Hypericon | Nashville, Tennessee

A weekend popular arts conference; festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft.

Featured Guest

Glen Cook

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Cook was born in New York City. His love of writing began in grade school, and in high school he wrote the occasional article for his school’s newspaper. After high school, Cook spent time in the United States Navy and later worked his way through college, leaving little time for his writing endeavors. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was “hard to learn, but involved almost no mental effort”, writing as many as three books per year. It was during this time that Cook wrote The Black Company, a novel published by Tor Fantasy in May 1984. It inaugurated a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company) that follows an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2014, it comprises 10 novels published in three subseries plus recent short fiction. It has become something of a cult classic, especially among current and former members of the military.

Cook is also well known for his Garrett P.I. series, which tells the haphazard adventures of hardboiled detective Garrett, and his Dread Empire series, which highlights Cook’s earlier published work. Cook is currently retired from his job at GM, living with his wife, Carol, in St. Louis, Missouri. Although he can now devote himself full-time to his writing career, he feels he was actually more productive while he was still employed at his old job.

Venus Ann Serena

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Drag Entertainer, VENUS ANN SERENA

Drag Entertainer, VENUS ANN SERENA

Venus is a local entertainer here in Nashville. With seven years of experience under her belt, she is a former Miss Genesis and Miss Calendar Girl of the year. Also a current 1st Alternate to Miss Gay TN UsofA, Venus is competing this May in a national competition for drag. Along with that, Venus has taught panels for crossplay and Para Para dance at the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, Anime Blues Con, Momocon, and Akaicon for the last six years. She is excited to be at Hypericon for the first time this year and cannot wait to meet and work with new people. If you are in Nashville you can catch her at Play Dance Bar every Monday and Thursday night.