Every year we try offer you a great selection of local and regional authors. These individuals will be offering their books for a nominal fee and will host various panels throughout the convention.
Photographer and horror author, Alexander S. Brown, will meet the public and sale copies of his collection, Traumatized, along with offbeat photography. Previously, Brown has won awards for his keen eye, his attention to subtleties and his unique use of color. His haunting tales have struck fear and shock in the hearts and minds of many. Most of Brown’s work comes from his dreams, but some also comes from reality. The works inspired by those realities are usually exaggerated versions of true events and everyday issues. But, regardless of their origin, raw emotion is woven throughout all his stories with fantastic characterization.
Traumatized, his first completed short story collection, has received rave reviews and it is sure to make you sleep with the lights on.
Alyne Pustanio is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the field of paranormal research, the supernatural, and the occult, and is considered an expert in the folklore and haunted history of her hometown, New Orleans. Alyne's work in the paranormal field is the natural result of a lifetime of exposure to the supernatural and unexplained. A survivor of supernatural attacks and demonic hauntings, Alyne is especially focused on raising awareness in the paranormal community of the many supernatural dangers inherent in the field of paranormal exploration. Alyne is a sixth-generation New Orleanian, a descendant of the family of American classical composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and many of her ancestors were present for some of the most famous events in New Orleans' haunted history. From the capture of Bras Coupe, the notorious "Zombie King" to the opening of the attic doors amid the flames of the infamous Lalaurie House, many of these firsthand accounts have been passed down through generations and inform every one of Alyne's "Haunting Tales of Old New Orleans." As an expert in the paranormal field, Alyne has been featured on the popular Ghost Hunters television series and has been a consultant for numerous other productions on the SyFy Channel, the History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Destination America Channel, Bio, and NatGeo.
Alyne's writings are featured with the works of paranormal expert Brad Steiger in his books Real Zombies, Real Monsters, Real Aliens, and the seminal The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shapeshifting Beings (Second Edition). She is also Managing Editor and Creative Consultant of The Hoodoo and Conjure Journal and the "Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly" magazine; she is the co-author of the wildly popular Hoodoo Almanac , through Creole Moon Publications.
Rob Cerio was born at an early age, and has since grown much more hair. He may not be nearly as interesting as that Dos Equis guy, but Rob has worked as a paranormal researcher, piloted a riverboat on the Mississippi, stood in 34 out of 50 states, and touched the clouds. He has been writing since the age of nine, but has only recently broken through to the ranks of "professional writer". His first novel, "Dimensional Games" was a Semifinalist for the 2011 Amazon breakthrough novel award, with his writing style being compared favorably to the likes of Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. In addition, one of his short screenplays, "Mailman of Steel" is currently in pre-production. Rob currently lives in Kenner, Louisiana with his lovely wife Cheri, two adorable stepkids, and one annoying dog named after a giant Japanese monster.
Find Rob online at http://dogsofatlantis.blogspot.com
A man with an interest in just about everything creative, Michael is an avid writer, digital artist, prop & costume designer, filmmaker and photographer. He is a Louisiana native and lives near Lafayette with his wife and daughter. He currently owns and operates a production company that specializes in event videography, specifically wedding films. His first novel "It Came From Tomorrow", a tongue-in-cheek scifi adventure is available through most major online booksellers. He is currently working on a sequel as well as a horror anthology novella. He is also on the Board of Directors for BayouCon and is the commanding officer of SG-21 the Louisiana StarGators fan group.
Chuck Morgue is a Lake Charles-based horror author. Born and raised in the Mississippi Blues Delta, Chuck has spent his life studying the darker genres of film and literature and is influenced heavily by the likes of Clive Barker, Poppy Z Brite, Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven. With a lifelong love of comic books, a deep respect for scifi, and a keen interest in exploitation horror/erotica, Chuck has molded a unique voice for himself that is present in his disturbing novels The Horns Of Evangelina, The Main Course, and The Hurricane Party (a particularly horrifying novel set in the Lake Charles area). Currently working on several new projects, including his first horror film project, Chuck is determined to make 2013 his year to shine (like a bloody kitchen knife in the moonlight).
Find out more about Chuck on his website at http://houseofmorgue.com
K. S. Daniels Debut novel, The Valkyrie Profiles, is a mash-up of space opera, military science fiction, and social science fiction. It takes place in the not-to-distant future, mostly on or around Earth. It features a strong, female protagonist, and really the shortest way to describe the book is to say that if you like robots, death, and things that go BOOM, this is the book for you. In addition to writing, She currently teaches English Composition and Literature at the University of South Alabama. Her hobbies include writing, reading, more writing, and saving ALL the animals in the world. She lives in Mobile, Alabama, but will soon be relocating to Fabulous New Orleans with her awesome husband, capricious daughter, two goofy pit bulls, one hyper poodle and a very wicked cat.
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