Special Guest – Keith DeCandido
Among many other things, Keith wrote the Serenity novelization, several Supernatural novels, and multiple Doctor Who short stories.
Keith R.A. DeCandido was raised by a roving pack of librarians who trained him in their strange ways. A career in publishing was inevitable to avoid lots of very expensive therapy bills. His career as an author, nonfiction writer, editor, comics scripter, and more spans twenty-five years. Recent and upcoming work includes: Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War; the Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution; the Stargate SG-1 novel Kali’s Wrath; the “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals, starting with Dragon Precinct in 2004 and continuing through half a dozen books and short stories; the graphic novel Icarus; the Farscape graphic novel The War for the Uncharted Territories (written in collaboration with Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon); short stories in Buzzy Mag Online and the anthologies Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental, Out of Tune, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons, V-Wars: Night Terrors, and The X-Files: Trust No One; the short fiction collections Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet and Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido; rewatches of various Star Trek and Stargate series for Tor.com; and tons more that he’ll be happy to tell you all about at the convention.
In 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. Besides the IAMTW, he’s also a member of the Liars Club, the Science-fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and the Horror Writers of America. In addition to writing, he is a freelance editor for clients both personal and corporate, a second-degree black belt in karate (which he teaches to both children and adults), a veteran podcaster, an avid baseball fan, and probably some other stuff that he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net.
Author Guest of Honor – Stant Litore
An emerging voice in weird fiction, Stant Litore has published five volumes of The Zombie Bible, which retell history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead; the first, Death Has Come Up into Our Windows, has been translated into several languages, including Spanish and German. His debut novel was also the #2 horror bestseller on the Amazon Kindle in December 2011. His second novel won second place in the 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards, Horror.
Litore has been a Guest at Denver Comic Con and at several Colorado conventions. He has appeared in interviews for podcasts such as ReelNerds and The Geek Port. He has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014) and as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013).
He has also been featured in the Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Huffington Post, SF Signal, and in interviews for Weird Fiction Review and Nomos. Litore was interviewed extensively on the topic of “writing characters your readers won’t forget” for Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction.
Besides The Zombie Bible, Litore is the author of Dante’s Heart and an ongoing scifi series, The Ansible Stories, in which future explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Stant Litore lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters, where he is working on his next novel.
Musical Guest of Honor – Brian Ross of Draco and the Malfoys
Formed in 2005, Draco and the Malfoys sing songs about Harry Potter from Draco’s perspective. They have toured the country extensively, and have been featured on MTV, Fuse, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and more. With a catalog of 5 full length albums, an EP and various other releases, their style spans everything from hard rock to bluegrass.
Editor Guest of Honor – Vivian Trask
When not fighting crime, Vivian Trask has studied under Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Dave Farland and Peter J. Wacks. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Regis University and is a member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association. When not editing, Vivian writes across all genres of speculative fiction, and especially loves weird westerns and science fiction. She also drinks copious amounts of tea. While doing all these things, she lives in Colorado with her husband, their dog who thinks he’s a werehuman, and a supergenius cat. For more details, she can be found at http://www.viviantrask.com/