Rubenstein, a former litigation attorney and Administrative Law Judge in Chicago, IL for over twenty years, has spent nearly the past decade becoming an experienced editor, magazine columnist, horror/fantasy/thriller literature and film reviewer, and author/screenwriter. Rubenstein previously organized and presented a number of large science fiction conventions in conjunction with the BBC for their Doctor Who television series and was featured on a nationally televised segment of the Entertainment Tonight TV show back in the 1980′s. He went on to co-produce ten stage plays including one, Murder By Misadventure, that ran upon London’s famed West End for six months, and a world premiere of an A. R. Gurney play, The Fourth Wall, starring George Segal and Betty Buckley in Chicago.
As an author, Rubenstein has had extensive work, including essays, articles, interviews, and over one hundred book reviews purchased and published in numerous publications, including Cemetery Dance, Dark Scribe, Dark Discoveries, and Shroud Magazines, has written regular columns for Fear Zone and Shroud, is and/or has been a regular reviewer for Horror World and Hellnotes as well as serving a stint as the Reviewer for the Pod Of Horror podcast hosted by author and professional radio host, Mark Justice. Rubenstein is a frequent convention speaker, panelist, and moderator.
As an author, Rubenstein has also had short fiction stories he’s co-written published in the anthologies Fear Of The Dark, by Horror Bound Magazine Publications (“The Closet” co-authored with Carol Weekes, 2011) and the recent prestigious charity anthology, Horror for Good, Cutting Block Press (“The Widows Laveau” with Steven Booth, 2012), which anthology was a Finalist for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award®. Rubenstein’s work has also appeared in the prominent David Morrell and Hank Wagner edited hardcover Anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must Reads from Oceanview Publishing (2010), and the “Editor’s Foreword” to the Dark Regions Press lettered hardcover edition of Gene O’Neill’s HWA Bram Stoker Award® winning collection Taste Of Tenderloin (2012).
As an editor, Rubenstein has had extensive experience working freelance as an Editor for a number of Specialty Presses, including Bloodletting Press, Cargo Cult Press, Centipede Press, Dark Regions Press, Thunderstorm Books, Genius Publishing, and most recently as Managing Editor for JournalStone Publishing. Rubenstein has been the editor for numerous works by many prominent authors, including novels, novellas, and collections, a number of which have been named as Finalists for the Bram Stoker Awards®, and one work that won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel (2012). Over the last seven years, Rubenstein has edited over forty books by authors including: Allyson Bird, Christopher Conlon, Edward Erdelac, Gabrielle Faust, Jim Gavin, Rick Hautala, Angeline Hawkes, Michael Kelly, Brian Knight, Edward Lee, Rena Mason, Michael McBride, James R. Moore, Lisa Morton, Weston Ochse, William Ollie, Gene O’Neill, Anderson Prunty, Gina Ranalli, Gord Rollo, Steven Savile, Harry Shannon, David Silva, Jeff Strand, Steve Vernon, Carol Weekes, Wrath James White, and David Niall Wilson, among others.
Rubenstein is an active member of both the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Horror Writers Associations (HWA), has been a member of and then served two years as Chair of the HWA’s Bram Stoker Additions Jury, completed a stint as the Chair of the 2011 HWA’s Bram Stoker Anthology Jury, and is in his third year as Co-Chair of the HWA’s Bram Stoker Awards® Committee. He was also the editor of the highly praised Souvenir Program Book for The Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend 2013 Incorporating The World Horror Convention, which included new fiction by Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, Jonathan Maberry, Amber Benson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jeff Strand, and Gene O’Neill and additional fiction from Robert McCammon and Ramsey Campbell.