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Writing For Horror - Panel Discussion

  • Salem Waterfront Hotel 225 Derby Street Salem, Massachusetts United States (map)

Join panelists Paul Tremblay (THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD), Scott Thomas (KILL CREEK), Lisa Kröger (MONSTER, SHE WROTE), Melanie R. Anderson (MONSTER, SHE WROTE) and Matt Leslie (SUMMER OF 84) as they discuss the craft of writing for horror. From its various formats and many sub-genres to how horror has evolved over the years, these creators will do a deep dive, discussing their personal projects, what inspires them and what made them want to write horror.

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Melanie R. Anderson is an assistant professor of English at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. She researches and writes about American Gothic and supernatural fiction. She is one of the hosts of the Know Fear Podcast and co-author of Monster, She Wrote.

Lisa Kröger is a writer and host of the Know Fear podcast. Her nonfiction book MONSTER, SHE WROTE was published by Quirk in 2019. Her short fiction has recently appeared in the Stoker-nominated anthology Lost Highways: Dark Fictions From the Road. She’s editor of Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences and Spectral Identities and contributor to Ecogothic, The Encyclopedia of the Vampire, And Horror Literature Through History. Find out more at her website

Matt Leslie previously worked as a Development Executive for Producers Matt Alvarez and Scott Bernstein, and was heavily involved in developing the script for the 2015 global box office smash Straight Outta Compton. He also co-wrote (with his writing partner, Stephen J. Smith) and produced the indie horror Summer of 84, which premiered in the Midnight Lineup at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Leslie and Smith wrote the forthcoming supernatural horror film Angel Dust for Producer Shaun Redick (Get Out and BLACKKKLANSMAN), which is set to be directed by RZA, with an original motion picture soundtrack by the Wu-Tang Clan. The writing duo are currently in negotiations for their debut scripted series, a sci-fi thriller called Polybius, which is based on the cold war-era urban legend of the same name.

Scott Thomas is the Stoker-nominated author of Kill Creek, which was selected by the American Library Association's reader committee as the top horror book of 2017. Originally from Coffeyville, Kansas, Scott attended the University of Kansas where he earned degrees in English and Film. He has written TV movies and teleplays for various networks including Netflix, Syfy, MTV, VH1, the CW, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and ABC family. Scott was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on R.L. Stein's The Haunting Hour.

Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the new short story collection Growing Things and Other Stories that Stephen King called "one of the best of the 21st Century." He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.