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.


Cecilee Linke

Cecilee LinkeCecilee Linke is a writer/musician/podcaster from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She has self-published her own English translation of a French novel (Dominique), realistic young adult novels (Elodie and Heloise, the Traveling Society series) and local historical fiction novels as part of her Wash Woods Legacy series (False Cape, Back Bay, and Shifting Sands). Cecilee is the host of a podcast called Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush. For the next few years, Cecilee will be going through every song that the legendary British music artist Kate Bush has ever produced. Cecilee will be discussing Kate’s music in chronological order and each episode is focused on the history and discussion of a particular song with a fellow fan. Episodes of this show are now available to download for free on iTunes.


Andrew Linke

Andrew LinkeAndrew Linke is the author of five Oliver Lucas adventure novels featuring the titular hero as he explores exotic locations searching for magical relics. He has also written Burning in the Void, a bleak science fiction thriller set aboard a failed interstellar ship; Dyson’s Angel, a character-driven space opera miniseries which takes place a thousand years after the destruction of our solar system; and A Cold Day to Drown, a cyberpunk thriller set in the wreckage of post-plague America. As co-owner of Linke Media, he produces audiobooks, podcasts, and videos from his home studio in Tidewater, VA with the help of his wife and cats.


Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin LeverettEmily Lavin Leverett is an author, editor, medievalist, and English professor from North Carolina. Her first novel, Changeling’s Fall coauthored with Sarah Adams, came out in 2016 from Falstaff books and tells the story of Deor, a human changeling forced to find her roots in the fae Winter Court before magic gets her killed. The sequel, Winter’s Heir will be out in Summer 2018. Recent edited collections include Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books) and Tales from the Weird Wild West (Espec Books) with co-editors Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her current academic scholarship focuses on medieval English literature as used by Terry Pratchett in his Discworld books. Finally, she is an avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan, and an owner of cats. Find out more about her at emilylavinleverett.com.


Dina Leacock

Dina LeacockDiane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Seasons Of Fear, that was released in late 2017.

She is proud to be one of the founding members, as well as the second president, of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

Having recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she is co-owner a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her husband on the edge of the Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).


L. Jagi Lamplighter

L. Jagi LamplighterL. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the YA fantasy series: The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment. She is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. She has published numerous articles on Japanese animation and appears in several short story anthologies, including Best Of Dreams Of Decadence, No Longer Dreams, Coliseum Morpheuon, Bad-Ass Faeries Anthologies (where she is also an assistant editor) and the Science Fiction Book Club’s Don’t Open This Book. She also has an anthology of her own works: In the Lamplight.

When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as wife and stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives with her dashing husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping Eve, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon. You can visit her website and blog at ljagilamplighter.com.

Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn LambethCheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), television shows (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sir Purr for the Carolina Panthers NFL team). She is also a published author, with three books currently on the market (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet, and Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers).

In addition to being a costume/prop builder, Cher is an active paranormal researcher, working with the Charlotte (NC) Area Paranormal Society as an investigator and cryptozoologist. On the fan side of things, Cher is proud to be a veteran charter member of the Star Wars costuming club the 501st Legion, serving on the Legion’s History/Archives team, and founder/team captain of the Southern Belle Ghostbusters.