R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. He has been a freelance writer for over a decade. He has written for local, state and international publications. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book and game store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has done Masters work on a degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, as well as worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly’s State Crime Commission. He was the Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest. His short story “Orphans” was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006. His story, “Hollow Moments” is featured in the horror anthology Deep Cuts published by Evil Jester Press in 2013 Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. His next two books are also being published by Tor. The sequel to the Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana is scheduled for release in October 2014. His urban fantasy-noir novel , Nightwise, is scheduled to be released summer of 2015 He lives in Roanoke Virginia with his children: Jonathan, Emily and Stephanie, Three cats and two dogs.