Author Guests

Kurt Amacker

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Kurt Amacker - Comics and Author Guest

Kurt Amacker is a comic book writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola University in 2002 and received his Masters degree from Tulane University in 2018. He began writing his first miniseries, Dead Souls, while recovering from an injury in the United States Marine Corps. After the first issue was published in 2008, he continued to write comics while DJing in the raucous French Quarter Goth scene. Since 2011, he has written and co-written the licensed comic books for the European hard rock bands The 69 Eyes and Cradle of Filth. His work has been publicly praised by Alan Moore, Hart Fisher, Jyrki 69, Victor Gischler, and Dani Filth. His first prose novel, Bloody October, was published in 2016. His next graphic novel, Dead Souls: Resurrection, is forthcoming.

Brian D. Anderson

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Brian D. Anderson - Author Guest

Brian D. Anderson is the bestselling fantasy author of The Godling Chronicles, Dragonvein, and Akiri (with co-author Steven Savile) series. The Bard's Blade, book one in the Sorcerer's Song series, will be released by Tor Books Jan. 28th 2020. Anderson's books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and his audiobooks are perennially popular. After a fifteen year long career in music, he rediscovered his boyhood love of writing. It was soon apparent that this was what he should have been pursuing all along. Currently, he lives in the sleepy southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with his wife and son, who inspire him daily.

Catherine Asaro

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Catherine Asaro – Author Guest of Honor

Propped against the bookcase in Catherine Asaro's home is the diploma of her Harvard Ph.D. in chemical physics. Nearby, dangling from the doorknob, is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for the ballet barre these days. Instead, she's fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels. Catherine is a bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella “The Space-time Pool.”

Catherine’s latest book, The Bronze Skies, came out in September 2017 and was a stand alone science fiction mystery in the Major Bhaajan universe. Her story “The Wages of Honor,” set in the Ruby Dynasty universe, was included in Infinite Stars: Definitive Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Her novella, “Walk in Silence,” appeared in Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction, edited by Monica Louzon, Jake Weisfeld, Heather McHale, Barbara Jasny & Rachel Frederick. The anthology was a take-home exhibit by the Museum of Science Fiction. Catherine’s next work is the novel, The Vanished Seas, due out in the summer of 2020.

Catherine earned her doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard. Until last year, she directed the Chesapeake Math Program and coached numerous students for competitions, including those sponsored by Harvard-MIT, Princeton, Mathcounts, and the USA Mathematical Olympiad. She is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the government on future trends affecting national security. A popular speaker, she has given invited talks at many institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences, Harvard, Georgetown, NASA, the New Zealand Context Writer's program, the US Naval Academy and the Hoover Public Library. She is also known for her advocacy in bringing girls and women into STEM fields, and for challenging gender roles in her fiction.

Catherine has been the Guest of Honor at numerous Science Fiction conventions here and abroad, including most recently Balticon 52. She is also a vocalist and composer. Her most recent song is “Ancient Ages” in collaboration with songwriter Arlan Andrews. The video can be viewed at
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H. David Blalock

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H David Blalock - Author Guest

H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for over 40 years. His work has appeared in novels, novellas, stories, articles, reviews, and commentary both in print and online. Since 1996, his fiction has appeared in over two dozen magazines including Pro Se Presents, Aphelion Webzine, Quantum Muse, Shelter of Daylight Magazine, The Harrow, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye, The Martian Wave and many more. His current novel series is the three book Angelkiller Triad from Seventh Star Press. He served as editor for parABnormal Digest from its inception until the end of 2012 and currently serves as an editor at Alban Lake Publishing. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.

Rob Cerio

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Rob Cerio – Author Guest

"The" Rob Cerio was born at an early age, and has since grown much more hair. He denies all rumors of having been snapped away by Thanos. He has published four novels, six short stories, and helped author a YouTube web series. He has also won two awards for his writing contributions to his local 48hr Film Festival. He is also grateful to CONtraflow for putting up with his unique shenanigans for so many years. He now lives in Metairie, Louisiana with his lovely wife, two adorable step kids, and a small annoying dog named after a large Japanese monster.

T. C. Elliott

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T. C. Elliott – Author Guest

Todd C. Elliott is a published author of four books: two fiction, two nonfiction. His most recent foray into Horror/Gothic results in “The Lowerline”- a modern, Gothic thriller and New Orleans ghost story- as well as his first novel “The 7-8-9s”- a unique Horror story set in an alternate reality in which a villainous group of black operators are behind every conspiracy theory of the 20th century. His nonfiction works veer into the dark underbelly of Louisiana History with “Axes Of Evil: The True Story of the Ax-Man Murders”- which unravels the mystery of possibly the largest, unsolved serial-killing in US History- and his debut work “A Rose By Many Other Names: Rose Cherami & the JFK Assassination.”

Charles Gramlich

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Charles Gramlich - Author Guest

Charles Allen Gramlich grew up on an Arkansas farm but later moved to New Orleans to teach psychology at a local university. He’s since sold several novels and numerous short stories and poems. His first novel was Cold in the Light, a horror/thriller about monsters running wild in the Ozark Mountains.  He followed that with a fantasy trilogy set on the artificially constructed world of Talera. Many readers say the Talera series has some of the same feel as the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. Charles’s short fiction has been collected in three anthologies, Bitter Steel (heroic fantasy), Midnight in Rosary (vampires and werewolves), and In the Language of Scorpions (horror). He has a nonfiction book on writing out called Write With Fire. His latest work is Under the Ember Star, a space opera in the tradition of Leigh Brackett and C. L. Moore.

Charles has also self-published a few collections for Kindle and Nook, including a western collection (Killing Trail), a noir collection (Harmland), and a humorous memoir called Days of Beer, as well as a few other items. Charles’s print and ebooks are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Wildside Press, as well as other online sites. Charles lives in Abita Springs with his wife, a nature photographer. He is on facebook as Charles Gramlich, and blogs at
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Tommy Hancock

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Tommy Hancock – Author Guest

Steeped in pulp magazines, old radio shows, and all things of that era’s pop culture, Tommy Hancock lives in Arkansas with his wonderful wife and three children and obviously not enough to do.  He is Partner in and Editor in Chief for Pro Se Productions, is an organizer of the New Pulp Movement, and has worked as an editor for various companies, including Moonstone, Radio Archives, and Dark Oak Press.  He is also an award winning writer for various companies, including Airship 27, Mechanoid Press, Pulpwork Press, Dark Oak, and Moonstone.  Tommy works as Project Coordinator for Moonstone.

Based in Batesville, Arkansas, Pro Se Productions is a leading independent Publisher on the cutting edge of New Pulp and Genre Fiction today.

Genre Fiction, particularly that written in the Pulp Style, is known by many names.  Fiction featuring action and adventure, fast paced, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, over the top characters and tight, yet extravagant plots, is experiencing a resurgence like never before. And Pro Se , publishing New Pulp and Genre Fiction since April, 2010, is a major modern force in the revival!

Pro Se is the place to find Super Heroes, Explorers, Fairies, Werewolves, Men's Men, Femme Fatales and more. If you're a fan of Westerns, Romances, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Hard Core Crime, and any other Genre available, Pro Se has what you want to read. Specializing in prose books, anthologies, magazines, audiobooks, and more, Pro Se has made a commitment to 'Put the Monthly Back into Pulp' and continues to do that successfully, producing at least one new work every month! 

Pro Se is an innovator in the Genre Fiction market, continually refining its presentation and product and working on exciting new veins of New Pulp to bring to readers and fans of all ages everywhere!

Chris Hayes

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Chris Hayes - Author Guest

Chris S. Hayes, MD, is lifelong reader of classic science fiction and a practicing family medicine physician from Lafayette, LA. In November of 2014 her first novel, Sikkiyn, was published by Solstice Publishing.  She’s been traveling from convention to convention to meet readers since then, and she’s excited to be here to talk to you about science fiction and all things geeky. At conventions, when she’s not in a panel, you can find her at her author’s table busy writing the sequels to Sikkiyn. Come on by for a visit.

Louise Herring-Jones

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Louise Herring-Jones - Author Guest

As Louise Herring-Jones, Amy L. Herring writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her science fiction, dark fantasy, and light horror stories have been included in anthologies, including: "The Twittering of Sparrows" in Asian Pulp (Pro Se Press, 2015); “Gooji” in Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhew (Dark Oak Press, 2014); "Earl and Bubba Save the King" in Summer Gothic (Jared Millet, ed., 2012); and “Earl, Bubba, and the Flying Hubcap in Southern Fried Sci-Fi: Tales from the NASFCAS (Thunderchild Press, 2013). Her steampunk story "Queen of Steam," set in the reconstruction South, is included in Gizmos: Dreams of Steam IV (Dark Oak Press, 2013). She placed second in the inaugural (2012) SELTI Moundville-themed story contest and won the 2009-2010 Charlotte Writer's Club Board Prize for fiction. Her historic baseball article, "A Georgia Yankee: The Legend of Johnny Mize," appeared in the 2010 Maple Street Press Yankees Annual (Cecilia Tan, ed.). Herring is also a veteran reporter for The Daily Dragon Online, the news voice of Dragon*Con, a multi-media science fiction, fantasy, and comic book convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. With her husband Bryan Jones, she is municipal liaison for the Alabama North region for National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"), celebrated in November each year. She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms. For additional details and links, visit her author’s website at
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HC Playa

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HC Playa – Author Guest

HC Playa is a writer, a mad scientist (Medicinal Chemist by degree and Molecular Biologist by practice), a mother, and an animal wrangler. She began reading at the precocious age of four, partly due to the fact her father liked to change how the story went and it drove her nuts, which of course was the whole point. While other children bemoaned summer reading lists, she went home with stacks of books, spending hours in Captain Nemo's submarine 20,000 leagues under the sea, following Holmes on an adventure, or crying "All for one, and one for all!" with the Three Musketeers.

Many writers start off with short stories or flash fiction and work up to novels, but HC Playa didn't know that. Late one night, while suffering from the effects of sleep deprivation that all new parents know well, a rambling conversation with her sister about fiction turned into, "If you can't find that type of story, maybe you should write it." Of course, her sister didn't expect her to take the advice seriously, but six months later the first draft of "Daughter of Destiny" was finished. She then spent five years tearing it apart and putting it back together as she learned the craft of writing and started the manuscripts of four other novels, all of which have since been published.

She adores all things fiction, but science fiction and fantasy have long held a special place in her heart. She particularly enjoys blending genres, but has also dabbled in romance, mysteries, dark fiction and horror. Her series Crossroads of Fate, published by ProSe Productions, is a wild adventure where science and magic collide, aliens and faeries wage war, and humanity is caught in the middle. She has several short stories published through ProSe Productions and other publishers, with more on the way.

Kimberly Richardson

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Kimberly Richardson - Author Guest

Kimberly B. Richardson is the author of Tales From a Goth Librarian, The Decembrists, Tales From a Goth Librarian II, Mabon/Pomegranate, Open A, and The Path of a Tea Traveler. She is the creator of the Agnes Viridian series, the Maven Chronicles, the Tea Traveler Chronicles, and the Order of the Black Silk trilogy. She is also the editor of Realms of Imagination: An Urban Fantasy Anthology and the Steampunk anthology series Dreams of Steam, and has stories in multiple anthologies. Ms. Richardson was the 2015 David McCrosky Volunteer Photographer in Residence for Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee and the Photography II winner of the 2018 Raymond James Affiliate Art Show. Ms. Richardson is the founder and owner of Viridian Tea Company and a World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist.

Diana Rowland

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Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She somehow managed to eke out a BS in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen a helluva lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

Diana is the author of police procedural urban fantasy, including the Kara Gillian-Demon Summoner series (Mark of the Demon, Blood of the Demon, Secrets of the Demon) and the White Trash Zombie series (My Life As A White Trash Zombie.) She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.

Ernest Russell

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Ernest Russell – Author Guest

Ernest Russell has written for Pro Se Productions, Beyond the Threshold Studios, and Violet Windows. Some of Ernest’s favorite things (besides coffee) are Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk, and Fantasy.  Ernest’s writing has been influenced by Vincent Price, Jules Verne, and H.P. Lovecraft.

When he’s not writing, Ernest has plenty of hobbies to keep him out of trouble. These include an eclectic set of hobby skills ranging from electronics to leatherworking. With all that, you can probably guess he is an avid table-top and board games player. He still tries to get in some RPG’s (preferably GURPS, D&D, or Call of Cthulhu) whenever possible, but will take what he can get.

Ernest’s first published piece was “Birds of a Feather” in Monster Mayhem: An Anthology of Monstrous Proportions, a product of Beyond the Threshold Studios.

At Pro Se Productions, his first piece was “Daily Options”, found in When the Shadow Sees the Sun: Creatives Surviving Depression. Since then, Ernest has several short stories and his debut novel coming out with Pro Se Productions scheduled for 2018-2019.

Recently Ernest has joined the staff at Pro Se as contributing submissions editor and, as time allows, content and copy editor.

Over the last year, several of his pieces have appeared in volumes of the literary journal Violet Windows, a great journal edited and produced by author/entrepreneur Kimberly B. Richardson.

In his copious amounts of spare time, he has managed the FB page for The Week in Geek 99.5 WRNO Talk radio and still contributes to this great show, a radio show dedicated to all things geek.


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