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Richard A. Kirk
Artist Guest of Honour
Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England in 1962, but has lived in Canada for most of his life. He exhibits throughout North America and Europe, and has works in many private collections throughout the world.

Richard has illustrated works numerous authors including, Clive Barker, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Miéville, and others. Richard also created the artwork for the eighth release by the international rock band Korn.

Most recently, Richard wrote and illustrated The Lost Machine, a dark fantasy novella. He is currently working on a follow-up novel called Necessary Monsters.

Richard was interested in drawing from an early age, frequently finding inspiration in nature, literature and the surrealist and symbolists artists, and illustrators of the 19th and 20th century. Richard is interested in the forms found in nature, the morphology of plants and animals, and the effect of time on materials. He works in a number of mediums including: pen and ink, silverpoint, watercolor, and oil. He also works with found materials.

Richard's work is composed of images that explore the liminal space between imagination and reality. His drawings create a space where protean forms challenge conventional aesthetic ideas. Recent works are concerned with the idea of worlds within worlds.

For more information, please visit Richard A. Kirk's web site, his blog or visit his entry at ISFDB.

The Lost Machine illustration from Imajica by Clive Barker illustration from Tales of Pain and Wonder by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Gary K. Wolfe
Toastmaster Gary K. Wolfe
Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English at Roosevelt University and a contributing editor for Locus magazine, is the author of dozens of essays and more than 1200 reviews, as well as many critical studies. His Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 (Beccon Publications, 2005) received the British Science Fiction Association Award for nonfiction, and was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Patricia Briggs
Special Guest Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she's lying to them. And that is what separates a fiction author from a politician.

She was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you're good at math, you'll have deduced that she's currently twenty-nine. In fact, she's been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don't obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don't argue, or she'll make up a dragon right behind you...

Larry Dixon
Special Guest Larry Dixon
Larry Dixon is the son of a Delta Force career commando and an Oklahoman farmgirl. He grew up in many American and European settings, usually haunting the local art museums and hobby stores. At age 9, he saved up his babysitting money and bought his first typewriter, intent upon writing and illustrating his own novels. Northern Italy is where his passions for painting, sculpting and storytelling took root, as well as his interests in state-level diplomacy, early computers and rocketry.

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