12:00 to 5:00PM Registration
5:00PM: Strip Crawl! Shuttles will leave every thirty minutes to take you to and from the Las Vegas Strip to enjoy the glitz and glamour of some of the world’s largest casinos.
10:00PM to 4:00AM: Pajama Party and Horror Movie Marathon in the Hospitality Suite. Six hours of nonstop horror—what better way to get you in the mood for the weekend?
10:00AM: Registration and dealer’s room open
10:00AM The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing the Short Story: The basics every writer needs to know to avoid rejection from paragraph one. Moderator Adam Pepper. Panelists Hal Bodner, Gardner Goldsmith, Paul Gifford, Gene O’Neill, Erik Williams.
10:00AM: Reading by Gord Rollo
10:30AM: Reading by Nathan Walpow
11:00AM Anatomy of A Serial Killer: How to write a realistic psychopath, dispose of a body, and other things the FBI would rather you didn’t know. Moderator Nathan Walpow. Panelists Gord Rollo, Mark Worthen, Dave Simms, Tim Marquitz, Noel Hynd
11:00AM: Reading by Gene O’Neill
11:30AM: Reading by Adam Pepper
1:00PM: Six Million Ways To Die: How to Write A Realistic Murder Scene While Avoiding Clichés and Utter Absurdity. Moderator Brian Keene. Panelists Joe Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Edward Lee, Bill Gagliani, Nathan Walpow.
1:00PM: Reading by L.L. Soares
1:30PM: Reading by Meghan Knierim
2:00PM: Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing and Self-Promotion. Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: How to promote yourself and your work. Moderator: Matt Schwartz. Panelists: Brian Keene, Gabrielle Faust, Gene O’Neill, Kasey Lansdale, Maurice Broaddus, Lori Perkins
2:00PM: Reading by Edward Lee
2:30PM: Reading by F. Paul Wilson
2:30-4:00PM Q&A with Joe Lansdale, Heather Graham & Edward Lee
3:00PM Bite Me, Chew off my Face, but Love Me: When did vampires, werewolves and other monsters become love interests? Moderator Gabrielle Faust. Panelists Bill Gagliani, L.A. Banks, Beth Blue, Cory Cramer, BL Morgan.
3:00PM Reading by John Skipp
3:30PM Reading by Cody Goodfellow
4:00PM Seven Deadly Sins of Working with an Editor: How to learn to listen and to let go of your prose, no matter how beautiful. Moderator: Meghan Knierim. Panelists: Bailey Hunter, Roy Robbins, Angela James, Bill Gilchrist, Kim Richards-Gilchrist, Kelli Dunlap.
4:00PM Reading by Brian Keene
4:30PM Reading by Sèphera Girón
5:00PM Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Publishing: Authors Talk About The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing. Moderator: Jennifer Caress. Panelists: BL Morgan, Paul Gifford, Rick Holderman, Azrael Paul Damien
5:00PM Reading by Mark Worthen
5:30PM Reading by Kurt Newton
6:00-8:00PM Official Welcome/Opening Ceremonies; Cocktail Party with our Guests of Honor!
7:00PM Dealer’s Room Closes
8:00PM Sensual and Spooky: Is Paranormal Romance the new horror? Moderator Jeannie Eddy. Panelists L.A. Banks, Heather Graham, Sèphera Girón, Hal Bodner
8:00PM Reading by Wrath James White
8:30PM Reading by Rain Graves
9:00PM Creative Fiction Contest! (Judges TBA)
10:00-?PM Damnation Books Party in the Hospitality Suite!
Pitch sessions (details TBA)
10:00AM: Registration and dealer’s room open
10:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Characterization: Writing Believable Characters While Avoiding the Tropes: Moderator: Bill Gagliani. Panelists L.A. Banks, Hal Bodner, Maurice Broaddus, Adam Coats.
10:00AM: Reading by Gardner Goldsmith
10:30AM: Reading by Noel Hynd
11:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Living With a Writer. The Highs and Lows of Life With A Writer. Moderator: Jeannie Eddy. Panelists: Karen Lansdale, Christie White, Mark Worthen, Kelli Dunlap, Derek Sullivan.
11:00AM: Reading by Lisa Mannetti
11:30AM: Reading by Bill Gagliani
1:00PM: What makes a good horror movie? Moderator L.L. Soares. Panelists Mike McCarty, Edward Lee, John Palisano, Kurt Newton, Zac Sanford
1:00PM Reading by Heather Graham
1:30PM Reading by William Ollie
1:00-3:00PM Marketing and Promoting Your Book on a Shoestring Budget with Matt Schwartz, Director of digital strategy for Random House Publishing Group and an adjunct professor teaching book marketing at New York University. Learn the tricks of the digital trade in this 2-hour seminar that will teach you more than a dozen ways to market your book and build your online fan base that are free or cost next-to-nothing. Limited to 20 seats per seminar, you will receive custom advice specific to your books and goals. These tips can assist established authors and newcomers alike. This is a FREE event but is limited to 20 attendees. First come, first served! Sign-up will be available at Registration, or by emailing email@example.com (registered members only).
2:00PM: Eros and Thanatos: Erotic Horror vs. Paranormal Romance vs. Pornography. What’s the difference? Moderator Sèphera Girón. Panelists Angela James, Rain Graves, Meghan Knierim, Heather Graham, Lori Perkins
2:00PM Reading by L.A. Banks
2:30PM Adam Coats Lecture: Martial arts, techniques, and adding realistic fight scenes to your fiction
2:30-4PM: Q&A with Allen K, L.A. Banks & Brian Keene
3:00PM: Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Extreme Horror: The Fine Art of Sex and Violence. Moderator: Gord Rollo. Panelists: Edward Lee, Amy Grech, Cody Goodfellow, John Skipp, Gardner Goldsmith, Wrath James White, Monica J. O'Rourke
3:00-5:00PM Inside Digital Publishing with Angela James, industry expert and Editorial Director of Quartet Press. Get answers to your questions about digital publishing. Angela James offers a frank discussion on all aspects of digital publishing, answering questions from previous sessions, as well as questions you come prepared to ask, such as: Why don't e-publishers pay at least a minimum $1000 advance to all of their authors? What are the benefits of this shift from the long-time “business model” used by print houses? Is there a future for e-books other than erotica? Why should print authors also look to publish e-books? What should I know about my digital rights with traditional publishing houses? Limited to 12 seats, Angela’s workshop will assist established authors and newcomers alike. This is a FREE event but is limited to 12 attendees. First come, first served! Sign-up will be available at Registration, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (registered members only).
3:00PM Reading by John Palisano
3:30PM Reading by Jeannie Eddy
4:00PM Turning a Monster on its Ear: Can You Really Romance a Zombie? Moderator Gord Rollo. Panelists Brian Keene, Lori Perkins, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow
4:00PM Reading by Joe Lansdale
4:30PM Reading by Maurice Broaddus
5:00-7:00PM Mass Signing
7:00PM Dealer Room Closes
7:00PM Strip Crawl! Shuttles will leave every thirty minutes to take you to and from the Las Vegas Strip to enjoy the glitz and glamour of some of the world’s largest casinos.
7:00PM Male or Female? The game show that challenges the audience to guess the gender of the author of a passage of classic or current horror. Can you tell the difference? Moderator Matt Schwartz. Panelists Allen K, Maurice Broaddus, Rain Graves, L.L. Soares
8:00PM Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Erotic Fiction: Moderator: Gabrielle Faust. Panelists: Sèphera Girón, Rain Graves, Hal Bodner, L.A. Banks, Jeannie Eddy
8:00PM Reading by Rhodi Hawk
8:30PM Reading by Amy Grech
9:00PM Book Reviewing vs. Criticism: What’s the difference? Moderator Jim Argendeli. Panelists Bill Gagliani, James La Chance, Barbara Vey, Chris Welch, Jerry Unangst, Kelli Dunlap.
10:00PM Open Mic Poetry Reading hosted by Rain Graves: You weren’t planning on going to bed tonight anyway, were you?
11:00PM Erotic Horror Fiction Contest! (Judges TBA)
10:00AM: Dealer’s room open
10:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Horror Art: Becoming famous while you’re still alive. What the horror artist does in and for the genre. Moderator GAK. Panelists Allen K, John Palisano, Russell Dickerson
10:00AM Reading by Azrael Paul Damien
10:30AM Reading by Cory Cramer
11:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Plot Development: Why storytelling is more than just having a good plot. Moderator Rain Graves. Panelists: Joe Lansdale, Lisa Mannetti, Brian Keene, Sèphera Girón
11:00AM Reading by Paul Gifford
12:00PM Seven Deadly Sins of Working with an Agent. Moderator: Adam Pepper. Panelists Robert Fleck, Lori Perkins, Laura Bradford, Jeannie Eddy, Angela James
12:00PM Reading by Tim Marquitz
1:00PM Closing Ceremonies
6:00PM Dead Dog Party in the Hospitality Suite
Go to www.killercon.org for more information and to register for the convention.