The SCARES THAT CARE WEEKEND charity horror convention takes place July 24-26 in Williamsburg, VA (click here for complete details). In addition to all of the other events and celebrities available at the convention (film stars, cosplay, dealer’s room, etc.) a number of authors will be on hand. What follows is the schedule for readings and panels, with a reminder that all of these authors will also be available to sign books for you all weekend long (so please seek them out at their table).



6:00pm to 6:45pm – EDWARD L. JEFFERSON and RUSSELL JAMES

6:45pm to 7:30pm – JACOB HADDON and KEVIN LUCIA


8:15pm to 9:00pm – TIM WAGGONER and ROBERT FORD

9:00pm to 10:00pm – PANEL: “DO WE STILL NEED WOMEN OF HORROR PANELS?” – The horror genre has always been at the forefront of diversity, both in literature and film. Has the genre reached true balance, or is there more that needs to be done? Join LAURA JAMES, MONICA O’ROURKE, PENNY COCKRELL, DELONA SOUTHERLAND, ROSE O’KEEFE, JOHN URBANCIK, NICOLE CUSHING, and moderator KELLI OWEN as they discuss whether we still need panels like this one.


10:00am to 10:45am – D. ALEXANDER WARD and JAY WILBURN

10:45am to 11:30am — PENNY COCKRELL and PAMELA K. KINNEY

11:30am to 12:15pm — LAURA JAMES and WILL BOZARTH

12:15pm to 1:00pm – THE LIGHT BROTHERS

1:00pm to 1:45pm – F. PAUL WILSON and THOMAS MONTELEONE

1:45pm to 2:30pm – KELLI OWEN and RONALD MALFI

2:30pm to 3:15pm – EDWARD LEE and ADAM CESARE

3:15pm to 3:45pm – HUNTER SHEA and ARMAND ROSAMILIA

3:45pm to 4:30pm – CARLTON MELLICK III and JEFF STRAND

4:30pm to 5:00pm – LAMAR GILES (available Saturday only)

5:00pm to 6:00pm – PANEL: “HOLLYWOOD HORRORS” — Why was your favorite novel turned into a terrible movie? What’s with all these remakes? How do you write a screenplay? Join BRIAN KEENE, EDWARD LEE, F. PAUL WILSON, THOMAS MONTELEONE, LYNNE HANSEN, JEFF STRAND, ROBERT FORD, and moderator JONATHAN JANZ as they reveal the truth about Hollywood.


11am to Noon – PANEL: “WRITER’S GROUPS IN A DIGITAL AGE” – There are many groups for horror writers (HWA, ITW, SFWA, etc.) but do they offer anything that can’t be obtained on social media for free? Join TIM WAGGONER, RONALD MALFI, JACOB HADDON, PAMELA K. KINNEY, D. ALEXANDER WARD, and moderator DELONA SOUTHERLAND as they discuss and debate.

12:30pm to 1:00pm – NICOLE CUSHING

1:00pm to 2:00pm – PANEL: “AUTHOR AMA” – Join some of the hottest new names in horror fiction –HUNTER SHEA, KRISTOPHER RUFTY, KEVIN LUCIA, MONICA O’ROURKE, ADAM CESARE, and moderator ARMAND ROSAMILIA – and ask them anything.

2:00pm to 3:00pm – PANEL: “PATHS TO PUBLISHED” — How do you write a novel? Should you self-publish? Do you need an agent? Join THE LIGHT BROTHERS, EDWARD L. JEFFERSON, JAY WILBURN, RUSSELL JAMES and moderator WILL BOZARTH as they answer all your questions.

3:00pm to 3:45pm — BRIAN KEENE and JOHN URBANCIK

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