Dave Brzeski learned to read before he went to school. His mother taught him, using British weekly comics. This was to become a major influence on his future life. He soon discovered American comic books, science fiction and horror paperbacks, and thanks to a dusty old used bookstore on the coast--pulps.
In his mid-teens, he began dealing at the London comic marts. Eventually, he co-ran a comic/record shop called 'The House on the Borderland.' in his home town of Peterborough. During this time, he joined the British Fantasy Society and attended several conventions in the UK, including Fantasycon and the 1988 World Fantasy Convention in London. Times eventually got tough for the shop and in the constant struggle to keep the business running, he dropped out of the BFS and gave up attending conventions. In fact, his interests had largely shifted over to the music side of the business and he'd started seriously collecting music, and attending music festivals. He'd never completely lost interest in books and comics though, it simply took a back seat for a while. He gradually re-established many of his contacts in the science fiction, fantasy and horror world via Facebook.
When 'The House on the Borderland' finally went out of business in 2010, he found he had time on his hands and rejoined the BFS. He attended his first convention in over 20 years in 2011, when he went to Fantasycon in Brighton. He went back for the 2012 Fantasycon & will be attending the World Fantasy convention in Brighton this year (the first time it's been back to the UK since the one he attended in 1988.) He now reviews books regularly for the British Fantasy Society website, and is one of the jurors for the Small Press category for the 2013 British Fantasy Awards. He has also been copy-editing for a few authors, including his partner, Jilly Paddock. Pro Se added Dave to the Pro Se staff after he proved helpful as a reader with the company's own publications. He has ambitions to edit anthologies of his own at some point. Certain mad friends occasionally encourage him to turn his own hand to writing, but he's not sure where they think he'll ever find the time.