Aaron’s Schedule at MALCon 2017

Aaron Michael Ritchey (9 panels):

Fri, 5:00 PM-5:50 PM, Tolkien’s Influence on Art and Imagination (The Shire)

Fri, 7:00 PM-7:50 PM, God Made the Devil Too: Villians (Helms Deep)

Fri, 8:00 PM-8:50 PM, Character Focused Storytelling (The Shire)

Fri, 10:00 PM-10:50 PM, Author Readings (15 min each) (Kings Landing)

Sat, 9:00 AM-9:50 AM, To Self Pub or Not: Is It Really Easy? (Serenity)

Sat, 3:00 PM-3:50 PM, Gender Representation in Fandom (Helms Deep)

Sat, 11:00 PM-11:50 PM, Twin Peaks (Helms Deep)

Sun, 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, Lord of the Rings: Myth or Mythopoetic (Helms Deep)

Sun, 1:00 PM-1:50 PM, Catastrophic Seasonal Climates in Game of Thrones (Kings Landing)

Mario Acevedo and Juniper Gossip – Ezekiel 37:23

This is Mario Acevedo drunk.

This is Mario Acevedo drunk on Jesus.


Kidding! I’m kidding.

But not really.

What’s funny, when I first approached Mario about writing a story in the world of The Juniper Wars series, he immediately had an idea and then sent me the picture above, the one with the mad pioneer with the bible in one hand and a rifle in the other. He said, and I quote, “THIS CAPTURES THE HEART OF MY STORY!”

I gulped. I nodded politely. I backed away slowly.

Actually, working with Mario was a treat. I was so impressed by his professionalism and his raw talent. Edits were a breeze because he is such an amazing writer. And earned his amazingness after decades of hard work, cheap booze, and a weekly critique group, which I so honored to be member of for years and years.

So, yeah, good writing shows in the final product, but we don’t see all the years of doubt, tears, sweat, and dead bodies.

I hoped I helped Mario’s story shine a little brighter. It really is a great piece of short fiction.

Click here for “Ezekial 37:23” by Mario Acevedo (a zip file containing the *.mobi, *.epub, and *.PDF)

Prophet Brother Othniel has given his followers an order: find women and find babies. Josheb, a hardened veteran and true believer, will discover a horrible secret that will break the bones of his world. Let the cleansing begin.




Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He contributed two stories for the award-winning horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, by Hex Publishers. His novel, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at his website at http://www.marioacevedo.com/.

This is Mario sober.




MALCon 2016 – AMR Schedule, Yo


Greatest Godzilla Movie
Helms Deep
Fri Aug 12 5:00:pm – 5:50:pm
32 will enter, 1 will win. Since 1954, Godzilla has adorned movie theaters and endured the longest living franchise in cinema history. So which one deserves the accolade of being the greatest Godzilla of all time? Is it impossible to top Gojira, the movie that began it all? Or do the more elaborate entries with classic monsters like King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan deserve the throne?
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Kathryn Renta, Thomas A. Fowler


Future of Kaiju
Lawrence, KS
Sat Aug 13 10:00:am – 10:50:am
Godzilla, Gamera, King Kong are all returning and the consensus is: Let them fight. What has made us curious about Kaiju and giant monsters again? How has Godzilla endured over 60 years onscreen? Audience members are encouraged to provide their hopes for the future of movie monsters, and concerns for the upcoming installments.
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Thomas A. Fowler

Writing in the 21st Century: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before?
The Shire
Sat Aug 13 12:00:pm – 12:50:pm
Are there topics, characters, or situations that we can write about now that were taboo or forbidden in the past?
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Stace Johnson, Tonya L. De Marco

Religion in SF/F Outside the Western World
Lawrence, KS
Sat Aug 13 1:00:pm – 1:50:pm
What if the galaxy was explored by Islamic researchers? What if the next epic fantasy you read is set in Aztec Mexico? Speculative fiction is our chance to explore the cosmos through very different eyes than our own — and not just extraterrestrial or elven ones!
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Stant Litore, Veronica Calisto

Going with the Flow
Kings Landing
Sat Aug 13 2:00:pm – 2:50:pm
Finding inspiration and balancing your job as a writer with your mundane job. Finding time to write when you have a family.
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Amity Green

Sat Aug 13 3:00:pm – 3:50:pm
Come join your fellow Whedonites to talk, share, argue and discuss your love for all of Whedon’s creations! Buffy, Firefly, Avengers, Dr Horrible and more. More thrilling than staying at a cabin in the woods, more insane than living in a dollhouse.
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Kathryn Renta, Keith DeCandido, Lou J Berger

Trope if You Want To
Sat Aug 13 4:00:pm – 4:50:pm
You know that story you want to write about pirates? How about that one about aliens? Superheroes? Wizards? Secret agents? Just because a genre has already been beaten to death doesn’t mean you can’t bring something unique to it.
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Kimberly Kennedy, Mike Cervantes, Veronica Calisto


When They Tell You They’re Too Old or Too Young
The Shire
Sun Aug 14 10:00:am – 10:50:am
There is YA literature that many consider to have topics beyond a YA audience (Hunger Games, Twilight), but does this mean they aren’t for adult readers? What’s the judgment and do we care?
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Amity Green, Courtney Farrell

Marketing for Writers
Sun Aug 14 12:00:pm – 12:50:pm
Don’t publishers handle all that marketing mumbo jumbo? In this booming era of indie authors, hybrids, and small presses, what does it take to get your name out there? How does a writer market him or herself?
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Kimberly Kennedy, Stace Johnson

Humor in the Modern Action Story
The Shire
Sun Aug 14 1:00:pm – 1:50:pm
From Jackie Chan and Axel Foley to the hard-hitting and explosive antics of anime, why do so many writers (and directors) mash up wise-acres and violence?
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Kal Spriggs, Mike Cervantes

Pitching to the Editor
The Shire
Sun Aug 14 3:00:pm – 3:50:pm
Want to pitch your next great novel in a flash? Learn how from pros who have been there.
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Keith DeCandido