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Tim Lebbon, author guest of honor


Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales with over forty novels, including The Last Storm, Eden, and The Silence, and hundreds of novellas and short stories. Winner of four British Fantasy Awards, as well as Bram Stoker, Scribe and Dragon Awards, he has been shortlisted for World Fantasy, International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Awards. He has had two novels adapted to film (so far)—The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, and Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage. Tim is currently developing more novels, short stories, audio dramas, video games, and projects for TV and the big screen.


Carl Gottlieb not only acted in JAWS, as reporter Harry Meadows, he also co-wrote the screenplay for JAWS, JAWS 2, and JAWS 3D, among other movie credits. He is the author of The Jaws Log, which chronicles the yearlong production of the original movie and has sold more than two million copies. The JAWS screenplay won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and BAFTA award. Gottlieb was Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of the Writers Guild of America West, where he’s served since 1983 as both officer and member of the board of directors.


Sarah Pinborough is a New York Times bestselling, and Sunday Times Number one, and Internationally bestselling author who is published in over 30 territories worldwide. With more than 25 novels across various genres, her books include Behind Her Eyes (now a smash hit Netflix limited series), Dead To Her (in development with Amazon Studios), 13 Minutes and The Death House (both in development with Compelling Pictures). Sarah lives in the historic town of Stony Stratford, the home of the Cock and Bull story, with her dog Ted. Her most recent novel, Insomnia, is out now and is in development with Left Bank Pictures.


Lynne Hansen is a horror artist who specializes in book covers. Her art has appeared on the cover of the legendary Weird Tales Magazine multiple times, and she was selected to create the cover for the 125th Anniversary Edition of Dracula. Her clients include Valancourt Books, Cemetery Dance PublicationsThunderstorm Books and Raw Dog Screaming Press. She has illustrated works by New York Times bestselling authors including Jonathan Maberry, George Romero, and Christopher Golden. Her art has been commissioned and collected throughout the United States and overseas.


Jessica McHugh is a novelist, a two-time Bram Stoker Award nominated poet, and an internationally produced playwright running amok in the fields of horror, sci-fi, young adult, and wherever else her peculiar mind leads. She’s had twenty-seven books published in fourteen years, including her bizarro romp, The Green Kangaroos, her YA series, The Darla Decker Diaries, and her Elgin Award nominated blackout poetry collections, A Complex Accident of Life and Strange Nests.



Stygian Sky Media creates books to stimulate imaginations, including trade paperbacks, traditional hardcovers, deluxe/limited editions, and groundbreaking original works in both genre fiction and non-fiction, such as photo books, music, memoir, and more. SSM connects and creates works with authors from diverse backgrounds, from bestsellers to cult, bringing readers books they’ve never imagined. SSM is the child of Death’s Head Press head-honcho, Jarod Barbee, and acclaimed author, Jeremy Wagner, and are proud to announce their new imprint Dead Sky Publishing with comic letterer Steve Wands.


Jeff Strand recently ended his Bram Stoker Award losing streak when his novella Twentieth Anniversary Screening won! He’s the author of over 50 other books, including Pressure, Clowns Vs. Spiders, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and My Pretties. Cemetery Dance Magazine said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.” Several of his books are being adapted into motion pictures, and though he’s not allowed to blab the details in this bio, he promises you there’s really cool stuff happening with them. Jeff lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.




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