Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, NC. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live-event promotion company.

A man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film The Devil’s Lettuce, and the award-winning Doctor Who fan film: Doctor Who: Lucky 13, and has written over a dozen published short stories and novellas, many of which have been included in various anthology collections, with his latest writing effort being the Malkavian chapter of the new Vampire: The Masquerade: Endless Ages.

Additionally, Harlequin serves on the awards committee for the annual Fright Meter Film Awards, hosts various film festivals, and serves as the host for both the popular iTV series Booze of the Week, and author of the highly popular column “The Gonzo Report” on Cinema Slasher. In his free time (what little he gets) he enjoys cooking, gaming, comic book collecting, and craft beer brewing.


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.


Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost thirty years. Growing up in West Virginia, he’s attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast.

While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials. He also served a tour in the U.S. Navy as well as teaching both hearing and hearing-impaired students at the pre-school through university levels.

In recent years, Chris has developed a progressive degenerative neurological condition affecting mainly strength, balance, and increasing pain levels, causing him to spend increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound. Also known as Rolling Thunder Cosplay, he is a vocal advocate and encourager of the disabled, especially within the fandom convention and cosplay communities. Still an active cosplayer, many of his costumes incorporate his disability. For one of his more notable creations, Chris built a detailed mobile replica of the TARDIS around his wheelchair, earning him first prize in the Doctor Who division at North Carolina Comicon 2014.

Chris is a past member of the 105th Squad, the largest costuming organization in North Carolina. In addition to cosplay, he is an avid convention guest, panelist, writer, prop fabricator, costume judge, and is currently volunteer staff at Fayetteville ComicCon and Accessibility Coordinator at Animazement.


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.


Charming Underclothes

Charming Underclothes: Feature Presentations from Reel to Real

Charming Underclothes was formed in 2015 and began conquering castles as The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast of Roanoke, VA. Our debut show was at MystiCon in February 2016. Now, a year later, we are a traveling cast that takes its unique experience to the cities of Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and even Charlotte, NC. And all the while still maintaining our own home shows and special events on the moon-drenched shores of Transylvania.

Even though Rocky Horror is our main love, we are very excited to be at RavenCon for the debut shadowcast of another favorite movie of ours, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. We have built this show from the ground up (once we discovered the atmosphereum that had crashed nearby). So, whether you’re a scientist, a wife who sometimes forgets she isn’t a space alien, or are made up from four different forest animals, we invite you to come out and experience the supreme shock sensation of our time!

You can get to know the cast by hanging out with us. Either in person or online (we prefer both)…


Charming Underclothes—An RKE Radio Picture

Charming Underclothes


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.