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  • Stephen Adams

    Stephen Adams is the host of the podcasts, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Those Were The Days, and a founder of the 2Dorks network of podcasts and live streams.

  • David Afsharirad

    David Afsharirad is an associate editor at Baen Books. He is the editor of several volumes of short fiction and the author of many published short stories. 

  • Jer Alford

    Jer Alford is a comic historian and owner of Mini-Komix. He's the head of the Stupid Comics retrospective group, and reviews for the Anime Anyway website.

  • Michael J Allen

    USA Today bestselling author of multi-layer, character-driven, full-spectrum science fiction and fantasy, Michael J. Allen has infused his quirky sense of humor into over two dozen published works.

  • Quincy J. Allen

    Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author going in several directions at once. He's actively engaged in five different universes, including two of his own.

  • Ayla Almee

    Ayla is co-director of Antipode Geek Bellydance. She has entertained thousands with stage productions, and workshops on modern and traditional Silk Road culture: cuisine, fashion, and dance.

  • J.A. Andrews

    JA Andrews thought her degree in aerospace engineering was useless to her as a fantasy author. Until that knowledge helped solve how to ground a dragon in The Keeper Chronicles.

  • Stephen L Antczak

    Antczak is a writer and editor, and hosts the YouTube channel I, Nerdius ,where he discusses science fiction and fantasy lit and other media, writing, fandom, science, and books.

  • Corey Applegate

    Corey Applegate is actively involved in a wide variety of fandoms including Star Wars, Wheel of Time, Sewing, D+D, Fantasy Literature, History, Travel, and Disney.

  • Dr. April Armes

    April Armes is a microbial geneticist and ecologist with a focus on microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. By night, April enjoys her hobbies such as dancing, cosplay, and video games.

  • Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of three bestselling epic fantasy series, the Castes and the OutCastes, the Chronicles of William Wilde, Instrument of Omens, and The Eternal Ephemera.

  • Emily Swan aSwanNamedEmily

    Emily Swan (aSwanNamedEmily) is the creator and showrunner of the Doodle Crew art stream, co-host of Sketching Shakespeare art and discussion stream, and member of the In Addition podcast.

  • Samantha Avila

    Samantha Avila is an Art Director working in film and TV. Recent credits include Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Our Flag Means Death, and Westworld.

  • Will Aymerich

    Will Aymerich is The Founder of the The Southern Church of Vinyl, Co-author of the book Souls of Norcross, founder of The Darkside Syndicate a popular paranormal investigation team from Atlanta.

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  • Kevin Bachelder

    Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category.

  • Michael Bailey

    Michael Bailey has been a podcaster since 2007 when he launched his first show Views From The Longbox. He has hosted, co-hosted, or guest hosted on a number of podcasts.

  • Travis Baldree

    Travis Baldree is the NYT bestselling author of Legends & Lattes. He is also full-time audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to hundreds of stories.

  • Griffin Barber

    Griffin Barber writes in Eric Flint's 1632 series, Second Chance Angel with Kacey Ezell, Man-Eater and Infiltration (Caine Riordan Universe). He also writes short stories and contributed to GURPS.

  • Paul Barrett

    Paul is an author and motion picture producer. He has two features and two documentaries under his belt, as well as six novels in the sci-fi/fantasy field.

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, and movement. She's proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

  • Davey Beauchamp

    Davey Beauchamp is an Artist and Librarian. He has done work for BBC, BBC America, and Penguin UK for Doctor Who. Currently he is art director for Tavern Publishing.

  • Leigh "The Talent" Bennett-Conner

    Leigh is the co-host of 50 Days of Dragon Con podcast. She's the one with questions, makes double - or triple - entendres without meaning to, and then gets embarrassed.

  • Evan Bernstein

    Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning science podcast The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. He is also a co-host of Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast.

  • Jamie Bernstein

    Jamie Bernstein is a data scientist who specializes in building statistical models that predict human behavior. She's also previously been a regular contributor to blogs like Skepchick and Mad Art Lab.

  • Kaitlin Bevis

    Kaitlin Bevis is best known as the author of the young adult Greek mythology series, the Daughters of Zeus and a young adult horror novel called Blood and Other Matter.

  • J.D. Blackrose

    JD Blackrose is the author of The Summoner's Mark series from Bell Bridge Books, and The Soul Wars, The Devil's Been Busy, and the Zombie Cosmetologist novellas from Falstaff Books, and numerous short stories.

  • Jennifer Blackstream

    Jennifer Blackstream is a bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fueled by binge-watching TV murder mysteries, a Master's degree in Psychology, and an obsession with mythology and fairy tales.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

    Bobby Blackwolf is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network podcast network and Twitch channel and has hosted a live internet show and podcast about video games since 2005.

  • R.J. Blain

    USA Today Bestselling author R.J Blain writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy with a comedic twist, blending thrills and chills with hilarity and mayhem.

  • B.L. Blanchard

    B.L. Blanchard is the author of the alternate history novels The Peacekeeper, a 2023 Library of Michigan Notable Book, and The Mother, a finalist for the 2023 Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel.

  • Charles E. Blue

    Charles Blue is a science writer and science communicator focusing on astronomy, astrophysics, engineering and geophysics. He is a contributor to the NOIRLab Stories blog and the Cosmoview webcast.

  • D.J. Bodden

    D.J. Bodden is a sci-fi and fantasy author of 10 books and counting. He has written in the LitRPG Viridian Gate Online universe and created the science-fiction FiveFold Universe.

  • Heather Boddy

    Heather Boddy (she/her) is a plus-sized, inclusive fitness professional in NYC who creates safe spaces for nerds to geek out while they work out.

  • Ian Boley

    Ian Boley is a historian who uses sci-fi to teach about national security,diplomatic, and nuclear issues on The Joint Geeks of Staff podcast.

  • David Boop

    David Boop is the author of  The Drowned Horse Chronicle Volume 1, She Murdered me with Science, and Rippers: The Soul Changers. He also edits and writes short fiction.

  • Marco Bossow

    Marco Bossow is a director and producer best known for the hit Star Wars web series Bucketheads - starring Troy Mundle  and Mark Meer. 

  • Kurt Boutin

    Boutin currently hosts This Week in MCU, Story Time with Kurt, This Week in Batuu, Plus Size Stories, and publishes daily Fat Guy vlogs focusing on weight loss on TikTok.

  • Jay Boyce

    Jay Boyce, daughter of a librarian and wielder of words, is primarily an editor turned writer and perpetual learner. She currently writes A Touch of Power and Rise of the Mystic Mage series.

  • Brad Bradley

    Robert "Brad" Bradley is a former industrial chemist, and the Research Coordinator for the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation. He has appeared in an episode of Ghost Hunters.

  • Jonathan P. Brazee

    Jonathan Brazee is a retired Marine colonel, full-time hybrid writer, USA Today Bestseller, two-time Dragon Award, and two-time Nebula Award finalist.  He is also a member of SFWA.

  • Marie Brennan

    Marie Brennan is the author of the Hugo-nominated The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

  • Bill Bridges

    Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer most known for developing White Wolf's World of Darkness and the Fading Suns science-fiction universe. 

  • J F Brink

    JF Brink, also known as The First Defier, is the author of Defiance of the Fall, a fantasy series which has sold 100s of thousands of copies.

  • Bethany Brookshire

    Bethany Brookshire is a PhD neuroscientist, science writer, and podcaster. She is the author of the 2022 book Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains.

  • Andy Brown

    Andy Brown is a CSC Associate Cinematographer and award-winning director. Brown's vast experience has allowed him to developed a keen eye behind the lens creating stunning images and thought-provoking stories.

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew Brown, PhD, is a scholar of comics and pop culture. He is co-editor of More Critical Approaches to Comics and has organized academic panels at Dragon Con.

  • Rhett C. Bruno

    Rhett Bruno is a USA Today bestselling, #1 Audible Bestselling, and Nebula-nominated hybrid author who co-founded Aethon Books and currently serves as its CEO.

  • Bill Budington

    Bill Budington is a long-time activist, cryptography enthusiast, and a Senior Staff Technologist on EFF's Public Interest Technology team. His research has been featured nationally and cited by Congress.

  • Doug Burbey

    Doug Burbey is the author of the Blood War urban fantasy series. In addition to writing, he is a Department of Defense Program Manager for advanced technology development efforts.

  • Raychelle Burks

    Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor with a crime lab background. She brings her expertise to examine unusual cases, both real and fictional.

  • Tyra Burton

    Tyra Burton is a multiple-award-winning professor, social media strategist, and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author's Guide to Social Media.

  • Darin M. Bush

    Darin M. Bush is an award-winning science-fiction and fantasy short-story author. He is the founder and executive producer of Tables of Content, a virtual sci-fi convention.

  • James J. Butcher

    James J. Butcher is a new urban fantasy writer and author of Dead Man's Hand, the first book in the Unorthodox Chronicles. He is the son of Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, Codex Alera, and Cinder Spires.

  • D.J. Butler

    D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, a corporate trainer, and a registered investment banking representative, and he is now a Consulting Editor for Baen Books.

  • Richard Lee Byers

    Richard Lee Byers is the author of over fifty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. 
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  • Kevin Cafferty

    Kevin Cafferty is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, head of creative at a Fortune 500 company and podcaster.

  • Ryan Cahill

    Ryan Cahill is the award-winning author of the bestselling epic fantasy series The Bound and The Broken.

  • Jessica Cail

    Featured on NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists for her dual life as psychopharmacologist and stuntwoman, Dr. Cail also serves as scientific consultant for Hollywood sci-fi as well as an author.

  • Jez Cajiao

    Jez Cajiao was a welder until a respiratory disability ended his career abruptly. Cajiao turned to writing in 2020, and is now a full-time, bestselling author of 4 Dark LitRPG series.

  • Kirstyn Carlson

    Kirstyn Carlson is a Systems Integration and Test Engineer for NASA's Artemis Program at Kennedy Space Center, working on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. 

  • Kenneth G Carpenter

    Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Project Scientist for the Roman Space Telescope (RST) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Martha Carr

    Martha Carr is a bestselling author of urban fantasy/action adventure novels. She was a stringer for the Washington Post, national columnist, co-creator of Oriceran Universe, author of best-selling UF series, The Leira Chronicles. Martha has a new book, Eamon, first in the Queen of the Flightless Dragons trilogy.

  • Raymond Daniel Carr

    Raymond Carr is a Jim Henson Company-trained puppeteer and award-winning independent filmmaker. He is a board member of Film Impact Ga, and the Jim Henson Foundation.

  • Alison Carrier

    As a seasoned developer, Alison Carrier has worked on Star Wars: Hunters, Halo Infinite, and other titles while passionately advocating for diversity and equity in video games.

  • Bob Carter

    Independent film producer, director, & all around Creative, Bob Carter, forms half of the creative force behind EDEWEMESEY Films. Together with his business partner, Tammy Thomas, they have perfected the art of cinematic time travel. Bob is also the creative director of the Neighborhood Studio, located in northeast Atlanta, where he helps Aspiring Creatives become Working Creatives.

  • Jaime Castle

    Jaime Castle is a #1 Audible Bestselling author, including Luna Missile Crisis, Dead Acre, Cold as Hell, The Buried Goddess Saga, Web of Eyes, Jeff the Game Master, and more.

  • Cathalson

    Cathalson is an American author and screenwriter of over 50+ publications. He is a fiction developer for Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., AntiMatter Games, and creator of the game - StoriVenture.

  • Catieosaurus

    Catieosaurus is a mental health advocate and full-time content creator. As a professional streamer and TTRPG influencer, she is passionate about opening conversations about neurodiversity and accessibility into the gaming community. 

  • Robert Chapin

    Robert Chapin is a visual effects artist, fight choreographer, actor, writer, and director. He wrote and starred in Ring of Steel and The Hunted.

  • Michael Chatfield

    Michael Chatfield is an international bestseller author with over 40 books based in Fantasy, Science fiction and LitRPG universes!

  • ChelseaBytes

    ChelseaBytes is a Twitch Partner, Host, and Computer Scientist who aims to show that geeks don't look or act the way most people imagine. 

  • Luke Chmilenko

    Luke Chmilenko is best known for a variety of blockbuster series such as Ascend Online, The Shattered Reigns, Savage Dominion, and Stormweaver!

  • Crystal Cleveland

    Crystal Cleveland is an award-winning actress, published model, horror-short director, and Gruesome Magazine Youtube host for all things happening in horror films.

  • Pamela Cole

    Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago over 50 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the Atlanta area.

  • Joshua Colwell

    Dr. Joshua Colwell is Chair and Pegasus Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. He hosts Walkabout the Galaxy, the fun astronomy podcast.

  • Ryan A Consell

    Ryan Cosnell is an engineering professor, costumer, prop maker, and author with particular expertise in engineering science with research focused on composite materials and bicycle destruction.

  • Harmon Cooper

    Harmon Cooper is the bestselling indie author of over 75 fantasy books including Pilgrim, Cowboy Necromancer, War Priest, The Feedback Loop, The World According to Dragons, and Arcane Cultivator.

  • Jason Cordova

    Bestselling author Jason Cordova was a finalist for both the John W. Campbell Award and Dragon Award. A huge history nerd, the Navy veteran, former teacher, and retired esports pro.

  • Michael Andrew Corrie

    Michael Corrie, aka, "Props To History" is a propmaker/sfx artist and prop-master for Film, TV, and Theatre. Known publicly as Props To History, a film, prop and special effects historian. 

  • David Colston Corris

    David Colston Corris is an Actor and Puppetry Artist. Highlights include: The national tour of Avenue Q, World Premier of Disney's Tangled: The Musical, and Disney's Frozen, A Musical Spectacular.

  • Hellspawned Cosplay

    Producer, Cosplayer, Actor, Activist and most importantly...father; Demetrius Holt has used his platform as a cosplayer to create opportunities for minorities to be represented in spaces we are normally dismissed.

  • Tom Cravens

    Thomas Cravens is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas. His degrees are in Physics from Stony Brook University in Astronomy from Harvard University. He works on planetary atmospheres (Earth, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and comets).

  • Ryan Crissey

    Ryan Crissey is Chief Creative Director of Musclenerdz. For the last few years Ryan has help co-ordinate and put on the Musclenerdz Showdown, a mix of cosplay and fitness competition.

  • Katie Cross

    Magic-lover Katie Cross has published more than thirty books in YA Fantasy because she likes to hang out with dragons in wild places.

  • Mike Crugnola

    Mike Crugnola is best-known for role playing characters like Jebeddo and Deeran on the D&D live play podcast Adventure Incorporated, the Pokedexpert on Ask the Pokedexpert, and as a Swoontower Soccer host.

  • Stephanie Crugnola

    Stephanie Crugnola is a chaotic wholesome content creator specializing in Shakespeare, Collaborative Storytelling , Soccer, and all things niche nerd.

  • Paul B Currie

    Dr. Paul Currie is a Health Science administrator and recovering Biology and Chemistry professor. He has given numerous talks on the use of pop culture in teaching.

  • Joshua I. Cutchin

    Joshua Cutchin is a full-time author and musician specializing in speculative non-fiction. He is the author of seven critically-acclaimed books. In 2019, he was featured on History Channel's Ancient Aliens.

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  • Ron Daniels

    Ron Daniels is an attorney who regularly handles cases involving credit reporting errors, abusive debt collection, privacy issues, and constitutional rights.

  • Veronica Dashiell

    Veronica Dashiell is half of the husband and wife puppetry team Felt Nerdy. They have been performing at conventions and local theatres across the Southeast for over ten years together.

  • Caroline David

    Caroline David has been in fandom since she was three months old. She has artwork in collections around the world, and is a published author both for prose and art.

  • Milton J. Davis

    Milton Davis is an award winning Black Speculative fiction author and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in Science Fiction and Fantasy based on African/African Diaspora-history, culture, and traditions. 

  • Dean's Lyst

    Walter Dean is a designer who specializes in custom-made costumes. He was featured by Marvel Studios in Marvel Becoming: Dora Milaja. He has also been spotlighted in several written publications.

  • Ryan DeBruyn

    Ryan DeBruyn was a professional athlete that always wanted to write, and turned his dream into a reality. His works include, Ether Collapse, System Misinterpret, and Ether Flows

  • Jonathan Decker

    Jonathan Decker is a licensed therapist, actor, author, comedian, and film critic. He is best known as co-host of the popular YouTube channels Cinema Therapy and Mended Light.

  • Lali DeRosier

    Science teacher and education researcher, Lali DeRosier promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, art, and, outreach. She tackles themes of science and diversity in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.

  • Matt Dinniman

    Matt Dinniman is the author of the best-selling series, Dungeon Crawler Carl.

  • Rita DLaVane

    Rita D'LaVane is your 2019 Duchess of Funk of the What The Funk?! All BIPoC Burlesque Festival. Voted Savannah's Best Burlesque Performer 2020, 2021, 2022 and Mx. Ohio Burlesque 2022.

  • Kevin Dockery

    Kevin Dockery has written or contributed to 39 books, numerous magazine articles, and appears on PBS, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Military Channel.

  • Beth Dolgner

    Beth Dolgner writes paranormal fiction and nonfiction, including the Eternal Rest Bed and Breakfast paranormal cozy mysteries. She  gives talks about Victorian death customs and Spiritualism, and she tells ghost stories at events. 

  • Cecilia Dominic

    By day, psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes steampunk and urban fantasy books that keep readers up all night. 

  • Elizabeth Donald

    Elizabeth Donald is an award-winning writer of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. Her books include the Blackfire and Nocturne series, and she teaches writing at two universities in St. Louis.

  • Jason Dorough

    Jason Dorough is the author of the epic fantasy Teshovar series, has worked as a voiceover artist for more than a decade and is also a content creator on BookTok.

  • Addie Dove

    Dr. Addie Dove is a planetary scientist and professor at UCF with a passion for space and science communication. She a cohost on the Walkabout the Galaxy podcast.

  • Brian Duckwitz

    Brian Duckwitz has contributed to and authored over a dozen works for Paizo including A Taste of Ashes . He currently works as a Narrative Designer for Pixagon Games.

  • Patrick Dugan

    Patrick Dugan is the award-winning author of the Darkest Storm trilogy from Falstaff Books and the Never Steal From Dragons and the Watchers of Astaria series from Distracted Dragon Press.

  • Jordan Duncan

    Jordan is a historian, educator, and a 15 year veteran of the Atlanta paranormal community. In his spare time he is a podcaster and a vlogger.

  • Shane Dzicek

    Shane Dzicek is a Special Effects Designer best known for his work on Top Gun Maverick, Hocus Pocus 2, 65, and Blue Beetle. He also played Jared Canter in Surrogates 2009.

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  • Marc Alan Edelheit

    Marc Edelheit is an avid reader and accomplished author that spends his days – and nights – dreaming and writing about all things fantasy and sci-fi.

  • K.D. Edwards

    K.D. Edwards' first book in his urban fantasy series The Tarot Sequence, The Last Sun, was published in June 2018.  The Hourglass Throne, is the latest installment in the series.

  • Kevin Eldridge

    Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a pop-culture comedy podcast. He is a published science fiction author, an organizer and host of skeptic events, and a comedy musician.

  • Jess Eppstein

    Jess Eppstein is a former Immortal Hydra wrangler who spent a year putting tiny contacts on mutant mice in the dark. She now tells scientists how to do their job.

  • Richard J Estep

    Appearing on numerous TV shows and the author of 34 books, Richard Estep writes and presents on topics ranging from the paranormal, true crime, history, and writing/publishing.

  • Kacey Ezell

    Kacey Ezell is a helicopter air ambulance pilot who writes sci-fi/fantasy/horror/noir/alternate history fiction. She is a two-time Dragon Award Finalist and has written multiple bestselling novels.

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  • Jim Farmer

    Jim Farmer has coordinated Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ film festival, for 15 years. During that time it has become an Oscar qualifying film festival and highly respected worldwide.

  • Emily A Finke

    A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

  • Rob Fitz

    Rob Fitz is a professional makeup artist with over 25 years of film experience. Most recently he did work on American Horror Story and Dexter: New Blood.

  • Tom Fleming

    Tom Fleming is a four-time Chesley Award nominee who is known for his work with Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics, and more.

  • Dustin Fletcher

    Dustin Fletcher is a specialty costumer for film and television focusing on the superhero and horror genres and produces high quality Actual Plays with Elder Eye Entertainment.

  • Sean Fletcher

    Sean Fletcher is the Amazon bestselling, award-winning author of YA and middle grade fantasy. He can be found speaking about and teaching writing, and working as a professional editor.

  • Dr. John L Flynn

    Dr. John L. Flynn, author and three-time Hugo nominee, is a member of SFWA. His 21 books include novels, biographies, film studies, and nonfiction histories.

  • Jackson Ford

    Jackson Ford is a South African author living in Vancouver. He is the author of The Frost Files, beginning with The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind.

  • Justin Lee Ford

    Justin Lee Ford is a martial arts enthusiast since age 8, who's adventures have taken him to the Shaolin Temple, off of 50-foot cliffs, and in front of the camera.

  • Alicia Fox-Lenz

    Fox-Lenz is a Steward of the Mythopoeic Society and scholar interested in studying Tolkien through a Cultural Studies lens and expanding the mantle of mythopoeic literature to interactive narrative platforms. 

  • Barr Foxx

    Barr Foxx is an award-winning cosplay artist and television/film producer. His national brand, Cosplay Your Way, encourages individuals to embrace the art of cosplay through imagery and film.

  • Anthony Francis

    By day, Anthony Francis teaches robots to learn; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. His latest novel is Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine.

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  • J. B. Garner

    Z-tier author/S-class editor, but generally awesome, Jamie Beth (J. B.) Garner has written over a dozen novels across multiple genres and edited hundreds more.

  • Jenna Garrett

    Jenna Garrett is a proud member of Botched! A D&D Podcast, Horse Girls, Dungeons and Dracon Beams, Surprise Attack Book Club, and the QuestMaster for the Guild of Granddaughters.

  • Rich Gatz

    Rich Gatz is a cyber claims ninja and an advocate of privacy by design. He enjoys speaking on cryptocurrency, ransomware, cyber insurance, and how Elves shouldn't have been at Helms Deep.

  • Tristan Gibbon

    Tristan Gibbon is a founding member of the evergreen show Botched: A D&D Podcast  He also just launched the brand new D&D one-shot podcast Dragon Night Adventure Friends.

  • Clay Gilbert

    Clay Gilbert has published thirteen novels from science fiction and horror to YA dystopia and urban fantasy. His latest novel Binary Sunset is due in 2023 from Dark Moon Press.

  • Jennifer M Gilley

    Jennifer Gilley is an artist from Virginia who concentrates her work around body arts including prosthetics, special effects, body painting, tattooing and illustrating at her studio, Sundog Art Studios.

  • Vandy Beth Glenn

    Vandy Beth Glenn is a civil rights pioneer that helped advance transgender rights in the South. Today she is a filmmaker, standup comedian, and the creator of Jettison Pod podcast.

  • Dwayne Goetzel

    Dwayne Goetzel is an intellectual property attorney from Austin, Texas, who handles copyrights, trademarks, domain names, licensing, and litigation matters relating to those areas.

  • Nicoli Gonnella

    Nicoli Gonnella writes Unbound, a bestselling LitRPG saga that has five books published and many more to come.

  • Emily Goodwin

    Emily Goodwin is the VP Public Affairs Author Services, Inc and has been involved with publishing since 2007, including the international Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests. 

  • John Goodwin

    John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, is the publisher of the fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard and the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future anthology, now in its 40th year. He is also host of the top 10 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Podcast.

  • Craig Greathouse

    Dr. Craig Greathouse, professor of political science at UNG, has published on topics addressing European foreign policy, Security and Defense policy, Strategic Culture, Strategic Thought, International Relations theory, and Cyber War.

  • Jennifer J Greco

    Dr. Jennifer Greco is an astronomer, a member of the science faculty and the STEM coordinator at St. Ursula Academy. Her specialties include brown dwarfs, exoplanets, near-infrared spectroscopy, science education, and outreach.

  • Andrew Greenberg

    Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Game Tech Hub startup accelerator. 

  • Daniel Griffith

    Daniel Griffith is an award-winning filmmaker documenting the history behind your favorite cult films and television shows, including Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Thing, The Twilight Zone, to name a few.

  • Luca Grippa

    Luca Grippa is a software engineer and researcher specializing in cybersecurity research and leveraging large language models to drive innovation in the cyber insurance industry.

  • Darrell Z. Grizzle

    Darrell Z. Grizzle is a horror, urban fantasy, and thriller writer. He is the author of I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and featured in several anthologies.

  • Dr. Nicole Gugliucci

    Dr. Nicole Gugliucci (aka NoisyAstronomer) is a physics professor, education researcher, astronomer, science communicator, and all-around geek. Her passion for science education drives a number of projects.

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  • Dr. Bee H

    Dr. Bee H is a general dentist licensed to practice in Maryland. She earned her BS in microbiology and then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

  • Valerie Dawn Hampton

    Dr. Valerie Hampton, Woman-of-All-Seasons - historical archaeologist, author, game maker, paranormal researcher, and Indie film producer, speaks on the intersection between popular fantasy and history has numerous publications in history.

  • David Hankins

    David Hankins is an award-winning author who writes from the thriving cornfields of Iowa where he lives with his wife, daughter, and two dragons disguised as cats.

  • Henry Hanks

    Henry Hanks has written about geek culture for sites such as, and He has participated in Dragon Con panels for over 20 years.

  • K.T. Hanna

    KT Hanna is an author best known for her series Somnia Online and System Apocalypse Australia (co-written with Tao Wong). She is entirely powered by caffeine, Chipotle, and sarcasm.

  • Isabelle Hardesty

    Isabelle Hardesty writes YA fantasy stories about girls doing magical things and kicking butt. She is the author of The Destroyer Witch Chronicles series, The Delacourt Shapeshifter Trilogy series, and more.

  • Scott Harris

    Scott Harris is the founding director of the Charleston Planetarium and a planetary geologist who is a leading researcher in the fields of meteorites, petrology, and hypervelocity impacts involving asteroids and comets.

  • Will Harris

    Will Harris is a paleontologist, educator, and cohost of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter, researcher, and educator to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • Jeffery H. Haskell

    USA Today bestselling author, and Dragon nominee, Jeffery H. Haskell, lives and breathes writing. A passion from a young age, he can't remember a time when he wasn't telling stories. 

  • Laura Hayden

    Laura Hayden writes in a wide variety of genres. With fourteen novels under her belt, she's also a founder and a ten-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

  • Chris Thomas Hayes

    Chris Thomas Hayes is an actor, writer, and puppeteer. He is the Sesame Street Muppet performer for Hoots the Owl and Elijah, along with other shows and characters.

  • Drew Hayes

    Drew Hayes is a comedy-fantasy author whose works include Super Powereds, Villains' Code, NPCs, Fred the Vampire Accountant, Action Kadabra, 5-Minute Sherlock, and Second Hand Curses, among others.

  • Darrell C Hazelrig

    Darrell C. Hazelrig is a founding member of the experimental puppetry film collective New Puppet Order. In 2020, Hazelrig joined with Eric Fullerton to create YouTube channel Eric and Darrell.

  • May Hemmer

    May Hemmer has been making her way around the country as well as internationally. This 2017 Miss Montreal Burlesque is not only a burlesque performer, but a cosplayer.

  • Devan Henderson

    Devan Henderson is a specialty costumer for film and tv where he works on iconic superhero suits. He is also Co-DM of the live actual play podcast D4, alongside Dustin Fletcher.

  • Tony P Henderson

    Tony P. Henderson is a moderator, podcaster, voice over artist known for the Tony P. Oddcast, In Addition and Geek Vs podcasts. 

  • David K Henrickson

    David K. Henrickson was the Grand Prize winner in the 2023 L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future contest for his story White Elephant

  • Lucas Hernandez

    Lucas Hernandez is the education coordinator at the South Carolina Aquarium. He is also a member of the Sprites of Life podcast, that discusses what games can teach us.

  • HeWhoIsSteve

    HeWhoIsSteve is a member of D&D podcasts Botched and Dragon Night Adventure Friends. He also creates informative humor videos on a variety of topics on Youtube and Tiktok.

  • HeyGude

    Erik Gude is a classically trained guitarist, artist, performer, and sourdough expert. As @heygude on Tiktok, Youtube and Twitch, Gude has built a dedicated community of over 300,000 followers.

  • Robert Viktor Hill

    Founder of the Flying Nuggets LLC, a non profit in Atlanta with the mission to inspire excellence in STEAM programming through competition and instruction for k-12.

  • Madaug Hishinuma

    Intense gamer, former teacher, and current mastermind of all around mayhem, Madaug Hishinuma first started writing in grade school. His current series include: Shadow Wars, Space Sovereign, and Sherrilyn's Worlds.

  • Chris Hofmann

    Chris Hofmann is the Sr Manager of Launch Operations and Spaceports for Astra. He is the current Flight Director on mission days, having helped develop their launch system.

  • Hans R House

    Hans House, MD, is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa. He lectures frequently both nationally and internationally on travel-related and emerging infectious diseases.

  • Jeff Hubbs

    Jeff Hubbs consults in the area of energy systems and climate research. He was formerly with the US Depts. of Defense and Energy.

  • Christian Hubicki

    Dr. Christian Hubicki is a robotics professor and a castaway on CBS' Survivor:David vs. Goliath. Hubicki's research in controlling walking robots has been honored internationally and featured in media outlets.

  • John Hudgens

    John Hudgens is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed documentaries and short films. His work on licensed properties includes Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

  • Storm Humbert

    Storm Humbert has an MFA from Temple University. He has published in Andromeda Spaceways, Apex, Interzone, Galaxy's Edge, and many anthologies, including Writers of the Future #36.

  • Walter Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer from Massachusetts. He has eleven published novels and is currently working on his third novel in the 1632 universe.

  • James A. Hunter

    James A. Hunter is a full-time Inkslinger, a member of SFWA, and the bestselling author of Viridian Gate Online, Rogue Dungeon, Bibliomancer, Shadowcroft Academy, and Vigil Bound.

  • Topher Hunter

    Topher Hunter is a professional biomedical science communicator and amateur droid builder with a passion for trying new things and helping others to not make the same mistakes he/they made.

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  • Chris Jackson

    Chris A. Jackson is the author of over 30 novels in multiple genres. He is the 2020 Scribe award winner for best short story, as well as numerous other awards.

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures, and is currently working on International & Domestic indoor/outdoor art for Paramount Pictures.

  • Logan Jenkins

    Logan Jenkins is one host of the podcast Very Random Encounters, book author, and creator of the TTRPG, I'm Sure You're All Wondering Why I've Gathered You Here This Evening.

  • G. S. Jennsen

    G.S. Jennsen is a bestselling author of 18 novels and numerous short stories. Her novel, Starshine was named one of the best sci-fi novels by a woman in the last 50 years.

  • Bernadette Johnson

    Bernadette Johnson is the author of The Big Book of Spy Trivia, The Big Book of Horse Trivia for Kids, and The Big Book of Cryptid Trivia

  • Howard Andrew Jones

    Writer and editor Howard Jones received critical acclaim from Publisher's Weekly for his trilogy and historical fantasies from St. Martin's and has just signed a five book deal with Baen.

  • Justin Jones

    Justin Jones is a prolific independent film and television producer that specializes in high production value but budget conscious content that exceeds audience expectations worldwide.

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  • Kel Kade

    Kel Kade is a NYT Bestselling fantasy author. Her first novel, Free the Darkness, became the #1 Bestseller in Fantasy on Amazon. Kade's second series is with Tor Books.

  • Charlie Kaufman

    Charlie Kaufman has worked in extensively in environmental consulting, academia where he studied coastal erosion, and emergency management responding to natural disaster impacts. He currently works for the government so he is here to help.

  • Kavura

    Kavura is one of the hosts of both the StarPodTrek and StarPodLog podcasts. She produces Ladies Trek Library and is in several Star Trek fan clubs and fan films.

  • Philip D. Keating

    Philip D Keating is the creator and one of the founding members of the improv comedy show, Botched Podcast. When he's not rolling natural 1s, he's a retro/horror streamer.

  • Charles Kelso

    Charles is half of the husband and wife puppetry team of Felt Nerdy. They have been performing together for over ten years at conventions across the Southeast.

  • Darin Kennedy

    Darin Kennedy is a doctor-by-day and novelist-by-night. Kennedy's works include his Fugue & Fable series, the Pawn Stratagem series, and The April Sullivan Chronicles.

  • Kris Kersey

    Kris Kersey is a passionate maker and cosplayer who shares his knowledge on 3D printing and maker projects through his YouTube channel, Kersey Fabrications.

  • Bethany Kesler

    Bethany Kesler is a historian, writer, podcaster, and fabulous reader. Most of her work is under the pen name, DJ Gray, which she maintains for plausible deniability reasons.

  • Christina Nicole Kieffer

    Christina Kieffer has over 15 years of experience researching ghosts, UFOs, and cryptids. You can also find her on many episodes of True Ghost Stories on FacetTV.

  • Roy Kilgard

    Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear.

  • Bethanne Kim

    "Be Prepared" is deeply ingrained in Bethanne Kim's writings. She has written a series on Survival Skills and it informs Kim's alternate history stories set in Eric Flint's 1632 Universe.

  • Sue Kisenwether

    Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp, exploring Star Trek through a feminist lens.

  • Jeffrey L Kohanek

    Jeffrey L. Kohanek writes fast-paced epic fantasy adventures packed with action, intrigue, and snark. With over 26 published novels, his author journey has just begun.

  • Dakota Krout

    Dakota Krout is an internationally bestselling author of fantasy and LitRPG with over 35 titles in his Completionist Chronicles, Divine Dungeon, Full Murderhobo, and Year of The Sword series.

  • Shemer Kuznits

    Shemer Kuznits is a bestselling, Israeli LitRPG author with 11 books to his name, including the popular series Life Reset, Earth Force, and Biomancer.

  • Kwiin Ava

    Kwiin Ava is an Afro Artist who recognized the lack of representation for diverse hair. She transformed her own natural coils into stunning designs never before seen on human hair.

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  • Caroline La Porta

    Caroline La Porta has been building costumes for over 20 years including with The Radio City Rockettes, the New York City Ballet, Broadway and touring productions, and several feature films.

  • Steph LaMassa

    Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on JWST, a NASA flagship observatory developed and operated in collaboration with the European and Canadian Space Agencies.

  • Erika Lance

    Erika Lance is founder and CEO of 4 Horsemen Publications and host of the Drinking with Authors & Eerie Adventures podcast as well as a screenplay and horror/thriller author.

  • Jason Lane

    Jason Lane is a longtime writer of nerdy stuff, writing for several magazines with a focus on horror, cult films, kaiju movies, Kung Fu cinema, & classic pro wrestling.

  • Ed Larson

    Ed is the Founder and CEO of Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers, Inc. (TDSX). Ed is passionate about robotics, underwater exploration, business, science fiction, and the maker movement.

  • Dr. Law

    Dr. Law is a published PhD-level Behavioral Scientist, Photographer, Podcaster, and Gamer. He founded Dr. LAW's Photolab, and is part of the Stuff We Love, Stuff We Hate Podcast.

  • Joseph Laycock

    Joseph Laycock is an associate professor of religious studies at Texas State. He is the author of several books and has appeared on Coast to Coast AM and The UnXplained.

  • Greg Leatherman

    Greg is an award winning game designer for the TTRPG Glitter Hearts and is a founding member of the actual play podcast Very Random Encounters.

  • Oriana Shani Leckert

    Oriana is a writer, editor, cultural hipstorian [sic], and the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter.

  • K. N. Lee

    K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She is also the host of Needed on Set.

  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a writer, blogger and podcaster who written about popular culture, music, film and television for several print and online publications He also contributed to several Doctor Who anthologies. He currently hosts Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio and is a co-host of the Modern Musicology podcast.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is an international bestselling author and Dragon Award finalist. His works range from Steampunk to alternate history to fantasy.

  • Jeffrey Falcon Logue

    Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue has been a professional writer for over seven years. He has published 18 books, having started the dungeon core subgenre with his original, The Slime Dungeon.

  • F.T. Lukens

    F.T. Lukens is a New York Times bestselling author of YA speculative fiction. Their most recent releases are Spell Bound, So This is Ever After, & In Deeper Waters.

  • Tara Lynne

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. They founded Ice & Fire Con and are host of the Geek Saga and Sagas & Sass podcasts.

  • Courtney Lytle

    Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in intellectual property law and is a partner at Culhane Meadows.

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  • Megan Mackie

    Megan Mackie is the author of The Lucky Devil Series, the Dead World Series, the Working Masks Series, The Adventures of Pavlov's Dog and Schrodinger's Cat Series, and many more.

  • Robert Madison II

    Robert Madison II (MadDrRob) is the Director of Gaming and resident Map maker of Obsidian Brews: A Black Tabletop Experience. He has hosted panels and BIPOC gaming spaces at conventions nationwide.

  • Terry Maggert

    Terry Maggert has written fifty-four novels, including Backyard Starship, The Messenger, Starcaster, and Halfway Witchy, He's been a roofer, a pub owner, and a history professor. 

  • Josh Maltby

    Josh Maltby has been a TTRPG content creator, professional game master, and Quid Pro Roll podcast performer since 2018. Co-Host of the Goblins & Growlers TTRPG news podcast since 2020.

  • Lisa Manifold

    Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal women's fiction, urban fantasy and romance. with her most recent releases in her series, The Oracle of Wynter.

  • Michael G. Manning

    Michael G. Manning is the author of the popular Mageborn series. He has dabbled in software design, fantasy art, and is an avid tree climber. 

  • C. Mantis

    A former Marine, C. Mantis fell into being a fantasy author when the pandemic hit and has an insight or three about the process. 

  • Thomas Mariani

    Thomas Mariani is a staff writer for Film Cred and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill who has been a panelist for eight straight Dragon Con.

  • Anya Martin

    Anya Martin is a writer, co-hosts The Outer Dark podcast, co-chairs The Outer Dark Symposium, and believes fervently that Weird fiction is vital to the 21st century.

  • Audrey Martin

    Dr. Audrey Martin is a planetary scientist who studies the composition of asteroids and is a collaborator on NASA's Lucy mission. She is also a Walkabout the Galaxy podcast co-host!

  • Alex Matsuo

    Alex Matsuo is a paranormal investigator and author who has been seen on the TV shows, Haunted Hospitals and Most Terrifying Places in America. 

  • Morgan A McLaughlin McFarland

    Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland owns Salt Circle Games, publisher of the horror RPG Chill. She is a published fiction, nonfiction, and TTRPG author who also teaches writing, and gaming classes.

  • Brett A McGuire

    MIT Prof. Brett McGuire has a PhD in Chemistry and has worked with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His specially is Astrochemistry.

  • Jean McGuire

    STL Project Coordinator for Steve Jackson Games. Owner of Wintertree Software, maker of RPG aids like TableMaster, fonts, and more. Author of gaming magazine articles. 3D sculptor. 3-D printing geek.

  • Edward McKeown

    Edward McKeown is best known for the: The Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles.

  • Joseph Meany

    Joseph Meany, Ph.D., a.k.a. The Crimson Alkemist, is a science consultant for the US Government. He researches materials science applications focused on cutting-edge renewable energy.

  • Violette L Meier

    Violette Meier, the great-granddaughter of a dream interpreter, is a lover of all things supernatural and loves to write paranormal, fantasy, horror, amoung other genres. She is always working on something new.

  • Jason R. Merrill

    Jason R. Merrill runs Blackbird Finery. His passions include talks on historical men's fashion, period etiquette, antique and vintage accessories, and 100+ year old soda fountain formulas.

  • Melissa Truth Miller

    Melissa T. Miller is a freelance science writer and co-host of Star Warsologies, a podcast about science in Star Wars.She loves connecting the wonders of science to fictional storytelling.

  • Savannah Miller

    Savannah is a public health professional that has studied a range of public health topics including climate change and infectious disease. 

  • Stephanie Mirro

    Author Stephanie Mirro combined her overactive imagination with a college major in ancient civilizations and a love for all things fantasy to result in a bestselling writing career.

  • Bendy Mitchell

    Bendy Mitchell is the head of Obsidian Brews: A Black Table Top Experience. Bendy and their fellow brewers have hosted panels & BIPOC gaming spaces at conventions nationwide.

  • Jack Monkey

    Jack AKA Beth Michel, has been in the special makeup effects field since 2010 and continues to love to create creatures and things that make people squeamish. She currently heads the Makeup Department at Netherworld Haunted House and teaches privately to anyone wishing to learn.

  • Christopher G Moore

    Christopher G. Moore is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. He is working on a feature film version of his short film Backward Creep and also helps co-host multiple podcasts. 

  • Casey Moores

    Casey Moores is an award winning author of military science fiction and fantasy with novels and short stories in the Four Horsemen universe, Fallen World, JTF-13, and many more.

  • Frank Morin

    Author Frank Morin writes all types of fantasy, including The Petralist - epic YA fantasy, The Facetakers, fast-action contemporary fantasy, and Bacon Master of the Apocalypse – humorous epic fantasy. 

  • David Moscato

    David Moscato is a paleontologist, science writer, and host of the Common Descent Podcast, where he applies his experience as a fossil hunter and researcher to entertaining and educational discussions.

  • Bill Mulligan

    Bill Mulligan has worked as a writer, director, actor and special FX creator. He podcasts with Decades of Horror. His first published novel, Raum, is coming soon. 

  • Mark Muncy

    Mark Muncy is the bestselling author of the Eerie Florida book series from History Press. He is folklorist, paranormal journalist, and a frequent collaborator on documentaries, podcasts, and TV shows.

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  • Nayr

    Nayr is a host of StarPodLog and StarPodTrek. Having attended, as well as presented, at literally hundreds of conventions, his panels are engaging, entertaining, and informative.

  • James Nettles

    James Nettles is a business and technology consultant, speaker, author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction, and media author on the business of creativity, futurist topics, science, and technology.

  • Kenneth Newsome

    Dr Kenneth Newsome has been teaching science for 18 years while scientifically investigating the perceived paranormal events with the Centers for Paranormal Research and Investigation.

  • L.H. Nicole

    L.H. Nicole is a young adult fantasy author whose stories feature strong, independent female leads, epic adventures, fantasy worlds, and creatures and unforgettable heroes. 

  • Nicoolinn

    Nicoolinn is a Texas based cosplayer who took a chance in cosplaying when the pandemic started. She's grown in her crafts and cosplays traveling all around to showcase her work.

  • Matt Nitchie

    Matt Nitchie is a local Atlanta actor, puppeteer, and co-host for Dragon Con's own Late Night Puppet Slam.

  • Bob Novella

    Bob Novella is a co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast and is co-author of its two books.

  • Jay Novella

    Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer, author, producer, and host. He is best known for The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe, a top 10 science podcast.

  • Steven P Novella

    Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. He is an author of three books and has two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine).

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  • Bryce O'Connor

    Bryce O'Connor is the CEO of Wraithmarked Creative, which has raised over $700,000 in Kickstarter funding for various deluxe editions of popular independent and traditionally published sci-fi/fantasy novels. He is also a #1 Audible Store bestselling author, with his collective works having sold over 500,000 copies world-wide.

  • Corinne O'Flynn

    Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy, mystery, and paranormal romance. She also writes contemporary romance as Daria Blake, and paranormal romance as Fiona Starr.

  • Melissa F. Olson

    Melissa F. Olson writes novels and comic books, including the Old World urban fantasy series and the Nightshades novella trilogy.

  • Hansi Oppenheimer

    Hansi Oppenheimer is a documentarian who has interviewed fans & creators in different genres for over a decade. Her podcast series, The Grr in Fangrrl, focused on women in horror.

  • Jon R. Osborne

    Jon R. Osborne hails from Indianapolis. He writes modern fantasy and military science fiction, and his novel A Tempered Warrior was a 2018 Dragon Award Best Fantasy finalist.

  • Mark Oshiro

    Mark Oshiro is the Hugo-nominated and award-winning author of YA and middle grade books. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.

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  • James Palmer

    James Palmer is an award-winning writer of science fiction and pulp adventure, author of the Shadow Council Archives series, and editor of the Monster Earth series and League of Monsters.

  • JM Paquette

    Author of the Klauden's Ring Saga and the Conjuring Fascination series, JM Paquette writes fantasy and paranormal romance novels.

  • Thomas Parham

    Dr. Thomas Parham is a professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University and a WGA member with produced credits.

  • Sean Patton

    Sean Michael Patton is a costume design veteran and principal for SMP Designs and has designed more than 40 stage productions, eight short films, five features, and numerous media projects.

  • Jerold Peacock

    Jerry Peacock is Co-founder of the Muscle Nerdz group. Muscle Nerdz promotes fitness, bodybuilding and healthy living within the geek and nerd communities.

  • Rae Pendergrass

    Rae Pendergrass is a writer, performer, and gigantic dork who has written for everyone from National Lampoon to How Stuff Works. They are also the producer of the Solve for X Variety show.

  • Matthew Scott Penick

    Matthew Penick is the founder of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. He began showing wares at local Renaissance Festivals and conventions but grew to shipping custom orders globally.

  • D.R. Perry

    D.R. Perry writes fiction for both YA and adult audiences. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated A Change In Crime and over 30 volumes in the Revealed World series.

  • David Petrie

    David Petrie is a fashion and food-obsessed writer of comedic science-fiction and fantasy. Best known for his Necrotic Apocalypse series, his first book was published in 2018.

  • Phoenicia

    Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983. In addition to cabaret, ethnic, tribal, and fusion belly dance styles, she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor.

  • Shane Garrett Philip Pierce

    Shane Pierce is a filmmaker from West Virginia, where he manages a single-screen theater and is vice-president of the annual BEX Arts Festival. His second feature film,  Ambrosia! is slated for release in late 2023.

  • Berta Platas

    Berta Platas is an award-winning Latina romance author as well as coauthor, with Michele Roper, of the The Faire Folk Saga. The By Honor Bound series, is co-written with Nancy Knight.

  • Alex Platt

    Alex has been a podcaster since 2017. Her work includes Animorphs Anonymous, Horse Girls, Dungeons and Dracon Beams, Late Starters, Surprise Attack Book Club, as well as a few others.

  • Noel Plaugher

    Having studied Chinese and Japanese martial arts, and Qigong, Plaugher draws on those experiences to write hard-hitting martial arts fiction and non-fiction. His new novel is The Lady Dragon of Chinatown.

  • Gary Poole

    Gary Poole is the editor of John Ringo's Black Ride Rising series of anthologies, morning radio host, screenwriter, and founder/host of the popular Robot Battles TM competitions.


    Alan J. Porter is a writer, and podcaster. He has over 30 fiction and non-fiction book publishing credits and hundreds of magazine articles on multiple subjects.

  • Phillip Pournelle

    Pournelle is a science fiction author, war game designer, operations analyst, and military strategist. He has published several short stories on military conflict and contributed to the latest Janissaries novel.

  • Joelle Presby

    Former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer, Joelle Presby wrote The Dabare Snake Launcher and cowrites the Multiverse series with David Weber. She has sold over a dozen shorter works several genres.

  • Stefan Price

    Stefan Price is a professional artist and maker with 26+ years in Film, Entertainment, and Themed Attractions. He founded Roundtable Productions as a props and special effects.

  • Marx Pyle

    Marx Pyle is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, adjunct professor, and martial artist. He is the author of Obsidian Monsters, co-editor/co-author of the award-winning anthology Dragons of a Different Tail.

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  • Cassandra Quave

    Cassandra Quave is a disabled writer, speaker, podcast host, professor, explorer, and plant scientist leading drug discovery research on molecules from nature.

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  • Ellie Raine

    Ellie Raine is the Gothic Fantasy author of the Writer's Digest award-winning epic series, the NecroSeam Chronicles.

  • Stephen W Ramsden

    Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and Director of the world's highest volume “hands-on” solar Astronomy/Sunlight in Nature outreach program- The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project/Sunlit Earth!

  • Rachel Rawlings

    Rachel Rawlings is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Her book 'Ink It Over is currently in development for film.

  • Alison Sky Richards

    Alison Sky Richards received an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Colorado University focusing on screenwriting and genre fiction. Their passion involves teaching students to find their unique voice.

  • Paulette Richards

    Sometime during her service as an artist in residence at the Institut français de Saint Louis, the puppet bug bit Paulette Richards hard. Her book, Object Performance will debut in July 2023.

  • Omisade Richardson

    Dr. Chateé Omísadé Richardson is a proud nerd, educator, educational psychologist, and growth facilitator. She has 20 years of experience teaching, researching how people learn, creating engaging content, and training leaders/educators.

  • Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart is a writer who sings, and a singer who writes. He's written science fiction and fantasy stories, songs on myriad topics, and is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen.

  • Aaron Michael Ritchey

    Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of forty-seven novels under various pen names. He's been an Amazon All-Star, and the first book in The Juniper Wars series was a Dragon Award Finalist. His novel, Sages of the Underpass, won the Independent Audiobook Award for best fantasy in 2021.

  • Eleni Rivera

    Eleni Rivera is a Puerto Rican writer and director from Atlanta, Georgia. Rivera is currently Associate Narrative Designer at Blizzard Entertainment for the RPG Diablo IV.

  • Rob Roberts

    Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about video games online since 2002. 

  • William Joseph Roberts

    William Joseph Roberts has perused careers as an architectural designer, industrial design engineer, writer of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, and is now the lead publisher for Three Ravens Publishin

  • Tamara Robertson

    Tamara Robertson is an Emmy-Nominated Producer & TV Host known for her role as a co-host & fabricator on Mythbusters. She hosts a Podcast Tinkering Belles and produces a comic Seekers of Science.

  • Dennis Lee Robinson

    Dennis is one of the deranged minds behind Botched: A D&D Podcast, which he has been a part of for the past 7 years. Dennis is also the writer and creator of the comic series Lycan: Solomon's Odyssey.

  • Meg M Robinson

    Meg M. Robinson's stories are inspired heavily by mythology—mostly Greek—as well as ancient places, things, and mysteries. She was a 2022 Maggie Awards Finalist for Finding Salus.

  • Lezli Robyn

    Lezli Robyn is Executive Editor/Associate Publisher of Arc Manor and author. Since her first sales to Clarkesworld, Asimov's and Analog, Robyn's been nominated for five prestigious awards—winning two.

  • Mera Rose

    Mera Rose is a professional production designer and costumer, an educational and disabilities advocate, and the President of CosInternational and former Vice President and President of the International Costumers' Guild.

  • Meredith Filak Rose

    Meredith Rose is Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, DC, where she focuses on tech, copyright, fandom, and music. 

  • Robert Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of Creation contemporary-fantasy, and Paradigm 2045 sci-fi series. When not writing, heʼs a guest-lecturer at GaTech and Kennesaw State University.

  • Stacey Rourke

    Stacey Rourke is a multi-award-winning, best-selling author of works that seamlessly blend dark fantasy with a trademark snarky humor that has made her a powerhouse in the indie writing community.

  • Ashley Ruhl

    Ashley Ruhl is a 12 year veteran of the video game industry with credits in game design, cinematics, and writing. She's the Narrative Director on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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  • Tina Hesman Saey

    Dr. Tina Saey is an award-winning science journalist. She is a senior writer covering molecular biology at Science News magazine.

  • Tony Sarrecchia

    Tony is a writer-producer with multiple audio drama, and short stories under his belt. He also has a supernatural thriller screenplay in development with Scary Times Productions.

  • Daniel Schinhofen

    Daniel Schinhofen has published over forty books since 2016, receiving name recognition in the LITRPG and GameLit community. He has published in multiple other genres as well.

  • Anne Schlea

    Anne Schlea has written two series: The Retribution Universe and The Fallen. She enjoys blending true history into urban fantasy to create dynamic worlds her readers want to step into.

  • Shellie Schmals

    Shellie Schmals is a film programmer, creative curator, and a sought-out expert in entertainment networking and sits on the boards of Women in Film Atlanta, Film Festival Alliance, and Georgia Production Partnership.

  • Emily Ann Schmidt

    Emily Schmidt, also known as Go Big or Go Home Cosplay. She has been cosplaying for a little over ten years. Her most notable accomplishment includes competing on Cosplay Melee.

  • Colette Searls

    Colette Searls is author of A Galaxy of Things: the Power of Puppets and Masks in Star Wars and Beyond. She is associate professor of theatre at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

  • Alan Seawright

    Alan Seawright is a 2-time Emmy-winning director of television, commercials and films. In 2020, he launched Cinema Therapy on YouTube with his co-host, college roommate and licensed therapist Jonathan Decker.

  • Bruce Sentar

    Bruce Sentar has written 30 books in a variety of fiction and fantasy genres including Urban Fantasy, Progression Fantasy, LitRPG and High Fantasy. More than anything, he just loves to write.

  • Lisa Shackelford

    Lisa Shackelford has been investigating the paranormal for almost two decades; is the author of The Memoirs and Musings of a Haunted Flight Attendant and can be seen in the first two seasons of True Ghost Stories .

  • David Sherrer

    David Sherrer is the Marketing Director and Lead Game Designer of Chenoweth Press. His debut card game Cat Magic: The Game released in 2022 and was funded on Kickstarter.

  • Shirtaloon

    Bestselling author of the hit litRPG series He Who Fights With Monsters.

  • Alex Shvartsman

    Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist. He's the author of Kakistocracy, The Middling Affliction, and Eridani's Crown fantasy novels. Over 120 of his short stories have been published.

  • Aron Siegel

    Aron Siegel, producer, sound mixer, whose work includes The Unwanted, Implanted, Thor: Ragnarok, DC's Black Lightning, Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries. Aron mixed part of Star Trek fan film: Axanar.

  • R. Alan Siler

    R. Alan Siler is owner of kOZMIC Press. He's the author of three books about Doctor Who, the kid's book Lucy Can't Dance, and essays on numerous pop culture topics. His podcasts include Modern Musicology, Earth Station Trek, Doctor Who A to Z, and Alan's Record Bin.

  • Tamsin L. Silver

    Tamsin Silver is a Fantasy author based out of NM. Works include Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Untold Legends Series, and a novel/web series, Skye of the Damned.

  • Josh Simons

    Josh Simons is a professional streamer, freelance writer, and performer. He is the Community Manager at Demiplane, a Take This Ambassador, and is passionate about mental health.

  • Melissa Simpson

    Melissa Simpson is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Film Impact Georgia, and produces independent projects. She is heavily involved in the Atlanta film community and film festivals across Georgia.

  • Allen Terrell Slonaker

    Slonaker has been involved in paranormal research as a member of the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation (CPRI) since 2007 and currently serves as the Central Virginia Regional Director.

  • Fr. Bryan Small

    Every DND group needs a cleric, no? A priest for over 15 years, Fr. Bryan Small loves to share in the fandoms with his fellow nerds. 

  • Alex Smith

    Alex Smith is the co-owner and operator of the store Alpha Comics and Games. She is the DM and primary creator of the actual play podcast Quid Pro Roll.

  • Ken Snaps

    Ken Applegate  is a jack of all trades! His experience includes Star Wars, Wood Working, Sound Engineering, D+D, Travel and Disney.

  • Daviorr Snipes

    Daviorr Snipes is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada. He is a Peabody Award winning actor working in theatre, film, and voice.

  • Spat

    Spat Oktan of SpatCave Studios is an FX Makeup Artist, Costume/Prop Maker and Author known for his MOBCon book series and his crazy makeup effects.

  • Kevin Stallard

    Kevin Stallard has been in Information Security for more than 35 years and an avid video gamer for more than 40. He is currently Director of Security Architecture for Activision/Blizzard/King.

  • Torrey Stenmark

    Torrey Stenmark is an organic chemist, associate instructor, and an award-winning costumer. She has taught almost every chemistry course on offer at Shoreline Community College.

  • Amie Stepanovich

    Amie Stepanovich is an internationally recognized expert in privacy, government surveillance, and cybersecurity. She is currently Vice President for US Policy at the Future of Privacy Forum.

  • Dot Steverson

    Dot Steverson is a podcaster, producer, & digital storyteller. She currently brings her passion for stories and games to Kobold Press as their Marketing Director.

  • Andrea Stewart

    Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of The Drowning Empire trilogy. Her debut, The Bone Shard Daughter, was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

  • Mike Jack Stoumbos

    Mike Jack Stoumbos is an author and educator, known for Writers of the Future v38 , Sci-Fi series, This Fine Crew, and editor of the Murderbirds anthology among others.

  • Shami A Stovall

    Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction and the founder of Capital Station Books. She loves reading, her husband, John, video games, and writing about herself in the third person.

  • Brandon H Strauss

    Brandon Strauss is finishing a doctorate at Texas A&M, where they currently teach about medical and veterinary entomology and stink up the lab with decomposition research.

  • Stressinabox

    Stressinabox is a content creator with over 2 million followers on Tiktok and an indie author. As an author, she is best know for The Keeper series.

  • Ebony Warrior Studios

    Charles Xavier Conley is an Atlanta based 3D Fabricator and Content Creator who has been cosplaying professionally since 2017, after winning Syfy's episodic television show, Cosplay Melee .

  • Myra Su

    Myra Su is a puppeteer and multimedia artist based who's work often explores integrating analog puppets with digital technology. She is also a touring puppeteer and builder with Manual Cinema.

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  • Douglas Wayne Talk

    Dr. Douglas Talk is the chief medical consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., collaborating on human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration. 

  • Christine H. Taylor-Butler

    Christine Taylor-Butler is the author of more than 95 books for children and young adults including The Lost Tribes series. She strongly believes literacy is a gateway to STEAM.

  • Lee Terrill

    Lee is an avid player of all genres of table top games. She has cohosted the actual play podcast Very Random Encounters for the last 6 years with her three amazing friends.

  • The Tattooed Santa

    The Tattooed Santa (AKA Stephen Taylor)  is the father of 12 (9 by adoption) and has been crafting armor from leather, chainmaille, and scalemaille for 16+ years.

  • Alain TheDungeonMeowster

    Alain is a happy-go-lucky improv performer and tabletop storyteller, the co-creator of Goblins & Growlers and the Quid Pro Roll podcast among others. 

  • Mandisa L Thomas

    Mandisa Thomas is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers.  In 2022, Mandisa was featured in a billboard and newspaper ad for the “I'm Secular and I Vote” campaign.

  • Mel Todd

    Mel Todd is a best-selling speculative fiction writer/owner of Bad Ash Publishing. Her fiction includes Blood War, Kaylid Chronicles, and the Twisted Luck series.

  • Hayley Tsukayama

    Hayley Tsukayama is Senior Legislative Activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on state legislation. Prior to joining EFF, she spent nearly eight years as a consumer technology reporter at The Washington Post writing stories on the industry's largest companies.

  • J M Tuffley

    JM Tuffley writes about Pop Culture for various outlets, and contributes to Need Coffee Dot Com's Weekend Justice Podcast.

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  • Brian Urbanek

    Game designer with twenty seven years of experience in the video game industry, most recently on Call of Duty with Activision.

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  • J. P. Valentine

    J.P. "Nixia" Valentine has penned bestsellers across the progression fantasy spectrum. The Nothing Mage, This Quest is Bullshit!, Dungeon Devotee, and The Stargazer's War are but a few.

  • R.R. Virdi

    R.R. Virdi is a USA Today Bestselling author, two-time Dragon Award finalist, and a Nebula Award finalist.

  • Brendan J. Vogel

    Brendan Vogel is a screenwriter and graphic novelist. His screenplay The Shimmers is the first-prize winner of this year's Atlanta Film Festival.

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  • Constance G.J. Wagner

    Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, editor, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. 

  • DL Wainright

    DL Wainright is the author of dark fantasy series The Hollow Sun. It is basically everything DL loves, all wrapped up in a bloody package.

  • Celestia N. Ward

    Celestia Ward co-hosts and produces Squaring the Strange, a podcast promoting critical thinking and science. She currently works as a PR coordinator for Imagine Communications and columnist Skeptical Inquirer.

  • George Watson

    George Watson is a co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the new fantasy feature film Sorcerority as well as the comic book. He is also Co-Directing the recently announced feature film Fanged.

  • Sean Weiland

    Sean is a program manager for Kingsisle Entertainment, an award winning voice actor, and bartender. His was a contestant on America's Next Top Podcaster Season 4.

  • Jacob Weisman

    World Fantasy award winner & Founder of Tachyon Publications. Editor of Hugo Award winner, The Emperor's Soul, and the Nebula and Shirley Jackson award-winner, We Are All Completely Fine .

  • Dave West

    Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock n' roll concerts.

  • Thomas Westbrook

    YouTuber, podcaster, and conference organizer Thomas Westbrook uses scientific skepticism and critical thinking to explore the paranormal/supernatural - discovering just how the world really works.

  • Alex White

    Alex White is the author of The Salvagers Trilogy and the Starmetal Symphony, as well as books for the Alien and Star Trek franchises. 

  • Jennifer Whitworth

    Jennifer Whitworth is an engineer at Teledyne Brown Engineering. After 20+ years supporting science operations on board the International Space Station as a flight controller, she now is helpingto develop the processes and procedures for science payloads onboard the LunarGateway.

  • Katharine E. Wibell

    Epic fantasy author Katharine E. Wibell's acclaimed novels include The Incarn Saga Series (NA) and The Djed Chronicles series (YA) and The Guardian's Speaker Novella Series.

  • Arras Wiedorn

    Arras Wiedorn is an animal behaviorist. She is also the owner of Endangered Art Books, which aims to bring scientific education to the public via art and comics.

  • M. C. Williams

    M.C. Williams is a structural engineer, podcaster, and writer. He spends his nights getting lost in ancient mythologies, futuristic civilizations, and unspeakable horrors.

  • Kapers Carl Williams Jr.

    Kapers Williams Jr. has been writing, producing, and directing since 2016. He has gained experience in various departments on Marvel, Sony, and Warner Brothers productions to creating unique entertainment experiences.

  • Dan Willis

    Dan Willis is the best selling author of the ongoing Arcane Casebook series of novels, a fantasy noir twist on the 1930's detective story. Dan has also written for the long running Dragonlance series as well as a steampunk Civil War series he wrote with writing legend Tracy Hickman.

  • Valerie Willis

    Valerie Willis is COO of 4 Horsemen Publications and award-winning paranormal romance author. Her workshops have covered novel writing, research, world building, character development, reader immersion, foreshadowing, and more.

  • Marisa Wolf

    Marisa Wolf writes science fiction, fantasy, and every point in-between. She is a core author in the bestselling Four Horseman Universe and has over 20 short stories in print.

  • Tao Wong

    Tao Wong is a scifi and fantasy author writing in LitRPG and xianxia. His latest release, A Thousand Li: the Third Cut, releases on Amazon on September 1, 2023

  • Trisha J. Wooldridge

    Trisha J. Wooldridge writes and edits stuff that wins awards. Find her in The Twisted Book of Shadows; some HWA Poetry Showcase volumes; and multiple anthologies. 

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  • Jessi Ann York

    Jessi Ann York is a horror writer whose work has been featured PseudoPod, Vastarien, Cemetery Gates Media, and more. 

  • Celia Yost

    Designer, painter, and general maker of imagery, Celia Yost has always been interested in the intersection between art and science and how the seemingly opposite fields can relate.

  • Bryan Young

    Bryan Young has written in the BattleTech, Robotech, Doctor Who, and Shadowrun universes. Most recently, he wrote the companion book for The Big Bang Theory.

  • Damon Young

    Damon Young is a performer and teaching artist specializing in shadow puppet performance. He is the Artistic/Producing Director of Mr. Damon's Shadow Puppet Theater, touring all-age performances and workshops. 

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  • Irene Zielinski

    Irene Zielinski is a roleplaying game designer, online content creator, and marketing professional in the tabletop gaming industry. She currently heads the Men in Black program for Steve Jackson Games.

  • Mark Zoran

    Mark Zoran is an internationally recognized and award-winning costume and prop creator and the creative mind behind Razorfly Studios.


The following previously confirmed guests will unfortunately not be able to attend Dragon Con this year.

  • Cristina Amaya
  • Jason Azevedo
  • Carlo Barberi
  • Julie Bell
  • Sweeney Boo
  • Bruce Boxleitner
  • Cullen Bunn
  • Chesya Burke
  • R. E. Carr
  • Corey Castellano
  • Elemental Cosplay
  • Robin Cutler
  • JC De La Torre
  • Rita De La Torre
  • Nicholas Eames
  • Brandon Richard Fibbs
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Ale Garza
  • Chris Gauthier
  • Thomas Gofton
  • Stephen Granade
  • Jen L. Grey
  • Clay Shepard Griffith
  • Susan Anna Griffith
  • Scott Grimes
  • Kira Hall
  • Marion G Harmon
  • Thomas Harper
  • Rick Heinz
  • Tiago Balgan Henriques
  • Greg Hildebrandt
  • Brian Hurtt
  • Richard Kadrey
  • Emily Stewart Lakdawalla
  • Lothlenan
  • Michael Mammay
  • Jonboy Meyers
  • James Minz
  • Rebecca Moesta
  • Rob Mulligan
  • Amy J. Murphy
  • Larry Niven
  • Richard Allen Partlow
  • Tyler Pelfrey
  • Gregory George Peters
  • Adam Pranica
  • Kelly Robinson
  • David S Shiffman
  • Van Siegling
  • Tom Smith
  • Sparkle Stache
  • Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan
  • Jessica Szohr
  • Jack Trammell
  • Daisy Viktoria
  • Benjamin Wallace
  • Holly West
  • Jodie Whittaker
  • Michael G. Williams
  • Sadie Witkowski