Paperbacks from Hell 2: Think of the Children & We Sold Our Souls LIVE
WSOS - Saturday, June 1 @ 1:45pm ……… PBFH 2 - Saturday, June 1 @ 6:30pm
May 30 - June 2, 2019
Overlook Film Festival, New Orleans

Not only am I doing We Sold Our Souls LIVE at the Overlook Film Festival, not only is the festival premiering Satanic Panic which I co-wrote with Ted Geoghegan, but I’m also premiering a new live performance that’s a work in progress: Paperbacks from Hell 2: Think of the Children. Like Paperbacks from Hell this is a history of horror paperbacks but this time we’re talking about the horror paperbacks that gave teenagers nightmares between 1967 (when S.E. Hinton published The Outsiders) and 1997 (when J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). We’ll be diving into everything from the “real-life” horrors of Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal to the mind-bending lunacy of Christopher Pike, nuclear war nightmares, and Objectivist children’s literature. Prepare yourself to be scared straight!

Saturday, June 29
Seattle, WA

I won’t be there (unless, say, someone buys this possessed doll I’m selling on eBay or something) but We Sold Our Soul is nominated for a Locus Award and I want all the awards so if you’ve got a black goat to sacrifice or a chicken to swing around your head in a graveyard, please do. Also, maybe go to the awards ceremony and stare hatefully at the other nominees until they cry and withdraw their books.

ReaderCon 2019
July 11 - 14
Quincy, MA

I don’t know what I’m doing here, but hopefully I’ll be on some panels and maybe do a puppet show. But whatever I wind up doing, We Sold Our Souls got nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award which is fricking amazing so I’m going to be here all weekend slow poisoning the other nominees. Honestly, if I don’t win this then I will be doing some ugly crying, right there at my table.

Camp NECON 2019
July 18 - 21, 2019
Baypoint Inn, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Now in its 39th year the unstoppable, untoppable Northeastern Writer’s Conference is back! And this time, they’re going out in a blaze of glory because I’m the guest of honor and by the time I’m done there will be nothing left but bitter ashes soaked in the tears of the recently dead. Stuff will be happening all weekend long, including talks and panels by myself and the other guests of honor like John Langan, Linda Addison, and Reiko Murakami. But on Saturday night, I’ll be doing a 90 minute conversation and then pulling out a special story that is guaranteed to occupy your time for about an hour. It’s something I don’t do very often because it’s emotionally exhausting, but if you want to see something rare and one-of-a-kind, this is where you need to be.

We Sold Our Souls LIVE + Phantom of the Paradise
Saturday, August 2 @ 7pm
Proctors Theater, Schenectady, NY

I’ll be doing We Sold Our Souls LIVE upstate at Proctors, telling innocent audiences about the twisted history of horror and heavy metal, then we’ll be screening one of the movies I talk about on the biggest screen you’ve ever seen in your life…Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise stuffing itself down your eyeholes and infesting your brain! If you hate the live show, at least the movie has an amazing soundtrack plus diminutive Muppets regular, Paul Williams, playing an emissary from Hell.