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Justina Ireland

Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction

Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark.


Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), a New York Times bestseller as well as the sequel Deathless Divide. Her earlier works include the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster).

Justina also writes for the Star Wars franchise, including the books Lando’s Luck, Spark of the Resistance, and the upcoming A Test of Courage, part of the High Republic publishing initiative.

She is the former co-editor in chief of FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, for which she won a World Fantasy Award. She holds a BA from Armstrong Atlantic University and an MFA from Hamline University. 

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Kurenai Kiba

Noir Narration Host, Cosplayer, Artist, and more!

 Baltimore-based cosplayer, self-published writer, and illustrator all done through her self-titled company. She's been a featured artist in interviews, podcasts, and conventions as well as participated in panel discussions focusing on diversity, cosplay, and art. 

Kurenai is currently laying the groundwork for her comic universe by creating:

  •  "The POC Portrait Coloring Book"

  • "Asshole and TrashPanda"

  • "StickGuy; A Stick Figure Living in the Real World"

All of which debuted at the Small Press Expo in 2017. She is set to begin her serial comic journey in 2021.

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Ian McGinty

Invader Zim, Bee & Puppycat, Adventure Time

Ian McGinty is a comic book artist, animator, and writer best known for his work on Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Bee & Puppcat, amongst others. Best known for his comic series “Welcome to Showside”, and its subsequent animated short, Ian also worked on the Netflix-issued INVADER ZIM: Enter the Florpus movie.

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Niox Mayhem

Shock Magician, Illusionist

Local shock artist from Baltimore, Maryland, Niox Mayhem has been performing magic and stunts for as long as he can recall. From walking on glass to sleight of hand tricks, Niox has demonstrated it all.

Niox will be performing at this year's FrightReads on the main stage for your entertainment! Be sure to give his Facebook page a follow!



A brief description of all of the authors attending the event. We have every age range of story, as well as a huge spectrum of genres, from Horror to Dystopian, to mystery thrillers! Check out our authors today!

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Sherri Cook Woosley

Science Fiction, Fantasy

Sherri Cook Woosley earned an MA in English Literature from University of Maryland where she taught both Academic Writing and World Mythology classes. She’s a member of SFWA and the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Critique Circle.
Sherri’s short stories appear in Abyss & Apex Magazine, Pantheon Magazine, and Flash Fiction Magazine. WALKING THROUGH FIRE is her debut novel: A mother willing to do anything to protect her son becomes an unwilling warrior in a fight between the reawakened Mesopotamian gods.

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Brad W. Cox

Dystopian Thriller

Brad is an author from Harford County, Maryland. He has written a series of books that center around cults and the end of the world called Children of the Program. He also fronts several bands, such as Skitzo Calypso, We Love The Underground, and Veteran Avenue.

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Harry Carpenter

Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller books

Harry Carpenter is the author of the "Fubar" series, as well as "Memoirs of a Crazed Mind."

He's a two-time winner of the Veterans Administration Creative Writing contest and a member of the Horror Writers Association.  Harry was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is an Army Veteran, gamer, cosplayer, and a lover of cats.

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Timothy R. Baldwin

Young Adult Mystery and Thriller, Adult Thriller

Tim grew up in Syracuse, New York. He currently resides in Maryland where he teaches English, Creative Writing, Film, and Theatre on the middle school level.

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Raven Eckman

Fantasy books

Raven Eckman is an author, freelance editor, and overall literary fangirl. She always knew books were her passion, well before her grandmother’s challenge to read a book a day when she was young.
She obtained her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. Since 2016, and the launch of her editing business in 2018: A New Look On Books, she’s been working with a range of authors, both self-published and traditionally published, on short stories and novels
from horror to contemporary in YA and Adult fiction.
Shadowspeak is Raven’s debut novel. She is currently working on her second novel.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her fluffy pup, Atlas.

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I.M. Maynard

Young Adult Science Fiction

I.M. Maynard is a survivor…a middle school survivor, that is! Having successfully navigated the landmines and pots of gold that occur daily during the middle grades.
Born and educated in the Midwest, I.M. Maynard now resides on the East Coast, home to thousands of middle schools (and likely equal numbers of middle school bullies).

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Brian Paone

Horror, Science Fiction

Brian Paone, a Massachusetts native, has been a published author since 2007. Brian has, thus far, released seven novels: “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts”—a memoir about befriending a drug-addicted rock star; “Welcome to Parkview”—a macabre
cerebral-horror novel; “Yours Truly, 2095”—a time-travel romance novel (which was suggested for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); the “Moonlight City Drive” trilogy—a supernatural crime-noir series; and “The Post-War Dream”—a
historical war fiction novel.

Brian currently lives in Fort Belvoir, VA with his wife—a Commander in the US Navy—and their four children. He is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 - 2018. He is a self-proclaimed rollercoaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. And, in 2019, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the proud owner of a 1981 DeLorean!

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Moe Lane

Horror and Science Fiction

Moe Lane writes fantasy and horror fiction. He is also a stay-at-home father and absolute geek who is looking forward to selling books in person for a change.

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Troy Suesse

Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Troy Suesse is a professional employee with 35 years of federal service in the Intelligence Community. Born the very day that man first stepped foot on the moon and raised in the nature-rich suburbs of Maryland, he developed a fond appreciation for the planet and the majestic beauty of all living things. Troy’s hobbies include juggling, tennis, and children's activities to include coaching sports, building stage sets, and assisting with plays, musicals, and films.

Inspired by science, nature, and outer space, Troy hopes his audience will enjoy MAXIMUM CAPACITY, a futuristic novel that immerses the reader in a fascinating dystopian world. Akin to The Hunger Games, with an added space travel piece, a troubling scenario plays out where Earth is running out of resources and cannot sustain a population increase. The result - the good people of society eliminate the undesirables in a fight-to-the-death competition that plays out before a live, interactive audience. Keep your violation count low or you could be next!!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY is available for pre-order anywhere books are sold. Official launch date is 15 February 2021.

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Wesley Southard


Wesley Southard is the Splatterpunk Award-winning author of The Betrayed, Closing Costs, One For The Road, Resisting Madness, Slaves to Gravity (with Somer Canon), Cruel Summer, and Where the Devil Waits (with Mark Steensland), and has had short stories appear in outlets such as Cover of Darkness Magazine, Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar and Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, and he currently lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and their cavalcade of animals.

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Eileen McIntire

Mystery and Thriller

Eileen Haavik McIntire writes the 90s Club cozy mystery series featuring the 90-year-olds at Whisperwood Retirement Village who turn up clues like tricks in a bridge game to catch the culprits. She also writes a historical mystery series drawing on Florida and art history. She was born in Florida. Florida history books often include the story of a young woman captured by Barbary pirates, sold to the vizier of the king of Morocco, has two children, and escapes in a palace coup. Her grandson became the first senator from Florida. She was fascinated by that story, and it became the inspiration for her first novel, Shadow of the Rock.

She travels for research and has ridden a camel in the Moroccan Sahara, fished for piranhas on the Amazon, sailed in a felucca on the Nile, and lived for three years on a motorsailer, exploring the coast from Annapolis to Key West.

She is president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and an enthusiastic member of Sisters in Crime. Her husband, Dr. Roger McIntire, is an award-winning author of books for parents. She lives in Columbia, MD, with their little dog José.

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Jenny Allen

Horror, Forensic Thriller, Supernatural

Author of the Lilith Adams Series, smart forensic murder mysteries that take a different approach to supernatural creatures. A rollercoaster ride of sarcastic humor and violence that spirals out of control.

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Charles K. Godfrey

Occult Thriller

Charles K. Godfrey is an American author from Maryland, who writes occult thrillers. His stories take place locally in most cases. He has been published in Second Sojourn, a collection of stories published by Indies United Publishing.

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Darcie Morin

Crime Thriller, Mystery

From the time she was old enough to hold a pencil, Darcie Morin could often be found writing stories about everything from field trips she went on in elementary school to elaborate tales of mystery and suspense.
It wasn't until high school, that she knew without a doubt that she wanted to make a real career out of writing, and with the encouragement of her tenth grade English teacher, she worked at honing her craft and thus a perfectionist was born!
In 2012, Darcie published a few books with a small publishing company, but things didn't work out and the books are no longer available, but after getting through college with a degree in creative writing and getting through many of the other hardships that life has thrown her way, Darcie has now released her new series and plans to release many more.
Writing, and getting lost in the world of fiction is something that she has always loved and she hopes to do the same for her readers that so many writers before her did for her... allow them to escape reality for a while.
She currently resides in Maryland with her mom and her pug and when she's not working or writing her next novel, she enjoys reading other thrillers by James Patterson, Danielle Girard, and her mentor, the late Michael Palmer. She also enjoys taking her dog on walks, and binge-watching cop shows with her mother. She also can be found binge-watching Once Upon a Time on a regular basis.

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Millie Mack

Cozy Mysteries

Millie Mack is a pseudonym for an author who loves mysteries. She enjoys everything mysterious--stories, books, videos and even her cats that can be very mysterious. She especially enjoys mystery jigsaw puzzles where completion of the puzzle reveals the solution to a crime.
Millie Mack was born in Philadelphia, worked in Washington, DC and lives near Baltimore which helped her create the fictional town of Tri-City featured in her books.
She continues to live in the Baltimore area where she is working on the next book in her Faraday Murder Series featuring amateur sleuths Carrie and Charles.

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Sherrilli Carter

Children's horror

Sherrilli Carter is a poet, writer, and published author. Sherrilli writes books for children that will give them “chills and thrills.” Her most popular books are “Huron and The Magic Door,” “ Lurok Monster Hand on Halloween,” and “Yerewik Werewolf Terror.”

Sherrilli has a unique perspective of writing that blends humor and a scary story to keep her readers engaged while laughing. Sherrilli wants to emphasize the gift of reading and how it can give children unlimited power. Her motto is “Children don’t need uncomfortable tights and loose capes to be a superhero.”

Sherrill writes books but also gives free readings to children at schools, events, libraries, and more.

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Barbara J Gilbert

Dystopian, Science Fiction

Barbara J. Gilbert was born a military brat at Ft Jackson SC. Her early years were spent between there, Ft Hood TX, Bonner Montana, and Kennewick WA.

Her USAF career started as an Administrator, then Information Manager, to Aerospace Systems Warning Operator (tracking missiles and other threats)

Her hobbies in (prize-winning) photography, painting, Ham Radio, SCUBA Diving, and a host of other interests keep her busy on good days, and she manages to get by on the bad ones.

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Edward Swing

Science Fiction, Fantasy

Edward Swing is a writer of stories, software developer, an avid gamer, and otaku. He has been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, learned taekwondo, traveled both within the United States and internationally, and studied diverse topics including astronomy, mythology, and mathematics. He lives with his wife, three children, and several pampered cats.



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Adopt A Homeless Animal Rescue (AAHA)

Dog Shelter

Adopt A Homeless Animal Rescue (AAHA), is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) rescue 100% funded by donations and funds raising. They are also celebrating our 20th year in operation!

They'll be set up with several of their pups that would love to have a home! Be sure to swing by and see what you can do to bring your new addition to the family home.


Dan Ragogna


Dan Ragogna is a traditional media artist that specializes in watercolors and ink drawings.
They currently offer freelance work as an illustrator, doll maker, and small custom pet portraits.
In the past, Dan has worked on various projects like children's coloring pages and even illustration work for a published children's book.


Things Forsaken

Macabre Props, Dolls, and Unusual Things

Things Forsaken is a line of products by the award-winning Szobrász Studio. 
A taste for the unusual, macabre, intriguing, and at times dark and disturbing.
Not, your usual oddities. They have scoured the world, acquiring things that have been Forsaken, Discarded...Abandon. Lonely things that at one time were destined, or had their time in their limelight; then left, forgotten, lonely, and no longer wanted.
Everything has a story to tell... Now they have a new chapter.
These Forsaken Things are back, Recreated. Inspiring of new creations.
They long still for companionship.
They want a home...Yours


The Gothic Chandlery

Homemade Candles

Gothic Chandlery is a Maryland-based candle maker specializing in curious candles for dark souls. With scents like Dark Rose, Bubonic Breakfast Brew, and an Edgar Allen Poe-inspired Black Currant and Absinthe scent, you're sure to find something you'll love!


Caprichos Books

Independent Book Store

A Maryland bookstore that has gone mobile! Originally located in Bel Air, Maryland, they've begun serving the Eastern Shore area. 

As one of our biggest partners, Liz has worked tirelessly to contact some great talent and make connections, proving to be an invaluable partner! Be sure to check out the book shop today, and keep an eye out for their book wagon in the future!


Bootiful Bracelets

Spooky Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry company based out of Maryland with a spooky twist! Skulls, candy corn, pumpkins, and more!

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Faerie Warrior

Tarot Cards, Artist, Illustrator

They are a creator who loves drawing in their free time. They daydream often of unreal worlds that exist in my mind. If they're staring into space, they're not in this world anymore. Faerie Warrior draws in the anime/manga style and enjoys creating stories.


Jay Targaryen Art


Jay is an artist from Maryland who has a wide variety of art, and products ranging from prints to stickers. Give her a look at her Etsy page today!


Precious Moments Creations

Handmade Crafts

Viola makes handmade bears and other assorted animals out of a plethora of fabric, including spooky, sports, and more! Be sure to check the giant selection she has this year!

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Lizzy B's Apothecary

Handmade Body Care Products

A luxury handcrafted skin and body care company with a sense of humor. At Lizzy B’s, they blend all-natural ingredients to produce their skincare products. Custom made and every item handcrafted, their products are all about self and self-care.

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Stardust Kay Creates

Crafts, Art, Dreamcatchers

Stardust Kay Creates sells *original* art prints, stickers, tarot decks, enamel pins, and authentic dream catchers!


Perilous Adventure Studios

Choose your own adventure books

Perilous Adventure Studios creates original fantasy-adventure graphic novels for all ages and fun fantasy character art.


9th Life

Clothing and Trinkets

Handmade Clothing and Jewelry! Select Vintage Clothing and Households! Trinkets and Cuteness for everyday life! Unique gifts for all!


Tastefully Strange

Spooky Merch

Tastefully Strange is a shop that specializes in the strange and unusual. From shirts to stickers, mugs to wax melts, Tastefully strange has it all! Check out their webstore today, and be sure to visit them in October!


Silly Little Things

Handmade Geek Crafts

Two Elizabeths that love to sew came together & created Silly Little Things. Their handmade items have grown to consist of OOAK & signature pieces.


Mischief's Royal Designs

Handmade bookmarks, crafts, and more

Mischief's Royal Designs is owned and operated by cosplayer, artist, designer and crafter: Maka