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NecronomiConPVD – Christa Carmen
NecronomiConPVD – Christa Carmen
August 19 - 21, 2022
Graduate & Omni Hotels
Providence, RI

Friday – 2-3:15pm
Under Conditions of Absolute Reality: Shirley Jackson’s Life and Legacy – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, 2nd floor
From the publication of her then-controversial short “The Lottery” until her untimely death at the age of forty-eight, Shirley Jackson produced an enduring body of novels and short stories that still resonate today. Our panelists discuss the life and enduring legacy of one of the masters of American Literature.
Panelists: Christa Carmen, Carrie Laben, Sean Moreland (M), Paul Tremblay

Saturday – 3:30-4:45pm
AUTHOR READINGS – Narragansett Bayview Room, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor
Craig L. Gidney, Daniel Braum, Christa Carmen, K.H. Vaughan

6:30-7:45pm
The Weird on a Small Color Screen – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, 2nd floor
Fire up the color console and adjust your antenna! Our panelists from 2019’s The Weird on a Black and White Screen return to continue their discussion on the weird television shows from the 70s and 80s, taking the legacies of the classic anthology series of the black and white era and tracing the broadcast weird to when cable and cheap VHS tapes forever changed the content available in our living rooms.
Panelists: Inanna Arthen, Christa Carmen, F. Brett Cox, Nicholas Kaufmann (M), Joseph Zannella

7:45-9pm
Weird House Press book release party – We Are Providence – Ocean State Suite A, Graduate Hotel, 2nd floor
Please join the contributors and co-editors of We Are Providence: Tales of Horror from the Ocean State for a launch party in honor of their “haunting, scary, and delightful” (Gene Flynn) new anthology from Weird House Press. Join Joshua Rex, John Lynch, Christa Carmen, Mary Robles, Jason Parent, Victoria Dalpe, L. E. Daniels, Mary Robles, Mr. Michael Squid, Paul Magnan, Barry Dejasu, H. Y. Hsu, K. H. Vaughan, Curtis M. Lawson, and Steven E. Belanger as they mingle/hang-out, share some short teaser-readings and camaraderie, sign copies, and maybe sell some cool merch.

Sunday – 11am-12:15pm
The Weird Has Always Been Female: The women’s canon of weird fiction – Biltmore Ballroom, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor
Recent scholarship shines an increasing light on the women founders and pioneers of weird fiction who have been there since the beginning of the genre. Sometimes sidelined, sometimes writing under pseudonyms, sometimes celebrated. Our panelists trace the history of the weirdwomen who shaped the genre, identify those overlooked or forgotten, and discuss the influence of women writers from Mary Shelley to the modern era.
Panelists: Christa Carmen, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Elena Tchougounova-Paulson, Zin E. Rocklyn, Ann VanderMeer (M)
Dark Arts Festival
July 10, 2022

1:00 - 6:00 PM
PVD Horror Presents
DARK ARTS FESTIVAL
Artists - Writers - Filmmakers
And So Much More!

FREE ENTRY
530 Wellington Ave #22, Cranston, RI 02910

Join RI Chapter members Christa Carmen, Joshua Rex, Victoria Dalpe, Curtis M. Lawson, Barry Lee Dejasu, Paul Magnan, and Aron Beauregard at Buttonwoods Brewery. Entrance and parking is in the back of the building. The tasting room will be open for the duration of the event. Beers will be available for purchase from both Buttonwoods Brewery and Origin Beer Project. Vendors inside and out - rain or shine.
StokerCon 2022 – Christa Carmen
May 12 - 15, 2022
StokerCon 2022

Christa Carmen will be participating in several events as part of the HWA's virtual convention:

“Writing Workshops,” moderated by Brian Matthews and featuring Christa Carmen, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Meghan Arcuri, Tim Waggoner, and Tracy Cross, and “The Origins of Monsters,” moderated by James Aquilone and featuring Christa Carmen, Philip Fracassi, and Terrie Leigh Relf.
October 30, 2021

HWA RI – Halloween Eve Readings

Join HWA RI chapter members Steven Belanger, Christa Carmen, Lauren Elise Daniels, Curtis M. Lawson, and Joshua Rex for an evening of short, spooky readings, steaming live on Oct. 30th at 8 pm!
May 20 - 23, 2021
StokerCon 2021

Christa Carmen will be participating in four different events as part of the HWA's 1st virtual convention:

On Demand
American Female Gothic Panel

Christa Carmen moderates a panel on the American Female Gothic with Jewelle Gomez, Jo Kaplan, Gwendolyn Kiste, Lisa Kröger, Cynthia Pelayo, and Sarah Read.
On Demand
Reinventing the Classics Panel: How Modern Horror Is Transforming the Tropes

Gwendolyn Kiste moderates alongside panelists Christa Carmen, L. Marie Wood, Gordon B. White, Naching Kassa, Lee Murray, Rhonda Garcia, and Carina Bissett as we talk all about our favorite classic horror monsters and how those monsters are being reinvented in the 21st century.
On Demand
HWA Chapters: What They Do and How to Start One

James Chambers moderates a discussion on HWA chapters with panelists Christa Carmen, Kevin Wetmore, Carina Bissett, Neil D'Silva, Shawnna Deresch, Carol Gyzander, Kenneth Cain, & Rami Ungar.
On Demand
StokerCon® 2021 Author Reading – Christa Carmen

Watch Christa Carmen read from her works.
February 12, 2021

Females of Fright! Women in Horror Month Panel

Panel discussion moderated by Gwendolyn Kiste, featuring Carina Bissett, Christa Carmen, Sraa Tantlinger, Nicole Willson, Jessica Guess, and Zoje Stage.
October 2020

United In the Dark - Part 2: Gothic Horror w/ Christa Carmen

It's October! That might mean a lot of different things to different people, but for cinephiles and genre fans alike, it's a month for horror. Throughout the month we'll be sharing our horror recommendations to help you program your own October haunts. In this edition, horror author Christa Carmen shares her thoughts on the romanticized terrors of Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Hill House, and offers a few gothic book suggestions worth a read this Halloween season and beyond.
October 2020

Virtual Halloween Reading for Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University

Watch Christa Carmen read “Shark Minute,” now available in Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s Night Frights Issue #2.
October 2020

Salem Horror Fest
Reading: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" Christa Carmen
Noir at the Bar
Feb 22, 2020

6:00-8:00 PM
Noir at the Bar
AS220
115 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Directions

Featuring Christa Carmen, Evelyn Archer, Christine Lajewski, Vanessa Lillie, Jenna Moquin, & Trisha Wooldridge.
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
Feb 20, 2020

6:30-7:30 PM
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
10 Canal Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Directions

Book talk and signing featuring Kelly Braffet for her new novel The Unwilling, in conversation with local author Christa Carmen.
PVD Speculative Presents: An Evening of Dark Fiction
Dec 19, 2019

PVD Speculative Presents: An Evening of Dark Fiction
6-8 PM
Koto Providence
50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903
Directions

Welcome to an evening of dark fiction readings by Christa Carmen, Curtis M. Lawson, Errick Nunnally, Barry Lee Dejasu, and Joshua Rex.
Nov 4, 2019

Tapped Apple Winery Reading
6:30 PM
37 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Directions
Rhode Island Comic Con
Nov 1-2, 2019

Rhode Island Comic Con
Friday: 3PM-9PM and Saturday: 10AM-7PM
Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin Donuts Center
Directions
Teen & Adult Halloween Book Reading
Oct 30, 2019

Teen & Adult Halloween Book Reading
7 PM
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
10 Canal Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Directions

Halloween-themed book reading for teens and adults featuring Christa Carmen (Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked) and Coral Isabella Aurora (The Teenager's Guide to Surviving a Horror Film).
Saugatuck StoryFest
Sep 27-28, 2019

Saugatuck StoryFest
Westport Library
20 Jesup Rd
Westport, CT 06880
Directions
Aug 21-25, 2019

NecronomiCon 2019
Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903
Directions

Pre-Party Readings, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: A special author reading event at the Black Box at AS220, 95 Empire Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Authors will share 7-10 minutes each of their work.

Panel, Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: SONGS THE SANDMAN SINGS: THE LEGACY AND INFLUENCE OF E.T.A. HOFFMANN – Newport-Washington, Omni 3rd Floor. German Romantic and polymath E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776 – 1822) was an early pioneer in science fiction and fantasy, with macabre sensibilities that influenced Poe, Kafka, and Hitchcock. Perhaps best known for his stories The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Sandman, and Automata, his work and ideas connected fantasy, mesmerism, dreams, and machine culture in ways sometimes overlooked today. Panelists Christa Carmen, Michael Dirda, Sean Moreland (M), Sonya Taaffe, & L.C. von Hessen discuss his work and illuminate his enduring influence on weird fiction.

Panel, Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.: THE DREAMLANDS AND DREAM NARRATIVE IN HPL – Washington-Newport Room, Omni 3rd Floor. Dreams figure prominently in the work of Lovecraft, both in his Dream Cycle stories and in other work. Our panelists explore the geography and denizens of the Dreamlands, and his use of dreams in general in fiction and poetry. What were the major influences on his dream writing and how did his own dreams invade his waking life? How have writers expanded on or modified his ideas since? Close your eyes and find out! Panelists: Christa Carmen, Pete Rawlik (M), Jason Bradley Thompson, Peter Cannon, James Chambers.
Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Horror Reading Event
May 2, 2019

Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Horror Reading Event
Time TBD
Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
65 Weybosset St, Providence, RI
Directions
Warwick Public Library Author Meet & Greet
March 30, 2019

Warwick Public Library Author Meet & Greet
10 AM – 3 PM
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI
Directions
Rhode Island Author Expo 2018
March 23, 2019

Noir at the Bar
6 PM
Hosted by Noir At the Bar PVD
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Directions
Wyrd: A Horror Reading Event
March 14, 2019

Wyrd: A Horror Reading Event
7 PM - 9 PM
Koto Sushi & Grill
90 Washington St, Salem, MA
Directions
Rhode Island Author Expo 2018
December 1, 2018

Rhode Island Author Expo 2018
10 AM - 4 PM
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Cranston, RI
Directions
WADK Author Interview Series: Christa Carmen
November 23, 2018

WADK Author Interview Series: Christa Carmen
10:30 AM
1540 WADK Newport
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Rhode Island Comic Con
November 2-4, 2018

Rhode Island Comic Con
Friday: 3PM-9PM • Saturday: 10AM-7PM • Sunday: 10AM-5PM
Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin Donuts Center
Directions
Saugatuck StoryFest Guest
October 12-14, 2018

Saugatuck StoryFest Guest

Westport Library
20 Jesup Rd
Westport, CT 06880
Directions

Panel, Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12 pm: The Female Voice in Horror – Christa Carmen, Gwendolyn Kiste, & Chavisa Woods. Three rising voices in horror will engage Saugatuck StoryFest guests in a conversation about the future of horror and the role of the female voice in shaping that future.
Beans & Books’ Featured Author
October 6, 2018

Beans & Books' Featured Author

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Bean Barn
599 Tiogue Ave
Coventry, RI 02816
Directions
Savoy Launch Party
August 28, 2018

"Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked" Launch Party
Savoy Bookshop & Café, Westerly, RI
Event details
A Night of Horror!
July 28th, 2018 at 7:00 PM

A Night of Horror!
Books on the Square 471 Angell St, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Books on the Square and the New England Horror Writers present A Night of Horror! Hosted by Scott Goudsward and featuring authors Christa Carmen, Jason Parent, Matt Bechtell, Catherine Grant, and Kenneth Vaughan.
July 19-22, 2018

NECON 38, Northeastern Writers' Conference
The Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn and Conference Center
Portsmouth, RI

Panel, Friday, July 20th, 2 pm
The Spark: What Inspires a Great Short Story?: It's the question all short fiction writers hate - "Where do your stories come from?" And since most Necon Campers are too old to believe that old wives’ tale about a stork, we've gathered some of the best in speculative short fiction—Christa Carmen, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, Toni L.P. Kelner, Ed Kurtz, Helen Marshall, and moderator Nicholas Kaufmann—to give us a glimpse into their creative process.
July 12-15, 2018

Readercon, Quincy Marriott
Quincy, MA

Group Reading, Friday, July 13th, 2 pm
The New American Bizarrerie: A Reading From Gothic to Gilded, from Latinx Sci-Fi to Weird Americana, from the Icarus-altitudes of the Surreal to the depths of the Dark Fantastic, readers Christa Carmen, C.S.E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Rios, Patty Templeton, and Jessica Wick will regale you with a glorious gallimaufry of contemporary spec-fic.
StokerCon
March 1-4, 2018

StokerCon
Providence Biltmore, Providence, RI

Panel: The Vital Importance of Tone, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11:00 am.
Moderator: Jason Parent; Additional Speakers: Donna Lynch, Gregory Bastianelli, Matt Bechtel.
Description: Sometimes the line difference between horrific and hysterical lies only in the delivery. Horror straddles the absurd, the laughable, and the terrifying, often all in the same work. How does tone affect works of horror both in print and on screen? When does humor work with horror? What tonal elements contribute to successful horror/comedy/parody, and what tonal elements can be used to intensify the fright factor?
Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp
January 26-28, 2018

Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp
Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel
Towson, MD

Workshopped: 85,000 word horror/crime thriller, Coming Down Fast; 900 word flash fiction piece, “Crash.”
Read “Terror at Towson University Marriott: 2018 Borderlands Writers Boot Camp” blog post here.
An Evening with Stephen King + Owen King, authors of SLEEPING BEAUTIES
September 28, 2017

An Evening with Stephen King + Owen King, authors of SLEEPING BEAUTIES
Newtonville Books presents an evening with Stephen King and his son, Owen King, authors of SLEEPING BEAUTIES. Attended with Robin and Samara Amstutz, Stacey and David Thibeault, and Dave and LeAnn Rhone Hinchberger, of the Overlook Connection Bookstore & Press.

Read Christa Carmen’s review of Sleeping Beauties here.
Northeastern Writers' Conference
July 11-14, 2017

NECON, Northeastern Writers' Conference
The Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn and Conference Center
Portsmouth, RI
March 17, 2017

Ghosts, Saints, & Faeries
Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly
Westerly, RI

A night of stories, poems and songs featuring the hallowed and uncanny.
HISTORY: An Irish woman hanged as a witch for speaking Gaelic.
FICTION: A girl whose addiction turns her into a ghost even before she dies.
POETRY: A man asks his dead abuela to return and tell her own story after a lifetime of hearing other people tell it.
SONG: Banshees and haunted rose gardens, oh my!
DISCUSSION: How is a saint like a superhero? AND SO MUCH MORE!
Performances by Faye Ringel, C. S. E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, Patty Templeton, Christa Carmen, Jessica Wick, and Amber Longanchor.
First Fridays
First Fridays

Maize n Manna Whole Foods
Westerly, RI

Spoken word open mic for all ages from 6-7pm on the first Friday of each month. All forms of poetry, prose, essay or stories welcome. Original work encouraged!
Writers Digest Annual Conference
August 11-14, 2016

Writers Digest Annual Conference
Hilton New York Midtown
New York, NY
  • Award-winning writer and editor Gene Flynn calls We Are Providence: Tales of Horror from the Ocean State “a brilliant collection shaped by forces both human and inhuman,” and states that the “twenty-two stories and poems draw inspiration from the weird and the horrific, the haunting and the bizarre; they also clearly ring with a New England sense of place, history, and people.” With regards to Christa Carmen’s “Testing a Horrible Superstition,” Gene felt the tale “spoke so earnestly to the weird little girl in [her.]”
  • A starred review from Library Journal for Orphans of Bliss, and an amazing shoutout for “Through the Looking Glass and Straight into Hell”: “…it is Christa Carmen’s heartbreakingly honest look at “recovery” that is the star here, a story that is sure to end up on many speculative fiction year-end award lists.”
  • Booklist has given Orphans of Bliss a starred review! “The stories included here do not shy away from the ugliest parts of addiction...“Through the Looking Glass and Straight into Hell,” by Christa Carmen, vibrantly focuses on a woman who returns to a recovery center to undergo virtual-reality therapy…Overall, Orphans of Bliss is a strong anthology with memorable, visceral, cutting stories that will resonate with horror fans.” Thank you, A. E. Siraki!

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