Phantom-Wooer is operated by website manager Richard Geyer and editorial advisers Stephen Davies, Alan Halsey and Shelley S. Rees.
Stephen Davies has been a literary agent, and a commissioning editor for Viking/Penguin and for BBC Publications in London, and has worked in both television and radio for the BBC as producer and contributor. His doctorate at Oxford was in Medieval Greek Literature, and he has worked latterly as a writer and producer of interpretation for a wide variety of venues and purposes. His play on Dr John Dee and Shakespeare (Dr Prospero) was a modest success in 2008-9. He coproduced the 2010 issue of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society’s newsletter with Alan Halsey.
Richard Geyer has an M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan and has been a librarian at Adrian College in Michigan since 1991. His article “T.L. Beddoes and Alcohol” (Newsletter of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 2010) outlines most of the source material and is the starting point for academic research on this topic. He has also published bibliographies in the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society’s newsletter and journal. He edited the poetry e-journal Contemporary Rhyme from 2004 to 2008, and his books of gothic poetry, The Madhouse Poems of Richard Creech and Richard Creech Rises Again, are included in special poetry collections at Brown University and SUNY-Buffalo. An anthology of historical temperance poetry he edited, Temperance Poems to Defeat Satan, is also included in these collections.
Alan Halsey is the editor of the expanded version of Death’s Jest-Book (West House Books 2003) and of Beddoes’ later poems and fragments, The Ivory Gate (ReScript Books 2011). He has published several short studies of Beddoes and his readings of the Poems and Songs (with Geraldine Monk, TLB Society 2000) are available again here on Phantom-Wooer. His other books include The Text of Shelley’s Death (Five Seasons 1995), Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005) and a selected poems 1978-2005, Not Everything Remotely (Salt 2006). Recent poems are collected in Term as in Aftermath (Ahadada 2009) and Even if only out of (Veer 2011). After 18 years running The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye he moved to Sheffield in 1997 and continues to work as a specialist bookseller.
Shelley S. Rees is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. in English from University of North Texas, specializing in 19th-century British literature, with further research interests in popular culture and speculative fiction. Dr. Rees serves as area chair of general literature for the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association conference and as faculty sponsor for several student groups, including the USAO Secular Student Alliance, The Guild, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club. Her article “The Brides’ Tragedy and the Myth of Cupid and Psyche” appeared in The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes and she edited the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society’s journal for several years. Recent publications include Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches (ed.) and “Frontier Values Meet Big-City Zombies: The Old West in AMC’s The Walking Dead,” in Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier, eds. Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Rees lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and son and a bunch of rescued pets.