Carolyn O’Neal

Carolyn O'NealCarolyn O’Neal is a native Virginian author and environmentalist. Born in Norfolk and growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, Carolyn knows the importance of protecting the water. Now she is the regional coordinator for the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program out of VCU and is active with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Kingsley is her first novel but not her last. Set in the near future, Kingsley is an eco-thriller that creates a dystopian world in the vein of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam series. Stop by the Artist & Author Alley to pick up your copy of Kingsley and to talk to Carolyn about sequels.

 

James Iagulli

James is a born collector. From games to action figures, he’s seen a lot and is willing to share his experience with like-minded people.

 

Declan Finn

Declan FinnDeclan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to sci-fi. The most popular of these books includes the 2016 Dragon Award-nominated novel for Best Horror, Honor at Stake: Welcome to New York City, where vampires don’t sparkle, they burn. The sequels, Murphy’s Law of Vampires and Live and Let Bite are already out.

Finn is one of a legion of writers over at The Catholic Geeks blog (a legion, for we are many). Other books he has written include the comedy-thriller It Was Only on Stun! where he blows up a sci-fi convention (no, not this one). The sequel is Set to Kill, a novel that spun off of his parody, Sad Puppies Bite Back.

He co-authored the science fiction espionage novel Codename: Winterborn, and Codename: UnSub. However, he is most proud of his Pius Trilogy—book one of which, A Pius Man, will be re-released from Silver Empire Press in 2017.

Finn also hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.

 

Dave Lee

David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester, VA. David’s steampunk art has been featured in numerous art exhibits such as “Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit” with Dr. Grymm and has had exhibits in steampunk conventions, festivals, and art galleries throughout the US, Europe, and New Zealand. He has received numerous nominations and awards for his costuming and props. David played Steampunk Darth Vader in Trial of the Mask and Mask of Vengeance, two steampunk Star Wars fan films from Unruly Mile Films. In July of 2013 he teamed up with other authors, artists, and professional editors to establish HCS Publishing, a non-profit publishing house dedicated to publishing high-quality, great stories. In 2013, his steampunk western novel, entitled Country in Ruin: 1865, was published and its sequel World in Ruin: 1870 is due out in 2017. David is also a contributing “DIY” author for the Steampunk Chronicle and has been featured in three published books about steampunk fashion and costuming as well as the 2014 summer edition of Victorian Homes.

Sean CW Korsgaard

Soldier, scholar, writer and freelancer, Sean CW Korsgaard is a US Army veteran, award-winning journalist, and freelance writer.

As a reporter, Sean has had articles published in more than a dozen newspapers across Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Progress-Index, The Free Lance-Star, and the Daily Press, and online has been featured on websites including Screen Rant, Collider, Boing Boing, and the Alternate History Weekly Update. He won the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for his coverage of the trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has covered events ranging from military deployments to comic book conventions, and has interviewed people ranging from movie stars to U.S. Senators. Work has taken Sean everywhere from traveling to Poland with a Holocaust survivor to being attacked by a shark in downtown Atlanta, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Like many others here at RavenCon, Sean is a hopeful speculative fiction author, and has a handful of short stories he’s hoping to have published by the end of the year. In the meantime though, if you see him taking photos or video around the convention, be sure to say hello and to pose for the camera!

Sean lives in Richmond, VA, and is always on the hunt for another byline and his next grand adventure.

www.korsgaardscommentary.com

 

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonaldJames McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.

In addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and artificial intelligence.

He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.

His newest project is The Writer’s Mind (thewritermind.com), a book, podcast, and video series on business practices for individual creators, such as authors, artists, and musicians.

 

Toi Thomas

Toi ThomasA self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toi Thomas was born in Texas, but considers Virginia to be home. She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with her family. Currently working as a special education teacher’s assistant while blogging and writing full-time, Toi finds comfort and peace of mind in chocolate, green tea, and naps. Toi and her best friend have been married for eleven years and share their home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie, who’s sure to inspire future publications.

Thomas has entertained paranormal fans with her Eternal Curse series, an angels, demons, and others tale with a Christian world view. She stretches minds and imaginations with her short story collection, Legend of the Boy…, featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Glorie Townson, Thomas’s pen name, brings along a bit of romance and comedy in the first book of her Sayings series, It’s Like the Full Moon. Thomas has even delved into the world of educational children’s books to enlighten and entertain little minds. She has something for the whole family.

 

Joshua Werner

Joshua WernerJoshua Werner is an author and illustrator working in multiple entertainment fields. He’s the author of books such as Rampant and Adoration for the Dead, and founder of the horror and sci-fi publisher Source Point Press, where he’s now Art Director.

Josh has done illustration work for products for several licensed characters and properties, including Doctor Who, Transformers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Deadworld, and many others. He’s also achieved international popularity for his Dracula and Sherlock Holmes illustrations.
He’s worked on many comic books and graphic novels, including Zombie Rush: Riot (licensed from the iOS videogame), Jack of Spades, The Painting, Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, Horrors and Heroes, and Holliston: Friendship is Tragic (licensed from the television series). He’s currently working on the follow-up graphic novel Holliston: Carnival of Carnage and the graphic novel The Creepshow in Necrogeddon (officially licensed from the Toronto-based psychobilly band). Josh also recently did the artwork and lettering on an exclusive Superman comic story appearing in the program for the theatrical musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman. His illustrations can be found in numerous books such as Sherlock Holmes: On the Air, Zelda’s Zombie Zoo, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Tomb and H.P. Lovecraft: Early Stories.

As Art Director at Source Point Press he oversees a multitude of projects, working with up-and-coming writers and artists as well as legends in the industry. Much of his time is spent collaborating with creators to make their comics a reality, from initial pitch and conception through to the finished product. Some of the titles he has such credits in include Classic Pulp, Dead Duck and Zombie Chick, Hank Steiner, Monstrous, Norah, Up the River, The Rot, and more. He is currently doing art direction and editing on an upcoming officially licensed Evil Dead 2 craft book.

 

John Johnson

John JohnsonJohn Johnson shot his first film, Zap, in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature length films, one television series (20 one-hour episodes), and 44 short films.

After finishing school, John went back to his old high school to teach videography for two semesters. This was a class that he had helped create with the School Board in 1995 as an independent study. The class then grew to have two full sessions of over 55 students.

Johnson, as well as being an award-winning writer, is now an award-winning filmmaker as well as the founder of Darkstone Entertainment, an independent film company based out of Charlottesville, VA.

Johnson has seven features now available all over the world. From FYE, Turner Classic Movies, and Amazon Prime to Netflix, Johnson’s films can be found worldwide on DVD and streaming. He has another eight features being released on these platforms in the next two years.

To this day, Johnson has completed over 169 films. His remake of Plan 9 is his most popular film yet and has been mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, and on over 200 websites.

Also on the roster, Johnson is working on turning the cult video games The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour into a television series. Production of the series closed in late 2016.

Future work for Johnson includes House of Horrors—a monster mash up on a very dark and gritty scale pitting all of the famous monsters against one another, including Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, and the Mummy. House of Horrors is projected to start production in late 2018.

 

Donnie Sturges

Donnie SturgesDonnie Sturges, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless… in a world of criminals who operate above the law. When he’s not fighting crime, you’ll find him trying to be creative. Formerly a web comic writer and creator for The Draconia Chronicles and Psycho Dreamatic, as well as a film and board game reviewer for sites like CHUD and the now defunct Guy.com, Donnie keeps his creative passions alive as a producer, actor, and writer. He’s currently serving as an independent film and series producer for Darkstone Entertainment, while also providing his acting chops for several Darkstone projects, like The Lovecraft Chronicles and the upcoming 7th Guest series. His main outlet for the artistic demons screaming in his head is the up-and-coming web comic The Adventures of Baby Skeletor, which is an ongoing series based on the life of an infantile sorcerer Donnie has been forced to document ever since he found the tiny bonehead left on his doorstep.