Guests & Attendees

Guests of Honor


Thomas Piccirilli

Piccirilli was a two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for "Best Paperback Original" and four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, selling over 150 stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, erotica, and science fiction fields.


Brian Keene

Brian Keene primarily known for his work in horror, crime fiction, and comic books. He has won two Bram Stoker Awards.

Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction. Jones has won the "Texas Institute of Letters Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in fiction."


Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the bestselling author of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, The Undead Kama Sutra, and Jailbait Zombie.


Don D'Auria

Don is a highly accomplished Executive Editor specializing in commercial fiction, including thrillers, suspense, and horror. Acquiring, editing bestselling and award-winning authors and editing novels that went on to win Bram Stoker and Spur awards.


Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has written fiction, science fiction, fantasy, comic books, novels, role-playing games and video games, including numerous media tie-in books for properties such as Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Andromeda, Farscape, Leverage, Spider-Man, X-Men, Sleepy Hollow, and Stargate SG-1.


Mary Sangiovanni

Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), and the forthcoming A QUIET PLACE AT WORLD’S END, She has a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a member of The Authors Guild and Penn Writers.

Editor and Art Director at Hex Publishers


Lori De Boers

Lori DeBoer is the founder of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop and works as an independent writing teacher and coach.  She has more than a thousand articles and essays published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals.

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Becky LeJeune


Agent with Bond Literary Agency.


Polly Letofsky

Author, Book Coach, and speaker


Sara Megibow


Agent with KT Literary.

Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels. She writes steampunk, contemporary romance, and young adult fiction, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.


Michelle Johnson

Literary Agent

Literary Agent at Inklings Literary Agency

David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter.

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Jeanne C. Stein

National bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and most recently, The Fallen Siren Series written as S. J. Harper. She is active in the writing community, belonging to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime and Horror Writers of America


Lisa Manifold

Lisa Manifold is a USA Today Bestselling Author of fantasy, paranormal, and romance stories. She moved to Colorado, and has no plans of living anywhere else.She is a fan of all things Con, and has an entire room devoted to the costumes created for Cons. She serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers as the Independent Published Author Liaison, and in 2016, was named the RMFW Independent Writer of the Year.



Jon Bassoff


Jon's mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for France’s biggest crime fiction award. Three of his novels, Corrosion, The Incurables, and The Disassembled Man are in development for the big screen, with Emile Hirsch set to star in The Disassembled Man.


Sean Eads

Sean Eads is a reference librarian living in Denver, Colorado. His first novel, Trigger Point, was re-released by Hex Publishing in early 2017. His second novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His third novel, Lord Byron's Prophecy, was published in 2015 and became a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Colorado Book Award. His first short story collection, Seventeen Stitches, came out in June.



Guy Anthony De Marco

a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award® finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a disabled US Navy veteran, a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; and a coffee addict. One of these is false.

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Karen Stollznow


the author of Would You Believe It?; Hits & Mrs.; God Bless America; Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic and Haunting America. A host of the popular Monster Talk podcast, she has spent many years investigating psychics, ghosts, Bigfoot and other paranormal claims. A Doctor of Linguistics, she has taught at several universities in the United States and Australia, and was a Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.


Travis Heermann


Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.


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TL Morgenfield



T. L. Morganfield lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, where she spends her days researching and writing Aztec-inspired science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has garnered recognition in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and was nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Award


Betsy Dornbusch


Betsy Dornbusch is the author of several fantasy short stories, novellas, and novels, including the BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES trilogy and THE SILVER SCAR, forthcoming from Night Shade Books in 2018. When she’s not writing or speaking at conventions, she reads, snowboards, and goes to punk rock concerts.
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Sami Lien

Marketing Pro

Sami Lien has always sought out opportunities to put herself in the way of a really great story. After 10 years in promotions, marketing and business management in a variety of industries, Sami stumbled into the world of publicity in 2011 and has found a tremendous joy in connecting individuals all over the map to their own passions and pursuits. Through her publicity and management company Roger Charlie, she provides professional guidance, coordinates national tours and works closely with online and print media outlets to create a memorable and captivating experience for her partners in work.


Melody Jones

Social media expert

Your Social Media Aspirin. She’s been working with authors since 2011, and she knows your social media pain. If you’re suffering from Facebook fever, hashtag headaches, or insta irritations, she can help by managing your social media for you or teaching you to manage it effectively yourself. Authors and writers are her favorite people, and she’s spoken to various groups where they gather. She’s published in Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table.


Dr. Ingrid Pyka


When Ingrid saw businesses letting money slip through their fingers and clients not getting the service they deserved, she turned her passion for business strategy into her own consulting firm. She has held high-level management roles, repeatedly turning failing businesses to positive cash flow models.

She is a TEDx Speaker and currently serves as President of the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association
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Mike Daniels


Mike Daniels has been in the book publishing business for over two decades working with authors & publishers of all genres nationwide while representing domestic and overseas book manufacturers. He has a sharp eye for detail and brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the book publishing and production business to every project. 



Michael Butterfeild


writer and a recognized leading expert on the unsolved “Zodiac” murders. He has served as a media source and consultant for news articles, television documentaries, and director David Fincher’s major motion picture Zodiac.. He is also a contributing author for True Crime: Case Files, True Crime Magazine, and the two volume collection of essays titled A History of Evil in Pop Culture. Michael Butterfield also wrote the screenplay for the short film The House That Wept Blood


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Jeffrey Reddick


Jeffrey shot to horror fame with the creation of the horror classic, “Final Destination.” The film spawned 4 sequels and has earned over $650 million dollars at the worldwide box office.

Reddick has sold, or optioned, over 25 projects for film and television and has produced over 12. Jeffrey’s last film was “Dead Awake,” was released May 2017. Other produced credits include Lionsgate’s thriller, “Tamara,” the remake of George Romero’s classic, “Day of the Dead,” and “200 Hours,” a film that Jeffrey executive produced.



Stan Yan


Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator, caricature artist and instructor. His recent credits include art and colors for Show Devils (Mother Mind Studios), writing and art for Vincent Price Presents (BlueWater Productions / Storm Comics), and writing and art for There’s a Zombie in the Basement (Squid Works Kids). But, he’s probably best known for doing zombie and pony caricatures.

Other Attendees

  • Phillipe Hephron
  • Katy L. Wood
  • Rebecca
  • David
  • Amber
  • Mona
  • John
  • Asher
  • Jodi
  • Paul
  • Gwen
  • Elly
  • Karl
  • John
  • Erica
  • James
  • Gina
  • Jason
  • Billie
  • Joy