Cleveland ConCoction 2015

Clev Con

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be a guest at Cleveland ConCoction 2015 at the Sheraton at Cleveland Airport. Cleveland ConCoction is Sci-Fi, Gaming and Fantasy based, but it’s been three years since the last time I attended a convention, so I thought it would be fun to get back out there. Below is my schedule for the weekend (you can check out the entire programming schedule here):


Author Showcase (Session 1)
When: Fri, March 13, 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Where: Pegasus (map)
Description: Listen to your favorite authors read excerpts from newly released and soon to be released novels. Find your next great read. Ask questions, and discover the world behind the books. Panelists: S. Andrew Swann (M), Megan Engelhardt,        Ty Schwamberger, Mary Turzillo
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Autographing (Session 1) – Author Alley
When: Fri, March 13, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Where: Lyra (map)
Description: Meet and talk with your favorite authors and rising stars. Purchase books and have them signed. The only thing more intimate is our Sunday morning Author Breakfast. Authors: Megan Engelhardt, Brian Hagan, Ty Schwamberger, Addie J. King
Type: Book Signing, Ages: All

Darkness & Light
When: Fri, March 13, 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Where: Orion / Main Programing (map)
Description: Fiction needs more than relentless grim-dark, and more than sparkly unicorn rainbows, in order to work well. Panelists: S. Andrew Swann (M), Ty Schwamberger, Brian Hagan, Marcus V. Calvert, Sarah Hans
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Horror Q & A: Check Yourself at the Door
When: Fri, March 13, 11:00pm – 11:45pm
Where: Gemini (map)
Description: Q & A about horror and why the macabre is so appealing. Panelists: Ty Schwamberger (M)
Type: Q & A, ages: All


Common Problems Encountered by New Authors
When: Sat, March 14, 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Where: Pegasus (map)
Description: Discuss common problems published authors encountered as new authors and get advice on how to avoid these hurdles in the modern publishing age. Panelists: Sandra Gurvis (M), Tobias Buckell, Ty Schwamberger, Pete P.J. Grondin
Type: Panel, Ages: All

Building Toward the Ultimate Literary Climax
When: Sat, March 14, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Where: Orion / Main Programing (map)
Description: Lessons on writing to build anticipation and heighten any story’s climax. Panelists: Sandra Gurvis (M), S. Andrew Swann, Ty Schwamberger, Adrian J. Matthews, Christine Benedict
Type: Panel, Ages: All


For the book signing on Friday, I’ll have copies of Deep Dark Woods, Last Night Out, DININ’, Fell Beasts and The Death of a Horror Writer available for purchase. You are, of course, more than welcome to bring your own copies for me to sign (but then you have to buy me a beer at the bar).

Hope to see you there!


Context 23 Schedule

As you know, I will be a guest at Context 23, in Columbus, Ohio, August 27th – 29th.  If you haven’t already booked a room at the adjoining hotel, well, I’m not sure what in the world you’re waiting on.  I had a wonderful time at Context 22 last year and I’m sure this year won’t disappoint.  In any event, I wanted to update you on my schedule for the weekend (the below list does not include any of the devious things I’ll be getting myself into throughout the weekend):

Friday, August 27 at 8:30 pm – Showing of my short film, Cake Batter, followed by a brief Q&A session (a VERY limited number of copies – like, seven, which is all I have left – will be available for purchase right after we watch the 22 minute film).

Saturday, August 28 at 1:00 pm – Sitting on the panel, Making A Living As A Writer, with Tim Waggoner, Rosemary Laurey, Elizabeth Massie, Jerry Gordon, William H. Horner and Elie Harriett.

If you’re planning on attending the convention, please feel free to come up, say hello and chat a bit.  The overall atmosphere at this con is very laid back (with a great night life) with plenty of diverse panels to attend to learn more about writing, publishers or the business side of the industry.

Hope to see you there!