Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

  • Recovering The Self Journal is helmed by Karim Khan who is the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Publisher is Victor R. Volkman, President of Loving Healing Press, Inc. and Senior Editor of Modern History Press.
  • Cover design and interior layout by Michal Splho
  • Director of Marketing, Vince Sobotka
Ernest Dempsey

Ernest Dempsey

RTS Editor-in-Chief

Karim Khan, pen named Ernest Dempsey, hails from Hangu, a small town in Pakistan. At age twelve, he started writing detective stories, horror, thrillers, and humor. He has a Masters degree in Geology and one in English Literature.He has authored four books and, in just the last few years, seen the publication of his poems, essays, short stories, and literary reviews worldwide.He is now the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing ( and also works as the country editor for Pakistan on the celebrated Internet news channel Instablogs. Khan is now looking forward to completing his first novel.
Vince Sobotka

Vince Sobotka

RTS Director of Marketing

Vincent Sobotka, born in Joliet, Illinois, has lived most of his life in the Chicago-land area. Through personal experiences, Vincent has been related to persons living with disabilities and other adversities. As a budding writer and blogger, Vincent has tuned his passion for writing to include these experiences in some of his work. Vincent also writes as a citizen journalist and works for online marketing and publishing projects. To learn more about Vincent and to read his published work, visit his blog at
Michal Splho

Michal Splho

Graphic Artist

Graphic designer living in Bratislava, Slovakia. He cooperates with major publishers in the country as book cover designer, typesetter, illustrator. He experienced four years working in major Slovak weekly magazines – Zurnal, Domino Dorum doing graphic design, typesetting and illustrating. Now he is developing cooperation with foreign publishers, mostly in UK and USA – doing the cover design, typesetting and illustrations: Seven Arches Publishing, Melrose Press, Loving Healing Press, Computer Review. The portfolio of the best works can be viewed at Michal Splho is for decades involved in painting and exhibiting artworks. Skilled in oil painting, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, ink drawings. Trained in classic drawing and painting style.

Victor R. Volkman


Created Loving Healing Press in 2003, Modern History Press in 2006, Marvelous Spirit Press in 2009. Author of several anthologies including Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction and More Than A Memory: Reflections of Viet Nam. Host of the publishing podcast Authors Access.Victor is responsible for corporate marketing, manuscript acquisition, foreign rights sales, editorial strategies, and series development. BS in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University. He is CEO of Loving Healing Press, Inc. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Recovering The Self is a forum for people to tell their stories. Individual contributors accept complete responsibility for the veracity, accuracy, and non-infringement of their reporting.
Inclusion in Recovering The Self is neither an endorsement nor a confirmation of claims presented within. Sole responsibility lies with individual contributors, not the editor, staff, or management of Recovering The Self Journal.
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