Hello, Fellow Horror Writers!
We’ve been busy up here in the Great White North.
We will have a booth at Horror-Rama in Toronto, November 4 and 5.
Look for a few members at Frightmare at the Falls, a new convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on November 11 and 12.
We’ve created The Great Lakes Horror Company Podcast as presented by the Library of the Damned which can be found on iTunes and other places on a monthly basis.
We’ve created the Group Hex anthologies—and would you look at that … number two is now here!
Group Hex, Vol. 2 launched October 26, 7:30 p.m. at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, with readings, haunted drag queens, vampiric hosts, spooky authors, and arsenic-laced artists in attendance. Published by The Great Lakes Horror Co., the anthology will be available on Amazon and Kindle, with other formats to follow. With Group Hex, Vol. 2, The Great Lakes Horror Co. continues the tradition of terror established with Group Hex, Vol. 1. This diverse horror anthology features chilling tales of terror from best-selling authors, cult favourites, bent minds, and blood-soaked newcomers. Prepare yourself for vengeful spirits, hungry haunted houses, monstrous carnies, diners serving up a side of death, corporate crimes and murderous demons hidden in plain sight.
With illustrations by popular and award-winning genre artists and a few possessed souls with a poisoned inkwell, Group Hex, Vol. 2 is ready to satisfy those with even the most peculiar tastes. Group Hex Vol. 2 features stories from Kelley Armstrong, Suzanne Church, Brian F.H. Clement, Derek Clendening, A. Giacomi, Sèphera Girón, Danann Hawes, Repo Kempt, Nancy Kilpatrick, Monica S. Kuebler, Shebat Legion, John R. Little, D.J. Adadjii, Stephen B. Pearl, Mary Rajotte, Lou Rera, Andrew Robertson, Douglas Smith, Robert Smith, Julianne Snow, Jessie Turk, and Jason White. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2y3nQDR.
Nancy Kilpatrick was a Guest of Honor at British Fantasycon, where she presented the award for the Best Horror Novel to the winner Paul Tremblay for Disappearance at Devil’s Rock (Titan Books). (Nancy’s second novel, Sacrifice of the Hybrid Princess, in her six novel series, Thrones of Blood, is now out in e-book format (print to follow shortly).
Nancy’s story, “Punkins,” appears in the On Hollow’s Eve bundle, along with Sèphera Girón‘s story, “Marta’s Wish,” here: https://bundlerabbit.com/b/on-hallows-eve?nocache=1#. Check out Nancy’s review of the movie, FRITZ LANG, in The Horror Zine.
Sèphera Girón is excited to announce that her story, “Five in The Six” has been accepted for The Pulp Book of Phobias (Lycan Valley Press Publications). Sèphera and Monica S. Kuebler ran the very first Camp Creepy, which is Canada’s latest horror writers retreat, in September. “The Focus is On Writing!” This event will be annual, and space is very limited so if you want to participate next year, you should contact Monica or Seph ASAP.
Sèphera is the contact person for any HWA Canadian member to send news: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charie La Marr
The New York Chapter just finished up four days at NY Comicon. And a great time was had by all. We sold several books, and got names and E-mails of a great many people interested in finding out more about joining HWA. Thanks to Trevor Firetog, April Gray, Patrick Freivald, James Chambers, Teel James Glenn, Charie D. La Marr, Elizabeth Crowens, Carol Gryzander, Ed Cardillo, J. Daniel Stone, and Kristine Scheiner for their hard work talking to people and explaining what HWA is all about. And thanks to Alp Beck for photographing the event and doing a great job of capturing what it was really like. Fun, and exhausting! Teel, Charie, and Kristine enjoyed cosplaying over the weekend, which added a lot of merriment to the booth.
We gave away copies of Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares and previewed Halloween Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton.
Member Charie D. La Marr was the guest Halloween blogger on October 8. More Halloween events coming up! We are a very busy chapter these days!
News From The Wild, Wild West: Legendary Television optioned rights to Carter Wilson’s Slenderman-inspired thriller, Mr. Tender’s Girl, for development as a television series. Release date for the novel is February 13.
The Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax, Denver) is hosting a book launch for Josh Viola’s new thriller, Blood Business, November 10, 7 p.m. Certain to be one of the most talked-about novels of the year. HWAColorado will hold a Yog SEA event November 18 at the BookBar (see below) celebrating Josh’s contributions to the Colorado HWA Community.
Catherine Spader comes on board HWAColorado as Event Organizer, specializing in Colorado Convention coverage. Her first event was the Mile High Con, October 27-29.
HWAColorado’s Facebook page shows new graphics and exciting new content: HWAColorado@inkmutants. The Chapter Blog-Site, http://www.hwacolorado.com, has posted a number of great articles, including a blog by noted Colorado author Gary Jonas that has drawn a great number of views. His blog, Writing 14 Novels In 36 Months, is not to be missed.
An Evening With Josh Viola: Schedule update—due to venue conflicts, the evening interview and reading will be held Saturday, November 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Denver BookBar (4280 Tennyson), with dinner afterward. Tickets are $12. RSVP suggested, as space is limited.
Member Spotlight: Catherine Spader is the author of the dark-fantasy Wulfhedinn series. Her first novel, Feast of the Raven, won first and second place EVVY awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Assn. It has also received a starred review by BlueInk Review and was featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. Book Two, Return of the Wulfhedinn, was just released in August and has received high praise from BlueInk Review. Book Three in the series will be published in 2018. Catherine is a registered nurse, who has specialized in emergency and trauma care for twenty years. A high school dropout and runaway in the ’70s, she eventually earned her nursing degree at Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, in 1985. Without formal education in writing or journalism, she obtained her first job as a medical writer and editor by submitting a heavily researched historical short story. Catherine has since published over 1000 medical and healthcare articles. She is also a developmental editor and speaker about trauma and illnesses for writers.
Catherine has been obsessively reading, writing, and researching since childhood and never stops questioning dogma, authority, and accepted truths. She continues her quest to blend history, lore, myth, and imagination into dark stories of torment, rebellion, passion, and the triumph of the human spirit. Catherine is an avid ice-hockey player, hiker, and trail runner. She loves traveling and exploring ghostly castles and sinister historic places with her husband, Craig.
2018 Mile High Chapter Events
Mark your calendar in 2018 for these exciting events at the BookBar. Sean Eads appears to accept his second Yog ward, April 21st. Carter Wilson returns shortly after release of Mr. Tender’s Girl for his third Yog award on May 26. Mystery guest on June 23rd. Gary Jonas returns to read and sit for an interview in October at the 50th Anniversary of the Mile High Convention. He’ll receive his second Yog at a private event on Saturday evening during the con. More to come in 2018.
We had a full house for our October meeting, with many new faces, and a lot going on locally. Many attendees had come fresh from the Writer’s Coffeehouse and the subsequent signing of the newest HWA anthology, Haunted Nights, over at Dark Delicacies.
Kevin J. Wetmore filled us in on the newest happenings with StokerCon 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Lisa Morton let us know about the busy events going on with the HWA at large, and Eric J. Guignard shared his excellent monthly markets. We wrapped it up with a very spirited round robin, filled with lots of new successes and inspirations.
See you all November 12, 2017!