As part of our continuing mission to connect and promote the greater Philadelphia-area writing scene, the PWC board is proud to present our second free forum of the 2018-2019 conference season, a panel discussing the Undying Romance Between Humor and Horror!  The panel will be held, fittingly in the haunted (or so I’ve been told) castle at Arcadia University on Saturday, October 20th from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM and will discuss the relationship between these two disparate genres that so often seem to go hand in hand.  Check out the incredibly talented and knowledgable folks on the panel after the break!

Siobhan Carroll is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where she studies the relationship between the history of exploration and SF.  A writer as well as a critic of speculative fiction, she contributes genre-blurring stories to magazines like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed. Her horror fiction has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. She has short stories currently appearing in Ellen Datlow’s Devil and the Deep anthology and The Best of the Best Horror of the Year.


Donna Cavanagh is founder of and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (  Cavanagh launched HO as an outlet for writers to showcase their work in a world that offered few avenues for humor. HO now features the creative talents of more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world. Known for its eclectic content, HumorOutcasts has something for everyone.  As a writer herself, Cavanagh is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of FirstMagazine, USA Todayand other national media.  She has taught the how-to lessons of humor, blogging and publishing at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop as well as community and corporate workshops throughout the country. Cavanagh has penned four humor books Reality: Fantasy’s Evil Twin, Try and Avoid the Speed Bumps, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life(which she wrote with her dogs Frankie and Lulu) and the USA Books Contest finalist Life On the Off Ramp.Cavanagh hopes her latest book How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.


Rick Chillot’s first job in publishing was in a corporate library, sniffing out story leads for writers and editors. He later went on to write and edit for magazines and books, worked on early Internet ventures during the heyday of AOL and Netscape, had a brief stint at a newspaper, edited a college’s alumni mag, survived as a freelancer for nearly a decade, and crept into Quirk Books four years ago as a writer/editor.  You can follow him at @RickChillot


Writing fiction under the name Diane Arrelle, Dina Leacock has sold more than 250 short stories and three published books. Her newest, Seasons On The Dark Side,  was published in May 2018.  Retired from being director of a municipal senior center, she is co-owner of Jersey Pines Ink LLC. Dina has also published essays in newspapers, magazines and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Dina is one of the founding members of the Garden State Horror Writers and currently serves on the PWC board, including three years as President (1996 – 1998).

Moderator Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels and sixty-plus shorter work of fiction.  His most recent novel – the Shadowbridge duology (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet) from Random House-DelRey – was a finalist for the James Tiptree Award, an American Library Association Best Fantasy Novel pick, and received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.  His previous novel, Fitchers Brides (Tor Books), was a Best Novel Finalist for the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards.

His collaborative novelette with author Michael Swanwick, “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” won a 2015 Asimov Readers Awards.  His works have also been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.  He is the Fiction Writing Workshop Director at Swarthmore College.  You can befriend Gregory on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and observe his various musings at

Stop on by the castle at Arcadia to hear our panel talk about humor and horror and everything in between. Attendees can sign in for a chance to win a 50% off the 2019 conference.  To find out more and to RSVP, visit the event on the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Facebook page!