Guests of Honor

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Lucky McKee is a director, writer, and actor, responsible for horror favorite, May, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He then went on to direct The Woods, The Woman, and most recently Old Man, as well as the Masters of Horror season one episode “Sick Girl” and the “Ding Dong” segment of the anthology film Tales of Halloween, and more. As a writer, he co-authored The Secret Life of Souls, and I’m Not Sam, both with the late great Jack Ketchum. And he wrote and acted in Roman, a twisted reversal of his film May.



Jeffrey Kramer is best known for his role as Deputy Hendricks in Jaws and Jaws 2. (Trivia tidbit: The first name of his character in Jaws changes between the original and the sequel, from Lenny to Jeff.) He also appeared in Halloween II, Clue, and was a voice-over in The ‘Burbs, among other credits. As a producer, he has been nominated for eight Emmy awards and won five.



Clay McLeod Chapman writes books, comic books, children’s books, and for film/TV. His most recent horror novels include Ghost Eaters,
Whisper Down the Lane, and The Remaking. In comics, he wrote of the Marvel series Scream: Curse of Carnage, Devil’s Reign: Villains for
Hire, Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, Typhoid Fever, as well as for Edge of Spider-Verse and Venomverse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, Scream: King In Black, and Origins among others. He is the creator of Self Storage (451 Media) and Lazaretto (BOOM! Studios).



Gary J. Tunnicliffe spent three years working for Image Animation (the company behind the make up effects on the original HELLRAISER movies) before starting his own FX company Two Hours in the Dark, and has designed or been involved with the make up effects on over 100 feature films, including some of the most well known franchises in the horror genre—Candyman, Scream, Halloween, Mimic, Prophecy, Pumpkinhead, Pulse, Blade, of course, Hellraiser, and more. Working on eight Hellraiser movies as make up and special effects, prop maker, actor, writer, he also directed HELLRAISER JUDGMENT, which introduced The Auditor and The Stygian Inquisition. Though semi-retired, Gary continues to work with Director Patrick Lussier, their working relationship includes Dracula 2000, Dracula Ascension, Dracula Legacy, White Noise 2, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry, Trick and the soon-to-be released Play Dead.

Meg Hafdahl is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author and podcaster. Her female driven horror fiction has been produced for audio by The Wicked Library. She is the author of the novels Her Dark Inheritance, Daughters of Darkness, The Darkest Hunger, and the short story series Twisted Reveries.
Kelly Florence is a teacher, mother, and horror film lover. She teaches at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN and is the co-host of the Horror Rewind podcast.
Together they are the co-authors of the 5-volume Science of Horror book series, including The Science of Women in Horror, and The Science of Witchcraft, and co-host the Horror Rewind podcast.


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 2x Bram Stoker Award-nominated poet, a multi-genre novelist, & an internationally-produced playwright who spends her days surrounded by artistic inspiration at a Maryland tattoo shop. She’s had twenty-nine books published in fourteen years, including her Elgin Award-nominated blackout poetry collections, “A Complex Accident of Life” and “Strange Nests,” her sci-fi bizarro romp, “The Green Kangaroos,” and her cross-generational horror series, “The Gardening Guidebooks Trilogy.” Explore the growing worlds of Jessica McHugh at



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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