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Lawrence Santoro

Host/Assistant Editor

Award-winning writer and narrator, Lawrence Santoro began writing dark tales at age five.

In 2001 his novella “God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him” was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. In 2002, his adaptation and audio production of Gene Wolfe’s “The Tree Is My Hat,” was also Stoker nominated. In 2003, his Stoker-recommended “Catching” received Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s 17th Annual “Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” anthology. In 2004, “So Many Tiny Mouths” was cited in the anthology’s 18th edition. In the 20th, his novella, “At Angels Sixteen,” from the anthology A DARK AND DEADLY VALLEY, was similarly honored.

Larry’s first novel, “Just North of Nowhere,” was published in 2007. A collection of his short fiction, DRINK FOR THE THIRST TO COME, was published in 2011. He lives in Chicago and is working on two new novels, “Griffon and the Sky Warriors,” and “A Mississippi Traveler, or Sam Clemens Tries the Water”

Stop by Larry’s blog, At Home in Bluffton, and his audio website, Santoro Reads, you can friend him on Facebook.

Cher Eaves

Assistant Editor

Editor Cher Eaves graduated 9th in her class from John Marshall Law School in Chicago many years ago. She has worked as a narcotics prosecutor and as a capital defense attorney, Cher retired from criminal defense after 15 years. On April 2, 2012 Cher was sworn in to practice before the United States Supreme Court. By day Cher works as a social security and workers’ compensation attorney with Caslin & Cecil Law firm, securing the rights of injured workers in Western Kentucky.

Cher’s MS in library science from the University of Illinois has come in handy in her work for Crime City Central. Her BA in political science from the University of Louisiana really serves no purpose.

For fun Cher judges mock trial competitions for Eastern Kentucky University; sits with dying people for Hospice of Western Kentucky; serves meals at Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen; acts in theater and film projects at Western Kentucky University; takes random college classes; and edits this marvelous podcast. Cher started out as a narrator for Starship Sofa and Tony, recognizing her magically endless supply of time and energy, roped her into the Crime City Central. He recently nudged her into doing a similar job for Tales to Terrify. Her husband of 14 years spends his free time as a blacksmith.

Cher’s favorite TV show is “off” – she hates TV and never watches it. Her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett, Richelle Mead, Maya Angelou, David Vann, fellow Kentuckians Sue Grafton and Keven McQueen, and any author who agrees to participate in Tales to Terrify and Crime City Central.

Tony C. Smith


Host/Editor/Producer of Hugo Award winning StarShipSofa podcast.

Laura NealisLaura Nealis

Intern/Assistant Editor
Laura attends the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and will be entering her junior year. She’s studying to get her BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Spanish. She switched her major six times in four semesters and is delighted with her final choice. When she’s not studying she spends her free time volunteering at the local nursing homes, soup kitchens, and elementary schools in the Champaign area. Her experience with Tales to Terrify began with Cher Eaves, the editor of Crime City Central and Tales to Terrify, emailing the Creative Writing department at the U of I for students interested in submitting stories for the podcast. Laura’s story first completed story “Letter to My Son” was used as the main feature for the 46th podcast of Crime City Central with the acclaimed authors Brock Adams and Paul D. Brazill. Cher then offered to help her obtain university credit in exchange for some extra help with the show. Although a Chicago native, she plans to move out to West when the opportunity finally presents itself.

Josh LeuzeJosh Leuze


Josh Leuze is a WordPress developer from Minnesota who loves making websites. He builds and maintains all of the sites in the District of Wonders.

When not building websites in his basement, Josh can be found doodling with his kids at the kitchen table, digging in the garden, or pedaling his bike around town.


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