2013 Guests List:
A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She’s represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency. A.L. has a number of short stories published through small press and her YA Paranormal Romance, Scar-Crossed, and her YA Cyberpunk, Nexis, are currently on submission with NY publishing houses. By day, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two feline hench-creatures.
Brian Thomas and Raymond Witte are the authors of the 2013 book Steampowered Tales of Awesomeness, Vol. 1 and have hosted and appeared on panels covering Creating Alternative Histories, Bizarro Fiction, Tesla vs. Edison and other issues of importance to the Steampunk Community. They have been a part of the Steampunk Community since 2008 as creators of fiction and short film. Brian and Ray are the creators of the Imperial Amerikan Air Corps, a live steampunk performance troupe. The IAAC won Best In Show at the Steampunk World’s Fair 2011 costume contest and created and ran the first Steampunk Living Alternative History camp at World’s Fair 2012.
Ray Witte is a professional writer and educator. He is a published author and columnist, a script writer, a student of history and literature, and a martial arts and fitness enthusiast.
Brian Thomas is a professional artist and provides the props and costume designs used by the IAAC. He is a published illustrator, film maker, professional sculptor and the owner of the design studio Epiphany Arts LLC.
In addition to working on the second volume of Steampowered Tales of Awesomeness, as well as a novel set in the IAAC universe, and planning convention appearances, Brian and Ray are involved in the production of several short films and collaborations with other performers, authors and artists.
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Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over seventeen years. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.
Her published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, and The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
She is a member of the New Jersey Authors Network and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, badassfaeries, darkquestbooks, lit_handyman), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DAckley-McPhail). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.literaryhandyman.com, or www.badassfaeries.com.
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, run by Molly Crabapple (and her cadre of awesome helpers) has been corrupting the world with saucy drawing action since 2006. Dr. Sketchy’s is the world’s premier alt.drawing movement. Dr. Sketchy’s North Jersey branch comes to The Twisted World and is looking for art monkeys, models, and even voyeurs! Art monkeys (artists and photographers) can enjoy 3 hours of drawing with music and prizes and giveaways! Sketch the model(s) in their fabulously DIVINE attire. Don’t want to sketch? Would rather be the center of attention? Well you can have it your way too! You may pose for 1, 2, 5, or 10 minute poses or one of the 3 twenty minute poses*. Just want to watch? Well come to the school at Twisted World – a school where you drink your favorite drink, listen to music and enjoy the arts in every sense.
Art monkeys should bring their own supplies…pads, pencils, pens, drawing implements, and prepare to lose themselves in their art (don’t worry, we’ll help you find your way back if necessary)! For more information on what to expect when attending a Dr. Sketchy’s session, check out the FAQs.
*modeling and/or photographing permitted at the discretion of Dr. Sketchy’s staff
EA Cunningham graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in English. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her wife, Christine, and their corgis, Abby and Alfie. EA Cunningham writes YA Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as short stories in a number of genres. She publishes a bi-monthly zine titled Genre and recently published her first novel, The Quiet Dark.
Goddess Thain & Her primary partner Voltmeter will be presenting artistic & sadistic needleplay, for the beginner and the experienced player alike.
Wings and (needleplay & staple) corsets, as well as torture scenarios, are available for the curious to try or simply observe.
Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.
Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— she never left. She started her own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.
Spending her days in parenting chat rooms she got highly adept with one-handed typing and she can still type just about as fast with one hand as she can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once she finished her first novel she quickly realized: She was born a photographer.
From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of HER book her control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.
She lives and thrives off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. She wears shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of her friends and family— and she is currently working on the illustrations for her second novel. Her first serial novel THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE is doing its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the time travel charts on Amazon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.
Kathleen Scott likes to explore amazing worlds and distant suns while finding those “out of the way” romantic locations. She loves building character relationships so enjoys writing sizzling hot sci-fi, futuristics and paranormals, featuring a variety of races, creatures and dimensions. When not steaming up the screen of her computer with tantalizing words and sexy situations, she’s spending time in her rural NJ home with her cartoonist husband, Dave and their dog, Lily.
MK Mancos writes paranormals, fantasy and steampunk with varying degrees of steam. At day at the office might include a match-making powerless witch hooking up the city’s lonely hearts or a blood-sucking hit man with a centuries old vendetta. It could even mean meeting up with a shape-shifting agent of the crown. Whatever the circumstances or characters involved there is always intrigue, romance and a bit of mystery.
Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, Truth or Dare, in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.
Meriah Crawford is a writer, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a private investigator. Meriah’s published writing includes short stories about crime, vampires, demons, magic, vengeance, and 1920s conspiracies, as well as a variety of non-fiction work, and a poem about semi-colons. For more information, visit www.mlcrawford.com. Or, if you buy her a glass of port, she’ll tell you some of the stories she can’t put into writing.
With over a million words, 26+ books and 100+ short stories in print PATRICK THOMAS keeps busy writing the fantasy humor series Murphy’s Lore (which includes Tales From Bulfinche’s Pub, Fools’ Day, Through The Drinking Glass, Shadow Of The Wolf, Redemption Road, Bartender Of The Gods, Nightcaps and Empty Graves) as well as the After Hours spin offs Fairy With A Gun, Fairy Rides The Lightning, Dead To Rites, Rites of Passage, and Lore & Dysorder.
His Mystic Investigators paranormal mystery series has grown to include Bullets & Brimstone and From The Shadows— both with John L. French; and Once More Upon A Time and the upcoming Partners In Crime—both with Diane Raetz. He co-edited two anthologies – New Blood and Hear Them Roar. Patrick’s syndicated humorous advice column Dear Cthulhu has been collected in Have A Dark Day, Good Advice For Bad People, and Cthulhu Knows Best.
A number of his books are part of the set and props department at the CSI television show and have been spotted on the show. His urban fantasy Fairy With A Gun has been optioned by Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions for film and TV. As an artist his work has graced covers for Dark Quest, Padwolf, Marietta, Space & Time, Cemetery Moon and the Ghostman comic. Drop by http://www.patthomas.net to learn more or find out about The Patrick Thomas Show mockumentary.
Robert C Roman
Robert has wandered through life acquiring a checkered past. He’s worked as a technician, a manager, a carpenter, and currently teaches environmental science to inner-city high school students. At one point in there, he started writing and people started asking for more, so it seemed the thing to do.
That’s what it says in the ‘about the author’ section in his books, at least. Not that any of it’s untrue, but it’s actually somewhat abbreviated. The short, short description that sums it up best is from one of his best friends from college, who once said “sometimes you’ve just got to get into Bob’s head. Then get right back out as fast as humanly possible”.
Robert is the author of the Artifice series (Fae Eye for the Golem Guy; What Not to Fear; Drag.Race), the Iron Angel series (The Strange Fate of Capricious Jones – OR – Genesis of an Iron Angel; A Christmas Evening Vigil – OR – Crystal Without a Chime; The Desert Fox and the Iberico Clavel – OR – The Solitude of An Armored Soul) and two of Juke Pop Serials JP30 list, Blank and Blue Bloods.
Stella Price is an author of over 25 novels and novellas and the convention director for Authors After Dark. She writes Paranormal Romance, Steamy steampunk and Horror. Writing with her sister Audra, they have coined the term “Risk taking Romance” in reference to their work, which pulls far from the normal Vampires and Werewolves. They write Satyrs, Weresnakes, Demons, Gods, Djinn, Ifrit and many other out of the box paranormals. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and dogs.
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Crossfire series and over a dozen award-winning novels of erotic romance fiction published in three dozen languages.
Tilly Greene was born into the easy folds of a sleepy beach town and embraces the laid back mindset she grew up with. Later, she settled into a polar opposite lifestyle from the one she’d been living by moving abroad to further her education. Despite the frigid climate, the fast pace existence melded in, making her a person who is adaptable and enjoys experiencing the diversity surrounding her.
While traveling, she researches and writes erotica and erotic romance novels in a variety of genres and sub-genres. Every day she looks forward to writing about women who are independent and confident, the men who love them, and their twisting passionate path to each other.
Funny, geeky and a little bit freaky, rising TS porn star Wendy Summers has been captivating fans worldwide with her unique personality and style. Wendy Summers is a featured Star on iFriends and was the first Transsexual Performer to be included in iFriends Adult Star Program. She has appeared in the DVD releases Shemale Strokers 50; Bang My Tranny Ass 10; and Solo T-girls 3 and has appeared on websites like Shemale Strokers, Shemale Yum, & Wendy Williams XXX.
Her solo website, www.WendySummers.com launched in February on the Grooby Network. Of her website, Rabbit Reviews remarks: “She’s a genuinely creative and playful person adding to the sexiness… her personality makes this site worth checking out.” Review Shemales raves: “[Wendy Summers] is a unique and refreshing transsexual and I think many will relate to her off beat personality!” Her Wendysummers.com features solo and hardcore pornography as well as fetish photography which allows her offbeat personality shine. Whether a geeky cosplay, an intimate girlfriend experience style scene, or a kinky bondage scene, Wendy brings a uncommon and delightful spin to the world of Transsexual porn.