Chattacon XLII

January 20 – 22, 2017

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga, TN

Chattacon 42 Featured Guests

Mystery Guest

Mike Resnick

Guest of Honor

Mystery Guest

Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor

Mystery Guest

Jenifer Mulvihill

Special Guest

Mystery Guest

Wendy Webb


Chattacon 42 Panelists

Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay is a critically acclaimed genre-spanning artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals and then black and white line art for large publishing houses, she transitioned into working on her first love, roleplaying games.

Gregory Nicoll

Gregory Nicoll is an author and journalist whose award-winning fiction glistens with an intense fever-dream sense of detail, best exemplified by his WWII horror novel Dracula’s  Cat and his steampunk Pied Piper redux for the anthology Clockwork Fairy Tales.

D. Alan Lewis

D. Alan Lewis is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children.
Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. Alan’s other books include, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus from Dark Oak and The Bishop of Port Victoria. He is editor of the anthology, Capes & Clockwork, and also editing of 2 anthologies for Dark Oak Press, Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem and Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds.

James Neathery

 James is known for being a contestant on the Steampunk’d competition TV show. He is from Nashville, TN and along with his wife, Sara, they own and Operate Starboard Sky Industries.  James makes amazing Steampunk Watches. He is a talented artist and is always willing to help others!

Sara Neathery


Sara is a Model, Maker, and Artist from Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband James Neathery and their two children. She came onto the Steampunk scene in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. With a background in modeling, theatre, and antique restoration Sara felt right at home in the creative genre that is Steampunk. She started out just making and modeling her own Steampunk outfits, but has since expanded her skill set to include jewelry making, leather working, and most notably building steampunk themed miniature sculptures

Milton Davis

Milton Davis is a research and development chemist, speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a micro publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of Changa’s Safari Volumes One, Two and Three. His most recent releases are Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R.

Michael Bielaczyc

Michael Bielaczyc has been making art his whole life, in various media and subjects.

He has been selling and showing work since 1995, when he self published a comic book written and illustrated by himself. Going back to college at 23, he decided that art was going to be his main focus in life.

Paul Bielaczyc

Paul Bielaczyc in his own words: “I have been drawing and whatnot since as long as I can remember. Any spot in my school notebooks that didn’t have notes were filled with sketches. I drew mostly from the D&D adventures that my brother ran, as well as the fantasy books I was reading. I did a few pieces based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, but focusing on being a nerd, I didn’t have much time for art in high school.

Vitamin Geek

Vitamin Geek is a Chattanooga, TN based podcast that discusses all facets of geek pop culture from video games to horror to anime to science fiction to comics. They run a weekly podcast focused on all aspects of geek culture, including horror and sci-fi movies, comic books, video games, board games and conventions.

Louise Herring-Jones

Louise Herring-Jones now writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Once upon a time, when she was not much more than a child, she set aside her dreams of authorship to gather life experience first. To the extent that she now writes a great deal about aliens, spaceships, mummies, zombies, and other creatures, things, and places that may only exist in her imagination, or perhaps only existed long ago or may exist at some far distant time in the future, she made a huge mistake by setting her dream aside.

Stephen L. Antczak

Stephen L. Antczak sold his first short story in 1990, and since then has had over 40 short stories published, some in anthologies such as Adventures in the Twilight Zone edited by Carol Serling, Gahan Wilson’s Ultimate Haunted House, and the Barnes & Noble book 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories. His short novel, God Drug, and story collection Daydreams Undertaken were published by small press Marietta Publishing.

Chattacon 42 Art Show Information

The Chattacon Art Show features artwork of all kinds from across the country for you to browse and bid on in a silent auction format, as well as a print shop with art available for retail purchase. Come visit the gallery and see what the artists have brought to us this year. There are always unique offerings for a wide variety of artistic tastes!

Location: Roosevelt Room


Check the Signs at the Roosevelt Room.

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Doctor Osborn

Controlled chaos ensues when Doctor Osborn the Magical Mad Scientist descends upon the convention! Bent on world domination through the use of his haphazard and flaky experiments, he uses the convention attendees as laboratory rats to carry out his diabolical schemes!  

Molly Maguires


Chattacon welcomes back Chattanooga’s premeir Irish band, the Molly Maguires! They are the Irish band your mother warned you about! For a toe tapping, foot stomping good time, grab a seat early! This popular event is a favorite Chattacon tradition!






July’s Committe Meeting

Hello everyone, the next Chattacon Committe meeting is Saturday, July 9th at 2 PM at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Changes at the Choo Choo

As you may have heard the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo continues to renovate, redesign and update the historic grounds of the Choo Choo resort.  One of these updates that has been recently revealed is that the future of building 3 ( the party building) has now been decided. This building will go through renovations to become single use apartments such as they recently did to building 2.   This renovation will begin before the end of this year making it no longer an available building for conventions or guest. While this is an inconvenience, we at Chattacon do not see this as a show stopper.  Chattacon 42 will occur and we will do everything we can to make this change as painless as possible.

The Chattacon team has already been working on a resolution for the issue of room space, and will be soon announcing an overflow hotel. There will be a shuttle running between this overflow hotel and the convention.  To guarantee a room at the Choo Choo please book now, there are still rooms available.  Also, the train cars will be made available to Chattacon at the same rates as a standard room.  We will be addressing the issue of party space and we will find a home for you at the Choo Choo.  If you have already booked a “party” room the hotel will be contacting you soon.  

As we have more information we will release it on our many social media outlets. Be sure to follow us on twitter – @chattacon on Instagram and on Facebook.