Michael Arnzen and Sara Tantlinger, Co-Organizers
A brand new Pittsburgh Chapter of the HWA has now been founded! Co-organized by Michael Arnzen and Sara Tantlinger, the Chapter launched with 11 Pittsburgh-area authors gathering to talk shop on the Seton Hill Campus (Greensburg) on July 27, 2019.
In attendance were Gwendolyn Kiste, Ben Rubin, Jered Johnston, Corey Niles, Douglas “Pete” Gwilym, R.J. Murray, Nelson Pyles, Daniel Foytik, Michael Arnzen, and Sara Tantlinger. Member Jacque Day Pallone also attended, representing the existing Pennsylvania Chapter (which is organized by Kenneth W. Cain on the eastern side of the state; email@example.com).
Currently the chapter has a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hwapittsburgh/.
Our next meeting is being scheduled for early November. Members interested in attending should join the E-mail announcement list by sending a short query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Sara Tantlinger’s debut novella about a woman’s obsession with vultures and carrion, To Be Devoured, is now published in e-book and paperback by Unnerving. Sara also won the Bram Stoker Award® for her Poetry Collection, The Devil’s Dreamland, at StokerCon in May. https://www.amazon.com/Be-Devoured-Sara-Tantlinger/dp/1989206255
– Corey Niles placed a story in the Pink Triangle Rhapsody anthology—a book of stories that explores gay male cultural experiences—coming this October from Lycan Valley Press.
– Nelson Pyles is working on a Wicked Library anthology and, along with Daniel Foytik, developing a special podcast show for The Wicked Library in Georgia. Daniel is also continuing to release The Lift story series of podcasts, to great success. The Wicked Library’s most recent “Talking Wicked” podcast features an interview with writer Christa Carmen: https://thewickedlibrary.com/category/podcast/.
– Gwendolyn Kiste, who also just won the Bram Stoker Award for her first novel, The Rust Maidens, has signed a contract for her second novel! She’ll have a story in the RAICES Charity anthology from Nightscape Press (http://www.nightscapepress.pub), which is also publishing her chapbook, The Invention of Ghosts. Her work will also appear in Unnerving magazine #10 (https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/) and Welcome to Miskatonic University from Broken Eye Books (https://www.brokeneyebooks.com/store/c17/Welcome-to-Miskatonic-University#/). She’ll also be co-teaching a course for litreactor in horror writing this August, alongside Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, and Damien Angelical Walters. For more details, go to https://litreactor.com/classes/the-horror-the-horror-viii.
– Ben Rubin is heading the George A. Romero Archive Collection at the University of Pittsburgh Library, which seeks to become an international scholarly resource for the research and study of horror and science fiction, building on the existing strengths of the Archives & Special Collections of U Pitt Library. He is working with the Romero Foundation to raise funds to establish a promising interdisciplinary Horror Studies Center at Pitt. http://romero.library.pitt.edu/
– Michael Arnzen’s contribution to HWA Poetry Showcase VI was selected as one of the top three poems and will be featured on the Web site for the upcoming volume in the poetry series, edited by Stephanie Wytovich. He is contributing to the Dark Moon Books primer series on Exploring Dark Short Fiction, edited by Eric Guignard.
Local horror events and opportunities for authors
– RJ Murray shared that Little City Coffee (a bookstore in Monongahela) wants to carry local horror authors. http://littlecitycoffee.net/#visit-us-section
– Ben Rubin mentioned an opening reception for the Romero Collection on October 23, 7-10 p.m.
– Stephanie Wytovich (via Facebook) volunteered to organize a chapter reading at Rickert and Beagle Books (http://rickertandbeaglebooks.com/) and to look into Black Forge Coffee House (https://www.blackforgecoffee.com/) as a possible reading spot.
– The potential for a reading or gathering at the Allegheny Cemetery or Evans City Cemetery was discussed; other locations for activities mentioned included Trundle Manor and the Carnegie Museum’s “After Dark” series theme on the “Haunted Museum” coming on October 18.
– Members will be attending Pulpfest in Pittsburgh in August and others were invited. http://www.pulpfest.com/
– We don’t want to be limited to a Facebook group and will begin building a Web site for the chapter. Daniel Foytik volunteered to help with Web services. Arnzen will check with HWA administrators about linkage on the organization Web site.
– We see an opportunity to run a local horror event calendar online that would feature readings and signings, a la Littsburgh.