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Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer, podcaster, and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, the Porkchop film trilogy, TV shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy, and most recently the JG Wentworth Commercial!

Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last twenty years. Her costumes have been featured in the Washington Post, as well as various Japanese magazines and coffee table books.

Angela plays geeky and spooky music with her ukulele. She posts videos of her music on your Youtube channel “Angela Plays Ukulele”. Her videos have been featured in Ukulele Magazine, Horror Society, and many other news outlets.

Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series, she has also been featured in numerous short story anthologies and books with essays on different topics in fandoms like Dr. Who and Star Trek.

Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment “A Geek Girl’s Take” which can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pugs.

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart writes science fiction and fantasy stories, nonfiction, songs… and other things. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, devised a poetic form, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books.

Gray is the author of the lunar colonization novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and multiple anthologies. As a singer/songwriter, he has three albums that feature science-fiction- and fantasy-inspired music.

During his unusual USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, encrypted nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his website is

Brent Roeder

Brent Roeder, Ph.D., is a neuroscience researcher that is exploring how to restore damaged memory function. A lifelong geek, he enjoys writing sci-fi and fantasy to relax from work. Very occasionally he even remembers to finish a story

Chris Semtner

Sometimes called the “Poe Priest” or the “Curator of Curiosities,” the Edgar Allan Poe Museum’s curator Chris Semtner oversees the world’s largest collection of Poe’s possessions and has curated and designed critically acclaimed exhibits for museums and galleries across the country. His Poe Museum exhibits have brought that institution praise from TIME Magazine, USA Today, the New York Times, and many others. Semtner has also written several books and chapters on topics including Poe, visual art, cryptography, the paranormal, and crime fiction in addition to contributing articles to, Crime Writers’ Chronicle, Resources for American Literary Studies, and other publications. In search of innovative ways to bring Poe to new audiences, Semtner has collaborated on Poe-themed performances with groups including the Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and the Garth Newel Music Center. He has been interviewed for BBC4, NHK (Japan), PBS, Travel Channel, truTV, NPR, C-SPAN, and other networks in addition to publications including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, Atlas Obscura, and He regularly speaks to audiences of all ages about strange and macabre subjects at various venues from the Steampunk World’s Fair to the Library of Congress and as far away as Japan.

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman writes in multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and blends thereof. In 2020, she joined the Crazy 8 Press authors collective (, which publishes novels and anthologies by its membership. In 2013, her short story, “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid,” which appeared in the anthology Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea (French, ed.), was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award. In 2005, she became the publisher and editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine (, one of the oldest small press genre magazines still in production, and ran it until 2018. She is a past president of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers and a frequent panelist on the science fiction convention circuit. For more information about Hildy, including a complete list of her published work, please visit

Travis I. Sivart

Bestseller, award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author and podcaster, internationally recognized voice actor, and crazy cat guy.

Travis I. Sivart is a prolific author of fantasy, science fiction, social DIY, and more. He’s created The Traverse Reality, a shared universe that connects his cyberpunk, fantasy, and steampunk worlds, and writes characters who feel real.

You can find Travis live-streaming the writing and editing of his latest project from his home in Central Virginia, surrounded by too many cats.

J.M. Snyder

A multi-published author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began writing boyband slash before turning to self-publishing. She has worked with several different e-publishers, and has short stories published in anthologies by Alyson Books and Cleis Press, among others. In 2010, she founded JMS Books LLC, a small 100% queer-owned press that publishes LGBTQ+ romance in a variety of subgenres, including all genres of speculative fiction.

Mike Jack Stoumbos

Mike Jack Stoumbos is an author and educator, living with his wife and their parrot in Richmond, VA. He is best known as a 1st-place winner of the Writers of the Future contest and for his space opera novel series This Fine Crew. His work appears in anthologies from Zombies Need Brains, WordFire Press, and Camden Park Press, among others. He is the lead editor of WonderBird Press, whose first anthology, Murderbirds, made 1st-day funding and was named a #ProjectWeLove on Kickstarter. Mike Jack teaches writing craft classes for teens and writing habits workshops for emerging authors. He also writes articles for and other groups. Find more of his publications and his newsletter at

Mary Terrani

Mary Terrani lives a chaotic life as the mother of two boys of the 20-something variety. They keep her on her toes on a regular basis, so she’s happy to get lost in other worlds. Her long-standing passion for the written word drives her need to create chaos with her pen that only she can solve. She loves to dabble in many genres, from young adult to paranormal, and a post-apocalyptic piece that she’s co-written with fellow author, Sarah Cass.

When she’s not writing, Mary can be found in a variety of activities including knitting, gaming, and anything involving her favorite geekdoms. Mom, author, and all-around geek she loves spending time with her family. You can find Mary on Instagram, Facebook, and her website

Toi Thomas

A 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 behavioral clinician, Toi and her husband, Eric, share their home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie.

Toi writes clean, adult multi-genre fiction as well as nonfiction. She stretches minds and imaginations with her short story collection, Legend of the Boy… featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Under the pen name Glorie Townson, Thomas 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 writing and illustrating children’s picture books to enlighten and entertain young minds. Her story “The Song of the Raven” can be found in CORVID-19: A RavenCon Anthology. Toi Thomas is also the founder of Lit Carnivale and the creator of Carnie the Bookworm. She has something for the whole family.

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