Guests

We are thrilled to welcome the following amazing dais of Guests for Necon 39!
Please read below to learn more about our Writer Guests of Honor, Artist Guest of Honor,
Toastmaster, and Necon Legend!

Linda D. Addison grew up in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is the author of four collections: How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (Crossroad Press), Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes and Animated Objects (Space & Time Books) and has published over 300 poems, stories and articles. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Essence magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction and anthologies, Scary Out There (Simon Schuster), The Beauty of Death (Independent Legions Publishing) and Into Painfreak (Necro Publications). She co-edited Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women (publisher Cedar Grove Publishing, 2017) with Kinitra Brooks and Susana Morris, which was a HWA Bram Stoker finalist in the Anthology category.

In 2001, Addison was the first African-American to win the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in poetry for Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (Space & Time Books). She has received three additional awards for collections: The Four Elements written with Marge Simon, Rain Graves and Charlee Jacob (2013 Bad Moon Books); How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend short stories and poetry collection (2011 Necon E-Books / Crossroad Press); and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007 Space & Time Books). Dark Duet (Necon E-Books / Crossroad Press), a collaborative book of poetry written with Stephen M. Wilson was a 2012 HWA Bram Stoker finalist. Other prominent recipients of this distinguished award include authors, Alice Sebold (Lovely Bones) and J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series). In 2018 she received the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-Americans speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book).

Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science-Fiction.

Grady Hendrix writes fiction, also called “lies,” and he writes non-fiction, which people sometimes accidentally pay him for. He is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture store you’ll ever need. NPR selected it as one of the best books of 2014 and it has been translated into 14 languages and is being turned into a television show by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl). They have never met Grady, but that is their loss.

His last novel was My Best Friend’s Exorcism, about demonic possession, friendship, exorcism, and the Eighties, out now from Quirk Books. It’s basically Beaches meets The Exorcist and it caused the Wall Street Journal to call him “a national treasure” and received rave reviews from everyone from Kirkus to Southern Living.

He also wrote Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom in the Seventies and Eighties that followed the success of Rosemary’s BabyThe Exorcist, and Thomas Tryon’s The Other. It is so popular it won a Stoker Award, and while you may not know what that is, trust me when I say that it is a big, big deal that gets Grady 20% off all purchases at the Franklin Mint.

His next novel is We Sold Our Souls, a heavy metal take on the Faust legend, hitting bookstores on September 18, 2018.

Grady Hendrix used to be a journalist, which means that he was completely irrelevant and could be killed and turned into food at any time. He is one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, but he is not responsible for the bad parts of it. He is also not Asian. For years he was a regular film critic for the New York Sun but then it went out of business. He has written for Playboy MagazineSlateThe Village Voice, the New York PostFilm Comment, and Variety. He has a hard time making up his mind.

There is a science fiction book called Occupy Space that he is the author of, and also a fantasy book called Satan Loves You which he wrote as well. Along with his BFF from high school, Katie Crouch, he is the co-author of the YA series, The Magnolia League. He co-authored Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, the first graphic novel cookbook in America, with his wife and Ryan Dunlavey. It’s now in its seventh printing which means that at least 24 people have bought a copy. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and the anthology, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.

He is very, very beautiful, but if you ever meet him, please do not let this make you uncomfortable. He does not judge.

The New Yorker once ran a short profile of him, and this means that when the time comes and they are lining people up for the Space Arks he will be guaranteed a seat ahead of you.

John Langan is an American author and writer of contemporary horror. He has been a finalist for International Horror Guild Award. In 2008, he was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Collection, and in 2016, a Bram Stoker Award winner for his novel The Fisherman. He is on the Board of Directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

He received his Masters of Arts degree from State University of New York at New Paltz and his Master of Philosophy from The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is an instructor at SUNY New Paltz, where he teaches creative writing and gothic fiction. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Marist College. Currently, he lives in upstate New York with his wife, two sons, and a cat who needs to lose some weight.

His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the anthologies Poe and The Living Dead. His first collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, was published by Prime Books; his first novel, House of Windows, was published by Night Shade Books. In the novel acknowledgements he writes “This book had a hard time finding a home: the genre people weren’t happy with all the literary stuff; the literary people weren’t happy with all the genre stuff.”

Reiko Murakami, also known as Raqmo is a U.S. based concept artist and illustrator specialized in surreal fantasy and horror characters. Her work has been published in Spectrum, Infected by Art, ArtOrder Invitational: The Journal, Exposé, 2D Artist and many others. For the latest information please visit Instagram.

If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs. zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe.

Thomas Tessier’s short stories and novellas have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Borderlands, Cemetery Dance, Prime Evil, Dark Terrors, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Best New Horror. His first collection of short fiction, Ghost Music and Other Tales, received an International Horror Guild Award. He is the author of several novels of terror and suspense, including The Nightwalker, Phantom, Finishing Touches and Rapture. His novel Fog Heart received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel and was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His latest novel, Wicked Things, was published in paperback by Leisure Books and in hardcover by Cemetery Dance Publications. His second collection of short fiction, Remorseless: Tales of Cruelty, was published by Sinister Grin Press.

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