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July 1 - 3, 2022


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Keith R. A. DeCandido
Author Guest of Honor

Keith R. A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has written fiction in more than thirty licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, including TV shows (Star Trek, Supernatural), movies (Cars, Serenity), games (World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons), and comic books (Spider-Man, Thor). He's also written bunches of work in milieus of his own creation, including fantastical police procedurals in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and urban fantasy in the somewhat real locales of New York and Key West.

Recent and upcoming work includes Phoenix Precinct, the sixth novel in his fantasy/police procedural series; All-the-Way House, the secret origin of the Jersey Devil, part of the Systema Paradoxa series about cryptids; Feat of Clay, the second novel in his urban fantasy series that takes place in his home borough of the Bronx, New York; the Resident Evil graphic novel Infinite Darkness: The Beginning, a prequel to the Netflix animated series; the urban fantasy short story collection Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet; the award-winning graphic novel adaptation of Gregory A. Wilson's Icarus; short stories in Devilish and Divine, The Fans are Buried Tales, The Further Adventures of Grignr, Phenomenons: Every Human Creature, Tales of Capes and Cowls, Three Time Travelers Walk Into?, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Zorro's Exploits, and The Four ???? of the Apocalypse (which he also co-edited with Wrenn Simms); the Star Trek role-playing game adventure Incident at Kraav III (with Fred Love); and two collaborative novels: To Hell and Regroup with David Sherman, the conclusion of David's "18th Race" trilogy of military science fiction novels, and Animal with Munish K. Batra, MD, FACS, a thriller about a serial killer who targets people who harm animals. He writes regularly about pop culture for Tor.com and also on Patreon, for collections published by Sequart, and for the Outside In, Subterranean Blue Grotto, and Gold Archives series.

Keith is also a fourth-degree black belt in karate (he not only trains regularly, but also teaches to both kids and adults), a professional musician (currently percussionist for the parody band, Boogie Knights), and a professional editor of more than 25 years' standing (though he usually does it sitting down). Find out less at his mediocre web site at DeCandido.net.Guest of Honor DeCandido joins us again for another great year!

For additional information, please refer to Keith R. A. DeCandido's Web Page.


Ruth Thompson
Artist Guest of Honor

Ruth Thompson

High Fantasy art by Ruth Thompson. Dragons, faeries & myths -- high fantasy from every corner of the world.
Facebook:@ruththompsonfantasyart
Instagram:@ruth_thompson_fantasy_artist

For additional information, please refer to Ruth Thompson's Web Page.


Marc Gunn
Music Guest of Honor

Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn plays Irish, Scottish, and folk music. But there's a twist. His original lyrics are a fusion of Celtic and pop culture.

He calls it Sci F'Irish music. You'll hear fun, upbeat sing-along songs in the Celtic tradition, but listen closely and you will laugh and smile to songs inspired by Lord of the Rings, Firefly, Star Wars and Star Trek, dragons and cats.

His musical weapon of choice is the autoharp. This obscure instrument is great for singing along. Gunn makes his shows fun and accessible with a sonically unique rhythm & folk musical style.

For Gunn, it started small, wearing a kilt on campus at the University of Texas. As one half of the acclaimed Brobdingnagian Bards, Gunn and partner Andrew McKee developed a loyal following with weekly performances on campus. This quickly led to gigs at Celtic festivals, Renaissance faires and eventually science fiction conventions, where their popularity exploded.

When the Bards split up in 2008, Gunn left Austin and began producing albums in overdrive.He now has over 20 solo albums on his homespun Mage Records label. His most-popular albums include _Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits, Firefly Drinking Songs, Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion, _and_ Sci Fi Drinking Songs._ He has released over fifty albums in his catalog.

_Selcouth_ is Gunn's newest album. "Selcouth" means, "when everything is strange and different, yet you find it marvelous anyway." That nails Gunn's strange but marvelous mix of Sci F'Irish music.

In 2014, Marc Gunn launched the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon where he continues to release new songs to fans. He believes the music industry is changing and that musicians will rely more heavily on fan support in the future.

Gunn's activities are not restricted to musical performance alone. In 2005, he transformed his popular Celtic Music Magazine into one of the first podcasts. Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was one of the earliest podcasts to go online and definitely one of the longest lasting. It is still published after 12 years and has since won twice for Best Music Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

Whether it was from playing D&D as a kid or having his mother move to Italy in 1985, Gunn has an adventurer's soul. He combines his love of travel with his love a music. Every year, he takes other Adventuring Souls on Celtic Invasion Vacations. These are small groups of people who want to not just see famous sites, but to experience their culture, history and legends.

Marc Gunn continues to change the way we look at the music industry. He has raised the bar and held it high. Using the musical past and a vivid imagination bolstered with ambition and drive, he blazes trails from Verse to cyberspace, encouraging others to follow.

For additional information, please refer to Marc Gunn's Web Page.


Lou Harry
Toastmaster

Lou Harry

Lou Harry is the author of more than 40 books including, proudly, the novelization of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (H=his not-so-secret goal is to write a book for every classification in the Dewey Decimal System). He has also written for dozens of publications including Variety, The Sondheim Review, and even Cartoon Network magazine. His produced plays include "Midwestern Hemisphere," "Lightning and Jellyfish" and "Popular Monsters." Follow him - he won't mind - on Twitter @louharry or connect at www.louharry.com.

For additional information, please refer to Lou Harry's Web Page.


TammyJo Eckhart, PhD
Special Guest
Pushing the boundaries even while wearing a mask for our protection.

TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, has published stories across genres including contemporary, fantasy, historical, horror, and science fiction. Her non-fiction works cover subjects ranging from history to alternative sexuality to relationship advice and the challenges of trauma recovery. She holds a PhD in Ancient History with doctoral minors in History of Gender & Sexuality and Folklore. Her blog, The Chocolate Cult, has been the go-to guide for chocolate lovers since 2009. Eckhart loves visiting conventions as well as organizations to read, sell books, or share her experiences and insights on various topics in the form of lectures and workshops. She loves a live audience but has also embraced the online format. Since the pandemic, she has two new books. True You 101 under TJ Eckhart is her first YA novel, while Day Unto Night an experiment in storytelling crossing genres but all focused on alternative history and future through a vampiric lens. It is her 13th published book. You can buy both books as well as several others at her booth. Please keep your face mask on when you visit; she'll have hers on, too.

For additional information, please refer to TammyJo Eckhart, PhD's Web Page.


Creepin' It Burly
Special Performances

A burlesque and drag troupe based in Indianapolis.

For additional information, please refer to Creepin' It Burly's Web Page.


Transylvanian Lip Treatment
Special Performances

Biography available soon.

For additional information, please refer to Transylvanian Lip Treatment's Web Page.

 


Also Appearing


John F. Allen
The Best Is Yet To Come!

John F. Allen is an American author/writer and visual artist from Indianapolis. He is a founding and active member of the Speculative Fiction Guild, and a faculty member of the Indiana Writers Center, where he teaches classes on writing. John began writing and producing artwork as a child, and has pursued various forms of writing throughout his career. He studied liberal arts at IUPUI with a focus in creative writing and art, received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force and is a member of The American Legion. John's debut novel "The God Killers" was published in 2013, followed by a spin-off novella series titled "Codename: Knight Ranger." John's short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as "Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword Volume One" by Seventh Star Press, "Trajectories" by Hydra Publications, "Black Pulp II" by Pro Se Productions and "Spyfunk" by MV Media. Some of which are featured in his collection "The Best is Yet to Come" which is currently published by Hydra Publications, along with "The God Killers" and "Codename: Knight Ranger" series. He also penned the novelization of respected screenwriter Demetrius Witherspoon's short film "Submerge: Echo 51." John currently resides in Indianapolis and is married to an amazing woman named Mia, with whom he's inherited nine grandchildren. He has one adult child and a teenager from a previous marriage. John co-hosts a popular YouTube show with fellow author RJ Sullivan called "The Two Towers Talk Show," which focuses on reviews of nerd-related films, television series and creator interviews. He also is the creator of OG NERDS and serves as an administrator for the Facebook community that caters to nerds of a certain age (40 ) but welcomes ALL nerds (18 ).

For additional information, please refer to John F. Allen's Web Page.


Dan R. Arman
Author of the Night Maiden series

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Dan R. Arman decided he wanted to tell stories. Stories about other worlds populated by interesting characters, because he thought these people and worlds would help him reflect on the world he was living in, its beauty, horrors and absurdity. While he was starting to pursue this dream of being a science fiction and fantasy author, he began teaching English composition at Stark State College in Ohio. For several years, he worked as a newspaper reporter, an editor, and now teaches literature and writing at an online high school. He holds a master's degree in English literature and rhetoric from Kent State University. He currently lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and cats.

For additional information, please refer to Dan R. Arman's Web Page.


Mary Arman
Author of the Fantastic Tales Series, creator of the YA Color Me Novel.

Mary R. Arman/ Rose Withering is a multi-genre author. She is the creator of the Young Adult Color Me Novel. A combination of coloring book, epic fantasy book and illuminated manuscript. Rose is the author of the Fantastic Tales of Fae, a YA fantasy series. Arman is the author of Ty and the Blood Fairy Prince and Ty and the Blood Fairy King. When she started writing, she wrote about surviving hardships like child abuse and domestic violence as a way to deal with her own ghosts from her past. Fantasy has always been something she loved. She collects unicorns and loves everything from fairy tales and Disney to books, movies, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons to Magic the Gathering. So to be a fantasy author is a dream come true for her.

For additional information, please refer to Mary Arman's Web Page.


James Barnes
I help people and give my two-cents worth.

James O. Barnes has been a business consultant for nearly 30 years and over the last two years; he also co-hosts Authors Round Table, a private master group on all things creative. More recently, James began posting a weekly video where he talks about starting a business, entrepreneurship, creatives, and business topics that relate across the board no matter what industry you are in. James is an author, narrator, business consultant and serial entrepreneur. He keeps his life, like his social media presence, as simple as possible. Not all things have to be difficult. James had been writing for many years before entering the indie-publishing space in 2009 with his book, "Thief King." James went on to create an online publishing company promoting over 30 authors and well over a hundred titles before finding the company a new home in 2017. He has also authored the book "3 Simple Rules: A Guide for Business and Life." Find out more about James at www.jamesobarnes.com.

For additional information, please refer to James Barnes's Web Page.


E Susan Baugh
Librarians never really retire.

Susan is a retired librarian. She specialized in science fiction, fantasy, horror, media tie-ins and author support. Susan enjoys reading, movies, television and gardening. Along with three backyard chickens, she has recently added red wiggler worms. Chickens are allowed to catch wild worms but not the red wigglers, who are helping make compost for her garden. Susan thinks that she is the queen of run-on sentences, and if not then she is a part of the royal family.


Jo Boone
Jo Boone is a speculative fiction author.

Jo Boone writes fiction and nonfiction, with occasional amateur attempts at poetry. Her day job as an industrial hygienist takes her into interesting places, from residential construction sites to newspaper printing operations to funeral homes, where she picks up tasty tidbits that find their way into her stories. Her short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Challenge Accepted and other unusual places. The Magnetar is her first published novel.

For additional information, please refer to Jo Boone's Web Page.


Jordan Brinker

Jordan Brinker has a BA and MA in English literature and is the current web marketing manager for the Ray Bradbury Center, and she also covers the official Ray Bradbury accounts for Ray Bradbury Literary Works LLC. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, beating her husband at Mario Party and obsessing over her cat, Momo.

For additional information, please refer to Jordan Brinker's Web Page.


Travis Clemmons
Travis Clemmons is an author, actor, story teller and master of ceremonies. He has won costuming and story telling awards at several SF&F Conventions.

Travis Clemmons is an author, actor and story teller who was born and raised in Central Kentucky but now lives in Chicagoland. He has been a host, MC or panelist at several conventions including Context, Duckon InConJunction, MarCon, Millennicon and WindyCon. He is the co-author of the well-reviewed murder mystery "Tick Of The Clock," which can easily be found for sale on Amazon. He also made a black TARDIS appear on stage in front of 3,000 people at Dragoncon in 2005.

For additional information, please refer to Travis Clemmons's Web Page.


Carrie Cooper

Carrie is an entrepreneur, copy editor, proofreader, artist, book maker, community builder, voracious reader, cafe lover, art supplies enthusiast, avid hiker, vegan foodie, would-be gardener, sun worshipper, yogi, insatiably curious human, facilitator of all things creative and lover of ideas. She earned her bachelor of fine art degree at Herron School of Art and Design, and has certificates in editing from ACES Poynter. After working many years growing a business in Chicago, she relocated to bucolic Bloomington and is currently working on her Ph.D. in American studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

For additional information, please refer to Carrie Cooper's Web Page.


Mx. Elizabeth Davis
Da Baby of Dead Fish Books.

Elizabeth Davis: (Da Baby) Elizabeth was born and has lived her entire life in Dayton, Ohio, though she has also traveled to the other side of the world. She attended UD and Sinclair College, and holds degrees in English and Paralegal. She is currently creating a specialty in Database Repair. She is the younger, more liberal voice. Dead Fish Books aspires to be a multigenerational micropress. Our specialty is Retro-Spec: Retro Speculative fiction written for modern readers. Exciting, action-packed adventures with thrilling characters, but also inclusive and sex-positive. Space opera that is handicap-accessible, fantasy with strong female characters, horror with everything, LGBTQAS-friendly romance with consent-enabled sex, horror with everything.

For additional information, please refer to Mx. Elizabeth Davis's Web Page.


Sara Deurell
Sara Marian is an author, archaeologist and partner in Per Bastet Publications.

Sara Marian was raised in the woods by wild English teachers, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She works as a technician for a Louisville archaeology firm, as well as writing articles for the Clio history website. In addition, she is a partner in Per Bastet Publications, a small press in the Louisville Metro area. Her fiction blends genres including fantasy and urban fantasy, cyberpunk and steampunk, mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction and comedy.

For additional information, please refer to Sara Deurell's Web Page.


Rachel Frend
Professional Fangirl

For as long as she could remember, Rachel has been a geek, from watching Disney animated movies on VHS to recreating the fight scenes from the Power Rangers in the backyard. More recently, she's turned her love of fandom into blogging, cosplaying and podcasting. Since 2014 she has been co-hosting and producing the Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast, an all-female-driven pop culture podcast; and since 2020 she has been co-hosting Gold Standard, where they watch and review every Academy Award winner for Best Picture in chronological order.

For additional information, please refer to Rachel Frend's Web Page.


E. Chris Garrison
Indie Indianapolis author and podcaster of science fiction, fantasy and steampunk.

E. Chris Garrison writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. She is a co-founding member of the Speculative Fiction Guild. Chrissy's latest release is Trans Witch: College of Secrets, which is set at a wizard school for the rest of us. Her Trans-Continental series is a steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. The series is set in one of the worlds in Chrissy's dimension-hopping science fiction adventure Reality Check. Alien Beer and Other Stories, a collection of her short stories, was released in 2017. Her books are published through Silly Hat Books. Chrissy has two urban fantasy trilogies, Road Ghosts and its companion series the Tipsy Fairy Tales. She reads her stories on her Alien Beer Podcast, which includes The Multiverse Blues, a science fiction serial. Chrissy lives in Indianapolis with her wife and their cats. She also enjoys gaming, sewing, and finding innovative uses for duct tape. Keep up on the latest news and releases from Chrissy at https://sillyhatbooks.com.

For additional information, please refer to E. Chris Garrison's Web Page.


T. Lee Harris
Author of The Eloquent Scribe, San Francisco at Night and Now You Sea God.

T. Lee Harris is a scribbler of the lowest order. Not only does she pen lies about people who don't exist, but she draws pictures of them as well. Harris aids and abets others by putting their scribblings into book form and going so far as to devise covers for these publications. She claims she went to school to learn these things, but that shouldn't be held against anyone. Harris is, in turn, aided and abetted by others in her assaults against literature. Among these accomplices are Per Bastet Publications, who have shamelessly published her untruths about an ancient Egyptian scribe and a magic temple cat and spread her prevarications about a former football player and a 200 year-old vampire turned international law enforcement agents. Also implicated are Untreed Reads and Hydra Publications, who have promulgated her lies about a retired spy who keeps getting mixed up in other people's business, Horror and Mystery, LLC who allowed her to run rough-shod over history, and the Southern Indiana Writers' Group - possibly the worst offenders of all - who have repeatedly permitted her to commit her acts of literary vandalism with their Indian Creek anthology series. There are suspicions that Harris is committing another novel or two, but this has yet to be confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to T. Lee Harris's Web Page.


Leah Leach
Women's History Library

Gal's Guide is the first women's-history lending library in the United States.

For additional information, please refer to Leah Leach's Web Page.


Rachel Lulich
Writerly Nerd

Rachel Lulich is a writer, editor and Air Force veteran. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has traveled extensively and enjoys living abroad. When she's not out exploring the world herself, she likes creating worlds for other people to enjoy. Her flagship project, the Fractured Galaxy series, is an exciting near-future space adventure full of surprising details, relatable characters and real-world believability. Rachel has an MA in book publishing, and has been published by GateWorld, Every Day Fiction, WordPress Theatrical and others. In her free time, Rachel enjoys volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol, playing board games and, of course, reading.

For additional information, please refer to Rachel Lulich's Web Page.


Beckie Margedant
Beckie has this all under control, she swears.

The once and future conchair (2018, 2023) strikes again, sending chills down the spines of her mortal enemies! She has delusions of grandeur! She wants to talk to you about absurd things! She has this all under control.


Jon Murphy

Rising Eagle Comics is an independent comic and Manga comic started in Chicago six years ago. We are building a multilayered universe full of original characters and stories. We strive to make characters that are both relatable and inspiring. Rising Eagle Comics currently has three writers who have produced over six different full-length projects.

For additional information, please refer to Jon Murphy's Web Page.


Mike Suess
A panelist and InCon contributor for over 30 years.

Mike is a 40-year attendee of InConJunction. Some of his interests include science fiction in books and movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, comic books and comic book movies, collecting in various areas, Spider-man and Marvin the Martian. For the past 11 years, he has worked in a comic-book store, the Hero House, in Fountain Square in Indianapolis.


R.J. Sullivan
Darkness With a Chance of Whimsy. https://rjsullivanfiction.com/

R.J. Sullivan's novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona "Blue" Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, was published in 2012, and Virtual Blue, the second part of Fiona's tale, in 2013. The holiday short story "Blue Christmas" sets up their continuing adventures. The Beacon/Blue Christmas: Two Holiday Short Stories is R.J.'s first-ever DarkWhimsy Books release. In 2020, the label re-published R.J.'s early catalog of paranormal thrillers with fresh manuscript edits and bonus images. An omnibus collection titled The Complete Adventures of Blue Shaefer came out under the DarkWhimsy Books label in 2021. Commanding the Red Lotus is a 2016 novel-length collection of three space opera novellas in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry, and was recently republished by Hydra Publications. R.J.'s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don't Sparkle. These stories were compiled in R.J.'s 2015 collection Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Ind. https://rjsullivanfiction.com/

For additional information, please refer to R.J. Sullivan's Web Page.


Mark Wandrey
Mark Wandrey - International Bestselling author and creator of the Four Horsemen Universe.

International bestselling author of military sci-fi, space opera and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey is also the only four-time DragonCon Dragon Award finalist! Living the full-time RV lifestyle as a modern-day nomad, Mark Wandrey has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He launched his professional career in 2004 with the release of Earth Song-Overture. Now, 15 years later, he has more than 25 books out, including many bestsellers. Mark is the creator of the Four Horsemen Universe, a collaborative series of military science fiction with more than 70 books in print by dozens of best-selling authors. The Four Horsemen Universe Official Fan Organization has hundreds of members in multiple countries.

For additional information, please refer to Mark Wandrey's Web Page.


Todd Wiley

I'm an avid gamer of all types of games. I've been attending conventions for most of my adult life, and volunteering for a few years. I also enjoy reading and writing.


James Zarzana, PhD
Author of The Marsco Saga "It's a Marsco World!"

James A. Zarzana grew up around science fiction. As a teenager, his favorite works were by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and George Orwell. He watched the first Star Trek series as a high school student. He stood in line to watch Star Wars the weekend it opened. He reads widely in many genres, but lately has moved into fantasy via the Green Riders series among others. He's written three novels: The Marsco Dissident, Marsco Triumphant and The Marsco Sustainability Project. The near-future world has been taken over by a gigantic computer corporation, Marsco, which controls access to all technology and rules the Earth with an iron fist. As an English professor, he worked sci-fi into his reading list as much as possible, including works like A Canticle for Leibowitz and Never Let me Go. After retiring from a 40-year university teaching career, mostly in Minnesota, Zarzana divides his time between South Bend, Indiana, and Simlångsdalen, Sweden. He's completing the fourth and final novel of The Marsco Saga, The Ascendancy of Marsco, the prequel to the Marsco world. He's also finishing a YA fantasy novel, Sir Torne and the Queen of Hallandria, the adventures of a sort-of knight, a feisty lady-in-waiting, a hedgehog who wears a blue waistcoat with five brass buttons and a dragon who can no longer spit fire.

For additional information, please refer to James Zarzana, PhD's Web Page.


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