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Remember that you can always find out what’s going on by visiting the calendar of events on the HWA Web site. If you submit your information late, that information will show up only on the online calendar. It is best to get your event information in early.
For all book-release announcements, please contact Lydia Peever for inclusion in her “Recently Born” column.
October 3-13: Horror Convention at Salem Horror Fest: “As we celebrate the Halloween season with much-needed distractions from the horrors of reality, I encourage you to fear as someone else would. Imagine your reaction to the bumps and shadows in another person’s night. No killer, ghost, or monster could ever hold a candle to the trauma of having your deepest and darkest fears dismissed or diminished by an inhuman and heartless audience. After all, if we are to overcome fear, we must first understand it.” 2 New Liberty St., Salem, MA. https://www.salemhorror.com
35October 5: Monsterfest: One-day horror mini-convention held in Virginia for fans of classic horror in film and literature. It will have panels, costume contests (one for adult, the other for children), a charity Relay for Life, vendors (including Pamela K. Kinney) selling their horror-related items, and more. Free and open to the public. Monsterfest, Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA. https://monsterfestva.com/
October 7: 7 p.m.; John Kachuba will give a talk and then sign copies of his book, Shapeshifters; A History. Morley Public Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, OH. https://www.morleylibrary.org/
October 9: 6-7 p.m.; John Kachuba will give a talk and then sign copies of his book, Shapeshifters: A History. Fairborn Community Library, 1 E Main St., Fairborn, OH. https://greenelibrary.info/
October 11: 6-8 p.m.; 3rd Annual Grownup Halloween Storytime: Kids get all the storytelling fun—until now! Join us for an evening of fun, scary, and haunting stories and poems tailored for grownup audiences (not X-rated, but adult language and themes are fair play). Light refreshments provided, BYOB. Teenagers are welcome with a parent or guardian present. The line-up so far: Headliner Renee S. DeCamillis will read from her newly released novella, The Bone Cutters. Copies will be available for purchase! We’ll also hear from Deborah Eifert, poet Josh Gauthier, as well as fiction writers Claire Guyton and Linda Scott. There’ll be true ghost stories and much more. Stay tuned! Quiet City Books, 97 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME. https://www.facebook.com/events/379378349402635/
October 11-13: Horror Convention at Rock and Shock. The convention is held at the DCU Center, located at 50 Foster St., Worcester MA. Concerts will take place at the Worcester Palladium, one block away at 261 Main St., Worcester MA. http://rockandshock.com
October 13: 1-3 p.m. John Kachuba will be discussing and signing his book, Shapeshifters: A History. The Bookloft of German Village, 631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH. http://www.bookloft.com/
October 18-20: Walker Stalker Convention, Atlanta: Walker Stalker Con Atlanta welcomes more than 70,000 members of the #TWDFamily to the Georgia Congress Center each year to meet 70+ actors and artists from their favorite show. But our focus is still making sure each guest has the opportunity to come away feeling they’ve become part of a greater community of zombie lovers. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA. https://walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta/
October 19: 1-7 p.m.; Book signing and launch party for the young-adult novel The Devil’s Tree by Susan McCauley. In addition to the book signing, there will be cupcakes and cookies and a tarot card reader. The signing will conclude with an optional family-friendly ghost tour led by Houston Ghost Tours! Glow Worm Books, 311 Main St., Spring, TX. https://www.facebook.com/events/2116275628666026/
October 19: Members of the SF Bay Area Chapter Reading at San Francisco LitCrawl. According to the Lit Crawl SF Web site: “Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event.” It promises to be an amazing event, and since it’s right before Halloween, what could be more fun than listening to horror stories by Bay Area authors? San Francisco Bay Area HWA members will read excerpts of their stories from Tales for the Camp Fire, an anthology which benefits victims of the 2018 Northern California wildfires (http://www.ellderet.com/campfire). The book’s editor Loren Rhoads and publisher E.M. Markoff will be joined by contributors L.S. Johnson, Clifford Brooks, and Ben Monroe for an hour of stories from the book. We’ll be reading at a bar in San Francisco’s historic Mission District. This location is wheelchair accessible. (Because alcohol is served at the location, this event is for person 21 years and older.) Come meet some of the SF Bay’s HWA members, and hear the horrors right from their own mouths! Dalva, 3121 16th St., San Francisco, CA. http://www.ellderet.com/camp-fire-new-events/2019/6/27/lit-crawl-2019-san-francisco-ca
October 20: Wine & Words; Dahlonega, GA. A casual event where you can drink wine and meet two authors. For October, it’s Jeff Strand and Peter Salomon! https://www.facebook.com/Wine-Words-535033687006327/
October 23-26, October 29-31, November 1-2, November 7-9: Radiotheatre’s 16th Halloween Fest: Children of the Night: Will you dare to celebrate the high holy days of Halloween with Radiotheatre? Come in! Enter the 200-year-old St. John’s Sanctuary in historic Greenwich Village, where amidst the fog and candlelight, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Radiotheatre will once again present for the 16th season its annual Halloween Festival! Complete with a great cast of storytellers, original orchestral scores, and a plethora of sound FX! For a complete repertory schedule and list of performances, go to the Web site. St. John’s Sanctuary, 81 Christopher St., New York City, NY. http://www.radiotheatrenyc.com
October 25: Jaoquin Barrientos‘ The Face in the Mirror at 2019 Author Academy Awards. The 2019 Author Academy Awards, currently being held in Columbus, recognize authors from 16 different categories. Joaquin Barrientos‘ book, The Face in the Mirror, has reached the Top 10 status and is shortlisted for the Best Thriller category. Hilton Columbus/Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, OH. https://authoracademyawards.com/
A reminder: This calendar is updated several times a week after information submitted about each event has been vetted for appropriate content. Appropriate content includes conventions, readings, signings, workshops, and other like events that HWA members may attend. It also includes deadlines for workshop applications and award nominations. It does not include solicitations for votes for awards/award nominations.