Fright Fest Horror Readings Oct 27th Noon Eastern/9am Pacific

Don’t tell anyone I snuck into this reading with these amazingly talented writers…okay, tell everyone. Come hear them read, and then stick around and listen to me too. I’ll read a few horrifying poems and a scary little tale. Free registration through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fright-fest-horror-readings-thurs-oct-27-noon-1-pm-est-tickets-401426125347

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume lX Now Available

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume IX, edited by Angela Yuriko Smith
 
The Horror Writers Association presents their ninth annual Poetry Showcase, sharing the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Angela Yuriko Smith with judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito, this year features the poetry of Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn and Naomi Simone Borwein along with other poems from Mary A. Turzillo, Christina Sng, Alessandro Manzetti, Victoria Nations, K. H. Vaughan and many more works of merit from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association. Cover artwork by Kyra Starr.

Honored to have my poem “Hide and Seek in Haunted Spaces” included in this year’s HWA Poetry Showcase. Available in paperback and Kindle here.

2022 Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon Brings in Horror

(Originally published in the September HWA Newsletter)

September 1, 2022 by HWAWeb

Roni Stinger

Willamette Writers is a community of writers based in the Pacific Northwest. Like many organizations, much of their offerings have gone online since the pandemic, and while we all miss in-person events, going online opens the door to writers from all over the world.

This year’s conference was a hybrid event with both in-person and online offerings that drew over 300 attendees. It also happened to be my first in-person conference, and I’m hooked. My anxiety has kept me from doing these things, but now I’m ready for StokerCon™ 2023. I need to see my Halloween people! But, back to the WW conference.

The in-person conference kicked off with a silent auction boasting signed Dean Koontz novels, wine baskets, and much more, along with a Writer’s Fair featuring many local and national organizations. These were open to the public and brought in a nice-sized crowd.

The conference hosted master classes, workshops, pitches, critiques, and panels with over fifty industry professionals. Keynotes from Laura Stanfill (publisher of Forest Avenue Press and author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary) and Mark Oshiro (author of Anger is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert) were interesting and inspiring, as were the delicious appetizers, desserts, and brunch. The fledgling juncos hopping around on the patio were adorable, too!

The highlight this year, for us horror folks, was a panel with Wendy Wagner (Editor-in-Chief of Nightmare Magazine and author of The Deer Kings), Kelly McWilliams (author of Agnes at the End of the World and Mirror Girls), moderated by Mark Teppo (Underland Press). The full-capacity attendance attested to the fact that our genre is going strong.

Here’s a few of the subjects discussed at the panel:

– The need for more middle-grade horror and the value of giving kids the opportunities to inhabit experiences that aren’t theirs to provide empathy, insight, and understanding of the world beyond them.

– The vibrancy of the small-press horror market. Wendy Wagner said, “Be a freak. Somewhere out there are a dozen people who want to read that.” Will do, Wendy!

– And, how marketing for horror at the agent/editor/publisher level and the bookstore level are different. A book can be as “upmarket, buzz-ready, contemporary classic, genre-buster” as it likes, but, if it has monsters, it goes on the horror shelf, because horror fans show up for the monsters, whereas everyone else wants buzz words but are freaked out by monsters.

I had an amazing conference experience, and loved making new writer friends, as well as connecting with those I’d only known online. Next year, we’ll have an HWA booth at that writer’s fair!

Preorders Available for Bloodless: An Anthology of Blood Free Horror by Sliced Up Press

I’m honored to have my conversion camp horror story “Camp Salvation: Khil or be Killed” in Bloodless, dropping October 28, 2022 from Sliced Up Press. Available to preorder now!

Direct at: https://ko-fi.com/sliceduppress/shop

Or, on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B9LGDNFX

Digital versions and preorders of Dark Matter Magazine Issue 009 are available now!

I am so excited for this release. It includes my story, “The Ground Shook”. This is one of my favorites. Meera arrived on the page and insisted her story be written. She’s determined to bring back her daddy, no matter what it takes or what might be happening in the world around her. Meera’s story is a dark, creepy, and emotional one, but not without love and hope.

A sample of Issue 009 is available here: https://darkmattermagazine.com/issues/issue-009/

Honored to share a table of contents with these amazing writers, Noah Codega, Andrew Sullivan, R.L Meza, Monte Lin, Rich Larson, Ai Jiang, Mark Joslyn, Warren Benedetto, Alex Woodroe, and Christi Nogle. As well as, incredible artists Asher, The Art District’86 and cover artist artofolly. Art features and editorials by Rob Carroll are always fantastic. And, there’s an author interview with Anne Heltzel by Jena Brown and upcoming submission news by Anna Madden. Dark Matter Magazine is one of the best out there, and it’s exciting to watch the press grow.

You can order digital issues and preorder print issues here: https://darkmattermagazine.shop/collections/issue-009