Adam Crossingham is the guiding force behind THE BLACK SEAL. Trained as an archaeologist, he moved into insurance as the pay was better. He does, however, know a couple of people off TIME TEAM. Adam's previous delvings into the Cthulhu Mythos can be found in the CHAOSIUM DIGEST, THE WHISPERER, CTHULHU LIVE: DELTA GREEN and DELTA GREEN: COUNTDOWN. His scenario 'They Did Not Think It Too Many' appears in the forthcoming STRANGE AEONS 2 book from Chaosium, which might see the light of day in 2004, given Chaosium's release schedule.
When not editing THE BLACK SEAL, Adam enjoys going to the movies, adding to his not-inconsiderable DVD collection, watching TV (ALIAS, ANGEL, BUFFY, CSI, DIY SOS, ENTERPRISE, SHOOTING STARS, SMALLVILLE, WEST WING), driving too fast in his new Seat Leon, listening to ambient/dance music and enjoying domesticity with his wife. He also tries play board games and RPGs once a week at his local games club.
Andy Bennison's soul was trapped at the tender age of eleven when a misguided adult gave him a copy of the original D&D rules. By the time you read this he will be forty and still role-playing (Although these days it's just an excuse to drink real ale and escape from working in an MP's office). Andy's first published work appeared in issue 7 of Dagon and he's been sporadically contributing to various Cthulhu fanzines ever since. He's married to Sue who has to cope with ever growing piles of books littering the house and the suggestive sniggers of friends who spy the word "Lovecraft" written on most of them.
Originating from Cleethorpes, Brian Boyington's moved to Colchester in 1986 to attend the University of Essex and study Computer Science. He has remained in England's oldest recorded town, ever since.
A professional computer programmer benefiting from years of experience of the whole software development environment, Brian has worked with some big name companies, such as Reuters. He resigned his last position when working full time for an insurance outsourcing company proved incompatible with looking after a poorly wife and two young, pre-school aged children.
Now that his children are at school, and his wife's health is better, Brian is finding it surprisingly difficult to re-enter the employment market in his previously chosen field.
In the mean time, he is working with the Matrix Access Network, a local charitable foundation, committed to helping socially excluded people, as one of a small team initiating Matrix Media.
For fun Brian enjoys role-playing games, listening to 70s Hard Rock, and watching movies. He first played Call of Cthulhu in the late 1980s, and started playing regularly in the mid 1990s.
Nick Brownlow is a writer and web developer based in Southeast England, but on the whole he'd much rather be a super-consciousness travelling through n-dimensional hyperspace.
When not working, drinking or attempting to ascend into the realm of the many-angled ones, he likes to write short fiction and reviews of pop culture miscellanea for various magazines and websites, including THE BLACK SEAL. His personal website can be found here.
L. Abdul Baanis a frustrated megalomaniac living in France. He passed his computer engineering degree dreaming of developping the best video game ever (something with, uh, an anvil, and, uh, a sheep, maybe). Now that all the French game studios are dead, he's back to his other old dreams : writing novels, composing music, drawing comics, making movies and creating role playing games. That's why he's not doing any of this and, instead, watches Buffy on DVD all the time. But he's getting old and realizes he has to do something about his life, so after doing some websites like everybody else, he actually starts to get some work done. And it's not just because Buffy is ending.
David Conyers is THE BLACK SEAL's man in Australia, operating out of what he would like to call the Melbourne Station House, but is in reality a downstairs office in his apartment. Surrounded by unusual artefacts collected in the backcountry of Africa and South America, from here he submits case files back to London HQ while maintaining his cover identity by day, that of a marketing communications specialist. However unknown to his Section Chief, David is also a freelance operative, whose short stories and articles have also appeared in other journals of arcane knowledge, including WORLDS OF CTHULHU, THE BOOK OF DARK WISDOM, DREAMING IN R'LYEH, THE WHISPERER and YOG-SOTHOTH.COM. He has also secretly contributed to Darcsyde Production's TRAUMA and HAWKMOON role-playing games and is the co-author of Pagan Publishing's DEVIL'S CHILDREN. His latest freelance mission is to compile an African campaign for Chaosium Inc. entitled 'The Hand That Feeds', although he is of the opinion this activity will soon be well documented, and believes his life as a double-agent could soon be exposed. His personal website can be found here.
Bob Corcoran Raised everywhere, and trained in the art of...art, Bob Corcoran has been making marks with pointy objects on mostly paper since he first discovered he had an opposable thumb. A professional artist by trade and flamenco dancer by night Bob uses his spare time to scrawl his fevered imaginings for THE BLACK SEAL through a mix of staring at a blank page, doodling with a biro, making tea, and yogic flying.
For safety reasons his pens were recently taken away from him and he was placed in a room with a computer; where through repetition and a diet of bananas his fragile mind conceived of the illustrations for issue 2. He was last seen playing a switched off 1980's Star Wars arcade cabinet and muttering, 'why, why?'
Ben Counter is the author of the Black Library novels SOUL DRINKER, DAEMON WORLD, and the recently released THE BLEEDING CHALICE. He has made several contributions to the Black Library's INFERNO! magazine, and has been published in 2000 AD and the UK small press. An ancient history graduate, avid miniature painter and enthusiastic gamer, he is also secretary of the Comics Creators Guild.
Sarah Evans is the creator of Greydog Designs, a company which makes strange things (Gloranthan inspired soft toys one of the more normal). Illustrator, set designer, gamer and costumier. Living on the South Coast she draws for a living, well mostly! Now 31, she claims worship of Nyarlathotep has got her where she is today. She takes commissions, and can be badgered at email@example.com, but caution is advised...
David Lee Ingersoll moved to the Pacific Northwest to escape the monotony of California weather. He is married to the writer Sarah Byam.
When not sleeping or working for a paycheck he keeps busy as a writer/illustrator/cartoonist on a host of cheerfully obscure projects. His weblog can be found here. He's never met a monster he didn't like.
Wood Ingham is twenty-eight years old. Having achieved a research degree in classical religious literature, he was told by a capricious careers advisor that he should have been either a kids' TV presenter or a fashion designer, but that he couldn't do either because he'd done the wrong degree. In a fit of pique, he spent a couple years designing brochure covers which contained diagrams that he was told to make look like breasts for a one-horse computer software company, before finally becoming a freelance writer and illustrator.
Wood mostly writes about religion and forteana. He's writing a book about the occult idea of Atlantis. he gave up role-playing ganmes when he was 19, deciding to concentrate on girls and stuff, but after a friend asked to play Call of Cthulhu with him a couple years ago, he decided it was safe. He's not sure if this is a good thing. His wife has already made up her mind.
Davide Mana, having read too many books on dinosaurs as a kid, got his degree in Earth Sciences (Micropalaeontology) from Turin University before he joined the ranks of the overeducated and underemployed.
His calling card still reads "Freelance Researcher" but he has been (among other things) a translator and conversation trainer, a computer programmer, data miner and web designer, a switchboard operator and call-center drone, a used cars salesman and (only for a brief summer) a scarecrow. He still works occasionally with Turin University and is slowly building a much cherished personal legend as a palaeostatistics guru.
A committed anglophile with an unhealthy passion for the Elizabethan Era, Davide has been part of the roleplaying community since the early '90s, has been keeping a steady gaming group since 1992, and has published his RPG-related work with THE WHISPERER, THE BLACK SEAL and D20 WEEKLY (but he only did it for the money) and once on the newsletter of the French Roleplaying Federation; he was scientific consultant and writer for DELTA GREEN: COUNTDOWN and is still working on a pair of long-in-coming projects of his own. In Italy, his rants are a standard feature of the independent magazine LIBRINUOVI (CS Editore), where under the pretense of reviewing fantasy, he has so far expressed his unrequired opinions on subjects ranging from roleplaying games to cyberpunk to University policy to Chinese Propaganda posters. For the same publisher, he has co-edited an anthology of supernatural fiction and published a pair of stories of his own. He cooks a mean jalisco soup.
Dr. Graeme Price is a research virologist, long time member of the DELTA GREEN MAILING LIST and a founding member of THE BLACK SEAL. His work has previously appeared in DELTA GREEN: COUNTDOWN, THE BLACK SEAL, and numerous scientific journals. Currently he resides in Augusta, Georgia where he has developed an irrational hatred of golf. He can most often be found in a dark corner of his laboratory where he has the opportunity to cackle menacingly to himself and periodically throw large switches. His hobbies include coffee, shouting at the television, and global domination. Predictably, his star sign is cancer.
Brian M. Sammons lives, works and plays in Michigan, the center of all known Mythos activity in the Midwest United States. Coincidence? You be the judge. Way back in the yesteryear of 1997 he, on a lark, decided to finally follow his dream (at least in a half-assed fashion) of becoming a professional writer. Following the old maxim "Start with what you know" he took a chance and contacted the Great (not so) Old Ones at Chaosium and asked if he could write something for CALL OF CTHULHU. To everyone's dismay and much to Brian's own surprise, his first efforts resulted in a little tome called SECRETS. Since then, he has appeared in various CoC products, both big and small, such as the scenario 'A Restoration of Evil' included in the new version of the KEEPER'S SCREEN; a handful of chapters in both volumes of the KEEPER'S COMPANION; and numerous fine small press efforts. Since Brian is a vortex of chaos, which is natural considering his Azathohian ancestry, he currently has many other projects in the works in various stages of completion or stuck in the limbo-hell known as "on hold." These include editing and writing for STRANGE AEONS II, a couple of chapters in the revised and updated SHADOWS OF YOG SOTHOTH and a sizable campaign called A TIME TO HARVEST. Plus, Brian has begun writing reviews for a handful of websites and is actually getting stuff published with no connection to CALL OF CTHULHU or the Mythos at all. Truly, the time is nigh for the Stars to become Right!
Phil Ward is a 30-something software engineer, happily employed in the South East of England, for an outsourcing company.
His obsesssive compulsive tendencies paint a picture of a man who's SAN has already taken a battering from dealing with the rest of humanity. He is currently working towards getting his ticket, having got bored of sharp pointy objects.
Hans-Christian Vortisch is a writer and translator based in Berlin, Germany. Aside from THE BLACK SEAL, he has had articles published in CHALLENGE, PYRAMID, and CTHULHOIDE WELTEN. He has translated, edited, and/or contributed to various German CALL OF CTHULHU products, including AMERIKA and IN NYARLATHOTEPS SCHATTEN. He is the author of GURPS MODERN FIREPOWER, co-reviser of GURPS SPECIAL OPS Third Edition, and contributed to GURPS CLIFFHANGERS, COPS, VEHICLES LITE, and the entire WWII-line. He is also the author of the infamous DELTA GREEN AGENT ARMAMENT ARCHIVES.