Scares That Care 2016


at the DoubleTree by Hilton
Williamsburg, VA
July 22-24, 2016

$40 weekend pass / $25 single day ticket


Celebrity Room 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Celebrity Room open from 10:00am – 7:00pm
Author Reading Room: (Rooms A&B)   4:00pm – 4:45pm – Yvonne Navarro and Kelli Owen
Buttercup of Doom: 7:00pm (see my table for details)

Celebrity Room open from 11:00am – 4:00pm

What will be with me? New to the table this weekend… the new release FLOATERS, the paperback for last winter’s release WILTED LILIES, and now in paperback for those who missed the hardcover opportunity, DECEIVER. As well as my other novels and novellas, some of which are dwindled down to the final few of stock, so grab ’em if you don’t have ’em!!

And this year… something new and fun… yup, I’m up to no good with the swag and goodies. For only a buck ($1/ea) — keychains!

Floaters - Kelli Owen  wiltedlilies-cover72colorBIG   deceiver-cover400   keychains

See you all in a few days…

World Horror Con 2014


World Horror Con – 2014

Where I’ll be this weekend… where will you be?

Due to the limitations of airlines and other bs, I will only have a couple copies of each of these with me:
Grave Wax
Survivor’s Guilt
Buried Memories
Live Specimens
Six Days

PANEL – THURS: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM m- Ross/Morrison
Writing Characters That Come To Life On The Page (Lisa Manetti, Kelli Owen, Jane Brooks, John Urbancik, Ross Lockhart) How does a writer catch the most memorable aspects of themselves and others and weave them into a character readers can’t forget? Pro tips on breathing life into Pandora.

READING – FRI: 2:00 PM – Hawthorne
Kelli Owen & John Urbancik

MASS SIGNING – FRI: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Willamette Foyer
All of your favorite writers are in one spot and are willing to sign books!

Hope to see you all there!

Horrible Saturday 7.14

York Emporium
343 West Market St
York, Pennsylvania 17401

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Author Interviews & Signings • Improv Storytelling
Ghost Excavation & Report • Scream Contest • more (see FB page)

Join me, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Chet Williamson, and Robert Ford for interviews, Q&A, readings, and whatever else may be up Jim’s sleeve. Dig around one of the coolest bookstores on the planet and see what kind of treasures you can find. Enjoy a full day of genre!

I will have: White Picket Prisons, Black Bubbles, the remaining stock of Waiting Out Winter and The Neighborhood, as well as a smattering of other goodies—including my own shelves in Brian’s corner of the store. Stop by. Say hello. And dress lightly… the stacks tend to get hot as hell during the summer months.

See you there!

Invisible Ink

I could tell you…
but then I’d have to kill you.

On March 27, I had the honor of being invited to speak at CIA Langley with Mary SanGiovanni and Livia Llewellyn by Scott M Baker—the president of Invisible Ink, the agency’s writers’ group (established in 2000 by Bob Kresge). It was quite an honor, on several counts. We were the first female authors to ever speak to the group. We had a great attendance (made up of Invisible Ink agents as well as several from a women’s group), went long, and were told we were one of the best groups they’d ever had (win!).

The talk went very well and the three of us enjoyed it immensely, stating we would come back any time and receiving an open invitation in response. Oh yes, I’m going back. You can bank on that! The attendees were full of great questions, to which we gave  equally awesome answers and hopefully helped them with their direction, desires and dreams.

And none of us got in any trouble. (Note how I said none of us to try and pretend everyone involved, or in the know, didn’t fully expect that “us” to really just be “me”)

Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t try. I mean, I wasn’t trying to get restrained, arrested, or otherwise taken down by any of the large men toting weapons or anything, but you know me. I’m twelve. I’m full of questions. And even though I hated history class, I know just enough that I wanted answers to certain things. I didn’t get a whole lot, but I got one tidbit that I’ll giggle about with an “I knew it!” attitude for years to come.

Upon arrival, the first thing I did was take a picture of the huge sign that says “no taking pictures”—of course. Then we went the wrong way on the directions (for which we completely blamed Scott later) and ended up face-to-face with a very large man holding a weapon bigger than him. Upon approaching, I told Mary to roll her window down and yelled from far, far away “lost visitors!” so he would not to shoot us. He sternly turned us around and sent us the proper way to the visitor’s center for our badges.

Once we were past the “you are now being recorded” line, Mary started clarifying everything I said by talking into the air and directly addressing whomever was listening to the recorded conversations. “And by that she means…” became her mantra for a while. To which, of course, I had to play along and introduce myself and my narrator to the invisible listeners. We turned off our phones and left them in the car—required behavior. But being me, I pouted about not having a camera (and even twitter occasionally) throughout the day…

First and foremost at the great seal.

The image above was stolen from google and then graffiti signed in photoshop. Why? Because no cameras, phones, or other recording devices are allowed inside. At all. Period. Ever. And before we were past this main entrance I was already showing my 12-year-old off.

If you look at the top right of the picture, you can almost make out the security desk where three lovely (read as “large, well-armed”) men were in charge of who could pass. These SPOs (security protection officers) were probably not expecting someone like me when they left for work that morning. After Scott explained who we were and we were all put through the check point, I walked over to the rope dividing us from them and harassed begged asked a very large man to grab a screenshot of me standing in the great seal off the security tape and email it to me. We went back and forth on how this would be cool (me) and just not going to happen (him). I gave him my business card and pushed the topic with a smile while he stood tall (dude was like a freaking wall) and repeatedly said “that’s not going to happen.” I finally stood on my tippy toes and put my finger to his nose and told him to repeat “I’ll see what I can do ma’am.” To which he did, but then tried to add more (which was absolutely going to be another version of “no”) and I made the “zip it” motion with my hand and told him not to pop my bubble and just let me walk away thinking he might do this. He did. Scott shook his head. The girls were convinced I was going to be detained and miss the meeting with Invisible Ink. I smiled that gypsy smile, said thanks, and skipped up the steps. Yep. Twelve. And none of you are shocked.

Outside of that, we saw a piece of the Berlin Wall, the Kryptos sculpture (which none of us even attempted to crack), the museums (ohhhh dragonfly spy technology), and emptied our wallets in the gift shop (I came, I saw, I haz coffee cup! Hippie has a t-shirt to wear during his runs to mess with the minds of the neighborhood… which will go perfectly with my coroner jacket he’s highjacked adopted.) Scott was a great tour guide and very charming host (<– there ya go, Scott!). The day was packed with interesting tidbits and wonderful sights. Again, it was a great honor, and a memory I’ll hold dear for many reasons.

On our way out the door, I went back to the SPOs station—feeling sorta, kinda, not really, bad about putting my finger in the large guard’s face—and gave him a free book for putting up with me. I’m still waiting for that screenshot… but if I ever do receive one in the email, I’ll never tell any of you about it.


Home. Tired. Posted on Facebook because it auto-tags, and as that second word back there says, I’m tired. Thanks to all that stopped by and picked up a copy of The Neighborhood on it’s debut weekend (and/or anything else you may have snagged)—hope you enjoy it! Hugs to all the old friends & new.

Also, this marks the end of the 2011 con season for me. The blog will be returning to normal non-marketing-whore material for a while. I know. You missed it. You told me. I listened.

Happy Labor Day Everyone… I can haz nap now?

HFW Schedule

The Spookiest Show on Earth
Gettysburg, PA
September 2 – 4

It’s going to be a busy busy weekend!

The Neighborhood, my new novella through the newly revamped Thunderstorm Books Elemental Series (they’re in color now!) will be officially available this weekend… along with Robert Ford‘s Samson & Denial, and Mary SanGiovanni‘s For Emmy. Yes, we’ll have the softcovers with us. No, not the hardcovers. And of course, they’ll be available on the Thunderstorm site after the weekend…

When I’m not at my table in the celebrity room (that still sounds bizarre), batting my eyelashes and peddling my wares*, I’ll be in the vicinity of the Hippie during his signings, outside in the smoking section, or at one of the following scheduled events. I’m easy to find… short, loud, usually doing something either silly or that will end in a ridiculous injury that no one will believe.


9:00pm – 10:00pm: Women in Horror – Authors Kelli Owen (moderator), Mary SanGiovanni, J.F. Gonzalez, James A. Moore, and Lesley Conner discuss the history and contributions of women in literary horror, and their future roles. (Reading Room)


12:30pm – 1:30pm: Politics and Religion in Horror – Politics and religion are two things many prefer not to discuss, yet horror fiction examines them regularly. Authors Kim Paffenroth (moderator), Andersen Prunty, Ronald Malfi, Kelli Owen, Rio Youers, Norman Prentiss, and James Newman discuss why. (Outside – Rear Carport)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Brian Keene and Kelli Owen (Reading Room)

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Author Q&A – Authors Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden, James A. Moore, Brian Keene, J. F. Gonzalez, Kelli Owen, Mary SanGiovanni, and Thomas F. Monteleone answer your questions about anything in this no-holds-barred Q&A. (Outside – Rear Carport)

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Brian Keene presented with the Horrorfind Literary Award (Reading Room)


1:00pm – 2:00pm: Robert Ford and Kevin Lucia (Reading Room)

And YES, I will have a fun item this year. No, it will not be a blood-covered nail this time. I’ve learned my lesson on airplane-friendly treats (Sorry Paula & Mark!).

Come to Gettysburg. Get a book. Have a good time!

See you all there…

*note: Bob & I will have the ability to take plastic, because we love you and understand that your cash is needed at the bar =)

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