3rd Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Press Release:

THE MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 10am till 4:30pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) and is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by River City Writers, Andover Bookstore, Haverhill House Publishing, and–of course–Haverhill Public Library.

So…who’s going to be there? We’re expanding a bit this year, adding a number of writers primarily known for their mystery and thriller novels, and our total number of attending authors and artists has passed FIFTY. Among them, we’re thrilled to welcome back Joe Hill. Joe’s new book, Strange Weather, debuts around the country on October 24th…but we’ve made special arrangements with Joe’s publisher and our friends at Andover Bookstore to have Strange Weather make its official debut three days early, at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe will be on hand to sign them, of course.

But I know you want the full list of attendees, so here you go:

  • Joe Hill
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Sarah Smith
  • Gregory Bastianelli
  • Matt Bechtel
  • Stephen Bissette
  • Daniel Braum
  • Lisa Bunker
  • Dana Cameron
  • Glenn Chadbourne
  • Jason Ciaramella
  • Joseph Citro
  • Tom Deady
  • Kristin Dearborn
  • Rachel Autumn Deering
  • Barry Lee Dejasu
  • Amber Fallon
  • Fiona’s Fright Shoppe
  • Dan Foley
  • Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Christopher Golden
  • Scott Goudsward
  • Catherine Grant
  • Kat Howard
  • Christopher Irvin
  • Nicholas Kaufmann
  • Brian Keene
  • Toni L.P. Kelner
  • John Langan
  • Fred Van Lente
  • Bracken MacLeod
  • John M. McIlveen
  • Hillary Monahan
  • James A. Moore
  • Holly Newstein
  • Errick Nunnally
  • Jason Parent
  • Philip Perron
  • Leigh Perry
  • David Price
  • Mary SanGiovanni
  • Cat Scully
  • Rob Smales
  • Thomas Sniegoski
  • Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Paul Tremblay
  • Tony Tremblay
  • John Urbancik
  • Kenneth Vaughn
  • Trisha Wooldridge
  • Douglas Wynne
  • Rio Youers

Extra fun for Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival.
The brilliant novelist Sarah Smith will be conducting her own version of “Antiques Roadshow” at the event. Bring an antique item or two and for a minimum $1 donation to the library, she’ll evaluate and discuss the items with you. Thanks, Sarah!

And here’s the panel schedule for the day:

  • 10:30 — The Dark Border: Fantasy, Folklore, Fairy Tales and Horror – Why it’s magic when they meet.
    —–Craig Shaw Gardner, Kat Howard, Hillary Monahan, James A. Moore, Cat Scully (M), Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • 11:30 — The New England Mystery Tradition — Spooky autumn helps horror, but how much are New England mystery authors inspired by the region and its atmosphere?
    —–Dana Cameron, Christopher Irvin (M), Leigh Perry, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Sarah Smith, Thomas E. Sniegoski
  • 12:30 – Horror in Comics — What makes the medium so well-suited for the weird and supernatural, and what do our panelists think is required reading from then and now?
    —–Stephen R. Bissette, Jason Ciaramella (M), Rachel Autumn Deering, Brian Keene, Errick Nunnally, Fred Van Lente
  • 1:30 — Joe Hill: A Season of Strange Weather – Interviewed by Christopher Golden
  • 2:30 – Far North Frights: Horror from above the 42nd parallel Why do so many scary writers love northern New England, from Acadia to the Northern Kingdom?
    —–Joseph A. Citro, Tom Deady, Kristin Dearborn, John M. McIlveen, Holly Newstein-Hautala, Douglas Wynne (M)
  • 3:30 – Our Haunted World: Why Do We Need and Read Horror in Scary Times?
    ——-Nicholas Kaufmann, John Langan, Bracken MacLeod, Mary Sangiovanni, Paul Tremblay, Rio Youers (M)

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99 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830
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MA – The New Dead Signing

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Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Hautala, Holly Newstein sign The New Dead

Author Event
Meet Christopher Golden (editor), Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Hautala, and Holly Newstein (contributors) as they introduce this remarkable zombie anthology of 19 provocative, haunting and genuinely unsettling original stories of the undead.

Tuesday February 16, 2010 7:00 PM

Barnes and Nobles, 1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

508-628-5567

The New Dead Nationwide Signings

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Max Brooks, Christopher Golden, Joe Hill, and many more sign on February 16th

The New Dead

Resurrection!

The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How will you survive?

How will the world change when the dead begin to rise?

Stoker-award-winning author Christopher Golden has assembled an original anthology of never-before-published zombie stories from an eclectic array of today’s hottest writers. Inside there are stories about military might in the wake of an outbreak, survival in a wasted wasteland, the ardor of falling in love with a zombie, and a family outing at the circus. Here is a collection of new views on death and resurrection.

With stories from Joe Hill, John Connolly, Max Brooks, Kelley Armstrong, Tad Williams, David Wellington, David Liss, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Maberry, and many others, this is a wildly diverse and entertaining collection…the Last Word on the New Dead.
 
 
Reviews
“The 19 provocative, haunting, and genuinely unsettling original stories in this zombie anthology move the genre beyond its usual apocalyptic wastelands. David Liss’s novelette What Maisie Knew is a stunning and gruesome meditation on the banality of capitalism and evil. Mike Carey’s Second Wind is a haunting tale of an undead stockbroker who comes to question whether he ever truly lived. Lovers of more traditional zombie fare will also not be disappointed. Joe Hill’s ingenious Twittering from the Circus of the Dead tells a classic slasher film story through Twitter posts, while Jonathan Maberry’s heartbreaking Family Business describes a ruined America populated by kindly monks and zombie hunters. This powerful anthology shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears of death, decay, and loss that underpin America’s longstanding obsession with the undead.”
– Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Table of Contents
“Lazarus” by John Connolly
“What Maisie Knew” by David Liss
“Copper” by Stephen R. Bissette
“In the Dust” by Tim Lebbon
“Life Sentence” by Kelley Armstrong
“Delice” by Holly Newstein
“Closure, LTD” by Max Brooks
“The Wind Cries Mary” by Brian Keene
“Family Business” by Jonathan Maberry
“The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky” by M.B. Homler
“My Dolly” by Derek Nikitas
“Second Wind” by Mike Carey
“Among Us” by Aimee Bender
“Ghost Trap” by Rick Hautala
“The Storm Door” by Tad Williams
“Kids and Their Toys” by James A. Moore
“Shooting Pool” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Weaponized” by David Wellington
“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead” by Joe Hill

Nationwide Signing Event

On February 16th, 2010, the day The New Dead is released, the majority of the authors who have written stories for the book will be signing in various locations around the country.

Los Angeles, CA: Max Brooks and Aimee Bender
6:30-8:30 PM
Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

Lexington, KY: Derek Nikitas
7 PM
Morris Book Shop, 408 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 276-0494

Atlanta, GA: James A. Moore
7:15 PM
Blue Elephant Book Shop, 2091 N. Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 728-8955

Baltimore, MD: Brian Keene
7 PM
Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21208
(410) 415-5758

New York, NY: Jonathan Maberry, David Wellington, MB Homler
7 PM
Borders, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
212-823-9775

Boston, MA (Framingham): John Connolly, Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Hautala, and Holly Newstein 7 PM
Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
508-628-5567

San Antonio, TX: David Liss
7 PM
Barnes & Noble, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256
210-558-2078

Please note that Joe Hill will be kicking off his signing tour for his new novel, Horns, on the same night. He’ll be signing at River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, and will be happy to sign copies of The New Dead as well.