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Friday, May 10 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Librarians Day — Small Publishers, Big Voices

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Becky will moderate a panel of some of her favorite small presses whose books you should consider carrying in your libraries. This panel will present the upcoming titles for each publisher and highlight some of the authors. These presses may be small but they are attracting big name and award winning talent. If you are only ordering your horror from the “Big 5,” you are missing out.  Confirmed to appear:
  • Grady Hendrix will talk about his Paperbacks From Hell line debuting in 2019 from Valancourt Books.
  • StokerCon 2019 Guest of Honor Josh Malerman and Erik Johnson talk about their upcoming upcoming book.
  • StokerCon 2019 Guest of Honor Stephanie Wytovich and Jennifer Barnes from Raw Dog Screaming Press discuss their upcoming titles.
  • Christopher Payne and Gwendolyn Kiste will discuss JournalStone’s upcoming titles.
  • Don D'Auria from Flame Tree Press and author Jonathan Janz discuss their upcoming titles.
  • Lesley Conner from APEX Publications and author Jerry Gordon.

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Becky Spratford

Readers’ Advisory Specialist; HWA Secretary, RA for All
Becky Spratford is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal... Read More →

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Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is the three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Reluctant Immortals, Boneset & Feathers, and Pretty Marys All in a Row, among others. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in outlets including Lit Hub, Nightmare, Best American Science... Read More →
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Jennifer Barnes

Managing Editor, Raw Dog Screaming Press
Jennifer Barnes is managing editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press which has been publishing off-kilter books for nearly two decades. She spent four years as an editor for The Dream People Literary Magazine. Her children’s book, Better Haunted Homes and Gardens, illustrated by Kristen... Read More →
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Lesley Conner

Apex Publications
Lesley Conner is the managing editor of Apex Publications and Apex Magazine, as well as a writer and a Girl Scout leader. Her first novel The Weight of Chainswas published by Sinister Grin Press in September, 2015. She is the co-editor, along with Jason Sizemore, of Best of Apex... Read More →
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Don D'Auria

Executive Editor, Flame Tree Press
For fifteen years, Don D’Auria directed Leisure Books’ horror line, which Rue Morgue magazine called “the champion of paperback horror.” Don went on to launch and direct for six years Samhain Publishing’s horror line, described by Famous Monsters as “one of the premiere... Read More →
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Christopher C. Payne

Publisher, JournalStone
Christopher C. Payne is JournalStone’s owner and publisher.
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Jonathan Janz

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene, and Jack Ketchum; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal. His ghost... Read More →
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Erik T Johnson

SpecFic Writer, Writer
I am an author from Brooklyn, NYC, whose work has appeared in many excellent literary periodicals and anthologies, including all volumes of Written Backwards' Chiral Mad series, and the #1 Amazon bestseller, I Can Taste the Blood, a five-author novella collection including Josh Malerman... Read More →
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Josh Malerman

JOSH MALERMAN is the author of the books Bird Box, A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Black Mad Wheel, Goblin, and Unbury Carol. He’s also the singer/songwriter of the High Strung, whose song “The Luck You Got” can be heard as the theme song to the hit Showtime show “Shameless... Read More →
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Stephanie M. Wytovich

Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous magazines and anthologies such as Weird Tales, Nightmare Magazine, Southwest Review, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8 & 15, as well... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ambassador Ballroom West