kateoct16Co-Chair – Kate Jonez is a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author. Her story “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck” will be included in The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 8.  Visit her website for news of upcoming publications.  She is also the chief editor at Omnium Gatherum, a multiple award nominated press dedicated to publishing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction and horror. Learn more about OG books and authors at



xachCo-Chair Xach Fromson is a Los Angeles native who has been obsessed with horror and dark fiction from a very young age. After a brief and ill-advised attempt at being a theater major, he received his BA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge in 2009. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert program. He appeared on stage at Dirty Laundry Lit in February, 2013 and has a short story in the anthology Halloween Tales, out in 2014. He is currently in various stages of working on a ton of projects. Asking him his favorite book will earn you as blank a stare as asking him his favorite wine or whiskey. And once, he slew a dragon. Find him on Twitter @_mythogenesis_.

WETMORE_004 (2)Co-Chair  – Kevin Wetmore is an award-winning short story writer and professor at Loyola Marymount University where he teaches horror theatre and horror cinema, among other subjects.   He is also the author of Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of their Times (McFarland) and Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum), as well as a contributor to numerous anthologies, including the Stoker-nominated Horror 201: The Silver Scream (Crystal Lake) and numerous magazines and journals including Rue Morgue, Horror Studies and Gothic Studies.  More can be found at and follow him on Twitter @HauntedKevin.

Brad PicPlenipotentiary:  – Novelist and screenwriter Brad C. Hodson has lived in Southern California for ten years and doesn’t think he’ll ever leave. He’s the Administrator for the Horror Writers Association and has been a Co-Chair for two World Horror Conventions as well as the inaugural StokerCon. When not writing or working for the horror community, he spends his free time in a never-ending scavenger hunt for his sanity. For more information, please visit



lisa MortonHWA President: – Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” Her most recent releases include the novella The Devil’s Birthday and the novel Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased, and (from Reaktion Books) Ghosts: A Cultural History. She currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at


HWA Vice President J PalisanoHWA Vice President:  – John Palisano’s short fiction has appeared in Dark Discoveries, Horror Library, Darkness On The Edge, Lovecraft eZine, Phobophobia, Lovecraft eZine, Terror Tales, Harvest Hill, Halloween Spirits, the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Chiral Mad, Midnight Walk, Halloween Tales, and many other publications. Nerves was his first novel. He is working hard on its sequel, as well as many other upcoming works. His non-fiction has appeared in Fangoria and Dark Discoveries, where he’s interviewed folks like Robert Englund, director Rob Hall, and Corey Taylor from Slipknot. Currently, Dust of the Dead, his first book from Samhain Publishing, arrived in June 2015 with Ghost Heart on February 14, 2016, with Night of 1,000 Beasts to come in the very near future. “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop” won the Bram Stoker Award® in 2016. You can visit him at:

3b31ca74-5306-413f-be92-14292ae1af37Guest Liaison:  – Before becoming a speculative fiction writer, Elise Forier Edie was a playwright. Her award-winning scripts have been produced everywhere, in New York and Los Angeles, but also far flung places like Jonesboro, Arkansas and McCall, Idaho. This season, her hit show, “The Pink Unicorn,” about a mother of a transgender teenager, will be playing in Saskatoon and Pittsburgh. Her most recent fiction publications include “Heard” in Metaphorosis Magazine, and “Leonora” in Flame Tree Publishing’s Chilling Horror Short Stories. Her paranormal romance novella, “The Devil in Midwinter” was released in 2014, by World Weaver Press. Elise is a member of the HWA, Los Angeles Chapter. She is also the Director of Theater Arts at West Los Angeles College, where she teaches classes in playwriting, acting, stage movement and theater history.

headshotProgramming Director:  – Lauren Candia is the co-creator and curator of the Shades & Shadows Reading Series, LA’s creepiest ongoing literary happening. By day, she is a not-so-very-scary-at-all library maven. Her writing can be found in the East Jasmine Review, the Los Angeles Times, and Winter Horror Days. She will be your BFF on Facebook and Twitter (@ParanormaLauren). All you have to do is ask.




PRS CA LA Mike Skull -4384Programming Director: – Michael Paul Gonzalez is the author of the novels Angel Falls and Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance.  A member of the Horror Writers Association, his short stories have appeared in print and online, including Gothic Fantasy: Chilling Horror Stories, SevenScribes, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror vol. 1, 18 Wheels of Horror,, the Appalachian Undead Anthology and the forthcoming anthology Lost Signals. He resides in Los Angeles, a place full of wonders and monsters far stranger than any that live in the imagination. You can visit him online at


Guignard profile picSouvenir Book Editor:  Eric J. Guignard – Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and been a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize, with work appearing in publications such as Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Shock Totem, Buzzy Magazine, and Dark Discoveries Magazine. Outside the glamorous and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles. Visit Eric at:, his blog:, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.

gregchapmanGraphic Artist:  – Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist from Australia. Greg is the author of four novellas, Torment, The Noctuary (Damnation Books, 2011), Vaudeville (2012) and The Last Night of October (Bad Moon Books, 2013). His debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, was published by Black Beacon Books in September, 2014. He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, written by Bram Stoker Award® winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton was published by McFarland & Company in 2012. Witch Hunts won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® on June 15, 2013. He also illustrated the comic series Allure of the Ancients for Midnight Echo Magazine. His latest illustrative work is the one-shot comic Bullet Ballerina, written by Tom Piccirilli, for SST Publications in the United Kingdom.

12042741_10153610002298740_2546191212584555070_nDirector of The Lucky 13 Film Festival: – While realizing he will never get to read or watch all the desired books and films in his lifetime, Jonathan Lees is sure making an effort to do so. Though he regards himself a hobbyist in all fields, Jonathan is a writer, a photographer, a filmmaker, an animal lover and food eater. In addition to his professional career as a Video Director and Producer working with media institutions such as Complex, Viacom, Sundance Channel, AMC and more, he has most enjoyed his side hustle as a Film Festival Director / Programmer working with the legendary New York Underground Film Festival, the famed Anthology Film Archives run by experimental film pioneer Jonas Mekas, Tribeca Film Festival and the TromaDance Film Festival alongside Lloyd Kaufman and his merry band of miscreants. Although he has been writing since the days he could barely hold a pen, he is now determined to finish what he started and submit himself to a world of rejection slips, internet scorn and the dreaded Amazon review. Instagram / Twitter / Snapchat / Hell: jonnothin

Kya Shore HeadshotSocial Media Manager:  – Kya Shore is only 21 years old, though she has been writing horror novels for nearly a decade. She gives YA readers relatable characters in extraordinary situations. An unquenchable thirst for knowledge coupled with a desire to constantly improve her craft gives Kya a fresh edge. Taking workshops and receiving critiques enhances her writing abilities to deliver nonstop suspense. She is the founder of Aspirations Press, publisher of The Dreams Come True Anthology – An anthology that publishes horror stories by young authors ages 6-18! She self-published several novels during her high school years and now seeks a fit with a traditional publishing house.