Guests for 2014


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Dan Schoening

Dan began drawing at an early age, finding inspiration in classic Disney films and 80’s Saturday morning cartoons. Since graduating from animation school in 2000, Dan has worked for companies such as Disney, Pixar, Leap Frog, DC Comics, Random House, Upperdeck, AKA Studios, Ape Entertainment and IDW Publishing.

Currently, Dan is the pencil artist on IDW's Ongoing Ghostbusters monthly comic.

Dan's appearance is sponsored by the Alabama Ghostbusters, Alabama's Ghostbusters fan community.


Timid Monster

Founded in 2011 on the back of the award-winning steampunk short, JOHN GRAY, Timid Monster seeks to capture the strange, the unusual, and the monstrous in all of us.

Join filmmakers Dan Baker, Katie Baker, and Rachel M Taylor for a special behind-the-scenes peek at AVARICE, “one of the most remarkable [films] to come out of Memphis” (John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal). Awarded “Best Fantasy Short” by Wizard World Nashville, AVARICE tells the tale of a young girl who wanders off her path into a land of soot and greed.

Follow Timid Monster into the unknown as they prepare for their first feature-length sci-fi flick, Aurora Centauri: 


Sam Albro

Sam Albro grew up in Townsend, Massachusetts. 90s cartoons like X-Men and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inspired his earliest interest in comics and superheroes. At the age of twelve, Sam wrote the original, Cockroach Man story for a fifth grade project. The character stuck with him, growing and changing until the launch of The Interminable Cockroach Man web comic in the fall of 2013.

Sam Albro graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in 3D Animation. Sam works as a freelance 3D modeler and web comic artist. His work can be found in touchscreen cell phone games and engineering industry videos, as well as the upcoming comic adaptation of the Olympia Heights series.

You can see more of Sam’s work at and follow him @SamAlbro on Twitter. The Interminable Cockroach Man updates every Sunday at


Christina Barber

Christina Barber is an award-winning author and paranormal researcher with over 10 years in the industry.

Intrigued by ghosts as a teen, Christina began researching and investigating the paranormal in 2003. Her passion for ghosts and research into the phenomena has grown, and after several published works later, Christina is still fascinated by ghosts. She enjoys digging around in the musty old historical records just as much as she does using high-tech electronic equipment to capture possible ghostly evidence. In her paranormal investigations, Christina applies the use of police procedural methods, learned as a criminal justice major in college, and prefers daytime investigations. Christina and her team use a skeptical approach to the equipment and evidence produced. You can learn more about her and her team at

Christina’s published books include Spirits of Georgia’s Southern Crescent (Schiffer, August 2008) and Georgia’s Ghosts (Schiffer, 2014). Christina’s fiction works, also about ghosts, include Seely’s Pond (Dark Urban Fantasy, April 2008), and Greystone (Paranormal Thriller, 2005).


Shane Berryhill

Shane Berryhill is a novelist and comic book writer. The first volume of superhero-in-training series of prose novels from MacMillan/Tor, Chance Fortune and the Outlaws, is an official selection of the NY Public Library Books for the Teen Age Reading List and the Texas Lone Star Reading List. His work has been praised by NBC, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Wired Magazine’s Geek Dad, PopMatters, and others. He’s been a guest and speaker at events ranging from San Diego Comic-Con to the National Council of English Teacher’s National Conference. Shane lives with his wife and young son in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Find Shane online at www(dot)shaneberryhill(dot)com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Tom Briscoe

Tom Briscoe is the cartoonist behind 99 Reasons to Hate Cats: Cartoons for Cat Lovers.  Along with the joys of marriage, Tom “adopted” his lady love’s two cats. His book is how he copes with his hopeless situation.

Tom Briscoe’s cartoon work has appeared in The Birmingham News, The Southern Times, Funny Times, Black & White, Birmingham Weekly, and Universal UClick's and on his own website ( Tom also regularly produces editorial cartoons on local issues for the Birmingham News and


Betsy Brock

Betsy is a cartoonist, writer, and one half of the team behind Pink Pineapple Ink. She is the creator of the webcomic FRUIT! It has been going since 2011, and it is about fruit… as you might expect.

She is also the creator of the new webcomic Hotel Mungo, which is about a group of people that work in a quirky hotel and all the odd things that happen there. When she is not drawing or writing, Betsy loves playing video games and watching scary movies. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Johnathon and their two ridiculous dogs—Harvey and Garrus. You can read her comic FRUIT! at:


Johnathon Brock

Johnathon is a freelance artist and aspiring writer and video game designer, as well as the other half of the Pink Pineapple Ink team.

He has worked on various webcomics since 2008 and recently made the jump to literature and video game design. He is busy working on his first full length novel and putting the finishing touches on a point-and-click adventure game which will debut this summer. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Betsy.

You can see all the projects in the works at:


Joseph Cadotte

Joseph Cadotte works as an editor, game designer, and general gadfly at an educational software company. He has worked with technological solutions to pedagogical problems since 1993. He has a BA in English from the University of Michigan (95) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington (98). Joseph currently heads up Old Sins, a venue for science fiction, fantasy, and mystery literature, video, and comics and is the author of Jannah Station, a science fiction mystery comic. He lives in Savannah, but wants to return to the oddest place on Earth, Knoxville, TN, with his implausibly hot wife, Cordelia, a gormless dog, and two annoyed cats.


Kevin Cain

Kevin Cain, an author and haunted collector, grew up in Alabama enjoying the wonderful old southern tradition of storytelling, particularly his grandmother’s stories about growing up in Alabama during the Depression which he recently published in his first book Thanksgiving Hen On A Chicken Shed: Stories My Grandmother Told Me. Writing since the ripe old age of eight, Kevin has published stories and poetry in various magazines. Inspired by the Jeffrey series written by Alabama author Kathryn Tucker Windham as well as growing up in a haunted house of his own, Kevin took a keen interest in the paranormal at an early age. He recently published a book The Legends Of Indian Narrows which collects the ghost stories he grew up listening to in his old neighborhood that was built over native American burial ground in the western part of Jefferson County as well as his own experiences in the home he lived in. Kevin has also recently become a haunted collector. His most notable items are three dolls that are haunted by three very lovely little girls who often make their presences known in his home. Kevin has a novel titled Haunts, based on true haunted places throughout the Southeast, coming out by Spring 2014. He still resides in Alabama in the Shelby County area.


Scott Carter

Scott learned to read from comic books and can now muddle his way through a half dozen different languages, or at least buy groceries. So what has he done? What hasn’t he done! He taught Ethics and Theology at the Kyvskia Bogoslovinia Seminaria in Ukraine and Old and New Testament at Jeff State. He has written about the Occult and Faeries in books like the Imperial Age Omnibus for Adamant Entertainment and sorcerous bloodlines for the Best of Dragon Magazine. He has been the pastor of a tiny rural Baptist church and won 2nd place in Iron DM. His fiction has appeared on the White Wolf website and he can tell you all about the Documentary Hypothesis of the origin of the Torah, the workings of a dozen different RPG systems, how many warp cores are in a Klingon Bird of Prey, and the secret origins of every member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Scott Carter, Renaissance Geek, lives in Hoover, AL with a cat and three red-heads: his lovely wife Janica and his lively toddlers Rebekah and Jessie. Both of whom know that the appropriate response to seeing a monster is “kill it and take its stuff.”


Ashley Chappell

Ashley Chappell is the author of the Dreams of Chaos Series, a young adult fantasy series that has been hailed by reviewers as “Darker and more entertaining than the Heroes of Olympus Series.” She writes fantasy primarily for young adults but upcoming releases such as Of War and Taters and The Seventh Day also include themes targeted for new adults and adults, mostly because her dirty sense of humor sometimes gets the better of her. Her novel Tilt: Dreams of Chaos #2 introduces Core, the game of the gods which includes the best parts of Risk and poker with an element of role playing. Instructions and free printable game boards will be posted on her website in September 2014 for anyone adventurous enough to test their skills against the gods.

Ms. Chappell currently resides in Huntsville, AL with the love of her life. During her writing time her cats sometimes share her lap with her computer, should they choose to allow the usurpation at all. When not writing, reviewing, or burying her nose in one of her well-worn Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman novels, she can be found sailing with her fiancé on their boat ‘Dupracity’ (Fans of Kurt Vonnegut will want to ask her what that means!).

For more information about Ashley and her books, visit


Freddy Clements

Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama. He holds a BA in English/Theatre from Emory & Henry College, VA 84 and an MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA 88.

He has designed costumes for various theaters including Wayside Theatre in Middletown VA, CPCC in Charlotte NC, Converse college department of music Spartenburg SC, The Barter Theatre in Abington Va and Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA.

On the University level he has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, advanced stage make-up. Freddy has been constructing kilts since 1991 and lead master classes in 2001, 2011-13 for the USITT Southeast Regional and SETC.

Freddy has performed at and provided costumes for various Renaissance Festivals in the southeast region. He is an experienced cutter/draper and has extensive research and experience in early twentieth century corsetry.


Chester Colston

I’m a artist that has done a comic strip for the Birmingham Times Newspaper (twice). I have a comic book coming out soon called Independent Authority in black and white that showcase Independent Artist through 4 page stories.

I’ve have a pin-up in Baker Comics Pink Hammer art book. I’ve done 2 pages in ICC’s I Hero issue soon to come out and I have another book in the works called Amen the Chosen One going to kick-starter but if not successful I will still release it myself.


Michelle Lowery Combs

Michelle Lowery Combs is an award-winning writer and blogger living in rural Alabama. She is the author of the YA novel Heir to the Lamp, first in the Genie Chronicles series from World Weaver Press. Michelle is a member of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave, Alabama Writers’ Forum and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is currently working on Solomon’s Bell, sequel to Heir to the Lamp, and Daddy’s Girl, a coming-of-age story set in 1960’s Alabama. You can find her at, on Twitter @miclowery77 and on facebook.


Jennifer Conaway

Jennifer Conaway got into anime while still in high school, introduced to it though the SciFi channel and Toonami, where it quickly turned into full-blown obsession. She started 'cosplay' shortly after, though she didn't attend her first convention until 2003, a couple years after graduating. She quickly kicked into the small Northeast Alabama con scene, winning cosplay awards at nearly every convention she competed at and eventually becoming known for being part of the 'Guilty Gear Girls' duo. Though she has retired from competitive cosplay, she still participates in the hobby on a casual level. She still attends conventions on a regular basis, and has been a panelist and guest judge several times. Her other hobbies include gaming , customizing Asian Ball-jointed dolls, digital art, and of course anime and manga. She currently works as a cake decorator, and is becoming known at her job as the go-to girl for custom video game and pop culture related cakes.


Lee Cox

Lee Cox is a costuming expert, horror makeup artist and magician, practicing all three disciplines for 25+ years. Cox has served as a makeup artist, costumer, actor and director for a number of commercial haunted attractions including Nightmare on Church Street in Orlando, Florida, and Netherworld in Atlanta, Georgia where he is recognized as Weldon Crispy, a burn trauma psychopath with a pension for mischief.

In the magic community, he is known for his comedic legerdemain throughout the southeast as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. His resume includes performance venues such as the prestigious House of Magic in Vegas, The Punch Line Comedy Club, and the Laugh Factory. He is a comedy writer having written material for a number of local comedians in Atlanta. He has also written articles for The Linking Ring (the largest international magic magazine in circulation today,) taught lectures on creating original illusions and comedy, and has won numerous awards for his illusionary work.

An avid DIY guy, Lee enjoys the process of creating new works every bit as much as performing them. With all things considered, he still believes that his most valuable trait is his ability to herd cats (essentially, event planning.)

Today, he continues to make ‘special’ costumes for his performances as well as just for the fun of wearing them. He is the Costuming Track Director for Frolicon and Dragon Con, and the programming director for Outlantacon and Goo-Con; he also attends many other cons throughout the year sharing his love of costuming and/or magic.


Cam Crowder

Cam Crowder has entertained notions of writing since he was just a runty ginger sitting on his Grandfather’s knee. Eventually, after a bit of self-persuasion, he decided to give writing a go. Ten days later, he’d written his first novel, and he hasn’t looked back since.

His first novel is Broken Bloodline Book 1: Electus (currently available on Amazon) with the second volume, Legacies, soon to be available.

When not writing or at work, Cam enjoys playing guitar, spending time with his incredible fiancee’, and playing Street Fighter 4 AE. (He’s always up for a good money match.)

He can easily be found/contacted at: or


Bryan Crowson

Bryan Crowson was a journalist for 27 years at a major daily newspaper, working a decade as a reporter and about 17 years as copy desk chief. He also reviewed video games for about 15 years. After being laid off in 2012 due to changes in the industry, he decided to leave journalism and return to art, which he had very nearly chosen as his path in college. For the past year, at age 50, he has been working full-time to start anew and build an art career doing portrait commissions, specializing in whimsical “cosportraits” that have a sci-fi or fantasy twist. He is currently illustrating a children’s book with writer Cricket Strom of Dothan which they plan to self-publish later this year. He also plays the banjo.

See Bryan's work in any of his online galleries: Twitter: @bryancrowson


Joe Crowe

Joe Crowe is an editor, proofreader, and lead writer of, a sci-fi site and podcast that features geek-related culture, comedy, reviews, and commentary. He is proofreader at Birmingham agency o2ideas.

Crowe is the director of DragonCon's American Sci-Fi Classics Track (

Joe’s writing appears in the Avengers commentary series, Assembled: 50 Years of Earth’s Mightiest, and the sci-fi anthology Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars.

Joe lives in Fultondale with wife Stefanie and daughter Quin, who last year at Phoenix Festival schooled him in Brady Bunch trivia.

Joe's work has been called “Swiftean in its satirical eloquence” and “the worst piece of garbage I have ever seen.” Find him to see which is which at and


K. S. Daniels

Kimberly S. Daniels is a recovering academic, who spent four years teaching English Composition and Literature at the University of South Alabama. She'll never truly recover, but regularly attends meeting for her condition. In the meantime, she writes Science Fiction (Genre fiction! Oh, My!)and consumes copious amounts of coffee and whiskey (not necessarily together or in that order). When she's not busy writing, much like a cat, she enjoys napping, running suddenly into a randomly selected room, and plotting the destruction of mankind. She exhibits a curious interest robots, leading to the widespread rumor that she may, in fact, be one herself.

Her current projects include the third installment of the Valkyrie Trilogy and various short stories. Her first novel, The Valkyrie Profiles, was a quarter finalist for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013 and the second novel, Flight of the Valkyries debuted in May of 2014 to much fanfare (read: she threw confetti at herself). She also has a prequel short story in the Valkyrie Trilogy, Children of Ymir, that is a Kindle exclusive and another short story in the second Lunar's Children anthology by Dark Oak Press titled Chimera, which began as horror but somehow still managed to end up as Science Fiction. Much to her own surprise, she currently lives in New Orleans, LA. eating as many raw oysters as robotically possible (that's a lot of oysters) and working on yet another time machine.


Kayla Davis

Kayla Davis is a 2004 graduate from the Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD in Atlanta. She has a BFA in computer animation with a concentration in 2D animation. She has been running an autobiographical web comic, Casually Kayla, about her life, being married, and being awkward, since 2009. She is now currently writing and illustrating her long form comic, Carbon.


Missa Dixon

Missa Dixon commands one of the most extraordinary lives ever. Good thing because she planned it that way. To help a friend, Missa began writing in 2009. Finding she liked the challenge, Missa spread her wings into steampunk, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and non-fiction. Her first published short story For The Love of Steam in the anthology Dreams of Steam that was a semi-finalist for the Darrell Award for Best Short Story of 2011. Which lead her to writing For the Fear of Steam (2012 Dreams of Steam 2), For the Hate of Steam (2013 Dreams of Steam 4), and For the Envy of Steam (2014 Dreams of Steam 5). Her first stand-alone book was a work of non-fiction called Interviews from the Ark written with Joy Ward, where we learn what’s really on your beloved pets mind. Blush with success she in barked into urban fantasy and is currently working on The River Series, a heady mix of the real life issues of otherkins saving the world while destroying them selves and each other.

In keeping with her life motto of “acquisition and distribution of knowledge by any and all means necessary," Missa produced a very successful podcast called Missa’s Urban Home on Blog Talk Radio for two years. She keeps a full time post as a math and math and physic teacher. In her spare time Missa studies metaphysics and earned her Reiki master attunement in 2007. Missa happily lives outside Memphis, TN with her four rescued dogs, and a big collection of fantasy art.


David Dollar

I love talking about two things—Disney World and movies. Hence, I’m a Professional Disney Travel Planner and a Movie Podcaster. So fanatical am I about watching films, I have my trusty Leonard Maltin Movie Guide marked with the 2911 movies I’ve seen, ever, and have my favorite 500 ranked from top to bottom and have future plans for which movie will be my 2 yr old’s first—“Finding Dory” in 2015. That’s why our Podcast is so much fun, because we discuss everything from my co-host’s love for Kevin Costner to my own inclination for bad, craptastic films (“Troop Beverly Hills”, anyone?!). Come join us at, talk about the good (Star Wars original trilogy), the bad (the Star Wars new trilogy) and the ugly (anything containing the words “Batman” and “Schumacher”).


Ali Duke (aka Ali Marceau)

A Birmingham local by way of Houston, Rhode Island and San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, Ali is an artist, costumer, gamer and all around geek. A true Mistress of the Arts, who is never shy to share her insights about all things Moffat, Whedon and DC, though it is probably in your best interest not to ask her about any of those things.


Josh Duke

When not meticulously organizing the graphic novel collection of a certain local library, I spend my time wearing and making costumes- though probably more time wearing them. Born in Mississippi, I have been making costumes since before I knew how to read- give that one a pause for thought. Still with me? From Star Wars, to Marvel/DC and even Cartoons & Anime, I’ve steeped myself in the tea of geekdom and put together an outfit from it. I have spent the more recent part of my lifetime doing the same alongside my partner, Ali Duke, who forms the other half of our production group Sidekick Creations.


S. L. Duncan

S. L. Duncan writes Young Adult novels inspired by his travels around the world and the characters he’s met. He’s interested in finding those unique connections between stories and places, people and circumstance.

When he’s not writing, S. L. Duncan plays guitar and soccer, loves to cook, and occasionally practices law. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife and son.  His first novel, The Revelation of Gabriel Adam, debuts August 12th, 2014 by Medallion Press. Represented by John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.


Kenn Edwards

Kenn Edwards is a writer, podcaster, independent filmaker, and a comedian living in Waynesboro, VA. You can check out/get involved with his current project at He and a group of other comics put on regular comedy shows in various places all over Virginia. Follow Kenn on Twitter @TheKennEdwards.


Chris Fason

When mutilated muppet corpses begin washing up on the pristing shores of Birmingham, Alabama; it's up to Chris Fason, a mischevious traveling encyclopedia salesman and part-time cattle rustler to solve the mystery.  With the aid of a sasquatch pirate and a worn copy of "Tobin's Spirit Guide", they uncover a surreptitious time travel plot to assissinate President Robert F. Kennedy.  Will they be able to foil this dastardly plan or will Professor Pancreas succeed in changing America's national sport to hockey?  Chris Fason is the artist and co -creator of Hero Happy Hour, illustrator of the children's book Elkbar. Find Chris on Facebook (, DeviantArt (, tumblr ( and check out the Hero Happy Hour webcomic (


Sam Flegal

Sam has been a freelance Illustrator for the past five years. His clients include Alderac Entertainment Group, Fantasy Flight, Lone Wanderer, and Hero Games to name a few. As an illustrator for both book covers and hobby games, Sam specializes in painting strange scenes of epic fantasy and graphic horror. He describes his art as “stylized realism,” portraying fantastical things in a graphic manner, but with an eye towards real life. He loves to focus on exaggerated expressions, vibrant colors, and villainess activity. Sam’s preferred medium is oil paint.

Sam has been fascinated by the strange and the macabre from a very young age. Fortunately for his budding morbid creativity, he was raised in a household that encouraged his interest in all things weird—Sam’s father was a magician and his mother a ventriloquist and clown. Now Sam pursues the weird in his art, never having been inhibited by a “normal” upbringing.

Additionally Sam has a deep love for Norse Mythology, and in his personal work depicts scenes from the lore of the Northmen. His reputation as a Norse Myth enthusiast is increasing and collectors have begun to seek him out for his interpretations of the northern gods.

Sam also does Zombie Portraits, where he takes your photo and draws a picture of you as a zombie!


Jonathan French

Born in Tennessee, Jonathan began reading at an early age. His love of fiction, folklore and by-gone days was further fueled when his family relocated to the United Kingdom. He returned to the U.S. as a teenager where he survived parochial school, before earning his degree from Brevard College in the captivating wilds of Western North Carolina. After developing the world of Autumn’s Fall, Jonathan moved to Chicago where he began writing in earnest. His greatest literary influences are Robert E. Howard and Lloyd Alexander. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, son and cat. .

If you wish to learn more about him and his fantasy series, The Autumn's Fall Saga, please visit his website


Keven Gardner & 12 Gauge Comics

Keven Gardner is the President of 12-GAUGE COMICS, publisher of some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today. Gardner broke into the comic book industry in 1995 as the Direct Sales Manager at Valiant Comics. He used theexperience he gained there, along with the knowledge of the industry he garnered while owning and operating a chain of comic book stores, to form 12-Gauge Comics in 2004.

 Seeing a hole in the marketplace for crime and action stories, Gardner set his eyes on developing and publishing comics to fill that niche, one hefelt had been ignored for too long in the crowded world of super heroes. 12-Gauge’s flagship title, THE RIDE, was an original concept created by Gardner; featuring a 1968 Camaro and the many characters whose lives it alters, this anthology has become an avenue for some of the most respected talent in the comic book industry to flex their creative muscles.

Following the successful launch of THE RIDE, Gardner and the 12-Gauge team packaged actress Rosario Dawson’s THE OCCULT CRIMES TASK FORCE and Jason Pearson’s BODY BAGS for Image Comics (among other titles) before launching THE BOONDOCK SAINTS as a totally independent series under the 12-Gauge Comics banner in 2009. Current 12-Gauge titles include ANTI, developed with producer Gale Anne Hurd (AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, TERMINATOR), superstar recording artist Trace Adkins’ LUKE MC BAIN, Mick Foley's R.P.M., action-franchise I.C.E., the gritty crime drama LOOSE ENDS., and Amazon Studios' BLACKBURN BURROW.


Chris Garrison

Chris Garrison’s webcomics, Zoo Laffs and Our Heroes, appeared on They can be found in the archives there, and are now available in print collections as Jakey the Jerk, Onion Puss, Throbbing Love Stories, and Our Heroes: Secret Pencils Edition.

Garrison works in Birmingham as a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist, and party caricaturist. He’s done cartoon animation for Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Alabama folks may recall the commercials he animated for Jack's Hamburgers, starring a Mick Jaggeresque chicken, and Rick & Bubba.

He’s also the founder of the Salty ’Ham Cartooneestas, an online club for Alabama cartoonists, comickers, and animators with over 80 members! Check it out:


Matt Gates

Matt Gates first discovered Anime 15 years ago, and has been a loyal fan ever since. His favorites to this date are YuGiOh and Trigun. When not enjoying a good show or an episode of My Little Pony, Matt devotes his time to his Youtube channel Games Prower, where he produces Let's Play videos of popular video games. His unique humor is appreciated amongst his friends, and he never hesitates to bring a smile to the faces of his loyal viewers.


Allan Gilbreath

Allan Gilbreath denies that he was raised by wolves, but still enjoys quiet moonlit evenings. He is an accomplished skeptic, cook, gardener, computer geek, martial artist, and avid student of arcane knowledge. Allan is also a nationally recognized and award-winning author, publisher, speaker, and instructor. He has appeared on television, stage, movies, radio, web/podcast, and tours the country in live appearances. He enjoys serving on panels and covers a wide range of topics from the serious to the outrageous. In his adult vampire novels, Galen and Dark Chances, he links sensual fantasy with danger and predation to excellent effect. His exceptional use of plot tension between the various characters sets a wonderful stage for the little details that bring it all to life. Allan's Jack Lago supernatural mysteries are known for their attention to detail and suspense. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his collection, Allan Gilbreath: A Short Story Collection covers his three favorite genres; science fiction, dark fantasy, and steampunk. He is currently working on several media projects including paranormal research, comedy shows, and action movies. For more information please see:


Patrick Giles

Patrick Giles is a Illustrator and Sketch Card Artist out of Birmingham, AL. Patrick got his first break with Conan O' Brien in 2011 when he was asked to do a piece for his 2011 San Diego Comic Con show and exhibit, "The Fine Arts of the Flaming C." Patrick's piece was the headliner of the show and also turned in to free shirts on available at SDCC.

He worked with Conan again in 2012 for his Chicago Week shows. Patrick did an animated piece for the first show of Chicago Week. In 2013 Patrick got his first sketch card art job with Topps doing cards for Mars Attacks: Invasion and Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope. In 2014 he has already signed on to do another Star Wars set for Topps (out in April 2014), a DC Comics set for Cryptozoic and Guardians of the Galaxy for Upper Deck and Marvel.


Michael A. Gordon

Michael Gordon is the editor-in-chief of New Legend Productions and the creator of the Tiki Zombie comic book series. He has published a modern graphic novel featuring the return of one of the first super-powered female comic characters, the Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, and is currently working on reprinting the original classic strips. Recently, Michael co-wrote the action comic one-shot Strong Will with the award-winning author Bobby Nash and has a new horror anthology in the works. He is also featured on many podcasts on the ESO Network, including Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, and the New Legend Lounge.


Andy Gray

Andy Gray is a published illustrator, colorist, and experienced graphic designer, with a background in animation. Andy specializes in sequential and pinup art, in both digital and traditional mediums. Professional work includes character design, storyboards, graphic design, and digital colors for comics.

Andy is the Co-creator and artist for the feature comic, "GREYMAN", which debuted in Omega Comics Presents #2. "GREYMAN" also launched as a full-scale, full-color graphic novel in May 2012, published by Arcana Comics. Andy has also been a featured artist in special events like, ImagiCon, Kingdom Comic's Free Comic Book Day, and the Alabama Phoenix Festival.

Andy also owns and operates Top Games in Gardendale, Alabama, which keeps him pretty busy when not drawing and slacking.


Derrick Griffey

Currently an instructor of sociology and history at Gadsden State Community College, Derrick Griffey holds a Master's degree in Sociology from Middle Tennessee University and a Master's degree in History from the University of Alabama. A long-time fan of science fiction, Mr. Griffey sees the application of pop culture in the classroom as both a useful and an effective tool to engage students in a dialogue on a variety of issues. Mr. Griffey's publications include a study of the use of technology such as iPads within the classroom setting.


Stephen Guenther

Stephen Guenther has been interested in the paranormal for as long as he can remember. He has investigated with groups in Tennessee, California and Louisiana. Stephen is currently co-founder, lead investigator and event manager of Expedition Unknown, a Memphis paranormal investigation group and regional TAPS Family affiliate. He is also co-host of the Expedition Unknown Radio Show featured LIVE on the award winning online station His travels have taken him across the country and internationally including trips to sacred and historic sites such as Stonehenge, New grange and Chechen Itza. Stephen brings his unique blend of humor and insight into investigations, convention panels and events. He has performed in several past charity musical comedy productions for CHOC. He can often be scene leading seminars and training in the construction industry. His interest in EVP's and other spirit communication is balanced with a scientific skepticism.


Geoffrey Gwin

Geoffrey Gwin is a native of Grove Hill, Alabama. His wife and daughter reside with him just outside of Birmingham. Over the years he has worked with numerous small press and gaming companies lending a hand (or pen) in sketch designs and concepts. Some companies include High Noon Films, Neogate Studios and Jericho projects.

His creator owned project “Dojo DJ” will be completed if he can ever get time away from train conductuting. Stop by and say hi and if you need a fresh perspective simply utter the now timeless phrase; "What do you think Geoffrey?"


Allen Hammack

Renaissance man Allen Hammack is a game designer, author, scientist, and even actor! Allen's most current work is the tournament AD&D adventure Night of the Black Swords (, where lawful evil characters (each with their own agenda and a healthy mistrust of the other players) are sent on an impossible mission into the planes of Hell itself! (Excellent art from Jeff Easley and Diesel.) In his gaming career, Allen has contributed to some 70 products as author, designer, editor, or developer. These include the popular classic C2: Ghost Tower of Inverness; A1-A4: The Slave Lords Series; I9: Day of Al-Akbar; and games including Top Secret and Boot Hill. His Ghost Tower module was referenced in the 2005 movie Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, as Berek says the cleric was with him “at the assault on Castle Inverness”. (At which point a veteran player of Allen's campaign said, “Now we know it's a fantasy—implying anyone went to Inverness and came out alive!”) Allen's current gaming interests are mostly directed towards railroad boardgames and Dawn Patrol (he's a nationally ranked competitor in both), WoW, and Puerto Rico.

Allen has been called the “Master of Mythology” and writes with authority on using myths and legends of the world in gaming. He wrote three books on the subject (Fantastic Treasures I and II, and Monsters of Myth & Legend III) for Mayfair Games. Sadly, these literary gems are hard-to-find collectors' items! (i.e., the royalties have stopped…) He contributed to the new edition of the WWI boardgame Dawn Patrol. In addition, Allen designed a boardgame based on the mythical Norse battle of Ragnarok, and was a chief editor of Deities & Demigods and Dungeon Masters Guide during the five years he served at TSR. Hired by Gary Gygax, Allen was Manager of Designers during the “Golden Era” of TSR, supervising a talent pool that included Tracy Hickman, Harold Johnson, Lawrence Schick, Zeb Cook, Tom Moldvay, and others. In his gaming career, Allen has contributed to some 70 products as author, designer, editor, or developer. These include the popular classic C2: Ghost Tower of Inverness; A1-A4: The Slave Lords Series; I9: Day of Al-Akbar; the games Top Secret and Boot Hill, and the tournament AD&D adventure Night of the Black Swords. His Inverness module was referenced in the 2005 movie Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, as Berek says the cleric was with him “at the assault on Castle Inverness”. (At which point a veteran player of Allen's campaign said, “Now we know it's a fantasy—implying anyone went to Inverness and came out alive!”) Allen's current gaming interests are mostly directed towards railroad boardgames and Dawn Patrol (he's a nationally ranked competitor in both), World of Warcraft and Puerto Rico.

After leaving TSR, Allen returned to Birmingham and with his wife Susan started the Lion and Unicorn game, book, and comic store, which they sold many years ago but still have fond memories of friends and customers. He helped design computer programs to diagnose leukemias and anemias for cardiovascular research at UAB; worked as Manager of Information Systems for an explosives manufacturer, and worked as a quality control chemist for an alloy and metals processor. For over seventeen years Allen has been putting his chemistry degree to work as an environmental chemist/programmer analyst for a secret government laboratory in an undisclosed location, where he and his associates design high-energy lasers for shark heads. In this capacity he has lectured and presented some scientific papers, and he squeezes in guest appearances at the occasional convention. Allen was a founder of the Birmingham Doctor Who fan club, now known as the Blue Box Companions (aka the BBC, of course). He also served on the Board of Directors for Continuity, the Birmingham science fiction convention that had several successful years.

Allen has a B.S. in Chemistry, a Master's in computer science and he has done post-graduate work in chemistry, business administration, and environmental science. Allen was an editor for Ærodrome, the magazine of the Fight In The Skies Society (WWI aviation), and wrote a chapter of its melodramatic serial, Adventure! and Glory?, in which…ah, but that would be telling…

Allen has been in over 40 theatrical productions, including an opera set in the American Old West, as Caiaphas in a local production of Jesus Christ, Superstar, and as an extra in the Tommy Lee Jones baseball movie Cobb. Allen earned a green belt in jujitsu before retiring with no bones broken, which he considered an even trade. Players of NTN Trivia Showdown on Tuesday nights may occasionally see him on the leader board under the logon "DR WHO".

 Favorite Introduction: By Dragonlance co-author Tracy Hickman to Margaret Weis— "Allen is the man who taught me how to write.”


Tommy Hancock

Steeped in pulp magazines, old radio shows, and all things of that era’s pop culture, Tommy Hancock lives in Arkansas with his wonderful wife and three children and obviously not enough to do. He is Partner in and Editor in Chief for Pro Se Productions, is an organizer of the New Pulp Movement, was a founding member and original Editor-in-Chief of ALL PULP, works as an editor for Seven Realms, Dark Oak, and Moonstone. He is also a writer published by Airship 27 Productions, Pulpwork Press, and others with work upcoming from Moonstone Books (including his first comic book series, SATAN’S DAUGHTER), Dark Oak, and more. He works as Project Coordinator for Moonstone Entertainment and was the Founder and Coordinator for PULP ARK, a Pulp Culture Convention in the South from 2011 to 2013.


R. Kyle Hannah

R. Kyle Hannah is a local from the Birmingham area and has served in the US Military for over 28 years as a Finance Officer, Logistics Officer and a host of other positions. He is slated to retire in 2015 and hopes to devote more time to writing. He is the author of the TIME ASSASSINS series, a time travel adventure that rewrites alternate timelines into our history. The second book in the series, ASSASSIN'S GAMBIT, debuted on the amazon bestseller list the first day of its release.

Kyle is also the author of several short stories and TO AID AND PROTECT, his first novel. He has several projects in the works, including the final TIME ASSASSINS novel, HARVEST DAY, THE JAKE CUTTER CONSPIRACY, HYPERION, and ATLANTIS FALLING. He is married with two children and lives in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. You can follow him on twitter at @rkhannah or


Jessica Hawke

Jessica Hawke's debut novel is Phantom Touch, published by Crescent Moon Press. She loves writing for young adults because of the endless potential and imagination of teenagers. She is active in local writing groups, including acting as municipal liaison for her region’s NaNoWriMo chapter. She currently resides in Augusta, Georgia, where she is a middle school teacher and freelance musician.


David Alastair Hayden

David Alastair Hayden scribbles and podcasts tales of fantasy adventure for young and adult readers. He lives in Alabama, along with his delightful wife and three lovely cats. David studied history, literature, and religion at the University of Alabama. He practices Yang Taijiquan, and he enjoys playing and designing roleplaying games. David is also an avid collector of vintage manual typewriters, mostly from the 1950's.


Barry Hayes

Barry HayesBarry Hayes was born in Illinois with a pen in his hand and head full of stories. He grew up in the mountains and coalfields of beautiful Southwest Virginia. After graduating high school, Barry moved to Alabama where he studied English and History at Jacksonville State University.

Barry spent years running numerous role playing games for his friends in both Virginia and Alabama. He later teamed up with his friend Jeremy Hicks and co-wrote two screenplays based upon one the fantasy world. Barry and Jeremy meshed their ideas together and after the smoke had cleared they had forged the Cycle of Ages Saga. Adapted from the screenplay, their first book, Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers; was published in July of 2013 by Dark Oak Press.

Barry has also co-written three more screenplays. They include the Cycle of Ages Saga sequel, Sands of Sorrow; a road trip comedy entitled Across the Border: South to Alaska and a dark comedy/horror tale about meth zombies plaguing a trailer park in Alabama, titled Zombies on Ice. This screenplay placed as a Top Finalist in the 2011 Cherub Films Horror Screenplay Competition under the title Night of the Living Rednecks. He is currently writing his original science fiction space opera as well as a few short stories of the post-apocalyptic kind. Barry currently resides in Alabama with his wife, their two dogs and several house cats they have rescued over the years.


Jeremy Hicks

Jeremy HicksOne of the chosen few to be born in Alabam’, Jeremy Hicks spent several years working as a field archaeologist throughout the Southeast before teaming up with his longtime friend and co-author, Barry Hayes, to realize a shared creative dream. The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original horror-fantasy environment (Faltyr™), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization of the same name. As a result, their first novel was published by Dark Oak Press and Media at the end of July 2013. Their second novel in the Cycle of Ages Saga (CoAS: Sands of Sorrow) will be released in 2014.

As co-founder of Broke Guys Productions, Jeremy has co-written three more as-of-yet unproduced screenplays, including the first sequel to CoAS: Finders Keepers. He is credited as associate producer “The Curse of the Rougarou”, an independent horror film written and directed by Kalila Smith. Jeremy Hicks is also a short story writer and poet. He has a hair-raising tale about a werewolf seeking revenge as well as a steampunk Cycle of Ages Saga story appearing in upcoming Dark Oak anthologies. Several of his poems are available online through Yahoo! Voices.


James Hill

James Hill is an Illustrator who lives in Gardendale Alabama. He has recently released series of comics through Twilight Star Productions called Necrotrancer and is currently working on The Misadventures of Adam West for Blue Water Productions. James is also the owner of Art Monkey Studios where he is currently working on a few top secret projects, none of which I am at liberty to speak about. You can also visit his website:
where you can view or purchase or even commission art.

James is also married to a wonderful lady named Jennifer Mayo who is also serves as his manager and publicist. They have been married for 12 years and still going strong. They also have 2 wonderful boys Andrew and Micah, neither of which is employed by James as of this writing.


Shane Ivey

Shane Ivey is partner and managing editor at Arc Dream Publishing, an award-winning publisher of fiction and tabletop roleplaying games including: the Cthulhu Mythos gaming magazine The Unspeakable Oath ("steeped in atmosphere"); the game and fiction line Delta Green ("unsurpassed influence and reputation"), which blends modern technothriller intrigue with Lovecraftian cosmic terror; The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man, a Call of Cthulhu campaign in the Dreamlands of H.P. Lovecraft; the supervillain roleplaying game Better Angels ("It’s fresh, it’s different and it’s fun"); the deadly World War 2 superhero game Godlike ("richly super [yet] delightfully bleak and war-torn"); the spookily charming Monsters and Other Childish Things ("a wonderfully creepy games about kids and the monsters who love them"); the Victorian superhero RPG The Kerberos Club; Wild Talents, A Dirty World, Reign, and tons more.

Shane and Arc Dream were early pioneers in crowdfunding years before the explosive popularity of Kickstarter. Some of Arc Dream's biggest properties came to life (or came back to life) thanks to the power that this new funding model brings to creators who use it wisely.

Shane also co-founded with Joe Crowe. Shane programmed the whole thing by hand back in the days when he could still remember what "PHP" stands for, and was its editor-in-chief for years before tabletop gaming ate his life.

Outside of games and funny websites, Shane has done time over the years as a copy editor for the Birmingham News, a magazine editor for UAB, a security guard who nearly got shot and stabbed a couple of different times in only three months on the job (seriously, screw that job), a drug counselor, and a law student. He lives in Chelsea, Alabama, with a wife who is a great cop and an even better photographer and three teenage kids who totally love hearing about the vagaries of small-press publishing every single day.


Amy Johnson

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson is a crafts artisan and milliner at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Her journey to become a "mad hatter" started at a very young age. Her grandmothers made certain she could sew as soon as she could grasp a needle. Millersville University of Pennsylvania helped feed the sewing addiction, along with theaters and operas of the area. Those all led to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire where she drew on her costuming expertise (and patience), clothing everyone from peasants to jousting knights (and even their horses). Well respected for her work there, Renaissance Magazine featured her costumes on several covers and presented a feature spread of the work. Her work has been seen at Vermont's Weston Playhouse Theater, New York's Chautauqua Institution, and several independent films in Philadelphia. When not trying to devise fabulous costumes for her traveling herd of pugs, she enjoys spending time exploring local historical sites with her husband.


Rick Johnson

Rick JohnsonRick Johnson (aka The World's Smallest Giant) is a writer/artist living in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Having grown up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies, he naturally thought he could earn a living in one of those fields. Much to his surprise, life often throws curve balls. So Rick took a “real” job and became a productive citizen. But he never outgrew his love of all things macabre. A few years ago, Rick began self publishing his own brand of horror and science fiction under the banner Phat Daddy Studios Presents. With stories like Bune’s World, LMC-1 and Hard Luck, he continued to refine his approach to graphic storytelling.

Operation Silver Moon marked a turning point. Teaming with award winning writer, Bobby Nash, gave Rick the opportunity to revamp his drawing style. Taking cues from E.C. comics, Warren Publishing magazines, and 40s film noir, Rick injected a new mood into his art.

Currently, Rick is providing artwork for the horror web series Upyri and collaborating with writer, Sean Taylor, on the science fiction tale A Stitch In Time: The Return of The Invisible Man for IDW. He is also working on a followup to his Phat Daddy Fable Hard Luck.


Russell Jones

Russell JonesRussell Jones is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and will graduate this May with a degree in Broadcasting from the University of Alabama. A lover of great film and television, Russell is no stranger to the screen himself. Russell is a professional actor here in Birmingham represented by Real People Talent Agency. He has been involved in both local and national commercials, independent films, and theatre productions for the past nine years, working with such organizations as Birmingham Festival Theatre, Virginia Samford Theatre, Stardome Comedy Club, and Birmingham Children’s Theatre, among others. Russell has also had the privilege of producing live theatre in Birmingham, as well as acting as the PA for several UAB sports teams on a regular basis. When not on stage or in front of a camera or microphone. Russell recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in television and film.  He is currently a news-reporter working for WVUA Tuscaloosa. Russell can often be found spending time with his wife and son.


A. "Rem" Justice

Getting her start making anime based costumes for small parties, she had to learn to be able to use common objects and uncommon ideas in her designs. She eventually found her way into the local convention circuit where she and her friend, Jennifer "Ojisama" Conaway, were known for years as the “Guilty Gear Girls”. After several successful years she eventually “retired” from regular competition and moved on to travel larger conventions and cosplay casually. She's recently become known for her Lady Unicron, and is constantly searching for inspiration for bigger and better armor builds.


Ciara Knight

Ciara KnightCiara Knight writes to 'Defy the Dark' with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Ciara is extremely sociable and can be found at Facebook @ciaraknightwrites, Twitter @ciaratknight, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her website


Robert J. Krog

Robert KrogRobert J. Krog is an author and editor from Memphis, TN. He has been writing since the seventh grade. A fan of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, he writes stories that, if not exactly emulating their style, are in a similar vein, philosophically. His published works include: The Stone Maiden and Other Tales; the novella, A Bag full of Eyes; and numerous short stories in various anthologies from Sam’s Dot, Alban Lake, and Dark Oak. A Bag Full of Eyes won the Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Novella 2013. Mr. Krog is editor of the Dark Oak anthology A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder. He is working on a dystopian/apocalyptic novel titled Penultima. His website is


David LaRocca

David LaRocca was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1980 and has lived in Alabama most of his life. As a child he developed a passionate interest in art that paralleled a growing fascination with fantasy, darkness and mystery.

LaRocca has been working as a professional Digital, Traditional and 3D artist for over 14 years. He has done work in the 3D Animation, Comic book, RPG, Educational and Video Game industries. In this time, he began illustrating his own worlds of fantasy and horror. The spectral, haunting quality of his paintings reflects his interest in the darker side of the human psyche.

It is no surprise that LaRocca finds inspiration in the works of artists in diverse media: musicians like Tool, authors like H.P. Lovecraft, and fellow illustrators like Brom. Like these artists, LaRocca is unafraid to explore the shadowy worlds of the mind without regard to the polite tastes of the mainstream. His gallery represents the digital, traditional, and conceptual pieces from that exploration.

He has been published in: Infected By Art #1, ImagineFX #25, 10th Muse vs. The Legend of Isis #2, Creepy Creatures Bestiary (supplement for Pathfinder), Cerulean Seas Campaign Setting, and the upcoming Infected By Art #2. You can also visit his Facebook page at:

Alan Lewis

In 1965, an object fell from space, somewhere near Kecksburg, PA. This was the same year that Alan was born. To date, no connection has been made between the two events but that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists from speculating.

D. Alan Lewis is an ‘alleged’ native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children. In 2006, Alan took the reins of the NWMG’s Novelist Group where he works with new and aspiring writers, leads writing and publishing workshops, and has worked to publish their 4 anthologies.

Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. Alan’s other books include, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus from Dark Oak and The Bishop of Port Victoria and The Airpirates of Casablanca from Pro Se Press. He is also editing of 3 anthologies for Dark Oak Press, Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem, Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds, and Capes & Clockwork.

He also has short stories in a number of anthologies, including Dreams of Steam 4-Gizmos, Black Pulp, Nashville Noir, Beyond the Skyline, Comfort Foods, and Midnight Movie Creature Feature Vol.2.


Cathlena Martin, Ph.D.

Cathlena Martin, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Game Studies and Design at the University of Montevallo and the Director of the Honors Program. Dr. Martin researches and teaches game-based learning, the history of games, and game design. Her specialization is children's literature and games, and her publications include chapters in edited collections on topics such as Peter Pan and video games, play in Ender’s Game, and game adaptations from children's texts. For more information, go to


Josh Mason

Joshua Daniel Mason is an independent film maker from Memphis, Tn. He specializes in the action and comedy genres and is most well known for his ‘No More Sorrow’ trilogy of action films as well as a trilogy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ fan films. His most recent project is a Star Wars fan film titled ‘STAR WARS: THE COMING DARKNESS’. He has gained a substantial fan base by attending comic conventions, film festivals, and other events across the country. He even had the honor of filming and documenting the paranormal investigations of the EXPEDITION UNKNOWN team. Mr. Mason also is well known for his YouTube comedy shorts in which he has parodied everything from Terminator to Assassin’s Creed. Most of his work can be seen on The Mason Studios Channel on YouTube. For more information on Mason Studios, visit


Logan Masterson

Born in southern Missouri, and traveling the American southwest throughout his early life, Logan L. Masterson became rooted in ideas rather than places. Fantasies and imageries are his stock-in-trade. His tools are intuition, observation, vocabulary and rhythm. Well, those and a good word processor. Masterson’s first book-length work, Ravencroft Springs, will be published by Pro Se Press this summer. Look for his stories “Clockwork Demons” in Capes & Clockwork, and “Shadow of the Wolf” in Luna’s Children II, both from Dark Oak Press. A published poet, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee with five dogs, two turtles, and a lovely wife.


Jamie McDaniel, PhD

Currently an assistant professor of English and the Technical Writing director at Pittsburg State University, Dr. McDaniel holds a Ph.D. in English from Case-Western Reserve. Dr. McDaniel has published and presented extensively on film -- including publications on Dario Argento's Phenomena in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and on Time after Time in the forthcoming Critical Companion to Science Fiction Film Adaptations. Dr. McDaniel is currently the sponsor of the anime group at Pittsburg State University and recently developed and taught classes utilizing elements of pop culture. His class, "Monsters and Mayhem," used the framework of the "monstrous other" to teach elements of general literature, and he has recently been dubbed a “zombie expert” due to his presentations about zombies and vampires.


Scott Merrill

Hello, my name is Scott Merrill and I am a costume crafts artisan. I don't remember a time in my life where I didn't have a need to create something from something else. Even as a child I would take apart my toys and turn them into something new. Thankfully, I have a very understanding mother and a father who ran a boyscout camp that started me with wood and leather crafts at a very early age. All this combined with a grandfather who taught me all I needed to have my very own rocket ship in my backyard were two steel drums, a dryer door and my imagination, led me to believe you can build anything with hard work, an active imagination, and an understanding of your tools and materials.

I started Jacksonville State University as an art major and found theater by way of make-up effects. Once in the theater my art talent flourished, painting murals in the scene shop, sculpting in the prop shop, and various mask making projects. I found my ability to see various shapes and how they could go together clicked with draping and pattern making. I one day realized, I was a theatre major. It was difficult to tear me away from the costume and props shops. There were so many tools and so many things I could not wait to build. The day I found costume crafts as a job where all my training in art school, costume shop and props all came together in one was amazing.


Yoko Mizuhara

Yoko Mizuhara has been making and modeling her costumes for nearly a decade in which she's made over 50 costumes. Since 2010, she has been sharing her experience with others by running panels and hosting cosplay contests across the south east as well as staffing conventions. Yoko has helped present dozens of different panels as well as worked as staff at over 20 conventions. Check out more of her costume creations on her site:


Alexis Montclaire

Alexis is a Chattanooga local; an avid costumer and cosplayer with almost 15 years of fabrication and fashion experience. She became involved in cosplay through fan groups and con attendance after becoming a fashion model at 17. Encouraged by friends and family, Alexis has done cosplay from most genres of geekdom: video games, literature, fantasy movies, Star Wars, and was Nvidia's prizewinner for their GeForce 6800 release with her portrayal as Nalu. She has been featured on the cover of BioGamer Girl magazine, won awards for her competitive cosplaying, given lectures and workshops across multiple cons, and through her modeling career has been featured on Vogue Italia online, Freque Magazine, and other publications in the South East. Alexis loves to share her fabrication and conceptual knowledge with fellow builders as well as discuss lore and theorycrafting (especially of the Warcraft universe) with fellow gaming fans!


C. Marie Mosley

Christal MoselyC. Marie Mosley is an author of Young Adult and New Adult Fiction, exploring elements of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. She grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. She now lives in North Alabama with her husband and son.

C. Marie currently has two different series in publication: Empyreal, a YA Contemporary Fantasy series, in which the first two books are currently available (Awaken & Rise and Fall), along with a prequel novella (Prelude), and the third installment in the series (Rogue) is set for release in late Spring. The Harden Fields series, a Contemporary Romance series based on a fictional town set in the heart of Alabama, also has two books currently available (This Side of Forever and Never Say Never), with the third installment (After Ever) set for release this Summer.

When she’s not making up her own stories, she’s getting lost in someone else's. Aside from writing, C. Marie is an avid-reader, always on the go, loves to dance & lives through music, loves to make people laugh, and enjoys exploring her other creative outlets…but most of all, she loves to spend time with her wonderful family.

You can visit her anytime at You can also find C. Marie on Facebook, Twitter @CMarieMosley, as well as Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, & Google+.


J L Mulvihill

J L MulvihillBorn in Hollywood J L Mulvihill had dreams of being a rock star. Forgoing the call to stardom to become a writer instead, JL is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa, from her Elsie Lind series, an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk published through Dark Oak Press and Media/Kerlak Publishing, and a young adult steampunk novel, The Boxcar Baby of the Steel Roots series, a great American adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, published through Seventh Star Press. She is also co-edited with horror author Alexander S. Brown of the anthology entitled Southern Haunts which includes her short horror story entitled, Bath 10, and published through Seventh Star Press. Other published stories by J L Mulvihill include, The Book, a steampunk thriller found in Dreams of Steam III anthology; Chilled Meat, another steampunk thriller, found in Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology; The Leprechaun’s Story, a steampunk urban fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells. A Real Dragon and Magic in The Ozarks, found in Memories and Dreams published by The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, AR; Jen’s Spicy Crawfish Bisque, found in It’s All about Food with a Mississippi Twist, published through the Clinton Ink-Slingers; and The Proud Oak, published through the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.

J L Mulvihill has written several articles for as the Jackson Literature Examiner. She is also an event’s coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower, a volunteer organization of authors and artists who promote their own publications while lending a hand to other writers and artists. J L Mulvihill is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), The Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), as well as her local writing group, the Clinton Ink-Slingers.

Jen is currently working on novels for both the Elsie Lind series entitled, Elsindai, and the second novel to the Steel Roots series.  She also continues to write short stories in the fantasy, steampunk, horror, and sci/fi genre, as well as poetry inspired by her life in Mississippi. She has also been known to Karaoke from time to time when she thinks no one is looking.



Bobby Nash

From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, 2013 Pulp Ark Award Winning Best Author, Bobby Nash writes a little bit of everything including novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, screenplays, media tie-ins, and more. Between writing deadlines, Bobby is an actor and extra in movies and television, including appearances in Deviant Pictures’ Fat Chance, FOX’s The Following, USA’s Neil, Inc. and more. He is also the co-host of the Earth Station One podcast ( and a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Bobby was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards, his first professional writing award. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at,, and, among other places across the web.


Michael Nipp

Michael NippI fancy myself a Podcaster. I love talking about movies and my love for movies. The Star Wars Universe is by far my favorite and I could talk about that for hours on end but movies in general are my area of expertise. I've been Podcasting for 3 years and have over 100 episodes under my belt. I along with my co-host from the beginning, David Dollar, can be heard on The Deucecast at


Jacob 'Pinky' Pinkerton

Jacob PinkertonJacob 'Pinky' Pinkerton as been an avid film lover ever since the age of seven when he first watch Lord of the Rings back in 2001. Since then, he has gone on to be in many small productions varying from school projects to independent films. Pinky joined The Deucecast last year and is on track to get a minor in film from UAB.


Jim O'Rear

Jim O’Rear has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty five years, beginning his career on tour as The Youngest Professional Magician with David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr., and The Great Tomsoni and opening for acts like Cheap Trick and John Anderson.

With his “magical” background and having been trained in New York at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, it was only natural that Jim move into the realm of film, television, and theatre where he has worked steadily as an actor, stuntman, and special make-up effects artist on such projects as Star Trek 4, Stephen King's The Boogeyman, ABC's Nashville, Lethal Weapon 3, Fall Of The House Of Usher, Day Of The Dead, The Vampire Wars, A Christmas Carol, Cop & ½, Psycho Beach Party, Evita, Little Shop Of Horrors, No Retreat No Surrender 3, Mortal Kombat: Conquest,  and many more with actors including Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Mel Gibson, Amanda Plummer, Kevin Sorbo, Hayden Panetierre, Connie Britton, Maximillian Schell, Robert Englund, Jon Voight, John Billingsley, Chris Sarandon, and others.

Wanting to get some of his own ideas onto the screen, Jim successfully moved into the area of screenwriting. Although competition is tough, he has written and sold a number of horror-related screenplays, including The House Of Pain (in development with Robert “Freddy” Englund, Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen, Tom “Friday The 13th” Savini, Bill “ChopTop” Moseley, and Debbie “Scream Queen” Rochon), Hayride Slaughter, Hayride Slaughter 2, The Deadly Obligation, Vampyre Tales, Wolfsbayne, The Deepening, and (currently playing on cable) Scream Farm. Jim also placed third for Best Screenplay in TSA’s screenwriting competition and was a finalist in the Fade In Screenplay contest and Writer’s Network competition.

Jim’s horror writing has not stopped there. He has also contributed many articles to national publications, such as Scary Monsters Magazine, Scars Magazine, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Comics Interview, and Underground Entertainment, and has been recognized in Fangoria Magazine, Alternative Cinema, Fright Times, and Femme Fatale Magazine. Jim was also “immortalized” as a comic book character opposite Thor in an issue of MARVEL Comic’s “What The…?” and has appeared as himself (along with Ken Foree, Tom Savini, Debbie Rochon, Brinke Stevens, James Gunn, and more) in the fictional horror novel, BAD MOON RISING… the third installment of Jonathan Mayberry’s GHOST ROAD BLUES trilogy…. and in ZOMBIE: CSU. In addition, Jim has written a paranormal book about real hauntings in Tennessee for Schiffer Publishing titled TENNESSEE GHOSTS and has recently released his follow-up titled HOLLYWOOD’S PARANORMAL FILMS.

Currently, Jim continues to work as an actor and stuntman on several films per year, recently cast opposite Andrew “Wishmaster” Divoff (Lost, Airforce One), Tom Savini (Grindhouse, From Dusk Til Dawn), and Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel) in The Dead Matter, playing Kane Hodder’s (Hatchet, Friday The 13th) brother in Old Habits Die Hard, acting opposite Linnea Quigley (Return Of The Living Dead) and Monique Dupree in Post Mortem America, appearing with John Dugan (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Scott Tepperman (Ghost Hunters International), and Daniel Taylor (Return Of The Swamp Thing) in The Hospital, portraying an alien bounty hunter in It Came From Trafalgar, with Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and continuees to make appearances opposite Hayden Panetierre (Hereos) and Connie Britton (American Horror Story) in the hit ABC television show Nashville.  As if that isn’t enough, Jim continues to write for horror publications all over the world, consult for horror-related projects internationally, and is the founder of Celebrity Ghost Hunters.

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Darrell "Doc" Osborn

Dr. OsbornBorn mid-last century at a US Government facility in Orleans, France, Doctor Osborn continues in his quest for Complete World Domination through the use of his Mad Science and Balloons of Doom. And now a message from the Doctor: Greetings! Welcome to my realm of evil! You should be proud of yourself. Few that have ventured this far into the nexus between Magic and Science have retained their sanity or their lunch. (That reminds me, I need to order a pizza. Now where did I leave my Phone of Evil?) I will be touring the South this year searching for qualified minions and demonstrating my latest innovations in Magical Mad Science and my Twisted Balloons of Doom!!! Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!!!!!



Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie OsbornFew can claim the varied background of Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.

Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Her space experience also includesSpacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects.

Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy.

In addition she possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter.

Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world’s highest suspension bridge, down gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she was present for several phreatic eruptions of Mount St. Helens.

Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the “Cresperian Saga,” book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed “Displaced Detective” series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files.” She recently released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, as an ebook.

In addition to her writing work, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily “pays it forward,” teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank. The Mystery continues.


James Palmer

James PalmerJames Palmer is a writer, editor and publisher of science fiction and pulp adventure. He has written articles, interviews, reviews and columns for Strange Horizons, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and Tangent Online. His stories have appeared in anthologies and collections including Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars, Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter, The Adventures of Harry Houdini, Tales of the Rook vol. 2, Mars McCoy: Space Ranger vol. 2, The New Adventures of Semi Dual, and others. He is editor and co-creator (with former comics scribe Jim Beard) of the popular alternate history giant monster anthology Monster Earth and its sequels Betrayal on Monster Earth and the forthcoming War on Monster Earth. James also edited the weird western anthology Strange Trails and Robots Unleashed! He also has several novels in the pipeline. A recovering comic book addict, James lives in Northeast Georgia with his wife and daughter. For more info on his shenanigans, visit and


Van Allen Plexico

Van Allen PlexicoVan Allen Plexico is the award-winning author of a dozen SF and superhero novels and many more short stories, scripts and novellas. In the nonfiction world he co-wrote two bestselling books on college football and two popular books on Marvel’s Avengers. He created or co-created characters including Gideon Cain, Mars McCoy, Blackthorn, Lucian, Hawk, and the Sentinels, and he has written, edited and/or packaged pulp adventure anthologies for several different publishers. He hosts the White Rocket Podcast (discussing pop culture, for the Earth Station One Network) and the Wishbone Podcast (covering Auburn football for the War Eagle Sports Radio Network). A character in the Iron Man comics and a Peacekeeper regiment in Farscape were both named after him, and he once peed with Q. He’s an Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Southwestern Illinois College.


HC Playa

HC PlayaHC Playa is a writer, a mad scientist in training (translation: full –time graduate student), a mother of three, and an animal wrangler. Although, some days she wonders if maybe she's the one being wrangled.

An avid reader since the precocious age of four, she devoured books from numerous genres, but science fiction and fantasy hold a special place in her heart. A rambling, late night phone conversation with her sister sparked an idea, which led to discovering a new passion. Bitten by the writing bug, at last count she had seven novels in various stages of completion, and a growing collection of short stories.

Her favorite activity is to play in fantastical worlds, as it's the best adventure there is.


Amanda Porter

Amanda PorterA.G. Porter is the author of The Darkness Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Thriller. She is an Independent Author (Indie Author) who enjoys writing scary stories as much as she loves reading them. Currently, A.G. is working on the last book in the trilogy. When she isn’t writing, she’s either taking pictures, reading, watching movies or spending much needed time with her family. A.G. lives in New Hope, Alabama with her husband, Billy, stepson, Brenton, and their 4 dogs.


Radio Cult

Radio CultAfter performing over 900 shows together, Radio Cult really knows how to deliver great songs and an energetic stage show that always leads to a night of FUN! The band's performances have included festivals, conventions, casinos, weddings, fraternity parties, and corporate events as well as in bars, concert halls and other music venues across the USA and Europe. They've performed well known venues such as The Whisky A Go Go and The Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA, The Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA and The Spice of Life in London, England. This band rocks the night away every time they hit the stage and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing since day one!

In addition to their live shows, Radio Cult has released four CDs, one EP, one DVD and several music videos. Songs from their CDs are getting radio play across the country and around the world. They’ve done dozens of radio interviews, performed on television multiple times (including an appearance on CBS) and have songs featured on several movie soundtracks and compilations. The band is the subject of the video game "Radio Cult: Loadout" in which gamers can play as the different members of the band. Bambi Lynn (Guitarist/Vocalist) is a featured artist with Dean Guitars & Swiss Picks. She's been featured in numerous ads including ads in Guitar World magazine. In addition to Dean Guitars and Swiss Picks, the band has signed endorsement deals with GHS strings & Coffin Case. Also, Radio Cult has been featured in many magazines and newspapers around the USA and Europe. When they aren’t on the road, Radio Cult is in the recording studio. In addition to the songs on their CDs, the band has written and recorded music for movie soundtracks, a cartoon, live events and even a comic book superhero theme song!

Regardless of their long list of achievements, Radio Cult is primarily a live band. If you see their show, you’ll know that this costume-clad company exemplifies just what entertainment can be. Radio Cult is a circus of excitement! Their show is an action packed, double feature of fun! The members of Radio Cult LOVE to play in a band and it shows. When the band has fun, the crowd has fun and with Radio Cult the crowd really has a blast! So what are you waiting for? Check out Radio Cult today!


Dr. Gregory L. Reece

Cassidy RaeDr. Gregory L. Reece is the author of Creatures of the Night: In Search of Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves and Demons/; Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: Mysterious Creatures, Lost Worlds and Amazing Inventions; UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture; Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King; and Irony and Religious Belief.

Most recently, Greg completed a chapter for the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. His review of Richard Toronto’s The War Over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940’s Science Fiction and Fred Nadis’ The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey was recently published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. His work has been reviewed in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine and has been featured in The Fortean Times. Greg is also featured in the documentary film, A Short History of Flying Saucers, part of the Blu-Ray special edition release of the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Dr. Reece holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the Claremont Graduate University with a specialty in philosophy of religion and theology, an M.Div. from the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a B.A. from Samford University, and an A.A. from Martin Methodist College.

His studies in philosophy of religion, particularly his work on irony and religious belief, have led Greg to explore religion from its more idiosyncratic border regions rather than from its more stable center. In pursuit of an understanding of religion, he has attended an Elvis Impersonator contest in Las Vegas, celebrated the birth of the King of Rock and Roll in Memphis, attended UFO and Tesla Technology conventions, had his molecules rejuvenated via the alien technology of the Integratron, visited Roswell and Area 51, had a close encounter with the extraterrestrials known as the Tall Whites, explored an underground cavern rumored to lead to a subterranean civilization, hunted Bigfoot outside of Paris, Texas, attended a Satanic mass, interviewed vampires, been trained in the art of exorcism, and gone hiking with a werewolf.

Greg lives at Brookehouse, a big, old home in the Montevallo, Alabama historic district, along with his wife Kristen, his son Sam, and his daughter Olivia. In his spare time, and when he not making plumbing repairs, he likes to build robot, spaceship, and ray-gun sculptures from junk he finds at the thrift store.


Kimberly Richardson

Kimberly RichardsonAfter found as an infant crawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to be an eccentric woman with a taste for listening to jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing and was named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Kimberly is also the Editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam, the sequel, Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts. (Kerlak Publishing) and the upcoming anthology Dreams of Steam III (Kerlak Publishing). Other short stories and poetry have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing and FootHills Publishing. Her first full-length novel, The Decembrists (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012.


Anne Riley

Anne RileyAnne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and two daughters.

Anne married her husband, Rob, in June 2008. Later that summer, she began writing a story called The Clearing. She finished the novel in December and, strangely enough, landed an agent (Alanna Ramirez, Trident Media Group) a mere month later. The book didn’t sell to a traditional publisher, so Anne self-published it for a limited run of one year and continued to work on new material. When the time came to pull it from publication, an editor at Compass Press contacted Anne about acquiring the book. A revised version with a new cover and a new name–Shadows of the Hidden–was released by Compass Press in December 2012.

When she isn’t teaching, writing, mothering, or wifing, Anne enjoys engaging with her church and reading all the fabulous novels she can squeeze in. She’s also really great at pretending to clean her house and putting off the laundry until it overtakes an entire room. She is not good at sports, despite having played volleyball for four years of her life, but she is a very talented coffee-maker.



Kim Johnston is founder of the paranormal research team Spirit Communications and Research (SCARe) and author of Haunted Shelby County, Alabama. Kim and the rest of the SCARe team have been helping families across Alabama with paranormal activity in their homes for the past two years. Kim is a software developer by day but frequently volunteers her time at local schools and programs teaching her audience about the history of Shelby County and giving writing tips. She also co-hosts The Scare Show with Blaine Rohan.

Blaine Rohan has over 20 years of paranormal investigative experience and is a clairvoyant, clairaudient and medium. He has been seeing and hearing spirits since the young age of 4 years old. He has investigated all over the United States and uses his gifts to help others free of charge. Blaine is co-host of The Scare Show, which discusses all things paranormal, and is broadcast in 190 countries worldwide on Digital Radio 103 FM. He is also writing his first book entitled Sacred Voices which will be available soon.

Nicole Sparks is a seasoned paranormal investigator and an important part of the SCARe team. She became interested in the paranormal after growing up in an old, haunted home in Wisconsin. Nicole has captured some of the most exciting paranormal evidence our team has encountered and is very good with audio analysis.

Kat Hobson is a professional photographer by day and experienced paranormal investigator by night. She is also an empath and medium. She is able to hear spirits and feel their presence. Kat has worked with Gulf Paranormal Society as well as The SCARe team. She helped resolve one of the team’s worst hauntings to date.

Shane Busby is co-founder of The SCARe team and has an expert level of knowledge on the occult. His background in Computer Science comes in handy as the tech guy. He provides a healthy dose of skepticism for the team and has helped debunk several cases.


Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker and a professor of media production at the University of Alabama. Schwartz received a BA in psychology from the University of Alabama and then went on to receive a MFA in film production from the University of New Orleans.

When he was a young child, he fell in love with the movie Ghostbusters, its sequel and cartoon spin-off and attributes the franchise as one of the reasons he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking. In 2010, having moved back to Alabama after being in New Orleans, he discovered the Alabama Ghostbusters fan organization and promptly joined. In 2013, he combined his passion for filmmaking and his passion for Ghostbusters in an ongoing fan-film web series project called Alabama Ghostbusters: A Web Series. Schwartz directs the series and co-writes with fellow UNO alumnus Nicky Stevens, but the rest of the crew is made up entirely of hardworking, dedicated University of Alabama Telecommunication and Film students. Four episodes have been released so far and have received praise from Ghostbusters fans from around the world.

He also recently completed Zom-Com, a 22 minute zombie TV pilot starring Jason Griffith (“Sonic the Hedgehog”), Dan DeLuca (season 4 of HBO’s The Wire), Erica Schroeder (“Yu Gi Oh,”), and Jarrod Cuthrell, a native Alabamian.

Other select credits include Watermarks, a short narrative film set in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Torch, a short documentary highlighting Birmingham's Vulcan statue and the traffic safety light it once held in its outstretched arm, and Barney and the Martians, an award-winning short narrative that has screened at various festivals across the country.


Faith Serafin

Faith Serafin is the director of the Alabama Paranormal Research Team. She started her research and endeavors in paranormal science 25 years ago and has authored several books based on the haunted history of Alabama and Georgia. Faith believes that history is an important element of paranormal research and investigating. The educational value behind supernatural history can be told, “One ghost story at a time”. She organized the Alabama Paranormal Research Team in 2006 and together, they have investigated numerous haunted locations throughout the United States. The non-profit organization, based out of Alabama, investigates all aspects of the paranormal from, ghosts and spiritual phenomenon, to UFO and Cryptid sightings.

Faith began writing about historically haunted places in 2009 and was published in 2010 in the Haunted America Series. Faith’s books include: Haunted Auburn and Opelika, Haunted Columbus Georgia – Phantom’s of the Fountain City, Haunted Montgomery Alabama and her new release (2014) for the Wicked Series, “Wicked Phenix City Alabama”.

In 2012, Faith was asked to film an episode of A&E’s, “My Ghost Story” based on paranormal experiences at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Her recent televisions involvement will be featured in the spring of 2014 for the new paranormal show, “Believers”, airing on the weather channel.

Faith’s photo and freelance work, based on haunted locations, has been featured in numerous magazines and books throughout Alabama. Her blog site features interviews and information from paranormal celebrities and unusual history to eye witness accounts of paranormal sightings and phenomenon. You can visit her sites here:


Brian Shirley

Brian Shirley is the founder and editor-in-chief for Alien Bee Entertainment News, based in Birmingham, Alabama. The entertainment news site mainly focuses on horror and sci-fi movies and television news. Brian also does movie and television reviews and has interviewed over 200 celebrities over the years. Besides movies and television, Alien Bee also covers video games, music, comic books, tech, art and cosplay.

Brian is also the creator of the popular creature feature comic book Crocaloctopus that launched back in 2010 and is currently working on an Alien Bee comic book as well as a few top secret projects featuring the popular Bee.

Brian has also worked on several indie horror and sci-fi films, most recently as producer for the horror-thriller Intrusive Behavior, now making its rounds in the festival circuit and seeking distribution and the upcoming home invasion thriller Open House that is currently in pre-production.


Melissa Shultz-Jones

Melissa Shultz-Jones is an artist and illustrator. She has created characters for writers and an art director and is currently working on a cover for her first publishing gig. She is an aspiring children's book illustrator and is working on her own graphic novel. And she does portraits. She loves hanging out with other creative types by attending the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators conferences, various critique groups, other comic artists, cartoonists, writers, and enthusiasts. She is pretty easy to find; just look for the person with paint and ink on her left hand, the “paint pallet hand”. Just shake her right one, incase it's still wet.


Eric Sipple

Eric Sipple is a lifelong fan of books, computers, and Moleskine notebooks. He writes, he builds software, then he writes some more.

Check out his debut novel, Broken Magic, available today on Amazon. His inspiring rants about art and geekery can be found on his website:


Paige Gardner Smith

Paige is an award-winning costumer who regularly appears at science fiction and fantasy conventions around the Eastern U.S. to teach easy costuming methods. While Paige has created recognizable cosplay from the Sci-Fi universe, she is mostly recognized for her steampunk masks, gear and costumes that are constructed from found, salvaged or vintage items.

As a costumer who doesn’t sew, Paige is a popular guest and presenter at costuming events – mostly because she quick to lift up her skirt…to show the safety pins and fabric tape that hold it together.

Paige’s costuming work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, television and independent film as well as being featured in books, including 1000 Steampunk Creations, 1000 Cosplay Creations and The Steampunk Users Guide (releasing in 2014). Her masks and gear have also been exhibited at various venues around the U.S. You can also find Paige and her costume work at CostumeArt on Facebook and @CostumeArt on Twitter and her blog at



Paul Smith

Unfortunately NOT the comic artist, or the British fashion designer, or even the late, great father of ASCII, this Paul Smith is the internationally famous (?) co-host of the more-or-less weekly Gobbledygeek pop culture podcast. He has, at one time or another, been a collector of comics, watcher of film, role player of games, petter of cats, and eater of pie. In his spare time he passionately (and unironically) defends movies other people hate, like I, ROBOT, SUCKER PUNCH, and yes, JOHN CARTER. In his day job, he trains dragons. Not even kidding.

Oh, and he almost never wears pants.


Matt Stephens

I was born and raised in the age of Gi-Joe, Ghostbusters, and transformers giving me a firm morale base . Later I found religion in my original Star Wars vhs box set. In my later high school and college years I occupied my time with attemts at the lowest of budget horror shorts and maintaining my street cred on our xbox LAN. Now I run my own 2nd hand store where I filter others possesions into two catagories, the things that I can sell for a profit and all the super fun geek stuff I horde for myself. Currently my main focuses my health obsessions are the newest iteration of My Little Pony, the newly found Dr.Who, and all things post apocoliptic from nuclear holocaust to zombie and all things in between.


Amy Leigh Strickland

Amy Leigh Strickland was born Amy Leigh Albro on June 8, 1986 in a hospital in Nashua, NH. She was raised for eighteen years in Townsend, MA, participating in Drama Club, Girl Scouts, Art Club, Flight Student Literary Magazine, and the National Honors Society. Amy graduated as a Gold Award Girl Scout, as President of her school's chapter of the NHS, and received the Flag Award for citizenship.

After graduating High School, Amy enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design. Amy earned her BFA in Performing Arts at SCAD, and she starred in Sharon Ott's 2008 production of Oliver Twist as the title role. During this time, she also took advantage of her electives, studying writing, Shakespeare, and World Mythology. It was here that she met her future husband, Kyle Strickland.

In the summer of 2008, BFA in-hand, Amy returned to Townsend, MA to plan her wedding. She began writing her first novel while working retail and doing freelance web design work. On April 24, 2010, Amy married and became Amy Leigh Strickland. Days after returning from her honeymoon, Amy packed up and moved to Alabama.

Amy's first published novel, Olympia Heights: The Pantheon, was released in July of 2011. Its sequels, Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World and Olympia Heights: The Blood of Athens followed. In 2013, Strickland published Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk's Remarkable Journal, an American steampunk adventure novel. Its sequel is expected in 2014.

Strickland holds a Masters of Secondary Education (English Language Arts) from the University of Montevallo.


Carly Strickland

Carly is a digital illustrator and graphic designer based in Birmingham, Alabama, and her favorite word is awesome. She is very small and probably has a complex about it. She prefers pet rats but supposes her step-cat will do. She’s art director of Matter Deep Publishing, an independent publishing company. She draws them a lot of pictures. So many pictures that she has published three children’s books since Matter Deep was launched in 2011 and has two more in the works. Carly does not believe that vampires sparkle in the sun, an opinion she has expressed in her illustrations in Say No To Sparkles: an Illustrated Anthology, written by Kyle Strickland. Carly loves retro science fiction, Star Trek, sci-fi from the 60’s, cheesy fake rocks, and Star Trek. You can see more about her obsession in Mothership Goose, a children’s book about nursery rhymes, jetpacks, and mouse mechanics.


Kyle Strickland

Kyle StricklandKyle Martin Strickland was born in Florida, raised in Alabama, and– owing to a serious mental illness called love– spent a year living in Massachusetts during one of the iciest winters on record.

While attending The Savannah College of Art and Design, Kyle was President of the student club Writer’s Block and worked an editorial internship at Crane Hill Publishing. He received his BFA in Professional Writing in 2008. Kyle writes for multiple web comics and has short fiction published in An Alabama Christmas and A Florida Christmas, as well as his works of Bite-Sized Fiction through Matter Deep. His illustrated anthology of short stories, Say No to Sparkles, is available now from Amazon.

AAs a child, Sir Kyle the Romantic, was always trying to rescue Princess Carly from the clutches of evil. All-grown-up, Kyle now lives in a two bedroom palace outside Birmingham with his wife, Amy, and their two fearless canines, Apollo and Linus.  Linus is a beagle.


Ami Taylor

Ami has been experiencing paranormal phenomena for her entire life. Even before she could articulate what she was seeing, she was subject to spiritual visitation and visions. As she grew into adulthood, she began looking into the causes of these occurrences and entered the world of paranormal investigation. Visiting some of the South's most haunted locations, she is constantly seeking the answer of what connects this world to the next.

Ami has had the opportunity to work with some of the industry's most renowned investigators, such as Keith Age, Scott Tepperman, Ashley Godwin, and Dustin Pari. She has also worked with the Hollywood Ghost Hunters, which features some of horror's most prominent figures such as Kane "Jason" Hodder, R.A. "Leatherface" Mihailoff, and Rick McCallum. She is currently a member of the Celebrity Ghost Hunters with her husband, actor Daniel Emery Taylor, and friend, actor Jim O'Rear. CGH also features Tommy Golden, Paul Browning, and several others from the entertainment industry.

When not chasing down rogue spirits, Ami is a devoted mother of four and works in pit bull rescue.


Charis Taylor

I write comics and fanfiction, and I also draw and paint for artwork originals and prints.

And yes, I'm only 17. (And my dad collects swords, sharp, dangerous ones, so back off, pervs.)

I'm currently working on a new, full-length Grace the Amazing story to continue Grace's ongoing adventures as a cat-girl. I'm also writing another book, called Kimono Dragon, based on a character I created for a cosplay.

I love anime and manga, and also enjoy watching horror movies and Japanese ghost stories. I'm a big fan of cosplay and have done it for a few years. I've done Kimono Dragon, my cat-girl costume, and even Fishnet Angel, which was the first superhero comic my dad ever wrote. As far as I know, I'm the only person who has ever cosplayed Fishnet Angel.

If you'd like to contact me about a project please email me at:


Daniel Emery Taylor

Daniel is best known as "Darryl" from the 1988 sci-fi cult classic THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING. The sequel to Wes Craven's original film finds the DC superhero again battling the evil Dr. Arcane (Louis Jourdan) and vying for the affection of Arcane's stepdaughter Abigail (Heather Locklear). Darryl and his friend Omar constantly find themselves in trouble. Luckily, Swampy has a tendency of saving the day!

From there, Daniel did several television appearances (including IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and the critically acclaimed I'LL FLY AWAY)before finding himself in the 2000 Dreamworks comedy ROAD TRIP alongside comedy stars Tom Green and Ethan Suplee. More recently, he has become quite prolific in the realm of independent horror and has worked with many of the genre greats. Recent co-stars include Ari Lehman, John Dugan, Jim O'Rear, Tiffany Shepis, Robert Z'Dar, Robert Englund, and Danielle Harris.

Branching out into the world of paranormal investigation, Daniel has done many investigations at some of the South's most haunted locations. His initial exposure to the world of the paranormal came when he was invited to be a guest investigator with the Hollywood Ghost Hunters (Kane Hodder, Rick McCallum, Steve Nappe) during their investigation of the notorious Sloss Furnaces. Daniel has since worked with the SyFy Channel's Keith Age, Scott Tepperman, Ashley Godwin, and Dustin Pari. In 2011, Daniel became a member of the Celebrity Ghost Hunters, alongside friend and veteran horror actor Jim O'Rear. CGH also boasts members such as J LaRose (SAW III), Dick Warlock (Michael Myers from HALLOWEEN II), Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface), and Ogre (frontman for Skinny Puppy).

Daniel continues to work diligently, remaining active in all facets of entertainment. Along with his acting and paranormal investigating, he has recently entered the world of screenwriting and directing. His films FAT CHANCE and THE HOSPITAL (co-written and co-directed with Jim O'Rear) will be soon unleashed upon the world. 2012 will also see the release of NIGHT OF THE CANNIBALS as well as the filming of several other projects.

And if this wasn't enough, Daniel recently released a book written by his wild hillbilly alter-ego Taint titled THINGS THAT PISS ME OFF.


Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor is an award-winning writer of stories. He grew up telling lies, and he got pretty good at it, so now he writes them into full-blown adventures for comic books, graphic novels, magazines, book anthologies and novels. He makes stuff up for money, and he writes it down for fun. He’s a lucky fellow that way.

He’s best known for his work on the best-selling Gene Simmons Dominatrix comic book series from IDW Publishing and Simmons Comics Group. He has also written comics for TV properties such as the top-rated Oxygen Network series The Bad Girls Club. His other forays into fiction include such realms as steampunk, pulp, young adult, fantasy, super heroes, sci-fi, and even samurai frogs on horseback (seriously, don’t laugh). However, his favorite contribution to the world will be as the writer/editor who invented the genre and coined the term "Hookerpunk."

For more information (and mug shots) visit and his writer's b log at


Pepper Thorn

Pepper Thorn lives in the Deep South with her husband and three cats. In college she discovered that she had the exact opposite personality of the average school teacher so she became one. Now she teaches bright elementary students, runs book clubs for advanced readers, and writes stories she wants to read. In her spare time she knits, watches science fiction and fantasy shows and movies, plays games, and hangs out with a wide variety of geeky friends.


Tanya Vandesteeg

Tanya Vandesteeg’s journey into the paranormal began at a young age when her family moved frequently and she soon found interest in searching out the local haunted legends. This hobby quickly turned into a serious passion as she continued to search and explore for answers to the unknown. Tanya is now an avid paranormal investigator and has over 15 years of experience throughout the states of TX, FL and TN. Her specialties are in the areas of electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), scientific debunking, research and case management. Tanya is currently the co-founder, lead investigator and event manager of the paranormal investigative group Expedition Unknown and Memphis regional TAPS family member. She is also host of the Expedition Unknown Radio Show featured LIVE on the award winning online station

But don’t let her night time job fool you, Tanya has an incredible love for the arts and is a trained actress, vocal performer, stunt chick, spokes model, and aerialist. She is currently a workshop acting coach at Indie Acting Studio and has made her career working shows throughout FL & CA for companies such as Disney World, Universal, Sea World and Odien Inc. Tanya was the host of the ecological tourism show Eco Weekends, did voice over work for ESPN Radio and has appeared on several TV shows. She is currently working on several film & television projects including the upcoming movie: The Coming Darkness (A Star Wars fan film) and recently finished filming the movies: No More Sorrow 3: Whispers in the Dark and Curse of The Rougarou.


Brian Weimer

Brian WeimerBrian Weimer is an author and digital artist from Birmingham, Alabama. He has recently released his first novel, Nexus, a supernatural, sci-fi thriller currently available on He is a regular contributer for The Examiner, covering such topics as entertainment, pop culture, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics.

The next novel, The Citadel, a horror story, is planned for a 2015 release, as well as a followup to Nexus. He can be contacted at


M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author.  The Elysian Chronicles, , her fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason, has been referred to as, “…filling a big part of the void that will be left by the final Harry Potter,” by award-winning author, Vincent O’Neil. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. Weston’s first paranormal thriller, Unleashed (working title), is slated for release in Summer 2014. Also in Winter 2013, two of her short stories were featured in both a paranormal and a Steam Punk anthology.

Weston is also a radio talk show host for The Final Cut in Movies, which airs on A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and ImagiCon. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.


Arlo J. Wiley

Arlo J. Wiley (AJ to friends, family, and his many adoring listeners/acolytes) is the co-host of the more or less weekly pop culture podcast Gobbledygeek. He has been podcasting with fellow APF guest Paul Smith for four years, and in that time has achieved no measure of professionalism. AJ is also editing and contributing to the forthcoming superhero short story anthology The Deli Counter of Justice, and you can find his writings at Screen Invasion, Nerd Bastards, The Ann Arbor Review of Books, and elsewhere.


Jason Woodham

Jason Woodham is the author of two science-fiction novels. The first is What Warriors Will Stand and the second is Blaze: A Superhero Origin Story. Blaze is book one of a forthcoming four-part series entitled, The High-Born Epic.

What Warriors Will Stand was published by Lava Publication in 2002, just prior to his graduation from Troy University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English and Health Education. Jason was the first and only undergraduate from Troy University to ever publish a full-length novel and he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing by the university’s English Department for this accomplishment.

However, Jason is more well-known for Blaze as it has drawn the attention of many mainstream and science-fiction fans. It has garnered praise from numerous teachers, college professors, and even celebrities for its ability to cross the generations while maintaining relevance to current events and what they may entail for the future.

Jason is currently writing the sequel to Blaze and working on many projects associated with the series. For more information about Blaze and The High-Born Epic, please visit: To learn more about What Warriors Will Stand, please go to:


Lin Workman

Lin Workman is the creator of the webcomic/geek travel blog Have Geek Will Travel, the webcomic Scared Silly, and is co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales, with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty. Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments (including tombstones and grave markers) for five years. He has contributed his talents to the following comics, novels and card sets: sketch cards for The Empire Strikes Back 3-D Widevision, Star Wars Galaxy 6 and 7, Star Wars Galactic Files, Star Wars Chrome, 501st’s Star Wars Celebration VI, Mars Attacks, Transformers, and DC Women of Legend trading card series, Conquest Studio’s comic book Stargodz, Mid-South Cartoonists’ Association’s comic anthologies It Came From Beneath the Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, Comic Geek Speak’s CGS: The End comic book, The Wake-Up Crew’s webcomic for Rock103 in Memphis, and Christa Michaels’ book Ramblings with Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like a Bad “B” Flick?. Lin has done several one man art shows around Memphis, and is a member of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association and DeSoto Artists Council. His wife Nicki is his webmaster and has her own blog site


David Wright

David, a former resident of Birmingham, is an author and award-winning video producer from Georgia. He’s a lifelong fan of The Avengers and has contributed to Van Plexico’s famed website. Associated with that, his first published writing was a contributing chapter to Plexico’s ASSEMBLED!, a book of Avengers commentary and analysis.

Two of David’s stories appear in Van Allen Plexico’s The Sentinels: Alternate Visions (White Rocket Books) with another story in Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter (White Rocket Books). In February 2014, his latest story appeared in the Hero’s Best Friend anthology from Seventh Star Press. This story also marks the debut of the fantasy setting David has created for an upcoming series of novels. The first novel, My Brother’s Keeper, is due out at the end of 2014.