The San Diego Chapter held its August meeting in conjunction with HWA New York chapter member JG Faherty‘s launch of his latest book, Hellrider, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Faherty was also a guest at the meeting, and several San Diego members stayed to attend the book launch.
It was our fourth year at Midsummer Scream, and the two-day event was attended by more than 30,000 people. The HWA booth gathered 117 signatures of interested potential members, almost double what we gathered during the three days of WonderCon in 2018.
We held two well-received panels: “Defining Horror” with San Diego Chapter Members Brian Asman, Chad Stroup, and Ashley Santana, and “Young Adult Horror Fiction Basics” with Lauren Salerno, Mark Tullius, Alexandra Neumeister, and Jolene Haley, which was recorded by Bionic Buzz and uploaded to their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/OZsTWNbbIS4.
The HWA booth had one other new element at the table—a new sign which said in big letters DO YOU WRITE HORROR? Many people came up, and the first thing they said was “I write horror,” so the San Diego Chapter will be bringing this sign to other conventions in the future.
Photo credit: Photos provided by Ashley Santana, Kevin David Anderson, and Alexandra Neumeister.