Simon West-Bulford turned his attention to fiction following more than a decade of writing theological essays and tutorials for PC game level design. In 2010, his short story “Crimson Lakes” was chosen as the New Year feature story at Dark Fire. “Amiko” was published in Eternal Night: A Vampire Anthology, “Star God” appeared in This Mutant Life magazine, and a string of his short stories were featured at Colored Chalk, Absent Willow Review, Rotten Leaves, and Thunderdome. The Soul Consortium is his first published novel. Simon lives in Essex, England, working alongside his wife as a clinical trials scientist.