The Fall of April Ghoul's Day 2020

Join us for our annual celebration of horror fiction and non-fiction and its authors.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Flint Farmer’s Market – Ramsdell Community Room

10AM – 4PM

Due to the fluid nature of the health crisis we have moved April Ghoul’s Day to September 5th. Same great creepiness, same great venue!

We will have a Two Sentence Story Contest during April Ghoul’s Day with registration taking place at the Flint Horror Collective table and the readings beginning at 1PM.

Our 2020 Authors

Gerald Dean Rice

Gerald Dean Rice is the author of The Ghost Toucher, published in 2010 by Severed Press as well as numerous self-published titles, including Fleshbags and Tales from an Apartment. In 2015, his first YA novel, Vamp-Hire, was published by Permuted Press and he edited the anthology, Anything but Zombies for Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster. He published his homage to 80s horror movies, Part-time Zombie, in 2019.

Valarie Savage Kinney

Valarie Savage Kinney is a writer and Renaissance festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction. She resides in Michigan with her husband, grown children, and minor zoo, including two small but rambunctious dogs, a hamster, and a seemingly endless array of guinea pigs. She is the author of the fantasy series The Secrets of Windy Springs, as well as horror novels Heckled and Slither, and short horror story collection, Consumption.
She proudly puts the “I” in weird so you don’t have to, and has a thing for pirates, skulls, and rodents in need, though not necessarily in that particular order.

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Peggy Christie

Peggy Christie is an author of horror and dark fiction. Her work has appeared in dozens of websites, magazines, and anthologies, including 13 Little Hells, Necrotic Tissue, and Fearotica: An Anthology of Erotic Horror. You can find her short story collections, Dark Doorways and Hell Hath No Fury, from Dragons Roost Press, and her vampire novel, The Vessel, from Source Point Press. Peggy is one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, as well as a contributing writer for the websites of Cinema Head Cheese and Slack Jaw Punks. Check out her webpage at for more information on her other publications, and appearances.

Peggy loves Korean dramas, survival horror video games, and chocolate (not necessarily in that order) and lives in Michigan with her husband and their dog, Dozer.

Martha J. Allard

Martha J Allard is the author of “Black Light, a novel about love, sacrifice and rock and roll in the 1980’s. The prequel, “Your Cruel Fingers Will Close My Eyes” is out now and features a psychic vampire in love with the Loch Ness monster. Her novella, “Speak My Name,” is also out now as well as her collection of short stories, “Psychic Surgery.” She writes about demons and angels and people that live in shadow. She dabbles in steam punk, space opera and crochet. She lives in a drafty old house in Flint Michigan with 4 roommates, three living, one not, five cats, one enormous pony-dog and far too many swords.

Chris Ringler

CHRIS RINGLER is a Flint based author that has been writing seriously for over twenty years. Over those many years Chris has released nearly twenty books ranging from short story collections, novels, a fantasy series, and children’s books.
Chris has been published in BARE BONE and CTHULHU SEX MAGAZINE. He has also received Honorable Mention in THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR twice and won Best in Blood for the fourth season of and was published in two of their anthologies.

Along with being an author Chris has a solo podcast, is part of the Ghoul Cast podcast, likes photographer, filmmaking, blogging, and being generally odd.

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David C. Hayes

David C. Hayes is an author and former performer. His films, like A Man Called Nereus, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Dark Places, The Frankenstein Syndrome, Vampeggedon, Machined, Reborn, Back Woods (and approximately 60 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, American Guignol and Kringle. His graphic novel Rottentail is now a major feature film and graphic novel The Rot has garnered critical acclaim. As a playwright, David’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast including off-Broadway. He is a voting member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. In his spare time, David is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Cleary University.

Ken MacGregor

Ken MacGregor’s work has appeared in dozens of anthologies and magazines, and the occasional podcast.

He has two story collections: AN ABERRANT MIND, and SEX, GORE & MILLIPEDES, and is a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW). He has also written TV commercials, sketch comedy, a music video, and a zombie movie. His debut novel (co-written with Kerry Lipp) is pending publication in 2020, and they are working on the sequel. He is the Managing Editor of Anthologies for LVP Publications, and curated an anthology (BURNT FURS) for Blood Bound Books.

When not writing, Ken drives the bookmobile for his local library. He lives with his kids, two cats, and the ashes of his wife.

Ken can be found at You can also connect with him via social media on the following platforms:

Twitter: @kenmacgregor



Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews is the author of multiple works including Milk-Blood,On the Lips of Children, and Body of Christ.
His novel All Smoke Rises was a finalist in the Best Kindle Book Awards and was optioned for film. “Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he will hurt you,” said Jack Ketchum, in praise of his work. He is the founder of Wicked Run Press and published Garden of Fiends as well as the recently released, Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror, which has been a #1 best-selling horror anthology on Amazon and received a starred review from The Library Journal. Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives near Detroit with his wife and two daughters. Reach him at

Connor Coyne is a writer living and working in Flint, Michigan.

His novel Urbantasm, Book One: The Dying City is winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019 Young New Adult Award and the 2019 Young Adult Kindle Book Award.  Hugo- and Nebula-nominee William Shunn has praised Urbantasm as “a novel of wonder and horror.”

Connor has also authored two celebrated novels, Hungry Rats and Shattering Glass, as well as Atlas, a collection of short stories.

Connor’s essay “Bathtime” was included in the Picador anthology Voices from the Rust Belt. His work has been published by Picador,, Belt Magazine, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. 

Connor is on the planning committee for the Flint Festival of Writers and in 2013 represented Flint’s 7th Ward as its artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant, documented at Intersect 7. In 2007, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School.

Connor lives in the East Village of Flint, Michigan less than a mile from the house where he grew up.

Great Lakes Associationof Horror Writers

Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW) is a collective and compendium of writers, fans, and misshapen children all huddled together to share their love of Horror, Dark Fantasy, Sci-fi, True Crime, and the occasional Horotica. We love words to death. Since the group’s formation in 2007, we have published several anthologies, Erie Tales and Recurring Nightmares, and an annual magazine Ghostlight: Tales of Terror. Our annual Halloween party and convention appearances raise funds for the Dominican and Siena Literacy Organizations. If you like horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, black humor, or anything creepy and scary, you will love the GLAHW.

David Mark Stashko

By the light of day, David Mark Stashko practices social work with special attention to addiction, recovery and homelessness. He is also an avid cryptozoologist and paranormal/supernatural explorer.  He writes books and speaks about these topics in various circles and under the moniker of “Light, Darkness and Dreamscapes.”

His books include  “Open Mind, Open Talk,” “Roadways of Recovery,” “The Night Before Halloween,”  “The Halloween Society” series and more. 

At night, David often transforms into Lucifer Fulci, a character he created in 1994 for death rock legends, Penis Flytrap. Since the inception of Fulci, he has created/participated in horror conventions, numerous solo records, multiple extreme horror books, various short movies, music videos and is the co-creator of his current band, LORDS of OCTOBER, with fellow author and filmmaker, Paul Counelis AKA Uncle Salem. 

Fulci’s recent works include the book, “Blasphemy,” the LORDS of OCTOBER CD, “The Haunting at Beckwith Court,” a solo record called “Insectoid,”  and an award winning movie called “The Idol.” He is a member of the Flint Horror Collective and collects various horror and sci-fi memorabilia.

Fulci is partnered with his Wife, Scarah Stashko, who creates the majority of the art for all his projects and is his morbid media muse for all things strange and beautiful.

Totem Books

Totem Books is an independent bookstore located in Flint, MI, located at 620 W. Court St. (across from the White Horse Tavern). We sell new and used books, including those by local authors. Our store also has a great selection of vinyl records and cds. We have a cafe with certified trained chef, we serve coffee and specialized drinks like our signature drink the Fo’ Shizzle my drizzle and bubble teas. Often we will host events from everything to book signings and storytimes, music shows, open mics, drag shows, and events paired with Flint Handmade. Follow us on facebook for our latest events @Totembooksflint.

Michele Roger

Michele Roger has been a writer for as well as a independent author since 2005.  She received a Parsec Award in 2009 for her sci-fi/horror podcast Dark Matter.  Since then, she has written for science fiction and horror magazines and websites.  Her independent works include Dark Matter, The Conservatory and Eternal Kingdom: A Vampire Story.  She has also worked collaboratively with Detroit author M. M. Genet to produce the paranormal romance, “The Harpist.” This spring, the two will be writing the sequel to the Detroit based paranormal story, “The Detective.”  Their writing team is also producing the podcast, “Agent for the Orchestra,” a young adult paranormal series.  You can listen for free to Season 1 at

Flint Festival of Writers

The Flint Festival of Writers – formerly the Flint Literary Festival – is an annual, free event in partnership with Gothic Funk Press, East Village Magazine, and The University of Michigan — Flint English Department.
Featuring readings from both locally and nationally renowned writers and authors, engaging panels and workshops, and a carefully-curated book fair, our mission is to support the literary tradition and writing done in and about Flint and cultivate dynamic resources and experiences for Flint writers and readers.

JL Carey

J L Carey Jr is a writer and an artist living in Michigan with his wife and three children. Born April 1, 1970 in Marlette, Michigan, he honorably served in the US Navy during Desert Storm and worked for many years afterwards in the automotive industry while writing and studying his craft. He is an Adjunct Professor at Saginaw Valley State University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from National University and a BA in English from the University of Michigan – Flint. He is also a journalist at East Village Magazine and has various stories and poems published in both print and online journals. Books by J L Carey Jr are Turning Pages, poems 2010 from the Agogeebic Press, Callous, In Spring Selected Poems 2013, Repressions Poems 2015, Songs of Epigenesis Poems 2016, The Reflection of Elias Dumont Novel 2016, Astilla Novelette 2018 from the Black Madonna Press. His recent book, Estranged Union, is currently under consideration for the Pulitzer Prize and was sponsored for nomination by the Greater Flint Creative Alliance.