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MarioDecoCocktail_resizedMario Acevedo is the author of the national bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, most recently Steampunk Banditos: Sex Slaves of Shark Island, and the YA humor thriller, University of Doom. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade. He contributed short fiction to the anthologies, Nightmares Unhinged, CyberWorld, and Blood Business from Hex Publishing, and You Don’t Have a Clue, from ArtePublico Press. His novel, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won an International Latino Book Award. He edited the anthology Found for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, which won a Colorado Book Award. Mario serves on the writing faculty of the Regis University Mile-High MFA program and Lighthouse Writers Workshops. He is the editor of the anthology Blood and Gasoline, from Hex Publishers. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.

R. Alan Brooks by Joe Rogers 1_resizedR. Alan Brooks writes The Colorado Sun’s weekly comic, “What’d I Miss?”, as well as educational children’s comic books for Pop Culture Classroom (the non-profit that stages Denver Pop Culture Con). He is also the writer/creator of “The Burning Metronome” graphic novel, a supernatural murder mystery with social commentary. In addition, Alan hosts the popular “MotherF**ker In A Cape” comics podcast, and is a musician and a noted stage host, regularly emceeing celebrated events, like the DINKys Award Show and the main stage at Arise Music Festival.

JasonHeller-Headshot_resizedJason Heller is the author of the nonfiction book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded (Melville House). He’s also a former nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld; as part of the magazine’s editorial team, he received a Hugo Award. He wrote the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk Books), and his nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Entertainment Weekly. He writes about books and music for, and he’s the coeditor of the fiction anthologies Cyber World (with Josh Viola) and Mechanical Animals (with Selena Chambers). Jason lives in Denver with his wife Angie, plays in the post-punk band Weathered Statues, and can be found on Twitter: @jason_m_heller.

SGJ-June-2018_resizedStephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels, six story collections, and, so far, one comic book. Stephen’s been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He’s also made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado.

EK Headshot_resizedAmanda Eike Koehler is the editor in chief and co-owner of Suspect Press Publishing & literary arts magazine. She writes short fiction with themes of subversive secrets and repressed sexuality, and has been published in Suspect Press, Birdy, Jersey Devil Press, and the Punch Drunk Press Poetry anthology. She's also had her work featured on the Denver Orbit podcast and Mortified Live. She's currently working on a diary memoir about the damaging effects of growing up in evangelical purity culture - available late 2019.

1-tanzer-square_resizedMolly Tanzer Molly Tanzer is the author of Creatures of Will and TemperCreatures of Want and Ruin, and the forthcoming Creatures of Charm and Hunger. She is also the author of the weird western Vermilion and many short stories. For more information about her critically acclaimed fiction, visit her website, She resides in Longmont, Colorado.

Carrie Vaughn-5_resizedCarrie Vaughn's latest novels include the post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. She wrote the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, along with several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, and upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award.  She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and  a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.  An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.  Visit her at"

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