Shades & Shadows Reading Series

Saturday, July 2019
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Ticket sales TBA

I’ll be reading, signing and selling books, including my fiction collection, 12 Tales Lie | 1 Tells True.

4th Annual Commerce Loves Reading Book Festival (Details TBA)

March 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City of Commerce Public Library
5655 Jillson St.
Commerce, CA 90040
This festival is run entirely by teens! I’ll be on at least one panel talking about scary stories and selling signed copies of Snowed, Snowbound, 12 Tales Lie | 1 Tells True, and Mr. Wicker.

A Little Night of Lies: Book Launch for 12 Tales Lie | 1 Tells True

March 9, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dark Delicacies
3512 Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Come hear me be interviewed about my first short story collection, being released by Cemetery Dance! I’ll be reading and signing from this unusual fiction collection. Can you guess which story is entirely true?

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Holiday Party!
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time, TBD
5943 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111

‘Tis the perfect season to join me as I sign both Snowed and Snowbound with some fantastic fellow authors!

LosCon 2018

23 Nov 2018, Friday
Who Says? Writing Memorable Dialogue 16:00 – 17:15, Atlanta

24 Nov 2018, Saturday
READING! 11:00 – 11:45, FORMER concierge suite
Music to our ears – favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror music scores 13:00 – 14:15, St. Louis
Autographs Saturday 15:00 – 15:45, Dealer’s Hall
Death NEVER Takes a Holiday 16:00 – 17:15, Atlanta

L.A. Comic Con

Sunday, October 28, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Doctor Who: Cosplay and Challenges from A Series that Spans 50 Years
Rm. 304
Come hear me moderate this amazing panel about the challenges of cosplaying Doctor Who, a show that spans 50 years!

3:00 p.m.
Women on the Dark Side
Rm. 308
I’ll be speaking on this panel of gangbuster female creators, moderated by the founder of Fanbase Press, Barbra Dillon.

1201 South Figueroa Street , Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151

Borderlands Books Reading & Signing

Sunday, October 21, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Hear me read from my latest YA novel, Snowbound, sequel to the award-winning Snowed. Copies of both will be available for sale and signing. Borderlands is my home away from home. I can’t wait to see you all there!

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: The Horror

Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
4451 Dunsmore Ave.
La Crescenta, CA 91214-2532

I’ll be reading something horrifically funny at this special series that the L.A. Times recently called “Hilarious!” and “A compelling experience.” Come get your copies of Snowed, Snowbound and Mr. Wicker!

Los Angeles Book Launch for Snowbound

Sunday, September 30, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Dark Delicacies
3512 Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Come grab some swag and get your copy of Snowbound signed! I’ll be there with an amazing slate of authors.

Shades & Shadows: 5 Year Anniversary Event

Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Buy Tickets

Come celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of this amazing genre reading series. Hear me read from Snowbound, along with incredible authors such as Steven Barnes, Jeff Sweat, Bree Barton, and Maura Milan. Copies of Snowbound will be for sale and signing!

Lit Up! Orange County

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Bardot & Bars
662 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Come ’round and hear me read from the highly anticipated sequel, Snowbound! I’ll have copies on hand for sale, too, with Snowed. If you’re in Orange County, this is a great coffee house, and you can’t beat the company.

Bouchercon 2018

September 6-9, 2018
St. Petersburg, FL

Meet me in the bar of the beautiful Vinoy Renaissance Hotel where I’ll be holding court for the convention. Oh, and I’ll have the first available copies of Snowbound, the highly anticipated sequel to the Bram Stoker Award-winning and Anthony Award-nominated Snowed. (P.S. I like Manhattans.)

LA Times Festival of Books

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Mystery Writers of America, Booth 376, 10-11am
Horror Writers Association, Booth 828, 11am-1pm
I’ll be signing Snowed and Mr. Wicker. Come on by!

3rd Annual Commerce Loves Reading Book Festival

Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City of Commerce Public Library
5655 Jillson St.
Commerce, CA 90040
This festival is run entirely by teens! I’ll be on at least one panel talking about scary stories and selling signed copies of Snowed.

Glendale Library Author Event

December 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Interviewing Christina Hoag at 1:45 p.m. on the 2nd Floor stage!

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November 24-26, 2017
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Libraries and Librarians in Fantasy
24 Nov 2017, Friday 16:00 – 17:15, Marquis 2

Writing About Fighting
25 Nov 2017, Saturday 16:00 – 17:15, Marquis 3

Blending Mystery and Speculative Fiction
25 Nov 2017, Saturday 17:30 – 18:45, Boston

Screenwriting to Novels
25 Nov 2017, Saturday 20:00 – 21:15, Chicago

The Dark Side of Fantasy
26 Nov 2017, Sunday 11:30 – 12:45, Marquis 1

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con

Saturday, October 28
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
“Women on the Dark Side” panel, moderated by Barbra Dillon of Fan Base Press!
L.A. Convention Center

Local Authors’ Showcase

Saturday, October 21
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Sunday Assembly Los Angeles

Sunday, September 10, 2017
11:30 a.m. — 12: 30 p.m.
“#WeNeedDiverseBooks: How Faith, Race and Reason Fare in YA Publishing”
Join us at this all-inclusive monthly celebration of life as I give a TED-style talk about diverse books, Snowed, and humanism in Young Adult publishing.

San Diego Comic-Con

Saturday, July 22, 2017
12:00 p.m. — 12:50 p.m. Panel
Room 28DE
“Women on the Dark Side”
Moderated by Barbra Dillon of Fanbase Press, this panel includes comic book professionals Megan Hutchinson and Madeleine Holly-Rosing. It’s my first ever. So, stop on by!

Book’d in Burbank

Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.
The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
Tickets are $10 each, available in advance online at or cash at the door. I’ll be reading from Snowed with other YA authors, followed by a 25-30 minute panel.

Beach Bound Book Bash

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Johnny O’Brien Bar and Lounge
5248 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Come by and hear a great lineup of horror authors as we read and talk about our books!

Noir at the Bar

Sunday, May 21, 2017
8:00 p.m.
The Mandrake
2692 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
I’ll be reading with a fantastic lineup of noir authors, including Duane Swierczynski, Jordan Harper, Joe Ide, SW Lauden and Thomas Pluck!

StokerCon 2017

April 27 – 30, 2017
Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA

April 27
2:30 pm, Reading with Brent Michael Kelley
Wedding Chapel

April 28
1:00 pm, Werewolves of Los Angeles, playing live on stage with George RR Martin, Chuck Wendig, Nancy Holder & Stephen Graham Jones (this is a ticketed event)
Grand Salon
4:00 pm, YA Horror Panel with Nancy Holder, Gretchen McNeil, Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Strand
Regent Room

April 29
11:00 am, Horror Collaborations
Regent Room
1:00 pm, Library-Writer Partnerships
Room TBD
3:00 pm, Signing
Promenade/Dealer’s Room

Bram Stoker Awards Banquet
I’ll be nervously awaiting the fate of Snowed at the Bram Stoker Awards on Saturday night, April 29th!

Los Angeles Festival of Books

Horror Writers Association Booth
April 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Mr. Wicker and Snowed)
Sisters in Crime Booth
April 23, 12 – 1 p.m. (Snowed)
Mystery Writers of America Booth
April 23, 2 – 3 p.m. (Snowed)
More signing times and locations TBA

Long Beach Comic Expo

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Girl Scouts Novel Badge
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Kids Reading to Succeed

February 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
500 E. Villa Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted an invitation to speak at this wonderful reading program in Pasadena. I’ll be talking to kids ages 5 to 13 years old about how reading and writing are important to my career. RSVP required.  Please call (626) 744-6530 to RSVP if your child wants to attend!

Shades & Shadows

Janary 21, 2017
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
The Mystic Museum
3204 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Tickets: $10

I’m thrilled to be part of this fantastic reading series once again! Shows sell out, so get your tickets early. This is the first time anyone will hear Snowed read out loud. I’ll be joining a slate of other incredible authors. Don’t miss this!

Dark Delicacies

January 15, 2017
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

Singing Snowed like a boss, of course! Big thanks to Sue and Del for the opportunity for another signing in town.

Mysterious Galaxy Holiday Party

December 10, 2016
Saturday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-4747
I’ll be reading and signing Snowed at my favorite bookstore in San Diego. And just in time for Christmas…(bwahahahaha).

The Avid Reader

December 3, 2016
Saturday, 6:00  p.m.
1600 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-4400
Just in time for the holidays, I’ll be reading and signing Snowed in Sacramento, which is nearby the fictional “Oak County” depicted in the book. Come support this great independent bookstore!

LosCon 43

November 25-27, 2016
Ethics and art: When is it OK to push the limits 8:00 pm Chicago
Autographs – Maria Alexander, Steve Barnes, Taliesin Jaffe 4:30 pm
YA: What’s the Word on Lit for Kids? 7:00 pm New Orleans
Working without an agent 10:00 am New Orleans
Best Advice I Never Got 2:30 pm Marquis 2

Vroman’s Bookstore SoCal Launch

November 20, 2016
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Super excited to be launching at the amazing Vroman’s Bookstore! I’ll do a 15-20 minute reading/Q&A and then a signing. Lots of free parking. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

Lit Up! Orange County

November 15, 2016
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Kéan Coffee
13681 Newport Ave #14
Tustin, CA 92780
Join me and other great authors for this cozy coffee house reading series. I absolutely loved reading here before and I’m delighted to be invited back for Snowed.

Borderlands Bookstore NorCal Launch

November 6, 2016
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-8203
I’ll be reading and signing Snowed at this special Northern California launch party. Come for the kickass book, stay for the drinks and snacks!

BoucherCon 2016: Blood on the Bayou

September 15 – 18, 2016
New Orleans, LA
FRIDAY, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
I’m moderating a panel on YA and MG books with J.C. Lane, Kelley Armstrong, Ann Redisch Stampler, B.K. Stevens, and Chris Grabenstein.

I’ve never been to New Orleans before. Crazy, right? I’m looking forward to promoting Snowed there.

SCBWI 45th Annual Summer Conference 2016

July 29 – August 1, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Looking forward to my first ever children’s literature conference right here in Los Angeles!

Shriekfest Radio Interview

June 23, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Just go to the Shriekfest website, scroll down to the middle of the home page, and select the Shriekfest Radio headline to listen as Founder and Festival Director Denise Gossett interviews me live!

StokerCon 2016

Thursday, May 12 to Sunday May 15, 2016

Signing 4:30 p.m., May 13
I’ll be signing my award-winning novel Mr. Wicker with NYT Bestselling author Megan Hart and editor-extraordinaire Ellen Datlow.

Panel 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., May 14
“Horror: The Future of the Genre” Panel moderated by Del Howison with myself, John Urbancik, Hank Schwaeble, Rob Cohen and Lorne Dixon.

Come meet me in Vegas at the very first StokerCon! If you buy me a Manhattan, I’ll sing the Mr. Wicker lullaby for you (or buy me a Manhattan NOT to sing, either is fine by me). Or find me at the Stoker Banquet for a chat, where I’ll be presenting the First Novel award with David Morrell. Thursday night I’ll also be doing a podcast of “Eating the Fantastic” at the world-famous Serendipity with fabulous fictioneer and comic books legend, Scott Edelman. It’s Vegas, baby!

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Saturday, April 9, 2016
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Horror Writers of America, Los Angeles
Booth 828
Get your signed copy of my Bram Stoker Award-winning novel, Mr. Wicker!

LosCon 42

Saturday, November 28, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Marquis 1: Death (be not proud)
with me, Tim Powers, Gwendolyn Womack, Laurie Tom, Rafaela Yilun Fan, Gregg Castro

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Boston: What Scares You?
with me, Barbara Hambly, Tim Powers, Thomas Sipos, Steven Barnes

10:30 pm – 11:59 pm, Atlanta: Sexy vs Sexualized
with me, Jim Hines, Jaymee Goh, Martin Young, Rafaela Yilun Fan

Sunday, November 29, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Marquis 2: YA
with me, Laurie Tom, David Gerrold, Harry Turtledove

Murder and Tea Book Club

Saturday, October 24, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Reseda, CA
Discussion of Mr. Wicker.

Mythopoeic Society, Mydgard

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:30 p.m.
Pasadena Hilton
168 S. Los Robles
Pasadena, CA
Discussion of Mr. Wicker.

Book’d in Burbank

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Theatre Banshee
Reading an excerpt from Mr. Wicker.
Book giveaways and reception

The Last Bookstore

Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Reading an excerpt from Mr. Wicker
Panel: Modern Horror Classics
with the Horror Writers Association

Long Beach ComicCon

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Girl Scouts Novel Badge
Room 104C
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Panel: Sexual Violence in Genre Literature
Room 104B
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Book Signing
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Pick up your copy of Mr. Wicker in the dealer’s room from Mysterious Galaxy!


Saturday, July 11, 2015
Debut Author’s Breakfast
Ballroom III-IV
8:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Booth-Plymouth Room
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Southern California Writers Association

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Claim Jumper
18050 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
“Down with the Dark”
I’ll be speaking about my career writing dark fiction and signing copies of Mr. Wicker.

2015 World Horror Convention, May 8-10

May 8th, 2015

Author Mass Signing Event
6:30 p.m.
The Barrens

May 9th, 2015

Interactive Terrors: Developing IP for Horror Games Panel 
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Andrew Greenberg.
Panelists: Me, Bill Bridges, David Hensley, Angel Leigh McCoy, Spencer Reeve

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Bram Stoker Awards Banquet
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

LA Times Festival of Books

Sunday, April 19, 2015

10:00am to 11:00am / 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Horror Writers Association, Booth 853

Noon to 2:00pm
Sisters in Crime, Booth 367

San Diego Noir at the Bar

Reading and Signing
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm
La Jolla Brewing Company
7536 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, California

2nd Annual Author Fair

Saturday, February 21
10:40am in the Auditorium
Pasadena Central Library
285 E Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Loscon 41

November 28-30, 2014
Various Panels & Signing
LAX Marriott Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Bouchercon 2014

November 13-15, 2014
Author Focus Panel
November 14, 3:00-3:20pm
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Day of the Dead Party Presentation & Signing

Mysterious Galaxy
November 1, 2014
3:00 p.m.
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111

NoHo Lit Crawl Reading & Signing

October 22, 2014
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Blastoff Comics
5118 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-BOOK

Lit Up! Reading & Signing

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm
Kean’s Coffee13681 Newport Ave
Tustin, California 92780
(714) 838-5326

Pasadena Public Library Signing

October 4, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 pm
285 E Walnut St.
Pasadena, California 91101

Borderlands Books Reading & Signing

September 27, 2014
3:00 pm
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco CA 94110
(415) 824.8203

Mr. Wicker Signing Launch

September 21, 2014
2:00 pm
Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

Shades and Shadows Reading Series

September 20, 2014
8:00 pm
California Institute of Abnormal Arts
11334 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$10 admission fee

June Gloom Reading

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Art Parlor
5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd
North Hollywood, California 91607

Noir at the Bar

September 29, 2013
8:00-11:00 p.m.
The Mandrake
2692 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA

2 thoughts on “Appearances

  1. I loved both of your depictions of woman with blades articles. You hit most of the nails straight on. I am vaguely at odds with the one handed grip comment as there a numerous historic examples of this practice but that is frankly nitpicking. My limited research found only references to O sensei in some early Ki society demos and Miyamoto Musashi hence we can suppose that one handed only applies to masters. Thank you for your excellent work.

    David A Szucs
    SFC, USA (Ret.)

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