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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!”

 

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.

Grief Police | Buttercup of Doom ep 25

BODep25-griefpoliceAvailable FREE on: Project iRadioiTunesStitcherAndroidTune-In

This Week’s Rating: PG13 buttercup ratings system info here

A funny thing happened on the way to David Bowie’s funeral… the internet turned into a bunch of stupid! Let’s talk about it. Celebrity deaths: should you mourn, can you mourn an intangible connection, how you mourn. Death in general, from the coffin floppers to characters to the black humor we lean on to survive.

Sponsors: Project iRadio’s *new* Patron Page | Kelli Owen PatronArm Cast

Suggestions/Requests none this week (to suggest/request, use the form here)

Mentions/Shoutouts and Linky-Links: The Dead Guy Interviews, by Michael Stusser | Six Days, by Kelli Owen | Horror Show with Brian Keene | “scandals” with *gate as a suffix | Doug Metherell (Buddha Buddha Music Man) |

Hashtag Hell: @michaelstusser @nikkisixx @MrTommyLand @aerosmith @IamStevenT @gunsnroses #death #funeral #blackhumor #davidbowie #goblinking #thecure #motleycrue #aerosmith #tommylee #nikkisixx #lemmy #glennfrey #robertsmith #eagles #supertramp #randyrhoads #ozzy #cliffburton #metallica #elvis #johnlennon #gnr #harrypotter #alanrickman #fuckcancer #robertford #kardashian  #facebook #twitter #instagram #projectiradio #buttercupofdoom #podcast #kelliowen

And don’t forget — for advertising inquiries, contact me at buttercup@kelliowen.com

b’cuz…werds | Buttercup of Doom ep 18

BODep18-bcuzwerds300Available FREE on: Project iRadioiTunesStitcherAndroidTune-In
This Week’s Rating: R (NSFW) — buttercup ratings system info here

In this episode… I talk about words ‘n stuff. How they’re used versus how they’re intended. Including who’s abusing them and who’s destroying them—as I 101 on contract verbiage, drop the f-bomb in a 2-1/2 minute audio of a video you should all at least watch once, vent about the tricky way people use, or don’t use, words, and wrap it up with a word we need to just get rid of. It’s a whirlwind…

Sponsors: SANTA!! And Santa says you should Xmas shop at these fine places: Gypsy Spirits | The God Beneath My Garden, by Robert Ford | JF Gonzalez’s The BelovedSunrise Soap Co. | Robert Swartwood‘s novel LAND OF THE DEAD | Shroud #10, Halloween 2010 | Kealan Patrick Burke’s SOUR CANDY | Kevin Strange’s Texas Chainsaw Mantis | Mehitobel Wilson’s Last Night at the Blue Alice | Anathema, book 1: The Evil Men Do, by Rachel Deering | Reel Splatter Productions | Lamplight Magazine

Suggestions/Requests from: not this week (to suggest/request, use the form here)

Mentions/Shoutouts: Writer’s DigestThe F Word (video) • My facebook post re: shootings, guns & hugs • Lamplight Magazine | 3 Guys with Beards

Hashtag Hell:  #gypsyspirits #robertford #jfgonzalez #robertswartwood #shroud #halloween #kealanpatrickburke #kevinstrange #mehitobelwilson #racheldeering #reelsplatter #lamplightmagazine #words #contracts #f-word #f-bomb #bbc #ancientaliens #curseofoakisland #clickbait #facebook #twitter #instagram #projectiradio #buttercupofdoom #podcast #kelliowen #santa #xmaslist #xmas

And don’t forget — for advertising inquiries, contact me at buttercup@kelliowen.com

Mini-Interviews from Horrible Saturday

Horrible Saturday is a lovely event held at the York Emporium. It brings together local horror authors, artists, actors, and whoever else they can find. We do interviews, panels, movie showings, and this particular year, we talk to this guy.

Tom Joyce, from the Chamber of the Bizarre, did little mini video interviews with several us, including Mary SanGiovanni, Bob Ford, Jack Nemo, Chet Williamson, and me. Check out the video here… and maybe come see us at the next Horrible Saturday!

Dream Logic

I dream every night—several times, actually—and am lucky enough to remember them most of the time.  Sometimes I wake up confused or concerned or looking for either a notebook to hold a thought or phone book to locate a shrink.  But occasionally I wake up with a smile.  Because dreams and dream logic can be entertaining as hell, unlike most half hour sitcoms.

Last night’s humor/lessons:

Bob, the worm is not actually talking to you.

Dougie, using ventriloquism to be the worm was funny, but cruel as hell! hehe

Jenny-from-the-block, zombies are not your friend. You know it.  I know it.  You won’t even read them, so why in the hell would you try and reason with them?  Although, I did thoroughly enjoy you smacking them in the head with the frying pan and yelling “no!” whenever they tried to bite you =))

Joe & Dave, for future reference, don’t touch the strange goo that is surrounding an already dissolved body and then act surprised when it starts to happen to you.

Mark, when the sky has been black for days, the dead are rising, Ash [Evil Dead] has gone rogue and your friends are dissolving around you, it is not time to go geocaching… k?

Jim, I love ya man, I do, but if we’re being attacked by armies of undead I am not running outside to save the ducks.  Joe and Dave, however, will not only save them for you, they will bring back goo to show you why they needed saving!

And Brian.  Thank you.  Thank you for providing the best dream logic EVER, because: “We can’t go outside yet!  What the hell is wrong with you people?!  Everybody knows that after the mini-Bruces attack there will be a flying demon—and we haven’t seen the flying demon yet!”

hehehehe… I love dreams.  Anything can and will happen.  Almost makes me want to take a nap and see what happens.

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