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!


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

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.


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 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.


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).

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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!


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.


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Imaginarium Proudly Welcomes Guest of Honor Brian Keene!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome best-selling author Brian Keene as a Guest of Honor!


A winner of numerous awards, Brian writing includes novels, short fiction and comic books. His work focuses on the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. Several novels have been developed for film or are currently in development, and he has also written for several media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman. 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.

Imaginarium is thrilled to have Brian join us as a Guest of Honor for the 2016 event!

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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. 



Imaginarium 2015 Proudly Welcomes Author Tim Waggoner as an Imaginator!

Imaginarium 2015 proudly welcomes author Tim Waggoner as an Imaginator for this year’s event!  From his extensive body of work including over 30 published novels, to his work on licensed tie-ins to major TV shows such as Grimm, Supernatural, and the X-Files, Tim brings a tremendous background and perspective into Imaginarium’s extensive creative writing programming. Attendees will be able to benefit directly from Tim as he will be conducting a special writing workshop at Imaginarium, as well as participating on panels and being featured in a spotlighted Q and A session.


About Tim Waggoner: Tim Waggoner has published more than thirty novels and three story collections of horror and dark fantasy. His most recent novels are Dream Stalkers and Eat the Night. In addition to original novels, he’s written officially licensed tie-in fiction based on the TV shows Supernatural, Grimm, and the X-Files, and he co-wrote the Ghost Trackers series with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the cable show Ghost Hunters. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at

Imaginarium 2014 Proudly Welcomes Lucy A. Snyder!

Lucy A. Snyder to Attend Imaginarium 2014!

Imaginarium 2014 is proud to welcome Bram Stoker-Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder, who will be participating in Imaginarium’s programming and offering a premium workshop!

About: Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. She will have two new books out in 2014: Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Guide will be released by Post Mortem Press, and her story collection Soft Apocalypses will be released by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as What Fates Impose, Once Upon A Curse, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Dark Faith, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. She is also a faculty member in Seton Hill University’s MFA writing program. You can learn more about her at