HorrorAddicts.net @ the African American Multimedia Conference, Feb 15 & 16

Come visit the HorrorAddicts.net table at these select AAMMC events!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Free!)

Melrose Branch, Oakland Public Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, 2-5pm

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Nisi Shawl

2:15 pm       Creating Diverse Sci-Fi & Horror Characters and Worlds (Nisi Shawl)

3:00 pm       So You Want To Be a Rapper or a Rock n Roll Star? (Rappin 4-Tay)

3:45 pm       Krishna Awards for Black Excellence in Multimedia

4:45 pm       Closing Statements by Crystal Connor

Sunday, February 16, 2020

81st Avenue Branch, Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Avenue, 2-5 pm

Kids 12 and Under

2:00-5:00 pm         Art Circle: Afrocentric Coloring Time!

PG-13

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Amy Holloway

2:15 pm       Why Do People Tell Stories about Monsters?

3:00 pm       Making Beautiful Music, Movies, and Books

3:45 pm       Beyond Us Short Film Festival & Talk

4:45pm        Closing Remarks by Kevin E. Myrick

African American Multimedia Conference, Feb 13-17 THIS WEEKEND!

AAMMC 2020 Schedule

Workshops, Panels and Book Signings

“In order to rise from its own ashes,
a Phoenix first must burn.” ― Octavia Butler

African American Multimedia Conference Presenters:

Sumiko Saulson, Linda Addison, Nisi Shawl, Rappin 4Tay, Kevin E. Myrick, Karen Junker, Crystal Connor, Simon Says, Scott Saulson, V’Launce Davis, Lil Twain, Precious Chambers, Lil 4Tay, Franchesca Saulson, Amy Holloway, Kevin Craig West, Meosha Bean

Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Free!)

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, California, 94703 | 510.644.4930

Pre-Conference Kick-Off with Silent Auction!

Free and Open to the Public, Food and Beverages served.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Sexy Sci-Fi Sisters Book Chat and Signing Event with James Tiptree Award Winner Nisi Shawl, Crystal Connor, Linda Addison, and Sumiko Saulson

Friday, February 14, 2020 (Free!)

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, 12-5pm

12:00 pm     Registration

12:30 pm     Welcome Speech by Linda Addison

12:45 pm     Remembering and Honoring Our Elders Past

1:15 pm       Narrowing the Digital Divide

2:15 pm       San Francisco Pioneer Awards

2:45 pm       Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror Short Preview

3:15 pm       Dollars to Diversity: Hollywood’s New Black Blockbusters

4:15 pm       Meet the Authors! Book Signing and Book Chat with

Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Free!)

Melrose Branch, Oakland Public Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, 2-5pm

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Nisi Shawl

2:15 pm       Creating Diverse Sci-Fi & Horror Characters and Worlds (Nisi Shawl)

3:00 pm       So You Want To Be a Rapper or a Rock n Roll Star? (Rappin 4-Tay)

3:45 pm       Krishna Awards for Black Excellence in Multimedia

4:45 pm       Closing Statements by Crystal Connor

Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Free!)

Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA, 1-2pm

1:00-2:00 pm         Scary Sisters Horror Book Chat and Signing Event with Bram Stoker Award Winner Linda Addison, Nisi Shawl, Crystal Connor, and Sumiko Saulson

 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

81st Avenue Branch, Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Avenue, 2-5 pm

Kids 12 and Under

2:00-5:00 pm         Art Circle: Afrocentric Coloring Time!

PG-13

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Amy Holloway

2:15 pm       Why Do People Tell Stories about Monsters?

3:00 pm       Making Beautiful Music, Movies, and Books

3:45 pm       Beyond Us Short Film Festival & Talk

4:45pm        Closing Remarks by Kevin E. Myrick

Pride at the AAMMC! Sunday, February 16, 2020

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, 3207 Lakeshore Avenue

3:00 pm       Reframing the Other – Writing the Other for Black and Queer Authors (Nisi Shawl, Sumiko Saulson)

3:45 pm       Writing While Black, Queer Edition: (Sumiko Saulson, Nisi Shawl)

Pride at the AAMMC! Monday, February 17, 2020

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, 3207 Lakeshore Avenue

3:00 pm       A Nu Way: Creating Magical Melanated Spiritual & Safe Spaces (Hosted by Irene McCalphin)

3:45 pm       Manifesting from the Margins (Hosted by Irene McCalphin)


Self-Publishing – A Three Class Series at Eastmont

By Sumiko Saulson

Eastmont Branch, Oakland Public Library, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211

Monday, February 10, 2020, 5-7 pm Preparing Book Interiors

Monday, February 24, 2020, 5-7 pm Exteriors, Covers, and Ads

Black Goth Takeover at Club Vantablack ($10)

Stork Club Oakland 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm – 1:30 am
Performances by M-Lamar, Stagefright, Protea and In Retrograde

Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror ($10 per night)

Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

Curator & Horror Host Crystal Connor
Sunday, February 17, 2020, 7 pm – 10pm, Special Guest Kevin Craig West

Monday, February 18, 2020, 7 pm -10pm, Special Guest Meosha Bean

African American Multimedia Conference, Feb 13-17

AAMMC 2020 Schedule

Workshops, Panels and Book Signings

“In order to rise from its own ashes,
a Phoenix first must burn.” ― Octavia Butler

African American Multimedia Conference Presenters:

Sumiko Saulson, Linda Addison, Nisi Shawl, Rappin 4Tay, Kevin E. Myrick, Karen Junker, Crystal Connor, Simon Says, Scott Saulson, V’Launce Davis, Lil Twain, Precious Chambers, Lil 4Tay, Franchesca Saulson, Amy Holloway, Kevin Craig West, Meosha Bean

Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Free!)

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, California, 94703 | 510.644.4930

Pre-Conference Kick-Off with Silent Auction!

Free and Open to the Public, Food and Beverages served.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Sexy Sci-Fi Sisters Book Chat and Signing Event with James Tiptree Award Winner Nisi Shawl, Crystal Connor, Linda Addison, and Sumiko Saulson

Friday, February 14, 2020 (Free!)

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, 12-5pm

12:00 pm     Registration

12:30 pm     Welcome Speech by Linda Addison

12:45 pm     Remembering and Honoring Our Elders Past

1:15 pm       Narrowing the Digital Divide

2:15 pm       San Francisco Pioneer Awards

2:45 pm       Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror Short Preview

3:15 pm       Dollars to Diversity: Hollywood’s New Black Blockbusters

4:15 pm       Meet the Authors! Book Signing and Book Chat with

Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Free!)

Melrose Branch, Oakland Public Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, 2-5pm

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Nisi Shawl

2:15 pm       Creating Diverse Sci-Fi & Horror Characters and Worlds (Nisi Shawl)

3:00 pm       So You Want To Be a Rapper or a Rock n Roll Star? (Rappin 4-Tay)

3:45 pm       Krishna Awards for Black Excellence in Multimedia

4:45 pm       Closing Statements by Crystal Connor

Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Free!)

Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA, 1-2pm

1:00-2:00 pm         Scary Sisters Horror Book Chat and Signing Event with Bram Stoker Award Winner Linda Addison, Nisi Shawl, Crystal Connor, and Sumiko Saulson

 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

81st Avenue Branch, Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Avenue, 2-5 pm

Kids 12 and Under

2:00-5:00 pm         Art Circle: Afrocentric Coloring Time!

PG-13

2:00 pm       Welcome Speech by Amy Holloway

2:15 pm       Why Do People Tell Stories about Monsters?

3:00 pm       Making Beautiful Music, Movies, and Books

3:45 pm       Beyond Us Short Film Festival & Talk

4:45pm        Closing Remarks by Kevin E. Myrick

Pride at the AAMMC! Sunday, February 16, 2020

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, 3207 Lakeshore Avenue

3:00 pm       Reframing the Other – Writing the Other for Black and Queer Authors (Nisi Shawl, Sumiko Saulson)

3:45 pm       Writing While Black, Queer Edition: (Sumiko Saulson, Nisi Shawl)

Pride at the AAMMC! Monday, February 17, 2020

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, 3207 Lakeshore Avenue

3:00 pm       A Nu Way: Creating Magical Melanated Spiritual & Safe Spaces (Hosted by Irene McCalphin)

3:45 pm       Manifesting from the Margins (Hosted by Irene McCalphin)


Self-Publishing – A Three Class Series at Eastmont

By Sumiko Saulson

Eastmont Branch, Oakland Public Library, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211

Monday, February 10, 2020, 5-7 pm Preparing Book Interiors

Monday, February 24, 2020, 5-7 pm Exteriors, Covers, and Ads

Black Goth Takeover at Club Vantablack ($10)

Stork Club Oakland 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm – 1:30 am
Performances by M-Lamar, Stagefright, Protea and In Retrograde

Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror ($10 per night)

Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

Curator & Horror Host Crystal Connor
Sunday, February 17, 2020, 7 pm – 10pm, Special Guest Kevin Craig West

Monday, February 18, 2020, 7 pm -10pm, Special Guest Meosha Bean

Black Creators in Horror Comics

Black Creators in Horror Comics by  Lori Titus

    Horror comics strive to accomplish much in a small space. Smart dialogue, breathtaking art and storytelling flow that is simple enough to convey ideas in a few frames but compelling enough to draw the reader in for more takes patience, talent, and collaborators worthy of the task. For Black History Month, I wanted to spotlight some of the rising  comic book creators of African/Black decent who breathe life into the complex  worlds that combine horror and ethnicity.

Eating Vampires by Regine Sawyer.

Set in Africa during the 1900’s, this tale follows a caravan of women making a trek across the desert. Imbued with mysterious powers, they are led by Regil Alexa. She is an “eater,” a shapeshifting apex predator that is the worst nightmare of any vampire. Regil has been tasked with protecting a little girl named Evelyn, the last link of a dying breed. Despite the fact that saving the child means risks to her own safety, she will endure what she has to in order to uphold her duty.

Evelyn is no slouch either. The little girl wears afro puffs, wields a knife, and keeps company with a cheetah named Madix who can change form into an even larger cat when needed.

Check out this and Sawyer’s other comic creations at www.lockettdown.com .

Shadowclub Karma by Rocbottom

Shadowclub is composed of a team of classic monsters who have been resurrected to save the world. The story goes into detail with back stories for each. Readers will thrill at the new take on stories including Dracula, The Wolfman, and more. A world so messed up that only the most reviled creatures can save it proves to be an intriguing premise. And don’t let the classic monsters here make you think otherwise; the dark underpinnings of this story and graphic violence make it a solidly adult read.

Part 1-3 are available at www.Truthfulcomics.com.

Offset by Delvin Howell

Someone – or more aptly, something– is stalking Kyle Harding.

Set on an imaginary island based on Barbados, the young hero of this story begins to notice odd things happening after the death of his mother. Lights glow on his evening walk home, flute music sounds in the air, and one night, he sees a specter in the darkness. Can he save himself and his family from what awaits him in the unknown? Luscious art, beautifully done suspense and the unexpected locale give the story true life and texture.

Check out the comic book at www.beyondpublishingcarribbean.com  .

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Hess creates a fairy tale/horror comic about Lily, who gets more than she expected from her mother’s simple request. She’s an imaginative little girl who is upset that she didn’t go to camp for the summer. Among other things that she needs to do, one of her chores is to clean the oven. What Lily doesn’t know is that inside the oven is a portal into another realm,  ruled by the evil Queen of Oven Frites. She will be forced to fight for her freedom and learns some important lessons along the way. Think of this story as a cross between a Grimm fairytale and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

1-3 are available at www.comixology.com/Malice-in-Ovenland .

R.R.H by Orlando Harding

What if the old tale of Red Riding Hood was true, with a few nasty details omitted?  What if the werewolf was a powerful Alpha, whose bloodline has survived to this day?

This is the premise behind R.R.H. The story opens with Sydney Woodman’s seventeenth birthday, and she is doing normal things, celebrating with her girlfriends. She even gets the gift of a new car from her parents. What she didn’t expect was to be told that she is one in a line of descendants who have fought against wolves throughout history. And at seventeen, she is now ripe for the picking. It’s an inventive story with a plucky, quick witted heroine.

For more of the R.R.H universe, go to www.rrhcomic.com .

 

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Lori TiLori Titus Headshot.jpgtus is a Californian with an affinity for dark fiction. Her work explores mysticism and reality, treading the blurred line between man and monster. She thrives on coffee and daydreams when she isn’t writing or plotting out her next story. Her latest novel is The Bell House. She is also the author of Hunting in Closed Spaces (The Marradith Ryder Series) and co-author of two novels with Crystal Connor under the name Connor Titus.