"SICKCOM" CREATOR BIOS
ROBERT STEVEN RHINE
Robert Steven Rhine's fiction collection, MY BRAIN ESCAPES ME, (Sun Dog Press) was heralded by PUBLISHER's WEEKLY as a successful mix of humor and horror. METRO LONDON was, fascinated with the blurred boundary between reality and the darkest recesses of imagination... doused in gallons of acid black humor. Famed writer WILLIAM F. NOLAN (author "Logan's Run" and other 60 books) called Rhine a bold new writer with powerhouse ideas and the talent to bring them to life. And EON MAGAZINE said, "Horrifying yet unbelievably compelling. You may close the book, but the memory of Rhine's words will linger.
Rhine has published fiction in over one hundred magazines and the published anthologies: THE FRINGE, SCREAM WHEN YOU BURN, "THE ALTRUISTIC ALPHABET," "FRAMED" and CONJURING DARK DELICACIES, alongside STEPHEN KING and CLIVE BARKER. In 1997, Rhine received the prestigious HERMAN M. SWAFFORD Award for Fiction.
Rhine wrote, produced and starred in the 35mm filmed pilot, VINNIE & ANGELA'S BEAUTY SALON AND FUNERAL PARLOR, grand prize winner at the Australian International Film Festival 2000 and winner at Worldfest Houston 2000. The film sold in 2001 to UNIVERSAL's HYPNOTIC website and premiered on PPV and HBO in Canada. Rhine also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the epic/cult/satire ROAD LAWYERS AND OTHER BRIEFS, winner at the Chicago, New York, Houston and Australian film fests. The comedy anthology was distributed by A.I.P. Studios.
R.S. Rhine's successful Asylum Press Comic book, SELECTED READING FROM SATAN'S POWDER ROOM, which he wrote and featured illustrations by artists Frank Forte, John Cassaday and Rich Longmore, was released 2002 by Asylum Press/distributed by Diamond. The comic book was hailed by Comic Buyers Guide and by "Tales of the Crypt" producer writer Alan Katz who said, "Gross, putrid and downright offensive. Higher praise just doesn't exist. I really did enjoy the comic. Made me all warm and fuzzy inside -- kinda like how it felt doing Crypt."
R.S. Rhine's second in the series, "CHICKEN SOUP FOR SATAN #1" featuring illustrations by Steven Mannion, Rich Longmore and Jacob Hair, was released June 2003 Rhine was also a contributing writer for Insidious Tales and was a staff writer for Cracked Magazine.
Rhine worked for ten years as a unit publicist for Universal Studios, TriStar/Columbia, Dreamworks and Imagine Entertainment on such features as: The Craft, Mousehunt, Hush, Tremors, Problem Child, Double-Team, Toy Soldiers amongst others. He's been an entertainment publicist, book publicist and film advertising copywriter for B.D. Fox and Friends, Tony Seineger and Robert U. Brown & Associates. He was a segment producer for PM magazine and worked for CNN.
As an actor, Rhine has appeared in over a dozen plays (including two L.A. premieres), television series, film, print and commercials. He will be forever immortalized portraying Rod Serling for director Joe Dante on the Twilight Zone - Tower of Terror ride at Disney, Orlando Florida.
Rhine attended San Francisco State Film School and later received his B.A. from the U.S.C SCHOOL OF CINEMA..
R.S. Rhine is represented by the Writers & Artists agency.
Robert's website is www.girlsandcorpses.com.
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Frank Forte has worked as a comic book, short story and graphic novel illustrator for the past decade for such houses as Studio Insidio, Boneyard Press, CFD Productions and Cry For Dawn, amongst others. Frank also wrote and illustrated the cult comic hit The Vampire Verses. He partnered with Robert Steven Rhine's and his horror comic anthology series, Selected Reading From Satan's Powder Room. In 2001, Frank Forte and Robert Steven Rhine formed FrankenRhine Productions, producing films and comic books.
Forte and special effects wizard James E. Grevas formed Stagefright Studios, in 1995, a successful company specializing in Horror effects and animatronic props for the Haunted House/Darkride industry. In 1998, Forte and digital animator Rusty Dyer launched FantasticTV.com, an entertainment website featuring Forte's web cartoons. Forte worked for Funnybone Interactive for three years, where he was a storyboard/conceptartist and Flash animator.
Frank is currently the publisher of Asylum Press, a comic book and graphic novel house dedicated to publishing cutting edge comics, art prints and other graphics.
Most recently, Frank is working as an animator on "¯The Li'l Pimp" movie from Revolution Studios, due for release summer of 2003.
Frank Forte graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1992 with a B.A. in Fine Arts Graphic Design. Frank has also studied art and animation at The School Of Visual Arts(NYC), The Art Students League(NYC), Paier College Of Art, The Animation Academy (Los Angeles) and The Gnomon School Of Visual Effects.
Frank's website is www.frankforte.com.
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GAK's distinctive artwork has appeared in Bad News, 4X4, Excitable Boys and many other books. His anthology, "Dead Cats Bouncing," edited with Gerard Houarner has built a cult following of devout Dead Cat disciples and has sold out in record time leading to a second, ³Dead Cat: Bigger Than Jesus² and, the upcoming, "Dead Cat's Traveling Circus of Miracles."
Other book covers and illustrations include: Random Acts of Weirdness, Freaks, Geeks & Sideshow Floozies, The Burden Of Indigo, Dark Testament, Excitable Boys, Shifter, Bad News, Tagging The Moon, Fairy Tales From L.A. and, the upcoming: Freakcidents, Dragged Into Darkness and Lingering Dementia
GAK has provided twisted illustrations for numerous magazines including: Morbid Curiosity, Masque Noir, TransVersions, Terra Incognita, Nova Express, Black October, Lore and others.
His television work is featured in "Legend of the Werewolves" for the History Channel - which GAK drew on from personal experience, having been raised by them. - www.gakart.com