Horror University

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce HORROR UNIVERSITY at StokerCon 2018! Go Team Horror!

To further the HWA’s focus on education, we are devoting a significant part of our programming to a curriculum run by some of the best and brightest in the horror field. HORROR UNIVERSITY will be a series of two-hour workshops and special presentations offered at Stokercon 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. This is not your typical workshop experience and will go above and beyond what we’ve done with programming before. Workshops will be hands-on, intensive classes that include interactive activities and exercises.

SCHOLARSHIP FROM HELL! Would you like to apply for The Scholarship from Hell? The application period will open soon; for more information, please visit our Horror Scholarships website. The winner of The Scholarship From Hell will receive coach airfare (U.S. or Canada) to-and-from Providence, RI, a 4-night stay at the Biltmore Hotel, plus free registration to StokerCon 2018, and as many workshops as you’d like to attend! Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out!

HORROR UNIVERSITY 2018 WORKSHOP PROGRAM

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF 10/30/17, THIS SCHEDULE IS NOT YET FINAL. ADDITIONS AND CHANGES MAY OCCUR. Registration is required for all Horror University Workshops. Attendance is limited, and the registration cost is $30 per person per workshop. Fees go to support the Horror University instructors and program. 

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WORKSHOPS


A SENSE OF DREAD: EMPLOYING THE SENSES TO EVOKE SUSPENSE AND CHARACTER EMPATHY IN FICTION, Instructors: Douglas Wynne and Bracken MacLeod (HUWK001)

In horror fiction, it’s the writer’s ability to craft suspense that keeps us turning the pages. But what exactly triggers a feeling of dread in life and entertainment? In this writing workshop, horror authors Douglas Wynne and Bracken MacLeod will examine strategies for crafting suspenseful scenes using sensory cues, character physiology, foreshadowing, and other literary devices. What to bring: a notebook and pen, laptop, or your preferred tools for writing and note-taking.

INSTRUCTORS: Douglas Wynne wrote his first dark fantasy novel at the age of fifteen but has never found the courage to take it down from the attic and read it. After a long detour through music school, rock bands, and recording studios, he came full circle back to fiction writing and is recently the author of five novels: The Devil of Echo Lake, Steel Breeze, and the SPECTRA Files trilogy (Red Equinox, Black January, and Cthulhu Blues). He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son and a houseful of animals.

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a trial attorney. His short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including LampLight, ThugLit, and Splatterpunk and has been collected in 13 VIEWS OF THE SUICIDE WOODS by ChiZine Publications, which the New York Times Book Review called, “Superb.” He is the author of the novels, MOUNTAIN HOME, STRANDED, and COME TO DUST. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.


BUILD A BETTER MONSTER, Instructor: Tim Waggoner (HUWK002)

Monsters lie at the heart of horror fiction, but once a monster becomes too well known, it loses its effectiveness. In short, it’s no longer scary. In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for creating new, interesting, and exciting monsters.

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.


DONE TO DEATH: AVOIDING CLICHES IN HORROR AND FANTASY, Instructor: Tim Waggoner (HUWK003)

Horror fiction is supposed to surprise us, but how can it do that when authors keep using the same well-worn tropes? In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for avoiding clichés and writing fresh, original horror.

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.


DRILLING DOWN: GETTING HONEST WITH YOUR HORROR, Instructor: Grady Hendrix (HUWK004)

Too many writers hide behind cute tricks to avoid being honest with themselves when they write, undermining their work and making it less effective on the page. This two hour and fifteen minute seminar is a boot camp to introduce writers to the idea of being more honest with what they write, giving them a set of tools that can help their writing become more direct, and equipping them with a series of exercises to take home that they can use to keep developing these techniques. This is targeted at writers who know what they want to write, who have a story in their heads, but feel underwhelmed when they read back what they put down on the page, or for writers who don’t understand why their story is being rejected by editors. It’s about the nuts and bolts of sentence construction, as it pertains to horror.

INSTRUCTOR: Grady Hendrix has written about the confederate flag for Playboy magazine, terrible movie novelizations for Film Comment, and Jean-Claude Van Damme for Slate. He’s covered machine gun collector conventions, written award shows for Chinese television, and been published everywhere from academic journals to television schedules. His novel, Horrorstör, has been translated into 14 languages and his latest novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is now out in paperback. He wrote the War of 1812 horror movie, Mohawk, directed by Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here) which premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival. His latest book is Paperbacks from Hell, a non-fiction history of horror paperbacks in the Seventies and Eighties.


GOAL SETTING FOR YOUR WRITING CAREER (OR HOBBY), Instructor: Nicole Cushing (HUWK005)

Should you pursue publication with a large New York publisher or focus on the small press? Write part-time or work toward writing full-time? There are many different definitions of success. This workshop will offer several specific written exercises to help you choose the publication goals that are right for you.

INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Cushing is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of Mr. Suicide and a two-time nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award. Various reviewers have described her work as “brutal”, “cerebral”, “transgressive”, “taboo”, “groundbreaking” and “mind-bending”. This Is Horror has said that she is “quickly becoming a household name for horror fans”. She has also garnered praise from Jack Ketchum, Rue Morgue, Thomas Ligotti, John Skipp, S.T. Joshi, Poppy Z. Brite, Ray Garton, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Ain’t It Cool News. An Italian translation of Mr. Suicide (titled Mister Suicidio) was recently published by Independent Legions Publishing. A native of Maryland, Nicole now lives with her husband in Indiana.


GRAB THE READERS AND NEVER LET THEM GO, Instructor: Kate Jonez (HUWK006)

In this course we’ll investigate three strategies for building suspense and captivating readers. We’ll break down specific examples from masters of suspense to see how they do it and use practice exercises so you’ll be equipped to apply what you’ve learned to your own writing.

INSTRUCTOR: Dark fantasy and horror author Kate Jonez has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and once for the Shirley Jackson. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 8, Black Static, Pseudopod, Gamut, and Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton. She is also the chief editor at the Bram Stoker Award winning small press Omnium Gatherum which is dedicated to publishing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction and horror.


HOW TO WRITE KILLER POETRY, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich (HUWK007)

This course will detail how to write killer verse as well as discuss the techniques and conventions of the poetic form. Originally published as an essay for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Writers on Writing series, it has been adapted into a workshop to help poets get their hands good and bloody. So get ready to learn how to murder your darlings, folks. It’s about to get criminal.

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press.

Follow Wytovich at http://www.stephaniewytovich.com/ and on twitter @JustAfterSunset​.


PICTURING FEAR: WRITING HORROR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS, Instructor: James Chambers (HUWK008)

The medium of sequential art offers endless opportunities for great horror stories—but writing comic books and graphic novels is unlike writing for any other medium. Although they share some common ground of visual storytelling with films and television, comics and graphic novels have unique elements of design, characterization, pacing, and creating suspense. Blending words and pictures to tell a story requires an understanding of the storytelling techniques that comprise the “comics vocabulary” and how to use it. Drawing on twenty-five years of editing, writing, and publishing comics, James Chambers will explore the elements of sequential art storytelling, how to break out of the “prose perspective” to tell visual stories, and how to write strong scripts.

INSTRUCTOR: James Chambers received the Bram Stoker Award for his graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. He edited Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe, Isaac Asimov’s I*Bots, the graphic novel adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, as well as Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, which he also wrote for several issues, including two special issues co-plotted with Mr. Nimoy. He co-created and wrote “The Revenant” with artist Pat Broderick, which ran in Shadow House, a critically acclaimed, independent horror comic. He is also the author of the story collections, The Engines of Sacrifice and Resurrection House, the novella Three Chords of Chaos, and many short stories in the crime, fantasy, horror, pulp science fiction, steampunk, and other genres, published in numerous anthologies and magazines. More information can be found at www.jameschambersonline.com.


RESEARCH AND WRITE HORROR NON-FICTION, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr. (HUWK009)

This course will review the different types of non-fiction, examine the different venues in which such material can be published (magazines, websites, journals, blogs, publishers of books, etc.), review research processes, examine the pitfalls and challenges, and finally consider the actual process of writing non-fiction. Participants will walk away with a list of potential markets as well as the beginnings of a piece of non-fiction writing to be developed for publication.

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Wetmore is the author of ten non-fiction books including Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum), Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of Their Times (McFarland & Company), and the forthcoming Eaters of the Dead (Reaktion), as well as editor of fifteen non-fiction anthologies. He has written over one hundred book chapters, magazine and journal articles, and book reviews. His work has appeared in Rue Morgue, Horror Studies, Gothic Studies, and Fanbase Press.com, among many others. He is a professor at Loyola Marymount University where he has taught horror theatre and horror cinema for over a decade.


RESUME WRITING AND JOB SEARCHING FOR WRITERS—HOW TO GET THAT DAY JOB, Instructor: JG Faherty (HUWK010)

Not all writers can write full time. For many, it’s important to have a full-time or second job to pay the bills. But in today’s competitive employment environment, that’s not so easy. In this class, Certified Professional Resume Writer Greg Faherty will show attendees how to craft a resume that showcases their talents so that they can maximize their potential for obtaining interviews and finding employment, whether it be in writing, editing, or areas outside of the publishing industry. Cover letters, social media, and job search strategies will also be discussed.

INSTRUCTOR: JG “Greg” Faherty owns and operates www.a-perfect-resume.com, an internet-based resume and cover letter service. A Certified Professional Resume Writer and member in good standing of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, Greg brings more than 18 years of professional resume writing experience to the table. Through his own company and his work as a senior writer for several of the largest internet resume firms, Greg’s accomplishments include producing more than 14,000 resumes since 1999 (with a better than 99% customer satisfaction rate), serving as a subject matter expert for several newspapers and websites, and introducing cutting-edge resume formats and alternatives to the industry. He also conducts regular resume writing seminars for local colleges, libraries, non-profit groups, and business groups. As a multi-published writer himself, he has extensive experience aiding other writers and editors in crafting resumes for work within and outside of the publishing field.


SAYING MORE WITH LESS, Instructor: Patrick Freivald (HUWK011)

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Writing styles are as varied as writers themselves, but a common complaint among editors and publishers of horror fiction is that writers use too many words to say what they mean to say. This interactive workshop will focus on squeezing every ounce of meaning from each word. Participants should bring a 200-300 word prose sample from a work in progress.

INSTRUCTOR: Patrick Freivald is the four-time Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of Jade Sky and Black Tide, where he used the word “was” only in dialogue. His now-defunct blog, Word Soup, focused on boiling all the excess words from prose, and his beta reading group were a featured panel at the 2015 World Horror Convention and StokerCon 2016. For more information visit his website: http://patrick.freivald.com/


SET THE HOOK! HOW TO KEEP THEM READING INTO THE NIGHT, Instructor: Hank Schwaeble (HUWK012)

A crash course in how to hook a reader and not let go. This workshop will provide analysis, tips and techniques for infusing your writing with tension, tightness, and power, as well as an exploration of the different ways to approach short stories versus novels.

INSTRUCTOR: Hank Schwaeble is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels DAMNABLE, DIABOLICAL and THE ANGEL OF THE ABYSS, as well as the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection, AMERICAN NOCTURNE. A practicing attorney and former Air Force officer and Special Agent for Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he lives in the Houston area with his wife, fellow writer Rhodi Hawk, in a home they share with numerous animals.


SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR WRITERS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich (HUWK013)

Social Media Marketing for Writers gives a crash course in marketing and advertising techniques for the digital age. As we know from Westworld and Black Mirror, there are advantages and disadvantages to how we present ourselves online, and as such, this workshop will discuss voice, author branding, and various strategies to gaining a true readership and following.

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press.

Follow Wytovich at http://www.stephaniewytovich.com/ and on twitter @JustAfterSunset​.


STARTING YOUR HORROR WRITING CAREER: SHORT STORIES FOR BEGINNERS, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr. (HUWK014)

Are you a fan of horror and want to be a horror writer yourself but you’re scared to start? Or don’t know how? This course covers the basics of beginning short story writing, including “I’ve got an idea! Now what?”, mistakes all beginners make, contradictory advice, markets open to beginners, the actual process of how to write, “there is no writing – only rewriting), and looking towards a novel (eventually). Students will begin working on a story that they can develop to completion after the class has concluded.

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Wetmore is the author and editor of over two dozen books, and dozens of short stories. His award-winning fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance, Mothership Zeta, and Devolution Z, as well as anthologies such as Midian Unmade, Whispers from the Abyss 2, Halloween Returns, Descansos, and the Strangely Funny series. He is a professor at Loyola Marymount University where he has taught horror theatre and horror cinema for over a decade.


TAKE YOUR WRITING TO ANOTHER LEVEL, Instructor: Jason V Brock (HUWK015)

All serious creators strive to balance the dual goals of self-expression and connecting with an audience. Dig deeper into the “whys” and “hows” of narratology, and learn to emotionally involve the reader even as you distance yourself from the work in order to arrive at the best story possible.

INSTRUCTOR: Jason V Brock is an award-winning and nominated writer, editor, filmmaker, composer, artist, scholar, and speaker. He has been widely-published online, in comic books, magazines, and anthologies, such as YOU, HUMAN; DISORDERS OF MAGNITUDE (nonfiction finalist for the Bram Stoker and Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards); THE DARK SEA WITHIN; FUNGI; WEIRD FICTION REVIEW (print edition); FANGORIA; S. T. Joshi’s BLACK WINGS series, and many, many others. He describes his work as Dark Magical Realism.

He was Art Director/Managing Editor for DARK DISCOVERIES magazine for more than four years, and publishes a pro journal called [NAMELESS], which can be found on Twitter: @Nameless_Digest, and on the Interwebs at HTTP://WWW.NAMELESSDIGEST.COM. In addition, Brock and his wife, Sunni, run Cycatrix Press (a few of their books include A DARKE PHANTASTIQUE [Bram Stoker Award nominee], THE BLEEDING EDGE, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated THE MIRRORS by author Nicole Cushing). They also have a technology consulting business.

As a filmmaker, his work includes the critically-acclaimed documentaries CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN, THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES! (winner of the 2014 Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary), and IMAGE, REFLECTION, SHADOW: ARTISTS OF THE FANTASTIC. He is the primary composer and instrumentalist/singer for his band, ChiaroscurO.

Popular as a speaker and panelist, he has been a special guest at numerous film fests, conventions, and educational events, and was the 2015 Editor Guest of Honor for Orycon 37, the largest science fiction convention in Oregon. Brock loves his wife, their family of herptiles, travel, and vegan/vegetarianism. He is active on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter (@JasonVbrocK), and their personal website/blog, HTTP://WWW.JASUNNI.COM.


WOMEN AND VIOLENCE: UNLEASHING YOUR FEMALE CHARACTERS’ DARK SIDES, Instructors: Heather Herrman and Dr. Lauren Genovesi (HUWK016)

Criminal statistics show a low level of violent acts committed by women in the public sphere, with four out of five murders being committed by men. However, in the private/domestic sphere, studies find little to no difference in violent acts committed by gender. Though we rarely talk about women and violence, the convergence of these two elements is powerful. Harnessing the combination in your own writing can provide explosive results. Using “The Debutante” a short story by early surrealist writer Leonora Carrington, as well as other examples from film and literature, we will explore fictional women who have effectively turned the female victim trope on its head. We will look at cultural stigmas regarding violence and women and then turn to questions of craft. How can you avoid pure sensationalism and instead use acts of violence to emotionally engage the reader and move plot? What should be shown and what left to the imagination? Finally, we will engage in an in-class writing assignment that will provide the seed for a scene or character.

INSTRUCTORS: Heather Herrman holds an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cemetery Dance, Dark Screams: VolumeTen, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The South Carolina Review, and Snake Nation Review among others. Her debut novel, Consumption, is available from Random House/Hydra. Heather has taught writing for the past fifteen years at such places as Clemson University, New Mexico State, and The Loft Literary Center. She is currently at work on a horror novel featuring anatomically-curious women engaged in body-snatching and violence during 19th century America.

Dr. Lauren Genovesi’s work has been published in Prick of the Spindle, Gulf Coast, nerve, Poet Lore, and other places, and supported by Vermont Studio Center, University of Houston, and Prairie Center of the Arts. A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, she teaches Writing and Humanities at The Community College of Philadelphia.


WORKING WITH EDITORS, Instructor: Sandra Kasturi (HUWK017)

The editorial process is an essential part of publishing, but it can be daunting, even challenging to balance an editor’s input and implement it successfully. A good editor can strengthen a piece of fiction, even tease more out of it than the author may have expected. But ultimately the author must decide how best to write it–and how to make sure the original intent isn’t lost. This workshop will discuss how authors can accept and incorporate edits into their fiction without losing your voice or altering their style too much.

INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, editor and the publisher of ChiZine Publications, winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and HWA Specialty Press Awards. Her work has appeared in various venues, including Taddle Creek, Evolve, Chilling Tales, Girls Who Bite Back!, Other Tongues, several Tesseracts anthologies, and an issue of Vogue Patterns in which she discussed getting ink out of clothing by soaking them in milk. Sandra is the author of the poetry collections The Animal Bridegroom (with an introduction by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is currently working on a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters, another poetry collection, Snake Handling for Beginners, and the inevitable horror novel, Wrongness. She likes gin & tonics and red lipstick and Michael Fassbender.


MAKING THE READER SQUIRM, Instructor: Michael Arnzen (HUWK018)

This two hour workshop will cover insider tricks and tactics for crafting horror imagery — not just familiar tropes of the genre, but methods for directly appeals to the reader’s senses, crafting images that really hit readers in the guts. It will include a lively interactive talk that explores how to exploit the weirdness of language and a live writing activity aimed at improving your description of a gory scene or scary moment. Open to novelists, poets, flash fiction writers … anyone looking to sharpen their writing skills — from the crafty suspense writer to anyone eager to “go for the gross out” without undermining their chances at a sale.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS


LOVECRAFT TOURS! A WALKING TOUR of H.P. LOVECRAFT’S PROVIDENCE, Instructor: Darrell Schweitzer (HUSP001)

PLEASE NOTE: Registration fee for this tour will be $20 per person. The tour takes place outdoors. It is weather dependent and attendees should dress accordingly for comfort. In the case of cancellation due to weather, registration fees will be refunded. A bathroom break will occur at the Atheneum Library, access to the facility permitting.

There will be two tours, both beginning at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. REGISTER HERE.

Yes, you too can walk (or shamble) along the very streets traversed by the Master of the Macabre himself (and some of his characters). The tour starts at the base of College Hill, in front of the First Baptist Church (a.k.a. the “Yes We Have No Bananas Church” where HPL in 1923 attempted to play that tune on the venerable organ …). Highlights include two Lovecraft residences and the original location of his last home (which has been moved since), the Lovecraft plaque in front of the John Hay Library, the Fleur de Lys Building (where the art student in “The Call of Cthulhu” resided, and much more. See the Lovecraft bust in the Providence Atheneum. Retrace the path of Charles Dexter Ward on his return from Europe, all the way to the Charles Dexter Ward house (Halsey mansion). See the magnificent view of Providence from Prospect Terrace and learn the tale of “Who Ate Roger Williams?” From there descend into Benefit Street, past the Sarah Whitman house (Poe’s ladyfriend), the Shunned House (as described in the story of that name) and into the St. John’s Churchyard, for eldritch anecdotes.

Practical considerations. This walking tour takes about 2 hours. It involves a certain amount of hill-climbing, but only at the beginning. The rest of the tour moves horizontally along the ridge-line, only slightly uphill along Prospect St., and then downhill. There is a chance to sit down on benches in Prospect Terrace. Bring a camera.

INSTRUCTOR: Darrell Schweitzer is a lifelong Lovecraftian. He was a contributor to the legendary NYCTALOPS in the 1970s and CRYPT OF CTHULHU somewhat later. He and attended the First World Fantasy Con, where he heard Fritz Leiber give a reading of “The Haunter of the Dark” only a few blocks away from where the story “happened.” He has edited a classic volume of Lovecraft criticism, DISCOVERING H.P. LOVECRAFT (originally ESSAYS LOVECRAFTIAN in 1977 and revised twice since). He was co-editor of WEIRD TALES for 19 years and believes he managed to write one editorial in that time which did not mention Lovecraft at least once. Among his more frivolous accomplishments, he has authored many Lovecraftian hymns, some of them collected into THE INNSMOUTH TABLERNACLE CHOIR HYMNAL, and he has led the choir several times at Cthulhu Prayer Breakfasts. He also rhymed “Cthulhu” in a limerick. His fiction (THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, THE EMPEROR OF THE ANCIENT WORD, REFUGEES FROM AN IMAGINARY COUNTRY etc.) ranges widely over fantastic genres, but some of it, particularly that collected in AWAITING STRANGE GODS (Fedogan & Bremer, 2015) is explicitly Lovecraftian. He admits he is not a Providence native, nor is he from Arkham or Innsmouth, despite which he had been giving Lovecraftian walking tours since 1990, even since he rescued a tour group sent by another convention, which arrived on College Hill with no tour guide. Since he alone of those present could find the Shunned House from memory in the dark, he took over.


SCREAM QUEENS: THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SLASHER FILMS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich (HUSP002)

This presentation introduces the concept of the final girl and tracks her evolution through slasher film history. The presentation will discuss women in horror with a particular focus on body image and empowerment both on and off the screen. There is no registration fee for this presentation.

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press. Follow Wytovich at http://www.stephaniewytovich.com/ and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.