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JVL-Con VIII in August in Janesville, Wisconsin

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:02 pm    Post subject: JVL-Con VIII in August in Janesville, Wisconsin Reply with quote

This was posted on a horror authors' yahoo listgroup and I am posting it here for the Rebels in this base.






JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville's annual
science-fiction/fantasy and gaming convention, JVL-CON
has announced its new dates and two new guests for
2006. JVL-CON VIII will be August 25-27 at the Ramada
Inn Janesville, 3431 Milton Ave.

Last year, JVL-CON VII made local, national and
international headlines when a passerby mistakenly
interpreted an attendee in a Star Wars Stormtrooper
costume for an armed robber.

This year’s Guest of Honor is Milwaukee-based horror
author W.D. Gagliani. His novel Wolf’s Trap was a Bram
Stoker Award Finalist in 2004, and it was just
released in a new mass paperback edition from Leisure
Books. His short stories have appeared in anthologies
like Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Wicked Karnival Halloween
Horror, and The Asylum 2: The Violent Ward. His
non-fiction has appeared in award-winning-publications
like Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, Flesh and Blood,
Crimespree, Science-Fiction Chronicle as well as
BookPage, BookLovers, and the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel. His website is

The other guest will be Williams Bay-based fantasy
author/editor Janet Deaver-Pack. She has published
over 25 short stories in such books as Gateways, A
Constellation of Cats, The Mutant Files, and
Historical Hauntings. Deaver-Pack has co-authored two
role-playing game sourcebooks, and has co-edited
fantasy anthologies, including Magic Tails, which was
released in 2005 by DAW Books. Her non-fiction has
appeared in various publications, including Scrye
Magazine and At The Lake Magazine. Her website is

Previously announced guests, actors Stacy Keach and
Peter Jason, will not be attending JVL-CON VIII due to
unforeseen circumstances on the part of the

However, returning to JVL-CON will be members of the
Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group with
programs on real-life paranormal activity. The group
was featured last year in the documentary film “Ghost
Hunting.” Also returning will be the sci-fi
comedy/music of The Great Luke Ski (also known as the
“Uber-Geek”) and appearing for the first time is
fellow comic-musician Eric Coleman. Both have been
aired on the Dr. Demento Show.

A full weekend of role-playing games is scheduled,
including game tournaments and special demonstrations.
There will be a dealer's room where memorabilia will
be available for purchase. Additional activities
include fan-based panel discussions, writers’ panels,
an art show, a video room, raffles and door prizes, a
Saturday night costume contest and a charity auction
to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief
Fund. JVL-CON will continue its annual food drive:
bring a canned food item and receive $1 off admission.
Items will be donated to ECHO, a Janesville food

Weekend admission to JVL-CON VIII is $25 for adults,
$12.50 for children 7-10 years old until August 1.
Tickets will be $30 and $15 at the door. Children
under six admitted free. Single-day, reduced-tickets
are available. For room reservations, call the Ramada
Inn at 608-756-2341 or 1-800-433-7787 and ask for the
special JVL-CON VIII room block.

JVL-CON VIII will be one of the last events at the
Ramada Inn before it is torn down later this year. For
more information and updates about the convention,
visit JVL-CON VIII online at

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