Kate Krake
Kate Krake is a writer and the founder and editor of Pop Cultured.  Kate has a long established passion for all realms of popular culture from music to movies, books and everything in between.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and History from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Humanities (Media and Cultural Studies) from the University of Queensland.  Kate has also published numerous film and music reviews, academic papers and also fiction in print and online. Kate Krake is also published under the name Kate Murphy. Kate lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Find out more on Kate’s Blog.

Guest Contributors

Harry J. Bentham
Harry J. Bentham is a UK science-fiction writer and social commentary blogger. He has studied Politics and Religious Studies at Lancaster University and has training in the Department of Work and Pensions. Harry is also a member of the Advisory Board at the Lifeboat Foundation.

Christof Bogacs
Christof Bogacs is a full time communications student at the University of Technology Sydney as well as a freelance writer. He currently writes reviews for Vivid Scribe, Kapow comic book show as well as for his own blog Barely Original. Christof is also writing his own indie comic that may possibly even see the light of day in the distant future. You can follow Christof at his blog-

Antonio del Drago
Antonio del Drago is the author of The Mythic Guide to Characters: Writing Characters Who Enchant and Inspire, a layered approach to writing characters that is based on psychology and archetypes. He’s also the founder of Mythic Scribes, an online writing community.

Adam Hennessy
Adam Hennessy has been an avid consumer of popular culture his whole life. He loves board games RPGs, console games and reading. His first love is and will always be film and television. He is a father and husband and enjoys nothing more than sharing his views and opinions with anyone willing to listen or read.

Alanna Horgan
Alanna is a wily and excitable lass from NSW who currently resides in Brisbane. She is not only the creator of Shades of Sentience, but she also loves to study, having completed a degree in English, Communications and Political Science as well as being on her way to a degree in whatever random subjects she finds interesting.  As you can tell by her assortment of study choices, Alanna enjoys a wide range of things, including reading, writing, gaming, philosophising, designing and making clothes, pretty colours and shiny objects, to name but a few. She likes collecting clocks and dragon furniture, and has a special place in her heart for toast.

Peter Lee
Peter W. Lee is a doctoral candidate at Drew University, where he focuses on American history and youth culture. His dissertation examines the construction of boyhood through American films in the early Cold War. Among his most recent publications are chapters in The Ages of the Avengers, Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock, and The Journal of the West.

Joe Lipsett
Joe ‘Cinephilactic’ Lipsett is a contract Film Studies instructor and an avid television watcher. He is a big fan of eighties horror movies, especially Hellraiser, Candyman and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, as well as the Scream films. As co-editor/founder of, a television review website. Email him at

Cody Maynard
Cody Maynard is a freelance writer and artist living in central Ohio. He currently spends his days in the marketing office of a university writing progress reports, press releases and profile pieces. What Cody really wants to do is write about the important stuff in life like comic books and video games.

Patrice Reyes
Patrice Reyes is a PhD candidate in American history at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her areas of research include American foreign policy and the cultural history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Patrice also holds a BA in political science with a concentration in international relations from Drew. She is a 2013-2014 Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellow at Imagining America Organization based at Syracuse University and former co-chair of the Socially Responsible Investment Committee at Drew. Patrice continues to serve as secretary of the board of the Friends of the Newark Public Library in Newark, NJ. She also happens to be a huge fan of action flicks, particularly of the high-octane superhero variety.

J Marc Schmidt
Sydney-born J Marc Schmidt is the creator of three graphic novels published by SLG Publishing, Egg Story, Eating Steve, and The Sixsmiths; the webcomic 3rd Blade, and a book of essays, Secrets of Popular Culture.  J Marc currently lives in Japan.

Anna Scott Graham
Anna Scott Graham is a wife and mother of three having returned to her native California after a decade of living in Yorkshire, England.  Besides writing, her interests include watching American football and baseball, drinking hot English tea, blogging, propagating houseplants, driving, cooking, crocheting, and anticipating rain. She is also a self confessed music fanatic and the author of numerous published novels.  Find out more on Anna Scott Graham’s Blog.

Katharine Stubbs
Katharine likes to think she’s a Sky Pirate and that takes up most of her time. When she isn’t treasure hunting, she’s writing or playing video games and wishing Doctor Who and Farscape were real.  She started writing at age 12 and has written almost every day on paper and most certainly in her mind otherwise. She tends to like the idea of fantasy, but her ideas themselves always seem to gravitate towards science fiction.  Katharine is a judge in the Aurealis Awards, and would really like a pet chocobo.

Roland Thorne
Roland Thorne is an Australian writer, with a keen interest in various aspects of popular culture, particularly cinema and comics. His first book, Samurai Films, is a beginner’s guide to the popular Japanese genre. Roland currently lives in Canberra.

Kaitlin Tremblay
Kaitlin Tremblay is a Masters graduate from the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. Kaitlin is also a horror-film-loving, yoga-addicted, monster-inspired feminist navigating her way through nerd-culture, one rant at a time. Check our her blog, That Monster

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