Howard Tayler

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. Howard has written SF horror for the Space Eldritch and Space Eldritch II: The Haunted Stars anthologiesand he writes fantasy tie-in fiction for Privateer Press under their Skull Island X imprint.  Howard co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells. They collaborated together to create the Shadows Beneath anthology.

His most recent printed work is Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, which was on the 2010 Hugo ballot. Schlock Mercenary may be found online at

Howard  lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Sandra, their four children, and one ungrateful, archetypally imperious cat.