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October 2016 Third Thursday

10/20/2016 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM




Thrills and Chills:


Writing to Thrill and Scare


Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.



Horror writers like Stephen King and thriller writers like Gillian Flynn make us fear for their characters and look over our own shoulders. But it’s not as easy as writing, “Suddenly someone jumped out of the dark!” How do novels create that spooky, white-knuckle effect? Join the Writers’ League of Texas on our third floor to explore the mechanics of tension and suspense with four writers:


Amanda Downum, author of the NECROMANCER CHRONICLES—THE DROWNING CITY, THE BONE PALACE, and KINGDOMS OF DUST—published by Orbit Books, and DREAMS OF SHEDS & TATTERS, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. Her day job sometimes involves dressing up as a giant worm.





Meg Gardiner, author of twelve thrillers, including PHANTOM INSTINCT, the Evan Delaney series, and the Jo Beckett novels. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She's also a three time Jeopardy! champion. Her novel CHINA LAKE won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original. THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of 2008. THE NIGHTMARE THIEF won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. THE SHADOW TRACER was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Her latest novel, PHANTOM INSTINCT, was one of O, the Oprah magazine's "Best Books of Summer."



Amy Gentry graduated in 2011 with a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and began a freelance writing career, writing book reviews, cultural criticism, and, for one strange and wonderful year, a fashion column. She frequently reviews fiction for the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal, and her writing has appeared in, xoJane, The Rumpus, the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Observer, LA Review of Books, Gastronomica, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. GOOD AS GONE, her first thriller, is set in her hometown of Houston, Texas.






Scott Johnson, author of 13 books including the horror series The Stanley Cooper Chronicles and the novel AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, three real ghost-guides including HAUNTED AUSTIN, TX; short stories; book reviews and other things. He is a teacher and martial artist.






This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.