We are thrilled to welcome the following amazing dais of Guests for Necon 38!
Please read below to learn more about our Writer Guests of Honor, Artist Guest of Honor,
Toastmaster, and Necon Legends!
Helen Marshall is a Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. She is also the general director of the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy there.
Her creative writing aims to bring the past into conversation with the present. After receiving a PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford investigating literature written during the time of the Black Death. Her first collection of fiction, Hair Side, Flesh Side, which won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, emerged from this work as a book historian. Rather than taking the long view of history, her second collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, negotiated very personal issues of legacy and tradition, creating myth-infused worlds where “love is as liable to cut as to cradle, childhood is a supernatural minefield, and death is ‘the slow undoing of beautiful things’” (Quill&Quire, starred review). It won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015.
She edited The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, volume 4 this year for Undertow Publications and her debut novel The Migration will be released by Random House Canada in February 2019.
David Wellington, aka D. Nolan Clark, aka David Chandler is the author of over twenty novels of action, suspense, and drama. He got his start in 2003 with the online serialization of Monster Island. Over a period of five months he published a chapter of the story every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, writing each section moments before it appeared online and responding in real time to user comments. The resulting manuscript became his first published novel in 2005.
He went on to write two more books in the same universe: Monster Nation and Monster Planet. His other horror series include the Laura Caxton series of vampire novels: 13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero, 23 Hours, and 32 Fangs; and a werewolf duology comprising Frostbite and Overwinter.
Taking a break from horror he wrote three fantasy novels under the pseudonym David Chandler: Den of Thieves, A Thief in the Night, and Honor Among Thieves. Under his own name he wrote the Jim Chapel trilogy of spy thrillers: Chimera, The Hydra Protocol, and The Cyclops Initiative.
He returned to horror in 2015 with Positive, his grand zombie opus.
In 2016 he began to publish a science fiction trilogy, The Silence, under the name D. Nolan Clark. The first two books, Forsaken Skies and Forgotten Worlds, are available now wherever books are sold. A third and final volume to the trilogy, Forbidden Suns, will be released late 2017.
He has also worked in comic books and video games and has published dozens of short stories in a wide range of anthologies.
From the author —
I was born and raised in New England and I live in Massachusetts now, with my husband and benevolent feline overlords. Mine is a quiet, fairly ordinary life. I love that because it’s what saves me from an overdeveloped sense of paranoia and a tendency to expect the worst. Or the weird. Combined with an eye for detail and a quirky take on life, these traits give me a vivid internal life, one that’s sometimes nerve-wracking, but very useful for writing all kinds of fiction. My interest in archaeology stems from childhood, where my interest in books and the opportunities I had to travel made me begin to think about cultural differences. The thing I like best about this work is that it is a real opportunity to try and resurrect individuals from the monolith of history. I’ve worked on prehistoric and historical sites in the U.S. and in Europe, and like to teach in the field, in museums, in the classroom, and through writing.
In my urban fantasy series, Zoe is also an archaeologist (with a secret!), and it turns out that archaeology is a great way to explore the world and culture of the Fangborn. In archaeology we try to piece together the past; in writing, we try to piece together a world. In my mystery series, my protagonist Emma Fielding discovers that archaeologists are trained to ask the same questions that detectives ask: who, what, where, when, how, and why. When I started on these mysteries, I realized that archaeology is also good training for writing because research, logic, and persistence are so important to both endeavours.
My training worked with the archaeology mysteries — and it also helped with the Anna Hoyt colonial noir stories set in 18th-century Boston and the Fangborn stories set in the past. But how has it worked when I’ve tackled subjects like werewolves and vampires or covert ops (One Soul at a Time and Dialing In)? Easy: it’s all about getting into someone else’s shoes and walking around for a while. Preferably getting into (fictional) trouble while you do it. Asking “what if?” and thinking about how a culture — any culture — along with personality, shapes behavior.
Jason C. Eckhardt is a self-taught artist who had the foresight to be born into an artistic family. At age twelve he decided to become an illustrator after reading Norse Gods and Giants by the d’Aulaires. Other favorite illustrators include Howard Pyle and Arhtur Rackham. Eckhardt’s work can be found in publications from Dell Magazines and Hippocampus Press, among others.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Errick A. Nunnally served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school would be a safer — and more natural — pursuit. He always strives to develop his strengths in storytelling and remains permanently distracted by art, comics, science fiction, history, and horror. Trained as a graphic designer, he has earned a black belt in Krav Maga and Muay Thai kickboxing. Errick’s successes include: the novel, Blood For The Sun; a comic strip collection, Lost in Transition; Who Bears The Lathe? in eFiction’s inaugural SciFi issue; and first prize in one hamburger contest. The following are short stories and their respective anthologies: “Lycanthrobastards” (Wicked Seasons); “Harold At The Halfcourt” (Inner Demons Out); “Legion” (Doorways to Extra Time); “The Last Apology” (A Dark World of Spirits and The Fey); “You Call This An Apocalypse?” (After The Fall); and “We Should Meet” (In Vein).
Brian Keene writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres.
His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies.
Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more.
In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Alien.
Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Naughty List, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions.
Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books.
Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine.
He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 World Horror Grandmaster Award, 2001 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction, 2003 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, 2004 Shocker Award for Book of the Year, and Honors from United States Army International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) 509th Logistics Fuels Flight.
A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.
The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.
Necon 38 will mark the thirty-second time Carole Whitney has attended Necon, both overall and consecutively. Her email address contains the words “Love To Read,” and no one has brought more love for literature and the written word to this convention than her. For decades, Carole has had “her” seat at every Necon panel, right in the front row; in fact, once upon a long time ago Carole took it upon herself to make sure that all Necon panels run smoothly, assuring all panelists have the correct name placard in front of them and a glass of water to drink (if anyone ever did ask Carole to assume that job, we’ve all forgotten!). She has been a regular member of the infamous “Necon Whores,” she’s a fierce competitor every year in the Necon Olympic Event of High-Low-Jack, and she makes an annual trip to the casino every Necon Thursday night before the Saugy Roast (more than once returning with enough cash winnings in hand to pre-register for the next year’s convention!).
In short, Carole Whitney defines what it means to be a Necon Camper and a member of the Necon Family.