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“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!”

 

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?

Scares That Care 5

Scares That Care convention weekend (5) is coming very quickly. For those unaware, Scares That Care is a wonderful, awesome, fantabulous charity, staffed by a crew of loving, amazing volunteers. Needless to say, I love them and it, and you should too!

Scares That Care (the org) raises and donated monies to three chosen recipients each year. For more on the people we’re trying to help this year, or to donate directly through the site, please visit them at scaresthatcare.org

Scares that Care (the convention) brings together authors, actors, special effects, independent movies, vendors, and a hotel full of fans for a fun weekend designed to raise money for the charity. That weekend is quickly approaching:

» » » August  3-5, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Williamsport VA « « «

More information on the convention, guests, programming, tickets, etc. can be found on the website at scaresthatcareweekend.com. No plans for the weekend? Live close by? Come on over with a day or weekend pass and enjoy yourself while helping others!

I will be there… my schedule is as follows:

Friday
5:00pm – 9:00pm (celebrity room) My home for the weekend unless otherwise noted
9:00pm – 10:00pm (author reading room) Panel: Lost Highways w/ D. Alexander Ward (moderator), and authors Rio Youers, Jonathan Janz, Rachel Deering, Kelli Owen, Robert Ford, and Matt Hayward.

Saturday
10:00am – 7:00pm (celebrity room) except where noted below
12:15pm – 1:15pm – (author reading room) Panel: Creative Couples w/ Frank Edler (moderator), Elizabeth Massie and Cortney Skinner, Jeff Strand and Lynne Hansen, C.V. Hunt and Andersen Prunty, Kelli Owen and Robert Ford.
8:45pm – 9:45pm – (author reading room) I am not on this panel, but am in the anthology and will be in the audience for it. Welcome To The Show w/ Matt Hayward (moderator), Jeff Strand, Mary SanGiovanni, Rachel Deering, Matt Serafini, Adam Cesare, Glenn Rolfe, Patrick Lacey, and Somer Canon

Sunday
11:00am – 3:00pm (celebrity room)
3:15pm – 4:00pm (podcasting room) recording the BUTTERCUP OF DOOM finale. Come play—bring your final questions, your wrapping up an era thoughts! This is the very last episode, taped live as the last podcast of the weekend. Check out of your room, pack your car, grab snacks, and come be part of the end of everything…

and what will I have with me? Well… This year’s Scares That Care sees the debut of my vampire novel TEETH, as well as a fun coloring book The Atrocious Alphabet based on my ABC poem with amazing illustrations by Chris Enterline

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Scares That Care… awesome, all year, but inviting everyone to gather in their awesomeness for one weekend a year. See you there!

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