This edition starts out with chapter member Anthony Hains announcing that his newest novella, The Torment, was released on July 10: The Torment – For a small-town sheriff, Lacey Nelson has encountered more than her fair share of unexplained deaths. The locals attribute their unusually high murder rate to the Torment, a curse that began with a massacre on Somers Mountain over a hundred years ago. Not a fan of ghost stories, Lacey seeks out rational explanations for each case that crosses her desk—until the day a meth-addicted troublemaker shows up, begging her deputies to protect him from his nine-year-old son. The incident sets off a chain of increasingly bizarre events. While Lacey confronts the possibility that an unthinkable evil has resurfaced, Deputy Jared Strickler searches for clues that may lead back to an unresolved episode that left him with scars on his leg and a hole in his memory. The answers they seek come from an unexpected source. But will they be enough to keep the Torment from pursuing another innocent victim? https://www.amazon.com/Torment-Anthony-Hains-ebook/dp/B07FHY8GT6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Here’s an opportunity to promote your work: The Wisconsin Writers Assn. will hold its 70th Anniversary Wisconsin Writers Conference on September 21-22 in Brookfield. The Conference offers an Author & Vendor Expo (sell your wares) on Saturday, September 22. The WAA Conference will be held at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 South Moorland Rd., Brookfield. The Expo runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offers rentable display space for Wisconsin authors and writing services vendors. Display space cost per six-foot table with two chairs is $20 for WWA members, $30 for non-members. Each Expo registrant may bring one guest to assist with sales and monitor the table. Conference registration is not required to reserve a table for the Expo. However, conference registration is required to attend any other conference activities or presentations. Expo participants and their guests may order the scheduled Saturday plated lunch. Authors and vendors must manage their own transactions, oversee their own table space, and clear their space at the close of the event. Space is limited, and tables will be reserved in the order payment is received. Excess registrations will be put on a waiting list. Registrants may cancel and receive a full refund by contacting Expo coordinator Billie Jean Diersen no later than Friday, September 14. For further info, contact Diersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to the WWA Web site (https://wiwrite.org).
“And now,” to quote Monty Python, “for something completely different.”
Here are some not-quite-directly-horror items, but they may prove useful to some members’ interests, particularly gamers and those interested in anime or at least horror-based anime.
There are two upcoming Protospiel conferences in Wisconsin for 2018. As described on its Web site, “Protospiel is an event where you can bring a board or card game prototype to play with other designers, play testers, and publishers. It’s a great way to break your game and to fix it. It doesn’t matter what level of polish your game has. Many games are made right on the spot at Protospiel using the free prototyping materials provided by The Game Crafter. But there are also many games there that are doing final testing just before they are published or put out on Kickstarter.”
First, the gaming convention CoulleeCon, in La Crosse at the La Crosse Center, will hold a one-day Protospiel as part of the larger convention on Saturday, August 25. For more info, go to https://tabletop.events/conventions/coulee-con-2018/pages/protospiel.
Second, Protospiel Madison 2018 is a stand-alone event being held in the state capital at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center November 29–December 2. For more info, go to https://tabletop.events/conventions/protospiel-madison-2018.
Also, in Madison from August 24-26, the annual gaming/anime/cosplay fan convention Geek Kon will take place at the Madison Marriott West Hotel. Info: https://geekkon12.net/.