Exploring the Horror Studies Collection at the University of Pittsburgh

The Horror Studies Collection in Archives & Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh Library System serves as a repository to not only preserve but also illuminate the creative history of the genre and engage students and researchers to explore its rich history. The collection comprises a wide variety of materials including small press, special edition, and rare books; pulp magazines and comics; literary and film holdings; and archives from a variety of writers, filmmakers, and organizations including the Horror Writers Association and its members. Many of these collections document the creative processes of their contributors. The drafts, edits, galleys, proofs, research, and press that went into the creative works. Other collections document the community and the impact the genre has had upon our culture. All of them contribute to building a creative history of the genre while also serving as a resource base for scholarship. The collections also serves as a powerful tool to help inspire those that dream of a career in writing or filmmaking. Please join James Chambers as he moderates a panel including Horror Studies Collection Coordinator Ben Rubin along with Linda D. Addison, Clay McLeod Chapman, Lisa Morton, Tim Waggoner, and L. Marie Wood, whose papers reside in this collection. The panelists will explore and discuss the importance of this collection as well as what can be found within, the importance of having their works included, how others can contribute, how people can access these resources, the future of the collection, and much more. 

About the Panelists

Ben Rubin is the Horror Studies Collection Coordinator for Archives & Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh Library System. He is responsible for building, managing, and curating archival and rare book resources related to horror studies and serving as subject area expert for reference related to the subject area. He also coordinates with faculty to incorporate primary source material into their classes. Life long horror fan, gore hound, and book nerd.

Linda D. Addison has published over 350 poems, stories and articles. and is the first African-American recipient of the Bram Stoker Award(R) and a five-time recipient of the Award. She is an HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Her collections include The Place of Broken Things with Alessandro Manzetti; Four Elements with Charlee Jacob, Marge Simon and Rain Graves ; How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend; Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007); and Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (2001).

Clay McLeod Chapman writes books, comic books, children's books, as well as for film and television. His most recent novels include What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters. You can find him at www.claymcleodchapman.com.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, the author of four novels and over 150 short stories, and a world-class Halloween expert.

Critically-acclaimed author Tim Waggoner has published over fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, the HWA’s Mentor of the Year Award, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

L. Marie Wood is a dark fiction author, screenwriter, and poet. She won the Golden Stake Award for her novel The Promise Keeper, received the MICO Award, and has won Best Horror, Best Action, Best Afrofuturism/Horror/Sci-Fi, and Best Short Screenplay awards in both national and international film festivals. A Brand New Weird nominated author, Wood has been published in the Bram Stoker Award Finalist anthology, Sycorax's Daughters and Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire. Her academic writing has been published in Nightmare Magazine and Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook. Wood is the founder of the Speculative Fiction Academy, an English and Creative Writing professor, a horror scholar with a PhD in Creative Writing and an MFA in Speculative Fiction.