Acclaimed author of supernatural fiction, Simon Kurt Unsworth was born in 1972 in Manchester, England, and despite extensive research he still hasn't found evidence of any mysterious signs or portents being seen on the day of his birth. He was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and the University of Dundee. A lifelong fan of dark fiction and horror, Simon honed his own style during long train commutes across the length and breadth of Great Britain. Some of his love of trains, and some of his hatred of trains, has made it into his work. Married and with a fantastic son, much of Simon's best work stems from the fears that every parent and spouse has, and their often futile attempts to protect those whom they love most from the harsher realities of the worlds beyond them. His first collection of short stories, Lost Places, was released by the Ash Tree Press in 2010, and was launched at then World Horror Convention in Brighton, and he has collections due out from Dark Continents in 2011 and PS Publishing in 2012 (Quiet Houses and Strange Gateways respectively).