3" (2007) as well as "Spider-Man 4" (2010), "World of Warcraft" (2010) and "OZ, The Great and Powerful" (2013).
Television credits include the critically-acclaimed "Fargo" (2014) for creator Noah Hawley and "Crossbones" (2014) for director David Slade.
Jeffrey Henderson has also worked on a number of high profile video game titles, including "Destiny," "Dishonored 2" and "Injustice 2," and has also done story and development work for a variety of upcoming VR projects. He was a principal storyboard and conceptual artist on the "TRANSFORMERS 3D" attraction for Universal Studios.
He has lectured and taught courses on storyboarding/ visual storytelling/ film direction at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, The Savannah College of Art & Design/SCAD, as well as The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii.
As an accomplished actor/ voice over artist (SAG/ AFTRA), and a successful singer/ songwriter (ASCAP), he has contributed vocal performances, songs and music to a number of film, TV, and video game projects.
"Good Morning California!" the debut record from his band, The Dark Holidays, will be released any day now on !Viva La Biscuit! Records.
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|Geoff Stirling Jr.
Geoff Stirling is the quintessential California dude. Since childhood, Stirling dreamed of becoming a movie star. To manifest his dream, he started studying at at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He attributes the skills that he has picked up at the BHP to his continued success in the entertainment industry. He acted in two films along side Jeremy London of "Mall Rats" and "Party of Five" fame. He was featured with Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche in "Spread." Stirling has worked in comedy, playing a parody of Sawyer from "Lost" on "Frank TV." He was a Spartan in "United 300," which won the award for the best spoof category in the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Stirling has also booked leads in several horror films, as well as a supporting role in an associated film with the box office smash "30 days of Night."
Geoff Stirling began working with Christian Hartsock in 2007 when they got into filming Hartsock's first feature "Ministry of Absence." Stirling playing the neurotic, annoying, yet somehow charming, "Conner" character.
A year or so after wrapping the ministry of absence, Stirling and Hartsock collaborated again on the project "Sycophant," a lighter movie that transcends genre as the film is not your typical comedy. Stirling loved playing Jax Biggs because the character is larger than life.
Morgan is a Freelance Sound Engineer and Musician based in Te Awamutu - a small rural town in the grassy meadows of the Waikato region, New Zealand. He has been working in the creative industry for 11 years, 10 of which were spent on the heart of Wellington's film industry. During this time he has worked in Film, TV, Music and Theatre in roles varying from Sound Designer, Sound Mixer, Dialogue & SFX Editor through to Musical Composer. Morgan is in high demand both locally and Internationally.
Morgan finished work on Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy at the end of 2014, and has since relocated north to the Waikato region where he is working remotely with international clients from his home studio. In the past he has worked on such productions as The Adventures of Tintin, District 9, The Lovely Bones and 30 Days of Night.
International clients include Facebook, NFL, ESPN, Twitter, Dropbox, NCAA, Bupa, Melcher Media New York, JMPH London, World Rugby Shop, The Alternative Rugby Commentary, London Warriors and many other projects by Fraser Davidson - a BAFTA Award Winning Director, Animator and Designer who is the co-founder of animation house Sweet Crude as well as Founder and Creative Director of Sports Branding Agency Field Theory. Fraser now owns and operates Cub Studio.
In 2012 Morgan won a MPSE Golden Reel Award for best Sound Editing on an animated feature as ADR Editor on Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin.
Nic Benns is a director and film titles designer.
Nic has collaborated on theatrical opening sequences with directors such as Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Lasse Halstrom, Ridley Scott, Paul Haggis, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.
His aesthetic is organic and texturally layered. Credits include Contraband, Ripper Street, Nine, Luther, Dracula, The Musketeers, Hannibal, An Education, 30 Days Of Night, Alien Vs Predator and Love Actually.
In 2012 he won the Outstanding Main Titles EMMY for Great Expectations. He has also been EMMY nominated for the opening to HBO's Strike Back.
Sam Shearon (born 15 March 1978), also known under the pseudonym Mister-Sam, is an English dark artist born in Liverpool, England. Specialising in horror and science-fiction, his work often includes elements inspired by vintage tales of monsters and madmen, dark futures, post apocalyptic genres and classic literature including H.P.Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and the modern classics Clive Barker's Books of Blood all of which he has fully illustrated.
Shearon's main influences stem from ancient cultures, the occult, industrial/art/revolution-eras, the supernatural, the paranormal, cryptozoology and the unexplained. Shearon has created covers for comic books and graphic novels including Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Judge Dredd, The X-Files, Mars Attacks, 30 Days of Night, Angel, KISS, and Clive Barker's Books of Blood and album sleeve artwork and merchandise designs for some of the biggest names in rock music, such as Godhead, Ministry, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, A Pale Horse Named Death, Powerman 5000, Biohazard, American Head Charge, Rammstein, Jason Charles Miller, Fear Factory and Kill Devil Hill.
Shearon studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in 2000 for Visual Communication. Shortly after, he went on to become a qualified Art teacher gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Huddersfield University. His first solo exhibition entitled "A Walk on the Darkside" in 2003, featured forty five pieces of his original artwork including 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) demonic statues, biomechanical monsters and giant canvases depicting images of horror and the macabre. The exhibition was featured in various national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph as well as BBC Radio One and live interviews on BBC Radio Leeds North. The show attracted protests and boycotts over its inclusion of animal bones, and the mutilation and disembowelment of children's toys, but the show was extended to six weeks due to popular demand.
His work has been described by the British press as "bizarre", "grotesque" "gruesome", and "groundbreaking". Shearon is known for his work in the field of cryptozoology, most notably for compiling artists impressions, of the Beast of Lytham from eyewitness accounts. Shearon's cryptozoological art was on display at the 2005 Weird Weekend, an annual conference at the Centre for Fortean Zoology. His work can be found in publications of the Fortean Times, Paranormal Magazine as well as the cover artwork for IDW Comics for the Angel series, 30 Days of Night, The X-Files, Alan Roberts Wire Hangers, H.P.Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, KISS, Mars Attacks, Judge Dredd, Hellraiser and Clive Barker's Books of Bloodand also horror magazine Fangoria's Trinity of Terrors. Shearon provided cover art for the official collectors programme to a Halloween weekend event featuring the rock/metal band Slipknot depicting a portrayal of their lead singer Corey Taylor.
Shearon has created artwork for a variety of rock and metal music related clients including Jason Charles Miller, Godhead: At the Edge of the World, Mina Caputo, Ryan Oldcastle, HIM, Shane Gibson's stOrk featuring Thomas Lang, A Pale Horse Named Death - featuring members of both Type O Negative and Life of Agony, Iron Maiden, Fear Factory, Rammstein, Biohazard, Black Water Rising, Ministry, Kill Devil Hill, Powerman 5000, American Head Charge and Rob Zombie. Shearon's artwork can also be found in the form of graphics on the bodies of guitars, carry cases, drum skins and merchandise. Clients include Pro Tone Pedals, Coffin Case, ESP Guitars, Dean Guitars and Schecter Guitar Research.
Paul Kane is an award-winning writer and editor based in Derbyshire, UK. His short story collections include Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer, The Adventures of Dalton Quayle, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Spaces Between and Ghosts. His novellas include Signs of Life, The Lazarus Condition, Red and Pain Cages. He is the author of such novels as Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor, Sleeper(s) and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland), a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythology - collected recently as the sell-out Hooded Man omnibus. His latest novels are Lunar (which is set to be turned into a feature film) and the short Y.A. novel The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane). He has also written for comics, most notably for the Dead Roots zombie anthology alongside writers such as James Moran (Torchwood, Cockneys vs. Zombies) and Jason Arnopp (Dr Who, Friday The 13th). Paul is co-editor of the anthology Hellbound Hearts (Simon & Schuster) - stories based around the Clive Barker mythology that spawned Hellraiser - The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Constable & Robinson/Running Press), featuring the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert, A Carnivàle of Horror (PS) featuring Ray Bradbury and Joe Hill, and Beyond Rue Morgue from Titan. His non-fiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Dreamwatch and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival, Edge-Lit and Off the Shelf in 2012, plus Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention. His work has been optioned for film and television, and his zombie story 'Dead Time' was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Wind Chimes (directed by Brad '7th Dimension' Watson and sold to TV) and The Weeping Woman - filmed by award-winning director Mark Steensland and starring Tony-nominated actor Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night).