2016 World Horror Convention  April 28 - May 1, 2016 in Provo, Utah

 

Welcome to the ZomBee State!

Programming

Things of Note:


    The Open Mic Poetry Slam is open to all attendees.  Bring a poem to share out loud!

    The “Gross Out” Competition will be hosted by Brian Keene.  Bring your grossest stories and prepare for fun!

    Pitch Sessions are still available.

    Horror Film Festival has some great films!  The schedule will be up soon.  Separate passes for the film festival will be available at the door.



World Horror 2016 Schedule as of April 27 (check registration for any changes)


NOTES:

One-on-One Poetry Workshop with Michael R. Collings

The One-on-One Poetry Workshop runs Thursday - Saturday.  There is no set time.  Simply arrange for a time with Michael R. Collings and he'll sit down with you and go over one or two of your poems.  He'll not only help you with your poem, but teach you how and why to improve it.


We're still working on a ghost hunt.  Check at Registration for more details when you arrive.


   Thursday Grid (titles with rooms)

    Friday Grid (titles and rooms)

   Saturday Grid (titles and rooms)

   Sunday Grid (titles and rooms)

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World Horror 2016 Schedule as of April 25


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THURSDAY SCHEDULE



2:00-3:00 PM

Utah Horror.  The number of Utahns writing horror has blossomed in recent years.  Come find out why – and what’s to come.

Cody Langille

D. K. Godard

Terra Luft

Johnny Worthen (M)

K. Scott Forman

Revisiting Lovecraft: Why is he popular and who is writing Lovecraftian horror today?

Dan Wells

Nathan Shumate (M)

Jason V. Brock

Michael R. Collings

Eric Swedin

Horrific Fantasy: A Touch of the Macabre. Dark fantasy as a subgenre that often dances across the line between fantasy and horror.  Is there a line, and how can you effectively cross it?

Darren Shan

Steve Diamond

Robert J Defendi

Jason King (M)

Christopher Husberg

David J. West


3:15-4:15 PM

Stained Glass Presentation.  We’ve all seen someone crash through a stained glass window, but the reality is a far cry from what you see on the screen – or in books.  Come learn about the realities of stained glass, how it’s made and used.

“I Am Not a Serial Killer, the Movie” A presentation on the upcoming movie based on Dan Wells’ book. (Dan Wells)

Writing Action Scenes

Michaelbrent Collings

Amber Fallon

Eric Swedin

John L. Campbell (M)

Robert J Defendi

Game Room: Zombie Munchkin Demo


4:30-5:30 PM

Opening Ceremonies.  An introduction to World Horror 2016 and our amazing guests.


5:45-6:45 PM

Q&A with Jack Ketchum (questions by Paul Genesse)

Gun Use in Fiction.  What do you need to know about guns: how to use them, take care of them and what they really can and can’t do.

Brian Keene

Amber Fallon

Scott Bascom

Joe McKinney

Steve Diamond (M)

Folk and Fairy Tales: The Original Horror Stories.  For centuries, parents have told their kids folk and fairy tales.  Why do they still hold appeal and where can you find out more about them?

Jason V. Brock (M)

Linda Addison

Jaleta Clegg

Bethany Hanks

Paul Eckheart

S. A. Butler

Game Room: Gloom


7:00-8:00 PM

Q&A with Joe McKinney (questions by Paul Genesse)

Poetry Slam (Open Mic, hosted by Linda Addison)  Bring a poem or two to share, or just come to appreciate the poetry of others.  Everyone is welcome!

Humor in Horror.  There are many reasons to use humor when writing horror, from breaking tension to scaring people silly.  Our panelists have honed their comedit talents to horrific heights.

Kevin J. Anderson

Jeff Strand

Michael A. Arnzen

Carter Reid

Jaleta Clegg (M)

Game Room: Zombie Munchkin Tournament


8:15-9:15 PM

Cracking the Story Code, Part 1 (Amy White)

Level One: Cracking the Story Code, 7 Must-Have Character Roles and Heroes

At long last, the long sought after and hard to get, Farmer Method of script and text analysis is available. Firmly based on Aristotle’s Poetics, learn how and why the number and nature of characters, their role functions and placement, is directly linked to a story being viewed as focused and complete. A rare opportunity taught by the Cracking the Story Code’s core analysis team.  

Steampunk and Horror: A Match Made in Purgatory

What is Steampunk Horror?  How do you create it? How can you twist the two effectively?
David Boop (M)

Bree Ogden

Paul Genesse

Terra Luft

Dave Butler

Historical Horror.  An historical setting can add depth to your story.  Why is historical horror – and historical fiction -- popluar and who is writing it?

Eric Sweden

John L. Campbell

David J. West

Sanford Allen (M)


9:30-10:30 PM

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse – or not.  We all know it’s coming, but what do you need in your arsenal and pantry to survive when the Zombies come for you?

Carter Reid

Michaelbrent Collings

Nathan Shumate

Jaleta Clegg

Joe McKinney

Women in Horror.  Who are some of the strong female writers of horror fiction and why is there so much attention being brought to them?

Jack Ketchum

Linda Addison

Courtney Alameda (M)

Amber Fallon

Rachel Autumn Deering

Julie Frost

Horror Films Your Family Can Watch.  Not all horror is R-rated.  Some of it can be family friendly.  Come learn which are the best from Tom Carr.


10:45-11:45 PM

Ghost hunting 101: the realities of searching out the paranormal (Tom Carr)


Parties

10 PM – Midnight

Welcome to Utah!  Hosted by WHC2016 and the UHWA (Hospitality Suite)



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FRIDAY SCHEDULE



9:00 – 10:00 AM

Simulated Slushpiles.  To know how to do a proper pitch and get past the slushpile, you need to know a few basic rules.

Michelle Witte

Bree Ogden

Michelle Corvillo

Sunni K. Brock (M)

Jason King

How I Write.  Panelists discuss how they wrote their book/story.  Where they got their inspiration, how they start a story, etc.

Kevin J. Anderson

Brian Keene

Michael R. Collings

Julie Frost (M)

Noel Hynd

Using Social Medial Effectively.  Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Goodreads, etc. are all good places to promote yourself as a writer, but how do you do so effectively?

Jeff Strand

Stephen Kozeniewski

Willow Becker (M)

Christopher Husberg


10:15-11:15 AM

Art Demonstration by Carter Reid.  Ever wondered how an artist puts together a panel or what he thinks while he’s drawing?  Carter will both show and tell during this entertaining hour.

How Far Can You Go in YA Horror? (Darren Shan)

Classic Horror Poetry Everyone Should Read

You may have read them in school, or you may have missed them entirely, but some of the greatest poetry ever written has been around for centuries.  Come hear why you should be reading these classics.
Dan Wells

Michael R. Collings

Michael A. Arnzen

Daniel Cureton (M)


11:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Art of Keith Thompson.  His undead zombies are incredible.  A presentation of his work by the artist.

“From Small Town Fanboy to Bestselling Author” (Kevin J. Anderson)

Short Fiction vs Novels.  Short fnaction and long fiction take different talents and different foci, but if you know what you’re doing, it can be fun ty do both.

Brian Keene

Jack Ketchum

Cody Langille

Robert J Defendi

Dave Butler (M)

Kaffeeklatsch: Michael R. Collings

Readings (30 min. each): Jaleta Clegg & Nate Shumate


12:45-1:45 PM

Young Adult Horror: the growing trend in horror literature.  A number of publishers can’t get enough YA fiction.  Why the interest?

Darren Shan

Joe McKinney

Michaelbrent Collings (M)

Courtney Alameda

Steve Diamond

Dan Wells

“Michael A. Arnzen’s Mutterverse” (Michael Arnzen)

Q&A with Jason V. Brock

Kaffeeklatsch:Carter Reid

Readings (30 min. each): Sarah E. Seeley & Dave Butler

Game Room: Zombie Dice


2:00-3:00 PM

“The nuts and bolts of editing: triggers for editing words, sentences, and paragraphs” (Michael R. Collings)

Classic Horror Movies You Should See

Jack Keetchum

Jason V. Brock

Nicholas Montelongo

Tom Carr (M)

Victoria Price

What librarians look for in horror.  Find out from our panel of librarians what they look for and what readers are looking for.

Darlene Nethery

Amy White (M)

Courtney Alameda

Daniel Cureton

Kaffeeklatsch: Michaelbrent Collings

Kaffeeklatsch: Dan Wells

Readings (30 min. each): Steve Diamond & Robert J Defendi

Game Room: Shadow Hunters


3:15-4:15 PM

Writing for Film and TV.  Come hear out panel of professionals talk about how they broke into the business and what you need to know to survive.

Michaelbrent Collings

Tom Carr

Vickie Sutton

Creature Design Presentation by Russ Adams.  Russ’s credentials are impressive.  Henson’s Creature Shop and the TV show Faceoff are just a few. 

Readings (30 min. each): Paul Genesse & Julie Frost

Game Room: Gloom Tournament


4:30-5:30 PM

Serial Killers.  Real or fictional, we have a fascination with them. Our panel of experts will talk about why we can’t get enough of them, and a little more.

Dan Wells

Al Carlisle

Joe McKinney

Bree Ogden

Victorian Culture of Death.  A presentation by Bobbie Berendson-Wilcox.

Horror in the Small Press.  Horror fiction is thriving in the small press.  Come hear why it’s the little guy that’s getting the big scares.

Jeff Strand

Michael A. Arnzen

Stephen Kozeniewski

Readings (30 min. each): Sanford Allen & Noel  Hynd

Game Room: Scary Tales


5:45-6:45 PM

Cracking the Story Code, Part 2 (Amy White)

Level Two: Cracking the Story Code, Plot Patterns and Predicting any Work’s Emotional Appeal

Increase your ability to connect with your intended audience. Build on the 7 character role functions and their dynamics as they relate a story’s perceived quality and appeal. Attendees will learn how to apply a genre analysis to any story based work for predictable appeal. Target your audience with developmentally appropriate plot patterns. Empirically based and thoroughly researched, this information is not yet available through any other source.

Life in Prison from the Inside.  Floyd will talk about his years in prison and what he learned while he was there. (Floyd Forsberg)

The Evolution of the Zombie.  Slow zombies, fast zombies, undead zombies and plague zombies, over the years we’ve seen them all.  How has the mythos of the zombie evolved and where might it go next?

Brian Keene

Michaelbrent Collings

Joe McKinney

Carter Reid

Bree Ogden

Game Room: Zombies!!


7:15-9:45 PM
Book Signing (All writers welcome.  Sign up in advance.)


10:00 PM-Midnight

Gross Out Contest.  Our perennial contest to tell the grossest story.  Come participate or just enjoy. hosted by Brian Keene

Freestyle Gargoyles.  A local musical group performing original music.  Come enjoy!

Party hosted by the League of Utah Writers (Consuite)



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SATURDAY SCHEDULE



9:00 – 10:00 AM

Cracking the Story Code, Part 3 (Amy White)

Level Three: Cracking the Story Code, Why Power Trumps Beauty, and What Makes a Successful Story

Delve into all the extras that can make or break a work’s success.  Taught by the Cracking the Story Code’s core team you will leave armed with the key substantive story elements that can propel a work’s success in any media or genre--information that has remained hidden and undiscovered until now. Empirically based on the proven works of Aristotle’s Poetics, Lawrence Kohlberg’s moral development, and Charles Peirce’s semiotics, with over 30 years of research, surveys, and statistics to back it up.

Poetry: Why Every Word Matters.  In any category of fiction words matter, but in poetry, each word has to be essential.  Our panelists will discuss why it matters and the effect words have on our senses.

Michael R. Collings

Michael A. Arnzen (M)

Linda Addison

Daniel Cureton

C. H. Lindsay

Self-Published vs Traditional vs Hybrid.  What is the best way to publish your story?  How do you choose and how do you make the most of your career choices.

Kevin J. Anderson

Jeff Strand

Michaelbrent Collings

John L. Campbell

Martin Berman-Gorvine (M)

Stephen Kozeniewski


10:15-11:15 AM

Q&A with Brian Keene (questions by Paul Genesse)

My Favorite Horror Film.  Our panelists discuss what their favorite horror film is and why.

Darren Shan

Jeff Strand

Linda Addison

Sunni K. Brock

Sanford Allen

Thomas M. Sipos

Writing Excuses Live Podcast.  Come watch a live recording of the popular Writing Excuses Podcast.

Dan Wells

Julie Frost (10:15-10:45)

Joe McKinney (10:50-11:20)


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Darker Side of the Paranormal (Tom Carr)

“Ten Secrets to Overnight Success: Or how it only took a decade to get paid” (Michaelbrent Collings)

Writing Excuses Live Podcast.  Come watch a live recording of the popular Writing Excuses Podcast.

Dan Wells

Darren Shan (11:25-11:55)

Brian Keene (12:00-12:30)

Readings (30  min. each): Jason V. Brock & Martin Berman-Gorvine


12:45 – 1:45 PM

“Kevin’s Eleven: Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity” (Kevin J. Anderson)

My Life As a Bank Robber.  Floyd was part of a team that pulled off one of the first million dollar bank heists.  Come listen to him talk about his former career.   (Floyd C. Forsberg)

Presentation on Vincent Price.  A daughter’s perspective on her father, his life and what he was like off-camera. (Victoria Price)

Kaffeeklatsch: Michael A. Arnzen & Jeff Strand (combined)

Readings (30 min. each): David J. West & TBA

Game Room: Betrayal


2:00 – 3:00 PM

“Know Your Writes: A Primer on Police Procedure for Writers” (Joe McKinney)

Q&A with Michael R. Collings (questions by Michaelbrent Collings)

Monster in an Hour.  Our panelists will create a monster while you get to watch – and cheer them on.

Nathan Shumate

Carter Reid

Keith Thompson

Newton Ewell

Russ Adams

Kaffeeklatsch: Darren Shan

Readings (30 min. each): Brian Keene & Dan Wells

David Farland Writing Workshop (additional fee)

Game Room: Bring Out Your Dead


3:15 – 4:15 PM

“The Popular Uncanny” (Michael Arnzen)

Why We Love True Crime.  A panel discussion on what it is and why this genre is growing in popularity.

Jack Ketchum

Dan Wells

Al Carlisle

Noel Hynd (M)

Joe McKinney

Diversity in Fiction.  Everyone is talking about it, but what is it really, and how does it impact both writers and readers.

Linda Addison

Jason V. Brock

Michelle Witte

Paul Genesse

Callie Stoker (M)

Kaffeeklatsch: Kevin J. Anderson

Bourbonklatsch: Brian Keene (Consuite)

David Farland Writing Workshop (cont.)

Cards Against Humanity


4:30 – 5:30 PM

From Vietnam Vet to Mob Hit Man: One man's journey.  Dr. Al Carlisle will talk about the journey one man took and what became his undoing.

Movie Concept Art Presentation by Keith Thompson.  Keith does concept art for many of the Guillermo del Toro films.  A presentation on some of his work.

How is YA Horror Different from Mainstream Horror?  It’s more than just the age of your protagonist.  How do these two differ and why does it matter? 

Darren Shan

Michaelbrent Collings

Michelle Witte (M)

Michael R. Collings

Joe McKinney

Steve Diamond

Readings (30 min. each): Jeff Strand & John L. Campbell

David Farland Writing Workshop (cont. to 6:00 PM)

Game Room: Zombie Dice Tournament


5:45 – 7:30 PM

Gothic Belly Dancers & Morning Star (Native American Dancing)  Come watch a troupe of gothic belly dancers perform, then stick around to see some amazing Native American dances performed.


7:30 – 8:30 PM

Artists’ Reception.  A chance to have a good look at our art show.  Artists who are in attendance are welcome to talk about their art and answer questions.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Game Room: Arkham Horror


8:45 – 9:45 PM

Ballistic Gel Presentation. An interactive writing demonstration help writers bring realistic physical details to their combat scenes. Audience members should be prepared to write. (D.K. Godard)

Horror Comics and Graphic Novels.  Another growing subgenre of horror is the graphic novel or comic.  Come learn more about what’s out there, and who’s doing it well.

Brian Keene

Carter Reid

Rachel Autumn Deering

Using Music in your Stories.  It’s not just about the soundtrack.  Music can be an integral part of your story – and your world.  Come find out more.

Michael A. Arnzen

Sunni K. Brock

Sanford Allen

Tom Carr

C. H. Lindsay (M)

Game Room (9:00 PM): Cards Against Humanity


10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

A Glimpse of Horror: The relationship between horror and erotica and how to write both. (Johnny Worthen)

Why our fascination with the undead?  Come share the love as our panelists talk about the topic.

Michaelbrent Collings

Sunni K. Brock

Carter Reid

Joe McKinney

Space Balrogs.  Come join their unique “Choose Your Own Apocalypse” game.



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SUNDAY SCHEDULE



9:00 – 10:00 AM:

Bidding for a World Horror Convention.  Ever thought about bidding for or running a World Horror Convention?  Come get all your questions answered.

Mike Willmoth

Charlie Harmon

Classic Horror Novels/Stories Everyone Should Read.  What are some of the best classic horror stories?  Come find out what you should be reading from the past.

Joe McKinney

Eric Swedin (M)

K. Scott Forman

Dave Butler

Graduate School Possibilities for Writers

For those who are interested, there are a lot of places you can get an MA or MFA that will help you as a writer.  Come find out some of the possibilities

Michael A. Arnzen

Bethany Hanks

Cody Langille (M)

Christopher Husberg


10:15 – 11:15 AM

World Horror Society Open Meeting

Ted Bundy: The Developmental Stages of a Serial Killer

Collaboration and Co-Authors.  How do you write with a co-author and make the story work?  Come hear some of the experiences our panelists have had and how they make it work.

Kevin J. Anderson

Jack Ketchum

Jeff Strand

David Boop

Steve Diamond (M)


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sarah Pinborough Q&A via Skype (questions by Brian Keene)

Western Horror.  Horror-themed westerns can be a lot of fun to read and write.  Come learn more about this epic sub-genre.

Dan Wells

Cody Langille (M)

Steve Diamond

David J. West

Freelance Artists: how writers can work with them and how they find work.

Keith Thompson

Carter Reid

Newton Ewell

Game Room: Card of the Dead


12:45 – 1:45 PM

Why We Love Lovecraft.  It’s been more than 100 years, and yet people are still reading and talking about Lovecraft.

Eric Swedin

David J. West (M)

Nathan Shumate

Carter Reid

Sanford Allen

Sarah E. Seeley

Kids and Horror: Why kids love to be scared

Darren Shan

Jaleta Clegg

Michelle Witte

Al Carlisle

Horror-Themed Tabletop Games.  With the growing trend in horror films and books, it’s only natural that tabletop games are following behind.  What’s out there and what you should be playing.

Dan Wells

Nick Fowler

Jessica Fowler

David Boop

Robert J Defendi (M)

Game Room: Ultimate Werewolf


2:00  PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies.  Help us bid farewell to WHC2016, then join us for the Dead Dog party in the consuite.