Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He contributed two stories for the award-winning horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and a story to Cyber World, by Hex Publishers. His novel, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award. He edited the 2016 Anthology, Found, for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.

Sue Duff is the award winning, bestselling author of the fantasy/scifi series, The Weir Chronicles. In addition to managing her own publishing house, CrossWinds Publishing, she is a contributing author of speculative fiction short stories with the award-winning Wicked Ink Books. Sue stretched her creative juices by penning a literary fiction short story, Adrift, published in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s 2018 Anthology, False Faces. When not saving the world one page at a time, Sue can be found burning something delicious in her kitchen, hunting unwanted pests in her garden, or being walked by her Great Dane in the park.

Warren Hammond is the author of the gritty, futuristic KOP trilogy. The third novel in the series, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia is a spy novel set in a science fictional world. He has also written several short stories for various anthologies, and he very much enjoys teaching writing workshops. Always eager to see new places, Warren has traveled extensively. Whether it’s wildlife viewing in exotic locales like Botswana and the Galapagos Islands, or trekking in the Himalayas, he's always up for a new adventure.

Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.

He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

In 2016, he returned to the U.S. after living in New Zealand for a year with his family, toting more Middle Earth souvenirs and photos than is reasonable.


Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing, editing, and professional writing for sixteen years and is currently the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and most recently, The Fallen Siren Series written as S. J. Harper. She is active in the writing community, belonging to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (where she was honored by winning the Writer of the Year award in 2008 and is nominated again for 2011), Sisters in Crime and Horror Writers of America. She has thirteen books, several novellas and numerous short stories to her credit. She has won various awards for her writing and appeared twice on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and former video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs, TARGET: Terror). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post number one bestseller. His next anthology, Cyber World, co-edited by Jason Heller, will be available on Election Day, 2016. His short fiction has appeared in The Literary Hatchet and The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Found anthology. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers.