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StokerCon 2019

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids, MI USA (map)

I’ll be at StokerCon 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from May 9-12. I love the Horror Writers Association, and I can’t wait to see everyone at the convention.

Here are the panels I’ll be appearing on:

Thursday, May 9, 2019

5:00pm – 6:00pm Grand View Room B-C. Rise of the Pod(cast) People

Moderators: S. Kay Nash

Speakers: Karen Bovenmyer, Scott Edelman, Brian Keene, Lisa Kroger, Tonia Thompson

Podcasting is growing into an entertainment powerhouse. Horror-focused podcasts have been around for over 10 years, new pods are entering the field, and nearly every pro-paying magazine has added a podcast as part of their platform. Formats range from audio magazines to horror news, film and book discussions, author interviews, fancasts, and fully-dramatized serials. How do creators distinguish themselves from the pack, get funding, and grow their audience? Are there opportunities for under-represented authors and subgenres? Aside from delivering pure, unadulterated fear directly to your brain, what other opportunities do podcasts offer the horror community?

Friday, May 10, 2019

10:00am – 11:00am Emerald Room. Historical Horror: Inspiration, Research, and Storytelling

Moderators: Sara Tantlinger

Speakers: Kathleen Kaufman, Lisa Kroger, Lisa Morton, Alma Katsu, Kevin Wetmore, Jr.

Drawing inspiration from historical events can provide writers with a rich arena in which to create incredible stories, whether based loosely or more closely on the past. Why are we so interested in true crime, serial killers, and the blood of the past? How can we avoid falling down the research rabbit hole and never emerging? Are there certain past events we shouldn’t use in our writing? During this session, our panelists will discuss their thoughts on our lure into true horror, research tactics, inspiration from their own work, notable writers of historical horror fiction, when to stop researching and start writing, and much more.

If you are at StokerCon this year, come find me and say hello!

Later Event: July 9
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