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Stay Home Book Sale

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling conventions and appearances, I have decided to offer signed copies mailed direct to you… Welcome to the Stay Home Book Sale!

Available stock is shown below, and because I have limited supplies, this will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

collection  wiltedlilies-cover72colorBIG        Floaters - Kelli Owen  

duo-chapbook  coloring book      Midnight in the Graveyard

Please use the form below to choose the items you want and get in the queue. I will then contact you with a PayPal total (and any changes or updates to inventory as it may affect your request). Note: I am willing to ship to anywhere, if you are willing to deal with the extra shipping costs for non-domestic addresses. (And yes, I will ship as “gifts” to recipients of your choosing)

Stay home. Stay safe. Read a book! We won’t all experience this pandemic in the same manner, but hopefully we all get to the other side.

 


 

 

 

SOLD OUT (thank you!): Deceiver • Six Days • Forgotten • Black Bubbles (hardcover) • Live Specimens

 

Black Bubbles, The Director’s Cut

BLACK BUBBLES is back!

Due to the distraction of COVID-19, I neglected to get a blog post up about this on time. Never fear… the bubbles are here!

Fresh from Poltergeist Press, this collection has been lightly refreshed, given a new look and feel, and eagerly invites you to come play among my nightmares.

A decades-old crime shocks a family as evidence points to one of their own… An ancient evil hitchhikes its way to freedom… A child has an unusual fascination with decay… A woman excuses premeditation… Death takes a holiday… Science and good intentions make horrific bedfellows… A man hides from nightmares that invade his waking world…

Available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and ebook… or—because *surprise!* this pandemic finds me with copies but no convention to bring them to—if you’re interested in signed copies, direct from me, use the form over on this page. And thank you!!

 

 

Corona Con


“Life is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…”

Coronavirus, or rather COVID-19, has disrupted life as well know it. Social distancing is keeping people from their jobs, their families, and well, their plans. Among those plans being changed and/or cancelled are a number of conventions, which is what sparked this idea…

You see, Scares That Care does a convention in August in Williamsburg, VA every year, and this year they were expanding with a spring convention in Wisconsin. Covid had other plans. And as soon as it was cancelled (for the safety of everyone), those of us who were planning on attending thought maybe we could do something for overall morale of con-goers and guests alike. Initially I thought it would be a short, cute, live Q&A… it’s turned into something else entirely.

Horror authors, reviewers, and even Joe Ripple himself from Scares that Care will be on deck Saturday, April 18th for a LIVE streaming day full of readings, panels, giveaways, and more!

Come and check out some, or stay for it all… 

SATURDAY, April 18th
9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Click here for the youtube LIVE event link

GUESTS:
Jonathan Janz, Kelli Owen, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Tim Meyer, Matt Hayward, Wes Southard, Somer Canon, Wile E. Young, Stephen Kozeniewski, Aaron Dries, Bracken MacLeod …with moderators: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms), Bob Pastorella (This is Horror), Steve Pattee (Horror DNA), and Shane Keene (Ink Heist)

 

SCHEDULE: Please note these are just guidelines, an order to the chaos. If a slot runs short, we will not wait for the next allotted time before we start, but rather we’ll just dive in early. So if you’re interested in something very specific, we suggest checking in a bit early just in case. Enjoy!!

9:45 am — Kick Off: Joe Ripple of Scares That Care
10:00 am — Reading: Bob Ford
10:30 am — Panel: “Finding New Readers” Stephen Kozeniewski, Mary SanGiovanni, Aaron Dries, Wile E. Young, moderator: Steve Pattee (of Horror DNA)
11:30 am — Reading: Brian Keene
12:00 pm — Panel: “Collaborations” Bob Ford, Matt Hayward, Somer Canon, Wes Southard, moderator: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms) 1:00 pm — Reading: Aaron Dries
 1:30 pm — Panel: “Characters likable vs. compelling” Bracken MacLeod, Kelli Owen, Tim Meyer, moderator: Bob Pastorella (of This is Horror)
 2:30 pm — Reading: Jonathan Janz
 3:00 pm — Reading: Stephen Kozeniewski
 3:30 pm — Panel: “Versatility and cross-genre” Brian Keene, Jonathan Janz, TBA, moderator: Shane Keene (of Ink Heist)
 4:00 pm — Reading: Bracken MacLeod

There is a finite amount of time and far too many people to include, so yes, it’s very very likely there will be a second one later this summer if cons continued to get cancelled…

Also, note: if you cannot make the event, no worries. The LIVE event will be taped and available on youtube afterwards for everyone to enjoy.

Stay home, stay safe, and to quote George Romero, “Stay Scared!”

 

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?

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