Michael Carroll

has published a number of science fiction, fantasy and romance novels in Ireland, the UK and the US. Michael's most recent novel work has included the continuation of his Quantum Prophecy series, with Stronger, the first of a series of Razorjack books, and a Judge Dredd novel, The Cold Light of Day. In addition, he has co-written the Judge Minty fanfilm, written Judge Dredd for 2000 AD, and created an array of 3D imagery of original and other characters. He is currently the writer of the mini-series Jennifer Blood: First Blood, and the main Jennifer Blood series for Dynamite comics, as well as new Razorjack comics. You can find out about the bajillion other projects he's working on over at his website!
Michael has never missed an Octocon and we’re so glad that this year will be no exception! From such a wonderful speaker and writer, we can never wait to hear the next mystery of the universe solved in each of his panel appearances! Michael Carroll makes every convention 5,000% more fun using his wit and intellect!

Robert Curley

is the author of the Eagle Award-nominated graphic novel series Freakshow, from his own Atomic Diner publishing label. He’s also the publisher of many other fantastic Irish comics and the owner of the Sub-City chain of comic book stores in Ireland.
Rob has written such massive Irish titles as The League of Volunteers, Black Scorpion, and Crimson Blade.
His Atomic Diner Comics label also publishes the fantastic Róisín Dubh, and Jennifer Wilde, among many others.

Dr. Noirin Curran

is an expert in the psychology of games and immersion. She has been invited to speak at events in Ireland and abroad, and is currently working in the industry in the area of gaming peripherals.

She is the co-founder-and-editor-in-chief of The Gazebo, a quarterly online magazine charged with taking the pulse of the gaming scene in Ireland and the UK. For the past few years, she has run the Warpcon and Gaelcon charity auctions, and has also volunteered at numerous events such as GenConOz and San Diego Comic Con. Besides working with games, she also enjoys playing them when she gets a free minute.
Contrary to popular belief, and her difficulty with saying 'no' to interesting new projects, Noirin can only be in one place at any one time, although her work schedule might indicate otherwise.


Stephen Downey

started out in comics doing lettering on Ouija Board, Ouija Board and Good Craic Comics. He soon moved onto drawing short strips for Small Axe. He drew the dark fantasy graphic novel Cancertown. He draws "Bliain a hAon" ("year one"), for the Irish language anthology Rí-Rá, and he is one of the founders of the online multimedia anthology Tales of the… He is currently working on a number of projects from Atomic Diner: including Jennifer Wilde, , The Black Scorpion and Noe the Savage Boy. He is also working on a two-part "Black Ops Xtreme" story, for Strip Magazine. He is a founder and lead artist of Outsider Games,which has published several mobile apps.

Derek Gunn

was an avid fan of Horror and Science Fiction from an early age, dabbling in writing short stories as a teenager. Derek Gunn began writing again in earnest, in 2001 and has now written six novels, including the excellent (and terrifying) Vampire Apocalypse series, as well as stand alone novels such as The Gatekeeper.

A short story, a novel and a novella from his historical naval horror thriller HMS Swift Adventures series have been released so far,  which are each fantastic.

Leeann Hamilton

is the creator of Finn & Fish, a series of comics based on the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge. She is also the co-creator of ‘Shinimegami Kate’ - a zombie comedy, a ‘Rose by Any Other Name’ - an apocalyptic tale of family values, and ‘Bonny Buccaneers’ - a fantasy pirate story.

Ruth Frances Long

always had a thing for fantasy, romance and ancient mysteries. The combination was bound to cause trouble. In university she studied English Literature, History of Religions and Celtic Civilisation, which just compounded the problem.  She lives in Wicklow and works in a specialised library of rare and unusual books.
Her novels The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian and Soul Fire are available from Samhain Publishing. Her Tales of the Holtlands series include The Wolf’s Sister, The Wolf's Mate and The Wolf's Destiny.
Her YA dark fantasy The Treachery of Beautiful Things was released in 2012 from Dial Books for Young Readers, and received stellar reviews. The paperback edition was released in August 2013! Yay!

Oisín McGann

was born in Dublin and spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He studied at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation, later moving to London to work as an art director and copy writer in advertising.
He now lives back in Ireland and works full time as an author and illustrator. He has written and illustrated numerous books for young children, including the Mad Grandad series, The Forbidden Files series, and two short retellings of Irish legends,The Goblin of Tara and The Evil Eye.
He has also produced several Young Adult novels such as The Gods And Their Machines, The Harvest Tide Project, Under Fragile Stone, Small-Minded Giants, and The Wildenstern Saga, which includes Ancient Appetites, The Wisdom of Dead Men and the latest, Merciless Reason, released March 2012.
2013 sees the release of Dead End Junction, The Orphan Factory, and Rat Runners, which is rather impressive indeed!

Maura McHugh

was born in the USA but was transplanted to Ireland when too young to protest. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in publications in the USA and the UK such as Fantasy, Shroud Magazine, Paradox Magazine, Goblin Fruit and M-Brane SF. In 2009 her script, ‘Hotel Training’, was shot and premiered as part of the Hotel Darklight anthology film. She is the writer on two comic book series, Róisín Dubh and Jennifer Wilde, both published by Atomic Diner in Ireland.
Twisted Fairy Tales, Maura’s first short-story collection, was published in spring 2013 with illustrations by Jane Laurie.

Maura lives in Galway and when she’s not writing she works as a blogger, newsletter editor and web content manager for the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild. Maura has been an amazing Octocon guest in the past and we can't wait to have back.

Alan Nolan

is the co-creator, with Ian Whelan, of the twice-Eagle Award-nominated comic Sancho, along with a smattering of stories for other Irish publications, such as the beautiful Sorry I Can’t Take Your Call Right Now, I’m Off Saving the World and the Irish-language comic RíRá.

In January 2011 Alan was named at number 73 in the Sunday Tribune's Hot 100, having signed a deal with The O'Brien Press for six graphic novels for children. The "Murder Can Be Fatal Mysteries have been published since August 2011. The latest, ...and the Blood Flowed Green, was released in Autumn 2012.

In 2012, Alan was voted Best Mainstream Published Irish Writer in the Irish Comics News Awards.

Recently, Alan illustrated The Cream of the Milk, an A2 size, full colour broadsheet written by Pauline Hall, which celebrates thirteen Irishwomen from Irish history and mythology.

Alan’s idiosyncratic sense of humour makes him a fantastic guest for any convention, and we’re glad he’s decided to come back to ours!

Peadar Ó Guilín

’s first novel, The Inferior, has been translated into numerous languages (including Japanese and Korean) Since first seeing publication in 2007 and continues to gain in popularity. The sequel, The Deserter, came out in May 2011, and he's currently working on the third and final part, The Volunteer.

Peadar is also the author of numerous published science fiction and fantasy short stories for magazines such as Black Gate and Albedo1.

Peadar has been a regular guest at Octocon for a number of years now, and we’re delighted to have the tradition continue.

Brian J. Showers

is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He has written short stories, articles, interviews and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, All Hallows, Ghosts & Scholars: The M.R. James Newsletter, Le Fanu Studies, Supernatural Tales and Wormwood. He also runs The Swan River Press, Ireland's only press devoted to literature of the strange and supernatural.

His short story collection, The Bleeding Horse (Mercier Press), won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin (Nonsuch, 2006) and Old Albert — An Epilogue (Ex Occidente, 2011); with Gary W. Crawford and Jim Rockhill he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Hippocampus Press, 2011). He also edits The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Fantastic and Supernatural Literature.

Having studied Popular Literature at Trinity College, he currently resides on the Emerald Isle, somewhere in the verdant and ghost-haunted wilderness of Dublin City, where he is busy at work on various projects, including his next collection of strange tales.

John Vaughan

is an award-winning screenwriter and film maker, and a devotee of genre cinema. He will watch anything once (and the poor fellow has seen some very bad things once).

John wrote and directed Victory, an alien invasion drama pilot, which aired on RTE’s Storyland website in Spring 2012

He’s also the founder of the Golden Blaster Awards (entering its fifth year and continuing to grow), dedicated to the art of the short film in the genres of sci fi, horror, and fantasy. If you meet John at the con, just keep looking him in the eye... he can smell fear you know!