The annual Scares That Care Weekend Charity Event (taking place this July in Williamsburg, VA) brings together movie stars, directors, authors, publishers, cosplayers, and fans to raise money for three needy families facing the real monsters of cancer, childhood illness, and burns. One of my responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors for the convention, is to organize the author programming track. If you are a fan of horror prose, here is this year’s programming track. You will note that, unlike previous years, I am not participating in programming. I feel that as my role with the charity has expanded, it would be unfair to others if I were to continue to do so. However, if you are attending the con and bring books or comics with you, I will be happy to sign them for you, in passing.:



5:45pm to 6:15pm: Wesley Southard and Kyle Lybeck: Reading and Q&A

6:30pm to 7:30pm – Writing and Relationships: A Discussion on Finding Balance with Jonathan Janz, Armand Rosamilia (moderator), Amber Fallon, Stuart West, Jay Wilburn, Ralph Bieber, and Chris Philbrook

7:45pm to 8:30pm – Kristopher Rufty and Adam Cesare: Reading and Q&A

8:45pm to 9:30pm – Tom Monteleone and Robert Ford: Reading and Q&A

9:45pm to 10:45pm – Silent Screams: A Discussion on Quiet Horror with Paul Tremblay, Mary SanGiovanni, Ronald Malfi, Damien Angelica Walters, John Maclay, and Matt Serafini (moderator)

11:00pm to Midnight: The Witching Hour with Kelli Owen, John Boden, and Jacob Haddon: Reading and Q&A


10:00am to 11:00am – Roots: A Discussion on Author’s Influences with Matt Hayward, Russell James, David Bernstein, Patrick Lacey, Michael M. Hughes and Tim Meyer (moderator)

11:15am to 11:45pm – T.J. O’Conner: Dying Is Overrated. Murder Is Not: Presentation and Q&A

Noon to 12:45pm: Joe R. Lansdale and Chet Williamson: Reading and Q&A

12:30pm to 4:30pm – Writer’s Workshop: Ticketed Classroom Event with Tom Monteleone and John Maclay

1:00pm to 1:45pm – Tim McWhorter and Brent Abell: Reading and Q&A

2:00pm to 3:00pm – The Ties That Bind: A Discussion on Splatterpunk, Extreme Horror, and Bizarro with John Skipp (moderator), Edward Lee, Wrath James White, Bryan Smith, C.V. Hunt, Eric Hendrixson, and Scott Cole.

3:15pm to 3:45pm – Barbarian Tea Time with Steven L. Shrewsbury: Reading and Q&A

4:00pm to 4:45pm – Jay Wilburn and Clay Astroman: Reading and Q&A

5:00pm to 5:45pm –  Paul Tremblay and Damien Angelica Walters: Reading and Q&A

6:00pm to 7:00pm – So You Want to Start A Publishing Company: A Discussion with Apokrupha’s Jacob Haddon (moderator), Olivia Monteleone of Borderlands Press, Bailey Hunter of Dark Recesses Press, Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press, and Christina Smith of Optimus Maximus Publishing

7:15pm to 8:15pm – Devil Dog Press Meet & Greet: Come meet the authors of Devil Dog Press and learn more about their books.

8:30pm to 9:30pm – HWA Virginia Meet & Greet: Come meet the members of the Virginia Chapter of the Horror Writer’s Association and learn more about their organization.

9:45pm to 10:45pm – This Is How We Do It: A Discussion on Self-Publishing with Rachel Autumn Deering, Stephen Kozeniewski (moderator), William Bozarth, E.L. Jefferson, Phil Budahn, Amber Fallon, and David A. Simpson.

11:00pm to Midnight – After Dark with Wrath James White, Christian Jensen, and David Barbee: Adults Only Reading and Q&A


11:15am to 11:45am – Stephen Kozeniewski and Ralph Bieber: Reading and Q&A

Noon to 12:45pm – Jonathan Janz and Mary SanGiovanni: Reading and Q&A

1:00pm to 1:45pm – Edward Lee and Bryan Smith: Q&A (Moderated by Chuck Buda)

2:00pm to Close – Scream For Me: A Discussion on Music and Horror, Including A Live Jam Session with John Skipp, Ronald Malfi, Rachel Autumn Deering, and Matt Hayward

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