Tim Dodge is the author of the podcast novels ACTS OF DESPERATION and PURGATORY, and the occasional host of the podcast HEARTWARMING STORIES BY TIM DODGE. He writes about geekery, writing, and life in general on his blog IF MY THOUGHT-DREAMS COULD BE SEEN, at www.timdodgestories.com.
His writing has appeared in print in DOWN IN THE DIRT and WINTER SKY magazines.
A four-time veteran of Dragon*Con with the elevator war stories to prove it, he lives near Syracuse, New York with his family and a lovable German shepherd that has a noticeable biscuit-abuse problem.
Nicole Gugliucci is a graduate student at the University of Virginia, working also at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. She has wanted to be an astronomer since seeing \\Contact\\ in theatres as a kid, and tries to find ways to bring the wonders of astronomy to everyone.
She engages in hands-on outreach with elementary school children through a program called \\Dark Skies, Bright Kids,\\ has taught a class at UVa called \\Life Beyond Earth,\\ and blogs for Discovery Space News.
Inspired also by Carl Sagan\\™s \\Demon-Haunted World,\\ Nicole considers herself a critical thinking advocate, getting involved in local skeptics groups and blogging at NoisyAstronomer.com and SheThought.com.
Nicole will be featured in a video interview during TuacaCon.
We are proud to announce that Ditched By Kate is the Musical Guest of Honor at TuacaCon 2011.
Ditched by Kate is an alternative rock band that exploded onto the Washington DC scene in 2010. They have been winning over crowds with their unique blend of emotion filled lyrics and melodic riffs that can sway from blues to grunge to driving rock.
Members include horror author Phil Rossi, SpecFicMedia Podcaster Chooch Schubert, Dennis Kapoyos, Jenn Taylor and Keith Taylor.
Music videos of the band will be featured throughout TuacaCon including songs from their upcoming album that have not been heard anywhere else before.
The Horror Writers Association announced the nominees for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards:
Superior Achievement in a Novel
- HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
- ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
- DEAD LOVE by Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
- APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
- DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
- A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
- BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
- A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
- CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
- SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
- THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
- DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
- MONSTERS AMONG US by Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
- THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
- INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
- RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
- THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
- 1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
- IN THE MIDDLE OF POPLAR STREET by Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
- FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
- DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
- HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
- MACABRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA\\™S DARKEST FEARS edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)
- HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
- THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Superior Achievement in a Collection
- OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
- BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
- FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
- THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY by Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
- A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
- TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
- THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
- WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
- LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
- DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
- WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)
- DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
- VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Needfire Poetry)
From the video page on YouTube:
Mark Jeffrey is author of “The Pocket and the Pendant,” a novel geared towards young adult readers. Mark self-published the magical realism-themed story in paperback form on Lulu.com, and then followed it up with a free audiobook on Podiobooks.com that he narrated himself. The audiobook became an underground sensation, eventually getting more than 2 million downloads. He’s now leveraged that success into a book deal. The reworked, re-edited book is being published in hardcover form by HarperCollins, to be released May 1, 2011.
In his day job, Mark is CEO of the ThisWeekIn.com live-streaming and podcast network that he started with Jason Calacanis, Kevin Pollak and others.
Find out more about Mark at MaxQuickSeries.com, ThisWeekIn.com, and @markjeffrey on Twitter.
Host: Dane Golden http://twitter.com/danegolden | http://hey.com
Earlier today George R. R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, posted this nugget on the Fantasy Faction website forums:
The end is in sight, at long long last, and we’re close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date.
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in your favorite bookstore on:
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
A Dance With Dragons, the long-awaited fifth book in the fantasy series, was made available for pre-order on Amazon.com just a couple of hours later.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards.
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banqueton Saturday evening, May 21, 2011 in the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.. Other awards to be presented are the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Solstice Award for outstanding contribution to the field.
Please visit the SFWA website for the list of Nominees! – http://www.sfwa.org/2011/02/2010-nebula-nominees/
From Midwest Book Review: “When gods entwine themselves in the events of mortals, nothing goes as expected. \\Murder at Avedon Hill\\ is a fascinating fantasy from P. G. Holyfield and the land of Caern, where the gods, magic, and faith find themselves at odds.
When murder strikes society which is already at heavy odds with each other, the boiling point may be reached. Arames Kragen, a scholar, must be able to find the truth behind it all to earn his way into a mysterious mountain pass\\¦\\Murder at Avedon Hill\\ is an exciting and riveting fantasy, not to be missed.”
Murder at Avedon Hill can be found on Amazon.com and online booksellers everywhere.
Debut author Veronica Roth discusses her new dystopian YA thriller, DIVERGENT, coming in summer 2011 from HarperCollins.