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Meet the Team


R.E. Sargent

CEO and Editor-in-Chief


R.E. Sargent is the author of several novels, as well as a handful of novelettes. R.E.'s novels include Relative Terror and The Fury-Scorned series.

At a young age, R.E. fell in love with books. He quickly got hooked on mysteries and suspense. It was his love of books and storytelling that led to his passion for writing. One of his biggest inspirations is Dean Koontz.

R.E. currently lives in Oregon with his wife and their chocolate lab, Riley.


Steven Pajak

COO, Managing Editor and Creative Director


Steven Pajak is the author of novels, such as the U.S. Marshal Jack Monroe series, the Mad Swine trilogy, as well as short stories and novellas. When not writing, Steven works as an administrator at a university.

He continues to be an avid reader of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, John Saul, Richard Matheson, and many other favorite authors in the horror, suspense, thriller and general fiction areas.


Steven lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife and two teens.


Bridgett Nelson

Assistant Editor


Bridgett Nelson has published stories in the Better Off Dead series - Volumes 3, 4, and 5. She also contributed the final chapter and epilogue of a collaborative effort, Devil's Gulch. 

In her spare time (what little of it there is), she enjoys reading and reviewing books, Seattle Seahawks football, and all West Virginia University sports. (Go Mountaineers!)

Bridgett lives in West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a 180-pound St. Bernard, and three Pugs.

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Jessica Meigs

Associate Editor


Jessica Meigs is the published author of the critically acclaimed The Becoming Series and an editor who has been working in the publishing business for ten years. Since she began freelancing for an assortment of independent authors, she has amassed a sizable collection of clients, ranging from indie authors to mid-sized publishers in a wide variety of genres, including horror, SF&F, romance, mystery, thrillers, and more.


Jessica currently lives in Demopolis, Alabama, where she works at a day job in EMS in order to keep her rotund cat Butters in his ridiculously expensive cat food.

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Sinister Smile Press is dedicated to the publication of fine anthologies and mainstream novels, focusing on the genres of horror, suspense, thrillers, action and adventure, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and dystopian. Creating nightmares is our business...and business is good!


Cassandra Arnold

Associate Narrator


Cassandra Arnold is the narrator of over 75 full length books currently for sale on
Audible and the list is growing! She has been professionally narrating audiobooks
for two years and hopes that this exciting passion of hers will be her retirement
and exit strategy from the common workplace very soon!

She currently lives in Tucson AZ, and has been happily married to her husband for
almost 20 years, has five grown children and 4 grandchildren, two goofy dogs and
one aloof cat. Her husband tries desperately to get her to clean the house and
cook dinner, but she is far too busy in her tiny recording studio trying to make
enough money to hire a maid and a cook.


She has been a passionate and voracious reader her entire life. If she ever takes a
break, you would most likely find her on a beach somewhere with the latest
Stephen King book in one hand and a vodka/sugar free red bull in her other hand.

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