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5th Annual Bay Area Book Festival | Downtown Berkeley, CA


Tales for the Camp Fire

Scary Stories for a Good Cause


WHERE: Downtown Berkeley, CA
WHEN: May 4 + 5
BOOTH: BOOTH #154 (Bay Area Horror Writers Association)


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LOREN RHOADS | EDITOR & AUTHOR

PREFACE: IN THE FACE OF THE FIRE

STORY: “STILL LIFE WITH SHATTERED GLASS”

Loren Rhoads served as editor for Bram Stoker Award-nominated Morbid Curiosity magazine as well as the books The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, Death’s Garden: Relationship with Cemeteries, and Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Tales of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual. Her short stories have appeared in Best New Horror #27, Strange California, Sins of the Sirens: Fourteen Tales of Dark Desire, Fright Mare: Women Write Horror, and most recently in Weirdbook, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Space & Time. You can see what she’ll do next at lorenrhoads.com. 

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L.S. JOHNSON | CREATIVE CONSULTANT | EBOOK DESIGN | AUTHOR

STORY: “ADA, AWAKE”

L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by writing book indexes. She is the author of the gothic novellas Harkworth Hall and Leviathan. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Find her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.traversingz.com.

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BEN MONROE | MARKETING LEAD | AUTHOR

STORY: “THE QUARRY”

Ben Monroe grew up in Northern California and has spent most of his life there. He lives in the East Bay Area with his wife and two children. His most recent published works are In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars and the graphic novel Planet Apocalypse. He can be reached via his website at www.benmonroe.com and on Twitter @_BenMonroe_.

The idea for Tales for the Camp Fire was started by Ben Monroe.

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ANTHONY DEROUEN | AUTHOR

STORY: “THE PATRON”

Anthony De Rouen has written three high-fantasy novels and is currently finishing the drafts on two supernatural horror screenplays. He turned one of the screenplays into a short called The Last Showing, which picked up a Silver Spotlight Award and was screened at the Halloween Horror Picture Show. In 2018 he founded the Death’s Parade Film Festival, which is happening October 5th, 2019 in San Jose, California. You can follow his work at https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ and http://anthonyderouen.blogspot.com/.

The story behind “The Patron” came from a family trip to Lake Tahoe. Idyllic in its pure white innocence, the vast snowpack covering the south lake basin lent to an all-too-real scenario where a vacationing family runs afoul of the weather.

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E.M. MARKOFF | PUBLISHER | AUTHOR

STORY: “LEAVING THE #9”

Award-winning Latinx author E.M. Markoff writes stories about damaged heroes and imperfect villains. Her novels include To Nurture & Kill and The Deadbringer, which Booklist described as “A fantastic action-adventure, tinged with Mexican folklore, that will appeal to fans of A Game of Thrones.” Visit her at www.ellderet.com.

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CHAD SCHIMKE | AUTHOR

INTRODUCTION: CALIFORNIA’S WORST NATURAL DISASTER

STORY: “Vivified”

Chad Schimke is the author of “Behind the Walls,” released via TANSTAAFL Press in their Enter the Rebirth anthology. He’s also previously published “Picker,” “Weirder,” “Hallowseve” and “Midwinter”: a quirky gaggle of grotesque, bizarre and unsettling tales for your reading pleasure. In addition, Chad has read at San Francisco’s Lit Crawl, interviewed on a number of radio shows, was published by Artifice Comics, and founded the Alabama Street Writer’s Group. He is currently working on a novel series tentatively entitled Regenerates. Check out Chad’s blog at http://www.chadschimke.blogspot.com/ or catch him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorchadschimke/ or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/chadschimke/.

(Note: This is not a complete list of the contributors that will be attendance)