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 2016 Proudly Welcomes Hugo Award-winning Author Jim C. Hines as an Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome Hugo Award-winning author Jim C. Hines to the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. From his popular Magic Ex Libris novels, to his short fiction that has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies, to his blogging, Jim is a fantastic writer whose expertise in many areas reflects the kind of well-rounded writing event that Imaginarium is! We are thrilled to have him with us as one of our Imaginator Guests!

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About Jim C. Hines:
Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After finishing the goblin trilogy, he went on to write the Princess series of fairy tale retellings and the Magic ex Libris books, a modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and lives with his wife and two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him online at www.jimchines.com.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Tim Waggoner as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Tim Waggoner as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. An author of over thirty novels and three short story collections, Tim’s work also includes media-tie ins for popular franchises such as Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, and others. A full-time professor in creative writing, Tim is exceptional with workshops and panels, and attendees of Imaginarium will have a tremendous opportunity to meet and learn from one of the best in the writing business this coming October! We are thrilled to have Tim back with us as he most certainly reflects the spirit of Imaginarium, a convention entirely focused on creative writing in all forms and genres.

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About Tim Waggoner: Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and he’s published over thirty novels and three collections of short stories since. He writes original fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, among others. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, and Writer’s Workshop of Horror. He’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program, he’s a full-time tenured professor teaching creative writing and composition at Sinclair College

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Michael Williams as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Michael Williams as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  A phenomenal writer with a career spanning four decades that began with being one of the first authors in the renowned DRAGONLANCE series, Michael has been published in several genres, with current projects underway in both fiction and non-fiction.  A gifted educator, Michael is a wonderful panelist and writing workshop presenter that we are thrilled to have with us at Imaginarium 2016!

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About Michael Williams:  Michael Williams began publishing novels in the DRAGONLANCE series back in the 1980s. In a career that spans, to his surprise, four decades, he has published thirteen novels, the most recent of which are Trajan’s Arch (2010) and Vine: An Urban Legend (2012). A new manuscript, Dominic’s Ghosts is currently under publisher’s review. In addition to his fiction, Williams is working on a book of travel writings (some of which are excerpted in his blog Mythical Realism, which you can find at http://michaellwilliams.blogspot.com/ ) and is beginning a book on Buddhism, mindfulness, and the creative process in conjunction with the Rev. Thich Hang Dat.

He lives in Corydon with his wife, Rhonda, and one too many cats.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Maurice Broaddus as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Maurice Broaddus as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  A highly-acclaimed author and editor in speculative fiction, Maurice is an Imaginator alumnus with us and we are thrilled to be having him back with us.  Attendees are going to love meeting and interacting with Maurice and he is going to be an exceptional addition to this year’s panel and workshop programming.

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About Maurice: Maurice Broaddus’ fiction has been published in numerous venues, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine. He co-edited Streets of Shadows (Alliteration Ink) and the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and was the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).

For further information about Maurice, please visit his site at: www.MauriceBroaddus.com

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Award-Winning Publisher, Editor and Writer Jason Sizemore as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome award-winning publisher, editor and writer Jason Sizemore as an Imaginator Guest this October 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The founder of Apex Book Company, Jason is one of the best in the business when it comes to the book publishing world and his participation in Imaginarium will be a fantastic opportunity for attendees to meet and learn from a true maverick and visionary in the industry. An exceptional writer and three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, Jason’s range of talent and experience will be a wonderful addition to the 2016 event!

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About Jason Sizemore: 

Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, a writer, and operates the science fiction, fantasy, and horror press Apex Publications. He is the author of the collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts Irredeemable and the tell-all creative fiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. Jason currently works as the editor-in-chief of the award-winning genre zine Apex Magazine.

Miscellaneous Sizemore facts: Left-handed, blue eyes, super nerd, proud hillbilly with accompanying accent, partially colorblind, near-sighted, and an unrepentant fan of pumpkin spice.

 

Visit Jason’s official site at: http://www.jason-sizemore.com

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Back Loconeal Publishing as an Official Sponsor!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome back Loconeal Publishing as an official sponsor. A wonderful multi-genre small press publisher located out of Amherst, Ohio, Loconeal Publishing’s catalog spans the realms of both fiction and non-fiction. With a regular presence at conventions, fairs and events throughout the region, Loconeal Publishing’s consistent support and dedication to educational activities for writers make them a perfect fit as a legacy sponsor for the Imaginarium Convention!

About Loconeal Publishing: Loconeal Publishing is a small-press publisher located in Amherst, Ohio.

It is the mission of Loconeal Publishing to bring new, emerging, and experienced authors to readers locally and internationally. Loconeal Publishing is a multi-genre publisher of novellas, novels, anthologies, non-fiction, business and education materials.

For additional information regarding Loconeal Publishing, please check out our website at www.loconeal.com or send an email to info (at) loconeal.com.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Back Hydra Publications as an Official Sponsor!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome back Hydra Publications as an official sponsor!  A fantastic small press publisher based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Hydra Publications has had a growing presence at book events throughout the region.  A proactive supporter of the indie press and author community, Hydra Publications reflects the ideals that Imaginarium represents and we could not be more proud to have them returning as a legacy sponsor!

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About Hydra Publications: Hydra Publications is a small press from the Louisville, Kentucky area, although our authors come from across the nation. At this time, our focus is on publishing speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) but we do also consider quality work in other genres.

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One Week to Go!

Imaginarium 2015 is one week away!  From NYT/USA Today bestselling authors to a live concert, masquerade/costume contest, to a platinum-level Magic the Gathering tournament, Imaginarium has something for everyone!  Be sure to register today!  Full weekend registrations and day passes are available. 

 

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