Virtual HallowCon 2021
The Gamblers Nightmare
Author Guest of Honor
Taylor S Hoch
Taylor S Hoch has been creating other worlds for people to experience since 1996. She is the author of The Curse of the Dullahan series, a middle-grade urban fantasy adventure. Book six in this nine book series was released in June 2019 and the seventh book is due to be released in June 2020. When Taylor isn't writing novels, she is a songwriter and musician. She has published three albums of Americana music. Her songs play on radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI. She spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals. She holds master's degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing; Sigma Tau Delta/NEHS, Alpha Sigma Lambda. She is the mother of two amazing young men and lives in rural Tennessee with her wife of twenty-three years, two supposed-to-be working farm dogs that prefer the A/C to doing their jobs, L.J. the perfect cat, a gargoyle protector named Aloysius, a serious clan of gnomes, and a variable population of free-range chickens. She is also a professional game master, DM extraordinaire for the exclusive Gamera Gang, and an avid SF/Fantasy fan.
Special Guest Author
Special Guest Author
Few can claim the varied background of award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.
Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects. Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy. In addition she possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter.
Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world’s highest suspension bridge, down gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she was present for several phreatic eruptions of Mount St. Helens.
Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to some 40+ books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the Cresperian Saga book series, and has written the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective Series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and its pulp-bestselling prequel series, Gentleman Aegis, the very first book of which won a Silver Falchion award. She has dabbled in paranormal/horror as well, releasing the ebook novella El Vengador, based on a true story. Her recent popular science book, Rock and Roll, a discussion of the New Madrid fault and its historic quakes, was a multiple-genre bestseller! It was followed with the equally-popular Kiss Your Ash Goodbye, an explanation of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Currently she's launching into the unknown with the Division One series, her take on the urban legend of the people who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. to make things...disappear.
In addition to her writing work, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
The Mystery continues.
In 1965, an object fell from space, somewhere near Kecksburg, PA. This was the same year that Alan was born. To date, no connection has been made between the two events but that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists and his children from speculating.
D. Alan Lewis is an ‘alleged’ native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children and a fish bent on world domination.
In 2006, Alan took the reins of the NWMG’s Novelist Group where he works with new and aspiring writers, runs various writing and publishing workshops, and helped to publish the group’s four anthologies.
His latest project is the paranormal-noir Voodoo Rumors book series that debuted in February, 2018. The series deals with all the unholy creatures of the night, including vampires, werewolves, demons, and ex-wives.
Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award and has been optioned for a TV series. He has several other books in print, Keely-A Steampunk Story, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus and The Bishop of Port Victoria. He is the editor of four anthologies for Luna’s Children 1 & 2 and Capes & Clockwork 1 & 2. He also has over two dozen short stories in a number of anthologies.
His novella, Keely and steampunk short story, The Celeste Affair, were both winners in their categories in the 2015 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Favorites Poll.
Find updates on his work at www.dalanlewis.com or www.voodoorumors.com