THURSDAY, OCT. 5
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
The recent resurrection of horror makes this chilling genre’s many materials eerily timely for library patrons, programming, and collections. Come hear about the genre and recent publications from four Ohio authors and creators. Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.
After 25 years writing the first draft of history as a writer and editor for his hometown newspaper, the Hamilton Journal-News, Richard O. Jones left the grind of daily journalism in the fall of 2013 for a life of true crime. He is the author of two books on the History Press imprint, Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (October, 2014) and The First Celebrity Serial Killer: The Strange Confessions of The Strangler Alfred Knapp (Spring, 2015). Mr. Jones is also a favorite of podcast listeners world-wide with his program “True Crime Historian,” where he reads “Yesterday’s News” about the famous and forgotten scoundrels, scandals and scourges of the past.
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. In 2017, he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s 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.
Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Scary Out There, Seize the Night, and Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction.
James A. Willis has been chasing after all things strange and spooky for over 30 years, most recently with his organization, The Ghosts of Ohio. When he wasn’t trying to coax the boogeyman out from under his bed for a photo shoot, Willis found the time to author over a dozen books, including The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories, Haunted Indiana, and Weird Ohio. Willis currently resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, three narcoleptic cats, and one Queen-loving parrot.