Four Ghost Story Authors Celebrate Roman Festival of Parentalia

UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, this has been rescheduled to February 23rd, with the roundtable running from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and the signing to follow afterwards.

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, MA will be hosting four ghost story authors on February 9th 23rd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm 4:00pm to 7:00pm to mark Parentalia, an ancient Roman festival commemorating the dead.

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester invites four New England authors for an informative and fun panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of writing about ghosts—both real and imagined, the dead, and the afterlife. The authors will share their differing approaches to writing about the subject matter as well as their knowledge of various beliefs, myths, and customs ranging from the lighthearted to the downright scary, from real-life encounters to those that are completely fictitious. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Copies of the authors’ books will be available to purchase. (Parts of this presentation are not for children.)

Authors Terri Bruce, Jennifer Pelland, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and Morven Westfield comprise this panel. Terri Bruce ( writes science fiction and fantasy stories from a haunted house in New Hampshire. Her debut novel, Hereafter, is about a woman stuck on earth as a ghost, searching for a way to cross over to the afterlife. Jennifer Pelland ( is a Nebula-nominated writer of speculative fiction. Her work includes “Sacrifice,” a short story about dying and “Ghosts of New York,” a short story about the afterlife. Kristi Petersen Schoonover ( is a Connecticut author of horror and dark fiction. Her works includes Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World, a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks. Morven Westfield ( is the author of dark fantasy and horror stories featuring vampires and witches. Her work includes Darksome Thirst, a story combining vampires, Wiccans, and computers, and its sequel, The Old Power Returns.

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