Master of Ceremonies: John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. He is also a cast member of the role-playing podcast Authors & Dragons, where a group of comedy, fantasy, and horror writers play Dungeons & Dragons. Very poorly.
In 2016, John teamed up with a group of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction’s “misfit toys.” Falstaff Books has since published over 50 titles with authors ranging from first-timers to NY Times bestsellers, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering. John’s pronouns are he/him.
2014 EPIC Award Winner – Best Horror Novel
2013 EPIC Award Finalist – Best Horror Novel
2010 Charlotte Writers’ Club Board Prize for Poetry
2010 Pushcart Prize Nominee
Past President, Charlotte Writers’ Club
Past President, North Carolina Theatre Conference
2005 Metrolina Theatre Award recipient, Best Lighting Designer, Drama
2002 Charlotte Theatre Person of the Year (co-recipient)