Ed Kramer

(March 20, 1961-)

Edward E. Kramer of Duluth, Georgia, one-time editor of several science fiction, fantasy and horror works, co-founded the Dragon*Con media show, of which he owned 34 percent until 2013. His partners then bought him out after years of complaints that his share of the show's profits, reportedly totaling more than $150,000 annually, were funding his legal costs in his protracted battle against child-molestation charges stemming from his arrest in 2000, He is now a convicted child sex offender, having pled guilty to three counts of child molestation.

Kramer edited the anthologies Dark Love and Grails (Roc Books); The Sandman: Book of Dreams by Neil Gaiman (HarperPrism); The Crow by James O'Barr (Random House); Free Space (Tor Books); Forbidden Acts (Avon Books); Elric: Tales of the White Wolf and Pawn of Chaos: Tales of the Eternal Champion (based on the works and characters of Michael Moorcock); Dante's Disciples, Tombs and the Dark Destiny trilogy (White Wolf); and Strange Attraction: Turns of the Midnight Carnival Wheel (Bereshith Publishing).

In 1987, he co-founded Dragon*Con, a for-profit gate show dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comics, gaming, and pop culture. He was not actively involved with Dragon*Con planning or activities after 2000.

He also chaired Origins in 1990 in Atlanta and the 1992 Georgia World Fantasy Convention. In 1995, he ran the Nebula Awards Weekend, the Atlanta World Horror Convention and the NASFiC. He chaired the Atlanta World Horror Convention again in 1999. He was FGoH at Phoenixcon 8 in 1993.

Kramer was arrested on August 25, 2000 following an anonymous tip, and charged with inappropriately touching and performing oral sex on three young boys. The ensuing investigation revealed that Kramer had been accused of molestation in 1997, but the alleged victim recanted.

Kramer's tried to serve his pre-trial detention in house arrest, but he was put in prison after a week, reportedly because of a visit by a teenage boy. Kramer suffered a spinal injury in jail, and was allowed to go back to house arrest in January 2001; he stated at home till 2008, when his travel ban was lifted, although he was not allowed to have contact with anyone under 18.

In September 2011, Kramer was arrested again after Connecticut police found him in a motel room, unsupervised, with a 14-year-old boy., and felony "risk of injury to a child" was added to the list of charges against Kramer. He was held at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, a maximum security facility in Suffield, Connecticut, awaiting extradition to Georgia, which occurred in January 2013. Kramer's trial was the most delayed trial in the history of Georgia. The district attorney claimed that most of the delays were instigated by Kramer and his legal team.

Protests to "Free Ed" gained the support of such pros as Harlan Ellison, Anne McCaffrey, Robert J Sawyer and J. Neil Schulman.

Just before his trial was scheduled to start, on December 2, 2013, Kramer, took a plea bargaining deal and pled guilty to one charge for each of the three known victims, and was sentenced to 20 years, with five years of house arrest (less time served) and 15 years of probation. Under the bargain, prosecutors nullified three counts of aggravated child molestation.