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Wil McCarthy

Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular “Lab Notes” column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Seiun, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, an Eppie, a Game Developers’ Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. In addition, his imaginary world of “P2” was rated one of the 10 best science fiction planets of all time by Discover magazine. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov’s, WIRED, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable BLOOM, Amazon.com “Best of Y2K” THE COLLAPSIUM (a national bestseller) and upcoming ANTEDILUVIAN. He has also written for TV and video games, appeared on The History Channel and The Science Channel, and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines, including WIRED, Discover, GQ, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, and the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

He holds patents in 7 countries, including 29 issued U.S. patents in the field of nanostructured optical materials.

William Leaf

William Leaf
Major, Infantry, US Army
Retired after 24 Years
1982 to 1989 OK National Guard resident expert on the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union.
HS Science teacher, Physics, Chemistry, IPC, Biology
Member The Royal Manticorian Navy

Terry Gene

I’m that engineer, now retired from over thirty years of working in nuclear power plants, on anti-aircraft missiles, and third, fourth and fifth generation wireless communications systems, and various esoteric sensor networks. Obviously, after all that, one should retire to Texas to farm and ranch. It was the biggest fail of my life. I still have the fifty acres but now I’m a certified Texas Master Naturalist busy restoring the native Tall-Grass prairie.

Before and since my retirement, I’ve helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, worked directly with veterans at the VA, served as a Big Brother, mentored elementary students, ensuring that every day’s homework was a success, mentored adult literacy/GED students, filled shopping carts for the clients of the local food bank, and ran meals to clients for Meals on Wheels. The richness of interacting with diverse people, especially the most important diversity, that of thought, lead me to put ideas down on paper and ultimately to my four-novel Matryoschka Heritage novel arc: Matryoschka, Matryoschka’s Daughters, Matryoschka’s Effect, and Matryoschka’s Time. I hope you enjoy Sarah, Alex, Sarah Beth, Katie, and Quentin as much as I have.

Renee Witterstaetter

Author,  Renee Witterstaetter is the writer of the historical works,  “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,”  and the film books “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” and “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash” among many others.

Renee is also the editor on such titles as  “Guardians of the Galaxy,”  “Thanos Quest” “Superman,”  “Silver Surfer,” “Conan The Barbarian,” and “The Punisher” all current pop culture hits.

Her other editing work includes “X-Files,” “Jurassic Park,” “Xena” and “Hercules” and she  is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden– of the successful series, “Spartan X” which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from “The Avengers” to “Spider-man” to “Captain America” to “Jurassic Park,” among many, many others. “I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books,” she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies “Rush Hour Two,” “Red Dragon ,” “To ease the lose,” and “Swimming With The Virgin,” among others.

In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more . Renee is also one of the producers of the “Creator Chronicles” DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.

Current projects also include the children’s book ” “Santa Confidential” with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne.

In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling and writing, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: evaink@aol.com, or Eva Ink on Facebook.

Ken Ruffin

After serving as president of the award-winning National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) for five one-year terms, being elected to the NSS Board of Directors for a two-year term, and earning a 2018 NSS Chapter Leader Award, NSS-NT VP Ken Ruffin was appointed to the NSS Board of Advisors.

Jimmy Misfit

As a child, Jimmy Misfit wrote soap-operatic letters on motel stationery for housekeepers to read. This ended when his mother mentioned that heiresses jetting off to South America rarely stayed at Travelodge.

In 2018, JMS Books released Jimmy’s book, The Silliest Stories Out of Bustleburg: America’s Worst City.

Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ferguson, an award winning poet,.edited several Science Fiction Poetry anthologies and is a member of Poetry of Johnson County, Fort Worth Poetry Society, Poets of Tarrant County, North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop, Poetry Society of Texas, Science Fiction/ Fantasy Poetry Association, Poetic Genius Society, and Austin Poets International.

Blaise Ramsay

Blaise Ramsay is the founder and owner of FyreSyde Publishing, a company dedicated to putting readers and authors first. Her journey in writing began when she turned fifteen but had to be put down for the pursuit of a collegiate degree in Historical Studies. After earning her BA in History from UT Dallas, Blaise spent the greater part of her life trying to find a career in conceptual art and character design. Her skills soon paid off and she found herself working in the indie gaming industry. Soon however, she noticed creating characters for video games no longer held the draw it once had. One night, during a random Word encounter, Blaise drafted and published her first short story. Titled The Good Luck Cat, it soon earned Blaise a front page feature. This small victory caused Blaise to shift her attention to the world of literature and writing. She wrote multiple short stories which led her to participate in NaNoWriMo. The paranormal romance, Blessing of Luna, the first in the Wolfgods series, was born. This one title gave birth the publishing company, FyreSyde Publishing. The next in the series, Bane of Tenebris is due to release in July of 2019.

Presently, Blaise finds joy in writing mystery, supernatural thriller, suspense, horror and noir. After participating in her second year of NaNoWriMo, her new title, Sealed Darkness, a supernatural thriller, is currently under development.

When Blaise isn’t working on personal endeavors, she is guest blogging, working for three blog tour companies and as a full time freelance ghostwriter.

You can out more about Blaise, FyreSyde and what she hopes it can do for you at FyreSydePublishing.com

Karl Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain are available on Amazon and Audible.

Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a retired library administrator and professor of American Government. He is the author of 10 books including poetry, science-fiction, mystery-thrillers, and a children’s science book. His poetry has won three major awards and been nominated for the Push Cart Prize.

Bret McCormick

From 1984 to 1996 Bret McCormick was the most prolific producer/director/screenwriter in Texas. His book, Texas Schlock: B-Movie Sci-Fi and Horror from the Lone Star State examines indie filmmakers from the 1950s to the present day. McCormick has edited three horror anthologies and authored two science fiction novels.

Kim Redford

Kim Redford is a bestselling, multi-published author. She is currently writing an acclaimed cowboy firefighter series set in North Texas for Sourcebooks Casablanca. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard.

Visit her at https://www.kimredford.com.

Hotel Reservations Now Open!

The room block for ConDFW is now open!  Make sure to check out our HOTEL PAGE to get all the details and get your room reserved!

And what better way to celebrate this than to offer a Discount on Memberships!  On the Membership Page, scroll down until you see “Enter a Password or Discount Code” and type in FALL.  The page will refresh to our Brown Paper Tickets site and you’ll see the $5 discount for all Adult, Academic, and Military memberships!

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Her website is CharlaineHarris.com

Yoon Ha Lee

Yoon Ha Lee’s novel Ninefox Gambit won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards.  Its sequel, Raven Stratagem, is a finalist for the Hugo award, and the final book in the trilogy, Revenant Gun, is forthcoming from Solaris Books in June 2018.  His middle grade space opera Dragon Pearl is forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion in January 2019, and his short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, F&SF, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other venues.

Lee was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat.  Learn more at yoonhalee.com.

Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes fun science fiction involving chocolate, aliens, lovesick AIs, time travel, VR, and more. She’s the author of the CHOCOVERSE comic space opera series (Free Chocolate available now, Book 2, Pure Chocolate, coming March 2019 from Angry Robot Books). She and her husband have also co-authored two cookbooks (one of which is all about chocolate), and she has a column through Dave’s Garden where she writes about cooking and gardening. She teaches creative writing in North Texas for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.

Charlayne Denney

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney is the author of the Fangs & Halos urban fantasy series about vampires and angels and a vampire cat named Baron. Current Secretary for Paranormal Romance Guild, she reads a lot when she’s not writing, researching, or playing World of Warcraft. A trained historian, she thinks the Internet isn’t for porn but for doing research. Her beloved Bruce believes she’s OCD and sometimes possessed. They live in Friendswood, Texas.

Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are super friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, working tirelessly to annoy her husband to distraction, and oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and crime dramas. She also just so happens to write down the fantastic stories rumbling around in her head – mostly to quiet the voices that take residence there. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR, hanging with her family and friends, and desperately trying to force her love of reading on her little one.

Trakena is dedicated to writing paranormal stories with multicultural characters, where race is not the main conflict. Her passion for this stems from being a young teen in love with paranormal fiction, but being unable to find any stories she liked with characters that looked like her. She hopes to change that reality for her son and all the other kids of color out there who love to read as much as she does!

2019 Guests of Honor

Charlaine Harris

Yoon Ha Lee

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series. Harris' books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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Yoon Ha Lee’s novel Ninefox Gambit won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. Its sequel, Raven Stratagem, was a finalist for the Hugo award. Lee's middle grade space opera Dragon Pearl is out from Disney-Hyperion in January 2019.

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Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies…
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Yoon Ha Lee

Yoon Ha Lee’s novel Ninefox Gambit won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards.  Its sequel, Raven Stratagem, is a finalist for the Hugo award, and the final book…
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William Seigler

Hailing from South Carolina, William discovered early on, a desire to see the world. While in the Army, he explored extensively in Europe, including the Black Forest of Germany, Buchenwald, Munich, Paris, London, and Athens.  Later, he freelanced travel articles, journeyed to Antarctica on a magazine assignment, and flew cargo jets.

He now writes and teaches geology at Weatherford College.

Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky has always gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. He’s published four novels and many short stories.

When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop RPGs, making YouTube videos, and traveling the world with his wife.

Website: skorkowsky.com

Twitter: @SSkorkowsky

Heather Schwartz

Heather Schwartz is the author of the Darkness Falls Series. Darkness Falls and Darkness Falls The Corruption. Heather was at Comicpalooza last year, has been interviewed on the nationally acclaimed radio show hosted by Stu Taylor, given at talk at Lone Star College, and many other pod cast and appearances.

Rachel Caine

rachelcaine_darwinRachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 50 novels that span the categories of horror, suspense, urban fantasy, science fiction, media tie-in, historical, and young adult. She’s also the author of more than 100 short stories.

Rachel began her publishing career in 1991 under the name Roxanne Longstreet with her first novel, Stormriders, a media tie-in novel for the role-playing game Shadow World. In 2003, she began writing as Rachel Caine with the launch of the bestselling Weather Warden series in urban fantasy, followed by spinoff series Outcast Season, the Red Letter Days duology, and the Revivalist series.

In 2006, she began her career in young adult novels with the 15-book Morganville Vampires series. In 2014 she published her first stand-alone YA novel, Prince of Shadows, and in 2015, launched a new series The Great Library, with Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire. The third volume, Ash and Quill, is out July 2017.

2017 also brings the launch of Stillhouse Lake, a new thriller series for the adult market, and a new YA series cowritten with YA/Urban Fantasy author Ann Aguirre, called The Honors. In addition, Rachel plans to release a new independently published Weather Warden novel, Red Hot Rain.

In the film and television world, Morganville Vampires was filmed in 2014 as a web series, with almost a million views to date. Rachel’s novel Exile, Texas is under option as a feature film.

She has been recognized with books named to the prestigious Tayshas List, Lone Star List, and Spirit of Texas reading lists from the Texas Library Association.

Rachel graduated with a business degree from Texas Tech University, and had a number of careers in the business world, including accounting, tax preparation, payroll administration, insurance investigation, web design, technical writing, and corporate communications. She is a full time writer.

http://www.rachelcaine.com

Twitter: @rachelcaine

Facebook: rachelcainefanpage

Ava Morgan

Ava Morgan writes steampunk and paranormal romance. In a distant parallel universe, she once worked in the legal field. Ava’s bestselling steampunk adventure series Curiosity Chronicles is still going strong with the upcoming release of The Scarborough Affair. When she’s not writing, Ava can be found bicycling with her husband, listening to Baby Shark for the trillionth time with her daughter, and traveling

Visit her site at www.avamorgan.com for the latest updates.

Panelists

C. Dean Andersson

C. Dean Andersson’s Sword & Sorcery Saga featuring warrior woman Bloodsong is in revised-expanded editions from Crossroad Press. Ditto his horror novels, I AM DRACULA, I AM FRANKENSTEIN, BURIED SCREAMS, TORTURE TOMB, RAW PAIN MAX, and FIEND. Being revised for…
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Larry Atchley, Jr.

Larry Atchley Jr writes poetry and short stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and recites pirate poetry with The Seadog Slam. He likes going to estate sales and watching Britcoms with his artist/writer wife Ali, and reading/collecting books on…
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Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a retired library administrator and professor of American Government. He is the author of 10 books including poetry, science-fiction, mystery-thrillers, and a children’s science book. His poetry has won…
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Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, and sells photography and art through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever…
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Paul Black

Paul Black always wanted to make movies, but a career in advertising sidetracked him. Born and raised in Chicago, he is the international award-winning author of The Tels, Soulware, Nexus Point, The Presence, The Samsara Effect and Cool Brain. He…
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Karen Bogen

Editor/copyeditor and writer, K.B. Bogen combines technology and humor with a dash of the macabre. A native Texan, she holds a BSCSE degree from UT Arlington, and several health and nutrition certifications. She knits compulsively and reads forensic anthropology textbooks…
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Patricia Burroughs

Award-winning screenwriter and bestselling novelist Patricia Burroughs loves Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dunnett, and Heyer. A lifelong Anglophile, she travels the British Isles researching The Fury Triad, the epic YA romantic fantasy that has taken over her life and heart. She and…
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Lillian Stewart Carl

Lillian Stewart Carl’s work features plots based on mythology, history, and archaeology, often with paranormal aspects. She’s published twenty novels, including the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mysteries, and twenty-five short stories. With John Helfers, she was nominated for a Hugo for…
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Dantzel Cherry

When Dantzel Cherry is not raising her daughter or teaching Pilates and dance, she is writing science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels. Dantzel’s short fiction has appeared in Fireside, IGMS, Cast of Wonders, Galaxy’s Edge, Future Science Fiction,…
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John Delaughter

John DeLaughter is a planetologist living on a sailboat with Nimrod the cat. His work has taken him to all seven continents where he always meets the nicest people. Among the stories he’s had published is Soul Standard (in Strange Economics).…
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Charlayne Denney

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney is the author of the Fangs & Halos urban fantasy series about vampires and angels and a vampire cat named Baron. Current Secretary for Paranormal Romance Guild, she reads a lot when she’s not writing, researching, or…
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Chris Donahue

Chris Donahue is an electrical engineer and former Navy Avionics Tech living in the Dallas area. He has written stories in horror, military fiction, science fiction and fantasy anthologies. His novel “Death’s Paladin” will release at this convention.

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Linda Donahue

Linda Donahue grew up an Air Force brat.  She has degrees in computer science, Russian studies, and a Masters in Earth science education, along with a commercial instrument pilot’s certification, a SCUBA certification, and is certified by NASA to borrow…
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David Doub

David Doub is the prolific man and mastermind behind Dusk Comics. He works to promote many other creators, bringing to life an assortment of comic books in various genres. He is the head writer of several works and Dusk Comics’…
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Carole Nelson Douglas

After 60 NY-published novels, bestselling, award-winning literary chameleon Carole–she reinvented Irene Adler as a detective, finished the 28-book Midnight Louie, feline PI, epic mystery series–“mashes up herself” with “Absinthe Without Leave”, pairing Midnight Louie with Noir UF heroine Delilah Street…
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Rhonda Eudaly

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she’s worked in offices, banking, radio, and education to support her writing. She’s married with dogs and a rapidly growing rubber duck collection. She likes to spend time with friends and family, movies,…
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Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ferguson, an award winning poet,.edited several Science Fiction Poetry anthologies and is a member of Poetry of Johnson County, Fort Worth Poetry Society, Poets of Tarrant County, North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop, Poetry Society of Texas, Science Fiction/ Fantasy…
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Melanie Fletcher

Melanie Fletcher likes to write, preferably for money. When not writing humorous short SF, she’s writing SF and fantasy romance as Nicola Cameron. Or herding cats. Or designing covers. Let’s just say that she does a lot of stuff. Melanie…
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Brad W. Foster

Brad W. Foster is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, publisher, and whatever other labels he can use to get him through the door! He’s won the Fan Artist Hugo a few times, picked up a Chesley award, and turned a bit…
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Karl Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot,…
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Terry Gene

I’m that engineer, now retired from over thirty years of working in nuclear power plants, on anti-aircraft missiles, and third, fourth and fifth generation wireless communications systems, and various esoteric sensor networks. Obviously, after all that, one should retire to…
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T.M. Hunter

Having been compared to the great pulp writers of the past, T. M. Hunter writes sci-fi action-adventure novels and stories featuring space pirate Aston West. He loves to write when he isn’t slaving at his engineering day job, trying to…
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William Leaf

William Leaf Major, Infantry, US Army Retired after 24 Years 1982 to 1989 OK National Guard resident expert on the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union. HS Science teacher, Physics, Chemistry, IPC, Biology Member The Royal Manticorian Navy

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William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Baen.com, Daily SF, and the SFWA blog. His new novel “Level…
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Julia S. Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. In addition to being editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with…
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A. Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez is a science fiction / fantasy novelist with 11 traditionally published novels to his name. He is best known for Gil’s All Fright Diner, The Automatic Detective, and The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. He classifies his…
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Frances May

Frances A. May is a retired academic librarian who taught a library school course at UNT about fiction genres. She reveled in the extensive research she did for her class, and has always loved Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is…
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Wil McCarthy

Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular “Lab Notes” column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and…
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Bret McCormick

From 1984 to 1996 Bret McCormick was the most prolific producer/director/screenwriter in Texas. His book, Texas Schlock: B-Movie Sci-Fi and Horror from the Lone Star State examines indie filmmakers from the 1950s to the present day. McCormick has edited three…
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Jimmy Misfit

As a child, Jimmy Misfit wrote soap-operatic letters on motel stationery for housekeepers to read. This ended when his mother mentioned that heiresses jetting off to South America rarely stayed at Travelodge. In 2018, JMS Books released Jimmy’s book, The…
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Ava Morgan

Ava Morgan writes steampunk and paranormal romance. In a distant parallel universe, she once worked in the legal field. Ava’s bestselling steampunk adventure series Curiosity Chronicles is still going strong with the upcoming release of The Scarborough Affair. When she’s…
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Michelle Muenzler

Michelle Muenzler, known at local conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes things both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. She’s been published in numerous magazines and takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.…
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Ethan Nahté

Ethan Nahté worked several years in TV/Film/Radio. He is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, & musician. He has over 30 published stories plus two story collections: Of Monsters & Madmen and The Undead Ate My Head plus the novellas The…
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Melia Newman

Fantasy artist, face painter, burlesque dancer, costumer. Melia is a creative spirit from the time she made her first mark in the world, using her mother’s lipstick on the walls. She likes to paint digitally, traditionally, on faces or with…
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Gloria Oliver

Gloria Oliver lives in Texas making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds while bowing to the never ending wishes of her feline and canine masters. She writes fantasy, science fiction, and the occasional bit of horror. Visit her at…
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Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick lives in the heart of Texas where he spins stories in genres ranging from science fiction and horror to historical and everything in between. His latest can be found in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, Vol…
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Teresa Patterson

Teresa’s work includes, The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks), The World of the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), No Quarter (Robert Asprin), Combat Corpsman (Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin), as well as numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. She is…
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Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are super friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, working tirelessly to annoy her husband…
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Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt swears she was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who objected to the TransGalactic School System. She’s the author of 11 books including the paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon, All the Marbles…
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Blaise Ramsay

Blaise Ramsay is the founder and owner of FyreSyde Publishing, a company dedicated to putting readers and authors first. Her journey in writing began when she turned fifteen but had to be put down for the pursuit of a collegiate…
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Kim Redford

Kim Redford is a bestselling, multi-published author. She is currently writing an acclaimed cowboy firefighter series set in North Texas for Sourcebooks Casablanca. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and…
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Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes fun science fiction involving chocolate, aliens, lovesick AIs, time travel, VR, and more. She’s the author of the CHOCOVERSE comic space opera series (Free Chocolate available now, Book 2, Pure Chocolate, coming March 2019 from Angry Robot…
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Ken Ruffin

After serving as president of the award-winning National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) for five one-year terms, being elected to the NSS Board of Directors for a two-year term, and earning a 2018 NSS Chapter Leader Award, NSS-NT VP…
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Stephen Sanders

Steve Sanders is the current President of the Fort Worth Poetry Society, an actor, a councilor for the Poetry Society of Texas, the co-owner of Blackbead Books and Seadog Studios, and, to boot, a published and award-winning poet . He’s…
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William Seigler

Hailing from South Carolina, William discovered early on, a desire to see the world. While in the Army, he explored extensively in Europe, including the Black Forest of Germany, Buchenwald, Munich, Paris, London, and Athens.  Later, he freelanced travel articles,…
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Adrian Simmons

Adrian Simmons is a reader, writer and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Internet Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Black Gate. His short fiction has been in James Gunn’s Ad Astra Magazine, Lackington’s, Giganotosaurus, and…
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Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky has always gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. He’s published four novels and many short stories. When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop RPGs, making YouTube…
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare…
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S. Boyd Taylor

Samuel Boyd Taylor has been published in such markets as Chi Zine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Drabblecast. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife and daughter, where pursues many strange and wonderful hobbies, such as meditation,…
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Tex Thompson

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western trilogy, an instructor for LitReactor, and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations…
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Mel White

Known to her kids as “Indiana Mom”, Dr. Mel. is a scientist, writer, artist, comic book creator, poet, storyteller, filker, and World of Warcraft player (not necessarily in that order.)  She is an adjunct professor in the Emeritus Program for…
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Renee Witterstaetter

Author,  Renee Witterstaetter is the writer of the historical works,  “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,”  and the film books…
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Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright writes novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com‘s Reviewer’s Choice lists, was a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, a Lambda Award finalist, and has won three Rainbow Awards.

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Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, and sells photography and art through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever else helps pay the bills. She hates the bills.

Find her at Stately Barrett Manor at www.barrettmanor.com.

Dantzel Cherry

When Dantzel Cherry is not raising her daughter or teaching Pilates and dance, she is writing science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels. Dantzel’s short fiction has appeared in Fireside, IGMS, Cast of Wonders, Galaxy’s Edge, Future Science Fiction, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives near Houston with her husband, daughter, and obligatory cat.

You can find her work at www.dantzelcherry.com.

Tex Thompson

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western trilogy, an instructor for LitReactor, and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org!

Stephen Sanders

Steve Sanders is the current President of the Fort Worth Poetry Society, an actor, a councilor for the Poetry Society of Texas, the co-owner of Blackbead Books and Seadog Studios, and, to boot, a published and award-winning poet . He’s also sold a few short stories and spends a lot of time on stage performing with the Seadog Slam, the Steamdogs, and as a solo performer. He will be co-sponsoring our “adventure poetry slam” again this year and bringing several members of the Fort Worth Poetry Society to this final edition of ConDFW. Wanna talk poetry? The writing, publishing, performing, and selling of it? Talk to this guy.

Anti-Harassment Policy

ConDFW is a time and place for meeting friends, attending panels, and having a good time. It is not a place for any sort of threatening or harassing behavior. We ask that all con-goers not tolerate any incidents of verbal or physical harassment. Non-acceptable behaviors include but are not limited to:

· Threatening language or behavior, including stalking or creeping

· Unwanted touching of any sort

· Unwanted attention of a sexual nature

· Language, gestures, or body language that could be interpreted as inappropriately suggestive, insulting, intimidating, demeaning, discriminatory (race, gender, or other), or just plain offensive

If you feel you or another member of ConDFW are being threatened or harassed, please do the following:

· Inform the individual that their behavior is inappropriate and ask them to stop. Notice their badge name and details about their appearance and report them to ConComm or any staff member.

· If the offender does not stop his/her behavior or if you do not feel comfortable talking to them about their behavior, contact a staff member and tell them about the incident. Be as specific as possible: badge name, appearance, words or actions, etc.

The Chair and staff of ConDFW will work to evaluate and address the incident as quickly as possible. Offenders will be sternly warned about their behavior. Serious and repeat offenders will have their con privileges revoked without refund. Criminal activity will be reported to the police. In Texas, any unwanted touching can be considered a criminal assault.

Quick Guide to Correct Behavior to Assure Fun for Everyone: If someone asks you to leave them alone or tells you “no,” or “stop,” or “go away” immediately cease pestering them, stop what you were doing, and walk away and do not approach them again. If you persist in the behaviors that caused these commands, you are harassing or threatening another person whether you think so or not. It is the perception of harassment or intimidation that is important, not your intent. Trying to pass off inappropriate behavior as a joke will not fly at this convention. Play nice or go home.

Jeff Dawson

I started writing in 2010 after major back surgery. Since then, I’ve written seventeen books. Genres range from memoirs, science fiction, sports, horror, suspense, military and erotica. Currently have five in the works. There isn’t a topic I won’t try. You can find all my works on Amazon and Goodreads.

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright writes novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com‘s Reviewer’s Choice lists, was a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, a Lambda Award finalist, and has won three Rainbow Awards.

Patricia Burroughs

Award-winning screenwriter and bestselling novelist Patricia Burroughs loves Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dunnett, and Heyer. A lifelong Anglophile, she travels the British Isles researching The Fury Triad, the epic YA romantic fantasy that has taken over her life and heart. She and her husband are living happily-ever-after in Dallas.

She also wants to know if vets see a higher percentage of Chihuahua injuries than other breeds due to their tendency to trash-talk dogs beyond their weight class.

Jayme Blaschke

Jayme Lynn Blaschke’s fiction has appeared in InterzoneFast Ships, Black Sails, and Cross Plains Universe, among other places. A collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, is available from the University of Nebraska Press. His most recent book is the non-fiction history Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

John Delaughter

John DeLaughter is a planetologist living on a sailboat with Nimrod the cat. His work has taken him to all seven continents where he always meets the nicest people. Among the stories he’s had published is Soul Standard (in Strange Economics). Right now, John is working with Mel. White on new Duncan & Mallory stories; their latest, Weredragon’s Dare, is available on Amazon.

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Melia Newman

Fantasy artist, face painter, burlesque dancer, costumer. Melia is a creative spirit from the time she made her first mark in the world, using her mother’s lipstick on the walls. She likes to paint digitally, traditionally, on faces or with glitter and rhinestones.

Ethan Nahté

Ethan Nahté worked several years in TV/Film/Radio. He is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, & musician. He has over 30 published stories plus two story collections: Of Monsters & Madmen and The Undead Ate My Head plus the novellas The Savage Caged and Wings of Mercury

Check out his website at http://www.NahteWords.com.

S. Boyd Taylor

Samuel Boyd Taylor has been published in such markets as Chi Zine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Drabblecast. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife and daughter, where pursues many strange and wonderful hobbies, such as meditation, Tai Chi, and singing along as loud as he can to the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye.”
You can find him on twitter and facebook as “Samuel Boyd Taylor”, and on his website at: www.samuelboydtayor.com

Karen Bogen

Editor/copyeditor and writer, K.B. Bogen combines technology and humor with a dash of the macabre. A native Texan, she holds a BSCSE degree from UT Arlington, and several health and nutrition certifications. She knits compulsively and reads forensic anthropology textbooks for fun. Current WIP: the third book in the QUEST series.

Rie Sheridan Rose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored seven novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs.
More info on www.riewriter.com. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

 

Scott Cupp

Scott Cupp is an award-winning short story writer from Alpine. He frequently writes about the West with absurdist situations. His work can be found at www.revolutionsf.com and in the books RAZORED SADDLES, SOUTH FROM MIDNIGHT, FREAK SHOW, and WEIRD BUSINESS (among others). He edited the CROSS PLAINS UNIVERSE anthology with Joe R. Lansdale, which celebrated the 100th birthday of Robert E. Howard. His most recent stories are “Hell in a Boxcar” in Weirdbook and “The Dead Unicorn” in Skelos. He lives with his wife Sandi and two very spoiled cats.

Please be sure to check out his website: www.scottacupp.com

Bradley H. Sinor

Bradley H. Sinor has been writing for five/sixths of his life, and has written many short stories, most of them in a variety of anthologies and three short story collections. He lives in Tulsa, OK, with his wife (writer and copy-editor) Sue Sinor and their three overlords (cats).

Bradley H. Sinor’s website is www.zettesworld.com/sinor

Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright is a former journalist turned technical writer with fiction published by DarkFuse, PS Publishing, Delirium Books, Elder Signs Press, Bad Moon Books, and several others. He is a recipient of the Richard Laymon President’s Award given by the Horror Writers Association, and is an active member of the International Thriller Writers organization. His latest works include THE MIDNIGHT ORDER, a novella, and NIGHT WRAITH, a novel co-written with Angeline Hawkes. Visit their website for links and more information at http://www.fulbrightandhawkes.com.

Christopher’s home on the web is www.christopherfulbright.com

C. Dean Andersson

C. Dean Andersson’s Sword & Sorcery Saga featuring warrior woman Bloodsong is in revised-expanded editions from Crossroad Press. Ditto his horror novels, I AM DRACULA, I AM FRANKENSTEIN, BURIED SCREAMS, TORTURE TOMB, RAW PAIN MAX, and FIEND. Being revised for a new edition is THE LAIR OF ANCIENT DREAMS.

Find him at www.cdeanandersson.com

Michelle Muenzler

Michelle Muenzler, known at local conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes things both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. She’s been published in numerous magazines and takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.

Find more of her work at www.michellemuenzler.com.

William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Baen.com, Daily SF, and the SFWA blog. His new novel “Level Five” is available from Audible Originals.

More information about William and links to these fine organizations can be found on his website at www.williamledbetter.com

Michael Ashleigh Finn

Speculative fiction author. Thematic consultant on Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files (comic). Puppet Consultant.

Co-host/editor/accidental producer of the Gentlemen Nerds podcast, with Mark Finn. (thegentlemennerds.com )

Latest story: A Wormwood mystery entitled “All the Pretty Little Horses,” in the anthology Dirty Magick: New Orleans (with Rhonda Eudaly), available at Amazon.

Mark Finn

Mark Finn is an author, an editor, and a pop culture critic. He is a nationally-recognized expert on the author Robert E. Howard. Currently Finn is a managing editor for Skelos Press, and a podcaster for The Gentlemen Nerds. He lives in North Texas over an old movie theater with his long-suffering wife, too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.

Check out his blog at: marktheaginghipster.blogspot.com

Adrian Simmons

Adrian Simmons is a reader, writer and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Internet Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Black Gate. His short fiction has been in James Gunn’s Ad Astra Magazine, Lackington’s, Giganotosaurus, and Strange Constellations.

He is one-third the editorial team of heroicfantasyquarterly.com.

Julia S. Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. In addition to being editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband Larry and two very demanding, but adorable cats.

Lillian Stewart Carl

Lillian Stewart Carl’s work features plots based on mythology, history, and archaeology, often with paranormal aspects.

She’s published twenty novels, including the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mysteries, and twenty-five short stories. With John Helfers, she was nominated for a Hugo for a retrospective on Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan books.

Her website can be found at http://www.lillianstewartcarl.com

 

T.M. Hunter

Having been compared to the great pulp writers of the past, T. M. Hunter writes sci-fi action-adventure novels and stories featuring space pirate Aston West. He loves to write when he isn’t slaving at his engineering day job, trying to support his chronic writing addictions and 80s bass player fantasies.

 

Find out more about his body of work at AstonWest.com.

 

Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young ago. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.

For more about Jaye’s books check out www.jayewells.com.

A. Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez is a science fiction / fantasy novelist with 11 traditionally published novels to his name. He is best known for Gil’s All Fright Diner, The Automatic Detective, and The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. He classifies his style as Saturday Morning Humanism, and he is otherwise, very boring.

His website can be found at: www.aleemartinez.com

Mel White

Known to her kids as “Indiana Mom”, Dr. Mel. is a scientist, writer, artist, comic book creator, poet, storyteller, filker, and World of Warcraft player (not necessarily in that order.)  She is an adjunct professor in the Emeritus Program for Richland College, and when not lecturing about Egyptology or Anthropology, can be found working on dinosaur bones for the Perot Museum when she’s not haunting Dallas Makerspace working as a volunteer eco-educator for Trinity River Audubon Center.   In her spare time she is working on the fourth Duncan & Mallory graphic novel and finishing her degree in Egyptology.

Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt swears she was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who objected to the TransGalactic School System.

She’s the author of 11 books including the paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon, All the Marbles and as well the outrageous fantasy series, The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse. She is the editor of the anthology, The Mystical Cat, which includes her short fiction, “A Spoiled Rotten Cat Lives Here.”
The new Redheads novel, The Wrath of Satan and her upcoming feline behavior book, Cat Scene Investigator: Unraveling the Mystery behind Your Cat’s Litter Box Problem, will be out in 2016.

She’s worked as a professional free-lance journalist since the late 1980s, and began specializing in pet journalism in 1995. Like to shop online? Dusty’s the editor-in-chief of AdoptAShelter.com, a free shop-to-donate website that benefits animal charities.

Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.

Visit her web site at www.shannaswendson.com.

Linda Donahue

Linda Donahue grew up an Air Force brat.  She has degrees in computer science, Russian studies, and a Masters in Earth science education, along with a commercial instrument pilot’s certification, a SCUBA certification, and is certified by NASA to borrow moon rock samples. Currently, she’s teaching tai chi and belly dance when not writing. She also performs with the dance troupe Ravenar.

Find Linda’s stories in anthologies published by Yard Dog Press, Fantasist Enterprises, From the Asylum Books, Elder Signs Press, Permuted Press, Benbella Books and from DAW Books, “Future Americas.”   Upcoming releases include half a double dog, “Jaguar Moon,” from Yard Dog, and a novella in the anthology “Magic & Mechanica” from Ricasso Press, as well as a story in “Strip Mauled” an anthology edited by Esther Friesner, to be published by Baen Books and a story in Esther Friesner’s Chicks in Chainmail #6, scheduled out in 2015. Linda has also published a non-fiction article in the 2007 Rabbits USA Annual.  Find her latest story in Esther Friesner’s Chicks and Balances.

She is married to Chris Donahue.  They live in Texas and have rabbits, sugar gliders, and a cat for pets.

Linda’s website can be found at: www.lindaldonahue.com

R. Cat Conrad

img_0084Cat Conrad’s creativity encompasses many areas, including illustration, painting, collecting, and entertainment. As an entertainer, he’s known for clever repartee as an auctioneer and panelist at numerous media and SF conventions.

As an artist, Cat’s most popular works are his imaginative space landscapes and whimsical dragon sketches. In addition to being an award-winning painter, he’s a Golden Age comic book historian, collector and investment advisor.

Most recently, Cat has become a film actor, co-starring in Rachel Caine’s Morganville digital TV series as the Vampire Enforcer. He’s also a well-known comic collector and seller through his company Mannup Collectibles, and has a love and deep knowledge of Golden Age comic history.

Website: http://www.mannupcollectibles.com

Watch Morganville at http://www.morganvilletheseries.com

 

Chris Donahue

Chris Donahue is an electrical engineer and former Navy Avionics Tech living in the Dallas area. He has written stories in horror, military fiction, science fiction and fantasy anthologies. His novel “Death’s Paladin” will release at this convention.

Sue Sinor

Sue Sinor started writing at the urging of her husband, Brad. She has stories in several Yard Dog Press publications. Sue and Brad have a new joint collection of short stories – ‘Of Two Minds” from Yard Dog Press, and have collaborated on several other stories. They live in Tulsa, OK.

Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick lives in the heart of Texas where he spins stories in genres ranging from science fiction and horror to historical and everything in between. His latest can be found in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, Vol 2.

Teresa Patterson

Teresa’s work includes, The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks), The World of the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), No Quarter (Robert Asprin), Combat Corpsman (Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin), as well as numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. She is also an editor, artist, and manages The Armory at DragonCon.

Paul Black

Paul Black always wanted to make movies, but a career in advertising sidetracked him. Born and raised in Chicago, he is the international award-winning author of The Tels, Soulware, Nexus Point, The Presence, The Samsara Effect and Cool Brain. He has twice won each the Independent Publishers Book Award, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the New York Book Festival. He has also won The London Book Festival and The Hollywood Book Festival, and has been on the Barnes & Noble Regional Best Seller list. His first book The Tels won the Writer’s Digest Book Award for Genre Fiction and was optioned for television. His new book of fiction is called Dark Slide and is the second in the Dillon Bradford series.  He is represented by Betty Anne Crawford, NYC.

Learn more about Paul www.paulblackbooks.com and at Wikipedia.

Frances May

Frances A. May is a retired academic librarian who taught a library school course at UNT about fiction genres. She reveled in the extensive research she did for her class, and has always loved Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is delighted with the proliferation of books with a paranormal twist.

Brad W. Foster

Brad W. Foster is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, publisher, and whatever other labels he can use to get him through the door! He’s won the Fan Artist Hugo a few times, picked up a Chesley award, and turned a bit of self-publishing started thirty years ago into the Jabberwocky Graphix publishing empire. His strange drawings and cartoons have appeared in over two thousand publications, half of those science fiction fanzines, where he draws just for the fun of it.  Most recently, he was Artist Guest of Honor at the Worldcon in 2015.

On a more professional level Foster has worked as an illustrator for various genre magazines and publishers, the better known among those being AMAZING STORIES and DRAGON. In comics he had his own series some years back, THE MECHTHINGS, and he even got to play with the big boys of comics for a few years as the official Big Background Artist of Image Comic’s SHADOWHAWK.

Known throughout the world (though most of the world doesn’t know it yet) for his intricate pen and ink work, it is possible you’ve seen more of his work in titles as varied as CAT FANCY, CAVALIER, or HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN. Most recently he has discovered color, and has completed covers for publishers  Yard Dog Press, Zumaya, and Dark Star, plus still doing those old-fashioned black and white illustrations for magazines such as SPACE & TIME and TALEBONES.

His website can be found at http://www.jabberwockygraphix.com.

Rhonda Eudaly

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she’s worked in offices, banking, radio, and education to support her writing. She’s married with dogs and a rapidly growing rubber duck collection. She likes to spend time with friends and family, movies, and reading. Her two passions are writing and music.

Rhonda has fiction and non-fiction stories published in anthologies, magazines, and websites. Check out her website – www.RhondaEudaly.com – for her latest publications and downloads.

Carole Nelson Douglas

After 60 NY-published novels, bestselling, award-winning literary chameleon Carole–she reinvented Irene Adler as a detective, finished the 28-book Midnight Louie, feline PI, epic mystery series–“mashes up herself” with “Absinthe Without Leave”, pairing Midnight Louie with Noir UF heroine Delilah Street in a new series. More reissued/new mystery/thriller, high/UF coming…

Visit her website at: www.carolenelsondouglas.com

Hotel and Location

ConDFW 18 will be returning to the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek.

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Want to book your room?  Look no further!

Here is the link to book at the special convention rate of $102/night

If you prefer to book your room over the phone, please call the hotel directly at 817-625-9911 and let them know you are coming for ConDFW!  (Special Booking Code: TXSPEC)

The full-service Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek ranks among the top 10 largest hotels in Fort Worth. It is strategically located to offer guests access to the best that Fort Worth has to offer—from all directions. Travel a short distance south to the arts and entertainment areas of downtown Fort Worth, or jump aboard our complimentary shuttle and head west to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Enjoy shopping and dining a few miles north at the Alliance Town Center or venture a little further to the nationally acclaimed Texas Motor Speedway. Flying in or out? The world-renowned Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is a 25-minute drive to the east of the Radisson, while Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW) is less than 10 minutes away.

The hotel is located at: 2540 Meacham Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76106 817-625-9911

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About/FAQ

First of all, our #1 Frequently Asked Question is:

Q: I have stuff to send you guys for the freebie tables/membership packets — what do I do?

A: Great! We will gladly place items you send to THIS address in one of those two places, at your request. Please remember when sending things to keep it open to all audiences — we do have a few kids here. Also, we will not put out anything that promotes any illegal activity. For quantity considerations in membership packets, please send a minimum of 300 items.

While our attendance is usually somewhere between 300 and 400 folks, please send only ONE box/package of free stuff, weighing less than 20 pounds. Our director likes to work out, but prefers to do it at the gym! Thanks!

Please make sure your items arrive no later than 7 days before the start of the convention. Also, if there are extra items left over at the end of the convention, we are unable to send them back. You’re welcome to pick them up at the end of the convention or ask someone you know who’s attending to pick them up for you, but we do not have the staff to collect/sort leftovers and send them back to you.

And now that you’ve read that one, on to the rest of the FAQ!

ConDFW is:

Q: What is ConDFW?

A: ConDFW is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention featuring writing/publishing based programming, science programming, an excellent collection of guests, a charity book swap and auction, and a slew of non-traditional activities such as the Sci-Fi Spelling Bee, Celebrity Artemis, and a Poetry Slam.

Q: How long have you been around?

A: The first ConDFW was held in 2002 with John Steakley as our guest of honor, on an incredibly slim budget. We have tried to keep the prices at ConDFW low for our members while still bringing you a unique set of guests, entertainers, and activities.

Q: Ooo! I have a guest suggestion!

A: Suggestions are always welcome—please try to keep guest recommendations to the Continental US…and to the living. We’d all love to hear Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, or Isaac Asimov, but we’re not much into séances. Also, to keep our/your costs down, we avoid bringing over folks from across the pond or outside the states.

Q: What if I gave you lots of money to sponsor bringing over someone?

A: We’d love to discuss that with you! Sponsorships are available and would include a variety of perks. Please drop us an email by visiting the Contact Us page to discuss the possibilities.

Q: Do you have an anti-harassment policy?

A: Yes, we do!

Q: Will there be an art show?

A: After several years of running a money-losing art show which required roughly half of our volunteer staff to manage, we have decided to say goodbye to our art show.  We will be displaying work from our Artist Guest of Honor in a prominent place in our Dealers’ Room.

Q: Dealers’ Room? Fan Tables?

A: Dealers’ Room? Yes! If you’re interested in selling merchandise at a table in the dealers’ room, you can find Dealers’ Room info HERE. Fan Tables? Probably not this year. Our current hotel is a great space that allows us to do many things, but for now, we are keeping things simple as we determine the best use of the space.

Q: Why should I stay at the con hotel?

A: The answer is: room nights = lower costs for us, and thus for you. Also, it’s safer and more convenient, and gives you more party time and less commute time. Details HERE.

Q: Are you the same group that does FenCon?

A: No. We love those folks, but the Dallas Future Society is a whole different group. A bunch of us attend their convention and a bunch of them attend ours, and a few staff members and swaps of equipment and such do exist, but there’s no official connection beyond the fact that we’re all fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And we like each other.

Q: Are you the same group that does DragonCon? Or Sci-Fi Expo? Or AnimeFest? Or A-Kon?

A: Not entirely… ConDFW is volunteer-run. We all have real professions, interests, families, children, keys, pets, and a thousand distractions including attending and volunteering for other organizations — both convention related and not. Some of us do hold various positions with other conventions, host room parties there, sit at info tables, and work very hard for them just like we do for ConDFW. But there is no official partnership or other crossover involved.

Q: Will you throw a room party at (name of convention)?

A: We very well may! Often, we run some sort of special at these parties (not to mention always having the good beer) and you’ll want to come by and get your membership then if you can!

Q: Can my group throw a room party at ConDFW?

A: Yes.  Unless otherwise requested, all of the hotel space in the ConDFW room block is considered “active” space.  One floor of the hotel will be reserved as a “quiet” floor.  If your group wants to hold a room party, just reserve a room in our block.  Note: If you want to reserve a suite, you will need to do so early.  There are only a few in this entire hotel.  Please call the hotel directly to book these rooms (but don’t forget to tell them you are with ConDFW!)

Q: What if I buy a membership but can’t make it?

A: If you notify us through the Contact Us page at least two weeks before the convention, then we will transfer your membership to the following year. If you don’t notify us and you don’t show up, then we’re sorry but there are no refunds or rollovers. Your membership payment is considered a lovely donation to our cause, and we thank you! (You may even be able to deduct it from your taxes!)

Q: What is your privacy policy? Will you send ads to your guests for me?

A: We will NEVER sell, give away, or otherwise let any of your information out of our hands. To stop receiving e-mail from ConDFW, please contact us and we will remove your name and e-mail address from our mailing list. We will NOT mail out ads.

However… if you have an ad that you’d like our members to see, you can purchase space in our Program Book. This is a great way to reach the entire audience.

Q: What is your weapons policy?

A: All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, ping-pong pistols, and the like. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive or threatening manner will be confiscated and the offender dealt with in an appropriate manner, which may involve actions up to and including calling law enforcement.

You may pose with your weapon for photo opportunities, but please be sensible and step out of the way of other con-goers.

Convention staff, hotel security, and local law enforcement officials will treat anything that looks like a real gun as a real gun. We expect you to use good judgment. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time.

Q: Why haven’t you answered my question?

A: Mainly because you haven’t asked yet. If we get a repeated question, we will try to add it to this page. Email any inquiries or suggestions to us through the Contact Us page.

 

 

If you’ve read this far… we’ll see you at the convention!

 

Dealers’ Room

The Dealers’ Room is sold out!  Thank you all!

 

The ConDFW’s Dealers’ Room offers a unique assortment of both timeless classic memorabilia.  This marketplace is sure to have unusual items not seen many other places.



ConDFW XVIII Dealers

DealerWebsite
Tawanda Jewelry
Chibi Chainshttp://www.chibichains.com/
Lindmark Publishinghttp://sirbloodstone.wixsite.com/dianelindmarkauthor
Wire Rim Bookshttps://henrymelton.net/2/
Crosshairs Presshttp://www.astonwest.com/
Dr. Windslow's Emporiumhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/drwindslow
The Fanstasy Writers Asylumhttp://yarddogpress.com/
Blackbead Bookshttps://www.facebook.com/BlackbeadBooks/
Balance of Sevenhttp://www.balanceofseven.com/
Adventures in Crime & Space Books
Craven's Bookshttp://joshcraven.com/
Steam Cathttp://steamcat.net/
WORDhttps://www.wordwriters.org/
Cyfaill Productions
Kisses by Jamiehttps://senesite.senegence.com/kissesbyjamie
My Faerietalehttp://myfaerietale.net/
Instant Attitudeshttp://instantattitudes.com/
Fyresyde Publishinghttps://fyresydepublishing.com/
Heavenly Fangs Bookshttp://charlaynedenney.com/
FEN CONwww.fencon.org
Laughing Coyote
Audio Texthttps://audiotexttapes.net/
J. Darris Mitchell Publishinghttps://www.jdarrismitchell.com/
Dusk Comicshttps://www.facebook.com/DuskComics
Argyll Productionshttps://argyllproductions.com/
Dianitahttps://www.artbydianita.com/
Stuff N Things
Gloria Oliver
Queen Penguin Productionsqueenpenguin.com
Girl Scouts
Damon Bowie Artshttps://facebook.com/damonbowieart/
Ruby Bellow Tintypehttps://www.rubybellowstintype.com/

 

Volunteers

If you are thinking about volunteering, or want more information about becoming a volunteer, please email Meghan Bedrosian, Volunteer Coordinator, using the form below:

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ConDFW often receives more volunteers than we can use, but rest assured that we appreciate every single one of you, even if we don’t put you to use. The convention is run by a small staff, and each staff head is in charge of setting up his or her own crew. We will be distributing the names of volunteers to our staff heads and if they need workers they will contact you, probably in late January. If you have already purchased a con membership and you get tapped to work, we will refund your membership at the con.

If you are under 18, please have one of your parents contact us and let us know that it’s OK for you to volunteer.

Here is a list of the areas that might need volunteers and the jobs they may be performing:

  • General worker pool: Badge-checkers at doors, gofers, hanging around in case someone needs help. May be assigned to other areas as needed.
  • Book Swap: staffing the table each day.
  • Consuite: some light food preparation, keeping the room in order. May have schedule slots to be filled around the clock: please let us know if you can or can’t work the wee hours of the morning.
  • Dealer’s Room: general workers for running errands and checking badges
  • Gaming: General gofers. (For GMing, please contact the Gaming Director from the contact form.) May have schedule slots to be filled around the clock: please let us know if you can or can’t work the wee hours of the morning.
  • PR: Taking photographs around the convention. Helpful if you have your own equipment. (Please submit a URL showing examples of your photography.)
  • Programming: mostly reconfiguring panel rooms as needed throughout the con, checking the water supplies in the panel rooms, making sure the guests have what they need.
  • Registration: selling memberships each day.

Thank you for your interest!

Membership and Registration

We are very happy to announce that registration is open!

 

If you would like to pay by mail, please print off, fill out, and mail in this form.

 

Pre-registration prices are below, and pre-registration closes on January 31st. If you’d like to wait and pay at the door, prices are $5 higher.

If you would like to pay online, please make your selections.  You will be taken to the Brown Paper Tickets website to complete your transaction.

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Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

Bookswap

 

Bring Those Used Books!

The time is now to update and swap out some of the older tomes in your library, and what better way to do it than for charity!

 

  • Bring 2 paperbacks or hardbacks and swap for 1 of the same type.
  • Bring 4 paperbacks to swap for 1 hardcover.
  • If you’ve run out of spare books to swap, you can donate $1 per paperback or $3 per hardback.

Know a deserving charity?  Drop us an email and help us decide who this year’s donations should benefit!

And make sure you bring your genre-related books!: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and related reference.

Please, no textbooks, magazines or other periodicals, and come on: no encyclopedias.

Program Book

ConDFW XVIII will be taking submissions for advertisements for our program book. We would love to have your convention, organization, business, or even your family put something in our book, be it an ad for your very cool Star Trek convention, your boardgaming club, or just birthday wishes for someone attending. Whatever you have to say, we’ll make sure that each and every attendee who gets a program book will see it!

We have several sizes of open space available, at a variety of rates, as detailed in the table below. If you’re interested in purchasing advertising space in our Program Book or have any questions, please contact Stephanie at programbook@condfw.org.

Deadline for ads: Saturday, January 22nd.

If the deadline for submissions has passed, there may still be space available. Please inquire.

If you are a dealer or a panelist, there are discounts for full, half, and quarter page ads. Please inquire!

Advertisement Type Ad Dimensions Price
Full page, interior, black and white Ad: 5″ x 8″ $45
Half page, interior, black and white Ad: 5” by 4” OR 2.5″ x 8″ $35
Quarter page, interior, black and white Ad: 2.5” by 4” (portrait) OR 5″ x 2″ (landscape) $20
Back cover, interior, black and white Ad: 5” by 8” $75
Back cover, exterior, color Ad: 5” by 8” $100

 

Format:

  • Print-size resolution: 300 ppi at your final dimensions.
  • .GIF, .JPG, .TIF, .PNG, or .PDF. (.jpg discouraged, as it is a lossy compression)
  • If it’s a PDF, all fonts and images must be embedded.

Dimensions and page bleed:

We do not offer a bleed (text or images that reach the edges of the paper). The dimensions given above are the size your ad needs to be.

If you give us an ad that does not fit into the space, we may have to resize it and cannot be responsible for any distortion that may occur.

NEW: If you do not wish to make your own ad, we will put it together for you for an extra $25 (plus $5/change for more than 2 revisions). Let us know the size you want, the text you would like on it, and supply us with any artwork you’d like to use (please be sure you own the copyright or please show us permission from the copyright holder–if it’s purchased clipart, the receipt is proof enough). We’ll put it together for you and send it to you for approval. DEADLINE FOR THIS SERVICE: Book it by the end of Monday January 8th, 2019. Payment is requested after you approve the final ad. If we do not receive payment, the ad will not run in the program book.

AD SWAPS: Are you a local convention? Do you have a program book? Want to make an ad swap with us? Contact Stephanie at programbook@condfw.org to discuss! Note: you still need to get your ad to us by the end of the day, January 22nd, 2019 for it to be able to run in the program book.

CONTACT POLICY: If you don’t get your ad in by the deadline, I will make a good-faith effort to contact you once, but if you don’t answer your email, I will consider the deal cancelled rather than invest more effort into trying to get the ad from you. If you decide to cancel it yourself, please let me know as soon as you decide–I need to know so I can plan out space in the book. Thank you!

AD CONTENT: ConDFW reserves the right to approve or disapprove all ad content for publication.

PAYMENT: Payment can be made by check or through PayPal. Please send checks to the address below, and send payments via PayPal to condfwinfo@gmail.com. If you pay via Paypal, please make a note that it is for a program book ad.

ConDFW Program Book
750 South Main, Suite #150
PMB #14
Keller, TX 76248

 

 

Gaming

Once again, ConDFW is proud to provide attendees with the option of offline entertainment of the gaming variety.

Borrow a game or bring your own… Play with your group or join us for a game.

Here’s a preview of literally just a few of the games you’ll find available for play at the convention’s Wall o’ Games:
Wall o'Games
Photo of just some of the games that were available to play at last year’s convention.

Yes, we did say preview… as in this isn’t all of them 🙂

Enjoy the show and see y’all there!
–ConDFW Gaming

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
ConDFW
750 South Main, Suite #150
PMB #14
Keller, TX 76248

Please send all snail-mail correspondence including registration, stuff for the freebie table, and anything else you’d like us to have to the above address.

Send an email

To send us email, send it to info (at) condfw.org – or you can use this form:

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We’ll forward your email to the member of staff it applies to.  Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers fitting convention work in around our day jobs and other responsibilities, and give us a couple of days to reply before following up. Thanks!

If you can’t contact us any other way, sticking a stamp on a letter and snail-mailing to the address at the top will (barring vagaries of the Post Office) reach us, albeit in a terribly unfashionable way.

FAQ: I have stuff to send you guys for the freebie tables/membership packets — what do I do?

A: Great! We will gladly place items you send to the address above on the freebie table or in the membership packet at your request. Please remember when sending things to keep it open to all audiences — we do have a few kids here. Also, we will not put out anything that promotes any illegal activity. For quantity considerations in membership packets, please send a minimum of 300 items. (Please make sure your items arrive no later than 7 days before the start of the convention. Also, if there are extra items left over at the end of the convention, we are unable to send them back. You’re welcome to pick them up at the end of the convention, but we do not have the staff to collect/sort leftovers and send them back to you.)

New: While our attendance is usually somewhere between 500 and 800 folks, please send only ONE box/package of free stuff, weighing less than 20 pounds. Our director likes to work out, but prefers to do it at the gym! Thanks!