Past Events

PowerPoint Presentation by Molly Cernick

February 28, 2024, 7pm Pacific

Molly Cernik, who’s been an editor in various capacities since 2009, led us through an interactive 30 minute PowerPoint presentation entitled Tools for Reader Investment & Immersive fiction: Reinventing Fiction Craft From Philosophy, showing how imagination, phenomenology, affect theory, and more strengthen a writer’s work. If you missed this fascinating presentation, you can find the slides here:

Photo: Stephen Gammell/Harper & Row

“Flash” PowerPoint Presentations by Phil Harris and Konn Lavery (followed by a Round Robin discussion).

January 31, 2024, 7pm Pacific

We tried out an energetic new format for our Chapter meetings, and it was a huge success! Our intent was for 2 of our members to present a short (5-15 minute) PowerPoint presentation on whatever subject they feel knowledgeable or passionate about as a way to share/pool knowledge in a super-casual way while provoking an interactive dialogue.

In two dynamic, individual 15 minute presentations, first Phil Harris entertained and informed us about his recent journey that led to winning Best First Time Screenwriter (Short) at the Prague Screenplay Awards for his adaptation of his horror sci-fi short story, Pod Fifteen, and then Konn Lavery regaled and educated us with his vast pool of knowledge regarding self-publishing, which tied in neatly with the release of his latest self-published novel, World Mother Ascension: An Ash Born Novel.

Tik Tok for Writers Workshop

November 29, 6pm Pacific

Are you ready to embark on an exciting TikTok adventure? Join us in the ‘Tiktok Tales for Writers’ workshop, where Sandraw Wickham will take you from novice to notable! Whether you’re a writer looking to reach a new audience or a beginner eager to explore the world of short-form video, this immersive workshop will equip you with the essential skills to craft engaging TikTok content. From understanding the platform’s basics to creating and posting your very own videos, Sandra will guide you every step of the way. Together, you’ll build your follower base, gain the confidence to keep posting and rock Tiktok!

Sandra Wickham is the author of the Death Coach series, Founder of Feel Write Again, mom to an amazing son with Down syndrome, a Special Olympics Coach and a special needs advocate. Her friends call her a Health Guru, Crafting Aficionado and Ninja-in-training. She has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years and loves marketing on social media.

This is going to be a practical, let’s-do-this-together workshop. Sandra will demonstrate in live time how to use Tiktok, from the basics of all the buttons to actually recording and posting at least one video! Folks will need their phone for this; if they can watch on a laptop or other device and still have their phone to work with, that would be great. Also, please download the Tiktok app before the workshop to save some time. People can, of course, just watch along as well!

In-person Books n’ Brews Get-together

October 23, 2023 – 7:00 PM Pacific

A casual get-together where folks shared tales of successes and challenges, market information, and ideas for upcoming meetings. Book swap, beer, and appetizers involved!

EEQ! Horror Panel with Gwendolyn Kiste, Eric LaRocca, & Hailey Piper

September 20, 2023 – 6:00 PM Pacific

This panel of writers talked to us about EEQ Horror— dark literature that is Erotic, Extreme, and Queer!

Gwendolyn Kiste is the three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Reluctant Immortals, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Pretty Marys All in a Row, The Invention of Ghosts, and Boneset & Feathers. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in outlets including Lit Hub, Nightmare, Tor Nightfire, Titan Books, Vastarien, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and The Dark among others. She’s a Lambda Literary Award winner, and her fiction has also received the This Is Horror award for Novel of the
Year as well as nominations for the Premios Kelvin and Ignotus awards.

Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of several works of horror and dark fiction, including the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. An active member of the Horror Writers Association, a lover of luxury fashion, and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric lives with his partner and can often be found
roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, MA for inspiration.

Hailey Piper is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth, A Light Most Hateful, The Worm and His Kings series, and other books of dark fiction. She is also the author of over one hundred short stories appearing in Weird Tales, Pseudopod, Vastarien, Cast of Wonders, and various other publications. She lives with her wife in Maryland, where their occult rituals are secret. Producer Tony Eldridge (The Equalizer films) of Lonetree Entertainment has optioned film rights to Piper’s new horror novel A Light Most Hateful, which Titan Books recently acquired at a competitive auction.

Conversation with Kendare Blake

August 30, 2023 – 7:00PM Pacific

Kendare is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of several novels including ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, ANTIGODDESS and THREE DARK CROWNS, as well as the NEXT GENERATION trilogy which is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Inaugural In-Person Get-together!

July 26, 2023 – 7:00PM Pacific Brown’s Social House Burnaby

A book-swap and brews event! Great camaraderie and sharing of successes, stumbling blocks, and industry tips. From left bottom corner clockwise: Konn Lavery, Rhea Rose, Colleen Anderson, Janine Cross, Lonnie Nadler, Linda Demeulemeester, Philip Harris, and Frank Cernick (photo credit: Frank)!

Conversation with L. Marie Wood

May 31, 2023 – 7:00PM Pacific

A psychological horror/supernatural suspense author for over 40 years, Lisa is also an award winning screenwriter and educator. Her novel The Promise Keeper won the Golden Stake Award for Literature at the International Film and Arts Festival. She’s also a three-time winner of Best Horror Screenplay at the NOVA International Film Festival,Best Afrofuturism/Horror/Sci-Fi Screenplay at Urban Media Makers Film Festival, Best Psychological Horror Short Script at Hollywood Horrorfest, and Best Short Screenplay Indo-Global International Film Festival. She’s a two-time Bram Stoker Award nominated author and was recognized in The Mammoth Book of Best Horror in 2004, and as one of the 100+ Black Women in Horror Fiction in 2018.  Among other topics, she’s going to be chatting with us about horror screenwriting and the Speculative Fiction Academy that she created. 

Conversation with Jessikah Chautin

April 26, 2023 – 7:00PM Pacific

Jessikah Chautin, a library community engagement specialist in Syosset, New York, spoke about how to get our books into libraries and on book lists. In partnership with the HWA, United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, Jessikah promotes the Summer Scares reading program, which provides libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers. It introduces readers and librarians to new authors and helps start conversations extending beyond the books from each list to promote reading for years to come.

Conversation with Angela Yuriko Smith

February 22, 2023 – 7:00PM Pacific

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Uchinanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a three-time Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, she offers free classes for writers at angelaysmith.com.

Conversation with Wendy Wagner

November 29, 2022 – 7:00PM Pacific

Wendy N. Wagner is the author of the horror novel The Deer Kings and the gothic novella The Secret Skin. Previous work includes the SF thriller An Oath of Dogs and two novels for the Pathfinder Tales series, and her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in more than fifty venues. The current editor-in-chief at Nightmare Magazine, she also serves as the managing/senior editor of Lightspeed Magazine, and previously served as the guest editor of our Queers Destroy Horror! special issue. She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family, two large cats, and a Muppet disguised as a dog.

Conversation with Jamie Flanagan

October 25, 2022 – 7:00PM Pacific

Jamie Flanagan is an American writer and actor. Writing credits include The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club, The Fall of the House of Usher, Creepshow, and Hysteria! They began their professional career on stage in the world premiere of Columbinus (written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli) at Round House Theatre in 2005, and later received a Drama League Nomination (Ensemble) for the production’s remount at New York Theatre Workshop in 2006. As a writer, they won the 2021 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay (shared with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard) for the awesome Midnight Mass, Season 1, Episode 6: “Book VI: Acts of the Apostles” (Intrepid Pictures). The Midnight Mass episode: “Book V: Gospel” was nominated for a 2022 Best Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie for the International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA), and the entire series was nominated for Best Original Long Form 2022 by the Writers Guild of America, USA.

Conversation with Sarah Read

September 27, 2022 – 7:00PM Pacific

Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in Gamut, Black Static, and other places, and in various anthologies, including Exigencies, Suspended in Dusk, BEHOLD! Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 10. Her novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard is now out from Trepidatio Publishing, and her debut collection Out of Water was just released. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pantheon Magazine and their associated anthologies, including Gorgon: Stories of Emergence. She is an active member of the Horror Writers’ Association. When she’s not staring into the abyss, she knits. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram, @Inkwellmonster or support her on Patreon.

Conversation with Eric Guignard

May 25, 2022 – 7:00 PM Pacific

Eric J. Guignard is a writer of dark speculative fiction with over 100 stories and non-fiction articles to his credit. He also runs the small press Dark Moon Books, has twice won the Bram Stoker award, and publishes the acclaimed series of author primers created to champion modern masters of the dark and macabre. He is also publisher and acquisitions editor for the renowned Horror Library anthology series, and he’ll be discussing what it’s like to be both an editor and a writer and what he’s looking for as an editor.

Conversation with Rhea Rose

March, 2022 – 7:00PM Pacific

Rhea Rose presented a fascinating PowerPoint on writing and editing speculative poetry. Rhea is the editor of the Canadian semi-pro poetry zine Polar Starlight. The latest issue is free to download here: https://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/POLAR-STARLIGHT-5-March-2022.pdf 

Conversation with John R. Little

February 23, 2022 – 7:00 PM Pacific

John R. Little is the award-winning author of 20 horror, dark fantasy, and suspense novels. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Miranda, John was also the recipient of the 2009 President’s Richard Laymon Award for volunteer work done on behalf of the Horror Writers Association. John discussed how the industry has changed over the years & provided insights into different passages to publication.

Conversation with Tim Waggoner

January 26, 2022 7PM Pacific

Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tim Waggoner has published more than 50 novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes original horror and dark fantasy, as well as media tie-ins, and he’s recently released a book on writing horror fiction called Writing in the Dark. This informal Q& A/discussion touched on favourite horror books, movies, tropes, and “what-I’d-wished-I’d-known-starting-out”.