The 5th annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Every year, authors and publishers debut some of their most hotly anticipated new releases at our event. This year, come and meet more than FIFTY authors and artists as they sell and sign their work and conduct free panel discussions on various book, publishing, and spooky Halloween topics. We’ll have Halloween candy, and costumes are encouraged! The event is free, and the authors donate a portion of their book sale proceeds to the library, so you can have fun, get a bit spooked, and support your local library, too!
Stephen R. Bissette
J. Edwin Buja
Joseph A. Citro
M.M. De Voe*
Craig Shaw Gardner
John D. Harvey*
Toni LP Kelner
Michelle Renee Lane
John M. McIlveen
James A. Moore
George Edwards Murray*
The Peculiarity Shop
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Preliminary schedule for programming at Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
10:30 – 11:20
What makes a great supernatural thriller? Which great thrillers are also stealth horror novels? How do we strike the right balance in such a tale? The authors address these questions, and recommend some of their favorites in the genre.
–John Langan, Bracken MacLeod (M), Kelli Owen, Jeff Strand, Paul Tremblay, Douglas Wynne
11:30 – 12:20
The Twisted Book of Shadows
The editors and contributors to this new anthology discuss their work, as well as the state of the horror anthology in today’s publishing environment, professionalism, and the need for new and diverse voices.
–P.D. Cacek, Christopher Golden, James A. Moore, KL Pereira, David Surface, Trisha J. Wooldridge (M)
12:30 – 1:20
Writing Your First Novel
First time novelists share the joys and terrors of writing, publishing, and promoting their first novels, moderated by legendary horror novelist Brian Keene.
–J. Edwin Buja, Brian Keene (M), Mary Hart, Michelle Renee Lane, Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel, Tony Tremblay
1:30 – 2:20
Six of the stellar contributors to the new anthology HEX LIFE: Wicked New Tales of Witchery discuss witches and witchcraft in fiction and pop culture.
–Kelley Armstrong, Kristin Dearborn (M), Kat Howard, Jennifer McMahon, Hillary Monahan, Mary SanGiovanni
2:30 – 3:20
The Fear in Fantasy
Where are the borders between fantasy and horror? How useful are the trappings of one in crafting the other? How much of one transforms it into the other? Where do dark fantasy and urban fantasy figure into the picture? What are your favorite works that blend the two?
–Catherynne Valente, Dana Cameron, Jeff Deck, Leigh Perry, Cat Scully (M), Thomas E. Sniegoski
3:30 – 4:30
Grady Hendrix and Craig Shaw Gardner in Conversation About A Ton of Weird Movies You’ve Never Seen But Should