Come Conbust It this March!

It’s official — I’ve just registered for Conbust 2015 at Smith College in Northampton, MA!

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Me with members of the Salem Trayend Band, who presented a Civil War era bayonet fencing drill practiced by the Salem Zouaves. To learn more, visit

Conbust isn’t just an anime con — it covers everything from writing (in all genres and styles) to gaming, filmmaking, art, television shows, podcasts, and more; its variety of programming is outstanding. While it does include the staples (if you’re unfamiliar, some examples: Women in Horror, How to Get Published, Character Building, Cosplay 101) for those who might want them, last year it was refreshing to get a dose of some of the following: Interstellar Governments; Romance, Eroticism, and the Demon Lover; Women of Doctor Who; Editing Movies: How Not to Do It; and Nipple Eating Mutant Starfish (The Best and Worst: a discussion of awful B-movies).

Role playing games featured Welcome to Night Vale, workshops included an Introduction to Fencing and Learn to Dance J-Pop (Japanese Pop), and demonstrations included a Civil War Bayonet Drill.

Conbust is one of those cons at which everyone can “get into” something…and for $30 at the door for the weekend (or $25 to pre-register), you simply can’t beat the price.

Conbust 2015 will take place Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Seelye Hall at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s easy to get to, and there are plenty of affordable hotel accomodations nearby. A full weekend pass for the general public is $30 ($25 if you preregister by snail mail before March 7). For more information and to register, visit

In the meantime, you can enjoy this brief look at my experience with Conbust 2014 below.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info:

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