Gemma Files - Instructor
Gemma Files was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. She has a BAA in Magazine Journalism from Ryerson University and has been a film critic, teacher, and screenwriter. She won the 1999 International Horror Guild Best Short Fiction award with her story "The Emperor's Old Bones." Her fiction has been published in two collections (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart, both from Prime Books), and five of her stories were adapted into episodes of The Hunger, an anthology TV show produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scot Free Productions.
She has also published two chapbooks of poetry, Bent Under Night (Sinnersphere Productions) and Dust Radio (Kelp Queen Press). Her first novel, A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series, released by ChiZine Publications in 2010, won a DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill award for "Best Small Press Chill" in both the Editor's and Readers' Choice categories. It was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in the Best Achievement in a First Novel category.
Since then, the trilogy has been completed with A Rope of Thorns (2011) and A Tree of Bones (2012). She has also published We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven (CZP).
Her next book is Experimental Film, coming in November.