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  • Dawn Allee: A founding member and current President of The Baron’s Men and the current President. Actor and costume designer. A 3-time B. Iden Payne nominee with one BIP award for costume design. 
  • David Afsharirad: Associate Editor at Baen Books and short story writer
  • Natania Barron: Novelist whose work runs the gamut from Regency fantasy re-imaginings to feminist Arthurian tales, historical urban fantasy to Gothic adventures.
  • Wayne Basta: Author of five sci-fi novels and the editor-in-chief of d20 Radio.
  • Matthew Bey: Co-founder of the print zine Space Squid. Assistant edited at the Drabblecast podcast
  • Donna Dechen Birdwell: A journalist turned anthropologist turned artist turned novelist. Beyond the Endless (2022), the final volume of her far-future EarthCycles trilogy, is her seventh novel.
  • Jon Black: Award-winning Bel Nemeton series (“Tomb Raider for intellectuals”). Supernatural mystery Gabriel’s Trumpet was named Best Horror Novel of 2019 by the Critters’ Readers Choice poll.
  • Jayme Lynn Blaschke: SF, fantasy and related non-fiction in such markets as Interzone, Fast Ships Black Sails, Cross Plains Universe and HelixSF. Currently working on a YA science fiction novel, Sailing Venus.
  • Marie Brennan: World Fantasy and Hugo Award-nominated author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, Onyx Court, and more!
  • Jeremy Brett: Processing Archivist and the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University
  • Christopher Brown: Philip K. Dick, World Fantasy and Campbell Award-nominated author of the novels Tropic of Kansas, Rule of Capture, and Failed State, as well as the urban nature newsletter Field Notes
  • A. T. Campbell, III: A.T. has been involved in Texas fandom for over 20 years. He’s helped run local cons (ArmadilloCon, OwlCon, ApolloCon), a WesterCon, a WorldCon, and 2 World Fantasy Conventions. 
  • DRR Chang: Senior editor and art editor at SpaceSquid.com. His story “The Climbers” was published in 2015’s Avast, Ye Airships. Co-wrote the game Crimson Sword Saga: The Peloran Wars.
  • J. Kathleen Cheney/ Anna St. Vincent: More than 20 books, including Historical and Second-World fantasy novels; also publishes Young Adult fiction as Anna St. Vincent.
  • Dantzel Cherry: Stories have appeared in Fireside, Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, and other magazines and anthologies
  • Joi Chevalier: A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as Founder & President of The Cook’s Nook.
  • Cassandra Rose Clarke: Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Latest novels are The Beholden and Singing with the Devil.
  • Rosemary Clement-Moore: Writer of short fiction and novels, including Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, Highway to Hell, The Splendor Falls, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust
  • Elizabeth Cobbe: Playwright, arts critic, and journalist. Her short fiction has appeared in Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, and Zooscape, and she is a graduate of Viable Paradise.
  • Scott A. Cupp: Author of around 30 short stories and hundreds of book and movie reviews. He has attended all but one ArmadilloCon since number 1. His most recent story is “Giant Scorpions From Hell.”
  • Amanda Downum: Author of The Necromancer Chronicles, Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, and The Poison Court, as well as numerous short stories
  • Eva L. Elasigue: Author of the fantasy space opera trilogy Bones of Starlight, the most recent volume being Abyss Surrounding.
  • Rhonda Eudaly: Known for fiction, non-fiction and script writing. Her most recent book is Vagabond.
  • Sara Felix: Hugo award winning mixed media artist; creates a weekly tiara for Tiara Tuesday; president of ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists
  • Mark Finn: Author, editor, pop culture critic, nationally-recognized authority on Robert E. Howard, and a member of the Gentleman Nerds podcasting team.
  • Eugene Fischer: San Antonio-based author of speculative fiction. Has won the Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award) and been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards.
  • Amber Fisher: Writes urban fantasy and paranormal mysteries. New novel, Sin & Bones, is the third in her latest series, the Sinful House paranormal mysteries. 
  • Melanie Fletcher: Her first novel, the alternate history mystery A Most Malicious Murder featuring Edgar Allan Poe and Lewis Carroll solving a murder in Oxford, came out in 2021.
  • Joseph Fotinos: Actor, writer, producer, Halloween enthusiast, monster toy collector and cosplayer. Longtime star of The Midnight Shadow Show. Horror Host for Fangoria TV from 1999-2007. Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2019. Producer of The Legend of Ghostwolf and The Magnificent Dead.
  • Bill Frank: One of the first members of the International Space Center Mission Control team. Currently leads the team that creates problems for astronauts and mission controllers during training events. His voice can be heard in the movies Gravity, The Martian, and Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • John K. Gibbons: Volunteer speaker for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and retired software developer.
  • Benjamin Gibbs: He is a musician and lately has been engineering, editing, and generally being useful to the Gentlemen Nerds Podcast.
  • Skyler Gray: Has published three novels with Steven Brust (The Incrementalists, The Skill of Our Hands, and The Sword of Happenstance) and three on her own (And Falling, Fly, In Dreams Begin and Roadtrip to Ruin).
  • Clayton Hackett: Attorney and short fiction writer whose work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod, and elsewhere.
  • C. Stuart Hardwick: An Analog Magazine regular who’s been published with Neil Gaiman and won the Writers of the Future contest, the Jim Baen Memorial award, and the Analog Analab poll.
  • Vivien Jackson: Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic kissing books. Her debut SF romance Wanted & Wired was an Amazon Best Book of 2017 and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist.
  • John Hornor Jacobs: Award-winning author of genre bending adult and YA fiction. Books include: A Lush and Seething Hell, Murder Ballads & Other Horrific Tales, The Incorruptibles, Southern Gods
  • Britta Jensen: Her debut YA novel Eloia Born won the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas YA Discovery Prize. Her short story “Why Not Ophelia” was published in the Castle Anthology of Horror this past year.
  • Derek Austin Johnson: Works have appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
  • Sim Kern: Depart, Depart! made the Honor List for the Otherwise Award. Their short story collection, Real Sugar is Hard to Find, is coming out in August, and their YA novel, Seeds for the Swarm, is forthcoming in November.
  • Rick Klaw: Publicity Manager and occasional editor for Tachyon Publications. Has edited The Apes of Wrath, Rayguns Over Texas, and the groundbreaking Weird Business (with Joe Lansdale).
  • Joe R. Lansdale: Author of 50 novels, over 400 short pieces, numerous screenplays, comic scripts, essays. New and forthcoming works include Conversations with Joe R. Lansdale, The Events Concerning, and Prisoner 489.
  • Kasey Lansdale:  American country music singer-songwriter, horror author, editor, actress.
  • Keith Lansdale: Screenwriter known for The Pale Door, the Creepshow episode “The Companion,” and Christmas with the Dead. Graphic novels and comics, including Red Range: Pirates of Fireworld, The X-Files: Case Files.
  • William Ledbetter: Nebula Award winning author with two novels and more than seventy speculative fiction short stories and non-fiction articles in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Analog.
  • Stina Leicht: Her next novel, Loki’s Ring, a Space Opera, will be published by Saga Press in 2023. Previous novels include Persephone Station, Cold Iron, Blackthorne, Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain.
  • Ryan Leslie: Author of two novels, The Between and Colossus (out this November)
  • Marina J. Lostetter: Author of Noumenon, Noumenon: Infinity, Activation Degradation, and The Helm of Midnight, her first foray into fantasy.
  • Marshall Ryan Maresca: fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga, co-host of the Hugo-nominated, Stabby-winning podcast Worldbuilding for Masochists
  • A. Lee Martinez: Author of 13 novels. Constance Verity Destroys the Universe, the third and final book of Constance Verity’s epic adventure, was released in March.
  • Rowenna Miller: Author of the Unraveled Kingdom trilogy and The Fairy Bargains of Prospect Hill, as well as short fiction. Cohost of the Hugo-nominated podcast Worldbuilding for Masochists.
  • Sara A. Mueller: A historian, seamstress and horsewoman, Sara A Mueller writes speculative fiction. The Bone Orchard is her debut novel from Tor.
  • Michelle Muenzler: Fiction both dark and strange, including The Hills of Meat, the Forest of Bone (a Broken Cities novella).
  • Ehi Okosun: Writes both adult and YA fiction. Has a forthcoming duology, the first of which is arriving through Harper Voyager in summer 2023, and is hard at work at a revenge driven fantasy thriller mashup!
  • Renee Osborn: Acts and costumes with The Baron’s Men. Head costumer for TBM 2021 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Acting roles include Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus), The Tempest (Trinculo).
  • Chris Panatier: Two novels out from Angry Robot: The Phlebotomist (2020) and Stringers (2022). Short fiction has appeared in Metaphorosis, The Molotov Cocktail Magazine, Ghost Parachute, Defenestration and others.
  • Avery Parks: Avery Parks is a SFF writer of short fiction. Her work has placed in multiple contests, including the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. 
  • Juan Manuel Perez: 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for the Horror Authors Guild, 2021 Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant Recipient, Pushcart Nominee, El Chupacabras Poet Laureate
  • Kelly Persons: Kelly Persons was our ArmadilloCon 30 Fan Guest. Kelly is one of those people that you might not notice – but you really ought to.
  • John Picacio: Three-time Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist and 2021 Locus Award Winner. Created official best-selling artwork for George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Star Trek, X-Men, and more.
  • Alan J. Porter: Writer, podcaster. Over 30 fiction and non-fiction book publishing credits and hundreds of magazine articles on Pop Culture, Comics, High-Adventure fiction, Movies, and more.
  • Tonia Ransom: Creator and executive producer of Nightlight, an award-winning horror podcast featuring creepy tales written by Black writers. Working on an audio drama, Afflicted (“Lovecraft Country meets True Blood”).
  • Marguerite Reed: Her first novel, Archangel, won the 2016 Philip K Dick Special Citation. Her short work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lone Star Stories, Weird Tales, and Journey Planet.
  • Jessica Reisman: Stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She’s had two novels published, and her first story collection, The Arcana of Maps and Other Stories, came out in 2021
  • Hilary Ritz: Freelance editor and writing coach. Was editor-in-chief for indie publisher Grey Gecko Press for six years. Author 0f both SF and fantasy novels. Currently working on her second fantasy novel.
  • Rob Rogers: Author of Devil’s Cape, a Pop Matters pick and a HeroPress book of the year. Short fiction in The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Triumph Over Tragedy, and This Mutant Life
  • Rie Sheridan Rose: Short fiction and poetry, with fiction in Killing It Softly Vol. 1 & 2, Hides the Dark Tower, Dark Divinations, and Startling Stories, and poetry in Speculative Poets of Texas, V. 1, Texas Poetry Calendar, Illumen.
  • Josh Rountree: More than 60 stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His latest collection is Fantastic Americana: Stories. His novel The Legend of Charlie Fish will be published by Tachyon Publications in 2023.
  • Amber Royer: Writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. Also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook for Novelists!
  • Elizabeth Rubio: Writes short stories, which have appeared in publications such as Analog and Little Blue Marble. They are currently also working on a novella.
  • Patrice Sarath: Author of the Tales of Port Saint Frey novels, the Books of the Gordath, and The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Short stories that have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex and more.
  • Adrian Simmons: Founded Heroicfantasyquarterly.com and currently serves as 1/3 of its editorial staff. Fiction in in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Outposts of Beyond, Lackington’s, Andromeda Spaceways.
  • Charles Siros: Has co-chaired ArmadilloCon 5 times ands chaired once. Ask him about doing technical work for a big rock band, or about the time he sparred with Check Norris (back before we was famous).
  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam: Nebula finalist. Fiction and poetry in over 90 publications such as Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Lightspeed, and LeVar Burton Reads
  • Lauren C. Teffeau: Author of Implanted (2018, Angry Robot), a cyberpunk/solarpunk adventure shortlisted for the 2019 Compton Crook. Short fiction in DreamForge, The Dread Machine, Chromophobia and more.
  • Lee Thomas: The Dust of Wonderland and The German both won the Lambda Literary Award for SF/Fantasy/Horror. Won the Bram Stoker Award for his novel Stained.
  • Arianne “Tex” Thompson: author of Children of the Drought, an epic fantasy Western series, a ruckus-raising writing instructor and a licensed locksmith
  • Liegh Toland: Has been with The Baron’s Men for over 13 years. In addition to acting, Liegh has done lighting design, producing, singing, costume design & directing. She is also a newly minted 8th grade science teacher. 
  • Melissa K. Tolliver: Runs the absolute best Con Suite at any con, anywhere, and she makes it fun! She is also an aspiring writer.
  • Van: Our favorite blue monster from the Austin Public Library will interview selected ArmadilloCon participants. The Van team includes Devo Carpenter, Gabriel Ransenberg and  Aaron Goldman.
  • Mikal Trimm: Has sold over 50 short stories and 100 poems to numerous venues including Postscripts, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.
  • Aparna Verma: Born in India and immigrated to the United States when she was two years-old. She graduated from Stanford University with Honors in the Arts and a B.A. in English. The Boy with Fire is her first novel.
  • Gary Villareal: Artist with more than 5 years in the film and game industry. Projects for Method Studios, Method EXP, Dreamscape Immersive and Super Bit Machine. New Kickstarter: Sueños. The Art of Gary Villarreal
  • Thomas Wagner: After spending several years working in comics and film/TV production, he launched SFReviews.net. Now has a YouTube channel, SFF180, a part of YouTube’s growing Booktube community.
  • Howard Waldrop: Began selling in 1969 and hasn’t stopped yet. Fourteen of his short story collections have been published so far. The film Night of the Cooters, based on his story, produced by George R.R. Martin and with a screenplay by Joe R. Lansdale, is set to appear in film festivals this year.
  • Holly Lyn Walrath: Writers’ Workshop Instructor. Publisher, editor, writer of poetry and short fiction (Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Analog). Books: Glimmerglass GirlNuminose Lapidi, and The Smallest of Bones
  • Don Webb: Don’s books have been published by Inner Traditions and St. Martins. He teaches horror writing for UCLA Extension. He has had work in F&SF, Amazing, Analog, Asimov’s, Wired, Weird Tales, 45+ anthologies.
  • Jacob Weisman: World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. Series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella line.
  • Martha Wells: Winner of four Hugos, two Nebula Awards and three Locus Awards for her science fiction series The Murderbot Diaries. She is also well known for her fantasy series Ile-Rien and The Books of the Raksura.
  • E.A. Williams: A bit of a film buff and a fan of horror, Williams worked as a special effects makeup artist before she began work on her debut novel, The Line of Tepes, where she put to work her extensive knowledge of the spooky and magical.
  • S.G. Wilson: Author of the Me Vs the Multiverse series of middle grade books. Co-hosts the podcasts This Week in the Multiverse and Bad Roll Models.
  • Barbara Ann Wright: Fantasy and science fiction novelist. Editor with Bold Strokes Books. Winner of six Rainbow Awards and been shortlisted for Lambda and Golden Crown Awards.
  • D.L. Young: Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Independent Press Award. Writes intense, fast-paced SF novels!