Hypericon | Nashville, Tennessee

A weekend popular arts conference; festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft.

Prior Guests

HYPERICON 2015 Guests in Revue

We were joined by some fascinating speakers, presenters, performers, and artists at Hypericon 10.

GABRIEL BETHIR

GabrielBethir200I was exported from the deep south and unpackaged in the mid-south. After forays into poetry, game design, and theater, I decided to pursue my original love of writing, thanks to being beaten about the head and shoulders with a clue bat. I began writing short stories as fan fiction in 1997, and quickly moved into working on my own scripts, manuscripts, and poetry. I staged A Mop in the Elevator, my first original production, at the University of Memphis in 2000 as a Theater major. Now a published author of two novels, seven short stories, a novella, and a gaming system, there is no turning back. I’ve happily taken up a space in publishing, to the chagrin of my spouse and niece. The gaming system, Mortalus, has debuted successfully at several conventions, and will have a full Beta release later this year, with two modules and a supplement book, Magic and Mystery, by 2016. I run the satellite office of Inkstained Succubus in West Memphis, AR. The Lost Laboratory handles submissisons, the art department, edits and formatting for the midwest region, while the Deadly Ninja Sewing Circle attempts to discover new talent. I also run a formatting business, Kinbaku Formatting, that offers similar services to self-published authors and small presses. My production and photography company, Whizzelfisch Productions, has worked on four local independent films and has several published photo shoots. In my free time, I enjoy historical reenactment, camping, hiking, roleplaying games, and sewing. I’m a proud fairy godparent of two girls and two boys. My current writing interests are varied. I intend to continue exploring science-fiction and post-apocalyptic settings, as well as devoting time to engineering more sapiosexual and genderqueer fiction.

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ETHAN BLACK

Ethan BlackEthan Black lives outside Nashville TN where he works as a freelance artist and digital media instructor. His work has been shown internationally and is frequently shown in local magazines and art exhibits. His art is heavily influenced by folklore, horror films, and Halloween graphics. Nature and fine art also play a role in his designs. Artists like Edward Gorey, Gustave Doré and other classic illustrators.

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H. DAVID BLALOCK

H. David BlalockH. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in novels, novellas, stories, articles, reviews, and commentary both in print and online. Since 1996, his fiction has appeared in over two dozen magazines including Pro Se Presents, Aphelion Webzine, Quantum Muse, Shelter of Daylight Magazine, The Harrow, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye, The Martian Wave and many more. His current novel series is the three book Angelkiller Triad from Seventh Star Press. He served as editor for parABnormal Digest from its inception until the end of 2012 and currently serves as an editor at Pro Se Productions and Hermit Studios Press (Denmark). For more information visit his website at www.thrankeep.com.

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KRISTEN M. COLLINS

Kristen CollinsCostume hobbyist since 1999, Kristen M. Collins is a character impersonator, make-up and wig styling enthusiast, alternative fashion connoisseur and self-proclaimed geek girl. A native Tennessean, she is a full-time graphic designer by day and a published fantasy illustrator by night who started costuming simply for the love and devotion to popular anime, comic-book, video game and television characters with whom she felt a connection. An avid tabletop gamer, her costume repertoire quickly expanded to included several of her original RPG characters. Throughout the year she travels to many conventions across the U.S., having fun along the way, sharing her artwork and hoping to motivate others to take up the mantle of ‘cosplayer.’

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GLEN COOK

Glen CookCook was born in New York City. His love of writing began in grade school, and in high school he wrote the occasional article for his school’s newspaper. After high school, Cook spent time in the United States Navy and later worked his way through college, leaving little time for his writing endeavors. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was “hard to learn, but [involved] almost no mental effort”, writing as many as three books per year. It was during this time that Cook wrote The Black Company, a novel published by Tor Fantasy in May 1984. It inaugurated a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company) that follows an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2014, it comprises 10 novels published in three subseries plus recent short fiction. It has become something of a cult classic, especially among current and former members of the military. Cook is also well known for his Garrett P.I. series, which tells the haphazard adventures of hardboiled detective Garrett, and his Dread Empire series, which highlights Cook’s earlier published work. Cook is currently retired from his job at GM, living with his wife, Carol, in St. Louis, Missouri. Although he can now devote himself full-time to his writing career, he feels he was actually more productive while he was still employed at his old job.

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Conquest Gaming

Conquest

Conquest Gaming was established in 2000 by a trio of gamers who sought to blend aspects of their favorite games into their own game designs. In 2008, after nearly a decade of offering expansion type games, Conquest Gaming embarked on creating their first fully published board game, Warlords of Europe, which was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Historical Board Game. The success of Warlords of Europe enabled Conquest Gaming to publish Stelcon: Infinity in 2013. Conquest Gaming is a member of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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LOREN DAMEWOOD

Loren Damewood My name is Loren Damewood, and I am a professional knot tyer. For over thirty years (since 1980), I have been creating wedding rings, bracelets and other jewelry by tying silver and gold into intricate and beautiful knots. I tie knots in materials ranging from simple cotton twine to stainless steel wire, but my favorite is pure silver, the whitest and brightest of the precious metals. Most people order gold for their wedding rings, and I generally use 18K in various colors. I have a DVD available and host workshops as well. Find me at your next convention! — http://www.golden-knots.com/

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JOHNNY DELLAROCCA

Johnny Dellarocca“Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca is is a lifelong comic reader and collector, a Star Wars “freakasaurus”, Pro Wrestling fan, and Movie fanatic. He is best known for his work onstage as a new vintage variety artist, fusing music and magic with comedy and dance in a 1920s – 1940s style in what is described as “Dieselpunk.” He can be seen performing in theaters, at festivals and cons around the country. He is also the author of 4 books on magic and the producer and host of the Diesel Powered Podcast, THE Dieselpunk podcast on iTunes,which consistently is ranked in the top 10 performing arts podcasts. He can also be seen as the host of the weekly live stream show Comixstravaganza Live at www.graphicpolicy.com! His first pulp adventure novel Tales From The Flip-Side will be published by Pro Se Productions in the summer of 2015. Entertainer – Award-winning actor, singer and magician, and can be seen in the hit stage show Swingin’At The Roxy and the cabaret revue The Magic Cabaret with The Bombshell Kittens! Broadcaster – Producer, director and host of The Diesel Powered Podcast and the live streaming web show Comixstravaganza Live! Author – Author of Theatrical Magic, How To Produce Your Own Theater Show and the upcoming Dieselpunk pulp novella from Pro Se Productions, Tales From The Flip-Side!

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ELIZABETH DONALD

Elizabeth DonaldElizabeth Donald is a dark fiction writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is a three-time winner of the Darrell Award for speculative fiction and author of the Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series and Blackfire zombie series, as well as other novels and short stories in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. She is the founder of the Literary Underworld author cooperative; an award-winning newspaper reporter and lecturer on journalism ethics; a nature and art photographer; freelance editor and writing coach. She is married to author Jim Gillentine, and their family lives in a haunted house in Illinois. In her spare time, she… has no spare time. Find out more about her at elizabethdonald.com.

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D.G. DRIVER

D.G. DriverD.G. Driver grew up in Southern California only 30 minutes from the beach. As a girl, she used to dream that magic would change her overnight into a beautiful mermaid. Alas, that never happened, but her love of the ocean never diminished. Even though she is landlocked in Tennessee now, she still only needs one whiff of sunscreen to bring her imagination alive. Thanks to the support of her husband and a sweet drawing of a mermaid done by her daughter that was taped on the wall above her desk to keep her motivated to finish, Cry of the Sea became her first published Young Adult novel. She is a member of SCBWI Midsouth, and has had many books published under the name Donna Getzinger. Her story “The Jamaican Dragon” is featured in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star, and Plunder, and her new YA novella (a ghost story) Passing Notes was released in January, 2015. Learn more about her writing and career at www.dgdriver.com

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JONATHAN FRENCH

Jonathan FrenchJonathan French is the author of Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, The Exiled Heir, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrects the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, The Errantry of Bantam Flyn, launched in July 2014 on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in Myths/Legends. Born in Tennessee, Jonathan relocated to England when he was nine. The crumbling castle ramparts, towering cathedrals and overgrown churchyards ignited a passion for folklore and fantasy, which continued to grow with him as he explored the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and Lloyd Alexander. French originally developed his magical setting as a backdrop for the roleplaying games he ran for his friends. Turning down an offer from a well-known RPG company, he chose to keep his brainchildren close to home and began writing the Autumn’s Fall novels in earnest. An outspoken advocate on the merits and future of independent publishing, Jonathan has led panel discussions at conventions across the Southeast, with subjects ranging from marketing to art direction. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and toddling son, who can already throw a mean d10. His third novel, a gritty sword and sorcery book, is scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

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DAN GAMBER

Dan GamberDan is a chronic creative with a lifetime of experience as a designer. As a filmmaker, Dan has worked as a Director of Photography and Editor on several short films, including Beware of Dogs, and America’s Got Superpowers which boasts laurels from film festivals across the country, including New York, and Boston. Having also worked a stint with a production company in Memphis, he has experience in commercials and corporate work as well.

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JACKIE GAMBER

Jackie GamberJackie Gamber is an award-winning editor and award-winning writer of genre-bending science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, novels, and screenplays. Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, received a Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author, and is winner of the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction. During Jackie’s tenure as Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, the indie publisher captured Science Fiction’s Philip K. Dick Award, only the fourth time (by 2010) the award had gone to a small press. Jackie also edited the award-winning benefit anthology Touched by Wonder, and has been guest editor of the acclaimed dark fiction magazine Shroud. Jackie is also co-founder, and writer/director of Big Imagine, a creative film company established to explore her visual fiction. She has written and directed award-winning short films that have premiered throughout the country. Because she believes there’s more than one way to tell a good story.

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MELISSA GAY

Melissa Gay Melissa Gay is a critically-acclaimed, genre-spanning artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals, she later used those same skills to do black and white line art for roleplaying games, her true passion. Her award-winning work has since appeared on the covers and interiors of many games, books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, while her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. She loves featuring people of diverse genders, colors, sizes and ages in her illustrations. Whether depicting criminal masterminds, comic book heroes, historical fiction, eldritch horror, child mermaids or sentient bugs, she tries to imbue her scenes or subjects with a sense of dreamlike wonder. She has worked with publishers such as Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weiss Productions, Third Eye Games, Blackwyrm Press, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, Lone Wanderer Productions, and more. Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons, Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as Dreamhounds of Paris and Soldiers of Pen and Ink, the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award nominated Mermaid Adventures and Camp Myth, Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks by Blackwyrm Press, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.

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JIMMY GILLENTINE

Jimmy GillentineJimmy Gillentine grew up with a fondness for horror, science fiction and fantasy flavored with the southern tang of his native Memphis. His debut novella, “Of Blood and the Moon,” was first published in 2009 and was the first runner-up for the Darrell Award. Other publications include a short story titled “Fifteen-Minute Break” in the annual anthology Cover of Darkness and a novella titled “A Night at Death’s Door.” His novel The Beast Within begins the bittersweet story of Andrew and Angela, which continues in Crossroads, published by Inkstained Succubus Press. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Jimmy is a member of the Literary Underworld, Imagicopter and the Eville Writers, and is married to author Elizabeth Donald. If you want to get on his good side, bring him a bag of popcorn at the Literary Underworld booth; he’s not known as the Popcorn Monster for nothing!

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TOMMY HANCOCK

TOMMY HANCOCKSteeped in pulp magazines, old radio shows, and all things of that era’s pop culture, Tommy Hancock lives in Arkansas with his wonderful wife and three children and obviously not enough to do. He is Partner in and Editor in Chief for Pro Se Productions, is an organizer of the New Pulp Movement, works as an editor for Seven Realms, Dark Oak, and Moonstone. He is also an award winning writer for various companies, including Airship 27, Mechanoid Press, Pulpwork Press, Dark Oak, and Moonstone. Tommy works as Project Coordinator for Moonstone as well as produces and hosts two podcasts-PULPED! THE OFFICIAL NEW PULP PODCAST and PRO SE PRESENTS: THE PODCAST. He is also the man behind GUMSHOE RESEARCH CONSULTANTS, a company providing research services to writers of all types.

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SARAH M. HARVEY

Sara M. HarveySara M. Harvey lives and writes fantasy and horror in (and sometimes about) Nashville, TN. She is also a costume historian, theatrical costume designer, and art history teacher. She has three spoiled rotten dogs and one awesome daughter; her husband falls somewhere in between. She tweets @saraphina_marie, wastes too much time on facebook.com/saramharvey, and needs to update her website saramharvey.com

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LOUISE HERRING-JONES

Louise Herring-JonesLouise Herring-Jones writes speculative and historical fiction as well as humor and nonfiction. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, most recently “Googi” in Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem (Dark Oak Press, 2014) and, expected in 2015, “The Twittering of Sparrows” in Asian Pulp (Pro Se Press) and “Moundville Revisited” in Ruins Excavation (Hadley Rille Books). She is a veteran reporter for The Daily Dragon Online. An advocate for constitutionally protected freedoms, she practices law in Alabama. Visit her website at http://www.louiseherring-jones.com.

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ISCAH

ISCAHStuck somewhere between past and future, presently, Iscah is the author of the fantasy novel Seventh Night and novella Before the Fairytale: The Girl With No Name along with a few online serials .  Photos of Iscah are only slightly less scarce than shots of Bigfoot and far more suspect.  You can follow Iscah’s facebook page for sighting information.

 

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INFINITE DREAMS GAMING

 

Infinite DreamsInfinite Dreams Gaming was established in 1994 as a retailer of tabletop games. The company’s founders, M. Shawn Smith, II, and Michael Aldridge, were pioneers in the collectible-card game (CCG) market, being among the first in the industry to perform the valuation and pricing of individual cards for Magic: The Gathering. Almost 20 years later, Shawn and Michael have taken their love of tabletop gaming and their knowledge of the retail tabletop gaming industry to create their first board game, which is based on a popular Syfy series. They are currently in negotiations with NBCUniversal for the licensing rights.

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ELI JACKSON

Eli JacksonEli is the CEO of Griffyn Ink Publishing and the host of Authors Combat Academy. She has over 30 years of martial arts experience. As a member of a tournament team sponsored by Pepsi, Eli competed on the North American Sport Karate Association tournament circuit and was 3rd in the World in fighting and 4th in forms for two years. Eli has taught martial arts since she was 14 and considers it part of who she is.

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ERIC JAMBORSKY

Eric JamborskyEric Jamborsky Fan of SF, Horror, fantasy films for sixty years. Active in Fandom (off and on) since 1972. Written about films for forty years in fanzines, blogs, and occasional publication. Started collecting movies on 8mm film in the sixties and have now accumulated way too many.

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MARK KINNEY

Mark McKinneyMark Kinney is the longest running host of the All Games Considered podcast which presents news, reviews, and discussions of things relating to tabletop gaming, and won EN World Awards in 2009 and 2010. In the distant past, he wrote bits and pieces for Atlas Games’ Feng Shui RPG, Eden Studios’ All Flesh Must Be Eaten, and Khepera Publishing’s Godsend Agenda RPG.

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JOANNE MERRIAM

Joann2Joanne Merriam is the Publisher of Upper Rubber Boot Books out of Nashville, TN. Their most recent titles are How to Live On Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, an anthology of immigrant science fiction featuring Ken Liu, Zen Cho, Daniel Jose Older and 32 other writers from 12 countries, and Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, a dark fiction anthology featuring Joyce Carol Oates, Diane Cook, Nisi Shawl and 33 others. She tweets and tumbles as @upperrubberboot and can be found on Facebook.

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Middle Tennessee Geocaching Club

mtgc_logo_600Middle Tennessee Geocaching Club is the oldest continuously operated Geocaching group in existence today.  From a time where a 200 mile drive to find a cache wasn’t that unusual, the group officially
started at Warner Park in 2003 with a few determined geocachers huddled out of the freezing rain and hasn’t looked back.  Its goal is to promote and advance the sport of Geocaching in Middle Tennessee, by providing a friendly open atmosphere that encourages the clean fun, exercise, and exploration that is part of Geocaching.

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ROBERT MIDGETT

Robert MidgettSeventeen-year-old author, Robert Midgett , has been writing since third grade. After his teacher ripped his story up in front of him, stating it was too violent, he had a little rebellion kick in. At 11, he wrote a screenplay that he would rather no one ever read. Lessons were learned and at 13, he began writing his first published novel. ‘Vagabonds’ was born and it took two years to grow into the Science Fiction novel that movies are made from. From Bradbury to Lovecraft to Twain to McKim, his writing influences are wide-spread. Robert decided, early-on, that he would give back by donating 10% of his profit from his novel to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, showing that his heart is as big as his imagination. All the way from the small town of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, meet Robert Midgett. Robert is an author with Same Old Story Publishing. At 15, he finished his first published novel, Vagabonds. His second novel, Praxis, will be available soon. Robert has hosted and been a part of several panels. He has also been interviewed by several media outlets, such as Fox 17 News, Wave 3 in Louisville, KY, The Chris Top Show and various newspapers. You can read more about Robert at www.robertmidgett.com. The first chapter is also available to read on the site.

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J L Mulvihill

Lady J L MulvihillA California native, J L Mulvihill is a descendant of Hollywood royalty barely escaping with her life from the Neurotology overthrow. She now lives in hiding somewhere in the deep-south where she has learned the language of the natives and has a fondness for snipe hunting and zombie tipping. While in hiding J L Mulvihill, secretly known as Jen, has written several short stories, novels, and poetry that have nothing to do with her life. Her debut novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa, is an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of Steampunk, published through Dark Oak Press in 2011. The sequel to this novel is presently in the works. Her Most recent novel, Crossings, is the sequel to The Boxcar Baby of the Steel Roots series, and released in December 2014 through Seventh Star Press. Steel Roots is a young adult series based in the Steampunk genre and engages the reader into a train hopping heart stopping adventure across America. She is also the co-editor of Southern Haunts; The Spirits That Walk Among Us which includes a short story of her own called Bath 10, a fictional thriller involving a real haunted place. She also has a poem in Southern Haunts part 2, and a short story in Southern Haunts part 3. Jen also has several short fiction pieces in the Dreams of Steam series published through Dark Oak Press, is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group. J.L. continues to write fantasy, steampunk, and poetry and essays inspired by her life in the South. You can find some of her short stories at Dark Oak Press www.darkoakpress.com as well as & Seventh Star Press www.seventhstarpress.com, and at her websites: www.elsielind.com jlsbooks.blogspot.com/ home.comcast.net/~mulvijen/site

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BETSY PHILLIPS

Betsy PhilipsBetsy Phillips lives in Whites Creek, Tennessee. She is the author of the book A City of Ghosts and blogs for the Nashville Scene‘s political blog “Pith in the Wind.” She also knows all three final resting places of Timothy Demonbreun, where local occultist Ben Allen is buried, and which fields Frank James farmed when he was hiding in middle Tennessee. Her short stories have appeared in Apex Magazine, Betwixt, Beyond Borderlands, Eurynome, and Qarrtsiluni.

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HERIKA R. RAYMER

Herika R. RaymerHerika R. Raymer grew up consuming books – first by eating them, later by reading them. Her mother taught her the value of focus and hard work while her father encouraged her love literature and art; so she has been writing and doodling off and on for over 30 years. After much encouragement, Mrs. Raymer finally published a few short stories and has developed a taste for it. She continues to send submissions, sometimes with success, and currently has a collection of stories in the works. She was the Assistant Editor for a science fiction magazine and Lead Editor for a horror magazine. A participant of the voluntary writer/artist/musician cooperative known as Imagicopter, Herika R. Raymer is married with two children and a dog in West Tennessee, USA. Her website is at: herikarraymer.webs.com

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STEVEN SHREWSBURY

Steven Shrewsbury Steven Shrewsbury has had nearly four hundred stories published. he doesn’t know if he’s Robert E Howard reincarnated or not. His new novels WITHIN and BORN OF SWORDS show that he is comfortable writing horror or sword and sorcery. he lives in central Illinois where he continues to search for brightness wherever it may hide.

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ANGELIA SPARROW

Angelia SparrowAngelia Sparrow has been writing professionally since 2004, when she sold her first short story, “Prey,” to Torquere Press’ Monsters anthology. This led to her being asked to speak on the “Librarians in speculative fiction panel” at MidSouth Con 2005. Since then, she has been a library paraprofessional, a truck driver and a merchandiser. In 2012, she got Inkstained Succubus Productions, a small press, off the ground. All the while, writing 17 novels and nearly a hundred short stories.

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BRYAN STANCLIFF

Bryan StancliffRaised in a reenacting household by maniacal crafters, Bryan spent his formative years surrounded by half-finished projects and deadly weapons. He has amassed a sizable knowledge base on useless subjects including, but not limited to, edged and projectile devices from around the world, European footwear from prehistory through the Viking era and, disturbingly enough, the cannibalistic practices found among the Pre Columbian Americans. He is also a well versed artist who is skilled in wasting paper, destroying perfectly good pieces of wood and becoming unreasonably sullen. He is currently working as a semiprofessional leatherworker and has more than 20 years of experience in both modern and historical leatherworking techniques.

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DENNIS R. UPKINS

Dennis UpkinsDennis R. Upkins is a speculative fiction author and an Atlanta, Ga. native. A lifelong geek and a hopeless comic book guy, his genres of choice are often superhero fantasy, urban fantasy and YA.  In 2011, his debut novel, Hollowstone, was released by Parker Publishing. His sophomore title, West of Sunset, was also released by Parker Publishing in 2014. Upkins regularly critiques and analyzes the representation and portrayal of minorities in comics and media and has served as a contributor for Ars Marginal, Black Girl Dangerous, Prism Comics, Geeks Out, Nerds of Color. Org, Nashville Geek Life, and Comicbook.com. In an effort to help enlighten society about the cultures of the African diaspora and promote a more accurate and positive image , Upkins launched the Black Folks Being Awesome initiative on Facebook in 2013. When he’s not out saving the world and/or taking it over in his spare time, Upkins’s hobbies include drawing, modeling, acting, photography, cosplay, rollerblading, martial arts and of course writing.

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PETER WELMERINK

Peter Welmerink Peter Welmerink was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT was his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys. Find out more about his works and upcoming projects at: www.peterwelmerink.com

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STEPHEN ZIMMER

Stephen ZimmerAward-winning author and filmmaker Stephen Zimmer is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. His works include the Rising Dawn Saga, the Fires in Eden Series, the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections, the Harvey and Solomon steampunk stories, and the Rayden Valkyrie Tales, which includes his most current release, Heart of a Lion, Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy. Stephen currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky. For further information on Stephen please visit his site at www.stephenzimmer.com