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Christopher Golden's
house of last resort

Christopher Golden’s House of Last Resort Weekend

January 18-21, 2024

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

Spend a weekend with your favorite scary authors in a unique, intimate setting! This one-time-only event features Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Joe Hill, Owen King, and MANY MORE!


Registration is FREE. Unlike the usual convention scene, the House Of Last Resort Weekend is a more relaxed, personal gathering featuring readings, signings, friendly discussions, and much more. Bring your books from home and get them signed for free! Ask your favorite author about your favorite book by them! Come be among friends, because in a world gone increasingly mad... this is the HOUSE OF LAST RESORT.


It’ll Never Happen Again,
So Don’t Miss It!


Attending authors include…


Christopher Golden

Brian Keene

Mary SanGiovanni

Joe Hill

Owen King


Jennifer McMahon

Ronald Malfi

Paul Tremblay

Victor LaValle

Eric LaRocca

V. Castro

Clay McLeod Chapman

Philip Fracassi

Cynthia Pelayo

Cassandra Khaw

…and more to come!

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Programming (Prescott Room)
7:00pm (Prescott) – Opening Ceremonies: Christopher Golden and host Brian Keene welcome you to this one of a kind, once in a lifetime special event. We’ll go over the rules, the purpose of the weekend, the schedule, and much more. Attendance is strongly encouraged, and to show you
that we mean this, we’ll give away free door prizes to random individuals.
7:30pm – Christopher Golden and Brian Keene (Reading and Q&A)
8:30pm – Social Time: Hang out with old friends or meet new ones. This is a low-key, zero-pressure gathering. Not comfortable in big groups? Feel free to break off to elsewhere in the hotel.


Signings (Lear Room)

Noon to 12:45am – Christopher Golden, Rio Youers, and Zach Rosenberg

1:00pm to 1:45pm – Errick Nunnally, Cat Scully, and Mark Matthews

2:00pm to 2:45pm – Clay McLeod Chapman and Bracken MacLeod

3:00pm to 3:45pm – Jennifer McMahon and Cassandra Khaw

4:00pm to 4:45pm – Eric LaRocca and James A. Moore

5:00pm to 5:45pm – Victor LaValle and Maurice Broaddus

6:00pm to 6:45pm – Gaby Triana and Dana Cameron

7:00pm to 7:45pm – V Castro and Rebecca Rowland


Programming (Prescott Room)

11:00am to 11:45am – Carol Gyzander and John Buja (Reading and Q&A)

Noon to 12:45am – Mark Matthews and Zach Rosenberg (Reading and Q&A)

1:00pm to 1:45pm – Clay McLeod Chapman and Errick Nunnally (Reading and Q&A)

2:00pm to 3:00pm – MY WRITING PROCESS: Panelists Cassandra Khaw, Ronald Malfi, Morgan Sylvia, Dana Cameron, Bracken MacLeod, Hildy Silverman, and Liberty Hardy (moderator) discuss their various and differing creative processes and offer tips on yours.  

3:15pm to 4:15pm – FOUR COLOR LOVE: Panelists Clay McLeod Chapman, Maurice Broaddus, Errick Nunnally, James A. Moore, and John Goodrich (moderator) discuss the comic books that influenced them, and the ones they enjoy today.

4:30pm to 5:15pm – Mary SanGiovanni and Cat Scully (Reading and Q&A)

5:30pm to 6:30pm – THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT: Writing Horror in a Changing World, a conversation with Joe Hill, V. Castro, Chuck Wendig, Eric LaRocca, Hillary Monahan, Emily Hughes, and Brian Keene (moderator)

6:45pm to 7:30pm – Ronald Malfi and Philip Fracassi (Reading and Q&A)

7:45pm to 8:30pm – Eric LaRocca and Morgan Sylvia (Reading and Q&A)

8:45pm to 9:45pm – THIRTY: The new year, 2024, marks the release of The House of Last Resort – but it’s also the 30th anniversary of Christopher Golden’s first published novel. He and Brian Keene sit down for a career-spanning one-on-one interview and will also take questions from attendees.  

10:00pm – Social Time: Hang out with old friends or meet new ones. This is a low-key, zero-pressure gathering. Not comfortable in big groups? Feel free to break off to elsewhere in the hotel. 


Signings (Lear Room)

10:30am to 11:30am – Joe Hill and Owen King

11:45am to 12:30pm – Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, and Hillary Monahan

12:45pm to 1:30pm – D.J. Palmer, Matt Serafini, and John Goodrich

2:00pm to 2:45pm – Ronald Malfi and Philip Fracassi

3:00pm to 3:45pm – Christopher Golden, John McIlveen, and Tony Tremblay

4:00pm to 4:45pm – Paul Tremblay, Chuck Wendig, and Stephen Kozeniewski  

Programming (Prescott Room)

10:00am to 10:45am – John Durgin and Millie Price (Reading and Q&A)

11:00am to Noon – Matt Serafini and John Goodrich (Reading and Q&A)

12:15pm to 1:15pm – MY FAVORITE EXORCISM: Philip Fracassi, Christopher Golden, Mary SanGiovanni, Ronald Malfi, Emily Hughes, Tanya Pell, and Cat Scully (moderator) discuss their favorite demonic possession books, movies, and comics. 

1:30pm to 2:30pm – OTHER PEOPLE’S TOYS: V Castro, Chuck Wendig, Mary SanGiovanni (moderator), Rio Youers, Christopher Golden, and Maurice Broaddus discuss working on corporate IP and other people’s creations in comics, prose, film, and more.

2:45pm to 3:30pm – Paul Tremblay and Stephen Kozeniewski (Reading and Q&A)

3:45pm to 4:45pm – TV, FILM, AND THE ADAPTATION PROCESS: Owen King, Joe Hill, Victor LaValle, Clay McLeod Chapman, Matt Serafini, and Philip Fracassi (moderator) discuss screenwriting and adaptations.  

5:00pm to 5:45pm – John McIlveen and Tony Tremblay (Reading and Q&A)

6:00pm to 7:00pm – WRITING HORROR FOR AUDIO: Cassandra Khaw, Christopher Golden, Diana Pho, Clay McLeod Chapman, Stephen Kozeniewski, and Brian Keene (moderator) discuss the joys and challenges of writing horror for audio broadcasts and adaptations.

7:15pm to 8:15pm – THE HARDEST THING I’VE EVER WRITTEN: Gaby Triana, D.J. Palmer, Jonathan Lees, Cat Grant, Jennifer Gordon, and Emma Gibbon (moderator) discuss the most difficult things they’ve ever written – either mentally, emotionally, or physically – and how they overcame it.   

8:30pm to 9:30pm – THE BOOK CASE: Katherine Gibson, host of the popular ABC News podcast The Book Case, hosts a roundtable chat with Christopher Golden, Jennifer McMahon, Victor Lavalle, and Paul Tremblay. Come be part of the live audience!

10:00pm – Social Time: Hang out with old friends or meet new ones. This is a low-key, zero-pressure gathering. Not comfortable in big groups? Feel free to break off to elsewhere in the hotel.

Hotel Info

sheraton portsmouth harborside hotel

January 18-21, 2024

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