St Leonards Writers.
Melvyn Grant's unique style spanned from children’s art to the darkest adult horror, but he chose to concentrate on fantasy, horror and science fiction and produced covers and interiors for leading writers and musicians amongst which are Terry Pratchett, Darren Shan, Michael Moorcock, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Iron Maiden commissioned him to produce several covers for their albums, which included redesigning their icon Eddy for the Final Frontier album. His creation was used as the stage set and new design for their aircraft. He was also asked by Pan to create the final cover for the Pan Book of Horror series.
His artwork has always been in demand and every painting tells a tale. Now he does what he always wanted - and tells his tales in his words.
Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), 13 British Horror Stories, Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (creepy horror stories), Thirty Scary Tales, Six Historical Tales Vol. 1 and 2 (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World, Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic, Writing Dark Stories, and Writing Scary Scenes (practical guides for authors).
She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Dragons: Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts and more.
After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, Rayne has lived in and around St. Leonards for over twenty years. She is a founding member of St. Leonards Writers and has taken the role of Chairperson. https://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/
As the founding father of the group Mick is an honorary life member.
He has a BA degree in philosophy and an MA in literature, philosophy and religion.
In the 1980’s, Mick lived in South Yorkshire and became involved in many areas of creative writing, both as a literature promoter and as a writer, poet raconteur and performance poet. This included encouraging, promoting and funding live performances as a member of an Arts Council committee (Yorkshire Arts).
He ran the Streetwise Alternative Cabaret for three years at various venues in Doncaster including several popular pubs and the civic theatre, where he acted as MC and resident poet, sharing the stage with such distinguished guests as Ian McMillan, Brian Patten, Henry Normal and Frank Skinner, to name but a few. He also helped to run the first two Doncaster Literature Festivals as a member of the steering committee and as a literature promoter and performer.
Having honed his craft earlier through attending various courses of study, including the prestigious residential writing courses at Northern College, then located at the stately Wentworth Castle, near to Barnsley, he went on to write for BBC Radio Sheffield and also wrote plays for local theatrical groups. He worked as a tutor for the WEA teaching creative writing courses.