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I founded this event in 2015. Last year, the turnout was huge and I promised that this year would be even bigger and better. I intend to deliver on that promise. Last year, a number of authors debuted new books and chapbooks at the event, and I know the same will be true this year. I anticipate a great many debuts and exclusives—including something of mine, but that’s for later.

The MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 10am till 4:30pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) and is FREE and open to the public.

So…who’s going to be there? We’re expanding a bit this year, adding a number of writers primarily known for their mystery and thriller novels, and our total number of attending authors and artists has passed FIFTY. Among them, we’re thrilled to welcome back Joe Hill. Joe’s new book, Strange Weather, debuts around the country on October 24th…but we’ve made special arrangements with Joe’s publisher and our friends at Andover Bookstore to have Strange Weather make its official debut three days early, at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe will be on hand to sign them, of course.

But I know you want the full list of attendees, so here you go, first for newsletter subscribers, as promised!

Joe Hill
Gregory Bastianelli
Matt Bechtel
Stephen R. Bissette
Daniel Braum
Lisa Bunker
Dana Cameron
Glenn Chadbourne
Jason Ciaramella
Joseph A. Citro
Tom Deady
Kristin Dearborn
Rachel Autumn Deering
Barry DeJasu
Amber Fallon
Dan Foley
Craig Shaw Gardner
Christopher Golden
Scott Goudsward
Catherine Grant
Kat Howard
Christopher Irvin
Nicholas Kaufmann
Brian Keene
Toni L.P. Kelner
John Langan
Fred Van Lente
Bracken MacLeod
John McIlveen
Hillary Monahan
James A. Moore
Holly Newstein
Errick Nunnally
Jason Parent
Phillip Perron
Charles Rutledge
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Mary Sangiovanni
Cat Scully
Rob Smales
Sarah Smith
Thomas Sniegoski
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Paul Tremblay
Tony Tremblay
Kenneth Vaughn
Trisha Wooldridge
Douglas Wynne
Rio Youers

I hope to see you all there!
Saturday, October 21st, 2017!


  • clea simon
    June 7, 2017 - 11:21 am Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful event! Might you consider adding another local author? I’ve finally left cozies behind for my first urban noir (“World Enough,” SevernHouse). Advance readers from Joe Finder and Catriona McPherson to Oedipus (of WBCN) and Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis have praised it… I’ve got more on my website and I’d be happy to send an ARC.

  • John McGuiggan
    August 16, 2017 - 12:01 pm Reply

    That’s a hell of a lineup right there. I live in VT but am from MA, and I’ll keep making the drive down for this as long as you keep doing them. Really looking forward to it again this year. Quickly becoming a favorite Halloween time tradition.


    • Vikki Ciaffone
      September 7, 2017 - 4:34 pm Reply

      Where in VT? I live in Burlington, and will be heading down.

  • Frank D.
    August 22, 2017 - 6:52 pm Reply

    Sounds excellent..was there last year and look forward to 2017. It is always nice to meet the people you talked to online at times 🙂 I live in Haverhill and love the Haverhill Library! I am always there for books, dvd’s and for all kinds of events! And again I say so looking forward to this “MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017”


  • Kevin Oswald
    August 29, 2017 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Is there still spots available for authors to participate in the Merrimack Halloween Book Festival; especially with a Halloween-themed book cover?

  • clea simon
    September 12, 2017 - 3:03 pm Reply

    This just sounds like a wonderful festival! Best of luck!!

  • Patrick Shawn Bagley
    October 5, 2017 - 2:36 pm Reply

    See you in two weeks!

  • C.E. Zaniboni
    October 19, 2017 - 5:06 pm Reply

    I woukd love to be considered for next year! I write the Cy Walleski mystery series, Book 1, Iced at Midnight & Book 2, Twanged at Twilight.

  • Veronica Pare
    October 21, 2017 - 9:07 pm Reply

    This was so much fun! Our whole family had a wonderful time. Great job!

  • Joseph Rogers
    September 11, 2018 - 8:52 pm Reply

    Hi Christopher,

    My name is Joseph, I just self published my first book and I was wondering if yoy still had space/tables for authors available.
    I am located in Manchester, NH despite my phone number.u loom forward to hearing from you


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