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Friday, May 10 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Historical Horror: Inspiration, Research, and Storytelling

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Drawing inspiration from historical events can provide writers with a rich arena in which to create incredible stories, whether based loosely or more closely on the past. Why are we so interested in true crime, serial killers, and the blood of the past? How can we avoid falling down the research rabbit hole and never emerging? Are there certain past events we shouldn’t use in our writing? During this session, our panelists will discuss their thoughts on our lure into true horror, research tactics, inspiration from their own work, notable writers of historical horror fiction, when to stop researching and start writing, and much more.

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Sara Tantlinger

Sara Tantlinger resides outside of Pittsburgh on a hill in the woods. She is the author of Love For Slaughter and the Stoker-nominated The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, both released with StrangeHouse Books. She is a poetry editor for the Oddville Press, a... Read More →

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Lisa Kroger

Horror writer. Author of MONSTER, SHE WROTE. Cohost of the Know Fear Cast.
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Lisa Morton

Horror Writers Association
Author, screenwriter, Halloween expert, and Past President of the Horror Writers Association.
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Alma Katsu

Author THE HUNGER (Putnam), a Best Book of 2018 (The Observer, Powells), best horror 2018 (Barnes & Noble, Goodreads), NPR 100 favorite horror stories, and notable female horror writers (Lithub, Vulture, and a bunch of other people who may or may not know what they're talking abo... Read More →
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Kevin Wetmore, Jr.

Volunteer Coordinator, HWA LA
Volunteering for Stokercon!

Friday May 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Emerald Room