What is a “Fantasist”?Fan • ta • sist | [fan-tuh-sist] | noun: 1. A person who writes or composes fantasies or fantasias in prose, poetry, music, or the like 2. One who creates a fantasy. We are dedicated to reawakening the sense of wonder that our modern society can so easily suppress and disregard. We want our readers to recapture the wide-eyed glee they had as children, thinking that old trees contained spirits and clouds hid floating castles. We want them to study the shadows, trying to catch that strange movement they thought they saw, and experience visions that linger on the edges of their waking minds. We are dedicated to high-quality books that are impeccably edited. If you are a writer, we want to work with you to create the best possible version of your story that you can write. Our passion is storytelling, and we believe in exploring that passion with our authors. We will strive to help young authors to hone their craft, and we will push grizzled veterans of the publishing industry to go just a little farther. We are dedicated to fantastic art, and will do our best to fill our books with works of breathtaking beauty. So let the words and images take you. It’s time to awaken your wonder!
W. H. Horner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
William holds a BA in English and an MA in writing popular fiction. A student of both mythology and story, he believes that powerful and engaging tales can be told in any medium that is available to the teller, but that the decision of medium intrinsically alters the telling of the story. As he delved into publishing, William discovered a passion for design, and has studied it ever since.William enjoys working with authors, artists, and designers in all genres and media. A desire for discourse with creative individuals fuels his desire to be a freelance editor and designer. He is also adjunct faculty with Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction and with Wilmington University in their English and First Year Experience departments. William has been known to enjoy singing karaoke on occasion. He is also the founder and director of The First Writes, a writing group based in Wilmington, DE.
Michelle Horner, General Manager
Although her calling in life leans more towards business and numbers, Michelle has always enjoyed the arts, including fantasy literature. She is usually up late, reading over a pending FE publication, or when William allows her some downtime, she enjoys reading Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jacqueline Carey, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Patricia Briggs.With over 5 years of advertising and business management experience, Michelle has quickly integrated herself into every aspect of FE’s operations. Michelle and William were married in December of 2009.
Paul Popiel, Monkey
Paul Popiel, is not, as rumored, a troop of rabid monkeys with iPads locked in a room, nor is he a Shoggoth in disguise. At least not this week. He graduated from Seton Hill University with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction not that long ago. Dual citizenship in the asylums of Norwood, Pa, and Easton, MD ensures enough creepiness in his life to keep the fires of horror stoked, though he still has to write that novel about the evil clown mural in Easton. When not at a writing group or convention, he can be found loose upon the world, taking pictures of mythic people, abandoned houses, and models with fangs. Or he could be plotting his next story, playing World of Warcraft or in a theater watching a midnight movie.As FE Monkey, Paul’s duties include editorial and design assistance, schlepping books, shifts behind the wheel on long drives to conventions, and assistance keeping the FE-sponsored writing group, The First Writes, in order. He will also be instrumental to the implementation of an upcoming super-secret FE project.
William H. Horner II, Accounting / Order ProcessingA down-to-earth Science Graduate from Penn State University, Bill keeps things coming and going at Fantasist Enterprises. When not working, he enjoys reading, tinkering on his computer, and entertaining four spoiled house cats.
Audrey C. Horner, Office SupportAudrey has experience in both medical and industrial office management. She enjoys watching Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State. She attributes childhood tales of the Jersey Devil and growing up in a late-1890’s nursing home for her interest in the paranormal.
Somo the Cat, CFO (Chief Feline Officer)
Duties: general office crabbiness, whining about food, whining about not getting enough attention, knocking stuff over.“These records are all out of order, human! You’re fired.”
Christina Stitt, Assistant Editor
Christina holds a BA in English from Penn State University and an MA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Over the years, Christina has helped make numerous acquisition decisions, and has helped to polish many of FE’s titles for final publication. She has put plenty of time into being “the face of FE” at conventions, particularly Gen Con.