Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a Worldcon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and moderator on countless panels.

Professionally, he is the managing editor for an alternative weekly newspaper back home in Chattanooga as well as a consulting editor for Baen Books. Additionally, he is the founder of both the very popular Robot Battles competitions and the Southern Fandom Resource Guide online convention calendar.

In 2008, he was presented with the Rebel Award at the DeepSouthCon for lifetime service to Southern Fandom. He has also been awarded with a Murrow Award (named after legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow) for excellence in broadcast journalism, several Associated Press journalism awards, and a display case full of Addy awards for both radio and print advertising design.

While he now works almost exclusively in print, he has spent the better part of the last thirty years working in radio and television, as well as dabbling now and then in theater and film as an actor, director, composer and screenwriter, though thankfully not all at the same time.

An active presence on social media, he spends his limited amount of free time writing and performing original music around his hometown, trying to herd his five cats, playing an occasional round of golf (badly), and continuing his lifelong quest to find the perfect brand of whiskey.

He also is rumored to own more tropical shirts than Weird Al Yankovic, as he is almost never seen not wearing one.

 

Chris Kennedy

Chris KennedyA bestselling science fiction/fantasy author, speaker, and publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris’ stories include the Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen military sci-fi series. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.

Chris is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores. Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations, and he has published six authors under various imprints of his Chris Kennedy Publishing small press. Find out more about having him talk to your group at chriskennedyspeaking.com.

Chris lives in Virginia Beach, VA, where he manages the curriculum for sailors learning to maintain the Navy’s F-18 Hornet. He is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in both business and public administration.

Follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz and on Twitter at @ChrisKennedy110.

 

Denise Clemons

Denise Clemons is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, The Rehoboth Writers Guild, and serves on the Board of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Denise has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies. Her panels and workshops at science fiction conventions focus on how to use food in character design and world building.

 

R.S. Belcher

R.S. Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, and a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s done Masters work in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

The Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest, Rod’s short story “Orphans” was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006. It was his first professional fiction sale.

Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. The sequel, The Shotgun Arcana, was published in 2014 and the third book in the Golgotha series, The Queen of Swords, is scheduled for publication in June of 2017. His novel, Nightwise, was released in August, 2015, and his latest book, The Brotherhood of the Wheel was published by Tor in March of 2016. Sequels to both books are forthcoming.

He lives in Roanoke, VA with his children, Jonathan and Emily.

 

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs, and his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show.

During his rather odd USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, processed nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He is a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books, and a singer/songwriter with two albums of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired music. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his web site is graymanwrites.com.

 

Charity Ayres

Navy veteran married to an active Navy sailor living in Hampton Roads, VA. Charity has written articles and short stories for Yahoo! Voices, Wilde Times website and other publications. Loki Bound is her first published novel with her second book in the series released September 4th, titled Loki: Hell Bound. She has also written the first in a series of Young Adult novels, Secret in the Wings and her first Epic Dark Fantasy, Ice Burns, was released in August. Charity was featured in the 83rd Writer’s Digest publication for her inspirational story What’s Left Behind: Daddy’s Girl which is a tribute to her father who passed away in October 2014 from a blood cancer known as MDS with 5q deletion. Loki: Hell Bound is dedicated to him.

Charity has a Bachelor’s of English Education and Master’s of Creative Writing. She is currently working as a high school English teacher where she teaches that villains in stories are often more interesting than heroes and terrifies her students with massive amounts of reading and writing.

Charity can be reached via her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page and loves to hear from readers. For other events that Charity is participating in or workshops she’s teaching, please sign up for her email newsletter through her website.

 

Fabian Rush

Fabian RushRVA native, Fabian Rush, is excited to make his third guest appearance at RavenCon this year. He’s still enjoying a long and successful career as a multi-talented artist/performer. After graduating from the VCU school of business at the top of his class in 2002, Fabian wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first feature length horror film So Mort It Be, which, upon completion, was rapidly picked up for worldwide distribution.

Fabian’s passion for horror and science fiction fueled his desire to make more movies over the following years, gaining additional credits as production designer, visual effects coordinator, and director of photography. His subsequent film work—including the titles Dark Harvest, The Feeding, Pantheon Black, DWAM, and Alien Face Bashers—has been seen by audiences around the world. With a few appearances on the Syfy channel.

He is also the lead singer of the Richmond-based industrial metal band Synthetic Nightmare; a wild act in which he is known to don devil horns and wicked contact lenses. During the live shows, fans are transported to Hell as dancing girls blow fire and use power tools to shoot sparks into the audience.

Never resting, Fabian is now producing his next two horror films; Whitemeat, which promises to be his most shocking film to date, and Fhtagn: Rock Opera of Dooom, which is a hilarious heavy metal musical based on the mythos of HP Lovecraft.

 

Bishop O’Connell

Bishop O'ConnellBishop O’Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale series, a consultant, writer, blogger, and lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. After wandering the country for work and school (absolutely not because he was in hiding from mind controlling bunnies), he settled in Richmond, VA, where he writes, collects swords, revels in his immortality as a critically acclaimed “visionary” of the urban fantasy genre, and is regularly chastised for making up things for his bio. He can also be found online at A Quiet Pint (aquietpint.com), where he muses philosophical on life, the universe, and everything, as well as various aspects of writing and the road to getting published.

 

Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk’s novel Shattered Dreams will be released next May at Balticon. His latest novel, Distant Seas is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. A collection of his short stories, Nonparallel Universes, was recently released. He has a mass-market paperback novel: Vixen and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing With Dragons. He has three e-novels available through Amazon and other channels. His stories have or soon will appear in Analog, Asimov’s, and two anthologies.

Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award and has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best SF #11 (EOS, David Hartwell, Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St. Martins Press, Garner Dozois, Editor). His work was recently published in the Best of Defending the Future and Man And Machine anthologies.

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog, Fact & Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in six Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications, and audio books. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: budsparhawk.com. Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at budsparhawk.blogspot.com.

 

Dexter Guptill

When in Muggle disguise during the week, Dexter Guptill is an IT geek. When NOT pretending to be a Muggle, he’s an SF fan, a Burner, a SCAdian, a reenactor/living historian, a cook, a gun nut, and all-around weirdo.

Dex has been a fan for about 51 years, since discovering Heinlein’s Red Planet in the elementary school library at the American School of Kinshasa. He got interested in gaming in college, after hearing some folks at the next table in the dining hall, talking about slaying Orcs. One night at UVA’s war-gaming club, a dude in mail wandered in, asking if anyone wanted to try this stuff for real. This was Dexter’s introduction to the Society for Creative Anachronism.

In the early 90s, on a trip to the Williamsburg area, Dex discovered Jamestown Settlement. Interest grew, and then in the spring of 1995, he went from zero to Musketeer in the space of a few months. In September of ’95, at a reenactment of the Battle of Naseby, he saw a couple of barber-surgeons and was bitten by THAT bug.

Twenty years on, Dexter is still in the SCA, he reenacts English Civil War, volunteers as an interpreter at Jamestown Settlement and the Citie of Henricus, and is a Musketeer, Artillerist, and Barber-Surgeon. Thanks to a few paid gigs here and there, he also presumes to call himself at least a semi-professional Living Historian.