Attending Panelists

Beverly Bambury is a publicist and social media specialist for authors and comic creators. She also edits comics and graphic novels, and sometimes proofreads and copy edits prose, too. Learn more about Beverly at beverlybambury.com.

 

James Bambury lives and writes in Brampton, Ontario. His short stories have appeared in Tesseractss, AE: Sci-Fi Review, Daily Science Fiction, and other places. His ongoing webcomic “SpaceBox” can be found at www.spaceboxcomic.com.

 

 

Stephanie Bardy, who also is known publicly as, and writes under the alias Lupa Bardy, is a fiction writer and poet of thirty plus years and looks for World domination through the written word—preferably, her words. Currently, she has multiple works presented in various publications such as books, online magazines such as The World of Myth Magazine, a local newspaper and her first novel due out at the conclusion of 2018 through Dark Myth Publications and publisher David K Montoya. When Stephanie’s not attempting to take over the literary world, she is a mother, wife, grandmother, lover of nature and fond user of well-placed sarcasm.

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime is the author of more than thirty novels and novellas, as well as numerous shorter works. She has been nominated five times for the Aurora, Canada’s national award for science fiction and she has also been and EPIC eBook Award finalist. Her latest science fiction story First ConTact appears in the April issue of Havok Magazine.

 

 Jeff Beeler has been a science fiction fan and gamer since he was earning a history degree in the early 1980’s. Since then he has been active in creating programming for and running conventions. He also answers questions for a living.

 

Matthew Bin is an author and IT consultant from Oakville, Ontario. He is the past president of the Canadian Authors Association and secretary of the Canadian Copyright Institute. He is also a Canadian football journalist, a licensed humanist marriage officiant, and bass player and backup shouter in a punk rock band.

Erik Buchanan is an author, ghostwriter, editor, fight director, actor, communications consultant, black belt and parent. Erik has three published novels (Small Magics, Cold Magics and True Magics by Dragon Moon Press) and in the last four years has ghostwritten nine other books. He has acted on stage, TV and film, and has directed fights for more than 50 productions. His daughter is now a teenager and thanks to her, he knows he is wrong about everything.

 

 Christian (Miles) Cameron is a fantasy and Historical Fiction author with 38 books published by Orbit, Gollancz, and Orion. He is a US Navy veteran and an enthusiastic reenactor. His latest fantasy is ‘Cold Iron’ coming out in August from Orbit/Gollancz.   - CANCELLED

 

Todd Clark is the current Director of the Toronto Steampunk Society, active member of both the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Justice League, lifelong fan of Science fiction, comics, games and movies. He can most often be found manning the TSS table or running a tea duel.

David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including Analog five times and Asimov’s three times. He has two speculative poetry collections, Monster, published by Tightrope Books, and, The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications). He has had poems appear in the last four even-numbered Tesseracts anthologies, and in genre journals Star*Line; On Spec; and, Pulp Literature. His poem, “After Midnight,” is a finalist for the 2018 Rhysling Award in the short poem category.

Gillian Clinton started out as an aerospace engineer and graduated to running her own information research company which has provided her with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for some very strange clients. As an interdisciplinary engineer, information researcher, reference librarian and amateur astronomer, she is able to assimilate information and share it effectively with others. Resistance is futile! Gillian loves talking about the solar system and citizen science. She has been attending cons since her high school science fiction club dragged her to the first Toronto Star Trek convention held many, many years ago - Thanks Rob Sawyer! One day she hopes to have time to actually read all the books she has collected and maybe, just maybe, she’ll get a chance to look through her telescope on a clear night.

Cameron S. Currie, author of books such as A Human Number, Depends on the Strength of the Yes, and My Name’s Not ‘Girl’, writes about weird, dark, and humorous worlds of his own invention, when he’s not raising his two kids with autism, or ranting about conspiracy.

 

 

Karen Dales is the Managing Editor of Dark Dragon Publishing, award winning author of The Chosen Chronicles, and Creative Writing Instructor for the City of Toronto. Many of her authors have gone on to become award winners and several of her students have become published. When she is not spinning figurative tales, she spins literal yarns with her fibreholic arts. She lives in Toronto, ON, with her husband and son where they serve their 6 feline masters/mistresses.

 

Graham J. Darling of Vancouver BC writes diamond-hard Science Fiction, mythopoeic Fantasy and unearthly Horror, and singular hybrids thereof, out now or soon in Sword & Mythos, Pulp Literature, Sensory Perceptions and Great Jones Street (http://fiction.grahamjdarling.com/). As Graham D. Darling PhD, he’s a consulting chemist who makes molecules such as the universe has never seen, with a dozen patents and over 30 articles in refereed journals; as Doctor Carus, he’s an alchemist who demonstrates medieval science & technology to school kids and passers-by.

IT Consultant by day, Amy De Ruyte volunteers for cons and such way too much in her spare (?) time.   When not attached to a computer, lost in a book or herding cats, she can often be spotted in a costume at the Ad Astra table at other cons or possibly, hopefully, shopping.

 

 Rebecca Diem is a writer, music lover and nerd. She is the author of the indie steampunk series Tales of the Captain Duke, following the adventures of a defiant young aristocrat who saves a band of airship pirates from certain peril and talks her way into joining their crew. Rebecca now calls Toronto home and is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect café and writing spot. You can follow her @kthnxbex or at rebeccadiem.com

 

Darrell Drake has spent years researching Sasanian Iran, and while he’s no scholar, his zeal for the late antique empire is plain. Besides his novels, Darrell works with members of the community to bring mods to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. He spends his free time gaming, reading, modding, birdwatching, shitposting, running the r/Fantasy Discord, and most of all, with his cat, Grillgamesh.

 

Nicholas Eames is the author of the award-winning KINGS OF THE WYLD and its upcoming sequel, BLOODY ROSE. He is an avid reader, a voracious gamer, and drinks more coffee than is probably good for him. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, and if his editor asks: he is busy writing at this very moment. - CANCELLED

 

Wendy Gamble

James Alan Gardner is the author of nine novels, including his latest (ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT) and the forthcoming THEY PROMISED ME THE GUN WASN’T LOADED. He has also published numerous short stories, two of which were finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula. He has won the Aurora Award, the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In his spare time, he teaches kung fu to six-year-olds.

 

JF Garrard is the founder of Dark Helix Press, Marketing Strategist for Ricepaper Magazine and an Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. In 2018, her short story “The Metamorphosis of Nova” was published in the Blood Is Thicker anthology by Iguana Books. In late 2018/19, another short story, “The Perfect Husband” will be published in the We Shall Be Monsters Frankenstein anthology by Renaissance Press. Her background is in Nuclear Medicine and she has a MBA in Marketing and Strategy. Currently she is pursuing a Creative Writing certificate from Ryerson University. jfgarrard.com

Initiating in film, Thomas Gofton produced the award-winning series “Mind’s Eye“, the acclaimed comedy series “The Gamers: Natural One” and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising sequel “Hands of Fate”.  Thomas created the RPG setting “Legacy of Mana” before being published in Shadowrun’s “A World of Shadows” with a new series coming set in the Shadowrun Universe.  Delving into tabletop game design, Thomas is responsible for “The Legacy Series (Albion’s, Neverland’s and Sherwood’s)” as well as “Cowboy Bebop: Boardgame Boogie”, “Dragon Ball Z: The Board Game Saga”, “Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Army of Darkness the Boardgame”, “Star Trek Attack Wing’s Alliance System” as well as “Reanimator”, “Tarzan”, “Red Sonja”, “Shadowrun Takedown” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” board games.  Thomas travels the world hosting screenings, design sessions and panels to creators, filmmakers and fans.

Dianna Gunn is the marketer and content writer for Write Plan Editing(https://www.writeplanediting.com/) by day and a fantasy author by night. She has worked in social media marketing since 2011. Her first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, was released in April 2017. Her second fantasy book, Moonshadow’s Guardian, is set to release in November 2018.

 

Costi Gurgu’s fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has sold 3 books and over 50 stories for which he has won 24 awards. His latest sales include the anthologies Tesseracts 17, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Dark Horizons, Street Magick, Water, and Alice Unbound. His story Cosmobotica was a finalist for Aurora Awards. His novel RecipeArium is out now from White Cat Publications. To find out more about Costi Gurgu visit www.costigurgu.com. Recently, Costi started Games for Aliens, a tabletop games enterprise. His first two games are Absolutism (a dystopian scenario) and Carami (based on RecipeArium).”

Larry Hancock is a long time member of Toronto SF fandom   He was Chair of the Bid Committee which brought the WorldCon to Toronto in 2003 and was the Treasurer for the Board of Directors. He has been an avid collector since the sixties.

Geoffrey Hart has been working as a scientific editor (specializing in authors from non-English cultures) and technical writer for 30+ years. He has published more than 400 non-fiction articles, but also write fiction (3 professional sales, many self-published stories).

 

Kay Hawkins is the author of the Starchasers Saga and lives in a fiberglass tree. Has read thousands of books many of which are Sci-Fi. After decades of reading studying and being mentored some, she can proudly say she’s a self-proclaimed expert in Sci-Fi. Also she might be half cat.   Website: https://starchasers.info/

 

Living on a farm in rural Ontario, Cathy Hird is a writer and storyteller, a minister and weaver. Rooted in the land and nourished by ancient mythology of Christianity, Greece, and Celtic Europe, Hird delves into the questions that modern life poses. Among her favorite authors are Guy Gavriel Kay and, of course, J. R. R. Tolkien. Her love of speculative fiction was sparked by the original Star Trek series when it first aired, but she loves to discover new fantasy and SciFi authors, especially enjoying work by writers from diverse backgrounds.

 

Bradley Horner is a hard-SF novelist. He is preparing to release the fourth and working on his fifth. He is also an avid reader/reviewer with over 2,130 reviews and twice as much reads. One might say he is slightly obsessed. Author of Darkside Earther, Degrading Orbits, Saul, and Szyzgy.

Sean Howard loves creating complicated plotlines only to have his amazing cast of improvisers throw them out the window with a fantastic decision or offer. He brings his dated but extensive experience as a 15-year-old playing D&D through the night to his love of improv. He is also the co-producer of the award winning audio fiction: Alba Salix, Royal Physician.

 

Mz Hyde is a cosplayer coming from her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. She’s been cosplaying for over 5 years and has many awards and accolades to credit to her collection of work. A talented seamstress, Mz Hyde has been sewing and creating costumes with theatre groups and on her own for further 5 years before beginning her cosplay journey. An Actor and Singer as well, she took her love of art & theatre and uses it to bring famous characters, like Anna from frozen, to life on the con floor. Mz Hyde is constantly broadening her Cosplay horizons, from anime and movies, to video games and TV shows. She is a member of Star Wars Echo Three, Legion of Icons and Legion of Doom, three cosplay troops who give back by working with various charity organizations. The friendliest person you could ever meet at a con, one of her favorite things is seeing the passion and love people put into their costume work.

Neil Jameson - Social anthropologist and sociologist who writes some science fiction…

 

A.A. Jankiewicz (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel ‘Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds’ was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Production Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Theory, Historiography and Criticism. When she’s not busy plotting the next great adventure, writing, doodling, tinkering in the Adobe suite programs or mellowing out with her friends, she enjoys walks with her four-legged companion Meesha. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Q-16 series.

Ian Donald Keeling is an odd, loud little man who acts a little, writes a little, and occasionally grows a beard. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Grain. He’s on the faculty for sketch and improv at The Second City in Toronto. His first novel, The Skids, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was short-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. He likes all forms of tag and cheese.

Janet Kellough released her first speculative fiction novel “The Bathwater Conspiracy” in 2018, building on the success of her historical series “The Thaddeus Lewis Mysteries”. She has also written two contemporary novels, released two CDs, and spent considerable time on stage as a storyteller working with a raft of pesky musicians. She lives in an old farmhouse in Prince Edward County, Ontario with her family, miscellaneous critters and thousands of red cedar trees.

 

JM Landels, writer and illustrator of the fantasy bestseller Allaigna’s Song: Overture and co-founder of Pulp Literature Press wears far too many hats. The strange mix of a degree in Mediaeval English Literature, a misspent youth fronting alternative punk bands Mad Seraphim and Stiff Bunnies, and a career as a childbirth educator and doula informs her work. These days, when she isn’t writing, editing, or drawing, she can be found heading up the Mounted Combat Program for Academie Duello in Vancouver BC where she swings swords and rides horses for fun and profit.

Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and reasonably grumpy university instructor. Her first novel, the Andre Norton-nominated YA fantasy adventure WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND, was published in the fall of 2017. She has a completed webcomic, WEST OF BATHURST, and an active one, IT NEVER RAINS; she has also produced two CDs of original music, BEOWULF PULLED MY ARM OFF and EVERYBODY HATES ELVES, and has won Aurora Awards for her music (2013 and 2015) and comics (2015). Kari lives in Toronto with far too many musical instruments and an astounding number of books.

Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. He co-edited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper magazine with JF Garrard in 2014.

Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing stories at the age of 6 and can’t seem to stop. Although she’s been published in multiple genres, her first love has always been speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, Onder Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction. Her science fantasy novel, The Accidental God, was nominated for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Arlene is currently hard at work finishing up the first story arc of Sic Transit Terra, her series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25th century. Find her on Facebook @arlenefmarks or visit her website: www.thewritersnest.ca.

Dr. Luke Maynard is a writer, musician, former English professor, and law student specializing in intellectual property & entertainment. His dissertation at the University of Victoria (2013) was on vampire narratives in the long 18th century. Luke’s short fiction has appeared regularly in Martian Migraine Press’s annual anthologies, and his first CD “Desolation Sound” was independently released on June 30, and will probably go on to sell maybe nine or ten copies worldwide.

 

Patrick McDonald has been doing Astronomy Outreach at Science Fiction Conventions for over 25 years. He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the American Association of Variable Star Observers. He has also had a respectable history of mental illness and sponsored last year’s “Shy People’s Party”

J. A. McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. Walls of Wind was her first published Science Fiction novel, followed by two young adult SF novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (2015) which was featured in the US National library magazine VOYA and won the Book Publishers of Alberts Award for science fiction, and The Salarian Desert Game (2016) which made the Canadian list of Best Books For Kids and Teens, both published by EDGE Publishing. Her first medieval historical fiction novel, The Sorrow Stone, was released in October, 2017. It won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction pre-publication. Her second medieval HF novel has just been purchased by Reuts. She is currently completing a fantasy novel, Midsummer Night’s Magicians.

Michael Mongiardi is the co-host of 6-time Canadian Podcast Award winning improv-comedy podcast “That’s How I Remember It”. He is also a member of Assembly Longform House team Jibber Jabbar, and is the coach for Improv League Champions Grim Diesel. He’s also one-half of the lauded sketch troupe 2 Humans, voted 1st runner up for Now Magazine’s Best Sketch Troupe. He has toured across North America performing sketch and improv comedy and his improv duo Greasy Pizza Kisses were finalists in World’s Biggest Improv Competition in 2016 and 2017.

MJ Moores is an avid reader and writer of speculative fiction. Her early career as a high school Drama & English teacher nourished her propensity to help others with their writing. MJ’s debut novel Time’s Tempest is the first book in The Chronicles of Xannia quartet, a sci-fi/fantasy crossover. In addition to her writing addiction, MJ gives workshops and works to provide a platform for new and emerging writers to build their author portfolio/credentials on her website Infinite Pathways. MJ is acquisitions editor for DAOwen Publications’ Imprint: Love Knot Books and is an in-house editor. In her spare time she participates in three different regional writing communities, and is Board Chair for the Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR).

John “Doc” Morgan has been a science fiction fan since before the turn of the century. The discovery of Steampunk revived his dormant “Maker Drive”.

Ira Nayman: Humour writer. Magazine editor. First World War spy. Writing: eight Alternate Reality News Service books (most recently: ARNS and the Man) and five novels in the multiverse series (most recently: The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There). Editing: Amazing Stories magazine. (Yes, THAT Amazing Stories magazine.) SPying: I could tell you, but then I would have to go backwards in time and kill your grandfather!

Vanessa Ricci-Thode is a word sorceress — a fantasy author and fiction editor — who loves a good story. She’s a NaNoWriMo veteran and a bookish geek who loves dragons, superheroes, astronomy, travel and good tequila. To learn more, visit her website www.thodestool.ca or follow her on Twitter @VRicciThode

 

Mike Rimar is an award-winning writer and editor. His story, A Bunny Hug for Karl, was nominated for the 2014 Prix Aurora for the best in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is an associate publisher of Bundoran Press (www.bundoranpress.com) and co-editor of their anthology, Second Contacts, which has awarded the 2016 Aurora for Best Related Work. If you want to learn more about Mike visit www.mikerimar.com.

An aerospace engineer by trade, Paul Roberts is a familiar denizen of Ad Astra, and has been around for over 30 years. He has done all the jobs from Gopher and Badger to Board President and Con Chair. Although greatly scarred by the latter role, Paul will still be sitting on several panels over the weekend, and if not in a panel can usually be found in the Con Suite, a room party or the Saturday Dance.

Jody Rodier has participated at many cons and been everything from a gopher, a weapons’ checker, a panelist, an MC, and the co-DJ of the dance. He is a regular in masquerades in the Master Division and has participated in panels on costuming, prop building and assorted other presentations. In his secret identity, as a full time Teacher, he has taught a wide range of subjects, including drama and dance. He is a member of a Lion & Dragon Dance demonstration team and has performed in many venues.

 

Adam Shaftoe-Durrant is a critic, slush reader, and podcaster. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife and their cats. During the day, Adam works as a project manager for a local NGO.

 

Carter Siddall played Dungeons & Dragons in his early teens, but thought there were too many rules, the other characters were too serious and it all felt like… work. He much preferred his time spent in community theatre (there were girls) and classes at The Second City. Playing The End of Time & Other Bothers as an improv comedy has made his return to the world of RPGs (after thirty years!) much more enjoyable.

Melissa Small is a Mom of Two Teenage boys with a Husband who shares her love of the Geek. She raises Appaloosa Horses and when not riding, is trooping with 501st. They are a geek family so D&D, WOW and Game nights are big at our house. She is also working on my first novel and have a short story about to be publish in Sept. That’s her in a nut shell - she never stands still for long.

 

Lee Smart is a comedian, improviser, actor, writer, facilitator, host and an alumnus of the famed Second City Main Stage in Toronto. With a career spanning more than two decades, Lee is a multiple nominee and award winner including the Canadian Comedy Award for his work on stage at Second City, as well as the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing for television. In addition to his several roles in North American film and television, Lee is also the creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Comedy Network series, The Fifth Quadrant.   With the full support of his beautiful wife Lindsay and lovely daughter Macy, Lee is indulged as he spends a disproportionate amount of his mental activity thinking and talking about science (both fact & fiction) as well as comic books and pop culture – speaking of which, his Wu-Tang Clan name is Annoyin’ Mastermind™ – very apropos.

Douglas Smith is a multi-award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and thirty-two countries and includes the novel THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD and the collections CHIMERASCOPE and IMPOSSIBILIA. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.   His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance, to which she remained faithful through an M.A. in creative writing and a PhD in English literature, where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s Gate, and the True Born Trilogy. True Born, first in the series, won the 2017 Athena Award® for excellence in young adult fiction (paranormal) from the Young Adult chapter of the RWA. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van, inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada. www.le-sterling.com

David Stephenson is a space physicist who came to Canada from the U.K. in 1970 and studied the aurora and winds in the high atmosphere at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1979 he moved to Germany to build systems for a deep space probe. When the project was cancelled he became the Schmitt Fellow at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He spent a year as a consultant to Lloyd’s space insurance in London before returning to Canada to join the Geological Survey of Canada. When the government sent his file to the ‘downsized drawer’ in 1996 he moved to the village of Merrickville near Ottawa. He works occasionally for a start up hi-tech company in Ottawa.      His publications include twenty reviewed papers, commentaries in the Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, various articles and reports and the ‘Ulysses Speaks’ satirical column in “Canadian Research.” He has been a guest panelist and lecturer at science fiction and anime  conventions for over 30 years. His web page for fans is: web.ncf.ca/ah728
    

Justus R. Stone is an author and YouTuber. His apocalyptic/supernatural series, The Bleeding Worlds, is currently available online at all major book retailers. On YouTube, he has a growing channel where he focuses on Japanese Light Novels, the source of numerous anime series. You can find out more, and contact him, at http://justusrstone.com.

 

Amanda Sun is the multi award-nominated author of the Paper Gods series, a Fantasy series set in Japan. She’s also the author of HEIR TO THE SKY, about floating continents and monster hunters, and has contributed to several anthologies including the award-winning STRANGERS AMONG US and the Asian SF/F anthology WHERE THE STARS RISE. Many of her novels and short fiction have been Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections, as well as Indigo Top Teen Picks and USA Today features. When not reading or writing, Sun is an avid cosplayer, gamer, and geeky crafter. Get free Paper Gods novellas and other goodies at AmandaSunBooks.com.

Chris Warrilow has run Fantastic Creations, a custom props company based in Toronto, for the last 20 years. Chris’ film credits include the Canadian horror flick Scarce, Weirdsville, and Ararat, and notable television credits include the series Relic Hunter and Murdoch Mysteries, for which he created a 10-foot tall steampunk robot. Chris has been around for years running and participating in masquerades, doing weapons panels, and generally being a source of information for anyone who wants to talk.

Sarah WaterRaven is the author of the Detective Docherty series. Forever fueled by copious amounts of espresso, when she is not writing she is often drawing or painting while binge watching Netflix. Sarah published her first novel, Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears in 2012 and will be publishing her fourth this year. If she doesn’t show up for her panel, she’s probably barefoot in the woods. An offering of cookies and the Yeti call should coax her back inside.

 

Allan Weiss has published a number of SF stories in various magazines and anthologies, including On Spec and Tesseracts. His book of fantasy stories, Making the Rounds, was published in 2016. He teaches SF at York University, has given conference papers and written scholarly articles on fantastic literature, and is the Chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

 

Maaja Wentz is an award-winning writer of chilling thrillers about dark family secrets, and quirky speculative fiction. Maaja’s short mystery, “Inside of a Dog” appears in the May/June issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “You” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto. Maaja’s supernatural thriller, “Feeding Frenzy”, received over 140 000 reads on Wattpad. It was chosen as a “Featured Story” and went on to win the coveted HQ Love Watty award. Available in ebook or paper via Amazon and Ingram.

Vanya Yount

 

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