If you go
› What: Chattacon 45
› Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 407 Chestnut St.
› When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; 10 a.m.1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26
› Admission: $60 adults,
$50 ages 8-12
› For more information:
convention,” so events are planned ranging from Saturday morning cartoons for the kids to panels for their parents.
Special guests for Chattacon 45 will be author Robert McCammon, artist Melissa Gay and author Faith Hunter.
› Literary Guest of Honor: McCammon is the author of 23 novels and two short-story collections. Starting with his first novel, “Baal,” in 1978, McCammon quickly became one of the bestselling horror authors of the 1980s with three consecutive novels hitting the New York Times Bestsellers List: “Swan Song,” “Stinger” and “The Wolf’s Hour.”
His 1991 classic “Boy’s Life” won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. After “Gone South” in 1992, McCammon decided to try historical fiction, which had always interested him.
After clashing with a new publisher over the direction of his new books, McCammon retired from publishing for 10 years. He returned in 2002 with “Speaks the Nightbird,” the first book in his series about Matthew Corbett.
› Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay is an award-winning illustrator of books and table-top role-playing games. She has done book covers and illustrations for Hugo, World Fantasy and Stoker Award-winning authors, and her client list includes Baen Books, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House and Apex Press.
One of her pieces for the SagaBorn RPG Core Rule Book won the 2018 Chesley Award for Gaming-Related Illustration.
Kerns points out that Chattacon 45’s badge art, program cover and T-shirt art were created by Gay.
“They will become collector’s pieces,” he says of the original artwork.
› Special Guest of Honor: Author Faith Hunter will be the opening ceremony’s guest speaker.
Hunter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of two series: the Jane Yellowrock series and the Soulwood series. She has also written the three Rogue Mage novels.
She is the co-author or author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether, she has more than 40 books in print.
Chattacon 45 badges will be sold at the door for walk-ups.