World Horror in Atlanta

Photo by Tracy Ingle

Photo by Tracy Ingle

In a couple of days, I’ll be going to Atlanta for this year’s World Horror Convention. I’ve never been to Atlanta before, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Here is my schedule for WHC2015. It’s pretty loose, which means there is plenty of time to explore graveyards.

I’m free all day on Thursday, so I’m debating renting a car and driving to Savannah to visit Bonaventure Cemetery.

My morning is free, so I think I’ll check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, where Dr. King and Coretta Scott King are buried.

5-6 PM
Just the Facts, Monster: How to Dig Deeper than the Internet for Accurate Storytelling
Moderator: John T. Glover
Panelists: Courtney Alameda, James Dorr, Cynthia Lott, Loren Rhoads, Matthew Weber
An incorrect fact or detail in a story can pull a reader right out of your narrative and destroy the impact of an otherwise excellent piece of fiction. Writers who also are research professionals (librarians, archivists or journalists) share their insider tips to help you avoid the factcheck trap.
Topics cover will include Net and bricks-and-mortar resources you may not know about, how to approach experts, how to vet sources, maximizing a trip to an archives or library, and more.

6 PM
Drinks with the Ladies of Horror
This one is tentative, but I hope it happens.  If you’re a horror-writer of the female persuasion, you should meet us in the hotel bar.

10 AM
Oakland Cemetery offers an 1-1/2-hour tour for $12 of the Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland. They describe it like this: “Discover the history, the period gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is a museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 stories to tell; stories filled with both stunning victories and heart-wrenching tragedies.” You can find the information here:

I’m debating the Stoker Banquet, but I will be at the awards ceremony — and the after-party to celebrate all my friends who won.

10-11 AM
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Participants: Leadie Jo Flowers, April Grey, Loren Rhoads, SL Schmitz
This is my first event with Broad Universe, an international organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative genres.

I’ll be reading from The Dangerous Type, the first of the In the Wake of the Templars books, which comes out in July.

The Death Panel: Funerals, Cemeteries, Burial, Autopsies, and Decomposition
Moderator: Loren Rhoads
Panelists: Jason Brock, Tonya Hurley, Rena Mason, William F. Nolan
From the Death Salon to the Death Museum, from permanent memorialization to cutting-edge composting of corpses, from Death Cafes to the Right to Die movement, death is in the news these days. Come get your questions answered and find inspiration in how to make death matter.

Books I’ll have to sign:
1. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (Black Bed Sheets)

I’ll also have a handful of THE DANGEROUS TYPE ARCs. If you’re a reviewer, hit me up.

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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