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Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

The next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con is being 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. 

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We are thrilled to have Reed Farrel Coleman as one of our two keynote speakers!

Reed Farrel Coleman’s love of storytelling originated on the streets of Brooklyn and was nurtured by his teachers, friends, and family. A New York Times bestseller called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post, Reed is the author of novels, including Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, short stories, and poetry. Reed is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories—Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story—and a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. A former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Reed is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of MWA University. Brooklyn born and raised, he now lives with his family–including cats Cleo and Knish–in Suffolk County on Long Island.

 

We are very proud to announce this year’s first Keynote will be Alexandra Sokoloff!

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.

 

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.

 

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

Cerece fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back.” 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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