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James Neathery lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Sara and their two children. He began working on leather projects as a hobby in early 2011, focusing on steampunk and dieselpunk, and founded Starboard Sky that summer. He started out making leather watches and cuffs, but has since expanded his lineup to include items of all sorts- holsters, belts, flasks, masks, electronic gadgets and bluetooth speaker sculptures, entire suits of leather and brass armor, and the world’s first hand tooled leather and brass corset. His goal is to make “everyday steampunk” – comfortable, wearable, stylish items that are suited for nearly any budget, but with quality to last a lifetime. His work landed him a spot on the TV series “Steampunk’d,” where 10 makers battled it out for $100,000 by making steampunk creations out of everyday items and repurposed parts. His work has been featured in many steampunk publications and forums and several of his items are on display at the AACA museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can see James’s work at www.starboardsky.com and follow him at www.facebook.com/StarboardSkyLeatherworks
Steampunk maker, artist, and model Sara Neathery was born and grew up in rural McMinnville, Tennessee. In 2011 she married her husband James Neathery, who had long loved the steampunk aesthetic and introduced her to the world of clockworks, cogs, and airships.
In 2012 that she sported her first pair of goggles next to her husband in her first Steampunk photoshoot which lead to her landing the covers of the Steampunk anthology books, Capes & Clockwork Superheroes in the Age of Steam Vols. 1&2.
Some of her talents include costuming, jewelry making, creating sculptures, and working in the antique restoration industry.
Sara resides in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and two children. On any given day you can find her in her work space, creating new Steampunk themed pieces of art, posing in front of a camera, or wrangling kid
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012)
Dacre Stoker’s compelling and informative Keynote presentation, Stoker on Stoker, the Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula, weaves together the details of Dracula’s history with Stoker family lore, and Bram Stoker’s life in Dublin and London, then separates fact from popular fiction, revealing the truth about all things Stoker and Dracula. Customized to appeal to university groups, Gothic scholars, vampire fans, film or history buffs, Stoker on Stoker has fascinated audiences around the world, exploring the issues behind the mysteries that have baffled Dracula scholars and fans since the book’s publication in 1897. Illustrated with Dacre’s own collection of never before published, and seldom-seen historic images, Stoker on Stoker is a glimpse behind the scenes of the life and the writing of one of the least known authors and one of the worlds most famous books.
Ace Talkingwolf has been studying history, theoretical science and world cultures for fun since childhood. He continues to study when not writing, acting, and directing independent films. Historical research and science are important to filmwork in order to create accurate and realistic props and costumes. As well as present a story that fits into the proper time line.
JV Green (Java)
Presenting Java! Best known for his long running stent at Dr. Frank N Furter with Atlanta’s own live cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lips Down On Dixie, Atlanta’s longest running Rocky Horror cast and theatrical event. Featured at the Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon, Fridays at Midnight for an amazing 14 of the 16 years the show has been running. Also been the headlining Frank N Furter for 13 of the 16 performances of the show for Dragon Con. Along with performing with the acclaimed shadow cast, he is also an Actor and Filmmaker. Appearing in such films as“The Blind Side,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm,” and on television with “Drop Dead Diva” and as a reoccurring zombie on “The Walking Dead.” And on feature the film “ACE: The Zombie,” and will be starring in the upcoming ensemble found footage horror film”The Lost Footage” from Crimson Films, and the upcoming comedy horror film “Atlanta Vampire Movie” By Idol Hands Entertainment/ and Mile 29 Films also responsible for Ace the Zombie. As well as Azazel In the Youtube series UNCANNY X-Men (also Co Executive Producer and Head of Makeup) and along with Producer and creator of the Youtube Webseries, “Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor” (Also starring as the Doctor himself!). Java is also an established Visual Effects Makeup Artist, working with Netherworld Haunted House, voted #1 in the nation several years consecutively, Java has since gone on to launch his own production company, Jymeni Productions, LLC. Java is also a published author, with several erotica fiction stories with Wilde City Press.
Robert Sienko. Age 54, Have been into Steampunk for 7 years. I consider myself a unique gun and prop maker. I am a mechanic by trade. Am very interested in making my outfits fit a theme. Gentleman, Explorer, Air ship air Marshall, Steampunk Joker, Pirate. I really enjoy teaching others how easy it is to do Steampunk on a limited budget. I also enjoy inventing gadgets that could have been used in the Victorian era if the technology had been available.
Charles R. Rutledge
Charles R. Rutledge is the coauthor of three books in the Griffin and Price Crime/Horror series, Blind Shadows, Congregations of the Dead, and the forthcoming A Hell Within, all written with James A. Moore. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies including, Widowmakers, Carnacki:The Lost Cases, SNAFU:Unnatural Selection, Mama Tried, and SNAFU:Black Ops. Charles lives in the Atlanta area with a cat named Bruce and far too many books.
Catherine “Cat” Scully is an illustrator and writer of horror, thriller, SFF, and a bit of WTF for kids, teens, and adults. She was featured on CNN.com for her work with Jonathan Maberry’s blog series, SCARY OUT THERE, which she ran as Editor of the Young Adult section with the Horror Writers Association for several years. As illustrator, she has worked on concept art for film, world maps and chapter headings for books, created materials for author campaigns, and storyboards/animation for broadcast TV. Her illustration work has been published in Winterspell by Claire Legrand, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, and in author campaigns for James A. Moore, Lisa Maxwell, J. A. Noble, and more. She is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman literary agency.