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Scares That Care Weekend – VA 2021

SCARES THAT CARE
Charity Weekend VII (7)
July 30-August 1, 2021
Williamsburg, VA

It’s that time of year again! Not just a convention, but a gathering of family—the horror family. Friends, Fans, Authors, Celebrities, Vendors… everyone in this hotel, on this weekend, is a cohesive unit with one goal in mind: fighting real monsters.

Scares That Care Charity Weekend is one of my favorite events, but the weekend is just the gathering, the organization behind it is 24/7 all year long, and is truly amazing. Those real monsters I mentioned? Scares That Care (dot org) is a legit charity who doesn’t toss your donations into the slush pile to pay for postage and maintenance and administrative. It’s run 100% by volunteers, no paychecks. And the funds go to one of four families every year: a breast cancer warrior, a burn survivor, and not one but two kids with childhood diseases, affectionately labeled “Sid’s Kids,” named for the late, great Sid Haig.

This year, I’m delighted to be in the celebrity room next to other amazing authors, as well as a fantastic collection of horror actors, actresses, and personalities. I’ll be there all three days and will have books and goodies galore (including my newest release The Headless Boy and my normal trick-or-treat bags for the kids!)

Come see me. Bring books from home, get yourself something new from the table, and if you previously purchased The Headless Boy but don’t want to bring books from home—because you need that suitcase room for the weekend finds!—I even have bookplates.

After the convention-less year of dread and isolation that was Covid19’s 2020, this year’s STC promises to be a beautiful beacon of light and laughter amid the horrors so many of us have endured, and I hope to see you all there!

For more information on all of this:
STC the organization
STC the facebook page (lots of updates and info here!)
STC the weekend
and of course, there’s the nudge nudge toward next spring for those in the midwest, as I will also be at Scares That Care Weekend in Wisconsin 2022.

 

Note: in the vein of eBay auctions that tell you the merch is from a smoke-free home, all items on my table come from a vaccinated home. 

New Release – The Headless Boy

The Headless Boy is available now! (in ebook, paperback, and hardcover — with autographed copies available *see bottom of post*)

Getting excellent reviews and scaring readers, this little ghost story is making waves…

“The Conjuring meets Poltergeist.”

“The Headless Boy now ranks among some of my favorites in [grief horror], alongside Pet Sematary and Remains.”

“Without a doubt, this is perhaps Kelli Owen’s best work to date.”

“There is an almost suffocating level of realism, that draws you to participation…”

What’s it about? Well…

 

Reeling from the loss of a child, Maggie finds her job at the local daycare unbearable and errands around town impossible. She knows every child, every single parent, and they’re all reminders of what she’s lost. Unable to heal, she sinks further into the grip of grief and depression.

Jake is a good guy, a great husband, and wants only the best for his broken wife. Therapy and medications aren’t helping, and a change of scenery makes perfect sense. A new home. A fresh start. He is nothing but patient, giving Maggie the space and emotional support needed to move on.

But once they’ve settled in, Maggie offers him an alternative. And though Jake doesn’t believe in ghosts, he plays along with the charade in the name of helping his wife. Until he discovers it’s not a game.

They are not alone.

As the subtle activity grows violent, Jake realizes the thing in their house has chosen Maggie as a surrogate mother, and it does not want a father figure. Jake and Maggie’s fresh start has become a battlefield, and he’s no longer sure which side his wife is on.

Does Jake have the strength to save them both?


Available now on Amazon and B&N, coming soon to other online and mortar retailers near you!

 

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES: 

For those looking for an autographed copy, I’ll be offering those as soon as I have them. Please use the form below to reserve yours, and I will contact you when they’re in hand. Thank you.

(if you’re looking for other books to add to this order, check out my Stay Home Book Sale)

Attention: I respond to this form within 24 hours, but apparently the response may go to your junk mail folder. If you don’t hear from me within 24 hours, check your junk mail. Thank you!

Live Reading of Wilted Lilies

Yes, there is a Kelli Owen youtube channel. I don’t do a lot with it, but there are two things on there right now… which is at least a start.

• Me reading the opening of Wilted Lilies. This was done as part of Celebrate Horror 2020 — a month-long birthday celebration for Sadie “Mother Horror,” the co-owner of Night Worms. Watch it here.

• and the full 7 hours of Corona Con — the one where writers, editors, publishers, reviewers, and fans of the horror community all came together to flip off the 2020, aka the year-without-a-con, and a virtual convention with readings, panels, and more. For info | Watch con

I created the thumbnail for the reading with the plan, or at least idea, of doing more readings. Are there any in particular you’d like to hear/see? Feel free to leave a comment here, or over there on youtube.

 

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— · 2021 · —
Scares That Care WI
Jul 30-Aug 1
Williamsburg, VA

Signing
August 15
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Scares That Care WI
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Racine, WI

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