StokerCon 2021 will offer wide range of panel discussions and other programming, such as the Bram Stoker Awards(R) Ceremony and the Final Frame Film Competition. All programming subject to change.


The following recorded panel discussions will be available for viewing on-demand throughout the entire convention. They may be found listed in the Sessions section of StokerCon 2021 on Hopin. When opening a recorded session, please scroll down to the second display window to see the video presentation.

The Horror GenreAmerican Female GothicJewelle Gomez, Jo Kaplan, Gwendolyn Kiste, Lisa Kroger, Sarah Read, Cynthia Pelayo, Christa  Carmen (moderator)
Why do women writers often situate themselves-or fictional female counterparts-as the monsters, ghouls, and demons of their Gothic horror tales. 
The Horror GenreClassic Horror’s Timeless AppealAlan Baxter, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, Steven Van Patten, JG Faherty (moderator)
The panel will focus on the why we love classic horror in all its forms and why classic horror remains relevant to the genre today.
The Horror GenreHorror as a Fairy TaleCatherine Lundoff, Cynthia Pelayo, Sara Tantlinger, Mercedes Yardley, Gwendolyn Kiste (moderator)
Panelists discuss the influence of fairy tales in horror.
The Horror GenreHorror Pods and Vlogs Go Viral: The Pandemic and BeyondR.F. Blackstone, Michele Brittany, Nicholas Diak, Carol Gyzander, Kathryn McGee, Lee Murray (moderator)
How have some of our favorite pods and vlogs established or reinvented themselves during the pandemic?
The Horror GenreHow Extreme Is too Extreme?Rhonda Garcia, EV Knight, Jeff Strand, John F.D. Taff, Tim Waggoner (moderator)
A focus on depictions of extreme horror, how to approach them, when holding back is preferable, and other related questions.
The Horror GenreHumor and HorrorChelsea Davis, MacKenzie Jennings, Gillian King-Cargile, Paul Lubaczewski, Jeff Strand,  Nathan Carson (moderastor)
The panel will focus on the dangerous intersection between comedy and tragedy.
The Horror GenreLet The Cat InJ. Ashley-Smith, Aaron Dries, Kaaron Warren
Panelists riff on objects, inspiration, and those ideas that scratch at the door, meowing to be let in.
The Horror GenrePoetry as a Source for FictionsCarina Bissett, David Cowen, Nina D’Arcangela, Lee Forman, Terrie Leigh Relf, Marge Simone (moderator)
Panelists discuss poetry as a source for various fictions.
The Horror GenrePortrayals of Mental Illness in HorrorHerb Kauderer, Mark Matthews, Jessica York, Sarah Read (moderator)
A focus on when it’s done well and when it’s not, and how writers can write about MI without bothering those whose lives are affected by it.
The Horror GenreReinventing the Classics: How Modern Horror Is Transforming the TropesCarina Bissett, Rhonda Garcia, Naching Kassa, Gwendolyn Kiste, Lee Murray, Gordon B. White, L. Marie Wood, Christa Carmen (moderator)
A focus on different retellings of classic horror stories as well as how modern authors are adapting other classic monsters and tropes in their work today.
The Horror GenreRoots of HorrorTom Deady, Larissa Glasser, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, James Chambers (moderator)
Horror authors discuss the works that inspired them to write horror.
The Horror GenreSteel City HorrorLawrence C. Connolly, Doug Gwilym, Gwendolyn Kiste, Michelle Lane, Ronald J Murray, Corey Niles, Nelson Pyles, Ben Rubin, Sara Tantlinger, Michael Arnzen (moderator)
Pittsburgh area horror writers discuss local horror history and inspirations.
The Horror GenreWomen as Villains in HorrorElsa Carruthers, Rhonda Garcia, Amy  Grech, Eva V. Roslin,  Cynthia Pelayo (moderator)
A discussion about female protagonists who are villains, or walk the grey line as villain, or operate as protagonist and villain.
The Horror GenreWriting the Creature Feature JG Faherty, Lee Murray, Jeff Strand, Christine Whitlock, F. Paul Wilson, Tim Waggoner (moderator)
What makes a good creature feature and how to meet reader expectations while still delivering a fresh and original story.
Writing and PublishingThe Author-Editor Relationship in the Horror GenreEllen Datlow, Deborah Daughetee, Teel Glenn, Jeff Strand, Carol Gyzander (moderator)
The dynamics of working toward the same goal.
Writing and PublishingAuthor Newsletters: Writing to Your Readers as Well as for ThemLisa Morton,Tim Waggoner, Kevin  Wetmore (moderator)
Panelists discuss writing newsletters your readers will want to read.
Writing and PublishingBeta Reading and Critique GroupsJames Chambers, Patrick Freivald, Brian Matthews, Lisa Morton, Peter Adam Salomon, JG Faherty (moderator)
Members of a beta reader group discuss how extra eyes, brutal honesty, and a genuine desire to help others has improved their own writing.
Writing and PublishingDifferent Publishing Models Michael Arnzen, Gaby Triana, Kyla Lee Ward, JG Faherty (moderator)
The panel will focus on the many options available for authors to publish their work, their pros and cons, and the experiences our panelists have had.
Writing and PublishingHorror and MusicJohn Edward Lawson, Kate Maruyama,  Steven Van Patten, L. Marie Wood, Nathan Carson (moderator)
The panel will focus on exploring dark sounds, music for writing, music in writing, and other audible scare tactics.
Writing and PublishingHWA Chapters: What They Do and How to Start OneCarina Bissett, Christa Carmen, Kenneth W. Cain, Shawna Deresch, Carol Gyzander, Rami Ungar Neil d’Silva Valentine, Kevin Wetmore, James Chambers (moderator)
Experienced and new chapter coordinators discuss why they started an HWA chapter and what chapters accomplish.


All live panels and programming will be found in the Sessions section of StokerCon 2021 on Hopin, with the exception of the Final Frame Film Competition and the Bram Stoker Awards Ceremony. Details for viewing the Final Frame screening will be emailed to attendees ahead of the event and posted in Hopin. The Bram Stoker Award ceremony will be broadcast via the HWA’s YouTube Channel. ALL TIMES ARE GIVEN IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST). Please adjust accordingly and check the schedule in Hopin, which will adjust for your time zone.

May 20, 1 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingThe Current State of PublishingKristin Nelson, Angie Hodapp, Becky LeJeune, Beverly Bambury (moderator)
Our panelists discuss the current trends in publishing and what we may see in the future. Moderated by Beverly Bambury.
May 20, 4 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingA Genre by Any Other NameJoe R. Lansdale, Larissa Glasser, Jewelle Gomez, Maurice Broaddus, Kate Maruyama  (moderator)
Panelists discuss how to break out of the limitation the word “genre” imposes on writers. Moderated by Kate Maruyama.
May 20, 6 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingProfessional Etiquette: The Business Side of WritingEllen Datlow, Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Morton, Meghan Arcuri, James Chambers (moderator)
Panelists will discuss what works and what doesn’t work when interacting with other professionals. Moderated by James Chambers.
May 20, 8 p.m. ESTOpening CeremonyOpening CeremonyMaurice Broaddus, Meghan Arcuri, Joe R. Lansdale, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lisa Morton, John Palisano (moderator)
Meet your StokerCon guests of honor and learn about our first virtual convention!
May 21, 11 a.m. ESTWriting and PublishingTone and Setting Travis Heerman, Alma Katsu, and Holly Lynn Walrath, Peter Sutton (moderator)
How to create suspense in your writing.
May 21, 1 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreAnn Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 1L. Marie Wood, Farah Rose Smith, Rhonda Garcia, Mashaela  Farris, Kevin  Wetmore (moderator)
Question and answer session with Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference presenters.
May 21, 1 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingGuest of Honor PanelSteve Rasnic Tem, Maurice Broaddus, Lisa Morton, Joe R. Lansdale, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, John Palisano (moderator)
Our Guests of Honor discuss how horror has changed since they first  broke into the business. Moderated by John Palisano
May 21, 2 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreAnn Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 2Brenda Tolian, Alex Story, Karley Pardue, Khara Lukancic (moderator)
Question and answer session with Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference presenters.
May 21, 2 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingHow Dialogue Can Make or Break a StoryTori Eldridge, Amy Grech, Steven Van Patten, L. Marie Wood, and Meghan Arcuri (moderator)
A discussion of how dialogue functions within a story, what works, what doesn’t, and how writers can sharpen it.
May 21, 3 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreAnn Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 3TJ Tranchell, J. Rocky  Colavito, Michele Brittany, Nicholas Diak (moderator)
Question and answer session with Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference presenters.
May 21, 3 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreHorror After COVIDGrady  Hendrix, Cynthia Pelayo, Angela Yuriko Smith, Kaaron Warren, Michael Arnzen, Tim Waggoner (moderator)
The panel will focus on the ongoing pandemic and how it has influenced the horror genre. Moderated by Tim Waggoner.
May 21, 4 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingShort Fiction CraftingEllen Datlow, Nicole Givens Kurtz, John Lawson, Steve Rasnic Tem, John F.D. Taff (moderator)
Panelists discuss how they tight, craft evocative short fiction and the mistakes writers often make with their short stories.
May 21, 5 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingFinancial and Literary Estate Planning for AuthorsJ.G. Faherty, Leslie Klinger, and Brian Matthews (moderator)
Three authors share their knowledge of financial and legal opportunities authors can use to improve their financial security.
May 21, 6 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreThe King in Yellow: The Literary Legacy of Robert W. ChambersJames Chambers, Todd Keisling, Sarah Read, Kyla Lee Ward, Leslie Klinger (moderator)
Panelists will discuss the legacy of Robert W. Chambers and his seminal work, The King in Yellow.
May 21, 8 p.m. ESTFinal FrameFinal Frame Short Film CompetitionScreening presented byJonathan Lees
Watch the entries in our annual Final Frame film competition. Moderated by Jonathan Lees.
May 21, 10:15 p.m. ESTFinal FrameFinal Frame Q&A SessionMyloB Productions, Katherine Oostman, Yoon Hei Cho, Sloan Turner, David Yorke, Emily  Haigh, Jonathan Lees (moderator)
Jonathan Lees interviews our Final Frame Filmmakers
May 22, 11 a.m. ESTWriting and PublishingNightfire Fall SpotlightJohn F.D. Taff, Catriona Ward, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Becky Spratford (moderator)
Becky Spratford talks with some of the authors on Tor’s new horror imprint Nightfire’s inaugural season.
May 22, 12 p.m. ESTFinal FrameMaking Horror FilmsEmily  Haigh, Katherine Oostman, David Yorke, MyloB Productions, Yoon Hei Cho, Sloan Turner, Jonathan Lees (moderator)
The Filmmakers from the Final Frame Film Competition discuss making horror films.
May 22, 1 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingHow to Make a Career of WritingSilvia Moreno-Garcia, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, JG Faherty (moderator)
Panelists discuss what is involved in making a career of writing. Moderated by JG Faherty.
May 22, 1 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingInterview with Joe R. LansdaleJoe R. Lansdale
Interview with guest of honor, Joe R. Lansdale, followed by a Q&A session.
May 22, 2 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingAsk the Agent Q & A–That’s A Wrap!Cherry Weiner, Brian Matthews (moderator)
May 22, 4 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreHorror Comics and Graphic NovelsMichele Brittany, Leslie Klinger, Ed Polgardy, James Chambers (moderator)
Panelists discuss the evolution of and current trends in horror comics and graphic novels. Moderated by James Chambers.
May 22, 4 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreInterview with Steve TemSteve Rasnic Tem, Tim Waggoner (moderator)
Tim Waggoner interviews Guest of Honor Steve Tem
May 22, 4 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreThe HWA Archive at the University of PittsburghBen Rubin, Linda Addison, Kathe Koja, John Palisano, Michael Arnzen (moderator)
Dr. Ben Rubin of the University of Pittsburgh, curator of the HWA’s archives at the university, discusses with our panel the importance of an archive
May 22, 5 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingMentorship in the HWALee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith (moderator)
What you should have nailed down before you start your mentorship, so you can hit the ground running and get the most out of the program.
May 22, 5 p.m. ESTWriting and PublishingWhat Makes a Book Cover “Good”?Greg Chapman, Jennifer Barnes, Grady  Hendrix, Lynne Hansen (moderator)
This panel of industry experts will share their insights so you can learn to spot an effective cover. Moderated by Lynne Hansen.
May 22, 6 p.m. ESTThe Horror GenreHistory of the Gothic: Horror FolkloreAndy Davidson, Alma Katsu, Lisa Kroger, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gwendolyn Kiste, Kevin  Wetmore (moderator)
Panelists discuss the history of gothic folklore and its influence on contemporary horror literature. Moderated by Kevin Wetmore.
May 22, 8 p.m. ESTBram Stoker AwardsThe Bram Stoker Awards® CeremonyJonathan Maberry (emcee)
The presentation of the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® with emcee, Jonathan Maberry.
May 23, 11 a.m. ESTClosing CeremonyClosing CeremonySilvia Moreno-Garcia, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, Maurice Broaddus, Lisa Morton
Join us as we say goodbye to our first virtual StokerCon and hello to StokerCon 2022, live and in-person in Denver, Colorado!