Kate Paulk

Kate Paulk is a transplanted former Australian who tests software by day and writes in what passes for her spare time. She has written a number of short stories, novels, and other pieces that don’t quite fall into either bucket, including a scattering of articles about software testing. She blogs regularly at the Mad Genius Club and rather less regularly than she should at her own website. Kate lives in a quiet part of Pennsylvania with too much of herself, too many cats, not enough time, and the perfect amount of husband.


Bryan Nowak

My name is Bryan Nowak, the author of the books No Name, The Dramatic Dead, and Riapoke.

I grew up in south Chicago and spent summers in Indiana. Many of my relatives still live in the Midwest and it’s a frequent destination for summer vacations.

As a child, I learned the value of a good library. Exhausting the library of ghost stories, and tales of monsters, I trended toward the dark and supernatural. Reading those stories are what gave me a firm foundation of suspense and the paranormal. 

Moving to Minnesota in my teenage years, I joined the US Army Reserves and the National Guard. I am a proud veteran of seventeen years. Attending college in Minnesota, I met my wife and our first son was born there. It’s safe to say that I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the state I once called home. It was during my time in the U.S. Army that I was ordered to the state of Virginia, to fill in with an active duty unit who needed some extra help. Returning to that same unit over the next three summers, I learned to love the state of Virginia. Many years later, my wife and I moved our family here and we still reside in Northern Virginia today.

I like to say my chosen genre is paranormal thriller, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. My goal is to entertain you with a fast read which keeps you turning those pages or flicking the screen of your e-reader. I’m a firm believer that if I can entertain you while scaring you a little, I have done my job.


Misty Massey

Misty MasseyMisty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor); Kestrel’s Voyages, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon); and the upcoming Kestrel’s Dance (Lore Seekers Press). She is co-editor of The Weird Wild West (Espec) and Lawless Lands (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words. When she’s not writing, Misty studies and performs Middle Eastern dance. She’s a sucker for good sushi, African coffee, and the darkest rum she can find. You can keep up with what Misty’s doing at mistymassey.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, The Chronicles Of The Necromancer, The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Deadly Curiosities. The Spells Salt and Steel series and Iron & Blood are co-authored with Larry N. Martin.


Kettle Macaulay

Kettle Macaulay, moderator fanatic and aspiring author, writes literary speculative fiction in all colors of the rainbow—including slipstream and new weird. Fav books to discuss: Rook, Ancillary Justice, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Annihilation and Bitch Planet.

Befriend Kettle on Facebook or Twitter and read all about Kettle’s adventures at RavenCon by going to: kettlemacaulay.com.


F.T. Lukens

F.T. LukensF.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci-fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Firefly and is a long-time member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of campy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats.

Her first novel in the Broken Moon series, The Star Host, was released by Duet Books in 2016 and was followed by the sequel, Ghosts & Ashes, in 2017. Also in 2017, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, a coming-of-age fantasy novel featuring cryptids, was released.


Cecilee Linke

Cecilee LinkeCecilee Linke is a writer/musician/podcaster from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She has self-published her own English translation of a French novel (Dominique), realistic young adult novels (Elodie and Heloise, the Traveling Society series) and local historical fiction novels as part of her Wash Woods Legacy series (False Cape, Back Bay, and Shifting Sands). Cecilee is the host of a podcast called Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush. For the next few years, Cecilee will be going through every song that the legendary British music artist Kate Bush has ever produced. Cecilee will be discussing Kate’s music in chronological order and each episode is focused on the history and discussion of a particular song with a fellow fan. Episodes of this show are now available to download for free on iTunes.


Andrew Linke

Andrew LinkeAndrew Linke is the author of five Oliver Lucas adventure novels featuring the titular hero as he explores exotic locations searching for magical relics. He has also written Burning in the Void, a bleak science fiction thriller set aboard a failed interstellar ship; Dyson’s Angel, a character-driven space opera miniseries which takes place a thousand years after the destruction of our solar system; and A Cold Day to Drown, a cyberpunk thriller set in the wreckage of post-plague America. As co-owner of Linke Media, he produces audiobooks, podcasts, and videos from his home studio in Tidewater, VA with the help of his wife and cats.


Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin LeverettEmily Lavin Leverett is an author, editor, medievalist, and English professor from North Carolina. Her first novel, Changeling’s Fall coauthored with Sarah Adams, came out in 2016 from Falstaff books and tells the story of Deor, a human changeling forced to find her roots in the fae Winter Court before magic gets her killed. The sequel, Winter’s Heir will be out in Summer 2018. Recent edited collections include Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books) and Tales from the Weird Wild West (Espec Books) with co-editors Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her current academic scholarship focuses on medieval English literature as used by Terry Pratchett in his Discworld books. Finally, she is an avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan, and an owner of cats. Find out more about her at emilylavinleverett.com.


Dina Leacock

Dina LeacockDiane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Seasons Of Fear, that was released in late 2017.

She is proud to be one of the founding members, as well as the second president, of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

Having recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she is co-owner a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her husband on the edge of the Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).