Shiloh Carroll holds a PhD in English from Middle Tennessee State University, where she studied medievalism and neomedievalism, which allowed her to synthesize her two great academic interests—the Middle Ages and popular culture. Her dissertation focused on contemporary fantasy writers and their use of and approach to the Middle Ages. Her academic work has appeared in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Mythlore, Slayage, the George R.R. Martin and the Medieval Literary Tradition collection, and the forthcoming book Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms: From Asimov to A Game of Thrones. Currently, she is working on a book-length treatment of George R.R. Martin’s treatment of the Middle Ages and medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire.
Renée Ward received her PhD in 2009 from the University of Alberta and is currently an instructor for Wilfrid Laurier University's Medieval Studies program. Her primary areas of research are medieval romance, monster studies, and medievalism (especially in young adult fantasy literature). She has published articles on Middle English texts such as Lybeaus Desconus, Octavian, and William of Palerne, as well as on medievalism in modern Arthuriana and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Her current research on medievalism focuses on the Victorian children's writer Eleanora Louisa Hervey, and she is also preparing a book-length study on the figure of the werewolf in medieval romance.