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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!”

 

Free books, birthdays, and bugs

Happy coronavirus apocalypse, or as I’ve been calling it, the un po’calypse, because I am still learning Italian** and un po’ means a little. Little because I do not believe this is the be-all-end-all of society, just a hiccup. Or rather, a cough.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Stay home and stay safe. Don’t panic, but pay attention. Be prepared and realistic. Humans are the biggest parasite on this planet and like all parasites, we’re survivors. We can do this.

Now because today is my birthday, I have a two-part gift: one for you, one for me. For me, please sing Happy Birthday to Kelli each time you wash your hands today, because it’ll be fun and silly, and together we can kill germs and try to beat this bug.

For you… WILTED LILIES is now available FOR FREE. Because you may need something to read while home. And because the one thing this #staythefhome to #flattenthecurve movement just might do, is drain TBR piles. We can’t have that.

This is the first book in the Wilted Lily series and a lovely little precursor of things to come. The novella is available through:

KoboNookAmazon (if they ever catch up to the ZERO price) – Payhip*

Stay home. Stay safe. We can and will get through this…

*for those who are after other goodies as well, this is a program that gives you the files but gives the author 99% of the funds, rather than 30-70% of online retailers

**Yes, I know it should probably be piccola, or rather, una piccola apocalisse, but un po’calypse is more fun to say. Don’t pop the dark humor bubble helping to hold me together through this…

Author Picks

Pimp my friends… the holiday edition!

Did you get gift cards for Christmas? Cash in your stocking? Bookstore vouchers? Wondering how to spend those? I got your back!

During December, I ran around social media asking all my author friends and followers this question:

“Which one of your books should someone experience? Not what’s new. Not what’s on sale. But if they could only have one of your books, which would you tell them was essential to their library?”

The following is their answers, aka, a lovely little shopping list for you!!


 

Paul Michael Anderson’s Bones are Made to be Broken 
Michael Bailey’s Pheonix Rose
Scott Baker’s Rotter World
John Bender’s Chainsaw
Maurice Broaddus’ The Voices of Martyrs
Kealan Patrick Burke’s Sour Candy 
William Carl’s Bestial
Tommy Clark’s A Book of Light and Shadow
Lincoln Crisler’s Queen
Frank Edler’s Brats in Hell
Thom Erb’s The Last in Line
Patrick Freivald’s Twice Shy
Christopher Golden’s Snowblind
Michael Huyck’s (newest one that’s not finished, so have this while you’re waiting) Of Dark and Yesterday
Jeremy Robert Johnson’s In The River
Brian Keene’s The Girl on the Glider
Brian Knight’s Sex, Death & Honey
Tim Lebbon’s The Silence
Michael Knost’s Return of the Mothman
Stephen Kozeniewski’s The Ghoul Archipelago
Kevin Lucia’s Through a Mirror, Darkly
Bracken MacLeod’s Come to Dust
Ronald Malfi’s Bone White
Nick Mamatas’s The People’s Republic of Everything
John McIlveen’s Hannahwhere
Mark McLaughlin’s Shoggoth Apocalypse & More Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
James Moore’s Seven Forges
Michael Allen Rose’s Indifference of Heaven
Mary SanGiovanni’s Thrall
Chris Sorensen’s The Nightmare Room
Wesley Southard’s Closing Costs
Jeff Strand’s Blister
John Urbancik’s Tales of the Fantastic and the Phantasmagoric
Bev Vincent’s When the Night Comes Down
Wrath James White’s 400 Days of Oppression
Chet Williamson’s Second Chance
David Wilson’s Deep Blue
Rio Youers’ Westlake Soul

 

 

 

 

Among the Stacks

As part of The Gal in the Blue Mask’s Halloween Extravaganza, there was an interview.

I talked about my quirks, my fears, all kinds of random crazy things… Check it out to learn things about me you maybe didn’t know.

…and when you’re done, check out the rest of them. There are over 70 interviews just for the Halloween theme, then there are many  many more. Bookmark it. It’s a good place to have handy on those lunch breaks!

 

20 Essential Crime and Horror Crossovers

 

According to Max Booth III, “Life is terrible but at least we still have books.” And in celebration of that, he has an article on CrimeReads, in which he guides you through 20 essential crime/horror crossovers. It’s a helluva list, and I’m honored to be part of it…

 

Kelli Owen’s FLOATERS

 

I’m a strong advocate that there are never enough lake monster stories in the horror genre. Have you ever stared at a lake in the middle of the night? Anything can be hiding inside. You don’t know. Kelli Owen takes this concept and runs with it in Floaters. Sometimes corpses wash up from Lake Superior, but also sometimes the terrifying creature responsible for the corpses washes up, too. A detective, medical examiner, and reporter team up to hunt down a beast that should not exist. I recommend this one for fans of lake monsters and small-town legends. It’s a fun ride.

Check out the entire article here, subscribe to the Crime Reads newsletter or stalk them on facebook, and of course, show Max Booth III some stalking love as well.

Six Toe Press interview

“Kelli Owen talks being a Nerdy Klutz, how that impacts her zombie apocalypse plan, and what a vampire story has to do with prejudice”

Thus is the headline for the interview I did with ToeSix press, now available on their site in issue #17.

Go ahead and read about my apocalypse and other fun answers to fun questions! Have followup questions? Feel free to ask them on the post here in the comment section below…

 

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