Kate Paulk

Kate Paulk is a transplanted former Australian who tests software by day and writes in what passes for her spare time. She has written a number of short stories, novels, and other pieces that don’t quite fall into either bucket, including a scattering of articles about software testing. She blogs regularly at the Mad Genius Club and rather less regularly than she should at her own website. Kate lives in a quiet part of Pennsylvania with too much of herself, too many cats, not enough time, and the perfect amount of husband.


Hanne Madeleine Paine

Hanne Madeleine “Iro” Paine loves books, space, and languages. At RavenCon, she will be teaching a friendly immersion class in Lang Belta, the creole language created for the sci-fi show The Expanse. Within the hour, you’ll be making your own sentences and ready to learn more with the Lang Belta community all over the world.

You can find Hanne wandering the halls in her jumpsuit and magboots, looking ready to clean the air filters or protest Earth and Mars’ exploitation of the Asteroid Belt, but actually hoping to chat about what you’re reading or teach you to swear like a multicultural citizen of outer space.

Hanne is online as @ItReachesOut, tweeting about language and education and helping produce a weekly Expanse character-themed cocktail; and on Reddit as /u/it-reaches-out, where she moderates the Expanse and Lang Belta communities.


Bryan Nowak

My name is Bryan Nowak, the author of the books No Name, The Dramatic Dead, and Riapoke.

I grew up in south Chicago and spent summers in Indiana. Many of my relatives still live in the Midwest and it’s a frequent destination for summer vacations.

As a child, I learned the value of a good library. Exhausting the library of ghost stories, and tales of monsters, I trended toward the dark and supernatural. Reading those stories are what gave me a firm foundation of suspense and the paranormal. 

Moving to Minnesota in my teenage years, I joined the US Army Reserves and the National Guard. I am a proud veteran of seventeen years. Attending college in Minnesota, I met my wife and our first son was born there. It’s safe to say that I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the state I once called home. It was during my time in the U.S. Army that I was ordered to the state of Virginia, to fill in with an active duty unit who needed some extra help. Returning to that same unit over the next three summers, I learned to love the state of Virginia. Many years later, my wife and I moved our family here and we still reside in Northern Virginia today.

I like to say my chosen genre is paranormal thriller, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. My goal is to entertain you with a fast read which keeps you turning those pages or flicking the screen of your e-reader. I’m a firm believer that if I can entertain you while scaring you a little, I have done my job.


Meg Nicholas

Meg Nicholas is a professional folklorist and storyteller of mixed Lenape and Welsh heritage. Her folklore work includes family folklore, personal narrative, contemporary ghost lore and urban legends, and the material culture of American Indian artists and communities. Her work has been featured in the Journal of New York Folklore and VoxPop, as well as at meetings of the International Museum Theatre Alliance, the Mid-Atlantic Folklife Association, the American Folklore Society, and the Southern American Studies Association. Her exhibit, Piscataway Connections, is available for display from the Accokeek Foundation.

Meg holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in Folklore) and a BA in history from George Mason University, which she uses—to varying degrees—in her current role as a contractor for the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy. She is happy to discuss how students of obscure fields can leverage their skills into a job that contains both planning mundane meetings and navigating snowfall and high winds on a slippery oil rig in the heart of Indian Country.

In her increasingly rare free time, she serves as an ordained minister, enjoys making costumes (both historic and sff-based), gardening, knitting, and spins yarn—both the verbal and physical kind.


Nefarious Ferrets

The Nefarious Ferrets are Frank and Donna Parker of Gastonia, NC. Meeting each other in 2006 at ConCarolinas they realized they had many things in common: science fiction, a love of music, and a love of ferrets. It was a match made in fandom and the following year at ConCarolinas 2007, they were married.

Donna grew up moving around as a Navy brat. She had studied piano for a summer as a child, and enjoyed music but not practicing. A trip to the library ended up with a discovery of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark. This led to a love of science fiction and fantasy. That love led to other bad habits, like attending and working at science fiction conventions.

Frank is from New England, transporting to South Carolina in 2002. A self-taught musician he plays a combination of folk and filk music. He has been writing and performing at science fiction conventions and house filks as FilkFerret since 1998, though he has been fiddling with music since the “great trombone disaster” many years ago in third grade.

He has several awards in the filk community and was finalist two years in a row for songs composed for the Mars Society’s Rouget d’Lisle contest for songs celebrating the cause of the human exploration and settlement of space. These were “The Green Hills of Terra” and “Spreading Our Wings” (coauthored with Utah Filker Dawnya Thill). His signature song “Take it One Step and One Day at a Time” shared first place at Conterpoint 3 in 2000 for best serious filk and “Inherit the Heavens” took third place at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival (OVFF) in 2002 for the theme “for our children”.

Like the seeds of a dandelion the Nefarious FilkFerrets major goal is to spread the love of filk music.



MrShirtMrShirt has worked conventions from coast to coast and even internationally. He’s been everything from a volunteer to a Worldcon Division Head, and even chaired a convention or two… or three or four. If you ask nicely, he may even tell you why he’s called MrShirt.

He’s insane, but he’s getting better. He’s been taking a break from non-stop con running, but it won’t last. He’ll be running cons again. In the meantime, he volunteers to work for the occasional convention.


Misty Massey

Misty MasseyMisty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor); Kestrel’s Voyages, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon); and the upcoming Kestrel’s Dance (Lore Seekers Press). She is co-editor of The Weird Wild West (Espec) and Lawless Lands (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words. When she’s not writing, Misty studies and performs Middle Eastern dance. She’s a sucker for good sushi, African coffee, and the darkest rum she can find. You can keep up with what Misty’s doing at mistymassey.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, The Chronicles Of The Necromancer, The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Deadly Curiosities. The Spells Salt and Steel series and Iron & Blood are co-authored with Larry N. Martin.


Kettle Macaulay

Kettle Macaulay, moderator fanatic and aspiring author, writes literary speculative fiction in all colors of the rainbow—including slipstream and new weird. Fav books to discuss: Rook, Ancillary Justice, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Annihilation and Bitch Planet.

Befriend Kettle on Facebook or Twitter and read all about Kettle’s adventures at RavenCon by going to: kettlemacaulay.com.


F.T. Lukens

F.T. LukensF.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci-fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Firefly and is a long-time member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of campy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats.

Her first novel in the Broken Moon series, The Star Host, was released by Duet Books in 2016 and was followed by the sequel, Ghosts & Ashes, in 2017. Also in 2017, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, a coming-of-age fantasy novel featuring cryptids, was released.