David S. Atkinson is the author of "Bones Buried in the Dirt" (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, first Novel less than 80K in length) and "The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes" (EAB Publishing, spring 2014). His writing appears in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Interrobang?! Magazine, Atticus Review, and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.
On his list are some folks I'm pretty familiar with, Samuel Snoek-Brown (read with in Portland, Or.), Ben Tanzer (Dire Reader alum), Jon Konrath (Dire Reader alum and publisher of various pieces of mine in Paragraph Line), Michael Seidlinger and Ryan Bradley, to name a few.
When David put together his list of most surprising, he defined the term "surprising" as such:
These ones are from authors who I was already familiar with, but the authors did something so interestingly different from their other work I’ve read that I wanted to make special note. Range is an impressive thing.
Anyway, let’s get on with the list. You can take it for what you will, though the order is entirely random and nothing should be read into that either.