This year’s confirmed panelists.

Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky has always gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. He’s published four novels and many short stories.

When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop RPGs, making YouTube videos, and traveling the world with his wife.


Twitter: @SSkorkowsky

Karl K. Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain are available on Amazon and Audible.

Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, and sells photography and art through Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever else helps pay the bills. She hates the bills.

Find her at Stately Barrett Manor at

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette 'The Orangery' was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters. She also created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth.

You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or through her website:

Tex Thompson

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a 'rural fantasy' author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western trilogy, an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU, and 'chief instigator' of WORD ' Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. Find her online at!

Stephen Sanders

Stephen Sanders, also known as 'Blackbead the Pirate Laureate' and 'The Steampunk Poet,' is a man who writes in many voices. His works can be found in Characters: The Buffalo Soldier and Other Poems, Echoes From Other Worlds, Takin' the Prize, and Songs for a Mechanical Age and A Year on the Train to Dallas. Sanders can be heard on such CDs as 'Maiden Voyage,' 'A Night at Devil's Tavern,' and 'The Call.'

If you want to know more about him, simply do a web search for 'Stephen Sanders poetry.'

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright writes novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made's Reviewer's Choice lists, was a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, a Lambda Award finalist, and has won three Rainbow Awards.

Patricia Burroughs

Award-winning screenwriter and bestselling novelist Patricia Burroughs loves Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dunnett, and Heyer. A lifelong Anglophile, she travels the British Isles researching The Fury Triad, the epic YA romantic fantasy that has taken over her life and heart. She and her husband are living happily-ever-after in Dallas.

She also wants to know if vets see a higher percentage of Chihuahua injuries than other breeds due to their tendency to trash-talk dogs beyond their weight class.

Larry Atchley, Jr.

Larry Atchley Jr writes poetry and short stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and recites pirate poetry with The Seadog Slam. He likes going to estate sales and watching Britcoms with his artist/writer wife Ali, and reading/collecting books on just about everything.