GUESTS of HONOR

Gretchen McNeil

Guest of Honor

Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult novels for Balzer + Bray including POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN, as well as the horror/comedy novels MURDERTRENDING, #MURDERFUNDING, and #NOESCAPE for Disney/Freeform.

Her next novel for Disney*Hyperion is DIG TWO GRAVES, pitched as YA Strangers on a Train, which hits shelves in March 2022. 
 
Ten: Murder Island, the film adaptation of TEN starring China Anne McClain premiered on Lifetime in 2017, and GET EVEN and GET DIRTY have been adapted as the series Get Even for BBC and Netflix.  Series 1 premiered in 2020.

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Guest of Honor

Jonathon Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, 3-time Scribe Award winner, Inkpot Award winner, and comic book writer.

His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, was a Netflix original series. His novels include the Joe Ledger thriller series, Bewilderness, Ink, Glimpse, the Pine Deep Trilogy, the Rot
& Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, Mars One, Ghostwalkers: A Deadlands novel, and many others. He is the editor many anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Don’t Turn Out the Lights, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, Captain America, Pandemica, Highway to Hell, The Punisher and Bad Blood.

He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.

Francesca Lia Block

Guest of Honor

Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry, plus screenplay adaptations of her work.

She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.

In addition to writing, Francesca teaches fiction at UCLA Extension, Antioch University, and privately in Los Angeles. Her book Weetzie Bat is currently being developed for film.