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A.A. Jankiewicz

A.A. Jankiewicz (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel ‘Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds’ was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Design Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Theory, Historiography and Criticism. When she’s not busy plotting the next great adventure, writing, doodling, tinkering in the Adobe suite programs or mellowing out with her friends, she enjoys walks with her four-legged companion Meesha. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Q-16 series.

Aaron Lenk

Aaron Plants is a Canadian comic artist and writer and has been since he could first pick up a book. His work has been called big words like “existential” and “introspective,” but if asked, Aaron would say he’s just trying to write interesting stories.

Currently Aaron is writing and drawing “The Last Giant,” a new fantasy comic about lonely giants, petty heroes, and ambitious wizards in a dying age. It was recently featured on the comics website Tapastic. He also plays far too many video games and plans over-ambitious Dungeons and Dragons campaigns on the weekends.

Aaron is the author and illustrator of the complete series “Dave’s Wurld,” a comic about childish beings ruling an empty universe. He also plays the artist for pop-culture themed webcomics “Is It Canon?” and “Anarchy Plants,” which have received millions of views on Reddit and Imgur.

Abby Egerter

Abby Egerter is a freelance editor who works with both fiction and non-fiction texts. She particularly likes working with speculative fiction because it often highlights the social, political, and philosophical issues of the real world.

The rise of self-publishing has left many aspiring authors in the dark about the editing process, so Abby uses her knowledge and experience to help them better understand the work required to prepare a manuscript for publication. She finds few things as satisfying as seeing her clients become stronger writers and successful authors.

Adrienne Kress

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author of the internationally published and award winning children’s novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, as well as YA novels, The Friday Society and Outcast. Her latest, Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox, a collaboration with NY Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars trilogy) just released and the first book in her new middle grade series, The Explorers Club (optioned by Disney for film), comes out Spring 2017. She is also a contributor to the non-fiction anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

Alexandra West

Alisse Lee Goldenburg

Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an award winning author of Horror, Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult Fantasy fiction. She is currently working on two series: The Sitnalta Series (published by Pandamoon Publishing) and The Hadariah Chronicles (published by Prizm Books). She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.

Alyx Dellamonica

A. M. Dellamonica’s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist Child of a Hidden Sea. You can find her short stories at, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in print magazines and anthologies. Dellamonica moved to Toronto, Canada in 2013, where she writes, studies yoga and takes thousands of digital photographs. She is a graduate of Clarion West and teaches writing at the University of Toronto and through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Anatoly Belilovski

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changes owners every 20 years or so and is currently a few years overdue; he is bilingual in English and Russian, and practices pediatrics in an area of New York where English is the 4th most common language. He is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers with over 30 original and 5 translated speculative fiction stories published in markets such as F&SF, Year’s Best #34 edited by Gardner Dozois, NATURE, UFO I, Ideomancer, and many others.

Andrea Subissati

Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night. Produced independently in Toronto, Ontario The Faculty of Horror is your best source for classic and contemporary horror film discussions that will haunt the libraries of your mind!

Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton is a Toronto author who is not any kind of scientist or engineer, but tries to write hard-ish science fiction regardless. He’s been a slush reader for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine since 2008, and his stories have appeared in Analog, On Spec, Perihelion, and the Bundoran Press anthologies STRANGE BEDFELLOWS and SECOND CONTACTS. Contact him on Twitter at @ActsofAndrewB, assuming Twitter has not made a mockery of causality by the time you read this.

Twitter: @ActsofAndrewB

Annette Mocek

Arlene F. Marks

Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing at the age of 6, and she can’t seem to stop. Most recently, she is the author of two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction (2013), and three published novels: No Pain, No Gaine (2015), The Accidental God (a 2015 nominee for the Leacock Medal for Humour), and The Genius Asylum (2016), the first of a series of science fiction novels set at the turn of the 25th century. She is currently working on two Hellmaw novels, both liberally laced with humour.

BatMark and Robin

BatMark and Robin have been cosplaying together for 2 years, while overall BatMark has cosplayed for 4 years and Robin for 3. Based out of Belleville, Ontario, they spend their free time crafting and creating for upcoming conventions. Robin is a Journeyman level costumer in the Masquerade circuit, having previously won Best in Show at Burlington Toy Con and Best in Journeyman at Reversed Polarity. BatMark has mastered working with EVA foam in creating armor based on DBZ and Saint Seiya. Together they form the perfect combination of sewing skills and armor/prop crafting. Upcoming costume plans include Jareth and Sarah of the ‘Labyrinth’, Seiya and Athena of ‘Saint Seiya’ and Bombshell Joker and Harley based on Ant Lucia’s Artwork.

Beverly Bambury

Beverly Bambury is a publicist and DIY publicity coach for authors and comic creators.

Brandon Draga

Brandon Draga was born in 1986, just outside Toronto, Ontario. His love of all things fantasy began at an early age with games like The Legend of Zelda, Heroquest, and Dungeons and Dragons. This affinity for the arcane and archaic led to his studying history at York University from 2005 to 2011. In late 2012, he began writing a D&D campaign setting that would lay the groundwork for the world of Olhean, the setting for his “Four Kingdoms Saga” novel series, compared by critics to the works of Terry Brooks, Michael J. Sullivan, and R.A. Salvatore. Brandon has also proven that SF/F can be made accessible at any age, writing the lauded picture book “Dragon in the Doghouse”. Brandon still lives just outside Toronto, and when he is not writing enjoys skateboarding, playing guitar, and playing tabletop games.

Cameron Currie

self-published science fiction & fantasy author, lives with his two autistic children in a hidden bunker in Ontario. He has self-published two novels: A Human Number and Shiv, and is midway through publishing his third, Depends on the Strength of the Yes. He is in the process of writing his fourth book(no title as yet) and fifth, Starship Rumplestiltskin. He also paints his own cover art, shepherds additional children, and in his expansive spare time, researches conspiracy theories on the internet and makes his own fashionable tin foil hats.

Catherine Fitzsimmons

After working for a number of evil empires, Catherine decided to forgo things like a salary and regular human interaction to start a business. She lives near Toronto, Ontario with her husband, daughter, and a grey tabby who is far more interested in playing catch than landing on his feet. Catherine is the author of Aurius, Halcyon, and Enduring Chaos, and the owner of Brain Lag Publishing, which you can find in the dealers room at Ad Astra.

Cathy Hird

Cathy Hird is a storyteller, a shepherd and a weaver. She published her first novel Moon of the Goddess, a YA fantasy set in ancient Greece, with Prizm Books in 2013. She writes short, a poetry and a weekly spirituality column for the online newsmagazine, Cathy tells stories that pull together the threads of ancient mythology and glimpses of wisdom to address modern questions. Cathy and her family run a sheep farm and she works with a United Church congregation near Toronto. Among Cathy’s favorite authors are Guy Gavriel Kay and, of course, J. R. R. Tolkien. She loves to read explorations of the Aruthurian legends and recently discovered Evan Currie’s Valkyrie series.

Chadwick Ginther

Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora nominated author of the Norse mythology infused Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books). The final volume, Too Far Gone, releases Fall 2015. His short fiction has appeared recently in Fungi, On Spec, and The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir. Alongside fellow author Samantha Beiko, Chadwick co-chairs and hosts the Winnipeg Chiaroscuro Reading Series, a series devoted to bringing quarterly readings from Canadian speculative fiction authors. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.

Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor, critic & bookseller living in Toronto. She is also the Contest Administrator of the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. Her short fiction can be found in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clockwork Canada, Kaleidotrope and elsewhere. She maintains a bookish blog at

Christina Vasilevski

Christina Vasilevski is a writer and editor. In addition to working with companies to write blog posts, web copy, and all that marketing jazz, she’s a former slush reader for the late-but-beloved spec-fic mag Electric Velocipede and now reads slush for Lightspeed. She also writes reviews of SF/fantasy/non-fiction books and varieties of tea online at She lives in Toronto with her husband, her mother, two cats, and a truly ridiculous amount of tea.

Costi Gurgu

Costi Gurgu was born in Constanta, the 2600-year-old Greek city on the Black Sea shore, and lives in Toronto with his wife, on the Ontario Lake shore. Large bodies of water help Costi glimpse into other realms. That and some Dacian magic. His fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, England, Denmark, Hungary and Romania. He has sold three books and over fifty stories for which he has won twenty-four awards. His latest sales include the Danish anthology “Creatures of Glass and Light”, the DAW Books anthology “Ages of Wonder” edited by Julie Czerneda, the Wildside Press anthology “The Third Science Fiction Megapack”, EDGE’s anthology “Tesseracts 17”, “The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk” edited by Sean Wallace, and the anthologies “Dark Horizons” and “Street Magick” edited by Charles Zaglanis. He also just sold his novel “RecipeArium” to White Cat Publications.

D.L. Narrol

D.L. Narrol is the author of the steam punk novel series, Prehistoric Journey: The First Expeditions, Celtic Odyssey, Age of Chivalry ~ Book 3, and Arctic Quest– soon to be released. She is also the author of the stand-alone fantasy, When Beowulf Meets Kyla. All her work is published with Toronto fantasy publisher, Double Dragon. She incorporates her educated expertise of historic-fiction with her Masters degree in social Geography. Her graphic artist background shines throughout her work, by portraying a vivid and colourful depiction of mesmerizing characters, setting, and plot. She never writes about a place she hasn’t been to. Her readers often say how they visualize her books as a film or television series. She lives in greater Toronto with her husband and young son.

David Clink

David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. David finished second in the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards – Poetry Category, 2007, for his poem, “Copyright Notice 2525.” He placed third in the 2014 Dwarf Stars competition. His poetry has appeared in Analog five times, and Asimov’s three times. He has two collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). His third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In 2014 Piquant Press launched David’s speculative poetry chapbook: If the World were to Stop Spinning.

David Neil Lee

David Neil Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. He is the author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Mercury Press, 2006) and Commander Zero (Tightrope Books, 2012). David Lee lives in Hamilton with his family.

David Nickle

David Nickle writes on diverse subjects, including the early American Eugenics movement and crypto-parasitology (Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism) Cold-War espionage and psychic phenomenon (Rasputin’s Bastards), and poltergeists and the modern marriage (The ‘Geisters). His short stories are collected in Monstrous Affections and Knife Fight and Other Struggles. He is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, Aurora, and Black Quill Awards. In 2015, he and his wife Madeline Ashby co-edited the Canadian-only Bond anthology Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond.

Daven Brown

Most well-known for his DREDD 2012 cosplay of Judge Brown. A passion that has tested many of his limits and taught him a lot about what it takes to be a cosplayer. Meeting some amazing folks along the way.

Daven has dabbled in many facets of pop culture. From collecting comics, far too much anime, cosplay, all the way to scripting, directing, producing, and editing his own fan-films. As well, designing and building costume components or supporting the online crafts-people of the world when deadlines approach. After engaging the convention community with a “year of DREDD”, attending several local events and raising awareness of the need for a sequel to the cult hit film. Year two has been a shift towards charity and a focus on encouraging donations with the Canadian Blood Services.

@Judge Brown Sector 519 Guelph, has been dispatched to your location.

Deanna Laver

Deanna Laver was born in Toronto in 1988, and putting crayons to everything she could find shortly after. She has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2013, working closely with the SF/F community. Her signature whimsical style, which draws influence as much from the works of Larry Elmore and Yoshitaka Amano as it does from those of Joy Ang and Sanjay Patel, is most easily spotted in the critically-praised picture book “Dragon in the Doghouse”, and the cover art for “The Four Kingdoms Saga” books by Brandon Draga. Deanna has also worked heavily in the tabletop gaming community as well, lending her talents to the tabletop RPGs “Drinking Quest” and “Haiku Warriors” from Wiseman Innovations. When not working on art for books and games, she likes to take time to enjoy reading and playing them.

Derwin Mak 

Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels are The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone, which are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. He co-edited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper with JF Garrard in 2014. Now he and Lucas Law are editing the anthology Where the Stars Rise.

Dominik Parisien

Dominik Parisien is an editor, poet, and writer who lives in Toronto. He is the coeditor, along with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood and several other forthcoming anthologies for Saga Press, and the editor of Clockwork Canada (Exile Editions). He was also an editorial assistant to Ann and Jeff VanderMeer for various projects, including Cheeky Frawg Books, Weird Tales, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution and The Bestiary. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Shock Totem, Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, and other venues.

Douglas Smith

Described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction,” Douglas Smith has been published in over thirty countries and two dozen languages around the world. His book-length publications include the novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, the writer’s guide, Playing the Short Game, and three short story collections, Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. 
Doug has won the Aurora Award three times and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the juried Sunburst Award, CBC’s Bookies Awards, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

Eric Choi

Eric Choi is an aerospace engineer and multiple award-winning writer and editor. He is currently a project manager at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Toronto working on the proposed QEYSSat (Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite) mission. Over the course of his aerospace engineering career, he has worked on a number of other space missions including the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite and the MOPITT instrument on the Terra satellite. In 2009, he was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign. He was the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor) with Ben Bova and The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) with Derwin Mak.

Erica Mallet

Erica lives in Ontario, Canada with an aging but inspirational feline, and a plethora of gaming books. With a background in video games, she has explored more worlds than she can easily recall, and has successfully managed to deploy dragons into a corporate culture through nothing more than creative storytelling in the boardroom. Having decided it was finally time to step out from behind the curtain, she is now venturing into the realms of fantasy, horror and romance, under her own name. When not furiously tapping on a keyboard, she can be found playing a variety of table top games, or actively volunteering in her community.

Erik Buchanan

Erik Buchanan is the author of the Magics Trilogy (Small Magics, Cold Magics and True Magics) published by Dragon Moon Press. He is also a fight director, an actor, a communications consultant, a ghostwriter, a black belt and a parent. In addition to his book, Erik has published short stories in two anthologies, and has written more than 300 articles on everything from consumer electronics to why to get the flu shot. He has acted on stage, TV and film, and has directed fights for more than 50 productions using everything from swords to bare hands to furniture. His home on the web is and he invites everyone to come visit.

Evelyn Baker

Gabby Schaeffer

Gemma Files

Formerly a film critic, teacher and screenwriter, award-winning horror author Gemma Files is best known for her Weird Western Hexslinger Series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones, all from ChiZine Publications). She has also published two collections of short fiction, two chapbooks of speculative poetry and a dark fantasy story-cycle. Her latest novel is Experimental Film.

Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author. His short story Storm appeared in the 2013 Prix Aurora Award winning anthology Blood & Water. THE COURIER, his first novel, will be available March 1 from DAW. By day, he’s an IT professional and coding guru. In his limited spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rock climbing, camping, and spending time with his family. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marnie, and his two sons Jared and Ryan.
Facebook as GeraldBrandt
Twitter @geraldbrandt

Giasone Italiano

Gillian Clinton

Gregory Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of both speculative fiction and academic writing and Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy fiction and other literature courses. His first novel, an epic fantasy entitled THE THIRD SIGN, was published in 2009; his second novel, ICARUS, is forthcoming from Silence in the Library Publishing as a graphic novel; and his third novel, GRAYSHADE, is forthcoming; he also has short stories in various anthologies. Finally, he is co-host of the critically acclaimed podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. He lives with his family in Riverdale, NY.

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm’s stories have appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, and on CBC radio.  In 2008, he won the Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award, “Like Water in the Desert.”    He won a second Aurora in 2011 for his short story, “The Burden of Fire.” His three novels, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008), Steel Whispers, (2009) and Stealing Home, (2010) were nominated for Aurora Awards.   He won the 2013 Aurora Award for editing the anthology, Blood and Water. He is the managing editor of Bundoran Press and recently edited the anthology: Strange Bedfellows.

Highlander II

Ian Keeling

Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman is the creator of quantum chewing gum, now in grape or cherry, apple or spearmint and banana or bacon flavours. In an alternate universe, he is a humour writer who stumbled into speculative fiction about a decade ago and decided to stay for a while. He is the creator of the Alternate Reality News Service, which sends reporters into other dimensions and has them write about what they find there; it has been described as “a science fiction version of The Onion.” There are currently six books in that series. He has also written four novels in the multiverse series: the latest, It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should, will be published later in 2016 by Elsewhen Press. Les Pages aux Folles (, Ira’s Web site, has been updated weekly with political and social satire since 2002. Okay, yeah, it sounds like the Ira Nayman in the other universe is more fun, but they don’t have banana or bacon flavoured chewing gum – everything in the mutliverse is a trade-off!

J.M. Frey

J.M. is an actor, voice actor, and SF/F author, fanthropologist and professional geek. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!), and to perform a duet with John Barrowman.

Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.

Her sophomore novel, an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy titled The Untold Tale, (book one of the Accidental Turn Series), debuts December 2015, followed by two more in 2016. The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, will be published in summer 2017.

James Alan Gardner

James Bambury

James Bambury’s stories have appeared in Tesseracts 18, Daily Science Fiction, AE Science Fiction Review and other publications. His webcomic SpaceBox appears each week at He writes and teaches in Brampton, Ontario.

Jane Ann McLachlan

Jane Ann McLachlan is the Canadian author of two college textbooks on Professional Ethics, (Pearson/Prentice Hall) and a short story collection, Connections: Parables for Today, (Pandora Press). But speculative fiction is her first love, the genre she’s been reading all her life. Her first science fiction novel, Walls of Wind, an alien world novel, was published in January 2014, and her young adult science fiction novel, The Occasional Diamond Thief, was published as an ebook on Amazon in December, 2014 and in print in 2015 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. She’s represented by Carrie Prostritto at Prospect Agency.

JD Deluzio

JD DeLuzio lives and works in southwestern Ontario. He has sold many works of short fiction and non-fiction, and work-shopped several original plays for youth theatre.

Jeff Beeler

Jen Frankel

Jen Frankel is the author of Undead Redhead, a collection of short stories called Feral Tales, and the “Blood & Magic” series about young heroine Maggie Stuart. The first two books in the series, The Last Rite and The Red Ring, deal with Maggie at ages 13 and 16 respectively. The third (and penultimate), Heaven & Hell, will feature Maggie at age 23, living in Montreal and still struggling with her powers.

Jennifer Jaquith

As the Content Editor at Morning Rain Publishing, Jennifer pays special attention to plot development, characterization, and continuity without losing the unique voice of the author. She understands the subtle nuances of language, the importance of dialogue, and the need for objectivity throughout the editing process. Jennifer lives with her husband, four boys, and the family pet, Panda. When she isn’t writing, reading, or editing she can be found at the gym, volunteering in the community, or hanging out with her dynamic family.

JF Garrard

JF Garrard lives in Toronto, Canada. She is the President of Dark Helix Press, an Indie publisher of Multicultural Fantasy, Science Fiction and Raw Non-Fiction. She is interested in increasing awareness of diversity issues and breaking down cultural stereotypes through her dark stories. Her novel, The Undead Sorceress, is a blend of Eastern and Western vampire mythologies. She was a guest co-editor and contributor of Designing Fate, a sci-fi story about killer children, for Ricepaper Magazine’s 19.3 Speculative Fiction issue. A germaphobe with a Nuclear Medicine background, you can find her at different Sci-Fi/Japanese Animation conventions throughout the year.

Joanne Kasunic

Joanne’s first passion is art. She is responsible for designing unique book covers that represent the stories within. Her skills as a digital artist give Morning Rain Publishing the edge of having an in-house graphic artist who works closely with authors. Her second love is writing, so she understands the importance of creating book covers that match the content, while providing an eye-catching, marketable product. In her spare time, Joanne helps run a fencing club, plays volleyball, sews, and indulges her artistic side with do-it-yourself projects and crafts.  She lives with her husband, two teenagers, and a handful of cats.

Karen Dales

Native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the award author of The Chosen Chronicles, which include Changeling, Angel of Death, Shadow of Death and Thanatos.

When not working on the next installment of The Chosen Chronicles, she works as the Managing Editor for Dark Dragon Publishing, and teaches creative writing for the City of Toronto.

Karen, her son and husband are owned by four cats who allow their humans to continue to pay for and support thier cushy lifestyles in Toronto.

Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren is a wandering English instructor who has turned grumpiness into an art form.  She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains.  She writes geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and monsters, and in 2013, she won a Prix Aurora Award for doing so.  She has produced two CDs, the solo album Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and the compilation (with Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space; she is working on a third album now. She also maintains a ridiculously active YouTube channel. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.

Karina Sumner-Smith

Karina Sumner-Smith is the author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press:Radiant (Sept 2014), Defiant (May 2015), and Towers Fall (Nov 2015). In addition to novel-length work, Karina has published a range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that have been nominated for the Nebula Award, reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into Spanish and Czech. She lives in Ontario near the shores of Lake Huron with her husband, a small dog, and a large cat.

Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield’s Shakespearean fantasy novella, The Course of True Love, is available now from Abaddon Books — part of the collection Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World.

Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Podcastle, Daily Science Fiction, GlitterShip, Crossed Genres, Lackington’s, Postscripts to Darkness, Waylines, Flash Fiction Online, On Spec, Black Treacle, Bizarrocast, Spellbound and elsewhere.

Kate Story

Kate Story is a writer and performer, and a Newfoundlander living in Ontario. Her first novel “Blasted” (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award’s honourable mention (Canadian Literature of the Fantastic). She received the 2015 Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. Recent publications include short stories in “Carbide Tipped Pens” (Tor Books); “Gods, Memes, and Monsters,” (Stone Skin Press); “Playground of Lost Toys” (Exile); “Clockwork Canada” (Exile); and ChiZine Press’s “Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2015.”

Katie Mayo

Kelly Robson 

spent most of her teenage years hanging out at the drugstore waiting for new issues of Asimov’s. She is a graduate of the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, where she studied with her heroes Connie Willis and Walter Jon Williams. Kelly’s first fiction sales appeared in 2015 at, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. She lives in Toronto with her wife, SF writer A.M. Dellamonica.

Twitter @kellyoyo

Kraken Not Stirred

Nerd music created by a monstrous sea creature and psionically beamed into the head of a pathetic human minion

Kristie Courtnell

Kristie St-Martin is a self-taught jewelry designer and eccentric extraordinaire. A lifelong geek and unbiased mother of the five best kids in the world, how she manages to get anything done is one of the great mysteries of our age. Her love of giving new life to discarded items and tinkering with electronic and mechanical repair, combined with her naturally outgoing and friendly demeanor, led her into repurposing and upcycling to create beautiful pieces of affordable, wearable art.

Lady Di

Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor, and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut novel, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBCs Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, is a finalist for the Cybils Awards and an Ontario Library Association 2015 Best Bets selection. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year’s Best anthologies and as part of web serial Shadow Unit. Leah was a founding editor of long-running webzine Abyss & Apex and, for seven years, was the publisher and editor of Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, whose mission was to publish the best in emerging literary speculative fiction. She lives in downtown Toronto, where she cans her own preserves, builds text-based video games, and cooks basically everything.

Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin is a writer possessed of both a light side and a dark one. On the dark side, she’s the author of the Grigori Legacy, an urban fantasy series featuring a hard-as-nails cop caught up in the war between Heaven and Hell. In her lighter moments, she writes the sweet and funny Ever After contemporary romance series. And when she’s not plotting the world’s downfall or next great love story, she’s a wife, mom, friend, coffee snob, gardener, walker of a Giant Dog, minion to the Itty Bitty Kitty, and avid food preserver (you know, just in case that whole Zombie Apocalypse thing really happens)

Liz Hirst

Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty series from Angry Robot Books, as well as the forthcoming novel Company Town from Tor Books. She is also the co-editor of Licence Expired: The Un-authorized James Bond, from ChiZine Publications. She has also written science fiction prototypes for Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, the Atlantic Council, Nesta, and others. 

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Marcy Italiano

Marcy Italiano is a not-so-mild-mannered Library Clerk. She lives with her husband “G” and twin boys in Waterloo. She has published horror short stories and poetry, and was a part of the Johnny Gruesome songwriting team. Working with G once again, a new horror-themed CD should be ready later this year. She is the author of Pain Machine, Spirits and Death in Niagara, and Katrina and the Frenchman. If you see her around this weekend, feel free to ask her about other projects she has simmering.

Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau is the author of the space opera Destiny series, the epic fantasy series Heirs of a Broken Land and the serialized dark fantasy novel Nigh. She has been nominated four times for Canada’s most prestigious science-fiction literary award, the Aurora Award, for both her novels and her short stories.

Matt Bin

Matthew Bin is a writer and technology consultant from Oakville, Ontario. He parlayed jobs as a library page and an artilleryman into a pair of published books. Since then, a healthy mix of ego and altruism have led to national executive positions with the Canadian Authors Association and the Canadian Copyright Institute. In his spare time, he is the bassist and backup shouter in a punk band, a humanist wedding officiant, and a Canadian football journalist.

Matt Cahill

Matt Cahill’s debut novel, the literary thriller The Society of Experience was picked as one of the top must-reads by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. He has contributed essays to Ryeberg and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Raised in Southern Ontario and Alberta, he currently lives and works in downtown Toronto.

Matt Mayr

Matt Mayr is a Toronto based novelist. His debut novel, Bad City, is available from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Matt studied English Literature at York University and Creative Writing at the Humber School for Writers where he was mentored by authors Joan Barfoot and the late Paul Quarrington. Matt grew up in a small mining town in Northern Ontario and is an arborist by day.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a horror and science fiction writer who believes good speculative fiction can both thrill and make you think. His short fiction, poetry and columns have appeared in print, electronic and audio markets including On Spec, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Jamais Vu, Leading Edge, Cast Macabre, Torn Realities and the Tesseracts anthologies. He’s a three time Aurora Award nominee, Friends of the Merrill finalist, Communications Director for ChiZine Publications, and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Raised in small-town New England, a place rich with legends and ghost stories, he lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Max Turner

Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe is the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novel Wild Fell and the Prix Aurora and Sunburst Award-nominated Enter, Night. An award-winning essayist and anthologist, he is the creator of Queer Fear and Queer Fear 2, which won the Lambda Literary Award, the Spectrum Award, and the Queer Horror Award. His first two novels were published by ChiZine Publications, and this summer, Wild Fell will be published in French by Editions Bragelonne in Paris. For 17 years, he was the first-tier Canadian correspondent for Fangoria. He lives in Toronto and is at work on his third novel, and a collection of short stories.

Mike Rimar

Mike Rimar is an Aurora award nominated author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is also an associate publisher of Bundoran Press and co-editor of the anthology, Second Contacts.

Mike Tamburro

MJ Moores

MJ Moores is an avid reader and writer of speculative fiction. Her early career as a high school Drama & English teacher nourished her propensity to help others with their writing. MJ’s debut novel Time’s Tempest is the first book in The Chronicles of Xannia quartet, a sci-fi/fantasy crossover series; book three is due out fall 2016. In addition to her writing addiction, MJ gives workshops around her three non-fiction e-books (Publicizing Yourself: A Beginner’s Guide to Author Marketing, How to Publish Your Book: A Practical Guide to the Publishing World, & The Unofficial Goodreads Author Guide: How to Build Your Audience) and aims to provide a platform for new and emerging writers to build their author portfolio/credentials on her website Infinite Pathways. In her spare time, she edits freelance, participates in three different regional writing communities, and is co-director of Author Events with the WCYR.

Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle is the author of The Gaia Chronicles, a science fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia, of which Astra, the first volume, is now available in North America. Standalone cyberchiller Seoul Survivors will be released in Canada in August 2016, again from Quercus imprint Jo Fletcher Books. Also an award-winning poet and human rights activist, Naomi was born in London UK, grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool, Saskatchewan and Toronto, and now lives in Brighton, England. This is not her first trip back to the city of her youthful excesses, and nor will it be her last! 

Nicole Lavigne

Nicole Lavigne writes fantasy and science-fiction in Ottawa, Ontario. Her short fiction recently appeared in Second Contacts by Bundoran Press, and she is now working on her first novel for The Ed Greenwood Group. She is also a professional oral storyteller, Editorial Assistant for Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine and Co-Chair for the Ottawa ChiSeries. The rest of the time she daylights as a (mostly) mild-mannered government employee.

Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of science fiction and fantasy. In addition to eight published novels, Nina has written award-nominated short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. She is co-editor of Europa SF and writes for Amazing Stories and other ezines. Nina teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Her award-nominated textbook “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” (Starfire World Syndicate) is used in colleges and universities throughout North America.

Rio Youers

Rio Youers is the British Fantasy Award–nominated author of End Times and Point Hollow. His short fiction has been published in many notable anthologies, and his novel, Westlake Soul, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Sunburst Award. He has been favorably reviewed in such venues as Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and The National Post. His latest novel, Remember Me, will be released by MacMillan/Thomas Dunne Books in early 2017.

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. Originally from Houston, Texas, he dutifully followed his parents as they went from there to Hillsboro, Texas, then to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and finally to Wichita, Kansas. Along the way, they discovered about the only way to keep Rob quiet was to give him a book. Unfortunately for them, it turned out he could read very quickly, so they had to give him lots of books. He latched onto the Hardy Boys series first, then about anything else he could reach. Without books, either he or his parents probably would not have survived. Possibly both. Rob has traveled extensively. Most recently, in 2012, he walked the majority of the Offa’s Dyke Trail along the border of Wales and England. Many experiences on the trail shaped his writing. One might say the Offa’s Dyke Trail led to Edward. He decided to write professionally when he discovered he was too educated for most jobs, and not quite educated enough for a few. Fortunately, he had always written and had always wanted to emulate Forester, Tolkien, Weber, Drake, Parker, Chandler, and Francis. Now he can.

Robert Boyczuk

Robert Boyczuk has published short stories in various magazines and anthologies. He also has four books out: a collection of his short work, Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, and three novels, Nexus: Ascension, The Book of Thomas and The Book of David (all from Chizine Publications). More fascinating details on Bob, and downloads of most of his published work, are available at…

Robert J. Wiersema

Robert J. Wiersema’s first novel, Before I Wake, was a bestseller 2006. It has been published in a dozen or so countries. He is also the author of a second novel, Bedtime Story, a novella, The World More Full of Weeping, and a strange memoir, Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen.

His latest novel, Black Feathers, was published in August, 2015. His first short story collection, Seven Crow Stories, is forthcoming.

Wiersema writes about books regularly for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and other newspapers and magazines. His weekly Beyond the Bestseller column appears on CBC Radio’s All Points West.

Ryan McFadden

Ryan T. McFadden is fantasy and horror writer. His novella Ghost in the Machine won the 2014 Aurora Award for Short Fiction. His first novel Cursed: Black Swan was published in 2015 through Dragon Moon Press. Additional fiction can be found in numerous collections published by Bundoran Press, Absolute Xpress, Edge SF&F, and Dragon Moon Press. His motley past involved such dangerous work as database administration, ice cream flavouring (seriously, that’s a thing), hockey league administration, screen printing, web design, furniture building, and home renovations. He lives in London with his two beautiful, but sometimes diabolical daughters.

Sarah Remy

In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm in Santa Barbara, managed a boutique bookstore in Virginia, read television scripts for a small production company in LA, and worked as a teacher’s aide in Washington State. She writes fantasy for Harper Impulse, and speculative and LGBT fiction for her own imprint: Madison Place Press. She’s an equestrian, a Holmesian, a Hobbling, an X Files geek, a fic writer and reader, a champion of fan artists, and a staff member at the Organization for Transformative Works.

Sarah WaterRaven 

Sarah WaterRaven is the author of the Detective Docherty series. Like her detective, Sarah is cooky, absent minded, and often laughing at nonsense. An author and artist, Sarah spends most of her time writing, drawing, and sculpting. She works constantly at bringing her imagination to life. When she’s not working on her dreams, she’s touching base with nature. In fact, if you can’t find Sarah, it might be a good idea to check outside for her. A subtle, yet practiced, yeti call and some cookies should do the trick. She also loves dogs, especially puppies.

Sephera Giron 

Sgt. Pat Poiteven

Simon McNeil

Simon McNeil is the author of The Black Trillium, a story of revolution and martial arts set in the ruins of Toronto. This novel is published by Brain Lag Publishing.

He is an online marketing communications specialist with a major educational institution when not wandering the world looking for trouble. He is a life-long martial artist, has published several articles in Kung Fu Magazine and he’s probably a little bit too fond of kung fu movies.

He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife who has happily laid out rules to prevent the sword-through-glass-lampshade incident from ever happening again. The Black Trillium is his first novel.

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime loves writing about exotic locales, from tropical islands to distant worlds. She has over thirty published novels and novellas and has been both an Aurora Award and EPIC eBook Award finalist. Stephanie’s vampire novella “Ember” was a 2015 Evernight Readers’ Choice Award Nominee in the futuristic category.

Stephen B. Pearl

Stephen B. Pearl is a multiple published author whose works range across the speculative fiction field. His writings often incorporate real places and focus heavily on the logical consequences of the worlds he crafts. For more about Stephen and his works please visit his website at…

Stephen Kotowych

is a winner of a Writers of the Future Grand Prize; Spain’s Ictineu Award; and is a past finalist for the Prix Aurora Award. His stories have appeared in Interzone, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, numerous anthologies, and been translated into a dozen languages. His first collection of short stories, Seven Against Tomorrow, is available now. He enjoys guitar, tropical fish, and writing about himself in the third person.

Suzanne Church

Suzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions and chillin’ like a villain with her two sons. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Urban Green Man and When the Hero Comes Home 2. Her collection of short fiction, “Elements” is available in print and pixels at bookstores, Amazon, and from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Thomas Gofton

Initiating as an actor, Thomas produced the award-winning fantasy series “Mind’s Eye“, the acclaimed comedy “The Gamers: Natural One” and the sequel to The Gamers: Dorkness Rising “Hands of Fate”. Thomas created a Pathfinder supplement “Legacy of Mana” before being published in the Shadowrun anthology novel “A World of Shadows”. Delving into tabletop game design, Thomas created the Arthurian quest-adventure “Albion’s Legacy”, the Robin Hood co-operative “Sherwood’s Legacy” and the Jasco released “Mortal Kombat”, “Dragon Ball Z”, “Mega Man 2” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Thomas travels the world hosting screenings, design sessions and panels to creators, filmmakers and fans.

Timothy Carter

Todd Clark

Todd Clark is the current Director of the Toronto Steampunk Society, active member of both the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Justice League, lifelong fan of Science fiction, comics, games and movies. He can most often be found manning the TSS table or running a tea duel.

Todd Puhl

Droids Canada Podcast is a geeky pop culture show based out of the Niagara Region in Ontario Canada! This podcast, helmed by Mr. J, has been gaining popularity since its launch in 2012. With the help of his main co-host, the MountainMan, this many headed beast has become popularly due to it’s blunt, comedic and outrageous behavior that occurs on every episode! Their podcast typically revolves around current hot TV Shows such as the Walking Dead, Comic Book Movie reviews, the popular Doctor Who Dark Journey audioplay, and any geek related topic they can get their hands on! They also write movie/video/tv/tech reviews, stream gameplay on twitch and post unboxing/video game reviews on their website weekly! They are always look to cover new and exciting topics, so look up their website at! They are outrageous and off topic since 2012. Listener discretion is advised

Vanessa Ricci-Thode

Vanessa is a word sorceress — a fantasy author and fiction editor — who loves a good story. She’s a NaNoWriMo veteran and a bookish geek who loves dragons, superheroes, gardening, travel and good tequila.