Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes Author Michael Williams as Guest

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to welcome author Michael Williams as a guest.  First known to readers through the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series, Michael exemplifies dedication to the craft and art of writing, having expanded his horizons in works such as his lyrical/experimental Arcady (singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov magazines), and his current mythic fiction novels such as Trajan’s Arch and Vine.  Teaching at the University of Louisville with a focus on the Modern Fantastic in film and books, Michael is a tremendous workshop presenter and panelist, and we are both honored and thrilled to have him with us this year!

 

About Michael Williams: Over the past 25 years, Michael Williams has written a number of strange novels, from the early Weasel’s Luck and Galen Beknighted in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series to the more recent lyrical and experimental Arcady, singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov’s magazines. His most recent books are Trajan’s Arch and Vine, an Urban Legend—novels he characterizes as “mythical realism”: in Trajan’s Arch, stories fold into stories and a boy grows up with ghostly mentors, and Vine mingles Greek tragedy and urban legend, as a local dramatic production in a small city goes humorously, then horrifically, awry.

Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent much of his childhood in the south central part of the state, the red-dirt gothic home of Appalachian foothills and legends of Confederate guerrillas. Through good luck and a roundabout journey he made his way through New England, New York, Wisconsin, Britain and Ireland, and has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began. He has a Ph.D. in Humanities, and teaches at the University of Louisville, where he focuses on the the Modern Fantastic in fiction and film. He is married, and has two grown sons.

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes Game Designer and Author Eric Bloat as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to welcome game designer and author Eric Bloat as an Imaginator Guest!  With game design being an important part of the world of creative writing and storytelling, Eric will be a great addition to the extensive programming at Imaginarium 2017 this October 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Center. It is also wonderful to spotlight a game publisher based out of Imaginarium Convention’s home city, and we are very excited to have Eric with us this year!

About Eric: Eric resides in Louisville, KY with his wife Jaime and their two teenagers Chaz and Kristen. Owner of Bloat Games, a small independent game publishing company and author of SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies!, in his free time he posts videos on his Youtube account, Eric from Bloat Games, where he rambles on about his love of roleplaying games and all things nerdy.

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as an Imaginator Guest!  Her Military Romance series, the Seal Team Heartbreakers, has spread her name wide among romance readers, and she also has written in the genres of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and historical romance.  With short stories and even children’s literature to her credit, Teresa is a writer with the kind of range that Imaginarium Convention reflects in its extensive programming.  We are very honored and excited to have Teresa with us this year as an Imaginator Guest!

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About Teresa Reasor:  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Reasor was born in Southeastern Kentucky, but grew up a Marine Corps brat. The love of reading instilled in her in Kindergarten at Parris Island, South Carolina made books her friends during the many transfers her father’s military career entailed. The transition from reading to writing came easily to her and she penned her first book in second grade. But it wasn’t until 2007 that her first published work was released.

After twenty-one years as an Art Teacher and ten years as a part time College Instructor, she’s now retired and living her dream as a full time Writer.

Her body of work includes both full-length novels and shorter pieces in many different genres, Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Children’s Books.

 

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces Award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce award-winning, multi-genre author Gary A. Braunbeck as an Imaginator guest! With 19 books, over 200 short stories, and genres spanning from mysteries, to thrillers, to science fiction, fantasy, horror and mainstream literature, Gary’s work exemplifies award-winning achievement and dedication to the craft of writing. An adjunct professor at Seton Hill University and frequent host of workshops and seminars, Gary is also an outstanding writing instructor who has always been willing to help other writers on their path. Imaginarum Convention is elated to have Gary joining us for our 4th year and our attendees will see why he is a perfect fit for a convention all about creative writing!

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About Gary A. Braunbeck: Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series.

He was born in Newark, Ohio; this city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. The Cedar Hill stories are collected in Graveyard People and Home Before Dark.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for “Duty” and in 2005 for “We Now Pause for Station Identification”; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella “Kiss of the Mudman” received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.

As an editor, Gary completed the latest installment of the Masques anthology series created by Jerry Williamson, Masques V, after Jerry became too ill to continue.

He also served a term as president of the Horror Writers Association. He is married to Lucy Snyder, a science fiction/fantasy writer, and they reside together in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches in an innovative Master’s degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

His nonfiction writing book Fear In A Handful Of Dust: Horror As A Way Of Life has been used as a text by several college writing classes. Gary has taught writing seminars and workshops around the country on topics such as short story writing, characterization, and dialogue.

 

 

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes Bestselling Fantasy Author C.S. Marks as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to welcome bestselling fantasy author C.S. Marks as an Imaginator Guest.  With an extensive academic background and a celebrated fantasy series that established C.S. as one of the most successful independent authors in speculative fiction, she is a fantastic guest who embodies the spirit of what Imaginarium Convention is all about.  From publishing to writing, to her extensive equestrian background, C.S. will bring great insights to our celebrated programming in the nation’s premier convention about creative writing.

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About C.S. Marks: 

C.S. Marks has often been described as a Renaissance woman. Artist, songwriter, author, illustrator, educator, field biologist, and avid horsewoman, Chris holds a BS in Zoology from Butler, a MA in Zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a PhD in Life Sciences from Indiana State University.

Dr. Marks recently retired from SMWC, where she served as chair of Equine Studies for over twenty years, attaining the rank of Full Professor and earning the Pomeroy award for excellence in teaching. She is now in demand as a lecturer and presenter at conventions, academic fairs, equestrian events, and publishing workshops.

She has competed both nationally and internationally in the sport of endurance riding. One of only a handful of Americans to have completed the grueling “Tom Quilty” Australian National Championship hundred-mile ride, she has described that moment as her “finest hour.”

The child of an English professor, she has always loved classic literature as well as epic fantasy, and decided to try her hand at writing and illustrating an epic series. The result: The very successful Elfhunter trilogy (Parthian Press), which has sold over 50,000 copies both in print and e-book form. This epic trilogy has garnered awards (Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy, Best Series) and over 200 reviews. She is now hard at work on an exciting new Alterran series, the Undiscovered Realms.

 

Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops.  For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces Award-winning Mystery Author Abigail Keam as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce award-winning mystery author Abigail Keam as one of our Imaginator Guests!  With the bestselling Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series, Abigail has become a great indie author success story and we are thrilled to have her joining us for the 4th year of the nation’s premier creative writing convention.  From the craft of writing to her insights on the business aspects of a writer’s life, Abigail will have a lot to share with our attendees this year!

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About Abigail:  Abigail Keam is an award-winning author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series about a beekeeper turned sleuth. She also writes an ebook epic fantasy series – The de Magela Saga.

DEATH BY A HONEYBEE won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011.

DEATH BY DROWNING won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011 as a Finalist.

Ms. Keam is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.

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For further information on Imaginarium Convention, to register, or to reserve expo space, please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com

 

 

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces 5 Time Bram Stoker Award-winning Author Lucy A. Snyder as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce 5 time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder as an Imaginator Guest! From her novels, to her works in short fiction and non-fiction, and being a faculty member of Seton Hall University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, Lucy is one of the nation’s top talents in the world of creative writing. Imaginarium is thrilled to have her as an Imaginator Guest this coming year!

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About Lucy A. Snyder: Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the non-fiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger.

Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, Shadowed Souls, and Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

 

Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops.  For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Winners of 2016 Film Festival and Imadjinn Awards Posted!

Below is a complete list of Film Festival and Imadjinn Award winners for Imaginarium 2016.  We extend our gratitude to all who participated this year and we look forward to spotlighting many more talented filmmakers and writers in the years to come!

2016 Film Festival Award Winners

Best Feature (Overall): Blood of the Tribades
Best Feature (Overall) Runner-Up: Pechorin

Best Feature (Non-Genre): Pechorin
Best Feature (Non-Genre) Runner-up: Game Changers

Best Feature (Genre): Legend of the Lich Lord
Best Feature (Genre) Runner-up: Dark Tapes

Best Short Film (Overall): Random
Best Short Film (0verall) Runner-up: Last Request

Best Short Film (Genre) Runner-up: Cassandra
Best Short Film (Genre): The Town Where Nobody Lives

Best Short Film (Non-Genre): Letters to Daniel: Awareness

Best Documentary: She Got Game
Best Documentary Runner-up: Who Did It? The Clue VCR Game

Best Music Video: Tell Me Why You Obsess Me
Best Music Video Runner-up: C.T.R.L.

Best Screenplay: Dark Tapes
Best Screenplay Runner-up: The Town Where Nobody Lives

Best Plot Development: Axiom
Best Plot Development Runner-up: Random

Best Character Development: Game Changers
Best Character Development Runner-up: Death After Pancakes

Best Director: True Design
Best Director Runner-up: Incumbent

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2016 Imadjinn Winners

Best Anthology:
The Apex Book of World SF edited by Mahvesh Murad

Best Fantasy Novel:
King of the Bastards by Brian Keene and Steven Shrewsbury

Best General Fiction Novel:
Interstate Providence by Samuel Miller

Best Horror Novel (Tie)
Sins of Retribution by James Gillen
Red Letter Day by D A Madigan

Best Mystery Novel
Boneyard Beach by Bill Noel

Best Non-Fiction Book
For Exposure by Jason Sizemore

Best Paranormal Romance Novel
Dearly Beloved by Rachael Rawlings

Best Romance Novel
A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker

Best Science Fiction Novel
A Crowd of Stars By Dave Creek

Best Short Story
“Nightmare” by Tony Acree

Best Thriller Novel
Revenge by Tony Acree

Best Urban Fantasy Novel
Pouraka by Dianne Gardner

Best Screenplay Feature Length
Inhuman Resources by Hope Madden

Best Screenplay Short Length
Cemetery by Pam Turner