Peter Balaskas

Born in Brooklyn from Italian/Greek descent, Peter is indeed a man of many professions — including a microfilm clerk, an environmental and pharmaceutical chemist, a theatre actor, a freelance news camera operator, an NBC Page for The Tonight Show, a camera technician for NBC/Universal Studios, and, from 2004-2009, Owner/Managing Editor of Ex Machina Press,LLC, the proud parent of Silent Voices: A Creative Mosaic Of Fiction, until he finally discovered his niche: freelance copyeditor/proofreader and speculative fiction writer. Peter received his BS in Chemistry and his MA in English (Creative Writing/Literature) from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His early literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King and many others.

His fiction and poetry have been published internationally. His gothic horror novella, The Chameleon's Addiction, was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Glacier Press Writing Contest and will be published in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice,Volume Two by Bards and Sages Publishing, who also published his short novel, The Grandmaster, a supernatural thriller that takes place during the Holocaust. Originally his graduate master’s thesis, The Grandmaster ranked third in Bards and Sages nationwide Speculative Fiction Novel Contest and is now on sale at
amazon.comand Barnes and Noble. The Grandmaster has also been awarded as a Top Ten Finalist by the Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll for Best Horror Novel of 2007. He has just completed his first short story collection, In His House. One story from that collection, "Crossing the Styx," was awarded Best Unpublished Short Story at the 2007 DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles. His short story, "Oranna's Song," was awarded Honorable Mention (ranked SECOND in the nation) in the Romance Category by the Fourth Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. He also often serves as a reviewer for L.A. Splash ( and the Literary Magazine Review (University of Wisconsin: River Falls). Peter is now writing his first full-length Wagner Mythos Novel.

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