Hosted by The Dwelling Place and the Indiana Horror Writers.

Church is a communal expression of faith, to pursue spiritual formation to be the kind of people God wants us to be. To be a safe place to ask and wrestle with spiritual questions. Whose mandate should include building a sense of community, loving each other, and serving the world, all in the name of Christ. So why not have church with a bunch of horror writers?

Continuing the tradition of exploring spirituality, art, and social issues, The Dwelling Place desires to be a refuge or sanctuary, a place of rest and freedom for people to be themselves, where we connect with God and one another by joining Jesus’ mission to bless the world. The goal of Mo*Con, pure and simple, is to continue conversations. With that in mind, I’ve invited a few friends to chat with me for the weekend:

Guests of Honor:

Nick Mamatas
The editor of Clarksworld Magazine, Nick Mamatas’ work appears frequently in Razor Magazine, The Village Voice, and various Disinformation Books and BenBella Books’ Smart Pop Books anthologies. His short novel Northern Gothic (Soft Skull, 2001) was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction in 2002. His first full-length novel, Move Under Ground (Night Shade Books, 2004/Prime Books, 2006) was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel in 2005. His second novel, Under My Roof, was released in 2007.

Mark Rainey
Author of the novels Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with Elizabeth Massie, HarperCollins, 1999), Balak (Wildside Books, 2000), The Lebo Coven (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2004), The Nightmare Frontier (Sarob Press, 2006), and Blue Devil Island (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2007), Mark Rainey has also published three short story collections and over 80 published works of short fiction. Some may remember him from his editing of the legendary magazine, Deathrealms.

Matt Cardin
Matt Cardin is a writer of horror fiction and scholarly essays. His books include: Divinations of the Deep, a collection of literary horror stories with a dark spiritual theme; The God of Foulness, a novella about a cult that seeks salvation by worshipping a god of disease; and a second collection of his work, titled Dark Awakenings in late 2007 which wiill feature fiction and nonfiction writings about horror — both the existential experience and the entertainment genre — and religion.

Lucy Snyder
The author of Sparks and Shadows, a cross-genre short story collection from HW Press, Lucy A. Snyder may be most known for her humor collection Installing Linux on a Dead Badger (And Other Oddities). With over 70 short fiction sales and over 20 poetry sales, her fiction goes all over the road, although she does tend to write genre stories (science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, etc.) more often than straightforward mainstream fiction. She also writes a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers.

Featured Guests Include:

Chesya Burke
With more than 40 publishing credits to her name, including the acclaimed Chocolate Park, Chesya Burke has been making her mark in the horror and fantasy worlds. She has several articles appearing in the African American National Biography published by Harvard University and Oxford University Press, received the 2003 Twilight Tales Award for fiction and an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction: 18th Annual Edition.

Kim Paffenroth
The author of several books on the Bible and theology, Kim Paffenroth has been considering the interface between religion and pop culture, especially his favorite movie monster, the zombie. He has written Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth (Baylor, 2006), and his zombie novel, Dying to Live (Permuted, 2007),

Bob Freeman
Bob Freeman majored in Anthropology at Ball State University, specializing in Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion. He is the author of the Cairnwood Manor Saga published by Black Death Books.

The overall weekend will look something like this:

Friday, June 13th
The Dwelling Place
7440 N. Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Guest Reception
10:00 p.m. Concert by Mother Grove (what? You didn’t think I’d like a Celtic rock band?)

[And the official
Brian Keene “Memorial” Magic: the Gathering Tournament!!!]

Saturday, June 14th
The Dwelling Place
Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Panels will include discussions about how our respective faiths impact our writing, what editors demand, and the impact of gender issues when it comes to writing. We will have an artists gallery. Lunch (featuring the return of our chili cookoff for all challengers) and dinner will be provided and there will be an Apex Digest of Science Fiction and Horror after party.

Sunday, June 15th
The Dwelling Place
10:30 am – Dwelling Place Service
Followed by a Guest Farewell Luncheon.

Other confirmed guests include:
Kelli Dunlap, Gary Braunbeck, Jason Sizemore, Debbie Kuhn, John C. Hay, Taylor Kent, Lauren David, Carrie Rapp, Michael West, Sara Larson, Tracy Jones, Sue Dent, Frank Creed, Brian J. Hatcher, Brian Yount, David Montoya, Michael Knost and Tim Waggoner. You can let me know if you are coming by leaving a note here (or drop me an e-mail).

Mo*Con III will also feature the debut of at least two projects. The first is the novella written by Maurice Broaddus and Wrath James White, Orgy of Souls. The second is the anthology by the Indiana Horror Writers, Dark Harvest.

And the is also the IHW store (be sure to especially check out the commemorative “That’s Our Wrath” products as my personal favorite, the “Maurice’s Excuse” T-shirt.

There are plenty of nearby hotels (I am particularly fond of the MicroTel). This page will be updated as more guests and details are confirmed.

Cost: $10 per Person, but DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED. Money will be accepted at the door or it can be sent to my paypal account [Maurice Broaddus –]

We hope to see you there!

*a.k.a. Make Sure Alethea Kontis Relaxes and is Spoiled Weekend

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