A native of Northwest Florida, Tony Simmons is a content producer and editor for The News Herald, where he has garnered numerous awards for his features and columns. He edited two volumes of the Official Literary Anthology of the Panama City Centennial, as well as two volumes of the Floriopolis literary anthology. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies. He teaches a creative writing course for Gulf Coast State College's Education Encore program, as well as workshops at CityArts Cooperative and Floriopolis in Panama City, Florida.
Tony's influences include Ray Bradbury, Lester Dent, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Clive Barker, Lord Byron, Mad magazine, DC Comics, noir films, 1970s TV sci-fi and occult detectives, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Frazetta, David Bowie, classic Star Trek, Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, British TV sci-fi and fantasy series, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Cowboy Bebop ... you get the idea by now.
He writes stories because they are life.
(Portrait photo by Lou Columbus)