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The Seers’ Table – October 2017

The Seers Table!

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Happy November! I love reading horror the most as Autumn turns to winter, and our Seers have some good reads lined up!

Lauren Salerno recommends:

Lauren kicks us off with a fantastic list of Latinx authors.

Lauren also recommends:

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon, UK, in 1974. She writes novels, short stories, and nonfiction, and has been published in places such as The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as

Final Frame Film Competition Judges Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Short Horror Film Competition Judged by Z NATION’s Craig Engler

 

Providence, RI, November 3, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces its third annual short film competition. On March 2, 2018, Final Frame will be held in conjunction with StokerCon 2018® at the fabled Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The Final Frame film competition will celebrate the best in short horror films from around the globe. Everyone is encouraged to enter the competition.

Selected films will be screened in the Garden Room of the Biltmore Hotel. A grand prize winner will be announced at the film …

HWA’s HAUNTED NIGHTS released October 3rd!

ABOUT HAUNTED NIGHTS

Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.

In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane …

The Seers’ Table – September 2017

September is Self-Improvement Month, why not add new creative work to your life by exploring the following authors!

Janet Holden recommends:

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications.

Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie …

The Seers Table August 2017

The Seers Table

We’re heading for the dog days of summer! Time to relax with a good book. Here are our suggestions for this month:

Janet Holden recommends:

Angela Slatter is the author of the urban fantasy novels Vigil (2016) and Corpselight (2017), as well as eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a

Interview with Horror University instructor Hank Schwaeble

We’re wrapping up our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors with Hank Schwaeble, who tells us about his “Saying More With Less” workshop. Thanks for reading, and see you in Long Beach!

Hank Schwaeble: Saying More With Less

facebook_1462908461795Saying More With Less—how to make your (and your characters’) words be worth a thousand pictures.

“Omit needless words” is as close to a Prime Directive as we authors get, but how do you as a writer decide what is and isn’t needed? In this class I’ll focus on tips and techniques for energizing your prose through economy and

Interview with Horror University instructor James Chambers

Here’s the latest interview with one of our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time James Chambers tells us about his workshop, “Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels.”

James Chambers: Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels

The medium of sequential art offers endless opportunities for great horror stories—but writing comic books and graphic novels is unlike writing for any other medium. Although they share some common ground of visual storytelling with films and television, comics and graphic novels have unique elements of design, characterization, pacing, and creating suspense. Blending words and pictures to tell a story …

Interview with Horror University instructor Michael Arnzen

Here’s the latest installment in our series of interviews with our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time, Michael Arnzen tells us more about his “Making Readers Squirm” workshop. 

Michael Arnzen: Making Readers Squirm

This two hour workshop will cover insider tricks and tactics for crafting horror imagery—not just icons of the genre, but direct appeals to the reader’s sensorium— images that really hit readers in the guts. It will include a live writing activity with the aim of improving description of a gory or scary scene. Open to novelists, poets, flash fiction writers … anyone looking to sharpen …

Interview with Horror University instructor Nicole Cushing

In today’s interview with a StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructor, Nicole Cushing tells us about her workshop on “How to Give a Great Interview”!

Nicole Cushing: How to Give a Great interview

Author interviews can be a powerful tool to let readers know about your book, your personality and your unique take on your genre. They can also be difficult to do well. How much energy should you spend on an interview for a blog? How long should you make your answers? How comfortable are you with appearing on recorded interviews (whether they’re done by audio or video)? Would

Interview with Horror University instructor Tim Waggoner

Here’s the latest in our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors – take it away, Tim Waggoner!

Tim Waggoner: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Horror

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This session presents techniques for creating original, effective horror fiction. Topics covered include:

· The difference between crime, suspense, thriller, and horror.
· The difference between dread, terror, horror, disgust, and shock.
· The horror equivalent of the hero’s journey.
· Avoiding clichés.
· Making your horror personal.
· Taking new approaches to old archetypes.
· Avoiding clichéd story patterns.
· What, if any, are the limits in horror fiction?
· …

Interview with Horror University instructor Gretchen McNeil

Number five in our series of StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructor interviews is all about bestselling author Gretchen McNeil!

Gretchen McNeil: Character-Driven Plotting and the 3-Act Horror Novel  

Have you read Save the Cat? Have you poured over Story? Can you quote passages from The Hero With a Thousand Faces, The Writer’s Journey, and Story Engineering? Are you looking for a new approach to plot? If your answer to these questions is “YES” then Gretchen McNeil would love to introduce you to Constantin Stanislavski. Known as the godfather of modern acting techniques, Stanislavski’s approach to character

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