This year’s confirmed panelists.

Melia Newman

Fantasy artist, face painter, burlesque dancer, costumer. Melia is a creative spirit from the time she made her first mark in the world, using her mother’s lipstick on the walls. She likes to paint digitally, traditionally, on faces or with glitter and rhinestones.

Ethan Naht

Ethan Naht is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, musician, and has several years of experience working in TV/Film/Radio. Obviously, he can't decide what he wants to be when he grows up. He has nearly two-dozen published stories and poems spanning speculative fiction, historical fiction, comedy, pulp and young adult. His work can be found in titles from Yard Dog Press, Skelos Press, 4 Star Stories, Pro Se Press and Alban Lake Publishing, to name a few. He has recently published two story collections: Of Monsters & Madmen (Beagle Mountain Press) and The Undead Ate My Head (Yard Dog Press).

S. Boyd Taylor

Samuel Boyd Taylor has been published in such markets as Chi Zine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Drabblecast. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife and daughter, where pursues many strange and wonderful hobbies, such as meditation, Tai Chi, and singing along as loud as he can to the Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye.'
You can find him on twitter and facebook as 'Samuel Boyd Taylor', and on his website at:

Karen Bogen

Editor/copyeditor and writer, K.B. Bogen combines technology and humor with a dash of the macabre. A native Texan, she holds a BSCSE degree from UT Arlington, and several health and nutrition certifications. She knits compulsively and reads forensic anthropology textbooks for fun. Current WIP: the third book in the QUEST series.

Bradley H. Sinor

Bradley H. Sinor has been writing for five/sixths of his life, and has written many short stories, most of them in a variety of anthologies and three short story collections. He lives in Tulsa, OK, with his wife (writer and copy-editor) Sue Sinor and their three overlords (cats).

Bradley H. Sinor's website is

Michelle Muenzler

Michelle Muenzler, also known at local conventions as 'The Cookie Lady', writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her fiction and poetry have been published in numerous magazines, and she loves to crinkle words like little foil puppets.

Find more of her work at

William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winner with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Jim Baen’s Universe, Writers of the Future, Escape Pod,, and Daily SF. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, and the National Space Society of North Texas, is the Science Track coordinator for Fencon and is a consulting editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

More information about William and links to these fine organizations can be found on his website at

Melanie Fletcher

Melanie Fletcher likes to write, preferably for money. When not writing humorous short SF, she's writing SF and fantasy romance as Nicola Cameron. Or herding cats. Or designing covers. Let's just say that she does a lot of stuff.

Melanie Fletcher’s website is

Adrian Simmons

Adrian Simmons is a reader, writer and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Internet Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Black Gate. His short fiction has been in James Gunn's Ad Astra Magazine, Lackington's, Giganotosaurus, and Strange Constellations. He is one-third the editorial team of

Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Historical/Military/Sci-Fi DESTROYERMEN Series. He has a Master’s degree in History and used to teach at Tarleton State University. As a gun maker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, he’s advised museums, the National Parks Service, and the United States Army. He’s also a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries involving18th, 19th and early 20th century combat. He’s even done some acting.