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Friday, July 15
 

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Friday July 15, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Con Reg Desk

1:00pm

Lost in Time (ET)
So your story takes place in the past? How do you get real factual information about that time period? What resources (other than google) can you look to? And then, how much is too much? When do you determine you've researched enough and it's time to write.  Our panelists discuss the hows and whys of researching for your writing.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Salon B-C-D

1:00pm

Independent Films: Changing the Industry (ET)
Independent Films are becoming more and more popular.  From smaller budgets to more creative control, how are independent films changing the nature of the film industry?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial A-B

1:00pm

How Star Trek Created Our World (ET)
Looking back at older depictions of "the future" is often a mixture of hilarious and embarrassing, with unrealistic expectations and pie‐in‐the‐ sky technology predictions. This is not so with Star Trek. An astounding number of indispensable elements of modern life bear uncanny resemblances to things depicted in the iconic series. We may not have transporters yet, but what things from Star Trek's "future" are realities right now?

Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 215

1:00pm

Podcasting Your Passion (ET)
Podcasting – from Serial to Nerdist, from Pharos Project to Smodcast, there’s a number of online radio shows that demonstrate that there’s an audience for anything. But how might you get started? Tips and tricks by local podcasters on different formats for the curious and quizzical.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Ken Krahl

Ken Krahl

Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, Ken is a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. He founded a geeky website/event community with his friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. He can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. | | Ken is a member of the podcasting group Figures Sold... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A

1:00pm

Room Closed
Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Victorian B

1:00pm

Room Closed
Friday July 15, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Suite 207

2:00pm

Terrible Reasons Not To Include Diverse Characters In Fiction (ET)
Authors are becoming more and more aware of how diversity can impact their readership.  So how do you incorporate diversity from race to sexual orientation to transgender into your stories respectfully and honestly.

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial A-B

2:00pm

I Wouldn't Run Unless Zombies Were Chasing Me (ET)
People who can’t get into exercise for its own sake have more alternatives than ever. Wii fit, DDR and other fitness games have helped. There are events like “Run for your Life”, a 5k race where “zombies” chase “survivors” overland and through obstacles. There are all kinds of classes from dance to circus acrobatics, some of them cheap or even free. Come learn about the wide world of alternative exercise experiences.

Moderators
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →
avatar for Ken Krahl

Ken Krahl

Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, Ken is a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. He founded a geeky website/event community with his friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. He can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. | | Ken is a member of the podcasting group Figures Sold... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

The Role Of Politics In SF/F (ET)
From Heinlein's Starship Troopers to the cutthroat nature of life in Westeros, politics have always held a place in Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Our panelists discuss the finer points of fantasy and science-fiction politics and how to incorporate them into the story.

Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B-C-D

2:00pm

Getting To Know Your Aliens And Other Non-Humans (ET)
OK, you've designed your fantasy or alien world, or you've selected a real planet from NASA's now-vast catalog. What physical aspects of that world, or the nature of any (likely varied) cultures that you've developed there, might be useful in providing insights for the design of a typical resident's personality? An atypical resident's personality? What other sources might there for clues to personality development?

Moderators
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Suite 215

2:00pm

Twisting With The Wizard (Balloon Making Workshop) (AP)
Learn to make creative, geeky balloon sculptures, or share a design of your own! Balloons and pumps supplied.

$2 fee
 
Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

2:00pm

Gaming Reg Hours
FRI 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Gaming reg is located in the main prefunction space.  OGRe will also be available online throughout the entire convention for gaming reg.

Online Gaming Reg 


Friday July 15, 2016 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming Reg (Prefunction)

3:00pm

Love Their Works, Hate Their Views (ET)
People are wondering whether the World Fantasy Award should be changed given Lovecraft's views on race, and even Heinlein remains problematical for many readers. What do we do about authors whose political, religious, gender and racial views we find objectionable? Do we view their work solely on its own? Do we make allowances for cultural standards in past times or other places - as with Shakespeare?   If we hold to our standards, are we rejecting a good work unjustly?

Moderators
avatar for Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction, and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial A-B

3:00pm

Self/Indie Publishing: Marketing (ET)
A common misconception among authors is that your book is your brand. Wrong! YOU are your brand! So…How do you draw attention to your brand and use it to gather sales? We will show you how to build a great brand!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon B-C-D

3:00pm

Writing Urban Fantasy Beyond Werewolves And Vampires And Witches (ET)
The idea that there are wondrous yet dangerous beings living hidden amongst us is so immensely attractive that certain tropes may have been overused. How can a writer create that sense of dangerous wonder amidst familiarity without invoking vampires or werewolves? When it comes to creating an original urban fantasy universe, what are some of the tricks and traps?

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Guests
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian A

3:00pm

75 Years Of The American Hero (AP)
2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s most beloved and recognizable super heroine. The All-American Hero is turning 75, and he’s got a lot to celebrate. In 2015, Diana of Themyscira was featured in three ongoing series for the first time ever and she’s set to make her big screen debut alongside Superman and Batman.  Captain America has been in popular films, several different heroes under the mask, and many decades of entertaining comics fans.  Join this year’s panel as we reflect on these two American Hero's past, present and future, their similarities and differences..

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Suite 215

3:00pm

Signing: Mark MacDicken/Gail Z. Martin
Signing

Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

3:00pm

Allen Wold's Plotting Workshop (AP)
Allen's plotting workshop takes you through the elements of plot. What is it? How do you do it? And how does it interact with other aspects of writing such as characters and dialogue.

Guests
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian B

3:00pm

Dealer Room
Friday 3:00pm - 7:00pm

(Exhibitors can begin setting up at 10:00am on Friday.)

 

DEALER SPACES

  Lindsey Look 

  Shawn's Custom Characters

  Bead Weaver

  Fashions by Figment

  Southern Belle Ghostbusters 

  Kit Kringle

  Obsidians Caldera

  Orielis Books

  Pair-A-Dice Games

  Ssalefish Comics

  The Scribbling Lion

  Unique Creations by Amy

  Book Signings Table

 

 


Friday July 15, 2016 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon A

4:00pm

How to Introduce SF/F to Kids Under 13 (AP)
There are lots of books out there for young adults.  But how do you introduce the genre to fans in that in the 8 -13 age range?  Share your own experiences and reccomendations.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Suite 215

4:00pm

Steampunk, Victorians and the Occult (ET)
For a society that was so morality-conscious, it seems like there were a fair number of people (aristocrats even) who became interested in the occult around the end of the 19th century—performing séances, reading tarot, joining neo-pagan societies like the Golden Dawn, and so on. Why was occultism so popular, and how did the rest of society react to it? 

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

On the Difference Between Screenplays and Novels (ET)
Does writing a book and writing a screenplay require two completely different skill sets" What if you already have the story, how do you go about telling that story through an entirely different medium. Our panelists discuss the differences between the two forms of popular storytelling.

Moderators
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was... Read More →

Guests
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Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Provincial A-B

4:00pm

Signing: Darin Kennedy/Stephen Mark Rainey
Signing

Guests
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

4:00pm

ConSuite Hours
Friday  4:00pm - 11:00pm

We will be serving light snacks and beverages in the ConSuite.


Friday July 15, 2016 4:00pm - 11:30pm
ConSuite (Suite 221)

4:30pm

Concert: White Plectrum (Keith Brinegar)
White Plectrum Entertains.

Guests
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White Plectrum

Keith Brinegar (White Plectrum) was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the... Read More →



Friday July 15, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Salon B-C-D

5:00pm

Arts & Crafts
Take time to get down to the arty basics. Fantasy and science-fiction themed coloring pages at various difficulty levels. Markers and colored pencils will be provided. Grownups also welcome.

Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 207

5:00pm

Art of the Short Story (ET)
From Anthologies to Magazines to freebies from your favorite author, the short story seems to be making a comeback.  Our panelists discuss their best tips and suggestions' on writing in a condensed amount of words.

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Victorian A

5:00pm

The Evolving Role of Authors (ET)
Given the rapidly evolving role of authors in publishing, particularly in regards to means of publication — i.e., self-publishing, shared- responsibility publishing, traditional publishing, etc., how does a new author decide what is the best path for them? 

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Provincial A-B

5:00pm

Quiet Space
For individuals with auditory, visual, or sensory issues, or those just needing a quiet place to get away, this room is available for use during this time. You can work, read, think, or chill out in the quiet room but please don’t talk to other attendees.

Please no electronics. Please respect the nature of this room.

If you and someone else in the quiet room want to chat, please leave the room. If others are talking or making noise in the quiet room, and you are comfortable reminding them of the rules, please do so. Otherwise please ask any staff member for help.

 

Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 215

5:00pm

Signing: JR Ralls
Signing

Guests
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

5:00pm

Photography Workshop For Cosplayers (AP)

Join Jennifer McCollom and Angela Pritchett as they walk you through make-up and posting tips for cosplayers when it comes to photography. Professional photographers James Rippe and Paul Cory will be on hand to offer the photographers “eye.” Bring a costume and your Make-up Bag for the most impact!

This is a 2-hour workshop.



Guests
avatar for Paul Cory

Paul Cory

Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.   www.paulcory.com
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian B

5:30pm

Concert: Gray Rinehart
Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Salon B-C-D

6:00pm

The Woman Unscorned (ET)
For far too long, the go-to conflict for female characters was rape. We think it's time writers stopped depending on such a horrific act to move their stories along. Listen to our pros discuss ways to motivate, impede, and address change in female characters that move beyond rape.

WARNING – this panel may include discussion that could be upsetting for some attendees.
 

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Provincial A-B

6:00pm

Kids and Cons (AP)
Attending a convention with small children can be challenging. Parents will share what worked for them. While the adults are talking, "kids" can meet each other and hang out in the craft area in the same room.

Friday July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 207

6:00pm

Developing Characters Beyond a Single Dimension (AP)
Learn how to take the characters you create and develop them into beings that your reader will care about and how this process drives the story forward.  Ask questions of our expert panel about specific characters and challenges you face.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A

6:00pm

Do You Believe in Ghosts? (ET)
Join several of our experts in the paranormal as they share urban legends and encounters with Southern Ghosts.

**Due to a professional commitment, Cheralyn Lambeth will be unable to attend this panel. 

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 215

6:00pm

Signing: Karen McCullough/Maya Preisler
Signing

Guests
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

7:00pm

E Komo Mai (Welcome)!

This is our version of our opening ceremonies. There will be door prizes and short speeches by some of the guests!

“eh koh-moh my-ee” (means Welcome! in Hawaiian)


Moderators
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Guests
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Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Look

Lindsey Look

Artist Guest of Honor
When Lindsey was three years old she won her first art contest, and she’s been hooked ever since. Sure, she’s come along way from the upside down drawing of her father with a very realistic beard, but her passion for art hasn’t changed much.   Lindsey attended The Art Institute of Boston with the intention to major in animation.  However, she fell in love with painting science fiction and fantasy stories, and put... Read More →
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →



Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Salon B-C-D

7:00pm

Intro to Costuming
Do you want to participate in the costuming community? Is there a costume you are set on completing, but not sure where to start? Join experienced costumers to learn the basics of navigating your first (or second, etc.) costume. This panel will teach you about researching your costume, identifying resources, beginning the creation process, and what to do once you’ve finished. From concept to cosplay, let these experienced costumers guide you down the right path!

**Due to a professional commitment, Cheralyn Lambeth and Daphne Reeder will be unable to attend this panel.  Jenny Menzi and Jennifer Peltier of the 105th Squad will be replacing them on this panel. 

Moderators
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she’s been on television programs on WTVI, acted in plays & stage performances, and modeled in front of a camera. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are scifi/fantasy and... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Victorian A

7:00pm

Room Closed
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Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Suite 215

7:00pm

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Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Suite 207

7:00pm

Room Closed
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Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

A.I. - Science Fiction and Fact (ET)
When someone like Stephen Hawking calls Artificial Intelligence “the worst mistake mankind could make,” is this based on science fact or science fiction? When Microsoft has to pull it's first AI as it becomes racist and horrible, are there inherent safeguards, possible mandatory artificial safeguards, that need to be included? And fear aside, what could real artificial intelligence do for all intelligent life forms?

Moderators
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Provincial A-B

8:00pm

Geeky Rants (AP)
This panel is an amazingly entertaining discussion that lets folks good-naturedly vent on what's wrong in their chosen fandom.  Whether it's the cancellation of Firefly or exactly how "fast" is a parsec, this never-the-same-twice event combines the best (and worst!) elements of audience-participation comedy and couples therapy. Bring your Geeky Rants. Not to be missed, this will be the highlight of Summer Camp! 

Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Suite 215

8:00pm

Arts and Crafts
Take time to get down to the arty basics. Fantasy and science-fiction themed coloring pages at various difficulty levels. Markers and colored pencils will be provided. Grown-ups also welcome.

Friday July 15, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Suite 207

8:00pm

The Flawed Hero (ET)
Antiheroes generally are characters who have to do good things but also have qualities that most standard heroes would have, such as being willing to kill or having a problem with narcotics. Antiheroes have to be flawed in some way and when we cheer them we are meant to examine ourselves. From Punisher to Dexter, what is it that we can learn from the anti hero?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A

8:00pm

Flabbergast The Wizard Magic Show

Flabbergast, the time-traveling wizard, stops into Geek Summer Camp with his puppet pals and puzzling presentations of prestidigitation to amaze and amuse children and adults alike. Prepare to be Flabbergasted!

Suitable for all Ages


Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Provincial A-B

8:00pm

Zombie Defense: Urban Survival School (AP)
This workshop will teach basic moves and techniques to protect yourself from attack, enabling you to escape, evade, take cover or fight back if necessary.  The techniques are reflexive and involve natural movements, easy to learn by anyone regardless of sex, age or body type.   In addition, they are fun and can be incorporated into daily activity, exercise, and work-home routines.

Instructor: AFKA Senior Master Patrick Macon

Guests
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Victorian B

8:30pm

Southern Voices Book Launch

Join several of authors as they celebrate the launch of their latest books!  We’ll have food and sweet tea and a chance to win prizes and of course... buy their books!


Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Salon B-C-D

9:00pm

Beyond The Boob Window: Practical and Stylish Fighting Clothes For Your Intrepid Heroine (ET)
It's been made fun of in comics, and anthologies, so why do our heroines still wear the chain mail bikini or armor that covers everything but the breasts?  Our panel of women authors and artists discuss how to draw or write clothes that make sense for your heroine whether practical or sexy.  

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Lindsey Look

Lindsey Look

Artist Guest of Honor
When Lindsey was three years old she won her first art contest, and she’s been hooked ever since. Sure, she’s come along way from the upside down drawing of her father with a very realistic beard, but her passion for art hasn’t changed much.   Lindsey attended The Art Institute of Boston with the intention to major in animation.  However, she fell in love with painting science fiction and fantasy stories, and put... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A

9:00pm

Side Kicks - Who Needs 'Em (ET)
Your sidekicks can play to your Main character's strengths or weaknesses. They can do and say things your main character can't. How do you craft a good sidekick and is one enough?

Moderators
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 215

9:00pm

Java and Pros

Join a selection of authors as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.


Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 207

9:30pm

Name That Show! (AP)

Similar to the classic TV game show “Name That Tune,” contestants will bid on how few actors it will take for them to name the SF themed show.


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →

Friday July 15, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Provincial A-B

10:00pm

Finding the Right Editor (ET)
Finding an editor is a bit like dating – you have to try a number before you find someone who is the best match. Our panelists share some of the questions that you should ask to make sure you are finding the best match for your work.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Friday July 15, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 215

10:00pm

Java and Pros

Join a selection of authors as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.


Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 207

10:00pm

Concert: Valentine Wolfe
Guests
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →



Friday July 15, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Salon B-C-D

10:00pm

Podcasting Workshop
Members of the podcast Figures Sold Separately will help you learn how to find, subscribe and listen to podcasts for learning, or just for fun! You’ll also learn how to create and share your own podcast.

Guests
avatar for Car2-D2

Car2-D2

Figures Sold Separately
A perky droid with a soft spot for Tolkien, Car-2’s happiest when streaming epic marathons of classic TV, being body painted, crocheting Amigurumi figures, or losing herself in LEGO video games. She nerds out about alternative healing therapies and being the last person in the world to discover 80’s pop culture. You can find her Instagramming at @Car2.D2. | | Figures Sold Separately | Every week, Jimmy, Renee, Ken... Read More →
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Renee Hill

Figures Sold Separately
Ingredients: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Milk, 4 litres. Flour, 1.5kg. Chocolate, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Coffee and/or Tea, 100g. Puns, 80g. Video Games, 7.5g. Sprinkles, 5g. Covers of 90s hits performed in animal noises", 3g. Plus trace amounts of fifteen other elements. Renee “Slam Dunk” Hill, spends her retirement making puns, baking things, and having the best hair you’ve ever seen. She’s... Read More →
avatar for Ken Krahl

Ken Krahl

Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, Ken is a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. He founded a geeky website/event community with his friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. He can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. | | Ken is a member of the podcasting group Figures Sold... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Victorian B

10:30pm

Campfire Songs (AP)

Remember singing around the campfire? Well come do it again. Join Gray Rinehart around a friendly campfire and sing into the night.


Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 10:30pm - 11:20pm
Victorian A

11:00pm

From Who's Perspective (ET)
Traditionally urban fantasies have been written in first person, but now we're seeing third person limited, third person omniscient, etc. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each, especially considering the genre?

Moderators
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Suite 215

11:00pm

Java and Pros

Join a selection of guests as they talk about their work and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. 


Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Suite 207

11:30pm

Ghost Stories With Tally Johnson (ET)

Join Tally Johnson as he tells scary stories around the "campfire."


Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 16, 2016 12:20am
Victorian A

11:30pm

Ask A Mad Scientist (AP)

You know those panels where a bunch of stuffy scientists talk about science in fancy language that goes over your head but everyone comes out feeling 20 IQ points smarter? Yeah, didn't think so, and that's good, because this is not one of those panels. Science - it's confusing, mysterious, and sometimes you just have to wonder what the scientists were thinking when they came up with the ideas. Here's your chance to corner some scientists in a panel room for a Q&A on new, funny, important, weird and/or confusing science. It's late in the evening, so let's see if we can have some fun with it


Moderators
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 16, 2016 12:20am
Provincial A-B

12:00am

This One Time At Geek Summer Camp (ET)

You can guess where this is going…Join Alexandra as she shares with you some of her more risqué stories.


Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:00am - 12:50am
Salon B-C-D
 
Saturday, July 16
 

8:00am

Gaming Reg Hours
SAT 8:00am - 6:00pm

Gaming reg is located in the main prefunction space.  OGRe will also be available online throughout the entire convention for gaming reg.

Online Gaming Reg 


Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Gaming Reg (Prefunction)

8:00am

Registration Hours
Saturday 8:00am - 7:00pm

If you have pre-registered, please have your ID ready when picking up your badge. 

Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00am - 7:00pm
Con Reg Desk

9:00am

Duct Tape Bowties Are Cool! (AP)
Come learn about how to create and craft with duct tape.  This workshop will guide you through the process of creating your very own duct tape bow or bow-tie and you will even leave with a detailed set of instructions to repeat the process on your own.  

$5 fee.

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Victorian B

9:00am

Genre Blending: SF/F and More (ET)
Mixing science fiction and fantasy with other genres like mystery and westerns can give you a genre cocktail that is great...or very, very bad. Some authors have been hugely successful, while others have crashed and burned. Our experts tell you how to get it just right.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Victorian A

9:00am

The Future of Podcasting (ET)
What is the future of podcasting? There have been some great leaders who have contributed those initial steps, and some great innovators along the way, but now what? What can podcasters do to innovate the format?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Renee Hill

Renee Hill

Figures Sold Separately
Ingredients: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Milk, 4 litres. Flour, 1.5kg. Chocolate, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Coffee and/or Tea, 100g. Puns, 80g. Video Games, 7.5g. Sprinkles, 5g. Covers of 90s hits performed in animal noises", 3g. Plus trace amounts of fifteen other elements. Renee “Slam Dunk” Hill, spends her retirement making puns, baking things, and having the best hair you’ve ever seen. She’s... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Suite 215

9:00am

Java and Pros
 Join a selection of guests as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.

Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Suite 207

9:00am

Tai Chi Workshop - Part 1 (AP)

Steven Barnes (WGoH) will be conducting a Tai Chi workshop on Saturday and Sunday mornings during ConGregate. This will be a gentle exercise available to all skill levels. Wear loose clothes-its a great way to wake up in the morning!


Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Provincial A-B

9:00am

Iron Maker

Two teams from the 105th Squad will face off to build a SF themed costume with previously unseen materials that will be provided at the competition. The teams will be limited to two hours, and a "curve ball" may be injected into the competition midway through the build.


Moderators
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Salon B-C-D

9:00am

ConSuite Hours
Saturday  9:00am - 11:00pm

We will be serving light snacks and beverages in the ConSuite.


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
ConSuite (Suite 221)

10:00am

Conventions and Cosplay with Disabilities (AP)
An engaging discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by those dealing with many types of disabilities, from sensory and mobility impairments to "invisible conditions" like ADHD and social anxiety disorder.  In a safe and supportive environment, we'll share experiences and information aimed at enhancing the fandom convention, with a special emphasis on the amazing world of cosplay.

Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Suite 215

10:00am

Superheroes and Why We Need Them (AP)
Superhero films and shows are more popular than ever.  Is it because many of us secretly wish to be heroes ourselves? Share why you love superheroes, which ones you identify with and why, and how they have inspired you to be a heroes In your own life. Perhaps even discuss ways in which we can make a bigger impact on the world and be even more heroic. 

Moderators
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A

10:00am

Java and Pros
 Join a selection of guests as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.

Guests
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Suite 207

10:00am

Signing: David B. Coe/Edward McKeown
Signing

Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon A (Signings)

10:00am

Allen Wold's Regionally Famous Writers Workshop (AP)

Allen has been providing conventions with his workshop for many years. Joined by established authors, he provides a safe, creative environment to practice writing. New and established writers can benefit from this workshop. Limited attendance. Please sign up at Registration. This is a 2 hr. workshop.


Moderators
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Victorian B

10:00am

Dealer Room
Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm

DEALER SPACES

  Lindsey Look 

  Shawn's Custom Characters

  Bead Weaver

  Fashions by Figment

  Southern Belle Ghostbusters 

  Kit Kringle

  Obsidians Caldera

  Orielis Books

  Pair-A-Dice Games

  Ssalefish Comics

  The Scribbling Lion

  Unique Creations by Amy

  Book Signings Table

 


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

Crowdfunding your Vision (ET)
Kickstarter. Patreon. Donation Buttons. How can writers and publishers use crowdfunding platforms to make more and better art? What are some of the challenges and risks involved? How do you create a reward system that makes it worth it for readers and consumers to fund your project? Our panel of pros discuss their own experiences, offer advice, and break down the pros and cons of various crowdfunding methods.

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, but grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a child, he enjoyed doodling and scribbling whenever he should have been paying attention in class. Durington received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Art Education and a Bachelor’s in Fine Art Studio Art from East Carolina University in 2006, where he studied Printmaking and Textiles. After teaching middle school art for four... Read More →
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction, and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →
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JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Provincial A-B

11:00am

Camp ConGregate Badges
Come one, come all KIDS, to ConGregate geek Summer Camp. Join us in the kids track and make your summer camp badge Sashes. Then attend every Kids track programming you can!! For every programming you attend, you will receive a merit “badge” to apply to your sash or mask. Let’s see just how many “badges” you can get!

Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Suite 207

11:00am

Fixed Points in Time (ET)
There are fixed points in time, points that not even The Doctor can change. Our Panelists discuss some of those points and the impact it has on the Doctor and his story.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →

Guests
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Car2-D2

Figures Sold Separately
A perky droid with a soft spot for Tolkien, Car-2’s happiest when streaming epic marathons of classic TV, being body painted, crocheting Amigurumi figures, or losing herself in LEGO video games. She nerds out about alternative healing therapies and being the last person in the world to discover 80’s pop culture. You can find her Instagramming at @Car2.D2. | | Figures Sold Separately | Every week, Jimmy, Renee, Ken... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Suite 215

11:00am

Signing: Steven Barnes
Signing

Guests
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Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

11:30am

The Daily Lives of Fans (AP)
Are you weird, geeky, or a total nerd, and proud of it? Do you express your fannishness in daily life, or do you tone it down for your day job? Come participate in a discussion and share how you show your fannish colors.

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Guests
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Renee Hill

Figures Sold Separately
Ingredients: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Milk, 4 litres. Flour, 1.5kg. Chocolate, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Coffee and/or Tea, 100g. Puns, 80g. Video Games, 7.5g. Sprinkles, 5g. Covers of 90s hits performed in animal noises", 3g. Plus trace amounts of fifteen other elements. Renee “Slam Dunk” Hill, spends her retirement making puns, baking things, and having the best hair you’ve ever seen. She’s... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →
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Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Provincial A-B

11:30am

What Genre Authors can Learn from Shakespeare? (ET)
What can present day writers of genre fiction learn from history's most successful writer? This presentation by international best selling author, AJ Hartley, explores some of the techniques Shakespeare used to please his audience, make a fortune, and produce some of the most enduring literature of all time.

Guests
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A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Victorian A

11:30am

Concert: The Bibbering Humdingers
The Blibbering Humdingers perform

Guests
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The Blibbering Humdingers

Let us wizard-rock the tea-towel right off of your house elf! Our brand of neo-retro, post-nihilst, comedic nerdmuisk will serve you up a rollicking good time (what-what) and leave you hungry for more. The Blibbering Humdingers consist primarily of Scott & Kirsten Vaughan in Cary, NC. We draw our inspiration from the Harry Potter series and the wizarding world created by J. K. Rowling. We're also into all kinds of other nerdy stuff like... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Salon B-C-D

12:00pm

The Magic of Flabbergast

Join the magical Wizard, Flabbergast for a little close-up, kid friendly magic. Kids Track Merit Badge Eligible.


Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Suite 207

12:00pm

The Practical Physiology of Immortality (ET)
OK, so we finally learn how to prevent gene replication errors, harness stem cell regression in situ to replace worn out organs and effectively halt aging. But now the brain is a an organ with finite synapses and therefore a finite information storage capacity -- so how does it handle ten centuries of information and experience? What gets retained, and what gets permanently forgotten? Is the human brain even structured to handle this?

Moderators
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →

Guests
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JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Suite 215

12:00pm

Signing: Nicole Given Kurtz/Cheralyn Lambeth
Signing

Guests
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

12:00pm

Photography Workshop For Photographers (AP)
So you just bought a new camera, but the pictures still do not look quite as professional as you had hoped. Professional photographers James Rippe and Paul Cory will provide some hands on suggestions to help your pictures look more like art, rather than something snapped on your smartphone. Cosplayers will be posing for the workshop attendees, so make sure you bring your camera. 
Participants should plan to show up within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time. When we finish with the introductory discussion, the workshop will be mobile to give participants a chance to work in real-con conditions. Actual workshop 2 hours.

Guests
avatar for Paul Cory

Paul Cory

Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.   www.paulcory.com
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she’s been on television programs on WTVI, acted in plays & stage performances, and modeled in front of a camera. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are scifi/fantasy and... Read More →
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Victorian B

12:30pm

Where to Find Diversity in Media and Books (ET)
We have to admit, the entertainment arena is saturated with science fiction and fantasy, and we are seeing a renaissance of diverse speculative fiction.  This panel will help you cut down the mass quantity of choices by pointing you to our “must see/ must read” titles that do a superb job in portraying people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with physical and mental differences.

Donna Eason and Color of Fandom 

Guests
avatar for Donna Eason

Donna Eason

teacher, Cary Academy
Donna Eason is an Upper School English teacher at Cary Academy in Cary, NC. Along with teaching English 9: The Heroic Journey and English 10: Identity and Change, Donna teaches an upper-level elective called Creative and Collaborative World building. In this course, students work individually and collectively to create unique, speculative-fiction worlds. Then, they build these worlds in a 3D platform and create organic stories by immersing... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Provincial A-B

1:00pm

Creating The Well-Dressed Puppet Workshop

Join Master prop-maker Cheralyn Lambeth as she takes you through basic puppet making.

Puppet Kits are $5. 
Available Kits include:

Princess Leia
Han Solo
BB-8
Cat
*First Order Stormtrooper
*Mr. Hat (from South Park) 

Limited attendance. Sign up at Registration. Kids Track Merit Badge Eligible.


Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 207

1:00pm

Ready? Aim! Oops! (ET)
Writing SF and fantasy almost always includes some weaponry. This panel will cover common misconceptions about how weapons work, and the best ways to include them in your stories.

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Guests
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Ron Garner

Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction, and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
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Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 215

1:00pm

From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction (ET)
"From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction." Discusses (complete with slides and videos) the role of shipyards from the days of the Roman Empire through today and into the future, including Dave Weber's Honorverse with its massive fleets.

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A

1:00pm

Inside the ConGregate Studio: Steven Barnes (ET)

Inside the ConGregate Studio, Michael Pederson interviews Stephen Barnes on everything from Writing to working in Hollywood and ends with the infamous 10 questions.


Moderators
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Salon B-C-D

1:00pm

Signing: Stephen Mark Rainey/Michael G. Williams
Signing

Guests
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

1:00pm

105th Workshop/Demo (AP)
The 105th Squad is a multi-genre Costume and Prop Builder group. We refer to our members as engineers, because they work together in building various projects.  Take advantage of this workshop to share your work and learn from others. Feel free to ask members for tips as they are here to help

Guests
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

1:30pm

Mixing History and Magic (ET)
Naomi Novik's Temeraire books address this by keeping many elements of history familiar but dramatically changing others. In Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries, paranormal entities have always been there, but they hid from ordinary humans for safety and therefore lacked the ability to influence the course of history. How do other authors of historical fantasy and urban fantasy balance the inherently world-changing nature of magic with the desire to layer it on top of the world we have?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Provincial A-B

2:00pm

Songs and S'more
Join us as we sample the camp favorite of marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers.  *Note: the consuite is not an allergy safe zone

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Suite 207

2:00pm

Protagonists with PTSD (ET)
How does an author make a character with PTSD more realistic and believable? What are some things could make them more believable/faithful to people who actually suffer from the disorder? And, what are some common misconceptions/clichés that you have seen in television or movies that you're just sick and tired of when it comes to PTSD, and should be avoided?

Moderators
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction, and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Suite 215

2:00pm

Signings: Jennifer McCollom/JR Ralls
Signing

Guests
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →
avatar for JR Ralls

JR Ralls

JR Ralls is the writer and executive producer of Dark Dungeons (www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com ). JR says “making that film was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I funded it through Kickstarter and worked very hard to make sure all my backers got their rewards. As far as I can tell, each of them was satisfied with the movie I produced for them and I hope to get the opportunity to make another film.”  He has also sold... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

2:30pm

Star Wars Saved my Life (ET)

STAR WARS SAVED MY LIFE is a journey like no other, designed to help you tap into the very creative source that spawned our most popular cinematic entertainments. Join Steven Barnes, as he elaborates on life skills applied to body, mind, relationships, and finances.


Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Provincial A-B

2:30pm

Be the Next Pixar - 3D Modeling and Animation for Anyone (Blender Workshop) (AP)

For anyone interested in getting a start on 3D work, whether for illustration, animation, or game development, Blender presents a powerful tool with an enormous advantage: it’s free! But most people’s initial reaction is that it’s too complicated. Artist John Grigni will help you past that first impression and help you start creating models in 3D. This workshop is intended as an overview of the capabilities of the program, a tutorial on some of the basics, and a gateway to the large online Blender community, sharing tutorials and assets, both free and paid.


Guests
avatar for John Grigni

John Grigni

Head Mad Scientist, Argos Animation
John Grigni has been an illustrator and designer for over 25 years. He began using computers for 3D work in the early 90s. He’s provided illustrations for a number of gaming companies, both traditionally and digitally. In 2012 he started Argos Animation, and has been using Blender heavily in his production work. In 2014 he did the opening animation for the first Congregate.  | www.argosanimation.com


Saturday July 16, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Victorian A

2:30pm

HollyWeird Squares (AP)

Do you have what it takes to play “Tic-Tac-Toe”? Take your chance by signing up to agree or disagree with the answers given by our celebrity squares. Contestants will be drawn randomly from the audience. Prize will be awarded to the player who wins the most rounds.


Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was... Read More →
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White Plectrum

Keith Brinegar (White Plectrum) was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →



Saturday July 16, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Salon B-C-D

3:00pm

Mask Creations

Every Hero has a secret identity.  Keep yours safe by creating a mask of your own.  Kids Track Merit Badge Eligible.


Saturday July 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Suite 207

3:00pm

Quiet Space
For individuals with auditory, visual, or sensory issues, or those just needing a quiet place to get away, this room is available for use during this time. You can work, read, think, or chill out in the quiet room but please don’t talk to other attendees.

Please no electronics. Please respect the nature of this room.

If you and someone else in the quiet room want to chat, please leave the room. If others are talking or making noise in the quiet room, and you are comfortable reminding them of the rules, please do so. Otherwise please ask any staff member for help.


Saturday July 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Suite 215

3:00pm

Signing: AJ Hartley/Stuart Jaffe
Guests
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

3:30pm

Leather Workshop (AP)
Ribbons and Rivets teaches the class how to etch and dye a leather cuff. Workshop Fee: $20

Guests
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Victorian B

4:00pm

The Not - so - Secret Fandom (AP)
It used to be that fandom was a secret room that only those in fandom knew about and played in, but now the door is wide open, with a big neon sign hanging above it. How do we feel now that mainstream media is aware of our playroom and parading our works to the general public? In worst cases, companies are actively stealing and relisting our creations. In best cases, our works are being officially published. What are the wows, as well as the woes, of fandom being in the public eye?

Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, but grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a child, he enjoyed doodling and scribbling whenever he should have been paying attention in class. Durington received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Art Education and a Bachelor’s in Fine Art Studio Art from East Carolina University in 2006, where he studied Printmaking and Textiles. After teaching middle school art for four... Read More →
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction, and a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies, and in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
avatar for Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

Superheroes and the Law (ET)
Are mutants a protected class?  Who foots the bill when a hero damages property while fighting a villain?  What happens legally when a character comes back from the dead?  Our esteemed panelists talk about the ramifications of being a superhero and how the law could effect them.

Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Suite 215

4:00pm

Signing: Janine Spendlove/Angela Pritchett
Guests
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

4:00pm

Baen Traveling Roadshow (AP)
Join the Slushmaster General from Baen Books, Gray Rinehart, as he shares upcoming releases and gives away Baen swag! 

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Provincial A-B

4:00pm

STEM for Kids

Join several of our guests as they provide a time to do some interactive science and engineering activities for the children. Kids Track Merit Badge Eligible.  


Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →



Saturday July 16, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Suite 207

4:30pm

Inside the ConGregate Studio: Lindsey Look (ET)

Inside the ConGregate Studio, Michael Pederson interviews Lindsey Look on everything from Art to bunnies and ends with the infamous 10 questions.


Moderators
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Lindsey Look

Lindsey Look

Artist Guest of Honor
When Lindsey was three years old she won her first art contest, and she’s been hooked ever since. Sure, she’s come along way from the upside down drawing of her father with a very realistic beard, but her passion for art hasn’t changed much.   Lindsey attended The Art Institute of Boston with the intention to major in animation.  However, she fell in love with painting science fiction and fantasy stories, and put... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Salon B-C-D

5:00pm

Raiding your Closet for Costumes (ET)
Old clothes from the back of your closet or from the racks at your favorite thrift store are a great way to build a foundation for costumes and cosplay. Repurposing that leisure suit or ruffled shirt into components for a superhero or supervillain is not only an inexpensive alternative, but also requires little to no sewing skills. Thanks to the wonder of modern no-sew components, fabric paint, glue, and other readily available items, even a novice costumer can create a great look.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she’s been on television programs on WTVI, acted in plays & stage performances, and modeled in front of a camera. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are scifi/fantasy and... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Victorian A

5:00pm

Oh No, Tokyo! Here Comes Godzilla! (AP)
Toho's Godzilla returns 2016, Legendary's version in 2018 and there's talk of Godzilla appearing in Pacific Rim 3, Godzilla is returning in a big way in the upcoming years.  Panelists discuss the original Kaiju and how it's changed over the years.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →

Guests
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Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 215

5:00pm

Signing: Samantha Bryant/Alexandra Christian
Signing

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

6:00pm

What Makes it Steampunk? (ET)
When writing, what elements, troupes, or styles are necessary to make a story Steampunk? Do you really need airships and corsets?

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Guests
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 215

6:00pm

Would Your Fight Scene Work? (AP)
How do you make sure your fight scenes are clear but keep up the pacing require of the rest of the story? Talk with our panel about plausibility in fight scenes, what a writer needs to know about hand to hand combat, weapons, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A

6:00pm

Concert: Valentine Wolfe
Guests
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →



Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon B-C-D

6:00pm

Science For The Science Fiction Writer (AP)
There is a relationship between science and science-fiction. Often it is science that sparks the writer’s imagination, but science writing and fiction writing are not the same. NOT a cut-and-dried lecture, this workshop features expert scientist authors who will describe a general approach to research in their fields, then work with you to address your key science-related interests and concerns. They will help you to refine your writing so that you can portray the science in your story realistically and accurately without overloading the reader with technobabble.

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Victorian B

6:30pm

Star Trek Celebrates 50 Years (AP)
2016 is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and the venerable franchise has had a profound impact on fans, creators, scientists, and popular culture. Come discuss what Star Trek means to you, and what might lie in store for the next 50 years of the final frontier.

Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Provincial A-B

7:00pm

So You Want to Start a Fan Group? (ET)
You’ve found a fan group and want to start a chapter of your own. How do you go about it? What challenges and rewards can you expect?

Moderators
avatar for Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Donna Eason

Donna Eason

teacher, Cary Academy
Donna Eason is an Upper School English teacher at Cary Academy in Cary, NC. Along with teaching English 9: The Heroic Journey and English 10: Identity and Change, Donna teaches an upper-level elective called Creative and Collaborative World building. In this course, students work individually and collectively to create unique, speculative-fiction worlds. Then, they build these worlds in a 3D platform and create organic stories by immersing... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she’s been on television programs on WTVI, acted in plays & stage performances, and modeled in front of a camera. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are scifi/fantasy and... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Suite 215

7:00pm

Java and Pros

Join a selection of guests as they talk about their work and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.


Guests
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Saturday July 16, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Suite 207

7:00pm

Pre-Judging
Hold for Pre-Judging

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Victorian A

7:30pm

Award Ceremony

Join as we present The Manly Wade Wellman Award for Science Fiction in the Carolinas.

This is the nominees list is presented in alphabetical order by primary author last name:

  • Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
  • The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
  • Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin (Solaris Books)
  • Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris Books)
  • War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
  • Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books)

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Salon B-C-D

7:30pm

Let's Talk Cover Art (ET)
Are you curious about commissioning cover artwork? Join our panelists as they talk about finding an artist, what to expect in terms of time and cost, what information the artist needs to start, and the process of cover creation.

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington

Shawn J. Durington currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, but grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a child, he enjoyed doodling and scribbling whenever he should have been paying attention in class. Durington received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Art Education and a Bachelor’s in Fine Art Studio Art from East Carolina University in 2006, where he studied Printmaking and Textiles. After teaching middle school art for four... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Look

Lindsey Look

Artist Guest of Honor
When Lindsey was three years old she won her first art contest, and she’s been hooked ever since. Sure, she’s come along way from the upside down drawing of her father with a very realistic beard, but her passion for art hasn’t changed much.   Lindsey attended The Art Institute of Boston with the intention to major in animation.  However, she fell in love with painting science fiction and fantasy stories, and put... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 7:30pm - 8:20pm
Provincial A-B

8:00pm

Cubic Foot Of Wonder (AP)
You meet a time traveler, who gives you this offer. You get to make a speech, in front of the 1954 World Science Convention - 700 of the most receptive minds you can imagine, with John W. Campbell there as the Guest of Honor. Your mission -- show them the most wonderful things you can about the future. The problem? Well, the machinery isn’t ideal. You can only take a single box, volume - one cubic foot. If it doesn’t fit, it can’t go. You can count on nothing else being there in 1953 to help you. It is you, the suit you’ll wear to keep you alive during the trip, and that box. So. What do you put in the box?

Moderators
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. It has been suspected that Tedd was genetically created in a growth vat... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Suite 215

8:00pm

Costume Contest

In grand convention tradition, ConGregate will host a costume contest on Saturday night. Bring your best costume and show off your skills.  

Bonus: While the judges are making their final decisions, some of our Master Class costumers from other cons will show off their work.


Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →



Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon B-C-D

8:00pm

Green Room
Green Room

Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Victorian A

8:00pm

Confronting The Publishing Gatekeeper (AP)
Have you been collecting rejection slips on a science fiction or fantasy novel, but haven’t been able to figure out why? Do you have thick enough skin to take direct, honest, face-to-face critique? Bring your cover letter, the first 5 pages of your story, and your 1- or 2-page synopsis and get real-time feedback from the “Slushmaster General.” First-come, first-served, and volunteers only! If time permits, we may discuss short fiction; however, novels will have first priority. Learn what happens to manuscripts when you send them to a publisher, and how to make yours stand out … in the right way. 

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Victorian B

8:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Broad Universe members will read from their latest stories and novels in this rapid fire reading. Come discover your new favorite writer and learn about an organization that supports women writers, editors, and publishers. We also offer chocolate and the chance to win prizes.

NOTE: Not all authors may be in attendance the full two hours.  Other members of Broad Universe not listed below may also be in attendance.

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 207

9:00pm

Auction Viewing
Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Provincial A-B

9:00pm

The Challenger and its Impact on Space (ET)
In January 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral seventy-three seconds into flight. Witnessed live by millions of Americans in part because of the presence of a teacher on board, the disaster represented a major setback in the United States space program, and deeply affected the entire country. Come remember the seven astronauts lost during the tragedy, and discuss the impact it had on the American space program even to this day.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 215

9:30pm

Camp ConGregate: the Final Jam
It's time to have some fun.  Join our musicians in a rollicking, rolling, round table of music - from filk to gothic and everything in between.

Guests
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
avatar for White Plectrum

White Plectrum

Keith Brinegar (White Plectrum) was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Salon B-C-D

9:30pm

Auction
Saturday July 16, 2016 9:30pm - 11:45pm
Provincial A-B

10:00pm

Writing a Series: the How and the Why (ET)
Many of the most commercially successful speculative novels are series. Authors talk about how (and whether) they planned to write a series. How do you avoid repetition while keeping the setting and characters consistent from book to book?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian B

10:00pm

Blasts from the Past (AP)
2016 is the 10th anniversary of Pan’s Labyrinth, the 15th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2, the 30th anniversary of Aliens, and the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Come celebrate the milestones of popular and award-winning films that helped shape our geek lives.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 215

10:00pm

Java and Pros

 Join a selection of authors as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.


Guests
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 207

10:00pm

Movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Join us for an old fashioned movie experience. Bring your blankets or low lawn chairs. 

(We will have regular chairs as well!)

Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Victorian A

11:00pm

But I Liked that Guy (ET)
Although one of the guiding rules of writing is not to kill a character that readers have gotten to know well, a growing number of writers (led by George R.R. Martin) has been doing just that. Angry? Frustrated? Let’s talk about when it might be necessary to kill a character and what the aftermath might be.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian B

11:00pm

Holy Golden Anniversary, Batman! (AP)
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV series, a campy show that’s indelibly imprinted on many producers of pop culture today. Some critics (including NPR’s Glen Weldon) suggest all modern Batman interpretations (in the comics and on the screen) are still reacting to this show, but its influence clearly goes beyond just the Batman mythos. We’ll talk about the first great superhero TV show, including everything we loved about it, and all the things that make us cringe.

Moderators
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Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Suite 215

11:00pm

Java and Pros

 Join a selection of authors as they read from their works and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.


Guests
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 16, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Suite 207

12:00am

What's Up with That? (ET)
A 101 style introduction to kink, BDSM, and the meaning of life. Well maybe not the last one. Come learn about what all the letters stand for and talk about what 50 Shades of Grey got right and what was just plain wrong. Ages 18 and up.

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

To say that Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. His credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. He has been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00am - 12:50am
Suite 215

12:00am

Haunted Soundscapes (ET)
You've heard Tally's ghost stories…now join him and Cheralyn Lambeth with haunted soundscapes along with Braxton of Valentine Wolfe. 

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00am - 12:50am
Salon B-C-D
 
Sunday, July 17
 

9:00am

Non-denominational Prayer Service
This is a non-denominational prayer service open to anyone who wishs to attend.

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Victorian A

9:00am

Tai Chi Workshop - Part 2 (AP)

Steven Barnes (WGoH) will be conducting a Tai Chi workshop on Saturday and Sunday mornings during ConGregate. This will be a gentle exercise available to all skill levels. Wear loose clothes-its a great way to wake up in the morning!


Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Provincial A-B

9:00am

Registration Hours
Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday July 17, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Con Reg Desk

9:00am

ConSuite Hours
Sunday  9:00am - 2:00pm

We will be serving light snacks and beverages in the ConSuite.


Sunday July 17, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm
ConSuite (Suite 221)

10:00am

Cosplay for Every Body (ET)
If you want to cosplay, you should do it. Come hear 105th Squad panelists talk about out why staying positive and keeping it fun are some if not the most important things about being a cosplayer. 

Guests
avatar for James Rippe

James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A

10:00am

DC Vs. Marvel (AP)
Do you love the movies or TV Shows made by one comic book giant more than the ones made by another? Is there something different about how their characters are portrayed onscreen that's behind how you feel about them? Are there any lessons to be learned from this by would-be screenwriters about what makes a successful script?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Staff Writer/Podcaster, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  | He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF RevCast, the site's weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Salon B-C-D

10:00am

Kids Reading

Need a quick minute to load the car? Author Janine Spendlove will read a kid friendly story while you check out of the hotel. We do require one parent to remain with your child at all times.


Guests
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Suite 215

10:00am

Allen Wold's Writers Workshop re-cap
Part II of the Writers Workshop

Moderators
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and THE MONARCHS; the novella GODS OF MOAB; over 100 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the ABC-TV series Dark Shadows, featuring members of the original TV series cast. Recent publications include the... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian B

10:00am

Signing: Edward McKeown/Angela Pritchett
Signing

Guests
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is a costumer, author, youtube host, special fx makeup artist, actor, and educator. She has a degree in music education and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology, where she focused on Japanese Pop music and culture in America. | | She writes short fiction for adults and YA in the genres of horror, steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Her horror, steampunk, fantasy and sci-fi short stories can be found in a number of anthologies. Angela... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon A (Signings)

10:00am

Dealer Room
Sunday  10:00am - 2:00pm


DEALER SPACES

  Lindsey Look 

  Shawn's Custom Characters

  Bead Weaver

  Fashions by Figment

  Southern Belle Ghostbusters

  Kit Kringle

  Obsidians Caldera

  Orielis Books

  Pair-A-Dice Games

  Ssalefish Comics

  The Scribbling Lion

  Unique Creations by Amy

  Book Signings Table

 


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

Tag - You're It (ET)
Many authors are told to get rid of the tags in dialog, those 'he said' and 'she asked' that tell who spoke. If you take the tags out, how does the reader know who's talking? This panel talks about other ways to le the reader know who said something.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Provincial A-B

11:00am

Collaboration isn't for Everyone: Pros and Cons (ET)
Art isn't always a solitary pursuit. Collaboration between writers, or between writers and artists, musicians and writers, or jewelry makers and dancers have produced amazing results. Join panelists who have been part of successful collaborations to learn how you can find a partner to work with, how collaborations work, and what pitfalls to avoid. script?

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →
avatar for A.J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer, an editor, and an English Professor. Her works have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Drafthorse: A Journal of Work and No Work, and Athena’s Daughters II. Her edited collections include The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and Big Bad II with John Hartness, as well as Tales from the Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw.  Her study of... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Salon B-C-D

11:00am

The Wise Old Wizard (ET)
Merlin, Wainamoinen, Math, Gandalf, Lord Darcy, Dumbledore, Merriman Lyon, Uncle Andrew… Who do you enjoy, admire or despise, and why? What do the character of the archetypal wielders of magical power tell us about power?

Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who’s worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years, he’s branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Suite 215

11:00am

Signing: Gail Z. Martin/Karen McCullough
Signing

Guests
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

11:00am

Filking Workshop (AP)

Filk songs are songs set in and around fandom. They often use borrowed tunes and parodied words, but some are done to original music with totally original lyrics. Join three of our talented musicians as they take you through the steps of filking a song. 


Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
avatar for White Plectrum

White Plectrum

Keith Brinegar (White Plectrum) was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:50pm
Victorian B

11:30am

The Fandom Awakens (AP)
Everything is Star Wars and nothing hurts! Let's talk about the importance of casting a woman and two men of color as the leading characters in this major movie franchise. Let's talk about how no one in the cast wants to gender BB-8. Let's talk about General Leia. Let's talk The Force Awakens until episode 8 comes out or we all run out of breath...

Moderators
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Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Guests
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Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his Knight Templar urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Provincial A-B

11:30am

Case Studies in Handwavium (ET)
Jim Beall traces the "partnership" of science and science fiction from Edison/Wells to Alcubierre/Travis Taylor

Guests
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Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Victorian A

12:00pm

Psychology of First Contact (ET)
The people who are willing to go live on space stations or who volunteer to crew exploratory ships, like those of us who served on submarines or in other extreme environments, are decidedly and extraordinarily NON-representative of the Human Race as a whole.  And we tend to be a fairly insular and egotistical subset of the Race, to boot.  How does this skew First Contact scenarios?

Moderators
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits. After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats. He has some short stories available... Read More →

Guests
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Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →

Panelists
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Randall Hayes

Randall Hayes organizes the Greensboro Science Cafe series and runs his own educational media company, Agnosia Media, LLC. He also writes a monthly science column for our local SF magazine at intergalacticmedicineshow.com.

Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Suite 215

12:00pm

Signing: Steven Barnes
Signing

Guests
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Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

12:30pm

The Appeal of Sherlock Holmes (ET)
What is it about the character of Sherlock Holmes that has such appeal to fans? From the original stories to movies and anthologies that take Holmes to other eras or change Himself, there seems to be something inherent in the depiction of Holmes that fills a need in the audience. Is it his mental abilities? His isolated lifestyle? The fact that he chooses to fight crime? What would a writer have to do with Holmes to make the character, in effect, not “really” Sherlock Holmes?

Moderators
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Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Ken Krahl

Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, Ken is a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. He founded a geeky website/event community with his friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. He can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. | | Ken is a member of the podcasting group Figures Sold... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Victorian A

12:30pm

World Building without the Info Dump (ET)
You're creating a whole new world or universe in your SF/F. How do you add that to your story and still keep the story moving? The SF/F world is the foundation of your characters' worldview, their attitudes, how they thinks and feel. This panel will talk about the mechanics of how to turn what has happened before the story begins into the fabric of the narrative itself.

Moderators
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Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more including the stand alone novels FOUNDERS and REAL MAGIC. His short stories have been collected in 10 BITS OF MY BRAIN and 10 MORE BITS OF MY BRAIN. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep... Read More →

Guests
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A.J. Hartley

Special Literary Guest
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS and TEARS OF THE JAGUAR and the young adult fantasy adventures ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin L. Silver

Tamsin L. Silver

Originally from Michigan, Tamsin L. Silver is a New York City based author who writes YA Urban Fantasy. She currently has two series out: the Windfire Saga and the Sabrina Grayson Novels. She is also the creator/writer/director for the Web Series, Skye of the Damned, produced by VampireFreaks.com and Small Town Pictures. In 2016, she hopes to add to that list with a new werewolf novel, MOON OVER... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Provincial A-B

12:30pm

Concert: Valentine Wolfe
Valentine Wolfe Performs

Guests
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →



Sunday July 17, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Salon B-C-D

1:00pm

Gender and Gender-fluidity in the Genre (ET)
We used to get one ambiguously gay character...usually a queer-coded villain. We NEVER got anyone nonbinary (why would aliens even have a gender binary?). As LGBTQIA people are getting more recognition in society, we’re finally getting more queer characters in fiction. We’re finally beginning to see queer communities, as opposed to The Token Gay Friend. The lesbians don’t die at the end! Let’s talk about the exploration of gender and sexuality in genre fiction, and how we’d like to see it expand.

Moderators
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Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →

Guests
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Samantha Bryant

Dangerous When Bored
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). | | She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler is a professional artist, writer, editor, gamer and actress. Her art has been featured in many art shows at various conventions throughout the SouthEast, and she is a published illustrator. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines since she was a child, and her website was internationally recognized and featured on Australian radio shows in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 215

1:00pm

Signing: Darin Kennedy/David B. Coe
Signing

Guests
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A (Signings)

1:00pm

Rising Above the Noise: Maximizing Your Profits w/ Amazon.com (AP)
Now that you’ve got a book, how do you get people to find it among the 800,000 books that will be published on Amazon this year? How do you draw attention to your book and get into the Amazon algorithm? You need to know Amazon’s algorithm and how to beat it if you want to maximize your sales. This workshop will show you the path to success Chris used to sell 40,000 books last year and have two different #1 Amazon bestsellers! 

Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

1:30pm

Costuming Materials and Costs (ET)
From Spandex to leather, how do you determine the best materials to make your costume.  What formulas and tips can you use to estimate the costs of a creation before you spend money on the materials

Moderators
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, and most recently The Disappointment Room and Masterminds. Her TV work includes Army Wives, the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, Homeland for... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she’s been on television programs on WTVI, acted in plays & stage performances, and modeled in front of a camera. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are scifi/fantasy and... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Victorian A

1:30pm

Rainbow Connection (AP)
"Where the misfit and the dreamer are so alone." ~Rush. Many of us considered ourselves misfits and outcasts. Fans gather to talk about that moment when they suddenly realized that they weren't alone.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was... Read More →

Guests
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Provincial A-B

2:00pm

Con In Review (AP)

The con is almost over.  Take a few minutes before you leave and tell us…what worked? What didn't?  We will also have a suggestion box in the room if you would like to leave ideas for guests or panel topics for future Cons.


Moderators
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Sunday July 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B-C-D