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

Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival on October 3rd

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Press Release:

Horror and Suspense authors from New England – and all around the Northeast U.S. – will be selling and signing books throughout the event, and participating in panel discussions in the theater about New England Horror Tradition, what makes something scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event will conclude with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Authors signing and speaking that day include:

Joe Hill
Kelly Link
Brian Keene
Sarah Langan
Christopher Golden
Paul Tremblay
Caitlin Kittredge
Thomas Sniegoski
John Langan
Dana Cameron
Rio Youers
Toni L.P. Kelner
Myke Cole
Mary SanGiovanni
Leigh Perry
Bracken MacLeod
Jack M. Haringa
Jason Ciaramella
Kat Howard
John M. McIlveen
Glenn Chadbourne
Mallory O’Meara
Holly Newstein Hautala
Errick Danger Nunnally
Izzy Lee
Scott Goudsward
Gardner Goldsmith
Douglas Wynne
Kristin Dearborn
Jan Kozlowski
TT Zuma

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ACT Theater Company
1632 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 276-9568

MA – Vericon 2012 Signing

Thomas Sniegoski, Lev Grossman, R.L. Stine, Vernor Vinge and Greer Gilman sign at Harvard Book Store on Saturday March 17, 2012.

Press Release:

Vericon, Harvard University’s annual sci-fi and fantasy convention, celebrates science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime and features many events and distinguished guest speakers. The twelfth Vericon will take place from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18.

Harvard Book Store is excited to partner with the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association to host a series of book signings with featured authors.

1:00–1:45: Greer Gilman and Thomas Sniegoski

2:00–3:00: Lev Grossman, R.L. Stine, and Vernor Vinge

For more information about Vericon and a full schedule of events, click here!

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

NH – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Ed McGuinness, Joe Hill, Christopher Golden, Rich Woodall & more sign on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Ed McGuinness – ED MCGUINNESS IS BACK AND HE WANTS TO CLICK! Ed McGuinness is returning to Rochester’s Free Comic Book Day Festival! This year he’s bringing his HeroClix and enjoying a Saturday Afternoon Game. Come and be a part of the HeroClix / FCBD fun! Artist on Deadpool, Vampirella, Superman/Batman and many more. Ed will be on hand to sign for fans and for the Friday Night Heroclix Tourney.

Thomas Sniegoski – Author Tom Sniegoski returns to Jetpack Comics FCBD festival this year! Tom’s body of work is incredible. Don’t forget to pick up his most recent work on BONE, The Quest for the Spark. Writer on Batman, The Punisher, Hellboy, Wolverine, Devil Dinosaur, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and the prequel to Jeff Smith’s award winning series Bone, which was called Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone. His most recent comic book work, written with frequent partner Christopher Golden, is The Sisterhood, published by Archaia Studios Press. Chris and Tom have also worked on the mini-series Talent from Boom! Studios, optioned by Universal Pictures. Tom will be on hand to sign for fans.

Joe Hill – Celebrating his first FCBD festival, the award winning writer of national best sellers 20th Century Ghost Stories, Heart Shaped Box, and Horns joins Jetpack with a special all ages Free Comic Book Day issue of his award winning comic series Locke & Key, currently in the works to be a Fox TV show! Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.

Jason Ciaramella – Joining Joe will be scripter Jason Ciaramella, who scripted Joe’s The Cape (not the TV show) and Joe’s Kodiak.  Both Jason and Joe are Eisner Award nominees this year. Jason will be on hand to sign for fans.

Christopher Golden – Comic book writer, author with an impressive bibliography (including books like Strangewood and The Ferryman), co-writer of the online animated series Ghosts of Albion, who also wrote the introduction for Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghost Stories. Christopher will be on hand with his special FCBD offering of Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire to sign for fans.

Bob Raymond – An artist/comic creator who recently got some publicity when he did a comic for an unknown Senate candidate, Alvin Green of North Carolina, and had his comic shown on the Daliy Show with Jon Stewart and some small press publications to the Washington Post. Next up is a one shot through Jetpack Comics! Bob will be on hand to sign for fans.

Bill Mitchell and Kimball Thorpe – Co-creators of the web comic character Beanman. Bill and Kimball will be on hand to sign and draw for fans.

Heidi Brunelle – Creator of Amputee Bunny and Narcoleptic Owl at Jetpack Comics. Heidi will be on hand to sign for fans.

Greg Moutafis – Entering the industry in 1994 with a Xeric Foundation Award for Indie Comic Artists, Greg has illustrated a variety of stories and projects for publishers including Caliber, Jetpack Press and Lollipop music magazine. His latest full length projects are the 2005 superhero graphic novel The Rookie, with Killing Pickman writer Jason Becker, and the satirical graphic novel Boom!Squad with award winning prose writer David Crouse. Greg recently launched PREEMO STUDIO for his graphic design work and creator owned comic projects. Greg will be selling original art, as well as new, limited-edition prints and books at the show.

Rick Silva – Small press publisher and comic book writer. Rick published and edited Kinships magazine. Along with his wife Gynn, Rick is a partner in Dandelion Studios, a small press comic book company. Rick co-writes the Dandelion Studios comics Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire, Stone, Kaeli and Rebecca and Perils of Picorna. He publishes his own zine, Caravan, and he is one of the featured contributors for the fiction webzine The Edge of Propinquity. Rick will be on hand to sign for fans.

Shaun O’Neil – A friend of the store who recently had a short story published in the Image Comics Anthology.  The story he penciled was written by Robert Kirkman (writer on The Walking Dead)! Shaun will be on hand to sign for fans.

Joe Dellagatta – Artist on “Spared” in Egg: Hard Boiled Stories #1, “Fisherman’s Wife” in Mysterious Adventure Magazine, the online “Mr. Legacy” origin story, writer/artist on “Nick” in Zombies Anthology and currently working on his creator owned project, The Holy Diver. Joe will be on hand to sign for fans.

Rich Woodall – Local creator, writer and artist of the all ages comic, Johnny Raygun, produced by Jetpack Press.  He is also the co-creator of the ZombieBomb! comic anthology. Rich’s other works include thousands of sketch cards for Topps card company including Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Marvel Comic Cards. Rich will be on hand to sign for fans.

Jennifer Omand – Creator ofthe web comic Squarecat Comics. Jennifer will be on hand to sign for fans.

Matt Talbot – Co-Writer and inker of Johnny Raygun and a highly accomplished graphic designer.  Matt will be on hand to sign for fans.

Sara Richard – Artist currently working on solidifying a signature illustration style and freelancing with Hasbro. Sara will be on hand to sign for fans.

Other Events and Guests fro Free Comic Day:

The Star Wars 501st /NH Mandalorians – Star Wars characters on the stage at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Accepting donations and holding a silent auction for the Make A Wish foundation.

The Barrington Middle School Comic Book Club – The BMS Comic Club publishes ten AWESOME issues of “Multi-Age Media Presents” a year.  All of the comics strips in each issue are made after school in the art room by students in grades 5 thru 8. The comic book sells in the cafeteria during lunch or through subscriptions delivered to home room.  The profits from the comic go toward purchasing graphic novels for the students of BMS to read.  This is the club’s fourth year (and second appearance at FCBD).

The Fatsquad – Jetpack Press’ own Fatsquad, with the success of their first nationally distributed publication, will be at FCBD selling all their fat goods.

Severed Head Comics – Once again, New Hampshire proves it’s the place that up and coming comic creators get their start.  Severed Head Comics Presents is a horror anthology by a group of New Hampshire comic creators.

JETPACK COMICS LLC
37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH  03867