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October Signing Events

‘Tis the season… for creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. During the months of October and November I will be signing, selling and/or speaking at several one-day events.


Rosie’s Bookapalooza
Community Arts Center of Cambria County
Johnstown, PA
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9 am – 3 pm

This is the first annual Rosie’s Bookapalooza—a book festival for the literary lovers of all demographics! Named for, and in honor of, the former book store owner who was the executive director of the Community Arts Center for over 33 years. A day of authors, vendors, and more! Come see me there…


Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
Haverhill (Library), MA
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 am – 4.30 pm

More than 50 authors and artists, signing and selling their work, and conducting free panel discussions on various book, publishing, and spooky Halloween topics. Costumes encouraged.

I will be on the Supernatural Thrills panel (from 10.30 am – 11.20 am): What makes a great supernatural thriller? Which great thrillers are also stealth horror novels? How do we strike the right balance in such a tale? The authors address these questions, and recommend some of their favorites in the genre. Click here for more info!


Horror Writers’ Panel
2nd & Charles
Harrisburg, PA
Saturday, October 26, 2019
2 pm – 5 pm

Gather ’round ghouls and goblins, as a skeleton crew of local horror authors haunt the Harrisburg Mall.

Joining me with be Robert Swartwood, Brian Keene, Robert Ford, Mary SanGiovanni, Stephen Kozeniewski, Wes Southard and John Boden with a selection of spooky books available for signing, and a FREE limited edition short story collection created specifically for this event. For more information, go here.


Read & Scream
Chester County Library
Exton, PA
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10 am – 3 pm

The first annual Read and Scream at the Chester County Library will feature a handful of local authors, including myself, Bob Ford, Ken Cain, Somer Canon, Todd Keisling, Wes Southard and John Boden. We will be signing and selling, reading, and have a mid-day panel. Come celebrate your Halloween candy hangovers with us… for more info, go here.


I will have a selection of books with me for each of these, including the new release PASSAGES, and the banned chapbook. As always, if you are looking for something in particular, hit me up on social media or email to inquire. Often, even if I’m not planning to bring a particular book along, I have one available to bring for you.

new release: PASSAGES

 

Continuing* where Wilted Lilies left off, Passages is a supernatural thriller with ghosts, and psychics, and killers… oh my!


Lily May Holloway can hear the thoughts of the living, and speak to the dead. She’s done so since she was little, and been shunned for it.

As a new student at McMillan Hall, a private school with other teens who possess a variety of psychic gifts, she finds she isn’t necessarily unique. Or safe.

Acceptance is no longer her only concern.

Staying alive is.


 

Available NOW, the paperback version of PASSAGES will also be available direct from me at any of the remaining conventions/appearances scheduled through the end of the year, including but not limited to:

Killer Con • August 16-18, 2019 • Round Rock, TX
Creature Feature • August 30-Sept 1, 2019 • Gettysburg, PA
Rosie’s Bookapalooza • October 5, 2019 • Johnstown, PA
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival • October 12, 2019 • Haverhill, MA

If you haven’t read the first one, you’re in luck—Wilted Lilies is on sale for on 99¢. Grab one and get ready for the next chapter…

*book two in a projected series of five

August Convention Appearances

It’s going to be a very busy August, with a quiet lull, followed by a busy October, but we’ll talk about October later. For now, let’s cover August.

 

Aug 2-4: SCARES THAT CARE. If you’ve never gone and find yourself either local or “local enough” (which is code for, “I could make that a day trip”) you should definitely check it out. Actors, authors, vendors, movie screenings, costume contest, kid friendly activities, a silent auction, and even a 5k—this convention has everything. And the best part? It’s for a charity. An awesome charity.

Rather than giving to “fill in the blank” national charity or specific disease charity where the funds could go toward administration, or postage, or literally anything, STC does one thing with the money they raise—they give it to a specific patient, with a name and a face. Each year they pick three (3) recipients: a sick child, a burn patient, and a woman fighting breast cancer. STC fights these real problems, real monsters, with your help. Plus, it’s a con, so you get to have fun while doing it!! #winwin


Aug 16-18: KILLER CON. No, we don’t collect a bunch of killers. We enjoy extreme horror in all it’s glory. The beauty of this convention is the intimacy. Capped at only 250 attendees, there’s plenty of options to chat with your favorite author.

With readings, panels, signings, books and merchandise galore, oh and a hot wing challenge and gross-out contest which both offer plenty of giggles, you won’t be bored. Free that weekend? Come see us!


Aug 30-Sep 1: CREATURE FEATURE WEEKEND. In its debut year, this con offers the celebrities and authors and vendors, as usual, but also boasts an independent film festival and not just food, but food trucks.

And because of it’s location in haunted Gettysburg, you will also find nightly ghost tours. I’ve heard rumors of ouija boards and seances and other “I saw this movie” events taking place after hours…


Yes, I will have books and swag on my table, including the new release PASSAGES. But I now have nineteen (19) things to offer, and there’s no way to put them all on a table. So only the newest will be coming along. As usual, if there’s something specific you’re looking for, contact me. If I have one, I’ll bring it along with your name on it.

Did you catch those dates? Yes, I’ll be at a convention literally every other weekend this August. How many of them will I see you at?

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season for giving… and this year, I’m giving back to YOU. For (each and) every book of mine you buy this holiday season, you can enter to WIN one of three signed blu-ray/dvd combos of the breakout indy film I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday.

If you’re a fan of my work, you’ll enjoy this film. This is not a bloody gore-fest. This is not an in-your-face horror movie. This is a post-apocalyptic nightmare of the quiet kind… the kind that don’t necessarily shake off when you wake up.

Written and directed by Mike Lombardo of Reel Splatter Productions, this little gem has been collecting nothing but rave reviews and film circuit laurels. If you haven’t seen it, you should, and here’s your chance to own a (FREE) signed copy.

Once, when, or after, you buy any Kelli Owen book, simply fill out the form below to be entered into the drawing. You may enter once per purchase, meaning—if you buy more than one book, fill out the form for each book, for multiple chances to win. It doesn’t matter if the book is for you or as a gift…

And if you’re looking for a signed copy at con prices—novels only $10, novellas $5—I’ve got the following inventory. Just email me your shopping list and we’ll go from there. (note: I only have 1 or 2 of most of these, so don’t delay).

 Teeth  Floaters  Wilted Lilies  Deceiver
 Live Specimens  Buried Memories  The Neighborhood  Forgotten
 White Picket Prisons  Black Bubbles  Gracie flip chap  ABCs coloring book*

Thank you for being a reader, a fan, and a supporter of the arts. As a token of my gratitude, I gladly offer up these three copies of I’m Dreaming of a White DoomsdayHappy Holidays!

 

 

Book purchase date must be between Nov 30 and Dec 31, 2018. Winners will be randomly drawn on January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day). Blu-Ray/DVD is signed by cast and crew who were present at the signing at Lancaster’s FYE. Retail price $24.99 (and yes, I paid for these. these are not a promo on the part of the filmmaker, but rather just me… because I wanted to support the filmmaker, and give back to you!)

*The Atrocious Alphabet (no crayons) is on sale this month for $5.00


 

Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
Haverhill Library
99 Main St
Haverhill, MA

Sat, Oct 13th
10am – 4:30pm

FREE ADMISSION

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Over 60 authors will be in attendance, including Christopher Golden, James Moore, Rio Youers, Laird Barron, Bracken MacLeod, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, and many more …pssst me.

• I’ll have a table for the whole day (note: some authors are only there in either the morning or afternoon)

• I will be participating on the panel “The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Written—And The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Read” at 11.30am

In tow I shall have TEETH (yay *new release* vampires), the ABCs (Atrocious Alphabet coloring book), and something special just for this event! As well as a smattering of what’s left in stock for novels and novellas (read as: if there is something in particular you’re looking for, let me know, as I don’t have more than a couple of each but can post-it note reserve for you.)

Other panels include:

  • Horror, Horror, Everywhere: How Horror Infiltrates Other Genres
  • Hidden Treasures: Scary Books You’ve Probably Never Read, But Should
  • Our Favorite Halloween Books and Stories
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Horror Movies, or, How to Start Your Kids off Right
  • Best Horror Books We’ve Read This Year

For more information on the Festival check out the facebook page for the event.

See you there!

Killercon Austin

I didn’t post that I was going to Killercon Austin before the convention, because I wasn’t. And then that changed. So instead of getting a heads up, you’re getting an afterthought. Not really a write-up, just a written version of my proof-of-life pictures.

I was a teenage… no wait, wrong story! I was a last-minute decision/stowaway. Just coming from Scares That Care, I had almost no inventory left—a handful of these and maybe two or three of each of those. But I boxed them, shipped them, and hopped a plane to sit at a table. I sold out rather quickly (which was lovely and unexpected and delights me). And then, because I wasn’t a planned guest—I had no panels, I had no reading, I had no responsibility—I just enjoyed the con.

And enjoy I did. I got to see, hang out, and barely behave with old friends. I was fortunate enough to make some new friends. I enjoyed wandering and chatting and panels from the audience side. It was wonderful. And yes, I’ll be back.

I’m here to tell you, you need to go to this.

If you are a beginning writer wanting to learn, go. If you have books to sell, go. If you are a reader, go. Killercon is an amazing little convention that mixes the traditional horror crowd with the bizarro gang and tosses the splatterpunks in there to mix things up. It’s all horror. All love.

And (shhhh, come closer) the dates have been chosen for next year, but it’s not officially announced. (August 16-18, 2019 shhh…) Stalk the facebook page or twitter account for the official “go!” post.

In case you didn’t get it yet, Killercon was a great convention, full of friendly faces, and run smoothly by people who care about writing, writers, and readers—props to you, Wrath James White, you made it look easy! To everyone who helped or were otherwise a part of the background, good job. And to those who came and participated… wasn’t that fun?

Thanks for letting me make that decision at the eleventh hour and show up… I’ll see you all there next year!

 

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Appearances

— · Rosie's Bookapalooza · —
October 5, 2019
Johnstown, PA

— · Merrimack Valley · —
Halloween Book Festival
October 12, 2019
Haverhill, MA

— · 2nd and Charles · —
Horror Writers' Panel
October 26, 2019
Harrisburg, PA

— · Read and Scream · —
Chester County Library
November 2, 2019
Exton, PA

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