Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

The next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con is going to be held on September 30 – October 2, 2016 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center in Columbia, MD. Look for more information coming soon!

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of all genre fiction; including mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal etc. 

We are very proud to announce the first of this year’s two Keynotes will be Alexandra Sokoloff!


Alexandra is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of 11 supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. She is also the workshop leader of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and blog.

Her debut ghost story THE HARROWING was nominated for both a Bram Stoker award (horror) and an Anthony award (mystery), for Best First Novel. The Price, explores troubling questions of what people will do for love, or personal survival, in the eerie setting of a Boston hospital. The Unseen centers on a team of psychology researchers who decide to replicate a long-buried poltergeist investigation, and is based on real-life ESP experiments and poltergeist studies conducted at Duke University. In Book of Shadows, a Boston homicide detective must join forces with a beautiful, mysterious witch from Salem in a race to solve a Satanic killing. Out now are her paranormal thrillers, The Shifters and Keeper of the Shadows (from The Keepers trilogy, with bestselling authors Heather Graham and Harley Jane Kozak), her edgy supernatural YA thriller, The Space Between, and the suspense thrillers Huntress Moon and Blood Moon, books 1 and 2 in the bestselling, Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series


We Welcome Donna Andrews to our stellar panel of Local Guest Authors!

Like Meg Langslow, the ornamental blacksmith in her series from St. Martin’s Press, Donna Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. Today she spends almost as much time in cyberspace as Turing Hopper, the artificial intelligence in her “technocozy” series from Berkley Prime Crime. In 1997 she submitted her first mystery manuscript to the Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Press Best First Traditional Mystery contest. Murder with Peacocks won the contest, and went on to win the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times awards for best first novel and the Lefty award for the funniest mystery of 1999. Donna has also written four books in the Turing Hopper series. The first, You’ve Got Murder, won the Agatha award for best mystery of 2002. For more information:


We are happy to introduce our first local special guest, Cerece Rennie Murphy

Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back.” It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. She earned master’s degrees in social work and international relations and built a rewarding career in program development and management – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction. In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event – a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began writing what would become the bestselling Order of the Seers trilogy.  Order of the Seers was selected as one of The Best Kindle Books of 2014 by Digital Book Today. Cerece lives in her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.

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