GeyserCon 2019 Guests of Honour

GeyserCon 2019

International Guests of Honour :

GeyserCon 2019 Guest of Honour: Jonathan Maberry (USA)

Jonathan Maberry (USA)

Jonathan Maberry is an American suspense author. Named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers, his first novel, Ghost Road Blues, won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

The series for which Maberry is best known is the Joe Ledger Series, in which a Baltimore police detective is recruited into a Special Ops unit attached to the mysterious Department of Military Sciences, which is run by enigmatic Mr. Church. Each of the books in the series pits Ledger and his team against a different kind of extreme science threat.

His bestselling work was the novelization of the 2010 film The Wolfman which starred Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving.

In 2010 Maberry began writing young adult post-apocalyptic zombie stories. His first prestigious award was for his first young adult novel, Rot & Ruin (2010, Simon & Schuster). It won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults

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GeyserCon 2019 Guest of Honour: Kaaron Warren

Kaaron Warren (AUSTRALIA)

An author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy short stories and novels. Kaaron Warren is the author of the short story collections Through Splintered Walls, The Grinding House, and Dead Sea Fruit. Her short stories have won Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Aurealis Awards.

Kaaron published her first short story in 1993 and has had stories in print every year since. Her stories have appeared in Australia, the US, China, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, and have been selected for both Ellen Datlow’s and Paula Guran’s Best of the Year Anthologies.

Her four novels, are Slights, Walking the Tree and Mistification (published by Angry Robot Books) and The Grief Hole (published by IFWG).

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GeyserCon 2019 Guest of Honour: Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh (USA)

Award-winning author Laura VanArendonk Baugh writes captivating epic and urban fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery, as well as non-fiction on animal training & behaviour. Many people known to have exceptional taste think it’s pretty cool stuff.

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GeyserCon 2019 Guest of Honour:  Alena Van Arendonk
Alena Van Arendonk (USA)

Alena has been cosplaying for more than a decade and a half, and has provided professional costuming and SFX makeup work for film, live theatre, and museums. She is a member of “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!”, an Indiana-based cosplay team that has garnered more than 50 awards for their costumes and performances at events around the United States. An entirely self-taught seamstress, Alena loves helping novice cosplayers improve their craft through workshops and seminars.

When she's not making costumes, Alena also works as a film, stage and voice actress. Sci-fi fans may have spotted her in fan-made webseries Star Trek Continues and Star Trek Phase II, or heard her in The Twelfth Doctor Adventures. She is currently recording the title role in AudioHour's upcoming sci-fi audio drama Verity Weaver. Alena also juggles the hats of writer, artist, animal trainer, historic preservationist, gamer, and fangirl.

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