New Featured Guest: Dave Schrader

We’re pleased to announce that Dave Schrader will be joining us as a Featured Guest at CONsole Room this year!

DAVE SCHRADER is the host of the wildly popular and internationally heard Darkness Radio Presents: Beyond the Darkness. Darkness Radio is about to enter its 10th year on the air and is considered to be the most popular paranormal themed talk shows on the air following Coast to Coast AM which Dave has also been a recurrent fill-in host exposing his show to about 15 million listeners world-wide.

Dave co-wrote the book The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal, was the lead judge on the Travel Channel hit mini-series Paranormal Challenge and has appeared on Travel Channel’s #1 series, Ghost Adventures 6 times and Paranormal State on A&E.

He is joined by listeners around the globe on these adventures and is a popular and sought after public speaker on all aspects of the Paranormal. Dave travels the world investigating claims of the paranormal, from the historic and haunted battlefields of Gettysburg to Romania following in the footsteps of the real Dracula to Scotland in search of the Loch Monster and beyond.

To learn more about our Guests, visit our Guests page.

Lars Pearson Returns to CONsole Room

We are pleased to announce that Lars Pearson will be returning to CONsole Room as a Featured Guest this year!

LARS PEARSON is founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Norwegian Press and one of the foremost experts on Doctor Who in North America. He thanks God that the new Doctor Who has finally silenced those who preferred to overlook the original show’s imagination in favor of giggling over how the spaceships looked like dish soap bottles. He’s also pleased that the new show has gotten his wife interested in Doctor Who. (Although her rabid interest in Doctor Who fanfic is slightly disturbing. It worries him when she starts randomly asking him under what conditions the TARDIS console pulsates.)

Pearson grew up on a horse farm in Story City, and is fairly certain he was a youngster at the very first DemiCon. At that event, he breathlessly watched The Curse of Fenric – then a new(ish) Doctor Who story – on grubby videotape in someone’s hotel room, but had to leave early to keep his parents from realizing that he was at one of those shows devoted to that weird Sci-Fi stuff.

As a Coe College graduate, Pearson cut his teeth as a newspaper editor (and reported on such stories as a burning brothel), then became an editor for Wizard Entertainment in New York (working on such magazines as Wizard: The Guide to Comics, ToyFare and InQuest Gamer) before a brief stint as one of two Sci-Fi/ Comics Writers at the doomed in Los Angeles.

He founded Mad Norwegian Press — a publisher of SF reference guides, essay books and novels — in 2001. The company ethnically made less sense when it was based in New Orleans (he had the option of getting married by a voodoo priestess, if that tells you anything), but it now resides in Des Moines, where it is surrounded on all sides by corn and pastry-baking Scandinavians.

Along with Lance Parkin, Pearson is the co-author of Ahistory, a definitive Doctor Who text that’s now 326,000 words longer than War and Peace, and will soon incorporate nearly 2000 Who-related stories into a single timeline. Despite the obvious impediment of having a Y chromosome, Pearson was the top editor on the company’s newly formed range of essay books pertaining to women and fandom. To date, these include Chicks Dig Time Lords (2011 Hugo Award Winner, Best Related Work), Whedonistas!, Chicks Dig Comics (Hugo Award nominated, 2013), Chicks Unravel Time (Hugo Award nominated, 2013), the related Queers Dig Time Lords (Hugo Award nominated, 2014), Chicks Dig Gaming (ENnie Award nominated, 2015) and Companion Piece.

All told, Pearson has written or edited more than 40 Sci-Fi guidebooks and novels through Mad Norwegian, and in 2016 alone processed (gulp) more than a million words of Sci-Fi analysis. Having lived in the biggest and second biggest cities in America (and the most voodoo-flavored), he can personally attest that Des Moines is the best of all of them.

To read more about our Guests of Honour and Featured Guests, visit our Guests page.

New Featured Guest: Steven Hill

Only 38 days away from CONsole Room 2017 and we have more exciting guests to announce!

We’re happy to announce that Steven Hill will be joining us this year as a Featured Guest. Steve is the primary author (leading the team of six) of Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America (from ATB Publishing). He is also the co-owner and director of Gallifrey Base, the largest and most popular Doctor Who forum on the Internet, and was previously the chief administrator of the Outpost Gallifrey forum. He is the assistant programming director for the annual Chicago TARDIS convention; the creator and director of Mysterious Theatre 337, a favorite feature of American conventions since 1996; and an occasional on-stage interviewer at some American conventions. He has written two previous books, Silver Scream Vol 1 and Vol 2, in-depth reference works on classic (1920-1951) horror films from Telos Publishing, and is a contributor to Outside In from ATB Publishing and 1001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die from Universe Publishing. A Doctor Who fan since 1975, he was a regular contributor to CompuServe’s SF&F SIG (Doctor Who section) in the 1980s, and in 1996 he created the Doctor Who Image Archive website.

To find out more about our amazing guests, visit our Guests page.