Guests & Panelists

Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the NYT, WSJ, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including her most recent smash bestseller thriller series, Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, Killman Creek, and Wolfhunter River, with Bitter Falls debuting in January 2020). She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires young adult series; a standalone historically-based retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Prince of Shadows; and the international bestseller and award-winning Ink and Bone, part of her Great Library series, which will conclude with Sword and Pen in September 2019.

Rachel partnered with NYT bestselling author Ann Aguirre to present The Honors series, starting with Honor Among Thieves—a bestselling YA space adventure series that continued in 2019's Honor Bound. The final book, Honor Lost, launches in February 2020.

Rachel has also written fan-favorite bestselling urban fantasy (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series), innovative paranormal romance action/adventure for Silhouette Bombshell, an original novel for the television show Stargate SG-1 (Sacrifice Moon) under the pseudonym of Julie Fortune in 2005, and she previously published horror and suspense novels under the names Roxanne Longstreet and Roxanne Conrad.

Her award-winning short fiction can be found in dozens of anthologies, including the upcoming release of Hex Life, which contains a new Morganville Vampires short story (2019).

Rachel Caine and her husband, award-winning artist and comic historian R. Cat Conrad, live in Fort Worth.

Out September 3, 2019!

Out January 21, 2020!

Mallory O'meara

Mallory is a best-selling author, screenwriter and a film producer for Dark Dunes Productions. Her latest production is the feature film Yamasong - March of the Hollows.

Her best-selling first book, The Lady From The Black Lagoon, the chronicle of Mallory's search for and a biography of Milicent Patrick, is out from Hanover Square Press. Her second book, Girly Drinks, the history of women making and drinking alcohol all over the world, is also forthcoming from Hanover Square Press.

Mallory hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses alongside filmmaker and actress Brea Grant. The weekly show is hosted by Maximum Fun and focuses on book culture and reader life.

Whether it's for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. She lives in Los Angeles.

Tobias Buckell

Called “violent, poetic and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, and the islands he lived on influence much of his work.

His Xenowealth series begins with Crystal Rain. Along with other stand-alone novels and his over seventy stories, his works have been translated into nineteen different languages. He has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. His latest novel is The Tangled Lands written with Paolo Bacigalupi, which the Washington Post said is “a rich and haunting novel that explores a world where magic is forbidden.”

He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs. He can be found online at

Mur Lafferty

"...the doyenne of scifi podcasting." ~Cory Doctorow,

Mur Lafferty is a podcaster and writer from Durham, NC. She made her name with podcasting (I Should Be Writing, The Angry Robot Podcast, and Escape Pod, the premier SF podcast magazine) and has written for magazines, roleplaying games, and audio and video podcasts.

She's the author of I Should Be Writing, Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides, and part of the team that writes Bookburners.


2018 Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Manly Wade Wellman Best Novel nominee (Six Wakes); 2018, 2017 Hugo Best Fancast nominee (Ditch Diggers); 2014, 2015 WINNER Manly Wade Wellman Award (The Shambling Guide to New York City & Ghost Train to New Orleans); 2013 WINNER John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater.

You can visit Jackson online at