Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date
Steven-Elliot Altman is a bestselling SciFi author (Depreivers, Zen In The Art Of Slaying Vampires, The Killswitch Review, Batman: Fear Itself), Screenwriter, graphic novelist (The Irregulars) and videogame writer, director and designer (9Dragons, Pearl’s Peril, Ancient Aliens).
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of over twenty-three years experience and author of the popular Vamped YA series and Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, as well as numerous short stories and the essay “Abuse” in the Dear Bully anthology.
J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish , and Romanian.
Thomas Mariani is a writer and podcaster. He's currently the co-managing editor of the Austin based website OneOfUs.net and writes for Gruesome Magazine. His podcasting history includes co-hosting Horror News Radio, The Hannibal Fan Podcast, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast & The Monster Movie Podcast.
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Titan Books, acquiring science fiction, fantasy (epic and modern), horror, and licensed fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, Flash, and more. He's worked with Greg Bear, Alan Dean Foster, David Gemmell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Lebbon, David Morrell, Timothy Zahn, and more.
Curt is a professional magician and speaker about lying and deception. Curt has performed extensively across the US as well as internationally.
Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake Bible is the author of over 40 novels including the bestselling Z-Burbia, as well as Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (Dead Mech, The Americans, Metal and Ash), the Mega series, and others.
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times bestselling series The Lost Fleet which has been published in 14 languages, and the steampunk meets high fantasy series The Pillars of Reality. His most recent books are Vanguard and Daughter of Dragons. Jack/John is a retired Navy officer.
Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in Early Twentieth Century Corsetry, Kilt Construction and Costume Technology.
David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.
Eric Flint's writing career began with the SF novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He’s also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He’s the host of NASA's No Small Steps YouTube series and has won awards for presenting to non-scientist audiences.
Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series of novels.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K Hamilton is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series of Paranormal Thrillers.
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of 14 novels, the most recent of which are Steeplejack, a YA, African steam punk fantasy, Cathedrals of Glass (YA scifi) and Sekret Machines, a sweeping multimedia investigation of unexplained aerial phenomena co-written with Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves front man, Tom DeLonge.
John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the award-winning author of several urban fantasy and horror series, the host of the podcast Writing Rants, and the co-founder & publisher of Falstaff Books.
Faith Hunter is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author. She writes two Urban Fantasy series: Jane Yellowrock ( a Cherokee skinwalker) and Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels and RPG are post-apocalyptic fantasy featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage.
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novels include On to the Asteroid and Rescue Mode. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine, a technical consultant for the movie, Europa Report and is leading an asteroid rendezvous mission for NASA.
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight "Live Astronomy" sessions, and spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.
New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. Since 2003, she's placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter, Nick Chronicles, Deadman’s Cross, Lords of Avalon, and The League.
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon) and multi-award winning author of the Books of Arilland fairy tale series. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con.
Katherine Kurtz's first novel, Deryni Rising, was the first original fantasy published after the success of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and helped establish the modern fantasy genre. The Deryni series now extends to nearly twenty novels. Her Adept series helped launch the occult fantasy genre.
Starr Long has been making video games for twenty-five years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott. He was the Director of the groundbreaking MMO Ultima Online. He is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar, the second highest crowd funded videogame ever.
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for adults, kids and teens.
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy, and appears in the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series. He also voices Will MacKenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, and stars in the Canadian TV series Tiny Plastic Men and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.
Diana Peterfreund is the author of eleven books for adults and children, including the Killer Unicorns series and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And the Goonies-meets-spaceships series Omega City.
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He has written 76 novels, 280 stories, 10 books of non-fiction, 3 screenplays, and currently edits Galaxy's Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books.
#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his young-adult Galactic Football League series.
Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the spacecraft safe and happy.
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Gothic horror series. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.
Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, Cellar, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned her a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She’s currently working on a new urban fantasy series, new Vampire Legacy novellas, and a sequel to Romancing the Pterodactyl.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and four dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie is also a demonologist and an actress. She plays a recurring character on the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and former model, best known for playing the role of Amy Pond in the hit British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. Karen will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.
Charles Martinet is an actor and voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Mario, the titular character in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise. He has held this role since 1994, longer than any other actor. He also voices Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.
Billie Piper’s transition into acting began when she joined the BBC series Doctor Who as companion 'Rose Tyler'. After, Piper currently stars as ‘Brona Croft’ in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. She will be appearing at Dragon Con Sunday and Monday Only.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin is the author of four epic fantasy series (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Fallen Kings, Ascendant Kingdoms, Darkhurst), an urban fantasy series (Deadly Curiosities) and a Steampunk series (Iron & Blood) for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Scourge (2017) launches her new Darkhurst epic fantasy series for Solaris.
Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, is a planetary geologist and system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah works on spacecraft science operations, at the point where science and engineering meet. Sarah is lead Science Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover, which will seek signs of ancient life on Mars.
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK at age 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Since leaving Doctor Who, Smith has launched himself into a film career.
Lynn Abbey moved to Florida in 1997 which she says is nice, but she misses snow.
She has been called the “Godmother of Shared Universes” for her part in creating THIEVES’ WORLD. She, CJ Cherryh, and Jane Fancher run Closed Circle, an Internet publishing house.
Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 104 short stories published, His debut novel, Another Girl, Another Planet, was published this year by WordFire Press.
A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and gamer. He's had several shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and penned a well-received novella for RSI’s website called: A Separate Law. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, co-authored with Eric Flint, is available from Baen Booksg.
The Black Saint
I still toil daily at horrornews.net, gruesomemagazine.com, and whatever other outlets are fool enough to publish my ramblings. I'm also a co-host at the Horror News Radio podcast, and the Decades Of Horror: The 70's podcast.
CJ is a podcaster, comedian, author, and professional geek. He runs the Geek IO Media Network and its podcasts.
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Ello.
Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. RWA RITA award winner, RT Book Club best paranormal novel of 2012.
David P. Dreher
An avid horror fan - Dave is the lead news reporter at The Horror Channel as well as co-host of Horror News Radio. He has also worked as Tom Savini's webmaster since 1997.
Andy is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology.
Marc Alan Edelheit
Best Selling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes Military Science Fiction and Fantasy. He authored the award winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh. Marc is the Host of the 2Cent History Podcast, A historical Consultant for PC Video Games, A hardcore History Fanatic,Adventurist.
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and an author in the SF, military SF, fantasy, alt history, horror, noir... etc. genres. She lives with her husband and two daughters.
Michael is an award-winning writer and podcaster in pop culture. He also contributes to the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps new attendees to the convention.
Musician turned law school graduate turned literary agent, Moe Ferrara holds the dual roles of literary agent and subsidiary rights director at BookEnds Literary. A fandom girl and cosplayer at heart, she represents Sci-Fi and Fantasy for all ages and is LGBT+ friendly.
Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi, including the 2016 Dragon Award Nominated Novel for Best horror, Honor at Stake. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.
John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay. With Bob Blackwood, Flynn penned the humorous and witty Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond.
Christine is the Associate Art Director for Tor.com Publishing, which she helped launch in September 2015. She been working in publishing for over ten years, creating hundreds of book covers.
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom (2016 Dragon Awards finalist for Best Apocalyptic Novel) and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.
Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction. He also a writer with works published in multiple anthologies, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and communications consultant. Her anthologies include WAR STORIES, GENIUS LOCI, and LEGENDS OF STRATEGY, she and has written for the FIREFLY, BLUE ROSE, and TIANXIA RPGs . She is also active in crisis management consulting and education, and in her spare time, trains horses.
Dr. Governor is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of North Georgia. Her book, Big Data, Small Devices was published in 2016. She has over 30 years teaching experience in the K-12 classroom. Donna holds a PhD in Science Education and earned multiple teaching awards.
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film documentaries. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 300 television series on Netflix.
Astronomer, writer, educator, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.
David Harmer is a disaster preparedness and game author and illustrator, as well as a certified gunsmith and competitive marksman. Recent works include Aftermath! Cybele; Aftermath! The Fleet; Aftermath! Lords of London; Hand of Death, Run Away from Zombies, Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit, and Survival Weapons and Techniques.
Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer living in Massachusetts. His most recent novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, was nominated for a Dragon Award in 2015.
Allen Johnson is a Screenwriter, Martial Artist and Fight Choreographer/Stunt Fighter. His screenwriting credits include Templar Nation, The Freemason & The Freemason 2: Retaliation, with several more projects in development. He has performed in several independent films and stage plays as well as being an active member of the Palmetto Knights.
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. He is also the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, "Self-Publishing for Profit," as well as the leadership training book, "Leadership from the Darkside."
Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.
Jeff M. Leininger
Jeff Leininger is the Founder and Owner of Robot Costumes USA, LLC which produces for theme parks, entertainment, film and television
Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that occasionally get him into trouble.
Erin Macdonald, PhD is an expert on the intersection of science and science fiction. Her background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and includes education at museums and community colleges. She works as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions, Inc. and is Global Education Manager for World Space Week.
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, KESTREL'S VOYAGES and KESTREL'S DANCE. She co-edited THE WEIRD WILD WEST and LAWLESS LANDS: TALES FROM THE WEIRD FRONTIER. Misty is a founding member of Magical Words, and recently became the audiobook editor for BellaRosa Books.
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Christopher G Moore
Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is a co-host of Decades of Horror 1980's, American Horror Story and Horror News Radio podcasts. He's a cowriter on Beat Down Boogie's web series, Mario Warfare and is currently in preproduction on a horror comedy feature, a haunted house feature and female-centric sci-fi project.
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film community where he works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. His two dozen credits include several award winning films. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.
Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy is an indie author and SFWA member whose debut book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a 2016 Dragon Award finalist for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. Her books have appeared in the Amazon Top 50 for Military Science Fiction and Space Opera.
Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is chair of the Biology Department at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera), and he is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.
James Palmer is a versatile, award-nominated author of science fiction and pulp adventure. His latest novel is Star Swarm, the first book in a new space opera trilogy. He is also co-creator of the alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with six urban fantasy novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. For her newest novel, the contemporary dark fantasy JOVIENNE, she also composed a full musical score. She a won the 2006 Florence B. Allen writing competition, and hosts workshops about writing.
Doc Rotten is the host of the shows Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and American Horror Story Fan Podcast. He is also the editor-in-chief of Gruesome Magazine.
Ashley Ruhl has worked in professional game development for 5 years as a cinematic designer. Her credits include Star Wars: The Old Republic, Defiance, and many episodic titles from Telltale Games, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Walking Dead Season 2, and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon’s novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (YA fiction) and was named a ‘Book All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center For The Book. His poetry has been performed on BBC Radio 6 and he has published three poetry collections.
Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American; hosts the podcast Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 52,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.
Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two YA Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in NYC. www.tamsinsilver.com
Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC and an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons series and her Star Wars tie-in fiction. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
J A Sutherland
J.A. Sutherland is the author of the Alexis Carew series, a space opera with a strong Age of Sail influence. He also writes the occasional short story based on drug-induced dreams.
George Taylor, a Disney, theme parks and roller coaster historian, was part of one of the biggest Disney-related podcasts and wrote for one of the largest websites. He’s forgotten more about Disney than most people know. He also wants to time travel. And read.
Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen is the Owner of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making Scale, Chainmaille, and leather armor for 13+ years.
Bryan Young is an author, journalist, filmmaker and podcaster.
Mark owns and operates the award winning costume and prop house Razorfly Studios and has been featured on CNN.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.
Shamier Anderson plays the role of the mysterious Agent Xavier Dolls in SyFy's Wynonna Earp. He will be seen recurring on the 2017 FOX miniseries Shots Fired and has appeared in Trailer Park Boys, NBC's Constantine, SyFy's Defiance and Killjoys, The CW's The Tomorrow People, and BBC America's Intruders.
Emily Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the showrunner and executive producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the showrunner and executive producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the supervising producer on Killjoys.
Katherine Barrell has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA. She has a strong love for comedy performance and studied improvisation at the famous Groundlings Comedy School in California. She is most known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught in The SyFy Network's Wynonna Earp.
Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 Science Fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer.
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.
Dominique Provost-Chalkley began dancing and acting at the age of 4 after she quickly discovering her passion for all performing arts. Her favorite project to date is filming Wynonna Earp where she plays Wynonna's younger sister Waverly. Other credits include 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Tim Ronzon’s first major role was playing heartthrob Tommy Quincy on the teen drama series Instant Star. Recent series leads include two seasons playing Mutt Schitt on CBC’s runaway comedy Schitt’s Creek and charismatic gambler Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp.
Ben Jacobs works at Tools for Life, Georgia's assistive technology program at Georgia Tech. Ben is an expert in finding technological solutions for people with disabilities to become independent in every facet of their life. Ben is a lifelong gamer and champions the importance of video game accessbility for all.
Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the YA dystopian Steamborn trilogy.
Kevin has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con yearly since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost.
Dave Haddock is currently the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic crowdfunded space sim.
Lucas Hernandez is an educator from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida. He has a BA in Integrated Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide with the NAI (National Association of Interpretation).
Mary G. Thompson
Mary G. Thompson is the author of Flicker and Mist and other YA novels. She was raised in Oregon, was a JAG Corps officer in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.
Phantom Troublemaker is the co-host of The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.