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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North Haverhill Public Library Main
99 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-8466

NH – The Chair #2 Signing

Peter Simeti, publisher of Alterna Comics and writer of The Chair, appears at Stairway to Heaven Comics on August 16th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM!

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Stairway to Heaven Comics
105 Gosling Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
(603) 319-6134

NH – Locke & Key: Small World Signing

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Writer Joe Hill appears at Stairway to Heaven Comics to sign advance copies of Locke & Key: Small World on Wednesday, December 21st from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

Joe Hill is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key, The Cape, WR4ITH, and Road Rage.

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Stairway to Heaven Comics
121 Water Street 2W, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
(603) 580-4682

Teen Comic Con at Portsmouth Public Library

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Press Release:

Teens grades 6 – 12 are invited to a FREE Comic Con at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Our featured guest is Cory Levine, Author of Bowery Boys.

This program is a cooperation between the Portsmouth High School Clipper Library, PPL and Stairway to Heaven Comics.

Dress up for the Costume Contest or participate in the Trivia Contest and enter to win Prizes. Have your Caricature drawn by PHS student Rebecca Leblanc. Preview a new FREE DIGITAL COMICS service from the library. Or, take a picture in our Photobooth. And more!

Then, at 5:00 PM, join us for a talk from Cory Levine. Levine will have time for some questions, and will sign copies of his book, Bowery Boys. Books will be available for purchase.

Levine will also lead a Panel featuring other special guests, including Randy Michaels, illustrator of How I Made the World, and Larry Daley, illustrator, editor and former managing director at DC Comics.

Note: this event is open only to grades 6 – 12.

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Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
(603) 427-1540

NH – ApocalyptiGirl Signing

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Andrew MacLean, creator of ApocalyptiGirl and Head Lopper, appears at Stairway to Heaven Comics between 3:00 and 6:00 PM this Wednesday, August 12!

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Stairway to Heaven Comics
121 Water Street 2W, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
(603) 580-4682

NH – Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Presentation

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Corey Levine appears for an informal discussion on Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM to share his experience creating and having his graphic novel, Bowery Boys: Our Fathers, published by Dark Horse Comics (due out August 5th!).

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Stairway to Heaven Comics
121 Water Street 2W, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
(603) 580-4682

NH – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Adam Archer and Sandra Hope appear at Stairway to Heaven Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day! They will be meeting fans and signing comics from 1:00 till 3:00 pm.

Adam is the talented artist on Scribblenauts and the Rocket Raccoon comic available exclusively on Free Comic Book Day. Sandra is the inking artist on Superman Earth One as well as the brand new Secret Origins #1 (on the shelves 4/23). We’re very excited to have them grace our store on Free Comic Book Day!

Stairway to Heaven Comics
121 Water Street 2W Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
(603) 580-4682