The New England Horror Writers sprung into spring at the Stratford Spring Showcase of Crafts in Stratford,Connecticut early last month. The event was held on Easter weekend, so the crowds were light, but we still had a great time. Here are a few photos, and make sure you scroll down and see the cool video Jason Harris made to display at our upcoming appearances. Enjoy!
You can see more photos of the event over at the New England Horror Writers Blog here: http://nehwnews.wordpress.com/tag/stratford-spring-showcase-of-crafts/
Jason Harris made this slideshow for our upcoming appearances. It made its debut at this event.
Need something clever to bring to Easter dinner? Join me at Stratford Spring Showcase of Crafts this weekend!
Need a host or hostess gift for Easter? You might find one at the Stratford Spring Showcase of Crafts in Stratford, CT this Saturday, April 7. I’ll be at the New England Horror Writers table with writers Rob Watts (Huldufolk) and Stacey Longo (Hell Hath No Fury). I’ll have copies of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, In Poe’s Shadow, Love Notes, and Wake the Witch on hand. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel at 225 Lordship Blvd. in Stratford, CT. Admission is free. If you’re in the area, come say hello!
The New England Horror Writers had a table at the Hanover Spring Craft Fair to benefit the First Congregational Church’s Food Pantry in Hanover, MA, this past Saturday. We had a great time (and I sold some Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole Tote Bags–sweet.)! Enjoy!
I’ll be at the New England Horror Writers Table at the Spring Craft Fair to Benefit the Hanover1st Congregational Church Food Pantry in Hanover, MA on Saturday, March 31; joining me are writers Stacey Longo, David Price, and Rob Watts. I’ll have copies of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, In Poe’s Shadow, Love Notes, and Wake the Witch on hand. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at17 Silver Street (off Route 139 and Main Street) in Hanover and admission is $1 or free with a donation to the food pantry. If you’re up that way, come on by and say hello!
If you’re up in Fairhaven, Massachusetts this Sunday, November 6, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a few New England Horror Writers—and pick up a few of their books, as well as copies of my Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World—at the SouthCoast Toy and Comic Show.
The following writers will be on hand:
David is co-author of Shadows Over New England and Shadows Over Florida, but has a myriad of titles in horror, archaeology, and short fiction out there. You can learn more about David at http://goudsward.com/dave/
Kasey is the author of Silver Vengeance, an urban fantasy novel featuring werewolves, witches, romance and bloodshed. You can learn more about Kasey at http://kaseyshoemaker.com/
Rob’s paranormal thriller Huldufólk was released just in time for Halloween! Find out more about Rob at http://www.robwattsonline.com/
Stacey has had several short stories published in various popular anthologies to include the all-female-zombie Hell Hath No Fury. Read more about Stacey’s work at http://www.staceylongo.com/
Writer Nathan Wrann (Dark Matter Heart) and I will not be at the show, but our books will be available. You can learn more about Nathan here: http://www.daltongang-productions.com, and, of course, me right here on my own website (www.kristipetersenschoonover.com). In addition to Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, copies of In Poe’s Shadow—a Poe tribute in which my short story “Vanity” appears—will be available.
The SouthCoast Toy and Comic Show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seaport Inn andMarinainFairhaven,Massachusetts, Sunday, November 6. For more information and complete details, visit www.southcoasttoyandcomic.com
HOW MANY WRITERS DOES IT TAKE TO TEAR DOWN A TENT? (or, Teamwork’s Key: what I learned at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival)
Writing is a solitary business, and can be a lonely one at that—that’s why it’s so important to find people like ourselves with whom we can connect. What I’ve always found interesting, though, when we get together, is how we connect—depending on the reason for the gathering.
For example, I’ve been a member of six critique groups and four of them I founded and moderated for several years. The way we supported each other—regardless of which group it was, how many members there were, or the meeting’s format—was on sharing each other’s disappointments, improving work, and creating a safe social space. At both Burlington and Goddard Colleges, where I pursued my writing degrees, the focus was on survival and moral support. At the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony, the focus is on how we live a writer’s life. And when I am working on National Novel Writing Month (not this year, I’m just too busy!), the focus is always on the escapism and joy of writing, and sharing that joy behind this crazy thing we’ve chosen to do with ourselves.
New England Horror Writers, an organization I joined way back in 2008 but didn’t get even marginally involved with until earlier this year, showed me yet another plane on which to connect—teamwork. We’re here to help publicize each other and get our work out there, but we’re also here to help each other in this most-contrary-to-a-writer’s-nature endeavor: see me, I write. And sometimes, it’s not about publicizing, it’s about teaching each other how to be comfortable in our own skins so we can better work together. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the 9th Annual Open Air Market and Festival in Middletown, Connecticut—we spent the day matching customer’s preferences with each other’s books to getting the tent…down (somebody else had to put it up! Maybe teamwork doesn’t go smoothly ALL the time?).
So my parting thought is this: if you’re a writer who’s feeling a little isolated, consider what it is you’re missing—and then search for it.
Here’s a virtual trip through the weekend.
A tense moment from the film One-Eyed Monster. I was struck by the similarity of this little speech to Quint’s “I’ll catch him and kill him for ten” scene…hard to believe he’s talking about a penis; on the other hand, if you think of it in terms of metaphor for a burgeoning woman’s fear of sex, it gets even more entertaining.
Here, the Middletown Symphonic Band fills the air with a Frank Sinatra Medley. The portion I filmed was of one of my personal favorites of his “It Was a Very Good Year.”
…so, how many horror writers DOES it take to get the damn tent down?
…is that like ‘tripping the light fantastic?’