Framed Kim NewmanAuthor Guest of Honor:

Kim Newman



Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster.  His fiction includes The Night Mayor, Bad Dreams, Jago, Anno Dracula, The Quorum, The Bloody Red Baron, The Original Dr Shade and Other Stories, Life’s Lottery, Back in the USSA (with Eugene Byrne), Dracula Cha Cha Cha, The Man From the Diogenes Club, Secret Files of the Diogenes Club and Mysteries of the Diogenes Club under his own name and The Vampire Genevieve and Orgy of the Blood Parasites as Jack Yeovil.  His non-fiction books include Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman), Horror: 100 Best Books (with Stephen Jones), Wild West Movies, The BFI Companion to Horror, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who.  He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines (writing Anno Dracula book CoverEmpire’s popular Video Dungeon column), has written and broadcast widely on a range of topics, and scripted radio and television documentaries.  His stories ‘Week Woman’ and ‘Ubermensch’ have been adapted into an episode of the TV series The Hunger and an Australian short film; he has directed and written a tiny film Missing Girl.  Following his Radio 4 play ‘Cry Babies’, he wrote an episode (‘Phish Phood’) for Radio 7’s series The Man in Black.  His official web-site, ‘Dr Shade’s Laboratory’ can be found at  His current publications are expanded reissues of the Anno Dracula series and The Hound of the d’Urbervilles (from Titan) and a much-expanded edition of Nightmare Movies (from Bloomsbury).  He is on Twitter as @AnnoDracula.  He has won the Bram Stoker Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Children of the Night Award, the Fiction Award of the Lord Ruthven Assembly, the International Horror Critics' Guild Award), the Prix Ozone, the British Fantasy Award and the Rondo Award.

Joe BenitezArtist Guest of Honor:

Joe Benitez

Lady MechanikaJoe Benitez is an American comic book artist who has worked on such titles as "JLA", "Superman/Batman", "Detective Comics", "Supergirl", and "Titans" for DC Comics and "The Darkness" for Image Comics. He also co-created and penciled the sci-fi series "Weapon Zero" and the dark fantasy mini-series "Magdalena: Blood Divine" for Image.

In 2005, Joe published his first creator-owned mini-series "Wraithborn" through Wildstorm. In 2009, he stepped in to finish up Michael Turner's run on "Soulfire". Joe is currently working on a new creator-owned book, Lady Mechanika, which is published by Aspen Comics.

Musical Guests of Honor:


Rasputina is a cello-driven band based in New York that is renowned for their unconventional and quirky music style as well as their fascination with historical allegories and fashion, especially those pertaining to the Victorian era.

The group is fronted by cellist/vocalist Melora Creager, who also writes all of the lyrics and creates art for the band's albums, singles, and website.  Daniel DeJesus, cellist and vocalist extraordinaire and Dawn Miceli, celebrity podcaster in her own right, percussion/singer complete the ensemble.Rasputina

Monster Hunters of Honor:

The League of S.T.E.A.M.

The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a talented group of artists, performers, and inventors who take their audience back to a time of intrepid adventures, bridging the gap between the supernatural and the scientific; they are monster hunters from the Victorian era. The League of S.T.E.A.M. specializes in interactive entertainment, performing with a fusion of fantastic technology, interactive demonstrations, and theatrical trickery, and their live events showcase a mesmerizing array of fully functional gadgets and props meticulously designed to enchant and entertain audiences of all ages. Their mission is to create unforgettable entertainment, telling their stories through unique mix of interactive live shows, a popular web series, audio podcasts, and interactive fan club, and more.