Maine After Twilight: An Anthology
This book evolved from an on-going class, through Merrymeeting Adult Education in Topsham, Maine with Vance Bessey. Bessey, a talented illustrator, author and instructor, has been teaching narrative art in Maine for decades. His current narrative art class completed these stories as a project in creative writing. Also, the entire class—ages seventeen to seventy—created artwork for each tale, plus the cover. Enjoy these thrilling and sometimes frightening tales, each tethered in some way to Maine.
Buy this book for your teenager or anyone who loves to read fantasy, horror or sci-fi. It’s all in here—ready for a scary night of reading at the camp, around the campfire or just home alone when you want a fright.
Ever since Star Wars formed his first memories, burning into his imagination at the age of four, writer and artist, Ben Blatz has been fascinated by the possibilities presented by science fiction. A New Jersey native who’s lived in Maine since the age of eleven, Ben works relentlessly on crafting sci-fi and superhero characters to populate his fictional worlds. His ultimate dream is to make his mark on the Star Wars canon and will go to his death defending Revenge of the Sith as a good movie.
Erik Brobst was born in Freeport Maine. He still lives there part-time with his parents, brother, and the perfect dog. He is a huge fan of comics and the stories they tell, as well as an active runner and artist. He has been writing and drawing for thirteen years and has no plans to slow down. This will be his first published short story and illustration.
Andy Campbell is a small town lawyer who has practiced law for fifty years and who writes of a much-loved client.
Stephen Conicelli is a Maine filmmaker. A creative mind throughout his life, he started taking illustration classes at Maine College of Art as a Freshman in high school subsequently graduating with a degree in
Communications and New Media from Southern Maine Community College. As a youth he loved to make up stories, taking courses in writing fiction and screenplays. He illustrated The Very First Snowflake of Christmas children’s book, written by his father.
Mike Donovan was born and raised in Maine. He’s had a passion for writing and drawing since childhood. After graduating high school, Mike enrolled in Southern Maine Community College to further sharpen his skills. Even now, he seeks to refine his illustration, writing, and ideas to their peek.
After watching the crisp animation of Disney’s Tarzan on repeat for most of her childhood, you’d think Katie Fabrick was obsessed with traditional 2D animation, and you’d be right. Now studying under the legendary Don Bluth for animation, and Vance Bessey for comic books, Katie can always be found scribbling crazy ideas at her desk and still watching Tarzan.
Cole Gagnon is a fantasy artist, writer, and worldbuilder, currently studying game design in hopes of taking his passion for creating stories and worlds into an interactive medium.
Wyatt Hartford: At seventeen years old, he has been a resident of Maine for his entire life, enjoying Maine’s variety of seasons and its vibrant forests. Wyatt is passionate about creating comic book art and illustrations. He hopes his story Nexus the Rise of Onyx is intriguing to readers. His goal is to study CGI using his experience and talent of illustration.
Dominique LaRoche has worked as a professional photographer for four years when she’s not hunched over her keyboard typing a new storyline. Writing has been her passion even as a young child. One day she hopes to become a professional writer and illustrator.
Roger Lemelin loves to entertain people, mostly family, and friends, by telling stories.To make his stories better he will sometimes create pretty pictures. He attended Maine College of Art and Columbus College of Art and Design to get better at making pretty pictures. Roger lives in Maine with his wife and two sons.
Simone Grace Lee-Lynch, born and raised in Maine, is both a writer and an artist. She loves to spend most of her time writing and drawing when she is not hunting and fishing in the Maine wilderness. She holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. Currently, she is studying liberal arts with a focus on English. She writes for her college newspaper. She hopes to have a career in the art and literary world.
Dylan Montejo is a kid from Maine who’s been drawing for as long as he can remember. It may be obvious, but he is greatly inspired by and loves making horror.
Evan Norzow is just a high school student (at the time) trying to make a large pile of Board games. He throws a short story onto the list, some song riffs, and a bit of art. According to Evan, he needs to make things, so he doesn’t get a bit twitchy.
Larry Shorette, born in Connecticut, but blood from Maine. Now a widower, he was married to his high-school sweetheart and soulmate who died in 2016. He now pens stories he used to tell her. A graduate of the Bath Iron Works (BIW) / Maine Maritime Academy - Apprenticeship Program, he works for BIW. An avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, a major Trekkie, Warsie, and Whovian, he also enjoys learning new languages, real and fictional. A delver of hobby electronics and is a major Foodie, exploring Maine’s exploding food culture. He currently resides with his Feline Overlord; Molly
About the Editor
Vance Bessey is an author, illustrator and cartoonist as well as a patented inventor. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Narrative Art where he learned much of what he knows about storytelling from industry greats. He is the author of the books: Orphans of the Storm, Awk the Awkward Penguin and Only in Maine as well as the comic strips The Edge and Only in Maine. He has worked as an award-winning graphic designer. He teaches courses in the narrative arts.