Guest of Honour

Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn’t killed for using her typewriter at three o’clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan’s anecdotes end with things like “and then we got the anti-venom” or “but it’s okay, because it turned out the water wasn’t that deep.” She has yet to be defeated in a game of “Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?,” and can be amused for hours by almost anything. “Almost anything” includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.



Likhain is a Filipina artist and writer. Her art has appeared in AN ALPHABET OF EMBERS ed. Rose Lemberg, EDITIONS JENTAYU 2 ed. Jerome Bouchaud, Lackington’s ed. Ranylt Richildis, and VICE Australia, as well as in covers for THE LILIES OF DAWN by Vanessa Fogg, THE TOWERS, THE MOON by Andrea K. Höst, THE TERRACOTTA BRIDE and SPIRITS ABROAD (ebook version) by Zen Cho, and MYRIAD LANDS volumes 1 and 2 published by Guardbridge Books, among others. As M Sereno, she has been published in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Interfictions, Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling, Through the Gate, and inkscrawl. She is a 2016 Tiptree Fellow and a 2017 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Artist.
A wayward daughter of Metro Manila, she now lives in rural Australia with her partner, two pomeranians, and a princess cat. Find her online at http://likhain.net + http://awitin.likhain.net or on Twitter as @likhain.