U the Magician

U the Magician U the Magician is a hypnotist/magician with over seven years of experience in bringing a smile to faces and pushing reality beyond the expected. U started magic at the age of 15 and trained under three masters of the Craft. Since then he’s entertained friends and conventions while performing around the country.

 

Lou Antonelli

Lou AntonelliLou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 105 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India, and Portugal in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others.

His collections include Fantastic Texas published in 2009; Texas & Other Planets published in 2010; and The Clock Struck None and Letters from Gardner, both published in 2014. His debut novel, the retro-futurist alternate history Another Girl, Another Planet, was released in 2016 by WordFire Press.

His story “Great White Ship,” originally published in Daily Science Fiction, was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story “On a Spiritual Plain,” originally published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015.

His first professional science fiction short story, “A Rocket for the Republic” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept. 2005) was the last story accepted by Editor Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years.

“The Yellow Flag”—his 100th published short story (Sci Phi Journal, Aug. 2016)—set the record for all-time fastest turnaround in genre fiction. It was written, submitted, and accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, 2015.

A Massachusetts native, Antonelli moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have three adopted furbaby children, Millie, Sugar, and Peltro Antonelli.

 

Thomas A. Mays

Thomas A. MaysThomas A. Mays is a US Naval officer of 22 years and the author of the bestselling A Sword Into Darkness. Specializing mostly in military sci-fi and space opera, Tom has also sold and published short stories of social science fiction, AI, sci-fi comedy, and military fantasy (including the Hugo-nominated (and declined) short story “The Commuter”). His works have been featured in Daily Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, The Grantville Gazette Universe Annex, Aphelion, The Writer’s Arena, Riding the Red Horse, and his own collection R.E.M.O. He was a top ten finalist for last year’s Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction contest.

He is currently working on a sequel to A Sword Into Darkness and on a new stand-alone series with Chris Kennedy.

 

Brent Roeder

A native Californian, Brent is “temporarily” out of state for school while working on a PhD in Neuroscience. He started his college education with the idea of doing computer science and mathematics, detoured through physics and criminal justice, and eventually ended up with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Neuroimaging and Informatics. He’s worked as a software engineer and conformance standards specialist, an accountant, tutor for those with special needs, audio engineer, and a stage hand among other odd jobs. He has regularly been described as an endless font of useless trivia.

He’s been a science fiction fan since being introduced to it at six by his mother and has continued reading since. He has helped contribute to multiple scripts and films from world building and plot development to science advising. In his munificent spare time as a graduate student (haha!) he spends most of his free time reading and writing snippets that he swears one day he will get back to trying to finish.

 

Liz Long

Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

Comic book readers and fans of the CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story, Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New adult paranormal romance, A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: lizclong.com.

 

Thomas B. de Mayo

Thomas B. de MayoThomas B. de Mayo is the author of the fantasy novel The Devourer of Gods and has also written or contributed to numerous role playing game supplements. He is Associate Professor of History at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, where he teaches and studies medieval religion.

 

Kyle Cawthon

Kyle CawthonTrouble Planet is a YouTube channel that performs sketch comedy and an arcade show called, Mom Can I Have Another Dollar where we put in one dollar to see how far we can get. We explore a lot of popular games from the 80s and 90s that were in available in public arcades, as well as extremely bizarre and obscure games that should never have existed.

The group consists of Keith, Kyle, and Nick who met in 2010 while serving overseas in South Korea, where they started working on sketch comedy videos. Although now all three live thousands of miles from one another, they all try to meet up every several months to record more episodes of MCIHAD in a compressed session. So check them out, they even take requests. Kyle is excited to be representing Trouble Planet at this year’s RavenCon.

 

Devo Spice

Devo SpiceDevo Spice is a comedy-rapper from New Jersey who has become one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show. He was the founding member of Sudden Death, the comedy rap group that had the #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of 2007 on the Dr. Demento Show. (“Cellular Degeneration,” “Getting Old Sucks,” and “Pillagers,” respectively.)

Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.

Devo Spice has released several albums including Gnome Sane? (2009), a best of Sudden Death 2-CD collection called Rhythms from the Crypt (2013), a Doctor Who concept album titled I Am The Doctor (2014), and his most recent release Herp Derp Ya Don’t Sterp (2014). His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). For more information please visit devospice.com.

 

Frédéric El Maafer

Frédéric El MaaferFrédéric El Maafer hails from the legendary city of Paris, France. He has been a cosplayer since he was but a wee lad of four years old, being raised properly of course in the ancient arts of Geek.

In 2008 he specialized in his love of Warhammer 40k, Star Trek and steampunk. He is one of the founding members of the Parisian cosplay group Paradox Riders (facebook.com/Paradoxriders/).

Monsieur El Maafer shall marry his love, Mademoiselle Jennifer Koutou the week after RavenCon at the Steampunk World’s Fair. He is an avid purveyor of rum, a fierce advocate of cinnamon, and high priest of the color purple.

He is very honored to be a judge for this year’s Masquerade and shall uphold the law of Zantac!

 

Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan has turned his lifelong love of horror and science fiction films into a life which, when not spent teaching science to high school students, revolves around indie films and the celebration of genre cinema. He has worked as a screenwriter, actor, makeup and special effects artist and director on four feature films and nearly two dozen shorts. He can also be found writing at Gruesomemagazine.com and as part of the Decades of Horror podcast, waxing poetic over the charms of A*P*E, The Giant Spider Invasion and Dracula vs Frankenstein, often with a straight face. He has spent much of the last year trying to expand his award-winning short film 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire into a novel and is determined to finish it in 2017 or die trying, either result is as good as the other. This is his first RavenCon and he is eager to see old friends and make new ones.