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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Writers Workshop of Horror book signing

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - A variety of nationally known horror writers will converge upon Barboursville this Sat., Sept. 5th, at Huntington Mall Borders bookstore.

In celebration of the release of Writers Workshop of Horror—a new book that focuses solely on the craft of writing—several contributors to the book will make a one-time appearance in the Mountain State—making it a mini horror writer’s convention, of sorts. The acclaimed writers will be meeting and greeting Borders visitors from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Among those scheduled to appear will be Gary A. Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Waggoner, Jason Sizemore, C. Cameron Fuller, Brian J. Hatcher, and Michael Knost.
“We’ve assembled a dream-team of horror writers for this weekend event—many are Stoker Award winners and represent the top storytellers in the business,” said Keith Davis, of Woodland Press.

All the participants will be signing special copies of Writers Workshop of Horror as well as other titles they each have penned, during this gathering. They will also be available to answer questions from the public during an informal panel forum.

“This may be the literary event of the year. We’re extremely fortunate to have these authors at our bookstore. This is a rare, rare treat for book lovers in West Virginia,” said Lill Neace, of Borders.

Besides their contribution to Writers Workshop of Horror, the authors represented at the event have written many of the most popular books currently available in the horror and fantasy genre. In addition, each has contributed works to the popular regional series, Legends of the Mountain State, also published by Woodland Press.

Among the authors of Writers Workshop of Horror are several accomplished West Virginians, including Logan County resident Michael Knost, who also serves as editor of this title as well as the Legends of the Mountain State series. Other in-state contributors include Charleston residents Brian J. Hatcher and G. Cameron Fuller.

Gary A. Braunbeck, of Columbus, Ohio, has many other published titles including Far Dark Fields; In Silent Graves; Keepers; Coffin County; Mr. Hands; X3; Masques V; The Little Orange Book of Odd Stories; and Fear in a Handful of Dust: Horror as a Way of Life.

Braunbeck’s wife, Lucy Snyder, has authored other titles including Spellbent; Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, Sparks and Shadows, and Chimeric Machines.

Works by Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, author Elizabeth Massie include Sineater; Power of Persuasion; Wire Mesh Mothers; The Fight for Right; 1609: Winter of the Dead; 1863: A House Divided; 1870: Not With Our Blood; The Little Magenta Book of Mean Stories; and she co-authored The Secret of the Silver Shoes; The Tudors: Thy Will Be Done; and The Tudors: King Takes Queen.

Tim Waggoner, who hails from Dayton, Ohio, has written many titles, including Thieves of Blood; Forge of the Mind Slayers; Sea of Death; Darkness Wakes; Pandora Drive; The Harmony Society; Like Death; Valhalla; All Too Surreal; and Godfire.

Kentucky resident Jason Sizemore’s works include Aegri Somnia and Gratia Placenti: For the Sake of Pleasing.

The book signing event is open to the public, and patrons are encouraged to come early to speak with their favorite authors. For additional information, contact Huntington Mall Borders, at Barboursville, at 304-736-6233.