Special Write Brain Event! A Horror Panel to Die For!

Jan 18, 2022 — 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

Location: Online via Zoom (get directions)

Rescheduled from October 2021 by popular demand! Bring all your burning horror-related questions! Please register in advance by clicking the button below. Only $20 gets you into the event and more! Plus, you get to attend from the comfort of home or anywhere else you may be via Zoom.

Ever wonder what it’s like to walk around in the brain of a horror writer? Do you wonder where they get their ideas? What IS horror anyway? What kind of stories belong in the horror genre? How DO I scare readers while keeping them engaged?

We’ll pose these questions and more to our expert horror panel members.

All registrants will be entered to win a Barnes & Noble gift card!

Event link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.


Carina Bissett

Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and fabulism.

Her short fiction and poetry have been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Upon a Twice TimeBitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, Arterial BloomGorgon: Stories of EmergenceHath No Furyand the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V and VI. She is also the co-editor of Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas.

Links to her work can be found at http://carinabissett.com.

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in anthologies and magazines, and she has two horror collections available: Bruised Souls & Other Torments and Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

Shannon has been attending non-conference events since 2009 and conference since 2010. She’s been NCE Director, Managing Editor of Writing From the Peak, Treasurer, Conference Admin Director, Signs Coordinator, Pitch/Query Staff, and more.

Sumiko Saulson

Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Ze is the editor of the anthologies and collections Black Magic WomenScry of LustBlack Celebration, and Wickedly Abled. Ze is the winner of the 2016 HWA StokerCon “Scholarship from Hell”, 2017 BCC Voice “Reframing the Other” contest, 2017 Mixy Award, 2018 AWW “Afrosurrealist Writer Award,” 2020 HWA Diversity Grant recipient.

Sumiko has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, and writes a column called “Writing While Black” for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView. Ze is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District’s “Erotic Storytelling Hour.”

Headshots attached. I’m trying to get a larger one from Rainey for Ze, but I’m sure you probably know a lot more of that sizing magic than I do.


Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of the novels Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and miss corpus, short story collections nothing untoward, commencement and rest area, as well as The Tribe middlegrade series: Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins. He is the creator of Self Storage (451 Media) and Lazaretto (BOOM! Studios), and the rigorous storytelling session: The Pumpkin Pie Show, He is also the author of such plays as commencement, the cardiac shadow and volume of smoke. His story-monologues birdfeeder, undertow and the wet echo have been featured in The Best American Short Plays anthologies.

In comics, Chapman is the writer of the Marvel series Scream: Curse of Carnage. He has written Absolute Carnage: Separation AnxietyIron Fist: Phantom Limb, Typhoid Fever, as well as for Edge of Spider-Verse and Venomverse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, American VampireScream: King In Black, and ORIGINS among others.

Upcoming projects include Unknown, a psychological horror anthology television series co-created with director Craig William Macneill, produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy at Kilter Films and Amazon Studios.

Chapman currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.


Kim Olgren

Kim Olgren

Kim has voraciously read anything she could get her hands on for as far back as she can remember. She’s always been a sucker for a good mystery in any form. Not long after she entered elementary school, she was writing her own stories and squirreling them away for her own eyes only. She’s worn many hats, but writing has always been a constant companion. When not wrestling with words or curled up with them (it’s a love/hate relationship), she can be found flipping houses with her husband, volunteering within the local writing community, crocheting badly, creatively crafting, traveling sporadically, riding around in the back of Izzy The Wandercycle, or hanging out with her family and faithful four-legged friend, Daisy in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She is the author of Flipped: A Jillian McElroy Flipping Mystery – Book One.

Kim has been a volunteer with Pikes Peak Writers since 2018. In addition to her board member duties, she holds/has held positions as the editor of the PPW newsletter, non-conference events director, Write Brain coordinator, Special Events coordinator, Writers’ Night host, non-conference public relations coordinator, and is an occasional contributor to Writing from the Peak, the PPW blog.