Programming Schedule


2:00-2:50 pm
*Why we write and read the sick stuff
(Dan Naden, Wrath James White, Ken Rand)
*How to be an effective panel moderator? Every Pro ends up on a panel at one time or another. How can you be a more effective moderator and make the most of your panel?
(Linda Addison, Elizabeth Blue, Hal Bodner)
3:00-3:50 pm
*Networking 101: How do you network at conventions without looking like a neophyte?
(R. J. Cavender, Paul Genesse, Steven Shrewsbury, Jeannie Worthen)
*What makes a good horror movie?
(Michael McCarty, Paul Anderson, Eric Swedin, Nate Southard, John Skipp)
4:00-4; 50 pm
*Grammatical Pet Peeves. The panelist's favorite (or least favorite) grammatical errors.
(Norman Prentiss, F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Blue, Mort Castle)
*The Poetry of Poe.
(Michael Calvillo, Michael R. Collings, Michael Potts, Stephen M. Wilson, Michael Shea)
Koffeeklatch: Dennis Etchison
5;00-5; 50 pm
Opening Ceremonies
6:00-6:50 pm
Book signing: Sam Weller's Bookstore
  • Dennis Etchison
  • John Jude Palencar
  • Simon Clark
  • Michael R. Collings
  • Jeff Strand
  • Mort Castle
  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Melanie Tem
  • F. Paul Wilson
  • Heather Graham
  • Sarah Langan
  • Michael Shea
  • Lynn César
*When Did Vampires And Werewolves Become Love Interests?  Much of YA horror is paranormal romance for teens, or YA chick lit with vampires.  When did publishers decide that vampires and werewolves shouldn't be scary, just misunderstood and full of angst?  Why does this interpretation of the mythos work so well for teens?
(Sally Bosco, Lynne Hansen, Leslie S. Klinger, Nicholas Cook)
*What authors are horror writers reading?
(Vince Churchill, Elizabeth Blue, David Jack Bell, Stephen Susco)
* I-Sci-Fi Interviews
7:00-7:50 pm
Book signing: Sam Weller's Bookstore (See previous block for authors)
(HWA) Sexism in Horror Publishing and its Community
(Lisa Morton (mod), Lisa Manetti, Linda Addison, Michelle Mellon, Christine Morgan)
*Horror Film Festivals. What are festival directors looking for?  Is there a glut of zombie films?  Do some horror subgenres have a better chance of being accepted than others?  How are films judged?  How should filmmakers decide which festivals to enter (since most cost money)? What can winning filmmakers expect during, and after, the festival?
(Thomas M. Sipos,
I-Sci-Fi broadcast
8:00-8:50 pm
Poetry readings:
Michael R. Collings, Stephen M. Wilson, Linda Addison, Derek Clendening, Rain Graves, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Marge Simon, Maria Alexander,
Stephen M. Wilson (host)
*Working with Editors. How to have a good working relationship between writers and editors.
(R. J. Cavender, Don D'Auria, Norman Prentiss, Dan Naden)
*Male or Female?  The game show that challenges the audience to guess the gender of the author of a passage of classic or current horror.  Can you tell the difference?
(Barbara Ferrenz (moderator), Lynne Hansen, Lisa Mannetti, Maria Alexander, Monica Kuebler, Loren Rhoads, Martel Sardina)
I-Sci-Fi broadcast
9:00-9:50 pm
Poetry readings, cont.
Horrific Folklore.  Horror fiction has always drawn from folk tales and legends.  What is it about folklore that touches our psyche?
(Gerard Houarner, Yvonne Navarro, Michael Potts, Steve Rasnic Tem, JoSelle Vanderhooft)
*Peer Treasure: How a badass writing group can help you find breakthrough success. (The members of "Who Wants Cake?" have 54 books, 117 short stories, 14 film projects, 23 graphic novels, and over 300 comics published or in the queue, plus 6 Stoker nominations and 1 win.  What's their secret?)
(Sarah Langan, Lee Thomas, Nicolas Kaufmann, Rhodi Hawk, F. Paul Wilson (M), David Wellington, Daniel Braum)
I-Sci-Fi interviews
10:00-10:50 pm
*Why editors reject a story. What basic things does a writer need to know to keep from being rejected on the first page?
(R. J. Cavender, Don D'Auria, Scott Edelman, Norman Prentiss, Larry Roberts, Scott Standridge)
*Urban legends as fodder for horror stories
(Gerard Houarner, Weston Ochse, Hank Schwaeble, Steven Shrewsbury, Nate Southard)
*Punk Horror: yet another passing fancy or the next wave of horror fiction?
(Michael Calvillo, Cody Goodfellow, Lisa Morton, Stephen M. Wilson, John Skipp)
Old Time Radio Drama
WHC2008 welcome party


9:00-9:50 am:
The Art (or War) of Collaboration. Writing a story with more than one author.
(Sally Bosco, Lynne Hansen, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, John Skipp)
*Where and how to publish your poetry.
(Linda Addison, Stephen M. Wilson, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Marge Simon)
Persephone meeting
10:00-10:50 am
(HWA) When the Screaming Stops: The Non-Writing Part of a Horror Writer's Job
(Jeff Strand, Gene O'Neill, Stephen Wilson, Gary Braunbeck)
Surf's Up:  Catching the Web Wave
There are lots of ways to market yourself on the Internet.  We'll talk about what's most effective to get your name out there and build a readership following before your book even hits the shelves. (Jeannie Worthen)
*One-on-one Poetry Workshop (Michael R. Collings)
A chance to meet one-on-one with one of the best poet technicians in the world. Michael will go over one of your poems line by line and tell you not only how to improve your poem, but WHY you should make the changes. If you cannot meet with Michael at this time, you can chat with him at any time during the convention while he is at his dealers' table.
*Persephone meeting
11:00-11:50 am
*How (and why) to write romance into your horror.
(Yvonne Navarro, Stephen Woodworth, James Gurley, Heather Graham?, Lynn César)
HWA and other professional organizations.  How do they benefit writers and what do you need to join?
(Maria Alexander, W. D. Gagliani, Weston Ochse, Rocky Wood, Gene O'Neil, Deborah LeBlanc)
Koffeeklatch: Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem
12:00-12:50 pm
*R. L. Stein to J. K. Rowling: horror in the classroom. How is YA horror being used in the classroom? (And how can you get your book used, too?)
(Lynne Hansen, Dave Simms, Deborah LeBlanc, Lee Thomas)
*Making Lovecraft accessible to the 21st century.
Gerard Houarner, Adam Niswander, Stephen Woodworth, Michael Shea)
1:00-1:50 pm
The art of writing poetry
(Linda Addison, Scott Edelman, Stephen M. Wilson, JoSelle Vanderhooft (mod), Marge Simon, Michael R. Collings)
Why Poe is still relevant today
(Kelly Dunn, Heather Graham, Hank Schwaeble, William H. Pugmire)
Koffeeklatch: F. Paul Wilson
2:00-2:50 pm
*Horror as a seed for visual creativity
(John Jude Palencar, Dan Naden)
(HWA) Please Let Me Scare You: How to Network in the Horror Field (and How Not To)
(Sarah Langan (mod), Lisa Morton, Maria Alexander, William Gagliani, Weston Ochse)
3:00-3:50 pm
Developmental Stages of the Serial Killer (Dr. Al Carlisle)
From book to film
4:00-4:50 pm
Developmental Stages of the Serial Killer (Dr. Al Carlisle)
*Spooky music. How does it enhance a show? What is some of the best horror music?
(Cody Goodfellow, Dave Simms, Heidi Kneale)
5:00-5:50 pm
*(MUSE) Illegal Aliens, how to safely cross genre borders when writing horror (MUSE panelists)
*100 years of horror in film
(Vince Churchill, Eric Swedin, Paul Anderson, Michael McCarty, Stephen Susco)
Koffeeklatch: John Skipp
6:00-6:50 pm
*Writing a Graphic Novel
(Cullen Bunn, Cody Goodfellow, Nate Southard)
*Stephen King's influence on the horror genre
(Michael Collings, Rocky Wood, Dan Naden, Drew Williams)
7:00-7:50 pm
Paranormal Presentation
*The Fine Art of the Gross-Out
(Jeff Strand (mod), Rain Graves, Cullen Bunn, Weston Ochse, Bill Breedlove, Wrath James White)
8:00-8:50 pm
Mass Autograph Signing
  • Addison, Linda
  • Alexander, Maria
  • Allen, John Paul
  • Benton, David
  • Bodner, Hal
  • Bosco, Sally
  • Braunbeck, Gary
  • Bunn, Cullen
  • Calvillo, Michael Louis
  • Caress, Jennifer
  • Castle, Mort
  • César, Lynn
  • Clamp, Cathy
  • Clark, Simon
  • Collings, Michael R.
  • Cutting Block Press: Horror Library, Vol. 2; Tattered Soul (multiple authors)
  • Dansky, Richard
  • Donihe, Kevin
  • Edelman, Scott
  • Etchison, Dennis
  • Everson, John
  • Ferrenz, Barbara J.
  • Gagliani, W. D.
  • Galloway, Erin
  • Gee, Joshua
  • Gehlert, Jason
  • Genesse, Paul
  • Goodfellow, Cody
  • Graham, Heather
  • Hansen, Lynne
  • Hoffmeister, Curtis
  • Houamer, Gerard
  • Howison, Del
  • Kaufmann, Nicholas
  • Klinger, Leslie S.
  • Knight, Brian Kelly
  • Krall, Jordan
  • Langan, Sarah
  • LeBlanc, Deborah
  • McBride, Michael
  • Mellick, Carlton, III
  • Morgan, Christine
  • O'Neill, Gene
  • Ochse, Weston
  • Navarro, Yvonne
  • Niswander, Adam
  • Paffenroth, Kim
  • Palencar, John Jude
  • Prunty, Andersen
  • Pugmire, William H.
  • Rhoads, Loren
  • Rollo, Gord
  • Sardina, Martel
  • Schwaeble, Hank
  • Shea, Michael
  • Shrewsbury, Steven L.
  • Simon, Marge
  • Snyder, Lucy
  • Sokoloff, Alexandra
  • Strand, Jeff
  • Taylor, Karen
  • Tem, Melanie
  • Tem, Steve Resnic
  • Thomas, Lee
  • Treague, Christopher
  • Vanderhooft, JoSelle
  • Wellington, David
  • White, Wrath James
  • Wilson, F. Paul
  • Woodworth, Stephen
  • Worthen, Mark
9:00-9:50 pm
Mass Autograph signing (See previous block for author list)
10:30-midnight pm
Gross out contest
Late night:
Leisure Book party


9:00-9:50 am
*Native American presentation
* (MUSE) This Little Horror Went to Market--How to Sell Horror in Other Genres. (MUSE panelists)
HWA meeting. Everyone welcome. What can we tell you about the HWA?
10:00-10:50 am
*How Authors can get the Most out of Being in a Small Press Release
(John Everson, Jeremy Lassen, John Paul Allen)
*The psychology behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
(Vince Churchill, Al Carlisle, Drew Williams)
HWA meeting
11:00-11:50 am:
*Setting up and managing a literary estate.
(Ann Laymon, Leslie S. Klinger, Kelly Laymon
*Screenwriting 101
(Vince Churchill, Bill Breedlove, John Skipp, Lisa Morton)
Koffeeklatch: Heather Graham
12:00-12:50 pm
(HWA) Thinking Outside the Horror Box: Selling Horror to Non-Horror Publishers
(Deborah LeBlanc (mod), Heather Graham, Leslie Klinger, Sarah Langan)
*How Horror can be used to lure reluctant readers.
(Sally Bosco, Lynne Hansen, Dave Simms, Dan Wells)
Walking tour of haunted SLC (meet in the lobby, 2 hours)
1:00-1:50 pm
*Pacing is everything. Do you have ups and downs? One long, slow climb? How do you pace your story for maximum impact?
(Yvonne Navarro, Adam Niswander, Stephen Woodworth, Bill Breedlove, Roberta Lannes)
*Horror video games.
(Richard Dansky, Christopher Treagus)
2:00-2:50 pm
Make 'Em Laugh: Comic Relief in Horror Fiction.
(Hank Schwaeble, Jeff Strand, Dan Wells, Hal Bodner (mod)
*Writing (and marketing) an RPG
(Richard Dansky, Christopher Treagus)
Koffeeklatch: Sarah Langan
3:00-3:50 pm
*The new Writer's Market: Where can you go on the Internet to find information on publishers, editors, magazines and writers?
(Steven Shrewsbury, Nate Southard, James Gurley, Kelli Dunlap)
Michael Collings paper
4;00-4:50 pm
: (HWA) How to Create Horror Characters Readers Love to Hate
(Heather Graham (mod), Adam Niswander, Kim Paffenroth, Mort Castle, Nicholas Kaufmann
*Beowulf, the original horror story. The first written story. How has the epic tale held up over the years, and how has the movie.
(Michael Collings, Kelly Dunn, Steven Shrewsbury, Stephen Woodworth)
Fixing Your Fiction workshop (Jeannie Worthen)
5:00-5:50 pm
*How To Transition From Writing Adult Horror To Writing For Teens. What's the difference between a middle grade, tweener and YA novel? How old should characters be for each category? How far can you go in terms of sex, violence, and gore? Kids don't have credit cards, so who buys these books and how can you promote to them?  What issues should you be aware of if you also write adult fiction?
(Lynne Hansen, Deborah LeBlanc, Lee Thomas, Joshua Gee)
Koffeeklatch: Deborah LeBlanc
Fixing Your Fiction workshop, cont. (Jeannie Worthen)
6:00-6:50 pm
*Call of Cthulhu: the best horror RPG on the market?
(Cullen Bunn, Richard Dansky?, Cody Goodfellow)
6:00-7:30 pm
Artists' Reception
For all WHC attendees. Meet the artists, final bids for the art show will be accepted. Wine and appetizers will be available.
7:30-9:00 pm
Stoker Banquet (tickets required)
9:00-10:30 pm
Stoker Awards (open to all WHC attendees and HWA members)
Late night:
Stoker party


9:00-9:50 am:
The Myth of Writers Block
Sometimes the writer is his/her own worst enemy. Writers aren't born with blocks; they have to build them, one brick at a time. Come learn how to take the wall down.
(Adam Niswander, Steve Rasnic Tem, Dennis Etchison, Simon Clark)
*Being a Publisher: How to succeed as a small press?
(R. J. Cavender, Larry Roberts, John Everson, Bill Breedlove, Boyd Harris)
WHS Meeting (open to the public)
10:00-10:50 am
*Censorship of Horror. Should writers care about what others think about their work beyond their publisher and fans?  How can you address concerns of schools and libraries and still keep your personal integrity?
(Scott Edelman, Rocky Wood, David Jack Bell, Michael Shea)
Anasazi presentation
WHS Meeting (closed meeting for WHS board members only)
11:00-11:50 am
*Supporting a Writer. Spouses of writers have a very unique challenge. How do you support a writer financially and emotionally?
(Stephen Woodworth, Lynn César, Yvonne Navarro, Ann Laymon)
*Lovecraft, Poe and Stephenson: Why do we still love classic horror?
(Leslie S. Klinger, William H. Pugmire,
Koffeeklatch: Larry and Debra Roberts
12:00-12:50 pm
(HWA) Book Promotions: What Works and What Doesn't and Why
(Alexandra Sokoloff (mod), Deborah LeBlanc, Sarah Langan)
*How music can help you write
(Dave Simms, James Gurley, Heather Graham, John Everson)
1:00-1:50 pm
Storytelling: more than just having a good plot.
(Tracy Carbone, Jason Gehlert, Gerard Houarner, Hank Schwaeble, Melanie Tem, Dan Wells)
*Why I love horror
(Mort Castle, Nicholas Cook, Don D'Auria, John Everson, Robert Praten)
2:00-2; 50 pm
*Delivering on Your Story's Promise
How many books have you read that started with a bang and ended with a whimper? What goes wrong? What can you do to make sure your treasured story rings true from beginning to end and delivers what you promised in your plot?
(Dan Wells, Dan Naden, Dennis Etchison, Simon Clark, Gary Braunbeck)
*The best horror games
(Cullen Bunn, Richard Dansky, Christopher Treagus)
3:00-3:50 pm
*When every word counts: writing concise fiction
(Dennis Etchison, Gary Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, Simon Clark, Ken Rand)
*How to portray computer hacking in your writing
(Dan Naden, Eric Swedin,
4:00-4:50 pm
Closing Ceremonies/ gothic belly dancers