GeyserCon 2019 Guests of Honour

GeyserCon 2019 
International Guests of Honour 

Kaaron Warren (AUSTRALIA) 

Shirley-Jackson Award Winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had stories in print every year since. She was Guest of Honour at World Fantasy Convention in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award. 

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. 

Kaaron has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji. She has published five novels (Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone) and seven short story collections, including the multi-award winning Through Splintered Walls. Her most recent short story collection is A Primer to Kaaron Warren from Dark Moon Books. 

She will be Guest of Honour at Stokercon and New Zealand’s Geysercon in 2019. 

You can find her at and she Tweets @KaaronWarren

Alan Baxter (Australia) 

Alan Baxter is a multi-award-winning British-Australian author who writes supernatural thrillers, dark fantasy, and urban horror. He rides a motorcycle and loves his dogs. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, and two crazy dogs. He is the author of the dark supernatural thriller trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) and the dark supernatural duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2). He has also authored the horror noir novel, Hidden City, the cosmic horror novella, The Book Club, and the supernatural noir novella, Manifest Recall. His latest novel is Devouring Dark, an urban horror thriller. As well as novels, Alan has had around 80 short fiction publications in journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK, France, Germany and Japan. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and many others, and around thirty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror on several occasions. His award-winning first collected volume of short fiction, Crow Shine, is out now. At times, Alan collaborates with US action/adventure bestselling author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the horror novella, Dark Rite, action thrillers in The Jake Crowley Adventures, Blood Codex and Anubis Key, and the Sam Aston Investigationsgiant monster thrillers Primordial and Overlord. Alan has been a five-time finalist in the Aurealis Awards, a five-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a six-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. He won the 2015 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”), the 2016 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), and the 2017 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Crow Shine), and is a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”). Read extracts from his novels and novellas, and find free short stories at his website – – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything. 

Laura VanArendonk Baugh (USA) 

Laura is an award-winning writer of epic and urban fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, and non-fiction. Her works have earned numerous accolades, including 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent‘s “Recommended Reading” list. She admits a mental turning point in her career when she realized she could buy that sexy red Tesla with income from her books! Laura speaks professionally on a variety of topics throughout the year, sessions often filling months in advance. 

As a fan costumer, Laura is a member of “…And Sewing Is Half the Battle!”, a popular cosplay group active primarily in the Midwest USA. Laura not only plays characters from sources as varied as video games, Takarazuka productions (Japanese all-female Broadway-style stage shows), Hollywood film, and popular novels, she also teaches workshops on costuming techniques and related topics such as literary influence and history. 

Laura has been writing for fun and profit since elementary school, and she credits this hobby with keeping her off the streets and out of worse trouble. Many people known to have exceptional taste think it’s pretty cool stuff.

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.