Synthetic Nightmare

Since 2004, Synthetic Nightmare have headlined regional shows as well as provided support for nationally and internationally known acts such as Bella Morte, 45 Grave, and Pigface, Sheep on Drugs, Nocturne, Hanzel Und Gretyl, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, W.A.S.T.E., and Alter Der Ruine. Synthetic Nightmare’s sound incorporates both harsh and melodic textures, with just enough progressive and experimental touches to keep listeners from getting bored. All of this is exemplified in their first full-length album Rot in Equality, which was self-produced and released in 2008. Synthetic Nightmare also aim to create the most entertaining live atmosphere possible. Shows have included firebreathing dancers, numerous scratch-built stage props, the onstage use of industrial tools, and Guapo (the Sleepytime Disaster Ape). With each show, the Synthetic Nightmare fanbase continues to expand, composed of people hailing from many different music scenes and subcultures, just as the band continues to refuse to be pigeonholed by the limitations of one specific rock genre.

Synthetic Nightmare

John C. Wright

John C. Wright

John Wright is a retired attorney and newspaperman who currently works as a technical writer. He is a novelist with more than 25 books published and has been nominated for both Hugos and Nebulas. He lives in fairy-tale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children, Orville, Ping-Ping, Roland, and Just Wright.

He blogs at: scifiwright.com/.

GB MacRae

GB MacRae

GB has been living in Avenzyre for better than twenty-five years, following the silver-dappled unicorn wherever he’ll take her. Not only does she work on her fantasy series, Book of Avenzyre, but she also has numerous short stories, a young teen horsey book, and a coloring book. When she’s not writing or researching she also costumes (mostly historically inspired), creates artwork, entertains in her home, and sometimes you can catch her dancing. She grew up in a small town in New England with her horses and her books, and she now she lives in a snowdrift with her family and fur babies not far from Lake Ontario.

Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot Racing

We are Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot racing. We started Splendid Teapot Racing at MarsCon and RavenCon in Williamsburg about three years ago. Teapot Racing was also featured at the Steampunk Festival at the Hampton History Museum for the last two years, and at Anime Mid-Atlantic in Virginia Beach and the NASA Makers Fair in Hampton. Splendid Teapot Racing is a steampunk sport that began in New Zealand and has quickly become a worldwide steampunk event. Designed to be accessible for the average person, it features an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately-balanced, breakable china teacups and saucers, that must be negotiated using a remote-controlled vehicle decorated with a teapot. Check out our Facebook page, “Splendid Teapot Racing Hampton Roads, Virginia,” to see pictures and videos. All you need is a remote-controlled vehicle; removing the top and adding a teapot or tea kettle makes it a Teapot Racer. Other decorations can include most anything, but a teapot must be included. In addition to the timed race, points are awarded for costuming, presentation, and entertainment value. Bribes to the judges are not only encouraged, but expected.

Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot Racing

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland

She’s an author! She’s a game designer! It’s Super Joan! Mild-mannered engineer by day, but a creative dynamo by night. Read her books. You’ll laugh. You won’t cry. You won’t fall down. Joan knows the real world will supply enough of that, and she’s here to uplift and entertain.

Download her books from Amazon or buy a game from blood-and-cardstock.com today!

Robert E. Waters

Robert E. Waters

Robert E. Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in Weird Tales, “The Assassin’s Retirement Party.” Since then, he has sold over 60 stories to online and print magazines and anthologies. He’s a frequent contributor to Eric Flint’s on-line magazine The Grantville Gazette, which features stories set in his Ring of Fire alternate history universe. His most recent novel, The Masks of Mirada, is the beginning of a new fantasy series published by Ring of Fire Press, and is currently available on Amazon. Check out his website for more information… roberternestwaters.com.

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith) finaled in both the science fiction/fantasy and humor categories of the 2008 Indie Awards. She has published stories in Asimov’s and many anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters, The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, Tales from the Vatican Vaults, the award-winning Hellebore and Rue, Were—, and the multi-award nominated Dragon’s Lure.

Her first art book, Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete, provided an in-depth look at award-winning artist J.P. Targete’s covers and conceptual art. Her second nonfiction title, Fantasy Art Templates, marries the superb illustrations of artist Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain with pithy descriptions of over one hundred fifty creatures and characters from science fiction, fantasy, folklore, and myth.

A former assistant producer of the local access cable TV program Mystery Readers Corner, Ms. Ward edited the respected webzine Crescent Blues (crescentblues.com) for eight years, and co-edited Unconventional Fantasy, a six-volume collection of fiction, non-fiction, and art celebrating the fortieth anniversary of World Fantasy Con. She has also contributed interviews and articles for publications as diverse as the then SciFi Channel’s Science Fiction Weekly, the bestselling military strategy volume Strategy Strikes Back, Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report, and BUZZYMAG.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.

Shadow Balladeers

This year we celebrate the introduction of RavenCon’s very own house band, the Shadow Balladeers! Come enjoy as they perform the music of the Rocky Horror Picture Show live in concert.

James Kendley

James Kendley

James Kendley, author of Harper Voyager Impulse paranormal thrillers The Drowning God and The Devouring God, was ruined for life by exposure at a young and impressionable age to the works of Samuel R. Delaney, Lord Dunsany, R.A. Lafferty, and Peter Haining. Thereby rendered unfit for actual work, he has written and edited professionally for nearly forty years, first as a newspaper reporter and editor, then moonlighting as an editor in Japan, and currently as an educational software content wrangler/project manager. He lives with his wife and two children in Fairfax, VA.

David A. Tatum

David A. Tatum

David A. Tatum was born in Ithaca, NY, the son of a fashion designer and a book-collecting librarian who later became a spy. By the time he was four years old, he’d mastered how to spell the word “cat,” which made inevitable his decision to become an author.

Moving to Washington, DC, in order to keep his parents company, he started training in kenpo by the age of seven. Sadly, after failing to achieve his blackbelt despite twenty years of training, he gave up hopes of a career in martial arts and resumed his love of writing.

By the time he was in high school, he joined a national organization dedicated to adventure and exploration—later becoming a chapter president—with the goal of using it to identify a route into the center of the Earth. Unfortunately, the Suffolk, VA caves he explored were all dead ends.

When his father died, he inherited a large library that there was no space for in his home and a life-threatening dental condition. He spent the next year and a half dealing with both.

When he found that a degree in history offered him no local job opportunities better than your average fast food joint, he decided on a career that typically earns even less money: Professional writing.

Now he’s trying to juggle writing and publishing far too many series of books at once in a variety of genre, predominantly fantasy and science fiction.