As I write this, there is still snow on the ground. As you read this, I hope the snow is gone. Of course, as horror writers, we know the nature of hope. On to this month’s announcements:
“All are welcome, all welcome … go into the light.” The first meeting of the HWA-Wisconsin Chapter for 2019 will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 28, at The Craft Room Restaurant inside the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Rd.
There’ll be a short business meeting during lunch (we will allow talking with your mouth full), socializing (but not medicine), and, for those who are interested, readings of each other’s works. If you’re interested in sharing your work with your fellow Wisconsin HWAites, bring a few pages to read. We’re also planning to have additional meetings in Kaukauna and Madison later in the year.
Anthony Hains announces the release of his latest novella, Sleep in the Dust of the Earth.
“Sometimes they come back angry … Ace’s life is satisfying in an ordinary sort of way. At twenty-five, he’s deeply in love with his wife of two years, and he and Runa are expecting their first child. But when Ace’s mother-in-law passes away after a short illness, things take a turn for the weird. Everyone in the family knows that Gretchen dabbled in the occult prior to her death, inviting friends over for occasional tarot-card readings and séances. What most of them don’t know is that she spent a considerable amount of time training her grandchildren in the art of the uncanny. Now Brinn and Oliver appear to be experimenting with strange rituals—rituals linked to increasingly disturbing events. To get a handle on what’s happening, Ace and Runa begin investigating Gretchen’s explorations into the supernatural. But it will take time, and a shocking series of developments, for them to discover how high the stakes are for their growing family. https://www.anthonyhains.com/
Chris Welch will conduct a writing session at the Oshkosh Public Library on Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m. In “Anatomy of Humor,” he’ll examine how to write humor and satire by identifying the funny components of each and by manipulating word usage, delivery, and reader expectations in fiction.
In case you are not going to StokerCon in Grand Rapids this year, you might be able to make it to the sixth annual Lakefly Writers Conference May 10-11, at the Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh. There’ll be over a dozen workshops on the craft and business of writing designed to inspire and guide your creative journey. The keynote speaker will be Liam Callanan, author of The Cloud Atlas, All Saints, Listen, and Paris by the Book. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio. https://lakeflywriters.org/