About the Author

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip.  His artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, as well as in the board game "Schlock Mercenary: Capital Offensive" by Kevin Nunn, published by Living World Games.

Howard has written SF horror for the Space Eldritch and Space Eldritch II: The Haunted Stars anthologiesand he writes fantasy tie-in fiction for Privateer Press under their Skull Island X imprint.

With his friends Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells, Howard co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers. "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart." 

His most recent printed work is Schlock Mercenary: Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, which was on the 2010 Hugo ballot. New readers may find Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia to be a delightful introduction to the work for which he is best known. 

He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Sandra, their four children, and one ungrateful, archetypally imperious cat.