A.G. Carpenter

A.G. Carpenter writes fiction of (and for) all sorts, with a focus on the speculative. With over a dozen published short stories, her work has appeared in online publications Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Nature Magazine - Futures, the Grantville Gazette and others. Touch, a Southern Gothic novella trilogy, is available in print and ebook from Falstaff Books.

Allan Gilbreath

Allan Gilbreath denies that he was raised by wolves, but still enjoys quiet moonlit evenings. He is an accomplished skeptic, cook, gardener, computer geek, martial artist, and avid student of arcane knowledge. Allan is also a nationally recognized and award-winning author, publisher, speaker, and instructor. He has appeared on television, stage, movies, radio, web/podcast, and tours the country in live appearances. He is the co-host of the geek culture talk radio show The Geek Tank. He enjoys serving on panels and covers a wide range of topics from the serious to the outrageous.

Amanda Makepeace

Amanda Makepeace is an award winning artist and illustrator. Her career in art began more than a decade ago while living abroad in the UK. In recent years, Amanda has worked with independent publishers and game companies. Her latest project is a cover for an upcoming book featuring Hugo nominated stories - Long List Anthology Volume 3. She is also a regular at Fantasy and SciFi conventions in the southeast. In 2015 she won Judges' Choice Award in the JordanCon Art Show and in 2017 she won Best Space Scene in the DragonCon Art Show.  

Andrea Mast Kessel

With over 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Atlanta based, Professional Makeup Artist, Andrea Mast Kessel, shares her in depth knowledge of makeup artistry, special e!ects makeup, airbrush & body paint, and hair & wig creation as an Educator and Guest Speaker teaching students all over the country how to create any look imaginable through the use of makeup, wigs, proper tools,tips and techniques. Andrea has worked in all genres including theatre & stage, television & (lm, fashion, editorial, commercial and runway.

Brian Cooksey

Brian Cooksey is an editor and designer of roleplaying games and is the former chairman of Hypericon. He has worked on the SagaBorn RPG system with Mike Bielaczyc. He lives in Nashville, TN, and is one of the hosts of the Play On Target Podcast

Chris Kennedy

A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 35 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius” science fiction trilogies, stories in the “Four Horsemen” universe and the “War for Dominance” fantasy trilogy. Get his free book, “Shattered Crucible,” at his website, Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and

Christopher Woods

Christopher Woods was born in 1970 and has spent most of his life with a book in hand. Soulguard is his debut novel. It is followed by several sequels, Soullord, Bloodlord, Rash'Tor'Ri, and Freedom's Prophet, with more to come. With other projects in Post Apocalyptic and Military Sci-Fi in the works there should be something for everyone. He lives in Woodbury, TN with his wife, Wendy. As a former carpenter of 25 years, he spends his time between various buildingprojects and writing new book.

D Alan Lewis

D. Alan Lewis is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children.

Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. The novel has been optioned and is currently in development to be a television series.

Ethan Mills

Ethan Mills has been a science fiction fan as long as he can remember, and he later realized his interest in philosophy, which led, through various adventures in space-time and ideas, to becoming a philosophy professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He brings his two favorite things (philosophy and science fiction) together on his blog Examined Worlds.

Gregory Nicoll

Gregory Nicoll is an author and journalist whose award-winning fiction glistens with an intense fever-dream sense of detail, best exemplified by his WWII horror novel Dracula’s  Cat and his steampunk Pied Piper redux for the anthology Clockwork Fairy Tales.

James Neathery

 James is known for being a contestant on the Steampunk’d competition TV show. He is from Nashville, TN and along with his wife, Sara, they own and Operate Starboard Sky Industries.  James makes amazing Steampunk Watches. He is a talented artist and is always willing to help others!

Kathleen O'Shea David

Kathleen O'Shea David started working with puppets when she was 2 and over 50 years later she is still "wiggling dolls" for fun and profit. Along the way she picked up a quite few more skills and careers. She has done just about everything from cancer research to rock and roll. Some of her favorite jobs have been in puppetry, theater, and publishing. She is a published writer with a Doctor Who story in the Big Finish anthology among others. She worked on Star Wars: The New Jedi Order with Shelly Shapiro.

Louise Herring-Jones

Louise Herring-Jones now writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Once upon a time, when she was not much more than a child, she set aside her dreams of authorship to gather life experience first. To the extent that she now writes a great deal about aliens, spaceships, mummies, zombies, and other creatures, things, and places that may only exist in her imagination, or perhaps only existed long ago or may exist at some far distant time in the future, she made a huge mistake by setting her dream aside.

Mark Wandrey

Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to write. With a string of best sellers behind him, Mark's current projects include the Four Horsemen Universe military sci-fi novels, Turning Point zombie series, and the soon to be relaunched Earth Song space opera series.

Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay is a critically acclaimed genre-spanning artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals and then black and white line art for large publishing houses, she transitioned into working on her first love, roleplaying games.

Michael Bielaczyc

Michael Bielaczyc has been making art his whole life, in various media and subjects.

He has been selling and showing work since 1995, when he self published a comic book written and illustrated by himself. Going back to college at 23, he decided that art was going to be his main focus in life.

Paul Bielaczyc

Paul Bielaczyc in his own words: "I have been drawing and whatnot since as long as I can remember. Any spot in my school notebooks that didn't have notes were filled with sketches. I drew mostly from the D&D adventures that my brother ran, as well as the fantasy books I was reading. I did a few pieces based on Terry Brooks' Shannara series, but focusing on being a nerd, I didn't have much time for art in high school.

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books, either he or his parents probably would not have survived. Possibly both.

Robby Hilliard

After years of working in IT, Robby returned to college to fulfill a passion and a dream. He graduated with an English Creative Writing degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in August of 2013, and four months later he sold his first short story. Robby now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with the love of his life, continues working in IT, and of course, he writes.

Robert Sommers

Robert Sommers was first published in his hometown newspaper when he was still in high school. Since then he has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews that have appeared in markets such as After Hours magazine, Dreamwatch, Southeast Performer, and the DAW Books anthology Zombiesque. Robert has worked for some of the largest and smallest publishing companies in the world. He lives in the Atlanta area with his family.

Sara Neathery

Sara is a Model, Maker, and Artist from Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband James Neathery and their two children. She came onto the Steampunk scene in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. With a background in modeling, theatre, and antique restoration Sara felt right at home in the creative genre that is Steampunk. She started out just making and modeling her own Steampunk outfits, but has since expanded her skill set to include jewelry making, leather working, and most notably building steampunk themed miniature sculptures.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker is writes an eclectic mix of science fiction and fantasy short stories from his home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281.

Stephen L. Antczak

Stephen L. Antczak sold his first short story in 1990, and since then has had over 40 short stories published, some in anthologies such as Adventures in the Twilight Zone edited by Carol Serling, Gahan Wilson’s Ultimate Haunted House, and the Barnes & Noble book 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories. His short novel, God Drug, and story collection Daydreams Undertaken were published by small press Marietta Publishing.

Tamara Lowery

Tamara Lowery, author of the Waves of Darkness series, is a native of Chattanooga. Her fifth book in the series, Hell's Dodo, joins the first four in making the Top Ten in the Horror Novel category of the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and is the first book in the series to earn Top Ten status in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel category. She hopes the sixth book, The Daedalus Enigma (released November 2016), will follow suit this January.

Valerie D. Hampton

Valerie D. Hampton holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, where she was the first to graduated summa cum laude in the interdisciplinary MEMS program (Medieval and Early Modern Studies), and a Masters in Medieval Latin from the Classics department of the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in History dissertation from Western Michigan University. She currently teaches at the University of Florida, while writing Urban Fantasy.

Vitamin Geek

Vitamin Geek is a Chattanooga, TN based podcast that discusses all facets of geek pop culture from video games to horror to anime to science fiction to comics. They run a weekly podcast focused on all aspects of geek culture, including horror and sci-fi movies, comic books, video games, board games and conventions.