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Event Date: February 22 - 24, 2019

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Friday, February 22
 

2:00pm

Art Show
The MystiCon Art Show is a chance to view, bid on, and purchase horror, fantasy, and science fiction themed artwork in several media. The Art Show is in a silent auction format. Bidding ends on Saturday evening.  Enjoy works created by various amateur and professional artists.

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Art Show (Boardroom 1)

2:00pm

Dealer Room
Vendor room is open, please come in and shop...only 305 Days Until Christmas!!

Friday February 22, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

2:30pm

To New Beginnings
To New Beginnings  (20:00)  Directed by:  Rodrigo Baumgartner Ayres   Kenny and his wingman, Robbie, go out on double dates in New York City in search for true love.  

Moderators
Friday February 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

3:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

3:00pm

Cosplay 201: Surviving the Masquerade
This panel covers the "what's next" questions about how to take your amazing cosplay to the next level. Come learn some tips and tricks to help you not just get through the masquerade, but be confident and successful at conveying excitement about your costume.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Birmingham

John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
avatar for Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Anita Allen is a woman of many talents, perhaps best known for her work as a craftsman level costume designer and as an assistant publisher for Mythic Delirium and assistant editor for the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix, both of which she does with her amazing hubbie Mike Allen... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

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, Pig Girl, and many others.Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom C

3:00pm

An Antler Hill Experience
Live music with discussion on overcoming a disability for the sake of your craft.

Speakers
avatar for Antler Hill

Antler Hill

Neil Lee Griffin has a lifelong passion for writing and performing music and Jessica Griffin grew up singing constantly. In 2016 they joined to become Antler Hill Arts - specializing in many various artistic talents including graphic design, portraiture, movie scoring, crafts, and... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs manage all our own gear/sound

3:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table A

3:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table B

3:00pm

Audio Podcasting and Internet Radio 101
Our panelists will talk about ways to start up your own audio podcast, or Internet radio station--the equipment to get, software to use, and creating a website for distribution or hooking up with a streaming provider.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for Nutty Nuchtchas

Nutty Nuchtchas

Nuchtchas started out in podcasting back in 2004 as a listener and 2005 as a regular contributed to the SciFi Dig Podcast. There she reviewed movies coming to theaters soon and hosted the Meet the Digger chats. She contributed to other podcasts enough to be asked often, "So which... Read More →
avatar for Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers

Filmmaker, Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC
I'm a filmmaker, film festival director and podcaster. Through my company Wreak Havoc Productions, I've written, produced and directed numerous shorts and feature films including "Hank vs. The Undead," "Sammie the Comic Book Man," and the MystiCon Award Winning horror short "Midnight... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom E

3:00pm

Con Survivalism 101
Never been to a convention before? Maybe this is your first time at MystiCon? Or are you the crafty veteran of dozens (if not hundreds) of cons? Either way, come join in our roundtable discussion on how to best enjoy the convention experience, as well as practical advice on the do's and dont's of con survival. Especially if you're planning to party, this is the place to get some great advice.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Crimson Streets
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind "Crimson Streets" (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous... Read More →
OH

O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
avatar for Jay Prater

Jay Prater

Producer, WFXR/WWCW
Jay is a veteran of radio and TV broadcasting, and now works behind the scenes with graphic design at local Fox affiliate WFXR and WWCW-The CW Virginia. He has written, voiced and produced Mysticon's TV commercials for years. Jay is married, with a grown son who was the Mysticon Scholarship... Read More →
GS

Ginger Snaps

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dogwood 1

3:00pm

Author Showcase
Authors who have written books coming out in 2019 can briefly discuss them in a panel.

Moderators
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →
avatar for Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura resides in North Carolina and shares a house with his wonderful wife who somehow overlooked Davis' eccentricities and married him anyway. As proper recompense for her sacrifice, Davis unwittingly turned his wonderful wife into a nerd-girl. To her sad and utter humiliation... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

I've written stories, novellas, and novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy Noir, non-fiction, action/adventure, and new pulp. I also have done media tie-in work for franchises such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Marvel, Battletech and most recently for Green... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom D

3:00pm

Puppet Making with Shawn Durington (PART 1)
Shawn Durington was last year's Artist Guest of Honor. He has been making puppets for a while now and he'd love to show you how you can make your own! See him and his buddy Melvin in the Workshop room. Fee is $50/person (parents may help their child, but only includes materials for one puppet) or $80 for parent/child combo (includes materials for two puppets). Please register at Registration upon arrival.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dogwood 2

3:00pm

D & D Documentary - "Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons"
Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons (1:32:36)  Feature length documentary that explores the history. influence. and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play D&D.

Moderators
Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

3:00pm

Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Takeover At Whisper Base
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 3

3:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

4:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

4:00pm

GOH Q & A - Jody Lynn Nye
GOH Q & A - Jody Lynn Nye

Speakers
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom C
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

4:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Table A

4:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Table B

4:00pm

Techniques for Teaching STEM - Part I
Liquid Nitrogen Demos have never been so entertaining than when we've seen Dr. Wallace do them at MystiCon. We think this is a MUST SEE!

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom E
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs screen, projector, sound and a mic

4:00pm

Creating an Author Platform to Promote Yourself on Social Media
When publishing your first book, common advice is to start a website and join social media to promote the book. This is a sound idea, but most authors do not know how to tap into social media for their benefit and waste much time on repetitive marketing tasks that don’t seem to work. Instead, you need to create an "engine" to automatically distribute your marketing content to key sites and reduce your online workload. Spend more time writing and less time marketing yourself.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom D

4:00pm

The Useful, the Dangerous, and the Dark: an Overview of Magical Objects in Harry Potter
In this session, we will compare and contrast enchanted objects, cursed objects, and Horcruxes. We will discuss the elements, effects, and purpose of these different objects as described in the original texts as well as interpretations in film.

Moderators
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →

Speakers
GS

Ginger Snaps

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
OH

O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
avatar for Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood 1

4:00pm

Apokillyptic Gaming Systems: Apokillypse
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 1

4:00pm

CHILDREN'S GAMING: PATHFINDER
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 2

4:00pm

CHILDREN'S GAMING: TINY DUNGEON
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 1

4:00pm

DCCRPG: Sailors on the Starless Sea
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Tr Khellian

Tr Khellian

Hi! My name is Paul and I’m running three sessions of Dungeon Crawl Classics at the con this year. DCC is a table top RPG in the old school spirit of 1970s D&D. My “day job” as a Lyft Driver gives me time to devote to my gaming obsession as well as supporting my writing avocation... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 2

4:00pm

GURPS 3rd Edition Revised: It all goes to BLEEP!
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

4:00pm

Nobilis, 3rd Edition: Nobilis: The Bloodied-Angel Betrayal
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 4

4:00pm

Pathfinder Homebrew: A Tale of Two Houses: East
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Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 3

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #10-5 Mysteries Under Moonlight Part 1 [Tier 3-7]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 3

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #8-04 Wardens of the Sulfur Gulch [Tier 7-11]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 4

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #9-14 Down the Verdant Path [Tier 1-5]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 1

4:00pm

Starfinder: SFS #1-18 Blackmoom Survey [Tier 1-4]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 2

4:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

4:30pm

Star Wars & Star Trek Fan Films
The Adventures of the U.S.S. Parkview  (6:02)  Directed by:  Kevin Croxton  All Ages
Geek Lounge "Going Solo" (5:41) Directed by: Larry Ziegelman (PG)
Star Wars: The Toys Awaken  (6:54) Directed by Raymond Montemayor:  All Ages
Bucketheads - A Star Wars Story  (13:35) Directed by Marco Bossow:  Parental Guidance Suggested
Star Wars: Dresca   (7:13)   Directed by Jessica Champneys:  Parental Guidance Suggested
One Day I'll Become... A Star Wars Fan Short  (11:47)  Directed by Roman Gregoricka:  Parental Guidance Suggested
The Secret of Tatooine   (12:04) Directed by Jordan Inconstant:  French with subtitles: Parental Guidance Suggested
The Dark Resurgence:  A Star Wars Story  (11:54)   Directed by: Michael McCumber:  PG-13


Moderators
Friday February 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

5:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

5:00pm

Cross-Fandom Choreography
Come help us create a never-before-seen piece of nerdy movement magic! We will delve into what makes our favorite characters who they are in this interactive exploration of abstract movement by Mariah Johnson and Margaret Alice. Jump in and move with us, contribute to the conversation, or simply observe as we come together in fandom to make a brand new dance tribute.

Moderators
avatar for Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment

Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom C
  • AV Needs SOUND

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Come have fun and celebrate the opening of the 2019 MystiCon! Get a chance to hear candid banter between all of our Guests of Honor and hear some highlights of what you can expect at this year's event. Seating begins at 5:30 pm

Speakers
avatar for Carla Brindle

Carla Brindle

MystiCon Chairperson, MystiCon
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon
avatar for Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson

Artist Guest of Honor
I'm a professional illustrator with over 85 published children's books. In addition, I create coloring books for adults, book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, and more. I also enjoy teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics. There will also be a 6’ movie screen in here

5:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Table A

5:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Table B

5:00pm

Close Up Magic with Mark MacDicken (Kids Edition)
Join Mark MacDicken (aka Flabbergast) to watch him dazzle and amaze you with some of his magic tricks. Then he'll show you some magic tricks to take home and show your friends!

Moderators
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dogwood 1

5:00pm

The Science Hits of 2018
Come see what you missed in science this past year. There have been some major discoveries (and some maybe not so major :-)  ) that you really need to hear about! 

Moderators
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes was born Abigail Wallace in 1991, the second of five children. From the time she could talk, she knew she loved telling stories. From the time she set foot in the woods, she knew she loved exploring the world around her. Neither fact has changed in her 27 years.A graduate... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
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O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom E

5:00pm

Building Character
Witness our panelists take off their fictional personalities for a moment to briefly decribe their process for building, promoting and maintaining their personal branding (character).

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

In Tera’s world, she is dedicated to driving stronger engagement at her place of work, creates innovative programming for SF conventions - including her own (ConGregate), and writes short stories that tug on the emotional heartstrings of her readers.  With over 20 years of event... Read More →
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →
avatar for Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson Headlee

Author - Publisher - Chief Chef and Bottle Washer, Pendragon Cove Press
Kim Iverson Headlee has been a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster). Her novel King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest release... Read More →
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom D

5:00pm

Puppet Making with Shawn Durington (PART 2)
This is the continuation of the Puppet class part 1. Pre-registered attendees are invited back to continue their projects.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dogwood 2

5:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

5:45pm

Sweded and Fan Films: Star Wars, Overwatch, Harry Potter, Fallout, Stranger Things, Alice in Wonderland with Q&A
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Toy Story  (2:26) Directed by Raymond Montemayor:  All Ages
*World Premiere*  Mojave Blues - A Fallout New Vegas Film  (6:50)  Directed by:  Mike Natoli    (PG-13)
Lion's Return:  Overwatch Fan Film  (9:25)  Directed by:  Thomas Bernecker   (PG)
The Spell Tutor 4.3 & 4.4   (A Harry Potter Fan Film)  (9:07)  Directed by:  Herman Wang   (PG)
Stranger Things:  The Story of Henry and Dale  (5:47)  Directed by:  Brittany Joyner   (PG)
Alice in Wonderland (Sweded) (32:00)  Directed by Myron Smith  (PG)
Q&A with Filmmaker Myron Smith




Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

6:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

6:00pm

Introduction to Roleplaying
Curious as to what is involved in roleplaying games? Come take your first step into the wonderful world of roleplaying and what it entails. This panel would also be helpful to parents who have children that want to, or are actively participating in, roleplay. Learn the lingo, get all the starting tips, and more, with our panelists.

Moderators
avatar for John Watts

John Watts

John Watts is the owner and president of Gypsy Knights Games. John lives in Ringgold, Georgia and is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy. They live with two cats: Moneypenny and Felix.John has been involved in gaming since the early 1980s becoming enamored with such RPGs as Traveller... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Don Haymaker

Don Haymaker

Crashcity Games
Don Haymaker is the owner and lead designer of Crashcity Games.  He is for 2019 Assistant Gaming Director and for 2020 Gaming Director.  Don has been a gamer for most of his life.  He is an Ordain Minister and Associate Pastor of Oakview Church of God in Roanoke,Va
avatar for Lilith

Lilith

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
I came to Roanoke from NOVA. I was a member of the Washington DC cast Sonic Transducers for about 3 years before moving here. I performed as Trixxie, Crim, Transylvanians, and Dr. Scott. Since joining Charming Underclothes I have added Rocky and Janet to my list of characters. I enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Crimson Streets
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind "Crimson Streets" (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous... Read More →
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

I've written stories, novellas, and novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy Noir, non-fiction, action/adventure, and new pulp. I also have done media tie-in work for franchises such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Marvel, Battletech and most recently for Green... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom C
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs at least 4 mics
  • ADMISSION: No

6:00pm

GOH Q & A - Robert Picardo
GOH Q & A - Robert Picardo

Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

6:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hancock

Steven Hancock

Born and raised in North Carolina, Steven Hancock grew up with two unique passions: history, and film. Although he majored in history, he has always been fascinated by the world of acting and filmmaking. He began his film work as an actor, first starring in Joey Martin’s Entangled... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Signing Table A

6:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Signing Table B

6:00pm

Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social in the Con Suite sponsored by

Homestead Creamery
The Way Ice Cream Should Taste.

and

DC 2021


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Con Suite (Rm. 535)

6:00pm

Represent
Women are finally getting some recognition and representation in film with heroes like Lara Croft and Wonder Woman, but what about representation of other subcultures? Why are roles for characters whom are handicapped played by able-bodied people? What representation does the LGBTQ community receive? With the Charmed reboot, one of the sisters is a lesbian. Is this a step in the right direction? What more can be done?

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes was born Abigail Wallace in 1991, the second of five children. From the time she could talk, she knew she loved telling stories. From the time she set foot in the woods, she knew she loved exploring the world around her. Neither fact has changed in her 27 years.A graduate... Read More →
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
GS

Ginger Snaps

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom E

6:00pm

Contemporary Fantasy: Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World
An inherent advantage of the fantasy genre is that it offers a dazzling diversity of settings. Some fantasy is set in alternate versions of the historical past, in which the magic of folklore is real. Other stories take place in imaginary worlds populated by folkloric characters. Such fantasy settings free the author from the constraints of the "real world." Want your heros to have to find their way over or through a precipitous mountain range? Draw the Misty Mountains down the middle of your map. Want a dragon to show up, breathing fire and speaking in riddles? Name him Smaug and start writing. So, with such freedom available, why do some authors opt for the constraints of the here and now? What are the advantages--and pitfalls--of writing the fantastic into our own backyards?

Moderators
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →
avatar for S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter writes the popular Scary Mary Series. It is a young adult series about a high school girl who hears ghost. The tagline is, "The dead speak to her. She wishes they'd shut up." In each book, Mary must deal with paranormal and teen issues. From standing up to bullies to stopping... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom D

6:00pm

Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do topics like major and minor themes, reversals, plot points, motifs, reader fulfillment, scene arcs, or the mythic structure interest, upset, baffle, or frighten you? If so, join our panelists as they break these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
Melissa McArthur is associate publisher at Falstaff Books, a small press located in Charlotte, NC. She is also the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a founding... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 1

6:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

7:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

7:00pm

GOH Autographs
Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Glass Office

7:00pm

Signing Table
Gypsy Knights Games

Speakers
avatar for John Watts

John Watts

John Watts is the owner and president of Gypsy Knights Games. John lives in Ringgold, Georgia and is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy. They live with two cats: Moneypenny and Felix.John has been involved in gaming since the early 1980s becoming enamored with such RPGs as Traveller... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Signing Table A

7:00pm

Signing Table
Crymsyn Hart

Speakers
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Signing Table B

7:00pm

Panel: Kill Your Darlings: Ins and Outs of Editing
Films are made or destroyed in the editing room. Join our Film Guest of Honor, Christine Parker, and other veteran filmmakers to learn tips and tricks to editing films.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hancock

Steven Hancock

Born and raised in North Carolina, Steven Hancock grew up with two unique passions: history, and film. Although he majored in history, he has always been fascinated by the world of acting and filmmaking. He began his film work as an actor, first starring in Joey Martin’s Entangled... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Director
Film and TV
avatar for W. Trent Welstead

W. Trent Welstead

Trent was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia just outside of Richmond. Initially considering careers in architecture, computer science, and engineering, he ultimately found his passion for film—and the arts, in general—towards the latter half of his high school years... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

7:00pm

Monsters vs. Detectives - Chasing Danger Release Party
Moderators
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

I've written stories, novellas, and novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy Noir, non-fiction, action/adventure, and new pulp. I also have done media tie-in work for franchises such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Marvel, Battletech and most recently for Green... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Con Suite (Rm. 535)

7:00pm

Steve Jackson teaches you to play Car Wars
Limit 4 Players (signup in the Annex). Spectators Welcome!
Car Wars is the classic game of highway combat, first released in 1980, and winner of many awards.  Play a head-to-head duel, a highway ambush, or a multi-car free-for all under the bright lights of the arena! Drive Offensively in a world where the right of way goes to the biggest guns.

**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 




Speakers
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 4

7:00pm

Iron Author
Iron Author is the panel where teams of authors collaborate to write stories on the fly, based on suggestions from the audience. The results are unpredictable and usually hilarious! Audience members are encouraged to form their own teams and participate. The finished stories will be collected and sold at the Mysticon scholarship auction.

Moderators
PV

Phyllis Van Eps

Auction director, MystiCon

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dogwood 1

7:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

7:30pm

GOH Photo Op
Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Photographer's Studio

7:30pm

Trivia Contest with Amitai Sela
Join us for sci-fi trivia. Topics include sci-fi series like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and the like.  Prizes will be given for those who pay the entry fee of $10.00.

Friday February 22, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Dogwood 2
  • ADMISSION: $10.00

8:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

8:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Signing Table B

8:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Signing Table A

8:00pm

Comedy Shorts for Teens and Up (13+)
*World Premiere*  Space Castle  (7:43)   Directed by Crystal Hughes  PG-13
*World Premier*  Old Mrs. Jenkins   (5:49)   Directed by Taryn Hough and Thomas Norman  PG-13
Movie Night  (13:01)   Directed by: Assaf Neiger  PG-13
Hot 'N' Nerdy  (15:00)   Directed by:  Robert Vornkahl  PG-13
Telltale Signs  (4:23)   Directed by:  Jeff Vande Zande   PG-13
Leveler  (11:50)  Directed by:  Eric Warwaruk  PG-13    *Award Contender*


Moderators
Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

8:00pm

Final Form Fusion
Final Form Fusion is a troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple genres, including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, video games, and more!”

Moderators
avatar for Final Form Fusion

Final Form Fusion

https://www.facebook.com/FinalFormFusion/
Final Form Fusion is an award-winning troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics. There will also be a 6’ movie screen in here

8:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

8:30pm

Youth Writing Workshop with Liz Long
Liz Long is the Editor for The Roanoker Magazine. She is also a YA Author and very excited to discuss writing with the Kids of MystiCon!

Moderators
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dogwood 2

9:00pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

I've written stories, novellas, and novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy Noir, non-fiction, action/adventure, and new pulp. I also have done media tie-in work for franchises such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Marvel, Battletech and most recently for Green... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Signing Table B

9:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Signing Table A

9:00pm

World Premieres: Local Music and Horror Comedy Shorts (18+ for first film, 13+ after 9:24 pm)
Adults only for first film. Doors will reopen for PG-13 at approximately 9:24 pm
*World Premiere* Killer Reunion Bro (22:58) Directed by: Matt Burchfield  (18+)
*World Premiere*  Saw Theme: Ukelele Music Video (1:50)  Directed by: Angela Pritchett and Mariah Johnson  (PG-13)
*World Premiere* The Sharpener (15:33) Directed by youth filmmaker: Carter Schaeffer  (PG-13)
*World Premiere* Bottled Up (2:49) Directed by: William Ashton  (PG-13)
Night of the Fluffet (7:47)  Directed by Raymond Wallace  (PG-13)

Q&A with Filmmakers

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

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, Pig Girl, and many others.Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years... Read More →
avatar for Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment

Artists

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

9:00pm

Eye of Argon
The worst science fiction story ever written gets a reading by our brave panel as they compete to go the longest without tripping over a misspelled word or laughing uncontrollably. Audience members are also encouraged to take a chance. Can you keep a straight face, especially when the panel begins acting out the story?

Moderators
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Dogwood 1

9:00pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Opening Acts: Angela Pritchett

Moderators
avatar for Charming Underclothes

Charming Underclothes

An RKE Radio Picture, Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
CHARMING UNDERCLOTHES – FEATURE PRESENTATIONS FROM REEL TO REAL is a movie recreation performance troupe that brings films to life! Shadowcasting is the phenomenon that started with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and therefore the movie that the cast is founded on. Since our debut... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong
avatar for Angela Pritchett

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, Pig Girl, and many others.Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Ballrooms CDE
  • Age Limit Adult
  • Hotel Needs - Hotel stage and curtains (backstage and side dressing area)
  • AV Needs AV needs: projector (VGA hookup), screen, sound system (L/R audio to 1/8 inch jack), two mics.

9:00pm

Apokillyptic Gaming Systems: Apokillypse
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 1

9:00pm

Clement Sector: Burning Bridges
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for John Watts

John Watts

John Watts is the owner and president of Gypsy Knights Games. John lives in Ringgold, Georgia and is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy. They live with two cats: Moneypenny and Felix.John has been involved in gaming since the early 1980s becoming enamored with such RPGs as Traveller... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 2

9:00pm

D&D 5th Edition: D&D One Shot Adventures
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 1

9:00pm

GURPS 4th Edition: The Sleepers Awaken (GURPS SciFi Post-Apocalyptic Mystery/Adventure)
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

9:00pm

Magic the Gathering: Magic 101 and Casual play
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Don Haymaker

Don Haymaker

Crashcity Games
Don Haymaker is the owner and lead designer of Crashcity Games.  He is for 2019 Assistant Gaming Director and for 2020 Gaming Director.  Don has been a gamer for most of his life.  He is an Ordain Minister and Associate Pastor of Oakview Church of God in Roanoke,Va


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 4

9:00pm

Magic the Gathering: Magic 101 and Casual play
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Don Haymaker

Don Haymaker

Crashcity Games
Don Haymaker is the owner and lead designer of Crashcity Games.  He is for 2019 Assistant Gaming Director and for 2020 Gaming Director.  Don has been a gamer for most of his life.  He is an Ordain Minister and Associate Pastor of Oakview Church of God in Roanoke,Va


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 3

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PF Special
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 2

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PF Special
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 1

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PF Special
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 1

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PF Special
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 3

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PF Special
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 4

9:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:30pm

Bringing Horror Out of the Darkness
The panelists will discuss how horror has changed over the years or not. And if other names, paranormal, urban fantasy, and others have taken away the stigma of the word horror.

Moderators
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Sammie Cassell is a native of SW Virginia. Known as Sammie the Comic Book Man, he travels around NC & VA doing presentations at schools, libraries, & senior centers encouraging people to read, specifically comic books. He is also a film actor & producer & Vice President of Wreak Havoc... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for T. Frohock

T. Frohock

Author
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Where Oblivion Lives, a Los Nefilim novel. Three other novellas in the Los Nefilim series—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Dogwood 2

10:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:00pm

Foreign Films: World Premier Horror and Horror Comedy (18+)
*World Premiere*  30' (6:36)  Directed by:  Fabio Dellazzari    (Brazil)
*World Premiere*  Simple Simon  (8:05)  Directed by:  Maninder Chana   (Canada)
The Eve   (20:00)   Directed by:  Luca Machnich   (Italy)
Numero 69  (13:35)   Directed by:  Giacomo de Bello   (Italy)
Once Bitten  (9:59)   Directed by:  Pete Tomkies  (UK)



Moderators
Friday February 22, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

10:00pm

Marvel Munchkin: SJ Games
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Friday February 22, 2019 10:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 3

10:00pm

SJ Games: Munchkin Madness
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Owner, Graydiations
L Bruce Gray - Born Feb 2, 1955I currently live in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I've been married over 40 years, and have one daughter and one cat. I love Disney animation and consider myself a Disneyphile. My ultimate dream is to live near Disney World.A collector... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 10:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 4

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity (21+)
Gaming is hosting Cards Against Humanity in the Vista Room!

**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Friday February 22, 2019 10:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00am
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics and 2 wireless mics available for some events. There will be an 8’ movie screen in here.

10:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:30pm

Night at the Mos Eisley (Open Mic)
Come sing, recite a poem, tell a short story, perform a short play, cluck like a chicken...whatever! Only rules are it must be 5 minutes or less, be original and not break any laws!

Moderators
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →
avatar for Todd Ristau

Todd Ristau

Director, Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, Hollins University
Todd Ristau designed and launched the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and has served as program director since its launch in 2007. He is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. His work has been performed in theatres across the U.S. and England... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Dogwood 2
  • Age Limit Adult
  • AV Needs Microphone and sound system.

11:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:00pm

Panel: Gratuitous Sex, T & A and Gore: Graphic Content in Film (18+)
Panelists will discuss graphic content (nudity, sexual content, gore, violence, horrorporn, etc.)  in film, when it works, when it doesn't, the rise of male nudity and its counterculture reaction.

Moderators
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
Tom Gore was born and raised in Newport RI. Of Irish heritage, he realized from an early age that he enjoyed entertaining people with his offbeat sense of humor. After graduating he decided to put that on hold to join the Army and serve his country. With his drive and determination... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

11:00pm

Haunted Soundscape: Virginia Stories
Listen while Pamela Kinney tells you spooky stories about creepy stories from Virginia.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Dogwood 1
  • AV Needs Mic and small speaker

11:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 11:30pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:30pm

Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat
Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat

Friday February 22, 2019 11:30pm - Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00am
Dogwood 2

12:00am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am - 12:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:00am

*World Premiere* Comedy Horror - "Balls For Brooklyn" by Local Filmmaker Vince Brando ADULT ONLY
Join local filmmaker Vince Brando for the World Premiere of Balls For Brooklyn! Three long time friends from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn join forces to open a one of a kind meatball restaurant. What can possibly go wrong?  Rated 18+ for nudity, mature content, graphic violence,  language. 

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vince Brando

Vince Brando

Director, Zeppelin Pictures
Independent Film Producer and Director


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am - 12:30am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

12:00am

Welcome to the PILLOW FIGHT CLUB!!
No matter who gets your naughty bits tingly, or who you voted for, or what you believe in, you really can’t be mad at someone else if you’re pillow fighting... and THAT is how we make the world a better place!

Cash bar will be available. Must be 21 or over to attend! PJs are encouraged!

Moderators
avatar for Carla Brindle

Carla Brindle

MystiCon Chairperson, MystiCon
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am
Dogwood 1
  • Age Limit Adult
  • ADMISSION: YES

12:30am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30am - 1:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:30am

Friday Night Fright: "REBORN" Directed by: Julian Richards (18+)
Reborn  (UK 1:20)  Directed by Julian Richards and starring Rae Dong Chong, Chaz Bono, Barbara Crampton, and Peter Bogdanovich!  A stillborn baby is brought back to life by a morgue attendant using electro-kinetic power.  On her 16th birthday she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her.  HORROR:  18+  For graphic violence, brief nudity, language, adult content

Moderators
Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30am - 2:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)
 
Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

Comedy: Local Youth Filmmaker Tripp Tiffany Presents: "Thugs vs. Dinosaurs" (1:11:11) PG
Thugs vs. Dinosaurs (1:11:11)  Directed by Tripp Tiffany - As the dinosaur apocolypse begins, a paleontologist, and a German descendant join forces with a war veteran to find his daughter.  This is 16 year old local filmmaker Tripp Tiffany's first feature film, combining clay-mation and live action to tell this comedic story.  Q&A with Filmmaker

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

9:00am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:00am

Conventions and Cosplay with Disabilities
Join Chris Shrewsbury and Adam York in a shared discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing those dealing with many types of disabilities, from sensory and mobility impairments to "invisible conditions" like ADHD and social anxiety disorder.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom E

9:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Signing Table A

9:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Signing Table B

9:00am

Indie Film Panel: Parallel Story Structure in Film
Panel will look at parallel story structure in films such as Highlander, Dunkirk, and other films and the benefits and uses of multiple story lines to enhance films.

Moderators
avatar for Steven Hancock

Steven Hancock

Born and raised in North Carolina, Steven Hancock grew up with two unique passions: history, and film. Although he majored in history, he has always been fascinated by the world of acting and filmmaking. He began his film work as an actor, first starring in Joey Martin’s Entangled... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Birmingham

John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
Tom Gore was born and raised in Newport RI. Of Irish heritage, he realized from an early age that he enjoyed entertaining people with his offbeat sense of humor. After graduating he decided to put that on hold to join the Army and serve his country. With his drive and determination... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →

Artists
avatar for W. Trent Welstead

W. Trent Welstead

Trent was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia just outside of Richmond. Initially considering careers in architecture, computer science, and engineering, he ultimately found his passion for film—and the arts, in general—towards the latter half of his high school years... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs Projector, Computer, Dongles

9:00am

Steampunk Jamboree
Familiar tunes, funny fan-fueled lyrics, and a few British chestnuts, presented for you to sing-along with Flabbergast and the Missus in Victorian Music Hall-style! Rated E for Everyone.

Moderators
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom C
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs sound system, projector, screen, microphone

9:00am

Out of the Box
In the current eBook market, it's imperative that new authors become marketing experts.  Panelists share their ideas for creative marketing plans, having realistic expectations and horror stories of "marketing gone wrong."

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura resides in North Carolina and shares a house with his wonderful wife who somehow overlooked Davis' eccentricities and married him anyway. As proper recompense for her sacrifice, Davis unwittingly turned his wonderful wife into a nerd-girl. To her sad and utter humiliation... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
Melissa McArthur is associate publisher at Falstaff Books, a small press located in Charlotte, NC. She is also the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a founding... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Dogwood 1

9:00am

The Author Dating Game
We do 2 rounds of "dating game" - each round involves 1 reader and 3 authors. The authors are asked a series of dating-style questions (where would you take someone on your first date, what is a perfect relationship for you, what are your turn ons, etc.) and they answer as one of their characters from their work. At the end of the round, the reader picks which book they want to go on a date with - and gets a free copy of the book (either ebook or hard copy). 

Moderators
avatar for Carla Brindle

Carla Brindle

MystiCon Chairperson, MystiCon

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →
avatar for Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →
avatar for Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson Headlee

Author - Publisher - Chief Chef and Bottle Washer, Pendragon Cove Press
Kim Iverson Headlee has been a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster). Her novel King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest release... Read More →
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Vista Room
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics and 2 wireless mics available for some events. There will be an 8’ movie screen in here.

9:00am

The Writer's Workshop with Allen Wold
Workshop for pre-registered authors to hone their writing skills with the guidance of Allen Wold. Workshop is free, but space is limite.

Moderators
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere.He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →
avatar for Heather Elizabeth King

Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 2

9:30am

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:30am

Roanoke Robotics Workshop & Demonstration
The Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club will open with a 30-45 minute lively discussion & presentation on the movie & cartoon robots: Transformers, and collecting & customizing their action figures. Next are the hobby & STEM robots show & tell style demonstrations, explaining the “how to” of several types of semi & fully automatic robots. Control modes include radio control, WiFi, Bluetooth, vision control, sensor control, using controllers including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and MicroBit. Besides many homemade robots, we’ll demo an iRobot hack, and kit robots such as GoPiGo (Raspberry Pi), Gigglebot (MicroBit), and BoeBot(Parallax). We look forward to greeting you

Gary Yohe
Darrell Little
Jeanette Semones
Eric Yohe
Steven LeBrun

Moderators
avatar for Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Everyone’s a nerd inside.
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions and workshops. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the first Saturday... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom D
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs Projector and Screen
  • ADMISSION: No
  • Moderator: Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

10:00am

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:00am

GOH Photo Op
Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Photographer's Studio

10:00am

Costuming Form, Function & Fantasy
Costume designers discuss the merits of costuming in different applications from comics, to movies, to video games and cosplay. What design choices are rooted in functionality and what just looks cool.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Birmingham

John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
avatar for Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Anita Allen is a woman of many talents, perhaps best known for her work as a craftsman level costume designer and as an assistant publisher for Mythic Delirium and assistant editor for the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix, both of which she does with her amazing hubbie Mike Allen... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 1

10:00am

GOH Q&A - Ruth Sanderson
GOH Q & A

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson

Artist Guest of Honor
I'm a professional illustrator with over 85 published children's books. In addition, I create coloring books for adults, book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, and more. I also enjoy teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

10:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Signing Table A

10:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Signing Table B

10:00am

Virtual Realities: The Many Lives of Robert Picardo
Panelists discuss the career of Robert Picardo and how he's done practically everything from studying medicine to playing a doctor on television, singing in college to starring on Broadway. His film and television careers are vast and varied. Star Trek was only a blip on the radar. Discuss Stargate, China Beach, Wonder Years, Innerspace, voice acting and roles where you might not have known it was him!

Speakers
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →
avatar for Todd Ristau

Todd Ristau

Director, Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, Hollins University
Todd Ristau designed and launched the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and has served as program director since its launch in 2007. He is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. His work has been performed in theatres across the U.S. and England... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom E

10:00am

So You Have A Manuscript: Red Herrings, Red Flags, and Best Practices For Querying Small Press Publishers
Interested in sending a query to a small publisher? Join Jason Graves, publisher and editor-in-chief at Prospective Press, for an informal, informative slide presentation on what to do, what not to do, and when to run away screaming when interacting with small press.

Moderators
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom C
  • AV Needs Microphone, Projector & Screen

10:00am

Horror Comedy: Local Filmmaker Amy Taylor Presents: "Hunter's Weekend" (1:12:20) PG-13
Hunter's Weekend  (1:12:20)  Local filmmaker, Amy Taylor's Horror Comedy Mockumentary: Park rangers, Lyle and Victor, just want their elite invitation only hunter's weekend event to go well but when hunters start turning up dead they must race to find the killer before they become the next victims.
Rated PG-13 for Language, Gore, Violence, Mature Subject Matter
Followed by Filmmaker Q&A with Amy Taylor

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

10:00am

BRTC Play Test
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

10:00am

CHILDREN'S GAMING: PATHFINDER
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 2

10:00am

CHILDRENS' GAMING: TINY DUNGEON
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 1

10:00am

Clement Sector: Gone Fishing!
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for John Watts

John Watts

John Watts is the owner and president of Gypsy Knights Games. John lives in Ringgold, Georgia and is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy. They live with two cats: Moneypenny and Felix.John has been involved in gaming since the early 1980s becoming enamored with such RPGs as Traveller... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 4

10:00am

D&D 5th Edition: D&D One Shot Adventures
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 1

10:00am

Gamma World, 1st Edition: Sick Simpering Tyrant
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 3

10:00am

Pathfinder: 7-26 All for Immortality: Part 2 (12-15)
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 1

10:00am

Pathfinder: PFS #10-01 Oathbreakers Die [Tier 1-5]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 2

10:00am

Pathfinder: We be Goblins, Too! [Tier 1-2, Pregens]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 4

10:00am

Starfinder: 1. Starfinder AP or SF Quests
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 3

10:00am

Art Show
The MystiCon Art Show is a chance to view, bid on, and purchase horror, fantasy, and science fiction themed artwork in several media. The Art Show is in a silent auction format. Bidding ends on Saturday evening.  Enjoy works created by various amateur and professional artists.

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 6:30pm
Art Show (Boardroom 1)

10:00am

Dealer Room
Vendor room is open, please come in and shop...only 304 Days Until Christmas!!

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00am - 6:30pm
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

10:30am

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:00am

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:00am

Medium Difficulty
Medium Difficulty - Veteran costumers and cosplayers discuss what mediums to use in different projects. Tips, tricks, which are favorites, and which to avoid.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

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, Pig Girl, and many others.Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Birmingham

John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
avatar for Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Anita Allen is a woman of many talents, perhaps best known for her work as a craftsman level costume designer and as an assistant publisher for Mythic Delirium and assistant editor for the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix, both of which she does with her amazing hubbie Mike Allen... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dogwood 1

11:00am

Deadly Doodles with Steve Jackson
Limit 12 players (signup in the Annex). Spectators Welcome!
Steve Jackson teaches this new game for the first time at MystiCon. Shown at Toy Fair this is sure to be a lot of fun.

**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 4

11:00am

GOH Q & A - Robert Picardo
GOH Q & A

Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

11:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Table A

11:00am

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
Melissa McArthur is associate publisher at Falstaff Books, a small press located in Charlotte, NC. She is also the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a founding... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Table B

11:00am

Balancing the Geek Live with Mundane Adulting
Just how do you pursue a creative life, all while trying to figure out the whole "adulting" thing? There are many factors to take into consideration with every person, and we can figure it out together!

Moderators
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

In Tera’s world, she is dedicated to driving stronger engagement at her place of work, creates innovative programming for SF conventions - including her own (ConGregate), and writes short stories that tug on the emotional heartstrings of her readers.  With over 20 years of event... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura

Davis Ashura resides in North Carolina and shares a house with his wonderful wife who somehow overlooked Davis' eccentricities and married him anyway. As proper recompense for her sacrifice, Davis unwittingly turned his wonderful wife into a nerd-girl. To her sad and utter humiliation... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes was born Abigail Wallace in 1991, the second of five children. From the time she could talk, she knew she loved telling stories. From the time she set foot in the woods, she knew she loved exploring the world around her. Neither fact has changed in her 27 years.A graduate... Read More →
avatar for Amanda J. McGee

Amanda J. McGee

Writer
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is the author of the epic fantasy series The Creation Saga. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dogwood 2

11:00am

High Concept
Fantasy novels tend to be high-concept. THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the Narnia series, and the Harry Potter series all involve horrific global battles between good and evil. These are great fiction (in spite of certain well-known “flaws” in craft) because they are both high in concept and at the same time intensely personal. Can Science Fiction be high-concept? Our panelists discuss both sides.

Moderators
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom E

11:00am

Apokillyptic Gaming Systems: Apokillypse
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 1

11:15am

Rock Music Videos
(May start late if needed for previous Q&A)
Polish Rock Band, Intimfazonok's music video Szólj rám!  Directed by: Peter Engelmann (Hungary)
Entrance to the Cold Waste by Rock Band The 6th Chamber   Directed by:  Constantin Werner   Featuring metal belly dancing sensation, Mahafsoun (Foorogh Kardansani)


Moderators
Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

11:30am

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:30am

Local Filmmakers Steven Hancock and J.D. Mayo present: "A Grim Dinner," "A Too Close Encounter", "Fire in the Forest" - and - "The Sheep and the Wolf"
A Grim Dinner  (1:42)  Directed by Steven Hancock  (PG)
A Too-Close Encounter (4:17) Directed by Steven Hancock (PG)
The Sheep and The Wolf   (13:03)  Directed by JD Mayo  (PG)
Fire in The Forest  (4:17)   Directed by JD Mayo  (PG)
Q&A to follow with filmmakers!

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Sammie Cassell is a native of SW Virginia. Known as Sammie the Comic Book Man, he travels around NC & VA doing presentations at schools, libraries, & senior centers encouraging people to read, specifically comic books. He is also a film actor & producer & Vice President of Wreak Havoc... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hancock

Steven Hancock

Born and raised in North Carolina, Steven Hancock grew up with two unique passions: history, and film. Although he majored in history, he has always been fascinated by the world of acting and filmmaking. He began his film work as an actor, first starring in Joey Martin’s Entangled... Read More →

Artists

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

11:30am

The Match Game
An annual MystiCon tradition is back! Re-live the glories of classic game shows, now with a Sci-Fi/Fantasy twist. Contestants from our audience will match wits with our guests!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Sammie Cassell is a native of SW Virginia. Known as Sammie the Comic Book Man, he travels around NC & VA doing presentations at schools, libraries, & senior centers encouraging people to read, specifically comic books. He is also a film actor & producer & Vice President of Wreak Havoc... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He may or may not have a beard. 
avatar for Syrinx

Syrinx

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
* Founder/Director/Performer at Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real* Artist and Remixer at Tigersquawk Records* Extra at Darkstone Entertainment* Stage sidekick at The Gothsicles* Beats and Samples Master at Khionik* Music Director at MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ballroom C
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics and 1 wireless mics available for some events.

12:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:00pm

Local Filmmaker Dan Sellers and Wreak Havoc Productions Presents: "Trouble Will Cause" and "Falling" PG-13
Trouble Will Cause ( 35:00)  Directed by: Dan Sellers    A true crime documentary aiming to understand Charlie Lawson's 1929 Christmas Day murder/suicide of his family and himself in Germanton, NC.
Falling  (1:58)  Directed by Ryan Downing    A narrator recounts the details of his recurring nightmare.



Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers

Filmmaker, Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC
I'm a filmmaker, film festival director and podcaster. Through my company Wreak Havoc Productions, I've written, produced and directed numerous shorts and feature films including "Hank vs. The Undead," "Sammie the Comic Book Man," and the MystiCon Award Winning horror short "Midnight... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

12:00pm

GOH Q & A - Christine Parker
GOH Q & A

Speakers
avatar for Jaysen P. Buterin

Jaysen P. Buterin

Film/Media/TV, Mad Ones Films
Writer. Director. Actor. Musician. Drummer (wait for it…). Model. Artist. Canvas. Columnist. Proudest Papa EVER. And as Creative Director of the straight jacket-tested/doctor-approved Mad Ones Films, from Greensboro North Carolina, Jaysen Buterin’s mission has been to show the... Read More →
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Vista Room
  • AV Needs Projector and Screen

12:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Signing Table B

12:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Signing Table A

12:00pm

Transformer Talk
Transformers collecting and the Transformer Universe.

This is an open panel. Eric Yohe, Gary Yohe  from Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club will be panelists.

Moderators
avatar for Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Everyone’s a nerd inside.
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions and workshops. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the first Saturday... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom D

12:00pm

Techniques for Teaching STEM - Part II
Optics and Psychology Demos by Dr. Daniel Wallace!

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom E
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs screen, projector, sound and a mic

12:00pm

Monsters are People Too!
What exactly makes one a monster? The role of non-human races & how they are different from human characters.

Moderators
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Gathering Storm, Little Blue... Read More →
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →
avatar for Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dogwood 1

12:00pm

GOH Autographs
Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

12:00pm

Plotting Workshop
Plotting is essential to the art of writing. Join Allen Wold for a two hour workshop to delve deeper into the world of plotting. Please arrive on time and space is limited.

Moderators
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere.He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dogwood 2

12:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:45pm

Local Short Films: (Comedy) "Out of Hand" (11:04)- Directed by Garret Lewis
Out of Hand  (11:04)  Garrett's day gets out of control with no idea how to calm himself, he goes on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.


Moderators
Saturday February 23, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

1:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

1:00pm

Art in Science
Science and art often intertwine. There is a natural beauty everywhere from geological formations in Dixie Caverns to streaming light emissions of the Northern Lights. Some art has to be discovered and science will be the tool to reveal them. Join our panelists as they share some examples of how they see beauty in scientific discoveries.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Gathering Storm, Little Blue... Read More →
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson

Artist Guest of Honor
I'm a professional illustrator with over 85 published children's books. In addition, I create coloring books for adults, book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, and more. I also enjoy teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University... Read More →
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dogwood 1
  • AV Needs LCD projector (?) and screen

1:00pm

Electrify Your Cosplay
Upgrade your cosplay by learning how to include fluorescents, LEDs, wearable electronics, and 3D printed props. Add motion, lights and sound to your costume or props. 3D printing prop tips and what it takes to make it happen.

Moderators
avatar for Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club

Everyone’s a nerd inside.
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions and workshops. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the first Saturday... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anita Allen

Anita Allen

Anita Allen is a woman of many talents, perhaps best known for her work as a craftsman level costume designer and as an assistant publisher for Mythic Delirium and assistant editor for the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix, both of which she does with her amazing hubbie Mike Allen... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom D
  • AV Needs projector & screen

1:00pm

What's New at SJ Games
 Steve Jackson (GOH Q & A)

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →
avatar for Jay Prater

Jay Prater

Producer, WFXR/WWCW
Jay is a veteran of radio and TV broadcasting, and now works behind the scenes with graphic design at local Fox affiliate WFXR and WWCW-The CW Virginia. He has written, voiced and produced Mysticon's TV commercials for years. Jay is married, with a grown son who was the Mysticon Scholarship... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

1:00pm

Signing Table
Crymsyn Hart

Speakers
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signing Table B

1:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Heather Elizabeth King

Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signing Table A

1:00pm

Indie Film Panel: Who's Your Mummy? Old and New Mummies in Films
Join the Film Guest of Honor, Christine Parker, in a panel about the history and inspiration of mummy films from the classics to the modern. Then plan on coming back tonight for the World Premiere Screening of Christine's latest film, Blood of the Mummy!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
Tom Gore was born and raised in Newport RI. Of Irish heritage, he realized from an early age that he enjoyed entertaining people with his offbeat sense of humor. After graduating he decided to put that on hold to join the Army and serve his country. With his drive and determination... Read More →
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

1:00pm

PODCAST: Geek Radio Daily
Sit in on a live podcast by our Fan Guests of Honor, Geek Radio Daily.

Moderators
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong

Speakers
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for Flynnstress

Flynnstress

Co-Host, Geek Radio Daily
Part Wonder Woman part Harley Quinn.
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He may or may not have a beard. 
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom E

1:00pm

Flabbergast Show
Professional entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” In recent years, “Flabbergast” has embraced the Mid-Atlantic region fan convention scene, performing at Awesome Con DC, Balticon, MystiCon, Geek Mob, Farpoint, Shore Leave, ConGregate, MarsCon, and adding more appearances all the time! The Wizard and his puppet friends are quickly becoming staples of local Renaissance Faires around Virginia and North Carolina.

Moderators
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom C
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs sound system and mic

1:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

2:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

2:00pm

GOH Q & A - Jody Lynn Nye
GOH Q & A

Speakers
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

2:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Table B

2:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for T. Frohock

T. Frohock

Author
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Where Oblivion Lives, a Los Nefilim novel. Three other novellas in the Los Nefilim series—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Table A

2:00pm

Local Documentary: "End The Silence" (1:10:00) Directed by Javenna Myrieckes, Eric Myrieckes
End the Silence  (1:10:00)   Ages 13+ for discussion/scenes of sexual and rape subject matter.  Please be aware that this documentary contains triggers. This documentary explores child sexual abuse in the African American community. It was produced and directed by local filmmakers Eric Myrieckes and Javenna Myrieckas.  Q&A to follow with cast and crew.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Artists

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

2:00pm

Make Your Own Flair with BC Brandt

BC Brandt is a regular vendor at MystiCon. She makes all kinds of art, but her buttons are very popular. Kids are welcome to come in and learn how to make their own buttons (or flair).

Speakers
avatar for BC Brandt

BC Brandt

Black Market Buttons
Buttons. Buttons and more buttons. And more buttons! Not to mention laminates, original art, brochures, signage, custom design and more. But we specialize in buttons--gosh, we love buttons!


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dogwood 2

2:00pm

Successful Indie Publishing
This workshop will help attendees navigate the intricacies of independent publishing, from start to finish, showing them what to do and what to avoid in order to bring their book to market and become a successful self-published author.

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →
avatar for Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson Headlee

Author - Publisher - Chief Chef and Bottle Washer, Pendragon Cove Press
Kim Iverson Headlee has been a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster). Her novel King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest release... Read More →
avatar for S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter writes the popular Scary Mary Series. It is a young adult series about a high school girl who hears ghost. The tagline is, "The dead speak to her. She wishes they'd shut up." In each book, Mary must deal with paranormal and teen issues. From standing up to bullies to stopping... Read More →
avatar for Heather Elizabeth King

Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dogwood 1

2:00pm

BRTC Play Test
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

2:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

2:30pm

Masquerade Pre-judging (Youth ages 0-16)
Masquerade Pre-judging (Youth/Teens Ages 0-16)

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C

3:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

3:00pm

AUTOGRAPH SESSION STEVE JACKSON
Speakers
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Glass Office

3:00pm

GOH Autographs
Speakers
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

3:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table B

3:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table A

3:00pm

MystiCon Speed Dating (Giddy Geeker Style!)
Speed Dating Geek Style! Participants must sign up at the MystiCon Registration table to participate. Liquid courage will be available for purchase! (21+)

Moderators
avatar for Carla Brindle

Carla Brindle

MystiCon Chairperson, MystiCon

Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballrooms DE
  • Age Limit Adult
  • AV Needs 1 Microphone

3:00pm

Big Lick Conspiracy
Hilarious Improv Comedy (think "Who's Line is it Anyway") performed for you by our local Improv Troupe Big Lick Conspiracy.

Speakers
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics.

3:15pm

Local film: Curse Worms (15:00)
Local Filmmaker Talula Mays presents:  Curse Worms (15:00)   An unusual young woman must find her way home after a mysterious remedy leaves her lost in the forest.

Moderators
Artists

Saturday February 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

3:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

3:30pm

*World Premiere* Local Filmmaker Maurice Hicks presents "This is Going to Hurt" (24:00) PG
Local filmmaker Maurice Hicks presents his World Premiere film, This is Going to Hurt   (24:00)  PG-13:    A young couple does their best to use a quiet weekend in order to mend their recent breakup.   Parental Guidance suggested for language, adult theme.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Artists

Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

3:30pm

Please State the Nature of Your Medical Emergency - GOH Meet & Greet w/Robert Picardo
We are offering a special intimate meet & greet in our con suite. Come relax and chat with our Media Guest of Honor.  One autograph per participant is included.  There will be a maximum of 20 participants permitted for the event.  The Meet & Greet is $75 in advance and $100 when purchased at the convention. 

Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Con Suite (Rm. 535)

4:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

4:00pm

Masquerade Pre-judging (Ages 17 and Up)
Masquerade Pre-judging (Ages 17 & Up)

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood 1

4:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Table B

4:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Amanda J. McGee

Amanda J. McGee

Writer
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is the author of the epic fantasy series The Creation Saga. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Table A

4:00pm

Film GOH Christine Parker presents: "Blood of the Mummy" *World Premiere* ADULT ONLY
Join us for Film Guest of Honor, Christine Parker's world premiere film, Blood of the Mummy. (1:38:00)
 Q&A with Christine and other members of cast and crew to follow!  18+

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

4:00pm

GREEN ROOM - PREJUDGING FOR MASQUERADE (ADULTS)
Please gather here to have your costume pre-judged for the masquerade. More instructions will be given to you upon arrival.

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Dogwood 1 & 2

4:00pm

Apokillyptic Gaming Systems: Apokillypse
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 1

4:00pm

Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Operation: Shadowpoint
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 1

4:00pm

GURPS 4th Edition: Door to Other Where (GURPS Cross Dimension/Time Travel Adventure)
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 4

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #10-02 Bones of Biting Ants [Tier 3-7]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 2

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #10-06 Treason’s Chains [Tier 1-5]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 1

4:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #8-20 Torrent’s Last Will [7-11]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 4

4:00pm

Pathfinder: We Be Goblins Free! [Tier 3-4, Pregens]
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 3

4:00pm

Savage Worlds: Fist full of WOOOOOO!
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 2

4:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

4:30pm

The Remarkable Exploits of Nelson Bond: Author

The late Nelson S. Bond published hundreds of short stories in major magazines like Astounding Science Fiction and Weird Tales. He wrote radio serials. He wrote television scripts for NBC and CBS. He wrote the official stage adaptation of George Orwell's novel Animal Farm. And he lived in Roanoke. In fact, he's the reason science fiction conventions in Roanoke got started. Come hear about this remarkable figure in science fiction history from people who knew him and his work.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics, Screen & Projector

5:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Gathering Storm, Little Blue... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

5:00pm

Deadly Doodles with Steve Jackson
Limit 12 players (signup in the Annex). Spectators Welcome!
Steve Jackson teaches this new game for the first time at MystiCon. Shown at Toy Fair this is sure to be a lot of fun.

**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Gaming Guest of Honor
Steve Jackson has been playing games for nearly 50 years, and designing them since 1976. He graduated from Rice University, where a lot of his time went to wargames and the school paper (he spent two years as editor). Now he’s a writer and game publisher, proving that college can... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 4

5:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Table A

5:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Table B

5:00pm

Masquerade & Entertainment
Annual MystiCon Masquerade with Entertainment provided by Final Form Fusion!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong
avatar for Final Form Fusion

Final Form Fusion

https://www.facebook.com/FinalFormFusion/
Final Form Fusion is an award-winning troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballrooms CDE
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs Wireless Mics, Sound System

5:00pm

SJ Games: Munchkin Madness
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Owner, Graydiations
L Bruce Gray - Born Feb 2, 1955I currently live in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I've been married over 40 years, and have one daughter and one cat. I love Disney animation and consider myself a Disneyphile. My ultimate dream is to live near Disney World.A collector... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

5:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

5:30pm

GOH Autographs
Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

5:30pm

TREKnology
This is a specific discussion about how the imaginings in all of Star Trek have directly and accurately influenced current and future technology. What did they get right? What did they miss? And what’s coming down the road?

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. Gaines

Besides his creative writing, Jim Gaines has taught world literature, French language, English, and social sciences for over forty years at the university and high school level in Michigan, Pennsylvania, France, Louisiana, and most recently in Virginia.  He is the author of six scholarly... Read More →
avatar for Nutty Nuchtchas

Nutty Nuchtchas

Nuchtchas started out in podcasting back in 2004 as a listener and 2005 as a regular contributed to the SciFi Dig Podcast. There she reviewed movies coming to theaters soon and hosted the Meet the Digger chats. She contributed to other podcasts enough to be asked often, "So which... Read More →
avatar for Jay Prater

Jay Prater

Producer, WFXR/WWCW
Jay is a veteran of radio and TV broadcasting, and now works behind the scenes with graphic design at local Fox affiliate WFXR and WWCW-The CW Virginia. He has written, voiced and produced Mysticon's TV commercials for years. Jay is married, with a grown son who was the Mysticon Scholarship... Read More →
avatar for Todd Ristau

Todd Ristau

Director, Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, Hollins University
Todd Ristau designed and launched the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and has served as program director since its launch in 2007. He is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. His work has been performed in theatres across the U.S. and England... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Vista Room

6:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

6:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Signing Table B

6:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Signing Table A

6:00pm

Local Filmmakers Present: "Detour," "Belladonna," "Avalon," and "The Rehearsal"
Detour (17:08)  Directed by:  Andrew Huggins  
Belladonna (24:00) Direction by: Brett Mullen
Avalon (11:45) Directed by: Ryan Mumaw and Seth Herzog
The Rehearsal  (6:05)  Directed by Student Filmmaker:  W. Trent Welstead



Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Artists
avatar for W. Trent Welstead

W. Trent Welstead

Trent was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia just outside of Richmond. Initially considering careers in architecture, computer science, and engineering, he ultimately found his passion for film—and the arts, in general—towards the latter half of his high school years... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

6:00pm

Let Them Eat Cake

Saturday February 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Con Suite (Rm. 535)

6:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

6:30pm

World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy
There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies-and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga-to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join our panelists to learn about the monsters that roam the Earth and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling.

Moderators
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for T. Frohock

T. Frohock

Author
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Where Oblivion Lives, a Los Nefilim novel. Three other novellas in the Los Nefilim series—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Vista Room

7:00pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

7:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike Allen is a creator of weirdness and horror (but he's friendly). By day, he writes for the arts column for The Roanoke Times. By night he spins dark fables. An author, editor and publisher, Mike Allen has been a finalist for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Signing Table A

7:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Signing Table B

7:00pm

Local World Premiere Films! (Pg-13)
Local Filmmakers Charlotte Wincott, Dave Harlequin, Adam York, and Dan Sellers present their latest films!
*World Premiere*  Ping Pong Pigeons  (11:48)   Directed by: Charlotte Wincott  
*World Premiere*  The Presence: A Metaphor  (9:09)  Directed by: Dave Harlequin and Adam York  
*World Premiere" The Devil's Lettuce 2  ( 12:00 )  Directed by: Dave Harlequin and Adam York
*World Premiere*   Countdown to Midnight    (13:00)  Directed by:  Dan Sellers


Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →
avatar for Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers

Filmmaker, Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC
I'm a filmmaker, film festival director and podcaster. Through my company Wreak Havoc Productions, I've written, produced and directed numerous shorts and feature films including "Hank vs. The Undead," "Sammie the Comic Book Man," and the MystiCon Award Winning horror short "Midnight... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →

Artists

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

7:00pm

B Movie Panel
Step inside for a “confessional” discussion on our guilty pleasure “B” movies, as well as discussion about what constitutes a “B” movie.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →
avatar for Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers

Filmmaker, Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC
I'm a filmmaker, film festival director and podcaster. Through my company Wreak Havoc Productions, I've written, produced and directed numerous shorts and feature films including "Hank vs. The Undead," "Sammie the Comic Book Man," and the MystiCon Award Winning horror short "Midnight... Read More →
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Syrinx

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
* Founder/Director/Performer at Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real* Artist and Remixer at Tigersquawk Records* Extra at Darkstone Entertainment* Stage sidekick at The Gothsicles* Beats and Samples Master at Khionik* Music Director at MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dogwood 1

7:00pm

Leatherworking 101
A primer for the basics of leatherwork lead by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, where participants edge, burnish, dye, seal, and decorate their very own wrist cuff. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring a pair of hands. Fee is $20

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dogwood 2

7:00pm

Scholarship Auction
Every year MystiCon offers one merit scholarship for original and creative works in creative writing and/or art. This year's scholarship was open to college-bound Virginia High School seniors graduating in the 2018-2019 school year or 2018-2019 college Freshman. The award amount is a minimum of $500. We have picked a winner and you can help add to their scholarship by buying all the cool stuff we pulled together for this auction! Please support this worthy cause and have a great time doing it!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Master of Ceremonies
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers
PV

Phyllis Van Eps

Auction director, MystiCon
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong
GS

Ginger Snaps

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballrooms CDE
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics. There will also be a 6’ movie screen in here / Video Projector

7:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

8:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

8:00pm

An Antler Hill Experience
Live music with discussion on overcoming a disability for the sake of your craft.

Speakers
avatar for Antler Hill

Antler Hill

Neil Lee Griffin has a lifelong passion for writing and performing music and Jessica Griffin grew up singing constantly. In 2016 they joined to become Antler Hill Arts - specializing in many various artistic talents including graphic design, portraiture, movie scoring, crafts, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Vista Room

8:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Signing Table B

8:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Signing Table A

8:00pm

Evening Tea on the "Raging Sea" - Book launch party Kim Headlee
Join Kim to celebrate the launch of the latest novel in her Dragon's Dove Chronicles series, Raging Sea. Readings, door prizes, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson Headlee

Author - Publisher - Chief Chef and Bottle Washer, Pendragon Cove Press
Kim Iverson Headlee has been a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster). Her novel King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest release... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Con Suite (Rm. 535)

8:00pm

Writing Up Close and Personal
This panel will cover point-of-view choices and how to “write close” to your point-of-view characters. Do certain points of view only work with certain types of stories? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each form?

Moderators
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for T. Frohock

T. Frohock

Author
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Where Oblivion Lives, a Los Nefilim novel. Three other novellas in the Los Nefilim series—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or... Read More →
avatar for Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart

Author
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over eighty paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic and ghostly encounters have given her a lot of material to use in her books. Vampires, grim reapers, shifters, and other paranormal creatures tend to end... Read More →
avatar for Heather Elizabeth King

Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere.He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dogwood 1

8:00pm

SJ Games: Munchkin Madness
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Owner, Graydiations
L Bruce Gray - Born Feb 2, 1955I currently live in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I've been married over 40 years, and have one daughter and one cat. I love Disney animation and consider myself a Disneyphile. My ultimate dream is to live near Disney World.A collector... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 2

8:00pm

Robert Picardo Stars in World Premiere Films: "The Assassin's Apprentice" (14:46) and "The Occupants" (1:20:35) PG-13
*World Premiere*  The Assassin's Apprentice  (14:46)  Directed by Russell Emanuel and starring Media Guest of Honor Robert Picardo:  An apprentice assassin goes on her first solo hit and disobeys order and goes off course.  Is she really ready to go it alone?

*World Premiere*  The Occupants  (1:20:35)   Directed by Russell Emanue and Starring Media Guest of Honor Robert Picardol:  While filming a documentary on clean living in their home, the documentary filmmaker and her husband live stream 24 hours to the internet. Things begin to unravel as the cameras capture an alternate reality and threatens their very existence.



Moderators
avatar for Shawn Walton

Shawn Walton

Indie Film, MystiCon Board of Directors President
Shawn has been the MystiCon Independent Film Festival Director for the last four years and is the current President of the MystiCon Board of Directors. She is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and has authored YA and Middle Grade novels. She is currently illustrating her own children's book... Read More →

Speakers
CB

Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

8:00pm

GURPS 3rd Edition Revised: It all goes to BLEEP!
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Gaming (Rm. 440): Table 1

8:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

8:30pm

Armour Patterning Workshop
In this workshop, you will learn how to take measurements by following body contours and how to apply seam allowances. Participants will leave with their own bracer pattern. (Free)

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dogwood 2

9:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

I've written stories, novellas, and novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy Noir, non-fiction, action/adventure, and new pulp. I also have done media tie-in work for franchises such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Marvel, Battletech and most recently for Green... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Signing Table B

9:00pm

Signing Table
(Guest, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Roger W. and Janet B. Carden

Crimson Streets
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind "Crimson Streets" (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Signing Table A

9:00pm

Super Weird Heroes
A way-fun discussion of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy-bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! The Hand, a giant hand! Madam Fatale, the first cross-dressing superhero! Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken) and tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule!

Moderators
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Sammie Cassell is a native of SW Virginia. Known as Sammie the Comic Book Man, he travels around NC & VA doing presentations at schools, libraries, & senior centers encouraging people to read, specifically comic books. He is also a film actor & producer & Vice President of Wreak Havoc... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Durington

Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Indie Film Guest of Honor
Bill Mulligan has turned a decades long love of genre film and comic books into an active role in the North Carolina indie film community. A high school science teacher by day, his weekends tend to be filled with film projects. A chance comment from a student 13 years ago led him... Read More →
avatar for Nutty Nuchtchas

Nutty Nuchtchas

Nuchtchas started out in podcasting back in 2004 as a listener and 2005 as a regular contributed to the SciFi Dig Podcast. There she reviewed movies coming to theaters soon and hosted the Meet the Digger chats. She contributed to other podcasts enough to be asked often, "So which... Read More →
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Vista Room
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • AV Needs microphones, projector and screen
  • ADMISSION: No

9:00pm

Let's Take Flight
Flight has always been at the center of scifi and fantasy- Mary Poppins had her umbrella, Harry had the Firebolt, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch had her vacuum. Let's count all the fun and fancy ways scifi and fantasy has shown us to get off the ground!

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes

Abigail Cordes was born Abigail Wallace in 1991, the second of five children. From the time she could talk, she knew she loved telling stories. From the time she set foot in the woods, she knew she loved exploring the world around her. Neither fact has changed in her 27 years.A graduate... Read More →
avatar for S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter writes the popular Scary Mary Series. It is a young adult series about a high school girl who hears ghost. The tagline is, "The dead speak to her. She wishes they'd shut up." In each book, Mary must deal with paranormal and teen issues. From standing up to bullies to stopping... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
avatar for Amanda J. McGee

Amanda J. McGee

Writer
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is the author of the epic fantasy series The Creation Saga. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Dogwood 1

9:00pm

Apokillyptic Gaming Systems: Apokillypse
**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Gaming Annex (3rd Floor Hallway): Table 1

9:00pm

DCCRPG: Sailors on the Starless Sea
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Speakers
avatar for Tr Khellian

Tr Khellian

Hi! My name is Paul and I’m running three sessions of Dungeon Crawl Classics at the con this year. DCC is a table top RPG in the old school spirit of 1970s D&D. My “day job” as a Lyft Driver gives me time to devote to my gaming obsession as well as supporting my writing avocation... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 2

9:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons, Holmes Edition: The Keep on the Borderlands
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 1

9:00pm

Metamorphs: The Chimera Project: 1st Ed Tabletop
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Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 4

9:00pm

Pathfinder Homebrew: A Tale of Two Houses: West
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 3

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #10-7 Mysteries Under Moonlight Part 2 [Tier 3-7]
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 2

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #8-13 What Sleeps In Stone [7-11]
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 3

9:00pm

Pathfinder: PFS #9-19 Clash in Kaimuko Wood [Tier 5-9]
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 1

9:00pm

Pathfinder: We Be Goblins 5 [Tier 6, Pregens]
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Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Gaming Parlor 4 (Rm. 438): Table 4

9:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:30pm

Getting Combat Right
How do you evoke battle scenes that are both compelling & realistic. This panel covers everything from the mechanics of weapons-handling to the emotional state of crisis response, panelists will help paint a believable picture and tease out their experiences on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson Headlee

Author - Publisher - Chief Chef and Bottle Washer, Pendragon Cove Press
Kim Iverson Headlee has been a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster). Her novel King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest release... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Dogwood 2

10:00pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:00pm

*World Premiere* Darkstone Entertainment Presents: "Crying in the Rain" (19:44) (18+)
Darkstone Entertainment presents John Johnson's World Premiere of Crying in the Rain.   (19:44)   Followed by Q&A with John Johnson and cast/crew.   Ages 18+ for nudity, adult themes, violence, sexual content, language. 

Moderators
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

10:00pm

Ghosts, Witches, Wizards, Magic: Shakespeare and the Supernatural
Many of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays employ Supernatural elements and creatures to advance plots and torment his main characters. In The Tempest the main character, Prospero, is a magician! Poor Hamlet sees his father’s ghost! Panelists conjure up the history of Shakespeare’s fascination with otherworldly realms in this spooky panel.

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Houff

Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lilith

Lilith

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
I came to Roanoke from NOVA. I was a member of the Washington DC cast Sonic Transducers for about 3 years before moving here. I performed as Trixxie, Crim, Transylvanians, and Dr. Scott. Since joining Charming Underclothes I have added Rocky and Janet to my list of characters. I enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

In Tera’s world, she is dedicated to driving stronger engagement at her place of work, creates innovative programming for SF conventions - including her own (ConGregate), and writes short stories that tug on the emotional heartstrings of her readers.  With over 20 years of event... Read More →
avatar for John Gaines

John Gaines

James F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J. M. R. Gaines, besides publishing other works individually.   Their Forlani Saga is composed of Life Sentence (2016), Spy Station (2017... Read More →
avatar for Amanda J. McGee

Amanda J. McGee

Writer
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is the author of the epic fantasy series The Creation Saga. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Dogwood 1

10:30pm

Author Reading
(Author, please add description)

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Scott Belcher

Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:30pm

Darkstone Entertainment Presents: "Beyond the Stretch" 16:25) and "Give Up the Ghost" ( 20:24) (13+)
World Premiere Films:  Beyond the Stretch (16:25) and Give up the Ghost (20:24) from Darkstone Entertainment followed by Q&A with Johnny Johnson and cast/crew.
(May start early)


Moderators
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

10:30pm

This One Time at the Con
You've probably heard them. Those unbelievable stories about the wild, crazy, and often hilarious things that happen at cons. Maybe it was that one room party that got way out of hand, maybe it was that surreal celebrity guest interaction, maybe it was something else entirely. No matter what it was, whether unforgettable, or shall we say, a bit hazy, this is the place to hear all of the wildest stories cons have to offer! (18+)

Moderators
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Author, editor, illustrator, publisher, educator—Jason is most happy making things or teaching others. He is the author of four novels—Blood Roses and Morning Stars, books one and two of the Noctivagas Chronicle; The Alewife: Curse of Obsession; and Gretchen Thyrd: On the Bridge—and... Read More →
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Dogwood 2

10:30pm

MystiCon Musical Extravaganza
DJ Drae / The 40 Boys / The Gothsicles

Speakers
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DJ Drae

DJ Drae has been spinning at conventions, on the radio, and at clubs for over 10 years. He got his start at a convention in 2005 as the lone DJ for their annual dance.  Later that year he started on the club circuit by DJing at the goth club The Dawning in Charlottesville and shortly... Read More →
avatar for The 40 Boys

The 40 Boys

Tony Lechmanski, The 40 Boys
The 40 Boys are a rowdy Rock-n-roll machine who specializes in trouble, debauchery and the fastest ways to earn yourself a trip straight to hell! Two man Punk Rock-N-Roll at its finest.
avatar for Gothsicles

Gothsicles

Musical Guest of Honor
THE INDUSTRIAL OPTION WHAT NOW HAILS FROM BOSTON.THE GOTHSICLES have been privileged enough to play MystiCon before and are charged up like that Mega Man arm cannon to return as this year's Musical Guest of Honor! So much has happened since last time! We’ve played around the world... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00am
Ballrooms CDE
  • Age Limit Adult
  • AV Needs Sound Lights, projector and screen

11:00pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

11:00pm

A Touch of the Macabre
Somewhere between fantasy and horror lies the macabre, the eerie, and the noir. What is it about certain imagery that tugs at the psyche in such a disturbing way? And how can artists use tone and technique to make you feel that the world isn’t quite as it should be?

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Querus Abuttu

Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Nowak

Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →
avatar for Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers

Filmmaker, Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC
I'm a filmmaker, film festival director and podcaster. Through my company Wreak Havoc Productions, I've written, produced and directed numerous shorts and feature films including "Hank vs. The Undead," "Sammie the Comic Book Man," and the MystiCon Award Winning horror short "Midnight... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Dogwood 1

11:00pm

Cards Against Humanity (18+)
Gaming is hosting Cards Against Humanity in the Vista Room!

**PLEASE NOTE: SIGNING UP AS AN "ATTENDEE" ADDS A PROGRAMMING ITEM TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ANY EVENTS, INCLUDING GAMING EVENTS.** 

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 2:00am
Vista Room
  • AV Needs dedicated sound system with at least 4 mics. There will also be a 6’ movie screen in here

11:15pm

Panel: Stringing It Along: Big Budget Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget
How do you get your film made when you have a shoestring budget?  Join this panel to learn tips and tricks from pro filmmakers who've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt!

Moderators
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Smith

Myron Smith

Myron Smith is Director of Programming and Host of the Virginia Sweded Film Festival. He is also Co-Director/Writer of Young Blood: Evil Intentions (2012) and Invasion of the Killer Cicadas (2013). Since 2014, he has been the writer and host of Animation Treasures, a web series focusing... Read More →
avatar for John Birmingham

John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media Guest, A Stranger Concept Films
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Creative Director and... Read More →
avatar for Adam York

Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Director
Film and TV
avatar for Christopher Harding

Christopher Harding

C.E.O., Wicked Outhouse Productions


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

11:30pm

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30pm - Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:00am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am - 12:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

12:00am

Darkstone Entertainment Cards Against Humanity (18+)
Join Johnny Johnson for a Darkstone Entertainment themed game of Cards Against Humanity!

Moderators
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

C.E.O., Darkstone Entertainment
JOHN JOHNSON shot his first film, Zap in 1988, when he was eight years old. By the time he’d finished college, John had completed five feature lengths films, one (20 one hour episodes) of a television series, and 44 short films. nnAfter finishing school, John went back to his old... Read More →

Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

12:00am

Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat
Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat

Sunday February 24, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am
Dogwood 2

12:30am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Sunday February 24, 2019 12:30am - 1:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)
 
Sunday, February 24
 

7:45am

*World Premiere* Feature Film: Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart (1:12:00) Directed by Mickey Reece (18+)
World Premiere and Award Contender Feature Film,   Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart.     Directed by Mickey Reece.  Newlyweds purchase an historic hotel near a town where the bride's estranged mother resides. When the mother comes to visit she brings and uninvited guest.  18+ for language, violence, nudity, graphic content and adult themes.

Moderators
Artists

Sunday February 24, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

9:00am

Author Reading

(Author, please add description)

Speakers

Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

9:00am

Signing Table

(Guest, please add description)

Speakers

Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Signing Table A

9:00am

Signing Table

(Guest, please add description)

Speakers

Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Signing Table B

9:00am

Foreign World Premiere Dramas
Little Sunny  (18:00)  Directed by:  Tấn Quyền Lương  (Vietnam)  A blind girl relies on her brother until one day he doesn't return from work and she is left to fend for herself.
Vetro (Glass) (14:00) Directed by: Matteo Petrelli (Italy) In the middle of the night, on a suburban street, a traffic accident marks the fate of three people.
Sulla Soglia (19:31) Directed by: Ricardo Festa (Italy) A woman discovers that her husband and daughter are being held hostage by an armed man and must figure out how to diffuse the situation.
Metanoia  (3:00)   Directed by Obediya Jones-Darrel.  (Animated) (Canada)  A graffiti artist sees visions while creating his graffiti. Are the hardships he faces real or just a part of his imagination?
Ready for Baby  (5:00)  Directed by:  Anastasia Dyakova  (Animation) (Australia) A woman in her thirties, happy and excited, with a partner and everything in her life under control questions:  Is now the time to have a baby?

Moderators
Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

9:00am

Women Rocking Hollywood
Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go before women, who make up 51% of the population, are represented proportionately behind the camera, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This panel focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women who are expanding opportunities for women in film, who have made noise and are winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens.

Moderators
avatar for Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment

Speakers
GS

Ginger Snaps

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Gathering Storm, Little Blue... Read More →
avatar for Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings

Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Featured Filmmaker
Christine Parker is filmmaker based in the quaint North Carolina town of Apex. She has been making her own independent films since 2003. To date, she has 4 feature films under her belt and more than a dozen short films mainly in the horror and sci fi genre.She is an advocate for women... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom C

9:00am

NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE
Speakers
avatar for Don Haymaker

Don Haymaker

Crashcity Games
Don Haymaker is the owner and lead designer of Crashcity Games.  He is for 2019 Assistant Gaming Director and for 2020 Gaming Director.  Don has been a gamer for most of his life.  He is an Ordain Minister and Associate Pastor of Oakview Church of God in Roanoke,Va
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Gaming Parlor 3 (Rm. 336): Table 1

9:00am

Religion & Government Conspiracies
A discussion of religion and the related conspiracies – from Masons to Templars and others.

Moderators
avatar for T. Frohock

T. Frohock

Author
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Where Oblivion Lives, a Los Nefilim novel. Three other novellas in the Los Nefilim series—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or... Read More →

Speakers
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Shannon Houff

S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Geek Life
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror and science fiction noir: stories of monsters, macabre humor, alienation, subverted expectations, and the families we forge out of friends and allies. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Vista Room

9:00am

Pop Culture Puppets
Join our panel of guests and third friends to discuss puppets in pop culture.  We will be discussing everything from Sesame Street and Star Wars to Jeff Dunham and Broadway.  How have puppets become a mainstay in our lives. Come join us for a one of a kind panel that is sure to get you laughing.  All puppets are welcome!

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Shawn Durington

The Art of Shawn Durington
The Facebook Page for artist Shawn Durington who specializes in art for the whole family but especially those young at heart.AwardsMysticon Artist Guest of Honor 2018Playthrough Game Convention Cover Artist 2018Playthrough Game Convention Shirt Designer 2017Mysticon Guest 2016Mysticon... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →
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M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck
M. Jason Turner has forced me to write this bio about him. If you see him in person please tell him to stop eating the sprinkles off the donuts he leaves for me next to my cage in the basement. So anyway, Jason does a bunch of weird stuff. He started a goofy Facebook page called "Roanoke... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom E

9:00am

They Did What?! - Ancient Inventions and Technologies
From batteries to electroplating to lost arts, panelists present oddities from history and invite the audience to share their own examples.

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Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of... Read More →

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Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →
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Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
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Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Among various other Systems Administration duties, he performs forensic investigations, data retrieval, and confidential data security work.Outside of the IT world, Jason studies ancient and medieval history, world... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Dogwood 1

9:00am

Epic Scale Fiction
How can we maintain canon and consistency as our fictional universe expands and expands?

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Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →

Speakers
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
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Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom D

9:00am

Writer's Workshop - Part II
Closed Session. Follow up session to Allen Wold's Writers' Workshop. Writers will bring their 2nd Drafts for review during this session.

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Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere.He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Dogwood 2

9:30am

Author Reading

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Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:00am

Author Reading

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Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Author Reading (Rm. 533)

10:00am

Art Presentation by Ruth Sanderson
Ms. Sanderson is a professional illustrator with over 85 published children's books. In addition, she creates coloring books for adults, book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, and more. Ruth is also a teacher during the summer at Hollins University for the graduate program, teaching them about writing and illustrating for children. Come enjoy a special presentation by Ruth Sanderson while she shows you some of her work.

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Ruth Sanderson

Artist Guest of Honor
I'm a professional illustrator with over 85 published children's books. In addition, I create coloring books for adults, book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, and more. I also enjoy teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom D
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • AV Needs projector and screen

10:00am

GOH Autographs
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Carla Brindle

GOH, MystiCon


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Dealer Room (Ballrooms A/B)

10:00am

Signing Table
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Bryan Nowak

Author, Bryan the Writer
Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Signing Table B

10:00am

Signing Table
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Speakers
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Steven Hancock

Born and raised in North Carolina, Steven Hancock grew up with two unique passions: history, and film. Although he majored in history, he has always been fascinated by the world of acting and filmmaking. He began his film work as an actor, first starring in Joey Martin’s Entangled... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Signing Table A

10:00am

INJURY MAKE-UP WORKSHOP
In this fun and spooky, 1 hour injury makeup workshop you will learn various special effects make-up techniques working with some of the same materials used by professional make-up artists. Students will learn to create fake scars, bruises, cuts and burns in this hands-on class. Students will be applying materials directly to skin - if you have any allergies please let us know when you register.

WARNING - this class is not for the queasy - some applied makeup can look very realistic!

There is a $10 charge for the workshop. Please sign up and pay at MystiCon Registration.


Moderators
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Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment

Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 2
  • Age Limit PG-13
  • ADMISSION: $10.00

10:00am

Indie Film Children's Programming: All ages animations and films.
Join us for all ages films and animation films!
Bug Zapper (1:34)  (Animated)  Directed by:  Tom Eaton  
Revere (5:01)   (Animated)  Directed by:  Emily DeWoolfson
Corky (5:45)  (Animated)  Directed by:  Ty Primosch
Local Filmmaker!  Under The Weather (2:18)  (Animated)  Directed by:  Julia Walker
Rag Dolls (4:12)  (Live Action)  Directed by:  Justin and Kristen Schaack
Princess Emmaline Doesn't Like Cats (3:08) (Animated)  Directed by: Tova Reyes
Battling Bullies (7:59)  (Live Action)   Directed by:  John Hidalgo
Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning (24:00)  (Animated)  Directed by:  Alain Bidard

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Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Boardroom 2 (Indie Film Room)

10:00am

Black Holes & Intergalactic Weirdness
What are black holes? How do we find them? Are they coming to eat the earth? Come and learn about black holes other weirdness we've encountered in our exploration of the cosmos. Get tips on writing scientifically accurate weirdness.

Moderators
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Valerie J. Mikles

Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is “I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.”Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent... Read More →

Speakers
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Adam York

Artistic Director, Stranger Concept Films
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
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Jim Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of... Read More →
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Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 1
  • AV Needs projector and screen

10:00am

Edits That Hurt...But Really Help!
It is very hard to cut a scene or character you love, but the story may be much more powerful without it. Or maybe it belongs in a different place? Perhaps dialogue could be cut, or explanations? A dramatic backstory could be woven in that needs work, changes the plot, but adds passion and reality? Join Anne Perry to explore these questions and more.

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Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →

Speakers
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Querus Abuttu

Author/Editor, Scary Dairy Press
Querus Abuttu, or "Dr. Q.," is an award-winning author, retired U.S. Navy veteran, Board Certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Ph.D. in Public Health and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s writes dark tales, twisted... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
Melissa McArthur is associate publisher at Falstaff Books, a small press located in Charlotte, NC. She is also the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a founding... Read More →
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John Birmingham

Actor and Filmmaker
John Birmingham stars as Ronald McDonald in the number one Ronald McDonald video online, with about 60 million views, "Rowan is Terrified of Ronald McDonald." The video idea was conceived by John as creator/producer and lead as Ronald McDonald, and the video is Danica DeCosto’s... Read More →
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Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publi