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My Schedule for Saugatuck StoryFest 2019

In just one week, we’ll be hitting the road and heading out to the awesome Saugatuck StoryFest in Westport, Connecticut! It’s my last convention for the year, and I’m incredibly excited for it! So in case you’ll be there, here’s my official schedule of panels and signings during the event. (Plus, check out this super cool graphic that StoryFest created for me! EEEE!)

Scary Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association on Saturday, September 28th at 12pm
Moderated by HWA president John Palisano, I’ll be joining panelists Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones, Mallory O’Meara, Grady Hendrix, and J.W. Ocker on The Forum Stage. We’ll be talking all about the current state of the horror genre as well as its future. And as if all of this isn’t cool enough, this panel serves as the “opening act” for R.L. Stine who will be giving his keynote address right afterward. For real, how cool is that?! *writer swoon*

Book Signing on Saturday, September 28th at 2:30pm
If you want a chance to talk a bit or to pick up a copy of The Rust Maidens, Pretty Marys All in a Row, or And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, I’ll be signing books in the afternoon. This signing event will also include all the great panelists and moderator from the previous panel plus the absolutely delightful and talented Christa Carmen. So head on out to meet us all and get your books signed!

The Storyteller in the World on Saturday, September 28th at 3:30pm
My second panel of the weekend explores the worlds that writers create and how we have personal connections to those worlds. Moderated by Meryl Moss, I’ll be with fellow panelists Marah Hardt, L.L. McKinney, Christa Carmen, Tope Folarin, and Courtney Maum. Also, in case you miss my first signing, the panelists and I will be doing a signing right after this panel too!

There are so many other great events all weekend, so you can find the full schedule for StoryFest right over here. Needless to say, I’m looking so forward to seeing everyone in Connecticut next week! Definitely say hello if you see me!

Happy reading, and happy StoryFest!

My Schedule for NecronomiCon Providence

NecronomiCon Providence is only a few days away, so it’s about time I post my schedule for the event! Now originally, I didn’t think that I would be on any panels, since I waited until the last minute to decide to attend. But thanks to those involved in programming, the stars have aligned in my favor, and I get to be an official part of programming throughout the weekend.

So without further horror adieu, here’s my schedule for NecronomiCon!

The Weird on a Black and White Screen: Classic Weird Television on Friday, August 23rd at 6pm
My very first panel of the weekend will be moderated by the awesome Nicholas Kaufmann, and I will be joining panelists Pete Rawlik, Alan Tromp, and Joe Zannella as we discuss classic weird television shows. As an incredibly huge fan of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Kolchak the Night Stalker, I could seriously not be more stoked for this. It’s not nearly often enough that I get a chance to talk about how much I love horror television, so it will be so much fun to be part of this panel! This one takes place on the third floor of the Omni in the Washington-Newport Room.

Through a Forest, Darkly: Sylvan Dread on Saturday, August 24th at 9am
This panel is all about the weird and creepy aspects of forests, and as someone who lives surrounded by gorgeously haunted woods, this topic is quite near and dear to my strange little heart. Moderated by Bracken MacLeod, I get to join panelists Larissa Glasser, Richard Gavin, Paul Tremblay, and Jordan Smith in the Capital Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Graduate (the hotel formerly known as the Biltmore, for those keeping track at home).

State of the Weird: The Outer Dark Podcast Live! on Saturday, August 24th at 12pm
The always fabulous Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay do such truly wonderful work with The Outer Dark and for the weird fiction community overall, and I’m so pleased and honored to join Victoria Dalpe, teri.zin, and John Langan as we discuss weird fiction with Scott for this live Outer Dark event. Come and hang out with us during the lunch hour on the 17th floor in L’Apogee at the Graduate!

Beyond panels, some other incredibly wonderful news: Behold the Undead of Dracula, the new anthology from Muzzleland Press, is making its debut at the convention. You can check out that book in the dealers room where the first 100 people who purchase the anthology will also get a free copy of the book’s soundtrack! That’s right: it has its own soundtrack! *swoons*

On Saturday evening, I’ll be attending the Nightfire Release Party for the forthcoming audio anthology from Tor’s new horror imprint. The anthology’s official details are still under wraps at the moment, but let’s just say that I’m very, very excited for it. That event starts at 6pm on the 3rd floor Terrace at the Graduate, and there will be s’mores and an open bar and readings from Molly Tanzer and Paul Tremblay, so it’s sure to be a great time!

So that’s my schedule for this week. You can find the full programming list for the entire event here. As always, if you spot me around the convention, definitely say hello! It will be great to see everyone from the social media universe in person! We have corporeal forms! Hooray!

Happy reading, and happy NecronomiCon!

Summer Updates: New Releases, Conventions, and HWA Pittsburgh

July is nearly over, and the summer’s really disappearing fast this year. While I’m looking forward to October more than ever, I’ve still got some very cool events on the docket this summer, along with some brand-new and forthcoming releases that I’m excited to share. So without further adieu, let’s get on with this post, shall we?

HWA Pittsburgh Chapter

First and foremost, let’s talk about this super exciting announcement. This one isn’t a convention or an appearance, but instead, an all-hands-on-deck kind of deal: if you’re a writer in the greater Pittsburgh area (which includes West Virginia and Ohio, if it’s in driving distance for you), please consider joining us for the 1st meeting of the brand-new Horror Writers Association Pittsburgh Chapter. The truly fabulous Sara Tantlinger and Michael Arnzen are co-hosting this meeting on Saturday, July 27th at 5pm at Seton Hill University. For this initial meetup, you don’t need to be an HWA member, so please join us as we talk about what kinds of horror-centric events we’d like to put together in the region. Needless to say, it’s going to be a really amazing time bringing an HWA chapter to Zombie City USA, so come and hang out with us!

NecronomiCon Providence

So this event is a bit of a last-minute addition to the summer, but for good reason. I just got word in recent weeks that a couple projects that I’m part of will be hosting their launches at NecronomiCon, so I decided to break my no-cons-until-fall plan and head on up to Providence from August 23rd to 25th. I waited too long to be considered for panels, which means I’ll just be spending the weekend celebrating new releases with friends, and honestly, that sounds perfectly delightful. If you see me around, feel free to wave or glare. Being strange and unusual myself, I respond equally well to both.


Saugatuck StoryFest

And for my last convention of 2019, I’m thrilled to be returning for a second year in a row to this festival, hosted by the Westport Library. I’ve seen the preliminary programming that I’ll be joining, and I’m just giddy with excitement over it. The festival runs from September 27th to the 28th, and like last year, it will definitely be a lovely time, so if you’re in the area, please head out for this! Lots of genres mingling together here, and lots of fun for people of all ages!

New and Forthcoming Releases

Finally, I’d like to do a quick rundown of my recent and forthcoming publications. 2019 has been a pretty busy year on the short fiction front for me, so I want to make sure I give everything its due here on the old blog.

Summer Book Covers 2019

First up, recent releases! Welcome to Mistaktonic University from Broken Eye Books just made its way into the world this week. The table of contents includes my cosmic horror tale, “A Lost Student’s Handbook for Surviving the Abyss,” alongside a ton of other fantastic authors. I’ve been excited about this release for a while now, so it’s awesome to see it finally go live, tentacles and all!

As for nonfiction, the 10th issue of Unnerving Magazine was released earlier this month, and I’m proud to have an article titled “Beyond the Forest and Bloodied Paths: A Foray into the World of Folk Horror.” I get to talk all about Howard David Ingham’s awesome book, We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror, along with my favorite folk horror films, including The Company of Wolves, Eye of the Devil, and Picnic at Hanging Rock. So much creepy rural devilry, so little time!

And finally, forthcoming anthologies! I’ll talk much more about each of these as they’re released, but I’m beyond honored to have stories in Weirdpunk Books’s A New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg, Muzzleland Press’s Behold the Undead of Dracula: Lurid Tales of Cinematic Gothic Horror, and Nightscape Press’s Horror for RAICES: A Charitable Anthology. Plus, I’ve got a couple other publications that I haven’t been given the green light to announce quite yet, which just means there will be more fiction to share in the next post.

In the meantime, happy summer, and happy reading!

My Schedule for StokerCon 2019

So in just a couple days, I’ll be heading to Grand Rapids, Michigan for StokerCon 2019! Here are the places I’ll be haunting this week!

StokerCon 2019Body Modification: It’s More than Just Earrings and Tongue Studs on Friday, May 10th at 1pm

This very cool panel will be moderated by Edward Rosick, and feature both me and author Donna Lynch as panelists. I look forward to the wide array of topics that we’ll cover, including all the wonderful creepiness of body horror, a major favorite horror subgenre of mine.

Librarians Day: Small Publishers, Big Voices on Friday, May 10th at 3:30pm
I’m thrilled to be part of the Librarians Day events, and equally excited to be representing JournalStone along with owner Christopher Payne. This Librarians Day series through StokerCon is so incredible, and let’s face it: as writers and readers, we can’t do enough to thank all the fabulous librarians out there. So I’m most certainly looking forward to being part of this one.

Fairy Tales: A Child’s Introduction to Horror on Saturday, May 11th at 10am
There’s nothing quite as lovely and terrifying as a fairy tale, and I’ll get to talk all about them along with moderator Carina Bissett and panelists April Grey and Donna Wagenblast Munro. This is of course one of my very favorite topics, so I can’t wait for all the great fairy tales we’ll discuss!

Reading Block 22 on Saturday, May 11th at 3pm
I’ll be sharing this spot with authors Valerie Williams and Michael Cieslak, and as usual, I’m super excited to be reading. It’s always such an honor to have people listen to your work being read live. So definitely head on over to our reading block to hang out and hear us tell you tales!

Those are all my panels and my reading block, but you’ll also be able to catch me at the Mass Autograph Session and Ice Cream Social on Friday evening at 5pm. Because, I mean, come on! Ice cream!

I’ll also be at the Bram Stoker Awards on Saturday night. All dressed up and fancy free! Spoiler: I’ve decided that I will probably break out the Disco Goth dress for the evening, since it only got a couple-hour appearance at Readercon last summer, and it’s one of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe. Sequins and darkness, here I come!

So needless to say, it’s going to be a fabulous weekend in Grand Rapids, and I can’t wait to meet you all there! Definitely say hello if you see me around. I’m looking so forward to hanging out with everyone! Hooray!

Happy reading, and happy StokerCon!

Spring 2019 Updates: Appearances, New Releases, & Maidens Who Rust!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any blog updates about my goings-on, so I figured I should probably use this site for that very task. 2019 has already ushered in many new and exciting developments, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

THE RUST MAIDENS

The Rust MaidensEveryone who follows my social media already knows this, but since I haven’t announced it yet on the blog, here goes: The Rust Maidens is an award nominee! And twice over too!

First, back in February, the Bram Stoker Award nominations were announced, and The Rust Maidens made the cut for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Then just last week, the book was nominated for a This Is Horror Award in the category of Novel of the Year. Seriously. These are real things that happened! The Stokers will be announced on May 1th in Grand Rapids, and you can still vote for the This Is Horror Awards over here!

It’s all cliche and whatnot to talk about how much this means to me, but let me say it again anyhow: it absolutely means the world to me that this book has found an audience. So thank you to everyone who’s read, reviewed, and supported The Rust Maidens. I can’t fully express my deep gratitude to all of you. Having a first novel has been a wild and humbling ride, without a doubt.

NIGHTSCAPE PRESS

Now for another first! My very first novelette will be coming out later this year! The Invention of Ghosts is a surreal exploration of friendship, the occult, and what it means to be haunted. As part of Nightscape Press’s Charitable Chapbook series, the paperback version will feature original illustrations and will have a highly limited run, with one-third of all sales going to the National Aviary, which is among my favorite places on Earth. The release for The Invention of Ghosts is slated for November 26th, and a pre-order page should be up shortly. For the Charitable Chapbook series, each paperback copy goes for $30 while ebooks are $5.

The Yellow Wallpaper Classic Chapbook(Also, there had been some online discussion recently about the breakdown of the chapbook pricing, so feel free to check that out over here if you’ve got any questions at all. This is a truly wonderful project from Nightscape editors Robert and Jennifer Wilson, and it’s an honor to be involved.)

But that’s not the only thing I’m doing with Nightscape Press this year. I’m beyond thrilled to have written the introduction for The Yellow Wallpaper, which is being released through their Classic Chapbook series. And check out that glorious cover by the talented Luke Spooner! It’s almost too beautiful to believe. *swoons* That pre-order page is up now, so please support the incredible work that Nightscape is doing, and consider picking up a copy!

APPEARANCES

Now onward to places where you can see me hanging out in the shadows! From May 9th to May 11th, I’ll be in Grand Rapids for my second StokerCon! As always, I’m really looking forward to this event. I’ll be posting my full schedule here at the blog in the next week or two, so check back to find out where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. It’s sure to be a fabulous time!

And in case you didn’t catch my many Facebook and Twitter posts about it last month, I also appeared in Atlanta on March 22nd and 23rd at The Outer Dark Symposium. By far, this was one of the best times I’ve ever had at a convention. Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay are doing an awesome job of fostering an inclusive and welcoming community in weird fiction and horror, and it was so cool to be a guest at the event. Over the coming months, they’re compiling all the programming from the symposium on The Outer Dark podcast, and you can check out the first episode now, which features a panel I moderated on weird fiction and nature.

If you didn’t make it to The Outer Dark—and can’t make it to StokerCon either—and you still want to hang out with me, I’m planning one or two additional appearances this year, so stay tuned for more details on those in the coming months!

RECENT RELEASES

Okay, one last section, and then I’ll be done with updates! So far this year, I’ve had a couple new short stories and two nonfiction articles released!

Gorgon: Stories of EmergenceIn the fiction department, my dark fantasy tale, “Tips for How to Deal With Your Daughter When She’s Become a Monster,” made its debut in the phenomenal anthology, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, edited by the amazing Sarah Read at Pantheon. Then last month, my Gothic trope-twisting story, “The Woman Out of the Attic,” appeared in the beautiful Haunted House Short Stories anthology from Flame Tree Press. I’m very proud of both these stories, and I look forward to hearing from readers as copies make their way into the world!

Finally, in nonfiction, my article, “Magic, Madness, and Women Who Creep: The Power of Individuality in the Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” appears in the new issue of Vastarien. This article was such a joy to write. I got to discuss one of the coolest classic female horror authors, and I even managed to work in a reference to Literary Witches, a beautiful book that I highly recommend.

And if you’re still in the mood for a little more nonfiction, then please do check out my article, “Violence and Violins: 60 Years of Psycho,” in the recent issue of Unnerving Magazine. It was also a lot of fun to write, so hopefully, it will be a fun one to read as well. After all, it’s about time I make use of all that Hitchcock knowledge I amassed as a kid.

So those are all my latest updates for the moment. Busy days over here, and as always, expect more interviews and Submission Roundups in the weeks to come. Never a dull moment in the life of a writer, that’s for sure!

Happy reading!

My Schedule for Stokercon 2018

In a little over a week, I will be heading to Providence for this year’s StokerCon. If you’ll be there too, you can catch me on panels or at my reading! (Or you know, you can also use this schedule as a guide for how to avoid me! Either or.)

So just where exactly can you find me in Providence? I’m glad you asked…

StokerCon 2018Shirley Jackson: Master of Horror panel on Friday, March 2nd at 12pm
The moderator for this one is Jack Haringa, and my fellow panelists are Jennifer Barnes, Karen Bovenmyer, Nicole Cushing, and Paul Tremblay. I was on a Shirley Jackson panel at NecronomiCon last August, where Jack was the moderator and Paul was a panelist, so I already know this one is going to be a lot of fun. I’m also super excited to meet Jennifer, Karen, and Nicole; I know their work, and it will be great to get to know them too! Also, I could basically talk about Shirley Jackson all day, every day for the rest of eternity. So yeah, this panel will definitely be a great time.

Universal to Hammer: The Classic Screen Horrors on Friday, March 2nd at 4pm
I’m moderating this one! I know, right?! I grew up on Hammer and Universal films, so to get to lead a panel in a discussion about the movies that really shaped my childhood and my love of horror is so cool that I’m truly giddy about it. Also, if that wasn’t cool enough, the panelists are Ramsey Campbell, Michael Gingold, Christopher Golden, and Amanda Trujillo. Obviously, with huge names like that, the pressure’s on for me to do well, so light a candle for me, will you? I prefer Creature from the Black Lagoon green, thank you.

Happy 200th Birthday Frankenstein! Mary Shelley in the 21st Century panel on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:30am
The moderator for this one is John C. Tibbetts, and the panelists include Michael Arnzen, Jennifer Barnes, Leslie Klinger, and Victor LaValle. At NecronomiCon, I was also on a Mary Shelley panel, which you can actually listen to over here at The Outer Dark if you’d like. Naturally, I’m so excited to be discussing Shelley’s work again, especially with such an incredible group of authors! ( I know, I know; I keep using the word excited a lot in this post, but that’s only because it’s true.)

Fairy Tales: A Child’s First Taste of Horror panel on Saturday, March 3rd at 2pm
The moderator here is Leslie Thomas, and my fellow panelists are Edward Ahern, April Grey, Charie LaMarr, and Trisha Woolridge. Anyone who is at all familiar with me or my work already knows how much I love fairy tales and all the darkness and creepiness contained therein. With this one, I’m not-so-secretly hopeful that the conversation will steer toward Angela Carter’s work for at least a moment since her dark fairy tales are among my favorite stories of any genre.

Reading Block on Saturday, March 3rd at 4pm
Just in case panels aren’t enough for you, you can also see me spouting off my fiction, most likely in a rather animated voice (hey, that improv and acting background has to help me somewhere in life). I will be reading one of the flash pieces from my collection as well as teasing an excerpt from my novel, The Rust Maidens. Authors Marc Abbott and John F.D. Taff are also in the 4pm reading block, and I can’t wait to hear them read their work!

And Her Smile Will Untether the UniverseAnd finally, on Saturday night, Bill and I will be attending the Stoker Awards ceremony! EEEE!!! I’ve always wanted to go to the Stokers, and um, you might have heard, but this year is a bit special to me (as in very, very special). I’ve talked about this a lot already on social media—talked so much, in fact, that people are probably sick of hearing about it—but I very much want to announce it here too: my collection, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, is nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection! That’s an insane sentence to type out, but here’s a link to the final ballot in case you need external verification.

Also, because I have the best editor in the world, she also put together that updated cover you see to the left with an official Stokers seal and everything. Thanks, Jess!

So it will certainly be a busy couple days in Providence, and for that, I’m quite grateful and excited. Honestly, I’m downright thrilled. This will only be my second writing convention after NecronomiCon last summer, and I’m looking so forward to meeting a lot of new people as well as catching up with everyone I already know, either online or in person. It should be a truly wonderful weekend! *cue excited screaming*

Happy reading, and see you in Providence!